Friday Features - Feb. 28, 2014
Students pitch business ideas at competition
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement held its fourth annual Elevator Pitch Competition on Feb.18 at the Markee Pioneer Student Center. A record-breaking 28 pitches were presented and six students were selected to move into the final round. The six finalists included Josh Terrill, an industrial engineering major from Sun Prairie, Wis.; Josh Dust, a junior electrical engineering major from Gurnee, Ill.; Sarah Schultz, a senior business administration major from Richland Center, Wis.; Ashley Luginbuhl, a business administration major from Verona, Wis.; Ashton Brusca, a senior industrial studies major from Middleton, Wis.; and Josh Joseph, a senior ag business major from Viola, Wis.
Terrill took first place. Dust was second, and Schultz placed third.
Students were given two minutes to convince a panel of six judges of the value of their business idea. The panel consisted of local businesspeople, including Tom Aronson, UW-Platteville alumnus who placed in the competition last year and founded Droptine Apparel. The ideas ranged from a sustainable ice rink to homemade crafts online, a private practice eye clinic, and an innovative paddle kicker. The pitches varied in production, price, promotion and distribution. Following the pitch, each participant met with a coach who provided feedback.
A Business Model workshop is set for Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Students are invited to take their idea to the next level by completing a Business Model Canvas. For more information and to register, visit www.uwplatt.edu/entrepreneurship.
Student Ambassador Corps receives Community Spirit Award
The Platteville Regional Chamber awarded this year’s Junior Community Spirit Award to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Student Ambassador Corps.
The mission of the Student Ambassador Corps is to foster and promote the development of UW-Platteville by assisting in student recruitment, alumni and community relations and other internal and external public relations functions. The Ambassadors offer tours to prospective students and special guests, assist at alumni events and chancellor gatherings, and provide leadership and service to the UW-Platteville campus and community. One of their responsibilities is planning the Homecoming parade each year. For several years, they also assisted with maintenance at Katie’s Garden.
They also support the university each year by raffling a semester of in-state tuition for one lucky student, as well as two $500 scholarships and a $100 scholarship. This year they raised more than $10,000 that goes back into the UW-Platteville Foundation to support additional scholarships. The Student Ambassador Corps usually has about 30 members, each needing to have a GPA of 2.75 or higher and be recommended to interview for a position.
Front row (left to right): Elizabeth Pretto and Kelsey Tempas. Back row: David Hunt, vice president; Kim Schmelz, advisor; Mitch Austin, president; Stacie Byers, advisor; and Lindsay Harms.
Applications due for UCRE symposium, luncheon
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Spring Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement Poster Day, Wednesday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Ullsvik Hall. Application materials are available online. The deadline to register is Monday, March 3.
The Pioneer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Luncheon will be held Friday, April 25. Award amounts have increased: $2,500 maximum with a possible $1,000 student stipend. Applications may be electronically submitted or delivered to the URCE office at 515 Pioneer Tower. All application materials can be found on the PURF link to the URCE website. The application deadline in Friday, March 7.
Four attend grant conference in Washington, D.C.
Four University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members recently attended the Grant Resource Center Funding Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is a forum for research and sponsored program officers, senior administrators and faculty to connect with funders, area experts and colleagues from across the country. The UW-Platteville attendees included Aric Dutelle, interim director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Dr. Evan Larson, assistant professor of geography; Dr. Matt Atkins, assistant professor of animal science; and Dr. Chris Baxter, associate professor of soil and crop science. The conference included sessions on federal program and policy leaders, mock panel review sessions and details on upcoming competitions from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, among other agencies.
The conference attendees will be at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs faculty get-together event — open to all three colleges — scheduled for Thursday, March 6 from 4:15–6 p.m. in the Pioneer Tower lobby. For more information on the UW-Platteville Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, visit the OSRP website at www.uwplatt.edu/sponsored-programs.