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BSAD alumnus Cathy Kressel and her daughter

Flexible program paves way for success

Cathy Kressel has always wanted her career to be meaningful, challenging, and stimulating. This need drove her to continue her education. When she began to explore her options for a bachelor’s degree while she was working on her associate’s degree through UW Colleges, she knew she needed a program that would be flexible and a degree that would help her advance in her career. Read more...

Lori Wedig

Preview Week starts August 26

With Fall Semester fast approaching, so is Preview Week. You may be wondering, “What exactly is Preview Week?” This year Preview Week starts August 26, the week before classes officially begin. During this time, students who have completed payment will be able to access their courses to get an idea of what’s in store. You should use this opportunity to your advantage by mapping out your semester and getting organized. You will be able to look at what each unit will cover by reviewing the content and syllabus. Read more...

Dion Shaw

Student blends service and learning

Dion Shaw has encountered a number of obstacles during his coursework at UW-Platteville, but these challenges have not stopped him from aspiring to help others. When Shaw enrolled in the master’s degree program in 2008, he had already held a number of positions, including a technology Team Leader at SBC-Ameritech and an MIS Manager at Wisconsin Tool and Stamping. At that point in time, he had also been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for over 10 years and was living an active life. Read more...

Degree helps achieve goals, inspires new ones

As a little boy growing up in India, Nirav Hazariwala was fascinated by learning how things worked and dreamt of becoming a mechanical engineer. He first pursued this dream by completing a bachelor’s program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He then took it one step further by enrolling in the UW-Platteville online master’s program and hasn’t looked back. Read more...

Tamika Proctor

Peer and instructor support helps student obtain ‘Ultimate Goal’

When Tamika Cain Proctor called in for her interview, it was fitting that she was traveling for work. As a Quality Control Manager for Clement Groups, Proctor manages construction sites throughout the country and spends much of her time on the road. Her tricky schedule proved to be one of the greatest challenges she faced in pursuing her master’s degree in Engineering, but Proctor found a support network in her instructors. Read more...

Tim Garczynski

Military experience motivates educational pursuits

When Tim Garczynski joined the Air Force after high school, little did he know that he was setting the stage for lifelong learning and leadership. Early in his military career, Garczynski was trained as an aerospace physiology specialist and studied how flying affected the human body. In his ten years with the Air Force, he rose to Staff Sergeant and was stationed in Florida, Texas, and Okinawa, Japan, picking up valuable skills and education with each new assignment. Read more...

Stacy Wise

Congratulations, Graduates!

The 194th commencement for UW-Platteville celebrated one of the largest graduating classes in the school’s history and marks the first time commencement was divided into four ceremonies. Over 1,000 students received their diplomas on May 8 and 9, and we extend our congratulations to them all. Read more...

Two for the Show

Jon Wasleske and Owen Jones have followed a similar path since they first met as juniors in high school—with successful ventures into both the music world and the business world. As half of the band Windsor Drive, and full-time real estate agents, their shared trajectory has taken them across the United States, as far as Asia, and home to northern Wisconsin. Read more...

Student and veteran races to support homeless veterans

As a veteran of the Marine Corps and current Marine Corps Reservist, Joel Galvan has a singular interest in helping other veterans, especially those who have experienced hardships in the aftermath of their service. Read more...

Megan Hinderman


As an Editor and Writer for UW-Platteville Distance Education, I work with students, instructors, and alumni from every program that we offer. The stories I hear are truly amazing; I’ve talked to instructors who travel the world volunteering, students who are revolutionizing their organizations with what they’ve learned, and alumni who are making huge strides in their personal and professional lives. If you are ever need a little inspiration, I would highly suggest reviewing some of our student and alumni profiles – they are doing some incredible things! Read more...


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