Students Selected for Honorary Lifetime Pioneer Award

May 14, 2013

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Lifetime Pioneer Award Recipients

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Alumni Association annually recognizes outstanding May graduates with the Honorary Lifetime Pioneer Award by awarding them life membership in the Alumni Association, a $400 value. The award is based on a variety of criteria including campus activities and leadership, community involvement, professional development and employment, academic excellence and probability of future involvement in the Alumni Association.

The recipients were selected by the leadership award selection committee, which consisted of Heidi Bredeson, Career Center; J. Heim, Pioneer Involvement Center; Adrienne Jones, College of Liberal Arts and Education; Kathy Neumeister, Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement; and Kim Schmelz, Alumni Services.

An award winner representing the College of Liberal Arts and Education is Adam Iserman, a social science education major with a history emphasis from Hazel Green, Wis.

Iserman has been an active member involved with a number of organizations including serving as a resident assistant, Student Academic Success presenter, Residence Hall Association representative, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Students Promoting Respect representative, and confirmation team leader for St. Augustine’s University Parish and National Residence Hall Honorary and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor societies.

Iserman was nominated by Bethany Keuter, McGregor Hall director.

Another recipient, Emily Crowe, is representing the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences. She is a civil engineering major from Wauwatosa, Wis.

Crowe has been active in several campus activities such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, STEM Scholars Mentor Program, Chi Epsilon, UW-Platteville Student Ambassadors Corps, Pioneer Marching Band and also served as a tutor. She has held several leadership positions in SWE and has served as a mentor for the Women in EMS program.

Crowe has participated in two different international exchange experiences, all while staying connected to campus through her multiple campus involvements. She has also worked on some large projects with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, including the Mitchell Interchange Project and the Hoan Bridge/Lake Interchange, both in Milwaukee, Wis.

Through her years at UW-Platteville, Crowe has worked hard to earn a nearly perfect grade point average in the emphasis of structural engineering.

Crowe was nominated by Tammy Salmon-Stephens, director of the Women in EMS program.

Danielle Kielhofer, a chemistry major with an emphasis in criminalistics and biology from Rio, Wis., was selected to also represent the College of EMS.

Kielhofer has been an active part of the UW-Platteville campus since her freshman year. One of her biggest accomplishments on campus was taking on the responsibility of the WiSTEM Living Learning Community. This dedication and commitment to young women interested in STEM fields demonstrates how much she cares for the campus and will be an active alumna.

Through her position as the resident assistant for the WiSTEM Living Learning Community, her leadership in the Alchemist Club, and her participation with EXPO, Kielhofer has shown a commitment to her field and helping young girls and women learn, explore and develop their interests in STEM.

Kielhofer was nominated by Kim Sargent, program manager for the Women in EMS program, and Kate Demerse, Student Services coordinator.

Joshua Hess, a biology major with a bio health and physiology emphasis from Rewey, Wis., was selected for the award in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture.

As a student ambassador, Hess has volunteered to give tours to prospective students, help at alumni events, and help the chancellor's office as needed. As lead recruiter, Hess was responsible for soliciting names from faculty and staff of students who could serve as ambassadors. In addition, he has used his knowledge to help other students succeed at UW-Platteville. He has served as an academic tutor in the Writing and Tutoring Resource Center and Student Support Services, an organic chemistry peer assistant for the chemistry department and a peer mentor for the First Year Experience office.

Hess is currently serving as the president for the Society of Pre-Health Students and has been a part of the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. He has shadowed various physicians in a number of fields.

Hess was nominated by Kim Schmelz, director of Alumni Services, Amy Nemmetz, director of the First Year Experience office and Tracy Ball, program associate with First Year Experience.

Also representing the College of EMS is Rebecca Summ, a mechanical engineering major from Slinger, Wis.

Summ has been instrumental in the excellence exhibited by the UW-Platteville SWE collegiate section. She was part of the executive team that received back-to-back student organization of the year awards on campus.

Summ is also involved in the Society of Automotive Engineers. She has served as a resident assistant and peer mentor, and also has operated and owned her own business. She was one of five women awarded the National Collegiate Award for the Society of Women Engineers. UW-Platteville has never had a national award recipient in SWE until Summ earned the award.

Summ was nominated by Salmon-Stephens.

Tyler Fisher, a business administration, sales and marketing major from Rock Island, Ill., was selected for the award through the College of BILSA.

Fisher believes he can make a positive difference for the people with whom he interacts. He is involved in making a positive difference in many student organizations and in his on-campus positions. His involvements include being a student assistant and resident assistant, co-instructor for one of the Intro to College Life classes, student senator, Student Ambassador Corps member, Welcome Weekend intern, and Students Promoting Respect member.

Frequently, Fisher is seen gathering groups and encouraging others to take advantage of all the great things campus has to offer.

Fisher was nominated by Alisha Slowey, Brockert Hall director and David Nevins, Programs and Special Events coordinator.

Contact: Kim Schmelz, Alumni Services, (608) 342-1970,

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,

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