Alumnus makes an Impression on jewelry industry

October 8, 2003

PLATTEVILLE- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will honor outstanding alumni at an awards ceremony during homecoming week. The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture will hold a banquet for its distinguished alumni at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, in the Platteville Room in the Pioneer Student Center.

One of the alumni recognized this year is Michelle Rahm. She graduated in 1989, with a bachelor's degree in business administration and an emphasis in marketing and management as well as a Spanish minor.

"I grew up in the Dubuque area so I was familiar with the area. I always liked Wisconsin and was initially planning to attend Marquette," Rahm said. "However, after a visit to UWP, I found that I enjoyed being a person and not just a number. I was able to get to know my teachers and they knew me."

While at UWP, Rahm was involved in many activities on campus. She was a Theta Phi Alpha sister, participated in homecoming activities, worked in the Student Center at Graphics Unlimited and was selected to participate in the Mass Exchange with Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass.

Rahm currently lives in Mead, Colo., with her husband and 10-year-old son. In 1997, she established a successful Internet-based jewelry and watch shopping mall with over 10,000 items in various jewelry categories. Rahm is personally responsible for directing all aspects of the business including financial management, Internet marketing, customer service and many other day-to-day activities of She is also an active philanthropist donating time and products to many organizations in the area.

While not busy working or donating her time to various causes Rahm enjoys gardening, staying active by playing softball and basketball regularly and raising the family Geckos. Most of all she enjoys spending time with her family "We like to go up in the mountains, play mini golf and go to movies," Rahm said. "I hope to start skiing again this year and would like to teach my son how to ski too."

Rahm remembers UWP as collectively the best four years of her life and a great time of personal growth for her.

"I always say, my parents gave me wings, but my teachers taught me how to use them. I am very grateful for my professors at UWP. I believe my success in the business world can largely be contributed to the encouragement and knowledge I learned in my classes at UWP."


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