UW-Platteville Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award winners announced

July 22, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Established in 1986, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals, families, businesses and/or corporations who have significantly served UW-Platteville and its mission by enhancing the university's reputation and influence or by substantially contributing time and/or gifts for its benefit or by influencing others to develop a similar relationship with the university.

Those chosen to receive this year’s award include Curt and Linda Hanson, CD Smith Construction Services, Scot Industries, John and Barbara Boldt and Thomas Hickey.

Curt Hanson, a 1967 technical agriculture graduate of UW-Platteville, and Linda Hanson, established Mid-State Equipment in 1974. The business, a full-line John Deere dealer, has grown from one location and three employees to seven locations and more than 180 employees. Curt currently serves as president of the company.

Curt served on the UW-Platteville ag advisory committee for many years to help perserve the ag program as well as on the UW-Platteville Foundation Board of Directors.

The Hansons, current residents of Columbus, Wis., are long time supporters of the university. Mid-State Equipment has provided jobs to UW-Platteville graduates as well as internships for students.

There is also an annual $1,000 Mid-State Equipment Scholarship, which is awarded to an incoming freshman with a declared major in agriculture. Preference is given to a student pursuing ag engineering technology or agribusiness.

In 2009, Curt and Linda donated a gift of real estate to the Foundation. Proceeds from the sale supported Pioneer Farm, the Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement and the UW-Platteville scholarship for Columbus High School, in substantial ways.

Also in 2009, Curt participated in the UW-Platteville Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement Entrepreneur Summit.

Curt feels strongly about helping young rural people with financial need continue their education.

CD Smith Construction Services is a partner/builder with the UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation.

In December 2010, the UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation began a search for a developer to assist in the construction and financing of building projects to aid the university. After an extensive search and review of proposals submitted, CD Smith was chosen in April 2011. CD Smith was willing to step forward and assist the Real Estate Foundation in making Rountree Commons a reality. Not only did the company work with the city of Platteville to get the plans approved, it assembled an outstanding team of subcontractors, managed and financed the construction and brought the project in on time and below budget. CD Smith also assisted in the long-term financing after completion.

Rountree Commons has become a favorite of students, and it has met a very pressing need for student housing in the community. The company support continues with the construction of Bridgeway Commons, which is scheduled to be complete in August.

CD Smith has been instrumental in giving the Real Estate Foundation the ability to provide more than 1,000 new student resident hall beds and a new dining facility to the university in less than three years.

Additionally, CD Smith established a $2,000 annual scholarship for a student with at least a junior standing, majoring in industrial studies with an emphasis in building construction management, or for a student who is majoring in one of the engineering fields.

CD Smith has also made donations in support of fund raising events.

Scot Industries is a major supporter of the UW-Platteville Industrial Studies Department. According to Robert Anderson, Scot Industries plant manager in Muscoda, Wis., the company is hiring more than 40 percent of its college graduates from UW-Platteville; all full-time positions. “We feel that it is important to support UW-Platteville because education has always been a priority to Scot Industries,” he said.

Scot Industries also hires interns from UW-Platteville on a regular basis and some of them move on to full-time careers after graduation.

Scot Industries has offices throughout the United States.

John Boldt and his wife Barbara, a 1976 graduate of UW-Platteville in math and English, were inducted in the university’s 1866 Cornerstone Society this year. They have established the John I. and Barbara L. (Bishop) Boldt Scholarship, which is designated for a deserving junior or senior majoring in engineering, mathematics or mathematics education. In addition to John and Barbara’s scholarship, Clark Dietz established a $2,500 annual scholarship for underrepresented students entering the engineering field in 2004.

John Boldt, a 1976 civil engineering graduate of UW-Platteville, is the president and CEO of Clark Dietz, Inc. a consulting engineering firm with eight offices in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. He is the outgoing chair of the UW-Platteville Foundation and current vice-president of the UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation.

John served nine years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors prior to joining the Foundation Board eight years ago. He was named Outstanding Alumni - Entrepreneur/Businessperson by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Alumni Chapter in 2007 and Outstanding Volunteer by the Foundation in 2011.

Barbara Boldt is currently a professor of mathematics at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill. She has spent her career teaching mathematics courses, ranging from seventh grade through early college level. She earned a bachelor’s in mathematics and English in 1976. She later received a Master of Science in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. She is a member of the UW-Platteville EMS Alumni Chapter board of directors and was the principal speaker at the EMS Commencement ceremony in spring 2013.

John and Barbara Boldt were inducted into UW-Platteville’s 1866 Cornerstone Society this year. They have established the John I. and Barbara L. (Bishop) Boldt Scholarship, which is designated for a deserving junior or senior, majoring in engineering, mathematics or mathematics education. In addition to John and Barbara’s scholarship, Clark Dietz, Inc. established a $2,500 annual scholarship in 2004 for underrepresented students entering the engineering field.

The Boldts are also active supporters of the Community Scholarship program on behalf of Iowa-Grant and Platteville high schools.

Thomas Hickey, associate professor Emeritus in English, has supported the university through various means.

Hickey taught freshman English composition as well as upper level British literature courses, particularly drama and the novel.

Hickey has been an arts and music advocate, performing in 20 university theatre, opera and musical productions, and singing in the Platteville Chorale for 30 years.

He established a creative writing award as well as two scholarships: the Thomas Hickey Musical Theatre Performance Award and the Thomas Hickey Theatre Performance Award.

Hickey supports the Friends of the Center for the Arts and the Steinway Piano fund.

Hickey, who retired from UW-Platteville in 2005 after teaching composition and literature in the humanities department for 42 years, served as chair of the Curriculum Committee and English Department Review Board, was a member of the English department search and screen committee for more than 20 years, director of the Grant County Historical Society and was also a recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.

He also participated in the University Singers and Pioneer Players, singing in at least 75 concerts and participating in 24 stage performances. Hickey remains active on campus, serving on the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame selection committee, student commencement speaker selection committee and is a contributor to the UW-Platteville Rountree Chamber Ensemble.

Each recipient was honored at the Donor and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Saturday, July 20 at Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall at UW-Platteville.

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


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Curt Hanson - Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Speech

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