Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board is made up of volunteer student representatives from our programs who act as advocates for all distance education students. The Board advises the Center for Distance Learning regarding student concerns, suggests new initiatives, and acts as a mentoring resources for new and prospective students. If you have any concerns, suggestions, or questions, please reach out to a representative.

The board meets via teleconference three times during the academic year. They discuss topics submitted by members, students, and Center for Distance Learning staff. The feedback provides staff with recommendations when changes to policies are being considered. Student Advisory Board representatives also occasionally poll their classmates in the Desire2Learn discussion board to solicit additional input. If this opportunity is ever available to you, please help us out by responding to your classmate's request.

If you would like to serve on this volunteer advisory board, or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Center for Distance Learning, at 800.362.5460 or sab@uwplatt.edu.

2018-2019 Student Advisory Board Members

Brandon Cline

Brandon Cline
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
clineb@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Indiana

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? In 2004, I attended UW-Platteville on campus and ended up dropping out in 2009 to enter the labor force. After several years of growing resentment for not finishing my degree, I decided to pursue completing my degree. I considered UW-Platteville because that is where I started this journey and devoted many hours to earning my degree, so I wanted to ultimately have the culmination moment where I walk across the state at graduation in Platteville, Wisconsin.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I currently work for a large insurance company and I strive to move up into management with the company. Gaining the insight from the business administration degree will position me well to achieve those goals. I also have deep seeded desires to run my own business and build something from nothing, and potentially leave something for my kids to make a life doing, if they wanted to.

What field do you work in? Currently I am an injury claims adjuster for an international insurance company.

 

Jesse Ruegsegger

Jesse Ruegsegger
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
ruegseggerj@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? UW-Platteville offered a large variety of print-based courses. I did not have computer access when I started school. This gave me the largest collection of classes to choose from. Plus, they were degree specific and not just general education courses.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I started with this degree because it was the only one offered at the time in print-based. I've decided to stick with business because the degree has a variety of applications. I want to be prepared for as many things as I can be. Business is a good fit.

What field do you work in? Burial vault production and delivery. I only plan to do this until I graduate, then I will be ready to start my final career.

 

Matt Halambeck

Matt Halambeck
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
halambeckm@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Missouri

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? I originally attended UW-Madison and wished to stay in the UW System. UW-Platteville offered the degree program I was looking for at an affordable price.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I am pursuing a degree in business administration because all my working-life I have been managing different businesses. This degree will give me an edge over others in the job market, especially with my years of experience.

What field do you work in? I currently work in the document management industry. We copy, scan, print, or convert our clients documents. We make it easier for them to manage data.

 

Samantha Jozwiak

Samantha Jozwiak
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
jozwiaks@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? I chose UW-Platteville because of the great reputation it has, as well as consistently phenominal feedback from current students. It also was a plus that I can pursue my degree online with UW-Platteville while I work full-time.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I am pursuing my bachelor's in criminal justice, with the goal of attending law school and becoming an attorney or work for the federal government.

What field do you work in? I currently work in the real estate field, working as a property manager for a 136-unit apartment complex.

 

Brittany Tyson

Brittany Tyson
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
tysonbr@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? I chose UW-Platteville because I live close to campus and can utilize their resources, even as a distance student. The program I wanted is offered completely online with inclusive communication from professors, academic advisors, and staff. My husband and family members are also proud UW-Platteville alumni!

Why are you pursuing this degree? I'm pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice so that I can work with at risk youth and young adults. As a probation officer, I'd like to be able to encourage and redirect people so that they may be able to see they have more potential and opportunities than they may think.

What field do you work in? I work for Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin as the Family Resource Specialist. We are a trusted resource that helps to prepare, education, and support families, childcare providers, and the public.

 

Ola OIapo

Ola Olapo
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
olapoo@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? After receiving my bachelor's in criminal justice from UW-Oshkosh, I knew that I wanted to further my knowledge and education at the graduate level. Despite being a student who loves the classroom setting, I knew that it would be in my best interest to look for an online program that would fit my work and volunteer obligations. I chose UW-Platteville because of their track record in criminal justice and the class selections are exactly what I was looking for.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I'm pursuing my master's in criminal justice with a concentration in victims and offending services with the goal that one day, I'll open a nonprofit for at-risk youth, ex-cons, and individuals with behavioral and mental health issues, providing them and their families with the services and resources necessary to be able to lead a productive life away from crime. I initially chose criminal justice to become a cop. It wasn't until my last semester of my undergrad that I landed an internship with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, that I realized I no longer had a desire to become a cop. From my educational courses during my undergrad at UW-Oshkosh and following media outlets, I realized that I was not intrigued with the theories of crime causation and the programs and services needed to assist these individuals in making better life choices because I'm sure we call all agree that once an individual finds themselves in the criminal justice system, it's not easy for them to get out of it.

What field do you work in? I'm currently working in the security field until I finish my master's program. I'm also a volunteer youth mentor at Obama School through a church sponsored program, James Place at Elmbrook Church.
Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes
Master of Science in Engineering
hayess@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? I knew a flexible distance education program would be the only way I could pursue an advanced degree with my young family. I researched a number of programs and found that Platteville provided the best value. I attended Platteville for my undergrad and know that Platteville is a respected engineering school in the region.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I wanted to pursue a degree that would help me advance into leadership roles at my organization. The M.S. in Engineering program with Engineering Management emphasis provided a good balance between the technical and management sides of engineering.

What field do you work in? I currently work as a civil engineer for Wisconsin's largest airport. My main tasks are designing and managing capital improvement projects. I also get involved with asset management, capital planning and budgeting.

 

Hoshio Sakamoto

Hoshio Sakamoto
Master of Science in Engineering
sakamotoh@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Maryland

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? The biggest reason is the ability to tailor coursework to my career and interests. An MBA degree program could have project management related courses, but offer very few technical courses, while the opposite is true for other engineering degrees. Additionally, I want to maintain a work-life-school balance and the traditional semester based academic year is the best fit for me. As a Badger, it's fantastic to have the opportunity to pursue a degree in the UW System after moving across the country multiple times!

Why are you pursuing this degree? I'm pursuing an emphasis in Applications of Engineering Management to support my career growth. As I move from the hands-on technical side to the management of diverse projects, it will be extremely beneficial to tailor coursework to the systems and quality engineering.

What field do you work in? I work in the government contracting field, with a focus on production and integrated logistics.

 

Richard Kvapil

Richard Kvapil
Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management
kvapilr@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? Ultimately it was about finding the right fit of flexibility that would mesh well with my work commitments, family life, and other activities I am involved in. It also helped that I obtained my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Platteville as well.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I initially wanted to obtain a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management, but changed to a Master of Science degree in Integrated Supply Chain Management. I already had the Engineering Management experience and wanted to broaden my skillset into something related to my current career that would potentially open other opportunities down the road.

What field do you work in? I currently work for an athletic shoe and apparel retailer as a Senior Manager of Engineering and EDI. In my role I work on a wide range of projects that involve process and profit improvements in a distribution center and garment customization shop, business process improvements at our corporate office, supply chain strategy and network analysis projects, and manage projects related to various material handling equipment, EDI transactions, WMS and other systems upgrades.

 

Tac-Whei Ong

Tac-Whei Ong
Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management
ongt@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: California

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? The online Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management program is well ranked nationally and great value in terms of fees and convenience for professional educational development. It was also highly recommended by my mentor at APICS who had completed this course, so it definitely gave me confidence.

Why are you pursuing this degree? A graduate degree in supply chain with an emphasis in operations management would complement my 15 year sales and marketing career in biotech and healthcare; developing important technical skills valued by various corporations.

What field do you work in? I currently work in biotech and healthcare.

 

Sergio Romero

Sergio Romero
Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership
romeros@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? I acquired my undergraduate degree through UW-Platteville and I had always read about how acclaimed the online courses were through the distance learning center, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to continue my education.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I'm pursuing my master's in Organizational Change Leadership due to my current work environment going through constant change and improvement. Originally I was a strong believer in the idea that most issues could be engineered away. However, after time I began to realize that culture and strategic approaches to how individuals work and act can make a large difference in the way an organizaiton runs, which is quite interesting to me.

What field do you work in? I currently work in the manufacturing field, which isn't something I had planned on my entire life. However, now that I'm more and more involved with the creation of products through both machinery as well as a diverse work group, I find it very rewarding at times!

 

Sheree Yates

Sheree Yates
Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership
yatess@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Illinois

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? I chose UW-Platteville because of the recognition of its master's program and for the flexibility of the online format.

Why are you pursuing this degree? Being a student of the Organizational Change Leadership program has been a fascinating experience. It has allowed me to hone my research skills while engaging with interesting and intelligent professionals across industries.

What field do you work in? I have over fifteen years of experience in the human resource field and I am actively involved with the Society of Human Resource Management in Wisconsin.

 

Mandy Henkel

Mandy Henkel
Master of Science in Project Management
henkelm@uwplatt.edu

Background

Home state: Wisconsin

Why did you choose UW-Platteville? I chose UW-Platteville based on the all online nature of the programs I was interested in. This method of delivery appealed to me and made achieving a degree more attainable with my full-time work schedule, children, and community involvement. Additionally, I felt 100% confident in the education I would receive. I live near Platteville in Southwest Wisconsin and work at another higher education institution, which contributed to my confidence and familiarity with the university.

Why are you pursuing this degree? I knew I wanted to pursue a degree that would not only increase my skills and knowledge for my current job and future aspirations, but I also wanted a program that interested me and fit with my strengths. I have always been a very process and detail-oriented person, which are skills that align well with project management.

What field do you work in? I currently work as a Research Analyst in higher education. In this role I have increased the use of data in decision-making and project development at my current employer. Additionally, my employer has gone to a more project-based continuous improvement model where my skills and knowledge learned in the project management program at UW-Platteville have aligned perfectly with my current work.