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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 Learning, 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.

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Update Coronavirus

Written By: Paul Erickson | Published On: May 25, 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. University officials have suspended face-to-face classes and public events at UW-Platteville and shifted to alternative delivery of courses for the spring semester and summer sessions. This applies to all three UW-Platteville campuses.

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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.

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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.

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Alumnus finds success in innovation at UW-Platteville, now supports others

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: May 14, 2020 | Featured in: Alumni, Business & Leadership, STEM Recent graduate Caleb Dykema is taking the experiences in innovation he found at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and inspiring others to achieve the same through his new podcast, Just the Bulb.

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Personalization, accessibility key to adapting to virtual academic support

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: May 13, 2020 | Featured in: Baraboo Sauk County, Campus & Community, Richland Academic support services are a key part of the educational experience at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and providers of these services – on all three campuses – are ensuring that doesn’t change with the move to alternative delivery.

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Dums adapts to new course delivery, credits professors

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: May 12, 2020 | Featured in: Psychology Just a few months ago, Emma Dums, a junior psychology major, was doing homework, studying for tests, conducting research and participating in hands-on courses face to face. She never dreamed that, within a short period of time, her life would change dramatically due to the global pandemic COVID-19. However, Dums expresses gratitude for her professors, who have designed new ways of delivering their courses, and provided additional support to ensure that she and her classmates continue to receive an outstanding education.

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Elementary education student adapts amidst COVID-19 closures

Written By: Megan Hinderman | Published On: May 12, 2020 | Featured in: Education & Wellness As Michelle Gould entered her final semester as an elementary education student this spring, she was presented with a new challenge when schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was forced to cut short her time teaching second grade, instead assisting with some of their video-conferencing sessions. While not what she expected, Gould and other educators have worked hard to learn from the situation.

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UW-Platteville instructor lends emergency management expertise

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: May 08, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Industrial Studies Julie Durst, a lecturer in UW-Platteville's Department of Industrial Studies, is playing a significant role in Grant County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Called on for her expertise and nearly two decades of experience in the area of safety and risk management, Durst is serving as public information officer for the Southwest Wisconsin county during this crisis.

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Why a master’s degree in supply chain management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a good investment in your future

Written By: Xiaotong Liu, Assistant Professor, School of Business | Published On: May 08, 2020 | Featured in: Distance Learning, Graduate Studies

From small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, supply chain is the beating heart of a company's operations and is essential for its success.


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Rugby team sends support during COVID-19 crisis

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: May 08, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community The Women’s Rugby Club at UW-Platteville was coming off a terrific fall season. Ranked eighth in the country, they were looking forward to the spring season, but everything changed once COVID-19 hit. Instead of feeling defeated with their season being cancelled, Mackenzie Darkow, president of the rugby team, and her teammates decided to spread virtual messages of hope.

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Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Melissa Gormley

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: May 08, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Dr. Melissa Gormley, who began teaching at UW-Platteville in 2008, has served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education since July 2016.

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Teal draws on UW-Platteville education, experiences to help others during COVID-19 crisis

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: May 06, 2020 | Featured in: Alumni, Psychology During the COVID-19 crisis, University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumni who provide critical services and resources to those in need have risen to the challenge by adapting and innovating new ways of staying connected with their clients in ways that meet safer-at-home guidelines. To do so, they often draw upon their education and experiences at UW-Platteville.

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Students to share senior design projects in virtual open house

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: May 06, 2020 | Featured in: STEM Adaptability is perhaps one of the most important skills an engineer must have, and students in the Senior Design Program at UW-Platteville this spring have had a chance to put this skill to the test. The Senior Design Program pairs student groups with an industry partner to solve real problems or create new products. When the COVID-19 pandemic required students to transition to remote learning, they had to make some quick adjustments. On May 20, students will virtually present their final projects to the public during the Senior Design Open House.

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Impact of COVID-19 provides opportunity for research, connections

Written By: Megan Hinderman | Published On: May 05, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, Environment As organizations large and small struggle to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects on UW-Platteville and its surrounding communities are far-reaching. Yet, even as their own lives are disrupted, university students and staff have contributed to the greater good by sharing their skills and resources whenever possible and new opportunities for research and community-building have started to arise.

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Students join global initiative to share resources to research COVID-19

Written By: Alison Parkins | Published On: May 04, 2020 | Featured in: STEM A group of UW-Platteville students and one alumnus have found a creative way to team up, while staying at home, to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. They formed a UW-Platteville team to contribute to the Folding@home project – a distributed computing project that relies on people around the world to volunteer their personal computer resources to run simulations of protein dynamics to help scientists find cures for diseases.

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Pioneer Spotlight: Craig Beytien

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: May 01, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community Craig Beytien is the Corporate Relations Executive Director at UW-Platteville. He develops and advances collaborations between industry and the university. Prior to joining UW-Platteville last fall he spent more than 20 years in higher education publishing, content development and educational technology.

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UW-Platteville named best value in higher education

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: May 01, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community According to two recently released rankings, UW-Platteville is being recognized as one of the best values in higher education, both in Wisconsin and across the nation.

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UW-Platteville’s Animal House post educational videos for community members

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Apr 30, 2020 | Featured in: Biology The public is receiving a first-hand virtual look at how UW-Platteville students are taking care of the different animals living in the Biology Department’s Animal House – from a Brazilian short-tailed opossum, to a Caribbean hermit crab. The educational videos and materials are being posted to the Animal House Facebook page in hopes of providing outreach to the public and teaching them more about the animals and why they are important.

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Instructor finds innovative way to deliver criminal justice course during COVID-19 crisis

Written By: Laurie Hamer | Published On: Apr 30, 2020 | Featured in: Law & Justice During the COVID-19 crisis, UW-Platteville faculty and staff have risen to the challenge by adapting and designing novel ways of realigning course delivery to ensure students continue to receive an outstanding, rigorous education, including hands-on learning experiences. This includes Dan Román, lecturer of forensic investigation, who modified his spring Crime Scene Diagramming course.

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UW-Platteville student creates ear guards for Wisconsin hospitals

Written By: Ruth Wendlandt | Published On: Apr 29, 2020 | Featured in: Campus & Community, STEM After hearing about the growing shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers, UW-Platteville senior Sam Smith decided he needed to help those battling the COVID-19 crisis. Smith, a computer science major from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, started producing ear guards with his 3D printer. He can create five guards every two hours.

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Distance student overcomes obstacles to be elected valedictorian

Written By: Eric Herbst | Published On: Apr 28, 2020 | Featured in: Distance Learning, Business & Leadership Over a decade ago, Jesse Ruegsegger found himself at the lowest point of his life, but a journey of recovery ended with him receiving not only the strength to forgive himself, but also academia’s highest honor.