Updike to address graduates at commencement

May 6, 2003

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2003_05_06_b.jpgPLATTEVILLE-Jeremy Updike, a native of Boscobel, will address the UW-Platteville graduation class at commencement on Saturday, May 10. Updike will graduate with a major in speech communication and a minor in psychology.

While at UWP Updike has been involved in a variety of activities including forensics, the singing pioneers, and the University singers. Updike enjoyed his experience as homecoming court representative and his role as a resident assistant has been most rewarding as well.

"I have served on many committees and steer many of those. I've been heavily involved with residence life for students living in the residence halls. This year I have been a programming director, which has allowed me to help supervise a staff of eight resident assistants in their programming efforts," said Updike.

"In all of the positions Jeremy has held while in our employ, he has served as an excellent resource and role model for students as well as other staff members. ... Jeremy is hard working and very dedicated to whatever task he undertakes. He has the incredible ability to balance job workload with class workload as well as maintain a healthy balance in his personal life. He is sensitive to the needs of others and is an advocate for underrepresented groups," Sherry Nevins, assistant director of student housing, noted.

Updike has been recognized at UWP with the Outstanding Staff Member of the Semester Award, Programmer of the Semester Award, 2002 Homecoming Court representative and 2002 UWP Foundation Excellence in Leadership Award.

"Speech communication is unfortunately a low number major. I believe that many people steer away from it, because they get nervous talking in front of people. Well, I get nervous talking in front of people, but this major has helped me conquer some of that fear. I believe that UW-Platteville gives you a great education at a very low coast.

Updike, offered advice to incoming students to get involved. College can be one of the best experiences ever if you just get involved.

"UW-Platteville has given me so much to take with me. It has provided me with friendships, leadership opportunities, and place that I feel comfortable calling home. Platteville is a nice community, and our university is among the best. If you take pride in going to UW-Platteville, you will reap so many benefits from your college experience that you will never be able to put a price tag on it in the end," said Updike.

Updike has accepted employment as a residence hall director at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He intends on pursuing a degree in guidance and counseling. This summer he will spend time in Boscobel with his parents, Ron and Sue Updike, and his brothers Eric, Casey and Jason.

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