“We want to help start the peer-to-peer conversation,” Smith said. “It is about raising money for a cause on campus and raising awareness about that cause. Students should know the Student Emergency Fund is there for them and how to access it to get the help they need.”
The fund was created to assist students faced with difficult decisions and challenges based on unexpected financial demands. Emergencies may include an accident, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, temporary housing needs or some other unexpected extenuating circumstance causing financial hardship. It is assumed that students seeking funding have exhausted other resources for financial aid.
Students who benefit must be enrolled at least half time, experience some form of unexpected financial hardship and provide documentation. Awards will typically not exceed $500.
The plan is to continue the Stout Impact Project in the future and pick different sale items and causes to fund.
Stout Ambassadors named
Eight students, including five seniors, have been named ambassadors for the 2021-22 academic year at UW-Stout.
The Stout Ambassadors program, in its sixth year, gives students opportunities to represent the student body and engage with campus leadership, alumni and corporations through a variety of special events and opportunities.
Ambassador Ben Larson said he learned about the program from his supply chain program director.
“I wanted to experience the value that the club has to offer with its connection to alumni and networking as well as the advantages professionally it offers,” Larson said. “I am looking forward to networking with alumni and creating a unique edge professionally in the business world.”
The ambassadors, their hometowns, majors and years in school are:
- Megan Copeland, of St. Michael, Minn., marketing and business education, sophomore
- Sharlett Gerber, of Milwaukee, computer science, junior
- Larson, of Menomonie, supply chain management and business administration, senior
- Willa Rodencal, of Waukesha, retail and merchandising management, digital marketing, junior
- Sarah Webber, of Rice Lake, packaging, senior
- Tara Weber, of Dorchester, family and consumer sciences education, senior
- Madelyn Wilmot, of Osceola, marketing and business education, senior
- Nilufar Umarova, of Vahdat, Tajikistan, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, real estate property management, senior
Five of the eight were chosen for the second straight year: Rodencal, Webber, Weber, Wilmot, and Umarova.
The ambassadors program is a collaborative project with the Involvement Center and the Alumni Association.
To become ambassadors, students had to fill out an application and be interviewed. Criteria for eligibility includes having a grade-point average of at least 3.0; taking at least six class credits; and being available to share their UW-Stout experience with alumni and prospective students. Applicants also must answer three essay questions and provide a resume.