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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Project Management graduate Shane Swart

Congratulations to our newest alumni

On behalf of the UW-Platteville faculty, staff, Alumni Association, and Distance Education Alumni Board, our congratulations go out to all the Fall 2015 graduates! The 195th commencement was a great success, with over 90 degrees conferred to our distance students. Read more...

Ryan Vickerman

Flexibility key to engineering grad's success

Ryan Vickerman was determined that if he was going to pursue his master’s degree in engineering, it was going to be on his terms. After graduating from UW-Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, he started working for the Pella Corporation. Vickerman is now an engineering team leader on the product design team, but has worked in a variety of positions and locations since joining Pella in 2002. Knowing the demands of his career and home life, Vickerman needed to ensure any program he enrolled in could adapt to his schedule, rather than the other way around. Read more...

Tim Seaver

Master’s degree just one milestone for MSCJ graduate

Throughout his career, Tim Seaver has worked in many of the various areas of law enforcement, but his greatest interest lies in police administration. Seaver is an Administrative Police Lieutenant for the Town of Menasha (Wisconsin) Police Department. Wanting to further expand his knowledge base and skillset, he enrolled in the MSCJ program in the spring of 2012. Read more...

Holly Voll

Holly Voll

Creativity is at the heart of everything for Development Specialist Holly Voll. If there is a new crafting trend, she’s the first to try it and makes every project with her own unique style. She also loves to share her skills with those around her by organizing holiday decorating contests for the office or planning activities for the divisional meetings. Her creative skills have benefitted not just her co-workers, but the Platteville community as well. Read more...

Chuck Christison and Dan Avenarius

Chuck Christison

Chuck Christison has been an instructional designer with the Distance Learning Center since September 1999. Over his 16 years with the institution, he has seen processes, technologies, and roles change dramatically, and has been an integral part of the evolution of distance education at UW-Platteville. Now, as he looks forward to retirement in December, he reflects on his years of service. Read more...

ChrystalRose Heinz and her husband Joel at the military ball.

Community fuels graduate's drive for education

MSOCL graduate CrystalRose Heinz has a passion for learning, and her education has often served as her refuge. Heinz, who is a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves and is a part of the Mohican Veteran organization, has found that her drive to learn came from many unique and sometimes challenging situations in her life. Read more...

Henry Musto

Overcoming adversity through steady progress

Henry “Hank” Musto began his college career at UW-Platteville the same way many students did in 1986; he enrolled at the brick and mortar campus and started his courses in the fall. By 1988, however, Musto found himself battling ulcerative colitis and attending traditional lectures became more and more difficult. Soon, he was forced to leave school because his illness had become unmanageable, but he wasn’t ready to give up on his goals. Read more...

Amy and Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Amy Foley

When Amy Foley stepped onto the UW-Platteville campus for the first time, little did she know she was taking the first step towards a future career. Read more...

Kalyn Williams

Kalyn Williams

From taking on various roles in higher education to dominating her competitors at trivia night, Kalyn Williams brings a wide breadth of experiences as an advisor for the BS Criminal Justice Program at UW-Platteville Online. Previously, Williams worked in financial aid, student services, and academic advising at other institutions, but she jumped at the chance to be an advisor with UW-Platteville Online because of UW-Platteville’s long history and her passion for education. Read more...

Go the distance with Pioneer Pete!

Even though our Pioneers are spread across the globe, we can still sense their passion for learning, drive to succeed, and pioneering spirit right here on the UW-Platteville campus. But we want to see it too! So we’re asking you, Pioneers, to show us where you live, work, study, and have fun! Read more...


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