Distance Education Alumni Board welcomes new member

November 28, 2016
Shilo Wilkinson (right) is pictured with fellow MSPM graduate Mark Sidote and advisor Melissa Gavin at spring 2016 commencement.


Shilo Wilkinson is the newest member of the Distance Education Alumni Board. She enrolled in the Master of Science in Project Management program in the summer of 2014 and graduated in the spring of 2016.

Q: When did you decide to join the Alumni Board and why?
A: After graduation I knew that I wanted to contribute to UW-Platteville some way other than monetarily, so I started looking into what ways I could give back to the program that gave so much to me. When I spoke with my advisor, Melissa Gavin, about it, she mentioned joining the Distance Education Alumni Board, and it seemed like the perfect fit. I was voted onto the board in early October 2016, and my first meeting was later that month.

Q: Do you have specific duties as a board member?
A: As I am a very new member to the board, I don’t have any specific duties at this time. I am looking forward to offering my time and expertise, if and when a need arises. I am hoping to bring new ideas to the board about how to increase the involvement of other alumni that aren’t in close proximity to the university, since I’m in Colorado and not in Wisconsin or physically present on the UW-Platteville campus.

Q: Why is it important for you to stay involved and connected as an alumnus?
A: It is important for me to stay involved because I believe that creating a strong alumni foundation will help to promote the university and the programs that are offered. The Distance Learning Center does a wonderful job supporting its students during their educational journey, and it is great to know that I can give back.

Q: Why would you encourage other students or alumni to get involved and stay connected to UW-Platteville?
A: When an institution proves that it cares about all of its students, both on-site and off, its alumni should do everything in their power to support that university. I looked at many different programs and schools before deciding to attend UW-Platteville, and I am so glad I did. I have created relationships that will last a lifetime, earned a degree that benefited my career, and now I have the opportunity to give back. By encouraging other students to get involved, we are creating a larger network of alumni that will help support UW-Platteville now and in the future. We are all working together to make the UW-Platteville a stronger organization one alumni at a time.

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