Friday Features - April 8, 2016

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Friday Features
April 8, 2016

Hellert publishes history book

Susan HellertSenior Lecturer Emeriti Susan Hellert has recently published “The Hidden History of Dubuque” through History Press and Arcadia Publishing Company. “The Hidden History of Dubuque” chronicles the story of Dubuque County through forgotten or little known events, people and places.

Hellert taught at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for 24 years and retired in 2012. Since retirement, she has been a freelance writer for the Telegraph Herald, Traveldubuque.com and several national magazines. Her book is available on River Lights, Books A Million and Amazon.com.

Horticulture club competes at National Collegiate Landscape Competition

Lins and MeidlThe Horticulture Club competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in Starkville, Mississippi last month. Over 600 students from 63 two- and four-year colleges and universities from across the country also competed. The club competed in 16 of the 28 events.

Students had the opportunity to learn how to use new equipment coming out on the market, visit with industry about new practices, interact with students from other campuses and attend a career fair.

Top placements include Luke Meidl, who placed second in the skid steer completion, and Dakota Lins, who placed 10th in the small engine repair competition. Meidl and Lins also placed as the ninth team in the wood construction competition as well. Emily Stanek placed 12th in the interior plant identification competition. Others who attended included Shaunna Berg, Hayden Chesney, Austin Dyer, Ashleigh Hickey and Casey Moss.

Guest speaker to discuss child welfare issues

Tina LeeThe UW-Platteville Social and Environmental Justice Program will host “Catching a Case: Inequality and Fear in New York City’s Child Welfare System,” on Tuesday, April 12, in Room 103 Doudna Hall at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Tina Lee, assistant professor of anthropology at UW-Stout, will discuss the results of her research with caseworkers, attorneys and parents in the child welfare system.

Lee found that parents in the system are generally struggling but loving, fighting to raise their children in the face of crushing poverty, violent crime, poor housing, lack of childcare and failing schools. The talk, based on her recent book, will draw attention to how the child welfare system can exacerbate family problems and social inequalities.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Dr. Claudine Pied, director of the Social and Environmental Justice Program at UW-Platteville.

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