College of BILSA Awards and Nominations

The College of Business, Industry, Life and Agriculture (BILSA) highly values the various efforts of our staff, alumni, students, and faculty. Their superior performance is critical to fulfilling the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s mission and we are forever grateful. The nominating procedures for various awards can be found to the right.

Outstanding Alumni

Alec Schielke

Alec Schielke graduated from UW-Platteville in 2012, with a degree in biology. He later graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic. He currently works as a Staff Chiropractor at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Palo Alto Health Care System. Schielke is also an Assistant Professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus. He serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and as a Scientific Commission Member on the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters.

Morgan May

Morgan May graduated from UW-Platteville in 2009 with a degree in construction management. He is currently a Project Manager at Hensel Phelps, where he has worked for more than 10 years. May said that the most notable part of his UW-Platteville education was the construction lab.

“The construction lab provided at UW-Platteville gives students the opportunity for hands-on building, which was invaluable for me in my transition into the professional workforce,” said May. 

Randy Zinck

Randy Zinck graduated from UW-Platteville in 1979 with a degree in agriculture business. For 18 years, he worked at Deere and Company, holding several different positions. He then worked as a national sales manager for UpRight Lift Company, before spending the final 17 years of his career with Federal Signal Corporation as a regional manager for Elgin and Vactor, which were street sweepers and sewer cleaners.

Zinck has been heavily involved in volunteer work, including with the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, where he works with students with disabilities to teach them how to ski and snowboard. He also works with Valley Girls & Guys, a nonprofit organization that fundraises to support cancer charities and families of those affected by cancer. He is a large supporter of scholarships at UW-Platteville, stating that without scholarship support, he would not have been able to attend college, and he wishes to give others the same opportunity.

Thomas Gildersleeve

Thomas Gildersleeve graduated from UW-Platteville in 1983, with a degree in business administration and finance. Since 1987, he has been President of Southwest Accounting Inc., which specializes in business and personal income tax preparation, tax planning, consulting and other accounting services.

Gildersleeve holds several leadership positions in his community of Lancaster, Wisconsin, including Chairman of the Community First Bank Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Grant Regional Health Center Board of Directors. Gildersleeve is also a farm owner and operator and helps out on his family’s dairy farm. He is married to Kristi Gildersleeve and they have two teenage sons, Garrett and Brennen.


Friend of the college

Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine

The Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM)—a rural education program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health—has a long history of supporting the UW-Platteville Biology Department and pre-medical students at UW-Platteville. 

WARM aims to address physician shortages in rural areas by admitting and training students who intend to practice medicine in rural Wisconsin communities. Since its inception in 2007, WARM has admitted more than 10 UW-Platteville students. Another significant collaborative initiative between UW-Platteville and WARM was the development of the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program. This pre-med pipeline program aims to identify undergraduates and cultivate and nurture an interest in serving Wisconsin’s medically underserved rural and urban communities. Participants in RUSCH complete two paid summer experiences in community health and clinical research, in addition to medical school admissions workshops and advising, Medical College Admissions Test prep support, year-round career development seminars, and more. UW-Platteville was one of the first campuses selected to participate in RUSCH. Since its launch in 2009, RUSCH has accepted between two to five UW-Platteville students annually.

“The WARM staff has done a fantastic job of mentoring our undergraduates,” said Dr. Richard Dhyanchand, Professor of biology at UW-Platteville.  “They have all worked directly with many of our students through RUSCH, but have also given time to our non-RUSCH students. They have looked over application materials, coached students about the interview process, and encouraged them on how to fill holes in their applications. They are genuinely interested in helping our students gain admission to WARM and succeed.”

WARM is led by Dr. Joseph Holt, Director, and Alison Klein, Assistant Director.

“Working with faculty and students involved with RUSCH at UW-Platteville has been a professional highlight,” said Klein. “Dr. Dhyanchand, Dr. Trewin, and everyone involved with the program are extremely dedicated to their students, and are tireless advocates for them. The RUSCH students are hardworking, humble, and committed to their goal of working with underserved patients. UW-Platteville should be proud of the many success stories RUSCH has facilitated and I’ve been honored to be a part of it.” 

Nomination forms are due April 1 of each year.

  • Friend of the College of BILSA Award
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • Outstanding BILSA Employee Award
  • Distinguished BILSA Employee Award
  • Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award
  • Outstanding BILSA Academic Advisor

Nominate a candidate

This award acknowledges promoting the College of BILSA; providing opportunities for students; assisting faculty; aiding in the implementation of technology; and/or other appropriate activities and contributions. This award can be given to a family, organization, or individual that is not a UW-Platteville alumnus. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

This award acknowledges an individual who has demonstrated noteworthy career success. The outstanding alumnus contributed to a body of knowledge that advances a profession through research or professional activities, has made a significant contribution to society in the form of philanthropic contributions, or has demonstrated visionary thinking and actions. This recipient must be an alumnus of the UW-Platteville College of BILSA or its predecessors (College of BIC, College of Ag). Current College of BILSA employees are not eligible for the award. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

This award acknowledges extraordinary contributions to the College by a current employee with less than 10 years of service to the college. He or she should have demonstrated excellence of performance in their job tasks. In addition, the person will have gone above and beyond job expectations to provide outstanding service to the College. Secondary consideration is given for service to the university and/or community. Nominations are due April 1st each year. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

This award acknowledges extraordinary contributions to the College by a current or former employee with 10 years or more service to the College. He or she should have demonstrated excellence of performance in their job tasks. In addition, the person will have gone above and beyond job expectations to provide outstanding service to the College. Secondary consideration is given for service to the university and/or community. Nominations are due April 1st each year. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

The Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award recognizes faculty and instructional academic staff in the College of BILSA who demonstrate high teaching standards and clearly demonstrate a commitment to students.

Specific criteria to be considered in the selection of the recipients of this award include the following:

  1. Excellent student evaluations of instruction in a variety of courses,
  2. Recognition of excellence in instruction by one’s peers within a department/school,
  3. Recognition of excellence in teaching materials, curriculum, teaching techniques, and strategies by one’s peers within a discipline and with others outside the immediate college and university,
  4. Recognition of excellence in advising of students over an extended period of time,
  5. Recognition of superior service to students through student organizations and activities,
  6. Development of teaching materials and activities that are shared with peers to assist in their teaching activities for teaching improvement,
  7. Assistance provided to students who are seeking positions for internships, placement, and graduate education,
  8. Other efforts and activities that indicate excellence in teaching and serving students.

The amount of the annual professional development award will be based on the annual earnings of the endowment and the growth of the endowment principal itself. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

Effective advising is a high-impact practice in relation to student retention. The recipients of the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award exemplify the best qualities of faculty and academic staff advisors. The award will consist of a $500 professional development grant and recognition on our BILSA Outstanding Advisor commemorative plaque.

BILSA faculty or academic staff that serve as an academic advisor to students are eligible to receive the award. Evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor may include:

  • Strong interpersonal skills,
  • Frequency of contact with advisees,
  • Appropriate referral activity,
  • Use and dissemination of appropriate information sources,
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff,
  • Availability to advisees, faculty and staff,
  • Evidence of student success rate, by advisor or department,
  • Advisee or unit evaluations (summary data)
  • Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals,
  • Participation in and support of intrusive advising,
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures,
  • Ability to engage in, promote, and support developmental advising,
  • Participation in and support of advising development programs,
  • Perception by colleagues of nominee's advising skills.

The nomination process begins by the submission of a letter of nomination by students, colleagues, or the advisor. The selection committee chair will then ask the nominee for a letter that describes his or her advising philosophy and related experiences as well as the number of advisees for which the advisor is responsible.

Nominees may also submit up to three letters of support from colleagues and/or students, with no more than two of the letters coming from students. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.