John Wesolek, of Menomonie, will present at the next Reminiscence Speaker Series to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Ballroom A of the Memorial Student Center at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Wesolek’s relationship with the university started 50 years ago when he arrived on campus as a freshman from Mosinee. He graduated in 1967 with a B.S. in industrial technology and in 1968 with an M.S. in vocational rehabilitation.
Wesolek served as a faculty member in vocational rehabilitation, as a faculty athletic representative and for his last 10 years as dean of the College of Human Development, now named College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. He retired in July 2008.
Wesolek will talk about changes he observed as the university progressed from Stout State College to its designation as UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University.
The Reminiscence Speaker Series, sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, features talks that illuminate the “spirit of Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to Stout’s oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since, and the association reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.
The event is free and open to the university and Menomonie community. Participants may bring a lunch.