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Bill Haskins

Bill Haskins

As many students can attest, Bill Haskins has long played an important role with the UW-Platteville Online Master’s in Project Management program. Serving as the Program Coordinator since 2003, Haskins has helped hundreds of students reach graduation and has seen a great deal of change over the years. Read more...

Ruth Miller

Introducing UW-Platteville Alumni to the Ruth Miller Challenge

Soon UW-Platteville distance education alumni will be receiving a special phone call from students asking them to take Ruth Miller up on her challenge to support distance education scholarships. Miller completed her Business Administration degree in 1982 and created the Ruth Miller Distance Education Challenge Scholarship this year to assist Business Administration distance students in completing their education. Read more...

Dan Avenarius with his grandkids

Dan Avenarius

Dan Avenarius has seen the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center from just about every angle possible. He received his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the DLC in 2006 and a few years later started teaching and developing online courses as an adjunct instructor. In 2011, he began his current role as the Director of the Distance Learning Center, where he manages the staff and processes that keep the DLC running. Read more...

Dawn Drake

Dawn Drake

Dawn Drake is a person who believes in living life to the fullest. At Halloween, she encourages her entire staff to dress in costumes – knowing her own will be one of the most elaborate. Come December, she has enough Christmas sweaters to celebrate the whole month long. She finds great joy in collecting unicorns, jewelry, and other items that Drake says, “helps me remember on a daily basis to dream big, look for the magic in my everyday life, and enjoy the beauty and mystique of things we can’t explain.” Read more...

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...


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