Student Taylor Mancl, a sophomore from Wisconsin Rapids majoring in early childhood education, and her friends enjoyed some ice cream and the partylike atmosphere, which included free UW-Stout T-shirts.
“It’s exciting to see things coming back to normal and a chance to celebrate our accomplishment,” said Mancl, who is vaccinated. “The next step is no masks — that would be great.”
Masks are required indoors this fall at UW-Stout.
Eli Lemery, a senior from Galena, Ill., majoring in retail merchandising and management, said he feels safer this semester knowing that most students and employees are vaccinated.
“It means a lot to know people are vaccinated and are being respectful and wearing masks. Last semester it seemed like you didn’t know. I was in a house with eight guys. Everyone got COVID but two of us; I didn’t. I got vaccinated in March,” Lemery said.
Vaccinated students will be entered into a drawing later this fall to win one of several $7,000 UW System scholarships. UW-Stout will award an additional seven, $7,000 scholarships to fully vaccinated students through a separate drawing.
Any student who has been fully vaccinated and uploads their information to the university’s secure database by Sunday, Oct. 31, remains eligible for the scholarships. Learn more at the “Do Your Part” Vaccination Incentive Program webpage.