Convocation honors faculty and staff

September 13, 2016
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville held its annual all-campus convocation on Sept. 1. Chancellor Dennis J. Shields led faculty and staff through his vision for the upcoming year and acknowledged all of the new faculty and staff.

“I continue to be impressed with the commitment of UW-Platteville faculty and staff to deliver a quality educational experience to our students,” said Chancellor Shields. “I am inspired by the dedication of all of you who do the work of making this a great institution.” 

Dr. Elizabeth Throop, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, addressed the audience assembled in Ullsvik Hall prior to recognizing the 2016 faculty and staff award winners. The award winners included Pam Nodolf, Kelly Jo Hadfield, Gloria Stuckey, Dr. Madelon Köhler-Busch, Dr. Daniel Leitch, Dr. Rob Snyder, Dr. Mohammed Rabbani, George Krueger, Dr. Benjamin Collins, Dr. M. Keith Thompson and Dr. Rosalyn Broussard.

Pam Nodolf is the serials assistant in UW-Platteville’s Karrmann Library. Nodolf has worked in the library’s acquisitions and collection development for two years, where she helps administer the library’s collections and supplies budgets, maintain the library’s periodicals, and process invoices.

Prior to this, she was the assistant manager of the Follett University Bookstore in the Markee Pioneer Student Center for more than 12 years.

Kelly Jo Hadfield is the coordinator of event reservations and helps oversee the planning of events and working with the student staff to ensure successful gatherings.

Hadfield joined the university in 2001 as Brockert Hall’s resident director. Six years later, she joined the Markee Pioneer Student Center staff.

Gloria Stuckey is the biology lab manager at UW-Platteville and will be starting her 27th year on campus this fall.

Stuckey is responsible for supervising student workers, inventory, ordering supplies, prepping laboratories and providing safety training for students and faculty, among other duties.

Dr. Madelon Köhler-Busch is an assistant professor of German.

Köhler-Busch has been recognized for her efforts in advising all German majors and minors, developing a short-term study abroad course for her own students as well as for some engineering students, presenting foreign language learning tips to first-year students as well as teaching in Wuhan, China.

Dr. Daniel Leitch is an assistant program coordinator of the Master of Science in English Education Program.

Leitch has been recognized for his international involvement that surpasses his duties as the MSEE China program coordinator. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine and served as a mentor and host for scholars from Ukraine and China.

Dr. Rob Snyder, professor of media studies, came to UW-Platteville in 2000 and primarily teaches in the areas of video production, writing, social media and media law. He is also the faculty advisor for TV-5 – UW-Platteville’s video production organization – and the National Broadcasting Society at UW-Platteville.

Snyder is the architect of the social media minor at UW-Platteville. Launched in 2012, the social media program is the first in the UW System and one of only several in the country.

Dr. Mohammed Rabbani is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Rabbani completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemistry from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. He then continued with a doctorate in materials and molecular science at Osaka City University in Japan.  Once he completed his doctorate, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Hokkaido University, Oita University, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been teaching at UW-Platteville since fall of 2014.

George Krueger is an assistant professor of marketing. Originally from Stoughton, Wisconsin, Krueger completed his undergraduate degree at UW-Platteville in 1981. He then earned his master’s at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1990.

Before teaching at UW-Platteville, Krueger worked in the economic development field for seven years as executive director of the Platteville Area Industrial Development Corporation. Prior to that, he worked in the animal health industry for major companies such as SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline), Pfizer and Schering-Plough (now Merck).

Dr. Benjamin V. C. Collins is a professor of mathematics.

Collins has been in higher education for three decades, and will begin his 17th year at the university. The desire to learn new techniques and technologies has kept him invigorated and his UW-Platteville students engaged in their education.

Dr. M. Keith Thompson is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Thompson began teaching at UW-Platteville in 2004 following stints at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Rosalyn Broussard is a professor of political science and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Broussard came to UW-Platteville in 1996 as an assistant professor of political science. She quickly became involved in the women’s studies program, now the women’s and gender studies program. Since then she has remained active in women’s programming on campus.

Written by: Laura Janisch, University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194, janischla@uwplatt.edu

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