UWP grad Michael Lange selected as Super Senior
PLATTEVILLE - As University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior Michael Lange thought about the December graduation ceremony, the broadcasting student surely had a different perspective than most. Working for the university's television services department, Lange has helped broadcast the ceremony for local cable many times in the years past.
"I'll be in front of the cameras this year for graduation instead of behind it," Lange, a December graduate, said. "I'll kind of feel out of place."
Michael Lange has been selected as one of this semester's Super Seniors at UWP and will receive a lifetime membership in the UWP Alumni Association. He is the son of Rod and Debbie Lange of Green Bay.
A communication technologies major with an emphasis in broadcasting, Lange got much experience in television and video production as an employee of the university's television services department, producing video promotions and training videos and helping broadcast basketball, volleyball and football games, as well as other ceremonies.
"Pretty much from the beginning I was working with television services. We try to do a lot of different events," Lange said. "I've gotten to do a lot of things through television services."
One of the most rewarding things has been working on UWP's annual holiday telethon to raise money for the Wisconsin Badger Camp, a summer camp for individuals with developmental disabilities. Lange has been a member of the core production team for the telethon the last three years.
This year, as assistant producer, he edited video that was to be used during the telecast and trained new personnel on video equipment. He was able to visit the Wisconsin Badger Camp during the summer to shoot video for the telecast.
"Once you go up there and shoot, it makes the telethon so much better. You get to see what telethon is all about," Lange said.
The telethon is a great thing for the campers as well.
"They just love being up there," Lange said. "And they love seeing themselves on TV." This year's telethon raised more than $66,000.
Lange decided to come to UWP because of the personal interaction between students and professors in the broadcasting program.
"It's a really hands-on program. Right away as freshmen they throw you on the equipment. You learn just as much from other students as you do from professors. That's the best part of it." Lange said.
For one promotional video he produced, Lange won a Telly award, given to recognize outstanding non-network commercials and video productions. In addition to classes and work at television services, Lange has also been involved with the UWP chapter of the National Broadcasting Society.
Diversifying his education, Lange earned a minor in computer science to complement his broadcasting talents.
"Broadcasting is becoming a lot more dependant on computers," Lange said. "Being able to trouble shoot and just having those skills to do your own computer support-the more you know the more valuable you are."
In his free time, Lange enjoys skiing and bicycling, and is working on his certification to be a scuba diver. Now that he has graduated, he is looking to work in television or video production and feels UWP has given him that opportunity.
"UWP is a great college for a lot of different majors, not just engineering," Lange said.