Nuckles nominated for UWP super senior award

December 26, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE -Delving into the minds of children and dancing her way to Pioneer victories, University of Wisconsin-Platteville December 2002 graduate DeAnne Nuckles of Browntown was nominated for the UW-Platteville Alumni Association Super Senior/Honorary Life Membership Award.

Nominated by Patricia Bromley, chair of the psychology department and Nuckles' academic advisor, Nuckles graduated this month with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. During her four years at UWP, Nuckles has been a member of the UWP Rangerettes dance team for football and basketball, serving as co-captain of the Rangerettes this past semester. In additional to her athletic involvement, Nuckles has participated in a number of other campus activities.

"I was a member of the Psychology Club and a member of several honor societies such as Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology), Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (freshman honor societies) and Phi Kappa Phi (the national honor society for liberal arts and education)," Nuckles said. "I was also nominated for valedictorian and carried the College of Liberal Arts and Education banner during commencement (Dec. 14) because I had the highest grade point average in my college - I've been on the dean's list and received chancellor's honors every semester at UWP."

Nuckles passion for psychology is not only evident in her outstanding academic achievements, but she was also awarded a Pioneer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (PURF) grant that enabled her to do research on self-esteem and motivation in school-aged children. She also participated in a cooperative field experience at Mineral Point High School with the school psychologist and has volunteered at the UWP Children's Center.

"DeAnne is a serious student, principled person and one of the most poised undergraduate students I have encountered," Bromley said. "She already displays professionalism beyond her years. She had done three independent studies, which suggest an unusually high capability of working independently on scholarly pursuits."

Following graduation, Nuckles said she plans to work for a semester in a school district and then attend graduate school in the fall to study school psychology. She is a 1999 graduate of Monroe High School and the daughter of James and Lois Nuckles of rural Browntown. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, drawing, arts and crafts and is an avid animal lover with some unusual pets at home on the family farm.

"I have turkeys and chickens that all have names and have no risk whatsoever of ending up on a dinner table," Nuckles said.

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