Welcome to the distance education alumni site! As a distance education graduate (Master of Science in Criminal Justice – 2006) and Director of the Distance Learning Center, I know the importance of staying connected with UW-Platteville’s online and on-campus community. Through this alumni site, we will share news, events, and exciting outreach projects like our #GoUWPete social media campaign that will help you stay involved with your alma mater. So please, keep in touch, visit our site often, and let us know how we can continue to serve you as alumni.

Dan Avenarius
Director, Distance Learning Center

Alumni News

Annaul Campaign Seeks to Enhance Technology

Giving students the best opportunities for learning is paramount for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Distance Learning Center as goals for the current five-year growth plan include enhancing and upgrading the uses of technology. To support that endeavor, this year’s theme for the fall Annual Campaign is technology. Read more

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The 'biggest reward'

Heather Squire is one of the newest members of the Distance Education Board Alumni Board. She is a Project Coordinator for Covance, a pharmaceutical company that tests new medications for safety before approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more

For All It's Worth: Making the Most of the College and Alumni Experience

Scott Anderson has been getting involved at UW-Platteville since he became a Pioneer. Before he was an alumnus and a member of the Distance Education Alumni Board, he was active in student activities while working on his bachelor’s degree in business administration on campus and then as a graduate student in the online Master of Science in Project Management Program. Read more

Staying connected after almost 30 years of distance education

In 1989, Jeanne Beckley interviewed a candidate for an open position at her company. As the human resources manager for Intertape Polymer Group, this activity was commonplace for Beckley, and she expected to receive routine answers to her questions. But on this particular day, Beckley heard something new: information about distance learning. Read more

Two winners selected for the new Distance Education Alumni Board Scholarship

This spring, the Distance Education Alumni Board introduced a new scholarship in its name, which awards two $300 scholarships each year to distance education students. The scholarship was created to provide additional financial support to distance students and is funded by UW-Platteville Alumni Association memberships. Read more


Education the best answer to Murphy's Law

It is the project manager’s job to coordinate people, track time and resources, and generally keep a project moving forward. This role is especially important when it aligns with safety, as it does for alumnus Anthony Chavez, the Manager for the Environment, Safety, and Health Department at the Sandia National Laboratories Facilities Center. Read more


Graduation should be a new beginning in your relationship with UW-Platteville

In December, UW-Platteville hosted its 195th commencement ceremony, and over 700 new graduates joined the Class of 2015. Among them were over 60 distance education students. Read more


A whimsical choice changes the course of an alumna's career

In 1998, Lisa Cousins was pursuing her master’s degree at night at a local university. The traditional schedule was difficult to manage with a full-time job, so she began investigating online graduate programs and found the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at UW-Platteville. When she saw the contact information for Dr. Cheryl Banachowski-Fuller, she was slightly taken aback to see ‘’ as the email address. Read more


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