Chancellor Scholars 2012

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2012 Chancellor Scholars

Luke Ashley, 2012 Chancellor scholar

Luke Ashley

Major: General engineering
Hometown: Denmark, Wis.

Ashley Biography

Luke Ashley from Denmark, Wis., is pursuing a degree in general engineering. With a passion for building and understanding how things work, he hopes to use his knowledge to work in the automotive industry domestically or abroad. Intervarsity, Pioneer Performance Engineering and the Automotive Enthusiasts Club are activities that Ashley has pursued at UW-Platteville. "I chose UW-Platteville because of the reputation it has for producing no-nonsense engineers," said Ashley. "I love it here. I don't think I would be happy anywhere else."


Susan Cartwright, 2012 Chancellor Scholar

Susan Cartwright

Major: Biology
Hometown: Neshkoro, Wis.

Cartwright Biography

Susan Cartwright of Neshkoro, Wis., has taken up a major in biology because of an interest in the world around her. Cartwright's degree will allow her to work in the medical or forensic science field. On campus, She has become involved as a member of the concert choir, Biology Club and Society for Pre-Health Students. Cartwright acknowledged encouragement from a family member who is an alumnus and UW-Platteville's strong biology and forensic investigation programs as reasons for choosing to be a Pioneer.

Landon Jarzynski

Major: General engineering
Hometown: Rockford, Ill.

Jarzynski Biography

Landon Jarzynski from Rockford, Ill. is a general engineering major with specific interest in moving the field of technology forward. Rather than pursue an initial interest in a military career, Jarzynski felt a career in the field of technology would allow him to innovate for the benefit of others. Jarzynski is active on campus. Within his first semester, he attends Confucius Institute events, is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Platteville Gaming Association. "My father is an alumnus and it was he who first pointed me in the direction UW-Platteville," said Jarzynski. "The university made a very strong case for me to attend UW-Platteville because of its reputation and computer science department."

Wes Krug

Major: Soil and crop science
Hometown: Hampshire, Ill.

Krug Biography

Wes Krug from Hampshire, Ill., is pursuing a degree in soil and crop science with future plans to work for an agricultural seed company in the seed genetics division. At UW-Platteville, Krug is involved in the Agronomy and Water Conservation Club and on the soils team. Krug is dedicated to serving others at home and in Platteville. This includes bringing his therapy dog named April to local nursing homes and collecting data to implement an amphibian biodiversity recovery plan in his local community. Krug notes UW-Platteville's great prestige in agricultural studies and attention to individual students as reasons for choosing the university. "Receiving a Chancellor Scholarship is an honor to me and it will be my highest priority to work hard, continue to be involved with campus organizations and make a difference in the Platteville community," said Krug.

Nicole Maala

Major: Engineering physics
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wis.

Maala Biography

Nicole Maala is an engineering physics major from Manitowoc, Wis. Maala chose her major to gain knowledge of integrating electrical and mechanical systems. Upon graduation, she hopes to gain employment in industry and pursue and advanced degree. Maala's campus engagement includes involvement through the Driven Scholars Program, the Alliance, Society of Women in Engineering and the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Living and Learning Community. "I chose UW-Platteville because of their dedication to undergraduates and the excellent engineering program," said Maala.

Melanie Nanke

Major: Software and mechanical engineering
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Melanie Nanke of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is majoring in software and mechanical engineering. With a double major, Nanke hopes to have many career opportunities available upon graduation. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and participates in choir. Throughout high school, Nanke was active in the performing arts and hopes to continue her involvement at UW-Platteville. Nanke notes that the small campus atmosphere at UW-Platteville was appealing when choosing a university.

Rebecca Riley

Major: Animal science with a meat and livestock emphasis
Hometown: Huntley, Ill.


Rebecca Riley of Huntley, Ill., is attending UW-Platteville to major in animal science with a meat and livestock emphasis. Riley chose to pursue this major because of her strong interest in raising and showing pigs and steers. She hopes to use her degree to return to her family farm and continue to work with animals and livestock nutrition. On campus, Riley is involved in Block and Bridle, Collegiate FFA and Ceres. Riley's high school agriculture instructor recommended she visit UW-Platteville. That visit made UW-Platteville the clear choice for her college education. "UW-Platteville is almost like I am at home and that is what I was looking for in a campus," said Riley.

Tyler Stephens

Major: Criminal justice with a law enforcement emphasis Biography
Hometown: Nekoosa, Wis.


Tyler Stephens of Nekoosa, Wis., is majoring in criminal justice with a law enforcement emphasis and a Spanish minor. Stephens was influenced to pursue a career in law enforcement by family members and upon graduation hopes to protect and serve others. Stephens belongs to the Criminal Justice Association, Platteville Police Explorer Post #480 and serves Hugunin Hall as a wing representative. "I chose UW-Platteville because it is the best school for criminal justice in the Midwest," said Stephens. "The professors all have field experience and offer practical, real-world experience."

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