The Stout Campus ReactionOn the campus of Stout State College in Menomonie, Wisconsin, students gathered in the Memorial Student Center to watch the coverage together throughout the day and evening of November 22nd, 1963.
|Stout students gather in the Memorial Student Center to watch news coverage of the JFK Assassination, November 22, 1963|
A Campus Convocation in Honor of the Fallen President in Harvey HallOn Saturday November 24th, students assembled in the Harvey Hall auditorium for a special convocation honoring the president.
In the same room, three years earlier, President Kennedy had spoken to many of the same people assembled about the importance of contributing to the better good.
For the convocation honoring the the fallen president, Stout President Bud Micheels took the stage. Students widely regarded President Micheels a a personable man who cared deeply about student activities and ideas, and they filled the auditorium to listen to his words of comfort and reflection.
President Micheels Offered Words of Comfort and a Call to Duty
The following is the complete text of the speech President Micheels delivered in Harvey Hall to the Stout State College campus community:
The tragic assassination of President Kennedy brings these smoldering elements into clear focus. It
|President Micheels issues his address following the JFK Assassination|
As you look back on these past two days, and as you witness the events that are about to unfold, may you view these experiences as significant parts of your education. There is so very much for each of us to learn at this point of time in our history.
With this in mind, I would like to ask that we all stand and bow our heads in reverence to him who is gone, and to him who now becomes our leader. President Johnson has declared next Monday as a national day of mourning. This we will observe at Stout. All college activities will be cancelled. Because this comes just before our Thanksgiving recess, I have decided also that there will be no classes on Tuesday. This decision was made after consultation with students and faculty. I am asking our student leaders to help us decide how best to cover this loss of educational time. This means that there will be no formal classes during this next week. The student center will be open, and further announcements will be forthcoming.
|Stout students reflect upon the address by President Micheels, 11/24/1963|
Stout students returned from break on Monday, December 1, 1963, and their activities and classes quickly returned to normal. The following Friday, The Stoutonia student newspaper eulogized the president with fond memories of his visit to campus and a call for readers to perpetuate Kennedy's legacy of espousing peace and justice throughout the world.