Alumni to be honored at Homecoming
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will honor its 2017 Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Award recipients at the University Awards and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. The ceremony is part of the university’s annual Homecoming celebration weekend.
The awards acknowledge individuals who have demonstrated career success. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are John Boldt, Larry Daehn, Ron Deiter and Arnie Miehe. Recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Award are Ann Moyer, Artanya Wesley and Amanda Zopp.
John I. Boldt, P.E.
John I. Boldt, P.E., president and CEO of an engineering consulting firm, Clark Dietz, Inc., graduated from UW-Platteville in 1976. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, and has been involved in the consulting engineering industry for more than 40 years.
“The UW-Platteville engineering program has always been well respected in our industry with many of its leaders being Platteville graduates,” he said. “Being a Platteville grad, you are always looked to for a leadership role.”
Boldt is active in numerous state and national professional organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies and has received the President’s Award from ACEC Wisconsin. He is credited with starting the Leadership Institute of ACEC Wisconsin.
Boldt continues to be engaged with the university. He has served as chairman of the UW-Platteville Foundation, as a board member of the Alumni Association, and is the current president of the Real Estate Foundation. He has received the UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Outstanding Engineer Alumni Award and the Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award. Boldt is also a strong supporter of scholarships and UW-Platteville funds, including the creation of the Clark Dietz, Inc. Scholarship and the John I. and Barbara L. (Bishop) Boldt Scholarship.
Larry Daehn spent 35 years teaching vocal and instrumental music in various high schools, including 27 years in New Glarus (Wisconsin) High School after receiving a graduate degree from UW-Platteville in 1975. Under his direction, the New Glarus High School band won six national trophies, four Wisconsin Governor’s Commendations and was chosen to perform at the Wisconsin State Music Conference in 1996.
More than 100 of Daehn’s compositions and arrangements appear on many contest lists in the United States and internationally. In addition, he was commissioned to write The West Point Bicentennial March for the 200th anniversary of the West Point Military Academy, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall. Daehn was named Outstanding Bandmaster by the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Society in 1988 and became president of that organization in 1990. He has lectured and guest-conducted in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Oregon and California.
Daehn is a strong supporter of many UW-Platteville funds and scholarships including the Music Development Fund, the Music Scholarship Fund, the Community Scholarship Program and the annual Swinging for Scholarships golf outing.
“I'll always be proud of my graduate degree from UW-Platteville; an outstanding staff of experts in music performance and in educational philosophy,” Daehn said. “I appreciate all the kindness, help and advice I received from these fine people over the years. The university was always just a phone call away for lots of musicians, teachers and counselors.”
Dr. Ron Deiter
Dr. Ron Deiter, a professor of economics and co-advisor of the Ag Business Club at Iowa State University, graduated from UW-Platteville in 1971. As a key leader in growing ISU’s nationally-recognized agricultural business program, Deiter is also the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards and recognitions with emphasis on teaching, advising and service.
“My time at UW-Platteville prepared me for a successful career by giving me an outstanding undergraduate educational foundation that I was able to successfully build on at the graduate level,” Deiter said. “More importantly, perhaps, in my major I had some great professor role models who encouraged me, inspired me, guided me and taught me by example.”
Deiter is a supporter of the UW-Platteville Foundation and serves as a volunteer in his community and the field of agriculture. He works annually with the Iowa 4-H Youth Conferences and prepares the Iowa Future Farmers of America Farm Business Management Career Development event.
Arnie Miehe, class of 1979 and 1987, taught health and physical education for 35 years in Darlington schools, before retiring in 2014. In the fall of 2016, he began teaching part time at Darlington High School, where he currently works with at-risk students to help them graduate.
He has coached cross country and track for nearly four decades and has won nine cross country state championships and five state runners-up. In addition, Miehe has paved the way for 34 conference championships in cross country and was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005. Miehe organized the Relay for Life run across Wisconsin, raising more than $25,000 for cancer research over the years, and was also named the 2015 National Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Miehe has given back to UW-Platteville by serving as a guest speaker and cooperating teacher for 23 student teachers. He is also a strong supporter of the UW-Platteville Foundation.
“I like to stay connected to UW-Platteville because I enjoy coming back and speaking and giving students an insight into what they may be facing in the future,” Miehe said. “It is a way for me to give back to the university.”
Dr. Ann Moyer
Dr. Ann Moyer, co-director of the Personalized Genomics Laboratory and assistant professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, graduated from UW-Platteville in 2002. Since then, she has been the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards including the Allebach Outstanding Pathology Resident Award, which was selected by her peers and faculty members in her residency.
Her clinical work and research primarily involve genetic testing to guide individualized medication selection and dosing. She also is involved in genetic testing to diagnose primary immunodeficiencies.
Moyer is an Honorary Lifetime Pioneer and supporter of the UW-Platteville Foundation. She also served as a principal speaker at UW-Platteville’s May 2017 commencement ceremony.
“It is important to me to stay connected with UW-Platteville because many people helped me along the way to get to a career that I really enjoy,” she said. “Among those people were the amazing teachers, support staff and other students at UW-Platteville. When I started college, I had an idea of the type of career I wanted, but I received a lot of advice from many people along the way that helped me figure out the details of what to do and how to get there. I feel that I can never repay the people who helped me get to where I am, but I would love to pay it forward and do anything I can to help the next group of students achieve their goals.”
Artanya Wesley, dean of students at UW-Whitewater, graduated from UW-Platteville in 2004. Before joining UW-Whitewater, Wesley served as dean of students at UW-Platteville. She was the first African-American woman to hold this position at both universities.
In addition to serving as dean of students, Wesley also serves as the senior academic planner for UW System’s Student Affairs’ Office of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality and Student Success.
“UW-Platteville has provided me with a well-rounded undergraduate and graduate educational experience,” she said. “My educational experience would not have been as great without the excellent student support services, the relationships I built with lifelong friends, wonderful mentorship opportunities and all of the out of classroom experiences. All of these factors have prepared and molded me as a strong and influential student affairs professional.”
Her continuous support for the community is apparent in everything she does. Wesley is a dedicated volunteer and supporter for organizations including the Madison Metropolitan School District Parent Council, MySistasKeeper, Family Advocates and the Center for Self-Sufficiency. She has also supported her alma mater by serving as a volunteer with UW-Platteville’s Pre-College Program.
Graduating from UW-Platteville in 2005, Amanda Zopp is now the director of research and conservation at the Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, Wisconsin.
She launched and coordinates Riveredge’s Community Rivers Project, a community-based approach to increasing water quality within the Milwaukee River Watershed. Zopp also launched Riveredge's Student Research Symposium, an event for Wisconsin undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, and the Circle Sanctuary’s Young Professionals Network.
“I will always have a special place in my heart for UW-Platteville,” she said. “The biology department shaped me into who I am today and without the dedicated professors who took their time to help me grow, I would not be where I am today. By being involved in multiple undergraduate research projects, I was able to enhance not only my technical skills but also my soft skills which has allowed me to help other students thrive in the biological field.”
Zopp continues to support UW-Platteville and serves as a guest lecturer for the biology department and mentors biology students through capstone projects and internship opportunities. She is also a UW-Platteville Alumni Association member and supporter of the UW-Platteville Foundation.
Written by: Amanda Bertolozzi, Writer/Editor, Communications, 608-342-7121, email@example.com