Radio program honors life of late UW-Stout administrator

By UW-Stout News Bureau

The life story of Hong Rost, a University of Wisconsin-Stout administrator who died in 2014, is being dramatized and broadcast nationally and internationally this week and next on the radio program “Unshackled.”

The program began being heard online Sunday through the website

The broadcast will be aired in two segments during the weeks of Jan. 24 to Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 on Wisconsin radio stations; a radio log is available online at

Rost was director of the Office of International Education at UW-Stout when she died in an automobile accident June 19, 2014.

Hong Rost
Hong Rost

Rost, who was born in China, came to the United States and Wisconsin in 1991. She earned a master’s degree from UW-La Crosse in 1994 and worked there as assistant director of international education from 1995 to 2010. In 2010, Rost came to UW-Stout.

During her tenure at UW-Stout, Rost assumed leadership roles in the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs. She also traveled and maintained relationships and friendships with educators, staff, institutions and former students from around the world.

According to the online Hong Rost Memorial, “A simple mark of her success was that the international student population doubled in her four years at UW-Stout; and that faculty, staff and students responded enthusiastically to Hong’s hard work, imaginative ideas, encouragement and help for them to pursue their own opportunities in international education.”

The Hong Xiang Rost International Scholarship was established upon her death by her husband, Rusty Rost, friends, family and colleagues, to provide opportunities for international students to pursue their dreams of earning an education abroad. More information on the scholarship is available at