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

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

Thank you for a successful March Matchness!

This spring, the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center partnered with the Distance Education Alumni Board for the second annual March Matchness. This annual fundraising event encourages donors to seek company matches from their employers, doubling their gift to the university. Read more

Douglas Stephens recognized as a 2015 Outstanding Alumni

BSAD alumnus Douglas Stephens was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni at December's commencement ceremony. Stephens received a degree in industrial engineering from UW-Platteville in 2001, and then completed his business administration degree through the university’s Distance Education program in 2004. Read more

It's March Matchness!

As part of the Ruth Miller Scholarship Challenge, the DLC Alumni Board is hosting March Matchness. We're calling on supporters of distance education to donate and to get their employers in on the action by seeking a company match for your gift. The money raised will help provide scholarships, new program development, and more opportunities to enhance distance education. Read more

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. Several students were even able to make it to campus to attend the commencement ceremonies. Read more


Read archived alumni stories here.


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