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UW-Platteville partners with College Pads to provide an off-campus housing marketplace

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Aug 07, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is partnering with Rent College Pads, an off-campus marketplace and search engine for students navigating their housing options. The UW-Platteville Off-Campus Marketplace helps students with rental resources, including connecting with landlords, off-campus pricing, finding roommates and subleasing options.

Tom Antczak

Pioneer Spotlight: Tom Antczak

Written By: Jason Piddington | Published On: Aug 07, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Tom Antczak is in his 29th year as head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville women’s and men’s cross-country programs, making him the longest tenured coach in the athletic department. In the past 20 years, Antczak has seen the men’s program have great success, qualifying for the NCAA III national meet eight times, having three individual champions and a program best fourth-place team finish in 2010.

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Update Coronavirus

Written By: Paul Erickson | Published On: Aug 07, 2020 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County, Campus & Community, Richland 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 and updates sent to the university community during the pandemic. UW-Platteville will welcome back its students for the fall 2020 semester at all three campuses when in-person classes begin Sept. 2.

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Make a difference and advance your career with a UW-Platteville Criminal Justice master’s degree

Written By: Eric Herbst | Published On: Aug 06, 2020 | Featured in: Distance Education, Graduate Studies In 1997, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville started its multidisciplinary Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. Now in its 23rd year, the program has proven to be a vital and essential part of graduate education at UW-Platteville, with more than 400 students graduates and counting.

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High ranking reaffirms university’s commitment to sustainability

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Aug 03, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Reaffirming the institution’s long-term commitment to sustainability, UW-Platteville recently earned a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

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Spring 2020 graduates of distance education and graduate programs announced

Written By: | Published On: Jul 31, 2020 | Featured in: Distance Education, Graduate Studies This spring, the Division of Professional Studies celebrated 155 graduates of distance education and graduate programs. Among them were the first two students to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing program.

Dr. Douglas Selent

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Douglas Selent

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jul 31, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, STEM Dr. Douglas Selent, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering, joined the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2018. He also serves as the software engineering program coordinator. His interests include bringing active learning into his classroom through different activities and gamification.

Brandon Fetterly

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Brandon Fetterly

Written By: John Christensen | Published On: Jul 24, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Richland Dr. Brandon Fetterly is dean of the UW-Platteville Richland campus. As dean, he leads the operation of the campus, from academics and student affairs, budget and administration, and management of facilities and other operations; to external relations with alumni, the campus’ Foundation, local government, and other stakeholders.

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Accelerate your career with a UW-Platteville Organizational Change Leadership master’s degree

Written By: Michael Sullivan, Ph.D., M.S., M.A. | Published On: Jul 23, 2020 | Featured in: Continuing, Distance Education, Graduate Studies

What does it take to lead change in the 21st century workplace?  I remember my first time being trained on how to lead change while working for a U.S. automobile manufacturer. Everything focused on ensuring each step enabled activities that won the hearts and minds of the workforce and empowered leaders to lead the change efforts.


Dr. Anne-Marie Lerner

Lerner receives Outstanding Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff Academic Advisor Award

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jul 21, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Dr. Anne-Marie Lerner, University of Wisconsin-Platteville assistant department chair and professor of mechanical engineering, calls advising her students one of the most gratifying parts of working in higher education. Lerner is being honored with the 2020 Outstanding Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff Academic Advisor Award.

Josephine Gurira

Gurira recognized with Outstanding Woman of Color Award

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jul 20, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Josephine Gurira, reference services librarian at the UW-Platteville’s Karrmann Library, is being honored with the university’s 2020 Outstanding Woman of Color Award.

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High-performance computing server opens new research possibilities

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jul 16, 2020 | Featured in: STEM, Research Big data and artificial intelligence are increasingly ubiquitous in society, with an estimate of more than 2.5 million terabytes of data generated worldwide every day. Analyzing this data can help answer fundamental research questions, and thanks to a recent collaboration with IBM and OpenPOWER Foundation, spearheaded by Dr. Arghya Das, UW-Platteville is now home to a high-performance computing server to assist in this effort.

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State-funded Dairy Innovation Hub hires first faculty members

Written By: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager | Published On: Jul 15, 2020 | Featured in: Dairy Innovation Hub, Agriculture & Dairy Ryan Pralle and Joseph Sanford have been hired as faculty members by the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture, representing the first tenure-track faculty positions funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Andrey Ivanov

Ivanov presents his research in Moscow

Written By: Andrey Ivanov | Published On: Jul 15, 2020 | Featured in: History Dr. Andrey Ivanov, assistant professor of history, recently presented his research on the topic of “David and Goliaths: Wartime Sermons in Russia 1700-1815” in a seminar organized by Moscow's German Historical Institute.

Tera Montgomery

Montgomery honored with Woman of the Year Award

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jul 15, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Agriculture & Dairy Dr. Tera Montgomery, professor of dairy and animal science at UW-Platteville, was selected for the 2020 Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year Award.

Dr. Kameko Halfmann

Halfmann honored with Early Career Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jul 14, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Psychology Dr. Kameko Halfmann, assistant professor of psychology, is this year’s recipient of the Early Career Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Foundation breaks $4 million in donations for first time

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jul 13, 2020 | Featured in: Alumni, Campus & Community The UW-Platteville Foundation is celebrating a new milestone, as it recently announced record fundraising for the 2020 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. UW-Platteville alumni, friends and corporate partners donated more than $4 million for the first time ever, exceeding the previous year’s total by $1 million.

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Udelhofen receives University Staff Award for Excellence

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jul 13, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Amy Udelhofen, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville academic department associate for Performing and Visual Arts is receiving the 2020 University Staff Award for Excellence.

Dr. Ranen McLanahan

McLanahan receives Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jul 10, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, STEM Dr. Aric Ranen McLanahan, University of Wisconsin-Platteville assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, was selected for the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. The purpose of the award is to recognize a tenure-track faculty member who has made distinguished contributions to the mission of UW-Platteville as an outstanding teacher.

Jeff Gard

Pioneer Spotlight: Jeff Gard

Written By: Jason Piddington | Published On: Jul 10, 2020 | Featured in: Alumni, Campus & Community Jeff Gard just finished his 11th season as head basketball coach of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Being in athletics was always Jeff’s dream and goal as a young man growing up in Cobb, Wisconsin. He was surrounded by coaches who helped mentor and guide him along the way, and coaching was his opportunity to stay in athletics.

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Partnership in nationwide engineering network to bring new opportunities

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jul 08, 2020 | Featured in: STEM Building on its tradition of offering active, hands-on and problem-based learning, the UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science recently affirmed its place as a leader in engineering education with its acceptance as a partner in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN).

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Pioneer Farm cow takes grand champion at district show

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jul 07, 2020 | Featured in: Agriculture & Dairy The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm took home the top honor of grand champion for its four-year-old cow Wiscit Defiant Maya at the Wisconsin District 3 Show in Lancaster, Wisconsin, on June 19. Registered dairy producers from Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Richland and Crawford counties participated in the competition, which featured 187 cows.

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UW-Platteville leads public institutions for value

Written By: Paul Erickson | Published On: Jul 01, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is the top public institution in the state for best value, according to the 2020 Payscale ratings.

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Pioneer Restore announces launch of new online sales platform

Written By: Joshua Chamberland and Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jun 30, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community The Pioneer Restore at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville announces the launch of its new online storefront. The sleek, easy-to-use website is designed to make unwanted university-owned items available to the community at affordable prices.

Dr. Yan Shi

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Yan Shi

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jun 26, 2020 | Featured in: STEM Dr. Yan Shi, associate professor of computer science and software engineering joined the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2011. Besides teaching, she is researching several topics related to data mining in social networks.

Girls Who Code Club

Grant to help empower young women in computer science field

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jun 24, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, STEM Donna Gavin, a senior lecturer in computer science and software engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and founder of Platteville’s Girls Who Code Club, recently received a grant of more than $1,500 from the Platteville Community Fund, which will help support new opportunities for both the middle and high school-aged girls in the club and their college mentors.

Innovation Challenge

Faculty, student respond to the call for innovative solutions during pandemic

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jun 24, 2020 | Featured in: STEM, Research The creative concepts of five University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty and one student were recently selected by WiSys in the organization’s Innovation Challenge: COVID-19.

Dr. Phillip Gordon

Gordon to give two presentations on recently published book to mark Pride Month

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jun 22, 2020 | Featured in: Arts & Culture Dr. Phillip Gordon is scheduled to give two online presentations in the coming weeks to discuss his recently published book “Gay Faulkner: Uncovering a Homosexual Presence and Beyond” (December 2019, University Press of Mississippi).

Nancy Hammermeister

Pioneer Spotlight: Nancy Hammermeister

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: Jun 19, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Ever since Nancy Hammermeister began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville about 10 years ago, she always encouraged her students to be curious and to ask questions. She is a lecturer of political science and mainly teaches introduction level, general education courses in American government.

Dr. Vettrivel Gnaneswaran

Grant leads to new research for glove design

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jun 18, 2020 | Featured in: STEM, Research Dr. Vettrivel Gnaneswaran, assistant professor of industrial engineering, was recently awarded a Research Infrastructure Program grant by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium for his research exploring the use of gloves and their effect on performing tasks – the results of which could potentially influence glove redesign in manufacturing, aerospace and healthcare industries, helping people select gloves to maximize safety and productivity.

Alexandria Lara and Alvin Watts

UW-Platteville students organize Black Lives Matter protest

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jun 16, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Black Lives Matter is the message two University of Wisconsin-Platteville activists are spreading in Southwest Wisconsin in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. On June 7, Alvin Watts and Alexandria Lara organized a peaceful protest at City Park in Platteville to bring awareness to systemic racism and police brutality.

Dairy Innovation Hub Fellowships

Faculty fellowships funded by state-sponsored Dairy Innovation Hub

Written By: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager | Published On: Jun 15, 2020 | Featured in: Dairy Innovation Hub, Agriculture & Dairy, Research The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently awarded seven faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.

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UW-Platteville celebrates national Pride Month

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jun 15, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is organizing virtual events throughout June, national Pride Month, to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Dr. Kevin Bernhardt

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Kevin Bernhardt

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jun 12, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Agriculture & Dairy As a professor of agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a UW-Extension farm management specialist, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt helps make an impact on both the current and future generations of the local agriculture industry.

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Future teachers use technology to provide critical support to more than 100 students during COVID-19 crisis

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: Jun 11, 2020 | Featured in: Education & Wellness During the COVID-19 crisis, more than 70 UW-Platteville education majors took on the challenge of providing more than 100 homebound K-12 students in 11 school districts in Southwest Wisconsin with online tutoring support to ensure they continued gaining knowledge in a wide variety of subject areas.

Dr. Scott Melin

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Scott Melin

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Jun 08, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community University of Wisconsin-Platteville Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Scott Melin joined UW-Platteville in 2017 and encourages his students to take away these important concepts: a lifelong learning approach, growth mindset and professional skills.

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UW-Platteville re-inventing youth summer camps virtually

Written By: UW-Platteville Continuing Education staff | Published On: Jun 04, 2020 | Featured in: Continuing, Press Release The UW-Platteville Continuing Education Institute is re-inventing its summer youth series, rolling out 11 virtual camps in place of its traditional face-to-face offerings.

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Equipment donation enhances student experience in building construction programs

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: Jun 03, 2020 | Featured in: Industrial Studies Thanks to a recent donation from industry partner Kraemer Brothers, LLC, the UW-Platteville building construction programs now have a piece of new equipment to offer students additional hands-on experience. The commercial construction firm in Plain, Wisconsin, recently donated a 753 Bobcat skid steer.

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A message to the campus community

Written By: UW-Platteville Leadership | Published On: Jun 02, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community A message to the UW-Platteville community from university leaders.

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No application fee to UW-Platteville branch campuses through June 15

Written By: John Christensen | Published On: Jun 01, 2020 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County, Richland The already-reduced application fee to attend UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County or UW-Platteville Richland will be completely waived from June 5-15, making it even easier for students to explore UW-Platteville’s two branch campuses as they start or continue toward their education goals, according to Assistant Provost for Branch Campus Operations Dr. Michael Compton.

Elliott Manuel

Manuel receives award for research paper on post-Apartheid South African economy

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: Jun 01, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community The UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences recently recognized Elliott Manuel, a soon-to-be senior political science major at UW-Platteville, with the Outstanding Social Sciences Paper Award. The award included a $200 stipend.

Krista Eiseman

Pioneer Spotlight: Krista Eiseman

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: May 29, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Agriculture & Dairy Krista Eiseman has been interested in the field of animal science from a young age. While attending UW-Platteville, she developed a particular interest in meat science. After earning her master's degree from North Dakota State University, where she studied meat science and muscle biology, she returned to UW-Platteville as an assistant professor of animal science in 2017.

Rachel Herman

Herman lends invaluable medical advice to university

Written By: Paul Erickson | Published On: May 28, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Rachel Herman, the UW-Platteville administrative director of Student Health Services, is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner who counts public health infectious disease among her expertise. She has been instrumental in not only offering leadership to the UW-Platteville Emergency Operations Center team but also to the UW System, as her pandemic planning was used as a blueprint for the 170,000 students across the state.

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Roth receives UW System award for project exploring authentic membership of marginalized identity

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: May 27, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community UW-Platteville alumnus Jason Roth, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in women, gender, and sexuality studies this May, recently received the UW System Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium undergraduate research award for a workshop he developed, “Who Gets to Represent Whom? Authentic Membership, Organic Voices, and Allyship.”

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UW-Platteville continues to grow in online education; celebrating 42 years of experience

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: May 26, 2020 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County, Campus & Community, Distance Education, Richland For more than 40 years, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been an institutional leader in distance education. In 1978, UW-Platteville started a print-based program and then in 1999 the institution became the first public university in Wisconsin to offer degrees online. This experience in leadership helped make a smooth transition when the university and the branch campuses went into alternative delivery mode in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mueller wins UW-Platteville’s WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home competition

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: May 26, 2020 | Featured in: Psychology, Research Dana Mueller, a senior psychology major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, recently won the university’s WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home competition.

Nicole Ryan

Pioneer Spotlight: Nicole Ryan

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: May 22, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Nicole Ryan, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior regional admission advisor connects prospective students to the university.

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Matching gift supports Pioneers Helping Pioneers fund

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: May 20, 2020 | Featured in: Alumni, Campus & Community Joshua Boots, assistant vice chancellor of development and alumni engagement, announced today that the UW-Platteville Foundation has received a $15,000 matching gift donation from an anonymous couple. This gift will match donations made to UW-Platteville’s $100,000 initiative in support of the Pioneers Helping Pioneers fund.

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Mechanical engineering students turn recycled plastic into respiratory face masks

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: May 18, 2020 | Featured in: STEM, Research To help combat the shortage of personal protective equipment during this COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Jodi Prosise, chair of the UW-Platteville Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and a team of undergraduate researchers are designing a system to turn recycled plastic into respiratory face masks.

Scott Steder

Pioneer Spotlight: Scott Steder

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: May 15, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Arts & Culture Scott Steder, a lecturer of art at UW-Platteville since fall 2017, teaches courses in sculpture, drawing, professional practices and all levels of ceramics. He was first drawn to the field of art in high school, when he took a ceramics class, and he never looked back.