Honorary Lifetime Pioneers selected

April 14, 2014

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Lifetime Pioneer Awards

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Alumni Association has selected six students for its Honorary Lifetime Pioneer Award.

The award is based on a variety of criteria, including campus activities, leadership, community involvement, professional development and employment, academic excellence and anticipated future involvement in the Alumni Association. The selection includes lifetime membership in the association.

The recipients include:

David Hunt

David Hunt is a senior agribusiness major from Durand, Ill. He has been involved with the Student Ambassador Corps, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Ag Business Club. In addition to being an active member, he has held several leadership roles and is currently the vice president of both the Student Ambassadors Corps and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

“The past four years Platteville has become my second home,” he said. “I am hopeful to be successful in my agriculture career so I can have the opportunity to come back and speak to classes or participate in forums. I am very proud to be a UW-Platteville graduate, and will be forever a Pioneer.”

Travis Meyers

Travis Meyers is a senior agricultural education major from Lake Mills, Wis. He has been a strong advocate and ambassador for UW-Platteville for the last two years. He has been involved with the Student Ambassador Corp and Ag Ambassadors. He has served as a tour guide, student assistant for an Intro to Life class, and worked as an office assistant in the chancellor's suite.

When asked how he plans to be an active alumnus, Meyers stated, “Being that I will be in front of a classroom of young individuals, I will serve as an advocate for UW-Platteville constantly. I am proud of this university and everything it has given me, and I believe there are so many young individuals out there who can have such positive interactions as myself here at UW-Platteville.”

Emily Gartland

Emily Gartland is a senior biology major from Janesville, Wis. She is currently serving in two major student governance leadership roles. On Student Senate she is the director of the Student Organization Committee where she works with all new student groups as they complete the process to become an official student organization.

In her role as the United Greek Council public relations coordinator, she is responsible for producing the agenda and minutes, and communicating with the Greek community about events and activities to participate in.  

In addition to these roles she has been involved with several other organizations.  “UW-Platteville has given me everything that I could have asked for in a college education and college experience,” she said. “I feel a little piece of me will always be at UW-Platteville, and I will always take a little piece of UW-Platteville with me wherever I may go in life.”

Stephanie Kirchner

Stephanie Kirchner is a senior industrial engineering major from Sussex, Wis.  She is a member of the UW-Platteville volleyball team and started on the team as a freshman, making an impact as a middle hitter. During her career the team finished in the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament and won the WIAC Conference Tournament Championship. She is the only player in the history of UW-Platteville volleyball to earn All-Conference honors four consecutive years.

Kirchner has served as a tutor, peer assisted leader as well as an industrial engineering mentor on campus. She has also participated in the community service celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day the past three years. For the past three years she has also participated in the Lowe's Habitat for Humanity Women's Build clinic and actual building site. She has served as secretary of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, secretary of Alpha Pi Mu, senior advisor of Tau Beta Pi and she is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

With her cumulative 3.97 G.P.A., Kirchner has already been accepted into the Operations Management Leadership Program with General Electric for the next two years. She is one of 20 selected nationally to this program.

 “I will be an active alumna because I have already demonstrated my desire to improve UW-Platteville,” she said. “With the help of a group, I created a recruitment presentation for the College of EMS and industrial engineering program.”

Jeremy Payne

Jeremy Payne is a senior health and human performance major from Chicago, Ill.

He is active on campus. He has worked as a peer mentor in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and was an involvement team member for the Pioneer Involvement Center. He is involved with the Health and Human Performance Club and Black Student Union. He is also a founding member of Fusion X as well as the Delta Psi Chi fraternity.

“This university has provided me with awesome opportunities to grow and develop to be the well rounded man that you see today,” he said. “To show gratitude and respect to the people who have paved the way for me, I plan to stay connected with my soon-to-be alma mater through things ranging from attending alumni events and coming back to speak with students about my learning experiences (inside and outside of the classroom). I am truly proud and honored that I, too, will be able to say that I graduated from UW-Platteville. I will wear that badge with honor as I did as an undergraduate student.”

Mitchell Austin

Mitchell Austin is a senior elementary education major from Belmont, Wis. He is an active member and has assumed leadership roles in the Platteville Early Childhood Association, Collegiate Middle Level Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Student Ambassador Corps.

Off campus, Austin is an active community member, both in Platteville and Belmont. His community involvements include a Discipleship Ju Jitsu group, reading for students at the public library, volunteer coaching and working at many youth programs.

“Student Ambassadors is like my second family and I have built many great bonds with my peers and staff on campus because of this group,” he said. “I will attend their events. I also plan on continuing my education after I graduate and earn my master’s degree in administration from UW-Platteville. I have built strong relationships with some of my professors on campus. I will be back to visit them and be involved in the education department. I am proud to be part of UW-Platteville and consider it to be one of my homes.”

Contact: Kim Schmelz, alumni director, (608) 342-1970, schmelzk@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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