Katie Schulzetenberg –
It was unanimously approved on August 23 by several staff and faculty members including Chancellor Bob Meyer to change the name of Millennium Hall to honor the late Chancellor Emeritus Charles W Sorensen. The new name of the building, which is effective immediately, is Sorensen Hall. There will soon be a new sign for the building to display its updated name. “Chancellor Meyer brought the proposal to the Honors and Memorials Committee, and then to the UW System Board of Regent to honor the legacy, memory, and accomplishments of the late Chancellor,” said Doug Mell, executive director of University Communications and External Relations.
Many of the students who attend Stout most likely do not know much about who Emeritus Sorensen was. According to Stout’s University Communications, before he passed this past February, Sorensen worked at Stout for 26 years until his retirement in 2014. He held the Chancellor position from 1988 until he retired. He accomplished many successful feats in the time he spent here at Stout. One notable feat that Sorensen passed was establishing the eStout laptop program, which provides laptops to all undergraduates. Another accomplishment that he was involved in was the opening of the Jarvis Science Addition. According the University Communications, “A main focus of Sorensen’s was to expand science-related programs at UW Stout.” Sorensen improved a lot at Stout and for these reasons and more, a building is being named in his honor.
There will be a ceremony held for the renaming of this building at 10 am, October 29.