"A Partnership for Thriving Communities" is not only the title of the strategic plan for UW-Stevens Point, it is the fundamental guiding idea for the university. We aim to make the university and the world in which it sits more vibrant, healthy, prosperous and sustainable. This new publication, called Thrive, exists to connect Pointer alumni and friends to those four pillars. We invite you to journey with us.

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April 2017

Meeting Tech Demands

A $4 million gift from Sentry Insurance has opened the door to a world of opportunity at UWSP. The funds have been used, in part, to create a new major in data analytics at the University, which was first offered in Fall 2016. According to computing and new media technologies department chair Professor Tim Krause, this new field of study could have a profound affect on enrollment numbers. “This investment by Sentry means we are having discussions with students about coming to this university that never would have happened,” he said. [Read more]

Historically Speaking

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Greg Summers recently recalled how he came to be part of the UW-Stevens Point family. “There actually was a fair amount of serendipity involved,” he said. Upon hearing that the University's environmental historian was leaving in 2000, Summers, who was then a graduate student in environmental history, offered to pinch-hit until the position could be filled. This temporary gig turned into full-time employment when Summers applied for and won the teaching post the following year. He has happily been working and creating opportunities at UWSP ever since. [Read more]

Inspiration Point

"Professor Shanny Luft is an asset to the university, and he should make a quarter of a million dollars a year.” So said Amy Vida ’16, who studied under Luft, associate professor of religious studies at UW-Stevens Point. In lieu of a sizeable salary bump, however, Vida found another way to show her appreciation of Luft, She presented him with her 2016 Token of Inspiration. [Read more]

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