Friday Features - April 24, 2015

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Friday Features
April 24, 2015

Pioneer TV-5 to go off the air

Pioneer TV-5, the educational access channel at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will be fading to black one last time at noon on Friday, May 15 as it goes off the air for good.

TV-5 started in 1967 as a means to promote the activities of the students at UW-Platteville. Dr. Glen Brooks and Dr. Bjarne R. Ullsvik negotiated a deal with the Platteville Cable Company to use the mound for an antenna for the cable company in turn for giving the university an education access channel on its cable system. “Talk shows, sports shows, sporting events and classes were common programming back in the 70s,” said Colleen Garrity, director of Media Technology Services. “Also during this time TV-5 was microwaved to Dubuque to offer the first video distance learning courses.”

In 1973, the university produced the first annual TV-5 Christmas telethon, which remained a tradition for 42 years. The telethon has raised over $1.25 million towards camperships for Wisconsin Badger Camp throughout its time on air.

In 2001, TV-5 had its maximum viewership seen in 37 communities across Southwest Wisconsin and northern Iowa and Illinois. However, in 2013, the city of Platteville was the only community left to receive TV-5 programming.

The media studies department also utilized TV-5 as a way for students to get involved. “Media studies students will now be distributing their programs online instead of on air,” said Garrity.

To see the final production for TV-5, tune in to Channel 5 at noon on May 15.

UW-Platteville takes third in state in Recyclemania event

UW-Platteville placed 62nd out of 232 participants in this year's eight-week national recycling competition, which put the school in the top 30 percent with a cumulative recycling rate of 42.2 percent. UW-Platteville finished third in the state. The day-long paper drive on March 12 kept 980 pounds of waste out of the landfill. University Information and Communications contributed the most paper on campus, with more than 420 pounds. 

Paintball club wins series title

This year, the paintball club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville won the series title in the Midwest North region. This is the fourth series title in the last six years for the club. The club participates in the National Collegiate Paintball Association, against schools such as Texas A&M and the University of Alabama, among others.

The NCPA consists of about five regions and each region includes at least four tournaments. According to Corey Hanson, president of the UW-Platteville team, points are awarded to teams based on how they finished in those tournaments with a maximum of 100 points given for winning. Clubs are allowed to send more than one team to an event. The national championship works similar to a regular tournament except the points a team earns are doubled. After the regular season is over each club's top four scores from its regional tournaments are added to its national scores and the team with the top score is the season champion.

This year the team at UW-Platteville won three of the region's four tournaments. Going into the recent national championship the club had 372 points and ranked third in the nation.

This year’s national championship was in Lakeland, Fla. The club sent two teams to compete for the title. One of the teams made it to the finals without losing a point and earned a first round bye.

The following day, the finals began. Platteville won its first match to advance to the quarterfinals. The team was ultimately knocked out by East Carolina University. This earned the team a fifth place finish at nationals and 92.5 points. The score was enough to move the club into first place overall for the season.

Photo courtesy of Empire Paintball. Pictured in front row, left to right, are Willie Mann, Corey Hanson and Anthony Jensen. Pictured in second row, left to right, are Eliot Weaver, Brett Muenster, Matt Jones, Kristian Sanders and Josh Hay. Pictured in back row, left to right, are John Larkin, Paul Leedle and Donny  Ruehmann.

Creative writing contest winners announced

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities recently announced the winners of the 2015 Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards Contest. The contest was open to all students who were enrolled at least part time at UW-Platteville. Each entrant could submit up to three poems and/or up to 20 pages of fiction.

Kelsey Bigelow, a sophomore professional writing major from Janesville, Wis., won first place and $100 with “Karaoke,” in the fiction category.

Matthew Mutiva, a senior English education major from Milwaukee, Wis., won first place and $100 with “Hood Superheroes”; Audrina Kramer, a junior English education major from Waukesha, Wis., won second place and $75 with “Sink or Swim”; and Emily Herrick, a senior professional writing major from Moline, Ill., won third place and $50 with “Befriending Jesus,” in the poetry category.

The fiction winner was chosen by Jennine Capó Crucet, award-winning author of the poetry collection, “How to Leave Hialeah” and the forthcoming “Make Your Home Among Strangers.” The poetry winners were chosen by Tomás Q. Morín, author of “A Larger Country.”
The student winners will read alongside Crucet at the Department of Humanities’ Creative Writing Festival on Tuesday, April 28, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 4-6:30 p.m. Following the readings, there will be refreshments, a question-and-answer period and a book signing.

The creative writing contest is named after Thomas Hickey, a former English composition and literature professor at UW-Platteville. Hickey taught at UW-Platteville for 42 years and served as a judge for the creative writing contest for nearly 10 of those years.

Faculty present educational research at international conference

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members recently presented their research on issues of disproportionality and educational standards at the International Council for Exceptional Children Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Faculty presenters included Dr. Rea Kirk, professor in the School of Education, and Dr. Peggy Marciniec, associate professor in the School of Education.

During their presentation, Kirk and Marciniec discussed Common Core State Standards and how students of color and those who come from poverty as well as those who are learning English may have a more difficult time meeting the standards, whether they are in general education classrooms or special education classrooms.

Common Core State Standards are a set of academic standards in mathematics, English language arts and literacy in all subjects – goals that outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

Kirk and Marciniec said preconceptions of teachers as well as the mismatch of teacher ethnicity and socio-economic status, compared to student demographics, contributed to lack of student achievement as related to CCSS – and stressed the importance of changing this.

“All educational stakeholders have a responsibility to recognize the issue of disproportionality and to respond with cultural competence,” said Marciniec. “Using CCSS and developing cultural competency will allow teachers to be the catalyst for success for students. Individual students – and all they bring with them to the classroom – deserve nothing less.”

“We cannot continue to allow institutional racism and personal prejudices to determine the educational trajectories of our students,” said Kirk.

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