Friday Features - May 15, 2015

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Friday Features
May 15, 2015

Students attend Berkshire-Hathaway meeting

A group of students led by Dr. Rami Reddy, professor of agribusiness in the school of agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, attended the Berkshire-Hathaway investors meeting in Omaha, Neb. recently. Warren Buffet, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO spoke at the meeting.

Students Ashley Zastrow, Carissa Ann Tolsman, Emily La Sage and John Draginis were selected through an essay contest posed by Reddy in the Agricultural Marketing class to attend the meeting.

Each student was required to submit a synopsis of their experiences upon returning from the event.

“I loved gaining first-hand insight into how Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger approach business practices,” said Zastrow.

“It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said La Sage. “I learned so much that will help me in my investing.”

Steve Vale, a UW-Plattteville alumnus, provided tickets to the meeting to the students as well as to Reddy. He also presented each student with one share of Berkshire-Hathaway stock B, valued at approximately $140. “This is an outstanding program that Dr. Reddy has put together and a great way for students to learn about finances,” stated Vale.

The Glenn Webb Education Fund/GROWMARK Foundation and the school of agriculture provided funding for the trip.

Pictured left to right are Dr. Rami Reddy, Ashley Zastrow, Carissa Ann Tolzman, Emily La Sage and John Draginis.

Campus Read books donated to schools and libraries

Campus ReadThe University of Wisconsin-Platteville has made donations of Campus Read books from the previous three years to four local schools and two libraries and plans to make more donations. An email was distributed to the campus community asking for unwanted copies of the Campus Read book to be returned and be used as part of the donation.

The donated books have already been a part of a few book clubs. Morgan Spitzer, intern coordinator of the writing center at UW-Platteville, has been one of the main coordinators of the campus read donation. “The goal of Campus Read is to encourage students to read and make reading a part of everybody’s practice and to help people understand the value of reading,” she said. “I think the best part for us is that we are really extending that goal beyond the campus environment and to the community by giving students in high schools a chance to share in that goal.”

Positive feedback has been expressed by all of the schools and libraries that have received the books. “We have the books dispersed among the English classrooms in the middle school and high school, as well as the middle school library,” said Page Leahy, district media director at Platteville High School. “They will definitely be incorporated into lit choice in the classroom, and they have already been checked out from the library. Biographies and narrative non-fiction are both genres that are studied at the upper grades, so these will be great additions.”

Geography faculty, students and graduates present at Chicago meeting

Eighteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville students, faculty, staff and graduates recently gave presentations at the Association of American Geographers’ annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. Approximately 9,000 people attended the conference, known as the single largest gathering of geographers in the world.

Five of the presentations were by department of geography faculty; five by UW-Platteville’s Tree-Ring, Earth, and Environmental Sciences Laboratory and department of geography staff; and eight by current geography students and recent geography graduates.

Presentations included a wide variety of topics that were primarily focused on environmental change and ranged in scale from local to global. Talks included tree-ring based reconstructions of drought in Southwest Wisconsin over the past 300 years and changes in Lake Superior evaporation rates over the past 400 years; analyses of fire and human activity over the past two centuries in central Wisconsin and the past four centuries in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; the changing response of 1,000-year-old foxtail pine trees to climate change in the Sierra Nevada mountains of southern California; tornado impacts on Memorial Park; and analyses of changing ocean surface water temperatures in marine protected areas around the world.

UW-Platteville faculty and staff who presented included: Dr. Evan Larson, Dr. Elmo Rawling, Sara Allen, Lane Johnson, Ben Matthys, John Eads, Michelle Howard, Rich Waugh, Todd Stradford and Lynnette Dornak.

UW-Platteville students and recent graduates who presented included: Giselle Varrientos, Marty Green, Gabriel Brownell, Jaime Teutschmann, Jamie Jefferson, Cassie Jorgenson, Jessica Kleckner and Liz Tanner.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to present their work to an international audience,” Larson said. “For many of these students, they were presenting research they have been working on for a year or more, and coming right at the end of the academic year, helped this become a true capstone experience and exciting culmination of the graduating seniors time at UW-Platteville.”

Funding for the students to attend the annual meeting was provided by research grants, department and college support, and support through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors at UW-Platteville.

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