Friday Features - Sept. 19, 2014

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Friday Features
September 19, 2014

World's largest 'M' re-opens

One of UW-Platteville's most recognizable sights, the world's largest 'M,' is now re-opened after the damaged tower on top of it was removed.

The 'M' dates back to 1936 when mining students placed rocks in a pattern on the southwest slope of the mound. Completed the following year, the 'M' measures 214 by 241 feet and consists of some 400 tons of whitewashed stone. Visitors can take steps up to the top of the mound and overlook the area.

UW-Platteville certified as a Pearson VUE Testing Center

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has recently been certified to be a Pearson VUE Testing Center. The university can now provide exams for students needing to take the Fundamentals of Engineering, Fundamentals of Surveying and Civil Engineering exams as well as the Graduate Management Admission Test and other academic admission and professional licensure exams.

“Once the Testing Center Coordinator, Chuck Harwick, and his staff are able to monitor the flow of students during the October and November months they will explore options of additional exams to be offered,” said Heather Faherty, project manager in the UW-Platteville Project Management Center of Excellence. “This will increase the amount of students and types of degrees that the Testing Center is able to serve.”

Faculty and staff are invited to come to the Testing Center open house on the first floor of the Karrmann Library on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Two teams compete at Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest

On Sept. 14, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville took two dairy judging teams to the 21st annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wis. The two teams were Team Orange and Team Blue, with Team Orange consisting of Brooks Hendrickson, Natalie Schleicher, Allison Quick and Mackenzie Sarbacker. Members of Team Blue were Carissa Tolzman, Rachel Gilson, Felicia Bohn and Alana Voss.

The contest had a total of 21 teams from all over the country. Team Orange placed fifth in the Holstein breed and Hendrickson was fifth highest individual in the same breed, pushing Team Orange to ninth place overall. Team Blue placed 14th overall. Hendrickson was also the 10th highest individual overall.

The Glenn Webb Education Fund/GROWMARK Foundation provided financial support for the teams to compete.

Pictured in photo, front row left to right, are Mackenzie Sarbacker, Felicia Bohn, Rachel Gilson. Pictured back row left to right are Coach Ryan Weigel, Allison Quick, Carissa Tolzman, Alana Voss, Natalie Schleicher, Brooks Hendrickson, and Coach Cory Weigel.

Kappa Delta Pi holds retreat for new officers

The Kappa Delta Pi-Iota Rho Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently held a retreat for its 2014-15 officers at Doudna Hall. Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education, established to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership and service.

The purpose of the retreat was to orient and train new officers, plan the program and fund raising calendar for the year, make preparations for upcoming activities and events, receive updates and new information from Kappa Delta Pi’s regional chapter coordinator, get to know each other’s strengths, work on leadership and communication skills, set up officer binders, update the bulletin board and organize files and supplies.

Officers for 2014-15 include UW-Platteville students Sara Raschein from Sauk Prairie, Wis., president; Kelly Provancher from Yorkville, Ill., vice president; Breana LaDue from Beloit, Wis., membership chair; Melomi Waller from Potosi, Wis., secretary; Paul Krombos from Markesan, Wis., treasurer; Jenny Grainger from Montfort, Wis., historian; and Lauren Cyr from Roscoe, Ill., foundation representative. Each will serve from June 1, 2014-May 31, 2015.

Dr. Rea Kirk, education professor at UW-Platteville, and Dr. John Nkemnji, professor and coordinator of educational media services in UW-Platteville’s School of Education and member of KDP for more than 30 years, serve as advisors to the group. UW-Platteville’s Iota Rho Chapter currently has about 70 active members.

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