University News

Pictured left to right are Dr. Danny Xiao,  Dylan Notsch, Will Straka and Nic Oesau.

Students conduct research at largest pavement research facility

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Dec 01, 2021 | Featured in: STEM, Research Three civil engineering students recently conducted research at MnROAD, the largest full-scale pavement research facility of its kind in the world, located near Albertville, Minnesota.

Students from Darlington High School visit with Dr. Chris Schulenburg, professor of Spanish.

UW-Platteville hosts specialty group tours, introducing prospective students to campus

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Dec 01, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Diversity Equity and Inclusion UW-Platteville hosted several specialty visits this fall, bringing dozens of students from across the tri-state area to campus. The events included Spanish Visit Day on Oct. 16, a Darlington [Wisconsin] High School ESL group visit on Oct. 21 and, most recently, a Multicultural Visit Day on Nov. 13.

Corey Young

UW System honors Young with Dr. P.B. Poorman Award

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Dec 01, 2021 | Featured in: Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Press Release Corey Young, advisor in the UW-Platteville Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, received the 2021 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People.

MCIC

Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference Series to return in March, call for proposals announced

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 30, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Diversity Equity and Inclusion UW-Platteville's Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference will return this March to offer workshops, presentations and panels on various topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Conference organizers are currently accepting program proposals through Dec. 29. 

Ullsvik Hall

Update Coronavirus

Written By: Paul Erickson | Published On: Nov 30, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community New to the site: To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Chancellor Shields has issued a face covering mandate for indoor buildings through December 31, 2021. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority, especially in response the COVID-19. This site tracks all the messages sent to the university community since January, 2020 regarding our COVID-19 policies and procedures. The site also features the dashboard.

2019 Holiday Gala

UW-Platteville to hold annual Holiday Gala

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Nov 29, 2021 | Featured in: Arts & Culture UW-Platteville will hold its 25th annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 3 and 4 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m.

Students visit Frog Bay Tribal National Park.

New partnership with Bayfield offers opportunity to model Act 31 and culturally-responsive teaching

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 29, 2021 | Featured in: Education & Wellness Fourteen education students recently spent two weeks in Bayfield, Wisconsin, for a unique practicum experience, giving them the opportunity to learn more about culturally-responsive teaching practices and implementing Act 31 in the classroom.

Pictured left to right are student presenters Caleb Anderson, Colin Johnson, and Danni Garcia-Havens

Students present at Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Convention

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Nov 29, 2021 | Featured in: Education & Wellness Twelve students from the Methods in Elementary Physical Education course attended the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Convention in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, including two groups of students who presented and were the only undergraduates invited to present.

Jon Hutson (front) and Tamunoimi Fenibo Opusunju (back)

Pioneer Players present a Doctor Faustus for the 21st century

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 23, 2021 | Featured in: Arts & Culture UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will present Christopher Marlowe’s classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil, “Doctor Faustus,” Dec. 1-5.  

Jessica Brogley with student

Students prepare to meet the technology needs of K-12 classrooms

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 23, 2021 | Featured in: Education & Wellness UW-Platteville's School of Education has a long history of looking toward the future and anticipating and responding to the needs of the communities and schools it serves — and in recent years, those needs are increasingly revolving around technology. That is why UW-Platteville education students are leading the way in pursuing voluntary Google for Education certification, long before they even graduate. 

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Criminal Justice students engage with inmates for unique learning opportunity

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 22, 2021 | Featured in: Law & Justice More than 70 criminal justice students currently enrolled in Corrections and Criminology courses at UW-Platteville recently had the opportunity to enhance their coursework when they engaged in Zoom sessions with a panel of inmates from the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution.

Commencement

UW-Platteville to celebrate 207th commencement

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Nov 22, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Press Release The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will celebrate its 207th commencement on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Idea Hub

IDEA Hub brings entrepreneurial workshop program to branch campuses

Written By: John Christensen | Published On: Nov 18, 2021 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County, Richland Southwest Wisconsin’s growing IDEA Hub, which supports innovators and entrepreneurs as they translate ideas into action, will bring its free “Your Startup in 10 Minutes” experience to UW-Platteville’s two branch campuses.

Lisa Behling

New student advisor and coach Joins UW-Platteville Richland

Written By: John Christensen | Published On: Nov 15, 2021 | Featured in: Richland UW-Platteville has hired Lisa Behling as Academic Advisor and Coach for UW-Platteville Richland. Behling earned an Associate degree from UW-Richland and previously worked as a Student Affairs Coordinator at the campus from 1999-2013.

Spencer Butterfield

Butterfield selected to represent U.S. at world forum

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 12, 2021 | Featured in: Languages, STEM Senior Spencer Butterfield is one of only two student-athletes nationwide handpicked to represent the United States at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World Forum in Costa Rica this spring.

Linda Conroy

Heralded bioregional herbalist teaching for UW-Platteville Continuing Education Institute

Written By: Stephen Kelley | Published On: Nov 10, 2021 | Featured in: Continuing, Press Release Internationally-renowned bioregional herbalist Linda Conroy has signed on to teach three courses for the UW-Platteville Continuing Education Institute this winter and spring. 

Pioneers Day of Giving kick-off event

Pioneers Day of Giving Raises Over $143,000

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Nov 08, 2021 | Featured in: Alumni, Campus & Community The 2021 UW-Platteville Pioneers Day of Giving received over 640 donations totaling more than $143,000 from alumni and friends. A record number of people participated this year, including more students than ever before.

Mariela Shaker

Syrian refugee to discuss civil liberties through her music and journey to the United States

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Nov 08, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Press Release, Arts & Culture Syrian refugee Mariela Shaker will perform and speak on the topic of civil liberties at UW-Platteville on Monday, Nov. 22. The presentation will be held in the Richard & Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Spencer Butterfield at Machu Picchu

Student spends unforgettable summer internship in Amazon Rainforest

Written By: Jason Piddington | Published On: Nov 05, 2021 | Featured in: Languages, STEM, Research Spencer Butterfield had a summer internship experience like few others. Combining his double majors in sustainability and renewable energy systems and Spanish, he spent two months in the Amazon Rainforest, conducting research on solar panel policy in the rural community of Monterey, Peru.

Melynda Vang

Vang credits UW-Platteville opportunities, family for success

Written By: Kari Hill | Published On: Nov 04, 2021 | Featured in: Women in STEM, STEM As Melynda Vang prepares to graduate next month, she reflects on the opportunities the university offered her, setting her up for success and a job before graduation. Vang is majoring in computer science with a minor in business administration, and recently accepted a position at Travelers, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

Baraboo Sauk County campus

‘The God Committee’ to be performed Nov. 18-21 at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County

Written By: John Christensen | Published On: Nov 04, 2021 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County, Arts & Culture UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County's fall play, “The God Committee,” by Mark St. Germain, dramatizes a hospital transplant committee's deliberation and the ethical issues its members face.  Performances are Nov. 18-21.

Pioneer Leaders

Green Bay Packers grant to enhance experience of student-athletes

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 03, 2021 | Featured in: Corporate Relations, Press Release The UW-Platteville Foundation is the recipient of a $3,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. The grant will help to enhance the Pioneer Leadership Institute, thereby having a direct impact on Pioneer student-athletes’ leadership and career development opportunities.  

Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award Ceremony

Campus Climate Department honored with state award for diversity

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 02, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Press Release During a ceremony at the State Capitol on Oct. 29, UW-Platteville’s Department of Campus Climate was honored with the 2021 Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award from the State Council on Affirmative Action. 

Horrific Crime Scene Revisited Event

Annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event returns Nov. 6-7

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Nov 02, 2021 | Featured in: Law & Justice UW-Platteville will host its 10th annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event on Nov. 6-7. Drawing several hundred attendees in years past, this popular tradition provides an opportunity for students and the community to learn more about the field of forensics.

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UW-Platteville named one of nation's top online universities

Written By: Stephen Kelley | Published On: Oct 28, 2021 | Featured in: Distance Education, Graduate Studies, Press Release The University of Wisconsin-Platteville online programs have earned national recognition once again. This month, the university was named one of the 50 Top Online Colleges by CollegeValuesOnline.com.

Construction Career Day

UW-Platteville hosts Construction Career Day and Construction Networking event

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Oct 26, 2021 | Featured in: Corporate Relations, Industrial Studies Hundreds of high school students from across the Midwest packed the UW-Platteville campus for the third annual Construction Career Day held on Oct. 6. The event featured nearly 300 students from 14 schools and dozens of construction companies.

Conserve Sauk Film logo and UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County Logo

UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County to host Conserve Sauk Film Festival Nov. 6

Written By: John Christensen | Published On: Oct 26, 2021 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County will host the Conserve Sauk Film Festival on Nov. 6 – a daylong showcase for environmental and conservation-themed short and feature-length films that offers global stories and local actions.

Alumni gathering in alumni tent

Community partners have kept longtime Homecoming traditions alive

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Oct 26, 2021 | Featured in: Alumni, Campus & Community Familiar traditions returned this year when UW-Platteville celebrated Homecoming last week – many of which would not have been able to take place without the support of the community partners who have contributed to the success of UW-Platteville’s Homecoming year after year.

UW System President Tommy Thompson visits UW-Platteville

UW System President Thompson kicks off Homecoming, encourages vaccination

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 19, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson visited the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Oct. 18 to help kick off Homecoming week and encourage students to get the COVID-19 vaccination

Dr. Philip Parker

NSF grant will help create future of equitable infrastructure

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 18, 2021 | Featured in: STEM, Research Led by UW-Platteville, a consortium of four universities recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Under the direction of Dr. Philip Parker, the Center for Infrastructure Transformation and Education (CIT-E) will use the grant to transform the approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of civil and environmental engineering education.

FIRST Lego League

UW-Platteville’s FIRST LEGO League receives support from community

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Oct 18, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Corporate Relations, STEM Community partners have stepped up to provide support for UW-Platteville's new FIRST LEGO League, a program that introduces STEM to children ages 4 to 16.

Dr. Michael O'Connor Award

O’Connor receives PMI® Eric Jenett Award for Excellence

Written By: Eric Herbst | Published On: Oct 14, 2021 | Featured in: Alumni, Distance Education, Graduate Studies, Press Release, Business & Leadership UW-Platteville announces another milestone achievement for one of its distinguished alumni. Dr. Michael O’Connor, a 2006 graduate of the Master of Science in Project Management program, was recently recognized as a winner of the 2021 Project Management Institute’s Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award.

UW-Platteville campus

Pioneer Pledge extended to neighboring states, promises to cover tuition and fees for eligible students

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 14, 2021 | Featured in: Press Release UW-Platteville recently extended its Pioneer Pledge program to students in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota, guaranteeing that the cost of undergraduate, on-campus tuition and fees will be covered for any Pell-eligible, new freshmen attending the Platteville campus.

Dr. Gana Natarajan

Natarajan presented with two awards from the American Society for Engineering Management

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Oct 14, 2021 | Featured in: STEM Dr. Gana Natarajan, assistant professor of industrial and mechanical engineering, is being honored with two awards from the American Society for Engineering Management. Natarajan will receive the 2021 ASEM William Daughton World Headquarters Service Award and Fellow Award at the virtual International Annual Conference held Oct. 27-30.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Amanda Tucker and Dr. Katie Kalish

UW-Platteville awarded Cornerstone: Learning for Living planning grant, developing integrated liberal arts certificate

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Oct 13, 2021 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County, Humanities Dr. Amanda Tucker and Dr. Katie Kalish were awarded a planning grant from the Teagle Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities to develop an integrated liberal arts certificate.

Catalpa tree

Industry experts volunteer time to teach students, help save historic tree on campus

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 13, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Agriculture & Dairy When a champion tree on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus was damaged in a storm last summer, faculty teamed up with an industry partner to turn the chance to save it into a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for students. 

Dr. Pete Lammers

UW-Platteville to contribute to $10 million #DiverseCornBelt project

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 13, 2021 | Featured in: Agriculture & Dairy, STEM, Research Dr. Pete Lammers, associate professor in the School of Agriculture, is contributing to a $10 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and led by Purdue University, to make Midwestern agriculture more resilient by diversifying farms, marketing and the agricultural landscape.

Pictured left to right are Kathleen Kerr and Dr. Lucie Kadjo.

Two advisors honored with state-wide advising awards

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Oct 13, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Press Release Dr. Lucie Kadjo, assistant professor and coordinator of the Agribusiness Program, and Kathleen Kerr, academic advisor and coach, were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association for excellence in advising.

Collegiate Soils team

UW-Platteville wins Region 3 Soils Contest, Strobel takes top individual honors

Written By: Dr. Chris Baxter | Published On: Oct 12, 2021 | Featured in: Agriculture & Dairy

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Collegiate Soils Team took first place in the 64th annual Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest, held Oct. 5-8. The event was held in McLean and Tazewell counties in Illinois and was hosted by Illinois State University. Participating in the event were 38 students from four universities: UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, Purdue University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  


Dr. Danny Xiao

Civil engineering faculty elected ASCE Wisconsin Section president-elect

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 11, 2021 | Featured in: STEM Dr. Danny Xiao, associate professor of civil engineering, was recently elected as president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers Wisconsin Section.

KEEN @ UW-Platteville

New grant to advance entrepreneurial mindset in UW-Platteville engineers

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 11, 2021 | Featured in: STEM UW-Platteville was recently awarded a $290,000 grant to further its work in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network and take the next step in advancing entrepreneurial-minded learning for engineers. The grant is being used to initiate a faculty development program to advance the entrepreneurial mindset in curricula over the next two years.

Homecoming Fireworks

‘Game On’: UW-Platteville to welcome back in-person Homecoming celebrations

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Oct 07, 2021 | Featured in: Alumni, Campus & Community UW-Platteville will celebrate Homecoming week from Oct. 17-23. After celebrating Homecoming virtually last year, in-person celebrations will return this year, with the 2021 theme “Game On.”

Shawn Belling

UW-Platteville instructor attends seminar as keynote speaker

Written By: Eric Herbst | Published On: Oct 07, 2021 | Featured in: Alumni, Distance Education, Graduate Studies, Business & Leadership Shawn Belling, project management instructor, regularly shares his expertise with organizations, including his most recent engagement at the PMI© Michigan Chapter’s Professional Development Day, which he attended as the keynote speaker. 

Sesquicentennial Hall Construction Ceremony

UW-Platteville celebrates construction of Sesquicentennial Hall

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 06, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Press Release, STEM Members of the UW-Platteville community, partners, and local leaders gathered on Oct. 6 to celebrate the construction of the forthcoming Sesquicentennial Hall – UW-Platteville’s newest state-of-the-art engineering building.

Dr. Patrick Solar

Solar releases second edition of book on police, community relations

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Oct 06, 2021 | Featured in: Law & Justice Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Patrick Solar recently published the second edition of his book, “Police Community Relations: A Conflict Management Approach.” 

Communication Board

Pioneers Day of Giving funds communication boards, impacts multiple communities

Written By: Kristie Reynolds | Published On: Oct 03, 2021 | Featured in: Alumni, Campus & Community When the COVID-19 pandemic prevented education students from completing their practicum hours in local elementary schools last fall, Dr. Rea Kirk, a professor of special education at UW-Platteville, suggested students go out into the community to make a difference. With the help of funding from Pioneers Day of Giving, two students implemented communication boards for playgrounds in four counties.

Pictured (left to right) are Jon Hutson as Jake and Isabelle Sander as Beth.

Live theatre returns with the Pioneer Players production of Sam Shepard’s 'A Lie of the Mind'

Written By: Ann Farrelly | Published On: Oct 01, 2021 | Featured in: Arts & Culture Live theatre performances return to the Center for the Arts as the Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players open their 2021-2022 season with the classic Sam Shepard play, “A Lie of the Mind.”

REC major prescribed burn

REC major brings diverse job opportunities, alumni reflect on program and industry experiences

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Sep 30, 2021 | Featured in: Alumni, Environment, Agriculture & Dairy

Reclamation, environment and conservation (REC) is a growing field continuing to bring professional opportunities to UW-Platteville students. The REC program is led by Dr. Christopher Baxter, Professor of soil and crop science in the School of Agriculture, who said there is great demand for employment.


Perspective Box

Artist to discuss her work and career in Campus and Community Culture series

Written By: John Christensen | Published On: Sep 29, 2021 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County Martha Glowacki, an artist and curator, will speak at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County on Monday, Oct. 11, as part of the Campus and Community Culture series of public talks. 

Andrew W. Thundercloud

UW-Platteville to host sixth annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Lecture

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Sep 28, 2021 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, History UW-Platteville will host its sixth annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Lecture, “Hocąk: Language is Our Culture,” presented by Andrew W. Thundercloud. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall and is open to the public.