UW-Stout student affiliate has action-packed year

Students worked with nursing home residents and at-risk youth, and even coordinated a piano recital.
Erika Werner

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, about 70 miles east of Minneapolis. Here's what some Stout Council on Family Relations members had to say about their experiences as affiliate members, and about their activities during 2012:

Erika Werner, board member

“The best thing about our student affiliate are the connections you make and how much you can get from the organization,” says Erika Werner, member of the SCFR board, noting that board membership adds to her resume. But more important are the activities the student affiliate has taken on. “I teach piano to students in the area, and in April we’re organizing a recital for them." It's an opportunity that might be unavailable otherwise. “For most of them, this will be the first time for an event like this."  She says it's a feel-good experience every child should have.

Betsy Hundt, president

“When I joined the Stout Council on Family Relations, I wanted to get to know my fellow students within my major, expand my knowledge of the family studies field, and work with members of my local community. I can honestly say that I have had all those experiences, plus some!” says Betsy.

As the president this year, on a personal level, she had opportunities to develop leadership skills and improve her public speaking. But on an organizational level, she was part of a very active group of UW-Stout family science students that . . .

  • Organized a student panel discussion about the practicum work-experience degree requirement
  • Took children trick-or-treating
  • Delivered valentines to a nursing home and visited with residents
  • Spent an evening playing games with at-risk adolescents from a local agency
  • Heard from family professionals about education and practice methods

The group also heard an invited speaker from a nonprofit, Fierce Freedom, which addresses a growing threat to youth.

“Fierce Freedom was created to raise awareness for the horrific crime of human trafficking,” Betsy said. From Jenny Almquist, the founder, the students learned that human trafficking is the fastest growing organized crime. Long associated with other countries, it’s now happening all over the United States.

“Her mission is to speak for the victims and work to abolish this crime," Betsy said. "Jenny was inspirational to our members in many ways. She is proof that we all can have a passion and a goal that can be accomplished. There are people everywhere that need our help and need their voices to be heard.”

UW Stout students with Jenny Almquist (center, blue scarf), founder of Fierce Freedom
UW Stout students