Campus & Community

Caden Stindt

Caden Stindt stands out as two-time Rocket League champion

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Eric Herbst
Despite recently starting his Junior year, Caden Stindt is already making a name for himself at UW-Platteville – but it isn’t in the usual academic, athletic or artistic circles one might expect. Instead, Stindt’s rising fame is due to his remarkable achievement of being crowned a Rocket League® tournament champion – not once, but twice in a row.

Chancellor and Ericksons

Ericksons’ major gift to support future Pioneers

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Higher education has been a significant part of Jon and Dr. Tori Erickson’s lives, and their recently announced planned gift to support UW-Platteville scholarships will help ensure it is also a part of the lives of future generations of Pioneers. Their estate gift is among the largest bequests the university has ever received. The Ericksons were honored during the Homecoming celebration this past weekend.

Leigh Monhardt

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Leigh Monhardt

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Leigh Monhardt, associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, joined the university in 2007 and teaches all of the elementary and secondary science methods courses offered by the university’s School of Education, including two STEM-integrated science courses.

Katherine Caywood

Pioneer Spotlight: Katharine Caywood

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Katherine Caywood is the digital marketing manager at UW-Platteville, a newly created position in the Marketing department. Caywood ’10 is an alumna of UW-Platteville and credits her degree in fine arts with leading her to the marketing field.

Day of Giving Logo

Pioneer Day of Giving generates over $121,000 for student support

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Thanks to the generous donations of hundreds of alumni, faculty and staff, and other friends of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the UW-Platteville Foundation raised over $121,000 with its annual Day of Giving.

Tim Juedes

Pioneer Spotlight: Timothy Juedes

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Tim Juedes, a lecturer of criminal justice, is a UW-Platteville alumnus and has taught forensic investigation courses at the university since spring 2015. His specialties are fingerprint analysis and criminalistics.

Dr. Hao Chen

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Hao Chen connects marketing with the modern media age

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Garrison Ledbury

Dr. Hao Chen is celebrating his 10th year at UW-Platteville. Chen found his love of media and advertising at malls in his childhood when living in China.


Jodi Prosise

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Jodi Prosise

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Jodi Prosise recently joined UW-Platteville as the new chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She brings with her a longtime passion and interest in the idea of empowerment through technology, or, improving the lives of individuals with disabilities – specifically in low-income areas – through designing and building assistive technology.

Cathy Riedl-Farrey

Pioneer Spotlight: Cathy Riedl-Farrey leads Financial Services

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Every day is different for Cathy Riedl-Farrey, who is the director of Financial Services at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, depending on the requests coming in from campus or university leaders. “A day never goes by where I don’t use Excel.


Chancellor delivering convocation address

Chancellor Shields delivers convocation address

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields shared his intentions for the upcoming year at the annual all-campus convocation held on Thursday.


Raymond Pugh in lab with students

Pugh receives Innovations in Technology award

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Raymond Pugh is one of two UW-Platteville faculty members to receive the Teaching and Technology Center’s 2019 Innovations in Technology for Teaching and Learning Award, providing him funds to purchase a new 3D printer.

Paul Erickson

Pioneer Spotlight: Paul Erickson leads communications at UW-Platteville

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Paul Erickson has more than 30 years of experience working in the communications industry. Since 1996, he’s been a part of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, first working as the sports information director and now as the director of Communications and public information officer.


Amanda Tucker

Tucker selected for 2019 Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Dr. Amanda Tucker, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was named one of three recipients across the UW System of the 2019 Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award.


Lisa Naderman

Pioneer Spotlight: Lisa Naderman, two-time alumna, brings expertise to campus

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

Lisa Naderman has seen almost all sides of UW-Platteville, having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, coaching, teaching, and working as an admission advisor for both on-campus and online students.


Soma Chattopadhyay

Chattopadhyay receives innovations in tech award

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Dr. Soma Chattopadhyay, University of Wisconsin-Platteville associate professor of chemistry, is introducing her proposal, integrating computational chemistry into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum with the web-based interface program WebMO.


Scott Melin

Melin receives Wisconsin Teaching Fellow award

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Scott Melin was selected to the 2019-20 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program.

Ian Dreger

Pioneer Spotlight: Ian Dreger leads Event Services

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Kristie Chipera
Ian Dreger, interim director of event services, came to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2013 as a resident director in the Department of Residence Life. After interning and working at a number of colleges and universities, Dreger immediately felt at home at UW-Platteville.

Kim Sargent

Sargent honored with Woman of the Year Award

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Kim Sargent has been supporting women students in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for about eight years. She is now being honored with the university’s 2019 Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year Award. Named for the provost emeritus and former interim chancellor who served at UW-Platteville from 1998 until 2010, the award recognizes female employees and students who make a difference in the lives of women. 

Diana Blindert

Pioneer Spotlight: Diana Blindert provides value and service to campus

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
As Pioneer Printing and Postal Services supervisor, Diana Blindert takes pride in providing valuable services to campus, helping others do their jobs more efficiently.

2019 Spring Initiation

Kappa Delta Pi chapter honored for educational excellence

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Kappa Delta Pi Iota Rho Chapter was one of the honored recipients of the 2018-19 Membership Chapter Program Award, presented by Kappa Delta Pi.


Dr. Kyle Horne

Horne receives Early Career Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Surprised and satisfied is how Dr. Kyle Horne, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, described his reaction when he found out he received the 2019 University of Wisconsin-Platteville Early Career Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.


Muthu Venkateshwaran

Venkateshwaran honored with advising award

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Venkateshwaran joined UW-Platteville in 2013 and teaches a variety of soil and crop science courses, ranging from introductory to advanced. He has advised many students majoring in soil and crop science and environmental horticulture programs. He also serves as an academic coach in the School of Agriculture for special advisees who are re-admitted after recommendation by the Admission and Academic Appeals Committee.

Dr. Chris Schulenburg

Schulenburg receives Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Dr. Chris Schulenburg, professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has earned the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.


Big Fish

Platteville Summer Arts Festival presents ‘Big Fish’

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visuals Arts and the Platteville Summer Arts Festival will present the musical “Big Fish.”


Jeffrey Strange

Strange honored with Nimocks Family Faculty Appreciation Award

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Jeffrey Strange, associate professor of theatre, resident scenic and lighting designer and technical director of the Center for the Arts Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was recently honored with the university’s third annual Nimocks Family Faculty Appreciation Award.