The Pioneer Post

The Pioneer Post is a resource by University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide online students with tips and information about distance education.

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Mental Health Matters

3 steps for navigating stressful situations

Dr. Theron Parsons is a Professor of Psychology, having taught for the University for over 20 years, including 10 years with the online Criminal Justice program. He is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and maintains a private practice in Dane County. Read more...

Rebecca Eck running in her first half-marathon

Rebecca Eck

With her children entering high school and becoming more independent, Rebecca Eck felt like it was time for a change in her life, too. It was this drive that led her to the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center after 15 years of working at a community bank. Read more...

Smith and Mitchell at a specially arranged graduation ceremony at UW-Oskosh

Daughter follows in mother's educational footsteps

It’s customary on college graduation day to celebrate years of hard work and accomplishments with family members; however, this tradition has special meaning for PM student Tara Mitchell. Read more...

Shilo Wilkinson (right) is pictured with fellow MSPM graduate Mark Sidote and advisor Melissa Gavin at spring 2016 commencement.

Distance Education Alumni Board welcomes new member

Shilo Wilkinson is the newest member of the Distance Education Alumni Board. She enrolled in the Master of Science in Project Management Program in the summer of 2014 and graduated in the spring of 2016. Read more...

Jordan Zarka

Expanding knowledge through work and education

After earning her bachelor’s degree, Jordan Zarka wanted a master’s degree program in criminal justice that would help her grow in her new job as a juvenile detention officer and allow her to work full time. When she found UW-Platteville’s online program, there was an added bonus—her father graduated from the university in 1980. Read more...

Showing gratitude this Veterans Day

Dan Avenarius, director of the Distance Learning Center, reflects on the many veterans who played an important part in his life. Read more...

Briesemeister (right) was able to meet MSPM instructor Ginger Levin and program coordinator Bill Haskins at the PMI Global Congress before receiving his award.

Alumnus receives major award from Project Management Institute

UW-Platteville MSPM alumni John Briesemeister has received the 2016 Donald S. Barrie Award from the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation. The award recognizes a paper that advances knowledge in the engineering and construction industry. Read more...

150th anniversary at graduation

Congratulations, Summer 2016 Graduates!

The Distance Learning Center faculty and staff would like to congratulate all of our recent summer 2016 graduates. You should be proud of all you have accomplished during your time here—we are! Welcome to the Class of 2016, which holds the distinct honor of graduating during the university’s 150th anniversary. Read more...

Abir Chakraborty

A dream 20 years in the making

When he was in high school, Abir Chakraborty aspired to study in the United States. Although his advisor told him the process could be challenging, Chakraborty was determined to turn his dream into a reality. Read more...

Susan Williams sits at her desk in her Michigan home, where she does coursework and runs her consulting and event planning businesses.

Student making a difference on the DLC student advisory board

Online learning has been an important part of Susan Williams’ education, which puts her in a unique position to help the Distance Learning Center. Williams, an MSPM student, joined the DLC’s Student Advisory Board in January 2016, bringing with her eight years of distance education experience and the perspective of a veteran online learner. Read more...


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