Friday Features - April 18, 2014

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April 18, 2014

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Student News

PRO hosts first-ever Wisconsin Dells Tourism networking trip

Eighteen students in the media studies department and School of Business traveled to Wisconsin Dells, Wis. on April 15 for an opportunity to network with professionals in the tourism industry. The Public Relations Organization at UW-Platteville hosted the event, which was the first-ever networking opportunity hosted in tourism by the organization.

Jessica Mueller, PRO president, said that the organization saw a need to give back to the university through a networking experience.

“PRO has always been excellent at benefiting members, but we recognized the need to do something on a university-wide level,” said Mueller. “I did my internship in Wisconsin Dells last summer and that’s where I got the idea to explore career opportunities in tourism.”

The event featured five speakers who work in Wisconsin Dells tourism in the fields of public relations, marketing, advertising, event planning, graphic design and photography. Students also had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the tourism industry in Wisconsin Dells by taking an Upper Dells Boat Tour.

Students attend National Collegiate Landscaping Competition

Thirteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville students attended the National Collegiate Landscaping Competition, Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days in Fort Collins, Colo. The competition held 28 competitive events and a career fair, all centered on horticulture.

Three UW-Platteville students were recognized at the event. Katie Martin received a PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation scholarship of $1,000, Dakota Lins and Curt Minter placed ninth out of 30 in the wood construction competition and Curt Minter placed eighth out of 53 in the Compact Track Loader Operation competition.

Dr. Donita Cartmill, horticulture professor, said the competition offered many opportunities to students who attended. “The events at this competition are a reflection of the horticulture industry,” said Cartmill. “It gave them the opportunity to visit with the industry about new practices, get familiar with new equipment and interact with students from other campuses.”

Pictured above: Katie Martin receives the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation scholarship.

Students will attend Warren Buffet's annual meeting

Six University of Wisconsin-Platteville students have been granted the opportunity to attend the Berkshire-Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, Neb. on May 3, where they will have the opportunity to hear from Warren Buffet and his associates.

UW-Platteville attendees include Abigail Goenner, Krystan Scheffler, Kevin Shedd, Austin Underdahl, Luke Prososki, Kimberly Durward and faculty member Dr. Rami Reddy. These students earned their tickets for the trip by winning an essay contest, open to all students enrolled in agricultural marketing. The winners were chosen by the agri-business faculty.

Tickets for this event are given only to shareholders of Berkshire-Hathaway stock. Steve Vale, alumnus of the School of Agriculture, donated seven of his tickets, granting the six students and one faculty member the opportunity. He is also offering the value of one BRK/B share of stock value, to two students with the best synopses of the event upon their return to UW-Platteville.

Vale has donated tickets to the event for many years, providing students in the School of Agriculture the opportunity to hear from Buffet and other business professionals. 

Campus News

Recyclemania efforts break school record

This year, UW-Platteville's cumulative recycling was 46.2 percent, up 6 percent from last year. While that did not rank first in the state this year for the first time in three years, the university did increase from the top 25 percent nationally to the top 15 percent, with its highest total ever. Over eight weeks of participating in Recyclemania, UW-Platteville students, faculty and staff diverted 147,860 pounds of recycling from the landfill.

Here are the state rankings, with percent of materials recycled:

  1. UW-Stout (52.79)
  2. UW-Platteville (46.18)
  3. UW-Oshkosh (46.16)
  4. UW-River Falls (34.23)
  5. UW-Milwaukee (33.39)
  6. UW-Madison (30.19)
  7. UW-Whitewater (28.75)
  8. UW-La Crosse (26.74)
  9. UW-Green Bay (27.04)
  10. Western Technical College (20.13)
  11. UW-Eau Claire (15.22)

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