Family Weekend

Come see what our Stout family is all about
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Fall FamJam | October 25-27, 2019

New this year, join us for Fam Jam!  Enjoy tailgating, football, live music and more.

Visit the Fam Jam website for more information.  Or contact Nick Distasio at 715-232-2173.

Spring Family Weekend | April 3-5, 2020

Every year hundreds of families visit our campus to experience the amazing talent of our students and to spend quality time with family. Try out our climbing wall, laugh with our comedian or watch students strut their stuff on the runway at the Fashion without Fabric fashion show. Whatever you choose, we hope you’ll make the visit to Menomonie to see what our Stout family is all about!

Tell Us You're Coming!

Registration opens October 1!

2019 Weekend Schedule 

The 2020 schedule hasn't been finalized yet, but we're in the midst of scheduling all kinds of fun for families!  To get an idea of what to expect, check out the 2019 schedule below.  

2019 Friday Events

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shop the Niche!
Location | Heritage Hall, 2nd floor

Browse the racks of UW-Stout's very own boutique! Run by students in the Retail and Merchandise Management program, this store offers a unique collection of apparel and goods for everyone.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Guided Tours of the Mabel Tainter Center For the Arts
Location | 205 Main Street East, Menomonie

Visit the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts for a FREE guided tour of what CNN Travel has called "One of the 15 most spectacular theaters in the WORLD!" Tours will be held at the top and bottom of the hour with the last tour leaving at 2:30 pm.

4:00 - 8:00 pm
Family Photo Booth
Location | Memorial Student Center, lower level

Stop by the lower level of the MSC for some free family photo booth fun!

4:51 pm – 6:00 pm
Film Festival and Exhibition
Location | Memorial Student Center, Huff's Lounge

The annual 4:51 Short Film Festival & Exhibition invites aspiring student filmmakers from across campus to create a short cinematic adaptation of any published piece of literature. The published piece could be a portion of a short story, a scene from a play, a poem, etc., and are not are not to exceed 4 minutes, 51 seconds in length. Stop by our red-carpet premiere to watch the top 3 films (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place). The 2019 Festival will focus on interpreting the work of female authors.

The corresponding multi-faceted exhibition will include work from students across campus in Honors English, Illustration and Visual Communication Design and Intro to 2D Digital Imaging. 

Students from Honors English will focus on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein.   Families will have the chance to talk with students as they share the results of their research.

Students and professors in the following classes will have pop-up exhibits on display to share with families.

  • Frankenstein 451
    • DES-496 Illustration and Visual Communication Design
    • Erik A. Evensen, MFA | Associate Professor
  • The Lost Creature of Frankenstein Project
    • DES-220 Intro to 2D Digital Imaging
    • Shannon Brady, MFA | Instructor


6:00 - 8:00 pm
Beyond the Stage | UW-Stout Student Drawing Exhibition
Location | Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main Street East


Beyond the Stage is a collection of drawings created by second semester UW-Stout students from fall 2018 through spring 2019 that explore the decorative grandeur and unique architectural qualities of Menomonie's own Mabel Tainter theatre. Through traditional media and techniques the artworks capture each artists' individual perspective as well as the uninterrupted interior spaces of the historic theatre. The timeless drawings celebrate the architectural importance and beauty of the Mabel Tainter. Stop by for the Artist Reception from 6-8pm. Work will also be on exhibit through May 2nd. 
 

7:30pm
University Theatre Spring Production | Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Location | Harvey Hall Theatre
Tickets | $15.00

Stout Theatre Presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  Written by the comic genius Steve Martin, the play takes place in a Paris bar in 1904 where the paths of Picasso, Einstein and Elvis intersect.  What follows is a witty and delightful encounter of intellect and artistry.  Throw in a drunken old man, and other sordid individuals and the bar comes alive with the Paris night life.  

Tickets go on sale in March and can be purchased online, at the door, or at the Service Center.

8:00 pm
Comedian and Mind Reader | Eric Dittelman
Location | Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

Ever wonder what it would be like to know what someone else was thinking? Eric Dittelman knows what that’s like and has been reading minds at colleges, comedy clubs, and private events all across the country. As seen as a semi-finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, Eric combines amazing mind reading with stand-up and improvisational comedy.  Whether playing a round of Pictionary while Eric’s eyes are duct taped shut or having a personal thought revealed from their minds, audience members become part of the show and leave with a fun experience that they’ll never forget.  Sponsored by Blue Devil Productions.

2019 Saturday Events

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER | 8:30 am Registration and 9:00 am Start
Family Fun Run/Walk
Location | Multipurpose Room, Sports & Fitness Center

This event has been cancelled due to weather.

Learn more

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Shop the Niche!
Location | Heritage Hall, 2nd floor

Browse the racks of UW-Stout's very own boutique! Run by students in the Retail and Merchandise Management program, this store offers a unique collection of apparel and goods for everyone.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cafe Canvas | Sip & Paint
Location | The Terrace, Memorial Student Center

Everyone can be an artist! Come enjoy a guided canvas painting class and enjoy coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The class will be facilitated by our art education students in the National Art Education Association. Facilitators will go through step by step as you make your creation. Class is free and only open to the first 70 people to register!  Registration is required to secure your spot.
 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bean Bag Tournament - TOURNAMENT IS FULL
Location | Multi-purpose room, Sports & Fitness Center

Join the Men and Women In Education student organization for a bean bag tournament. Entry fee is $15 and team must have one member who is a current UW-Stout student or staff. Alumni are also welcome. All skill levels and experience are welcome. Teams are guaranteed 5 games. 

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Family Photo Booth
Location | Memorial Student Center, lower level

Stop by the lower level of the MSC for some free family photo booth fun!

10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Guided Tours of the Mabel Tainter Center For the Arts
Location | 205 Main Street East, Menomonie

Visit the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts for a FREE guided tour of what CNN Travel has called "One of the 15 most spectacular theaters in the WORLD!" Tours will be held at the top and bottom of the hour with the last tour leaving at 2:30 pm.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Protect Yourself | Where do germs really come from?
Location | Heritage Hall, Room 371

Join Dr. Taejo Kim, Professor in the Food and Nutrition Department, for a hands-on demonstration about foodborne pathogens.  Dr. Kim will demonstrate with participants how germs and bacteria grow.   Samples will be collected and participants will have a chance to experiment and learn how bacteria like listeria and salmonella grow.

Dr. Kim invented an easy-to-use assay kit for salmonella and listeria spp and serves as a consultant for food processors and teaches in the Department of Food and Nutrition.  He has collaborated with numerous universities and federal agencies preparing grant proposals that have been funded for over $2 million. 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sensory Experience of Taste Testing Foods
Location | Heritage Hall, Room 252

It is a taste testing experience to demonstrate a typical sensory taste test used in the food industry for new products, research and development or product development. This taste test also highlights an example of what students can experience in the Basic Sensory Course within the Food and Nutrition department.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Stout Secrets Tour
Location | Meet in Northwoods room, Memorial Student Center (lower level)

Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind pieces of public art on campus? Would you like to know more about UW-Stout’s outdoor skating rink and other features lost to time? This 60 minute campus tour will include interesting facts about campus, its history, and a lot of photos of how campus used to look. The tour is limited to the first 20 people to register

1:00 pm and 2:00 pm (2 rounds)
Family Trivia
Location | Memorial Student Center, Terrace

Join Team Trivia for a fun, action filled game of questions to test your smarts.  We'll be giving away cash prizes and a giant cookie for best team name! Stop by for one or both rounds of trivia!

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Psychology in Action
Location | 479 Harvey Hall

Join us in the Psychology Laboratory where you can watch your brain in action!

1:30 pm
University Theatre Spring Production | Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Location | Harvey Hall Theatre
Tickets | $15.00

Stout Theatre Presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  Written by the comic genius Steve Martin, the play takes place in a Paris bar in 1904 where the paths of Picasso, Einstein and Elvis intersect.  What follows is a witty and delightful encounter of intellect and artistry.  Throw in a drunken old man, and other sordid individuals and the bar comes alive with the Paris night life. 

Tickets go on sale in March and can be purchased online, at the door, or at the Service Center.  

2:00 - 5:00 pm
Monster Drawing Rally

Location | Memorial Student Center, Huff’s Lounge

Sponsored by AIGA, join us for the 7th Annual Monster Drawing Rally! Watch as a variety of artists create mixed media artwork throughout two rounds. The Monster Drawing Rally is not necessarily about drawing monsters, although it could be. Each artist has complete freedom to create what they like with the materials of their choice. The unique pieces will be sold for $15 each. It is a great opportunity to gather an artistic community and indulge in the entertainment.

2:00 - 5:00 pm
Live Music | 
Jim Herrick and Friends band
Location | Outdoor Amphitheatre, Memorial Student Center (Rain Site, lower level of the Memorial Student Center)

Enjoy some live music on the amphitheatre! Jim Herrick and Friends is a band from Colfax, WI. Their specialty is the Blues, but they cover a wide range of musical styles!

2:00 - 5:00 pm
Free Caricature Artist
Location | Memorial Student Center, lower level

Stop by anytime for a free caricature drawing of your family! 
 

2:00 pm & 3:00 pm (Two Sessions)
Education Abroad Experience
Location | Memorial Student Center, Cedar/Maple

If you've ever thought about studying abroad or going on National Student Exchange, learn more with the entire family at one of our presentations! Learn about all your options, how to apply, costs, and important deadlines. Start thinking about studying abroad/away during Family Weekend.

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Foodie Bingo
Location | Memorial Student Center, Terrace

Grab your parents and join the Stout Student Dietetic Association for Foodie Bingo! Compete for prizes in this food and nutrition themed spin on traditional Bingo. 

Bingo cards will be $2 each or 3 for $5. Proceeds support breast cancer research through Relay for Life.   

7:30 pm
University Theatre Spring Production | Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Location | Harvey Hall Theatre
Tickets | $15.00

Stout Theatre Presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  Written by the comic genius Steve Martin, the play takes place in a Paris bar in 1904 where the paths of Picasso, Einstein and Elvis intersect.  What follows is a witty and delightful encounter of intellect and artistry.  Throw in a drunken old man, and other sordid individuals and the bar comes alive with the Paris night life. 

Tickets go on sale in March and can be purchased online, at the door, or at the Service Center.  

8:00 pm
Fashion Without Fabric Show
Location | Memorial Student Center, Great Hall
Tickets | $13/community, $10/Stout staff/faculty, $7/Stout students

Fashion Without Fabric has become a yearly sensation.  At the show, the audience can take pleasure in the atmosphere and entertainment of a fashion show unlike any other.  Stout’s own art and design students will employ creativity to produce unique fashions using anything and everything but fabric.  Tickets go on sale April 1st and can be purchased online, at the door, or at the Service CenterHurry, as they sell out quickly!

2019 University Recreation Weekend Specials and Hours

Health & Fitness Center

FREE workouts for any of our members' parents/immediate family members. Liability waivers will be available at the HFC desk

* Use of North Point not available

Multi-Purpose Room & Racquetball Courts

Open for FREE for any of our UW-Stout students' parents/immediate family members as long as they attend with their student and their student presents a current UW-Stout ID.

Stout Adventures

Our two 30ft Climbing Walls will be open for FREE for any of our student’ parents/immediate family members as long as they attend with their student and their student presents a current UW-Stout ID.  All experience levels welcome!

Hours

Location Friday Saturday Sunday
Health & Fitness Center 6:00 am - 9:00 pm 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Multi-Purpose Room 8:30 am - 9:00 pm 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Stout Adventures 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 

2019 UW-Stout Escape Room | SOLD OUT!

That's right, UW-Stout has it's very own escape room!  While on a tour of Jurassic Industries, the UW System’s premier living-dinosaur research facility, a security emergency leaves the park powerless. With limited staff, you are the only hope at restoring the power before the back-up generators run out, releasing dinosaurs from their enclosures into the Menomonie community! Can you save our campus and restore power in time?

Time slots available | SOLD OUT

  • Friday, April 12th | 5pm and 7pm
  • Saturday, April 13th | 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
  • Sunday, April 14th | 11am, 1pm and 3pm

Tickets are $5/students and $10/community. ***If you register and plan to participate with your student please purchase your tickets at the student rate for your entire group.