University Communications

The Office of University Communications is responsible for internal and external communications, and is designated as the main contact with state and federal elected officials.
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The Office of University Communications is responsible for:

External Communications

Our office distributes news releases and a weekly e-newsletter, the Polytechnic Post; arranges media interviews with faculty, staff and students; is responsible for official social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.); produces the Take2 videos and other news videos; produces content for the Outlook and e-Outlook alumni publications; and produces the annual StoutQuest research e-magazine and commencement day e-newsletters.  

Doug Mell  |  Executive Director of University Communications and External Relations
303 Administration Building
Phone: 715-232-1198

Jerry Poling  |  Assistant Director of University Communications
15 Administration Building
Phone: 715-232-2384

If you are unable to reach either Doug or Jerry, please call 715-232-2381 for assistance.

External Relations

Our office is designated as the main contact with state and federal elected officials. We also assist the Chancellor’s Office in maintaining relationships with the UW System Board of Regents. Finally, we assist the campus in maintaining relationships with business and civic organizations, disseminating information about the university and directing inquiries. Please contact Doug Mell for more information.

Internal Communications

Our office produces UW-Stout Today (daily e-mail), as well as other official communications to faculty, staff and students. We also administer the tobacco-free campus initiative.

Learn more in our StoutCloud site.

Open Records Requests

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is part of the UW System and exists pursuant to Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes. UW-Stout is governed by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin and is directed by the President of the University of Wisconsin System. See Wis. Stat. § 36.09(2). UW-Stout has designated a Custodian of Public Records to meet its obligations under Wisconsin public records laws. Members of the public may obtain information and access to or copies of public records by making a request of the Records Custodian during regular office hours of Monday through Friday, 8  a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

UW-Stout may bill requesters $.25 for each copy made, but will not charge reproduction costs for electronic copies of records that exist in electronic format. A location fee may be charged if the cost to locate the record(s) in question is $50 or more. Location fees will be calculated at the hourly salary and benefit rate for the lowest-paid employee capable of performing the task. No fee will be charged for the cost of reviewing records for possible redaction or removal of confidential information.

Requests which exceed a total cost of $5 may require prepayment. All requests will be processed as soon as practicable and without delay.

Requests should be sent to  Questions can be directed to 715-232-1198