Hanke nominated for UWP super senior award

December 13, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE-Juggling the responsibilities of a resident assistant for student housing while maintaining an outstanding grade point average is no easy task, but for University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Kristina Hanke of Wausau, it was all in a day's work for the UW-Platteville Alumni Association Super Senior/Honorary Life Membership Award nominee.

Hanke, a 1998 graduate of Wausau West High School and the daughter of Roger and Sharon Hanke of Wausau, anticipates graduating this December with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in German. Nominated by Kurt Rolle, chair of the department of industrial and mechanical engineering, Hanke's extensive campus and community involvement made her an ideal candidate for the super senior award.

"For three of my college years, I worked as a resident assistant for student housing," Hanke said. "More than any other activity on campus, I feel being an R.A. gave me the most leadership and personal growth opportunities."

Hanke is also a member of the University Singers, the Swing Club, played intramural volleyball and is currently the president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. She also belongs to the honor societies Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. Hanke's involvement is not limited to campus.

"Kristina was the community contact and awareness chair for Project Pioneer - a charity drive for Family Advocates," Rolle said. "She also played bingo with the residents at Heartland Health Care Center, sang with a choir for the UWP Christmas Telethon in support of Wisconsin Badger Camp and was a volunteer tour guide of Ottensman Hall for visiting high school students."

"Giving tours of Ottensman Hall helped to keep me focused on why I was here," Hanke said. "Prospective students are always full of excitement for the engineering field. Their enthusiasm helped me remember, through my tests and other stresses, that I am in engineering because it really is an exciting field."

During her free time, Hanke said she enjoys singing, playing the flute, participating in volleyball and fast-pitch softball and a number of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, fishing, ice-skating and skiing. Last year, she also took a continuing education class on sign language.

"Between sign language and my German language minor, I feel it is very important to try to meet people at their communication level, instead of having them come to mine," Hanke said.

Following graduation, Hanke plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering on the eastern side of Wisconsin or attend graduate school.

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