“The many accomplishments throughout his career and his passion for providing UW-Stout students with scholarships, professional development opportunities and innovative campus laboratories are why we chose Joe as our Distinguished Alumni Award recipient,” said Alumni Association Board President Nikki Westvig Stephany.
Pregont serves as a guest speaker for classes, was the 2011 Cabot Executive in Residence and has served as a spokesperson and external stakeholder for academic programs.
Prent has co-developed a medical device class at UW-Stout and offers an annual scholarship through the Foundation. When the pandemic hit, Prent donated 3,000 face shields to help protect UW-Stout students’ health while working in various campus labs, supporting hands-on applied learning experiences.
Prent has more than 2,000 global employees, has hired more than 30 UW-Stout graduates over the years and hosts two interns each semester.
“When I applied for and was accepted to UW-Stout, I had no idea how great an impact this choice would have on my career in business. I am indebted to UW-Stout. I believe it is the finest applied learning institution in America,” Pregont said. “It is important as an alum to continue to give back. Through support, we can advance not only the lives of students and graduates but companies in America as well.”
An entrepreneurial spirit
Goss began the journey of creating KUL MOCKS in 2019, when she was pregnant with her first child. She didn’t feel comfortable consuming traditional nonalcoholic beverages, which still contain a small amount of alcohol.