Distance Education

Mickey Peasley

Destination education: 69-year-old graduates with summa cum laude honors

Authored on: Jan 01, 2022, Written by: Stephen Kelley
Education has been the vehicle to a better life for Mickey Peasley. Last month, the soon-to-be 70-year-old earned her bachelor's degree in business from UW-Platteville. It's a journey that has spanned decades and is far from finished.

Intelligent ranking

UW-Platteville Online recognized for 10 top programs in the U.S.

Authored on: Dec 12, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley
UW-Platteville's online and graduate programs are ranked amongst the best, according to Intelligent.com. The rankings are based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.

Kenneth Mika and Eugene Woehrle (left to right)

Graduate program alumni receive 2021 Outstanding Alumni awards

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Cheryl Lange
Two alumni of UW-Platteville graduate programs were honored with a 2021 Outstanding Alumni Award. In addition to their master's degrees, both recipients also earned bachelor's degrees at UW-Platteville.

Pictured left to right are Wara Pirzada and Luis Cano.

2021 Distance Education Alumni Board Scholarship winners announced

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Cheryl Lange
The Distance Education Alumni Board selected students Luis Cano and Wara Pirzada as the 2021 recipients of its scholarship. The scholarship was created by the board in 2016 to help provide additional financial support to distance education students as they complete their degree.

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UW-Platteville named one of nation's top online universities

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville online programs have earned national recognition once again. This month, the university was named one of the 50 Top Online Colleges by CollegeValuesOnline.com.

Dr. Michael O'Connor Award

O’Connor receives PMI® Eric Jenett Award for Excellence

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
UW-Platteville announces another milestone achievement for one of its distinguished alumni. Dr. Michael O’Connor, a 2006 graduate of the Master of Science in Project Management program, was recently recognized as a winner of the 2021 Project Management Institute’s Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award.

Shawn Belling

UW-Platteville instructor attends seminar as keynote speaker

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
Shawn Belling, project management instructor, regularly shares his expertise with organizations, including his most recent engagement at the PMI© Michigan Chapter’s Professional Development Day, which he attended as the keynote speaker. 

Supply Chain Management recognition

M.S. Integrated Supply Chain Management program honored for quality and affordability

Authored on: Aug 08, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley
UW-Platteville's Master's of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management program has a reputation of providing students with the skills to succeed in a constantly evolving market. Now, the highly-respected degree program is recognized as one of the most affordable in the nation by GreatBusinessSchools.org.

Estela DePaz

Project management alumna shines spotlight on special education field

Authored on: Aug 08, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
With patience, passion and hard work, amazing things can happen. Estela DePaz discovered this fact recently when, against steep competition, her thesis paper won PMI’s ® prestigious Snyder International Student Paper of the Year award—an accolade that rewards excellence in the development of original project management concepts.

Jonathan Yancy

Organizational Change Leadership graduate ushers in change thanks to accelerated program

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
Change is always constant. For most people this statement rings true, but it’s a way of life for Jonathan Yancy. While many simply accept and react to change, Yancy is one who optimizes it – channeling change into progress on a daily basis.

UW-Platteville campus

Spring 2021 distance education and master’s degree program graduates announced

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Cheryl Lange
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville congratulates the spring 2021 graduates of its distance education and master’s degree programs.

UW-Platteville campus

Office of Professional Program Support announces distance students Dean's List

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
The Office of Professional Program Support is proud to announce the distance students who made their academic department’s Dean’s List this past spring.

UW-Platteville veterans

Master's degree candidates inducted into S.A.L.U.T.E. Veterans National Honor Society

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Cheryl Lange
Three University of Wisconsin-Platteville student veterans will complete their college careers with more than a diploma. In addition to earning their master’s degrees this spring and summer, they will also graduate as members of the S.A.L.U.T.E. Veterans National Honor Society.

Alumni mentorship

Sign up for UW-Platteville’s Alumni Mentorship Program

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
We all know earning a degree is important for enhancing one’s career, but it’s not the only step students can take to better position themselves for success. Knowledge of the workplace and the ability to make strong connections can prove just as valuable, which is why the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is pleased to offer the Alumni Mentee-Mentor Program—a resource for those seeking additional support outside of their studies.

UW-Platteville campus

UW-Platteville to offer two new graduate-level online certificates this fall

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley
UW-Platteville, in partnership with UW Extended Campus, will offer two new online certificates starting in September 2021. The graduate-level, semester-based certificates in Applied Bioinformatics and Senior Living and Services Leadership were intentionally designed to align with industry needs and high-growth occupations. 

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UW-Platteville Online named a top Tech Savvy university

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley
UW-Platteville's reputation as a destination for online learning has been bolstered again. The school has been recognized as one of the top five Technology Savvy Online Schools in 2021 by Online Schools Center.

Scott Upton and family

MS Project Management grad takes career to outer space

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley
It's fair to say Scott Upton's head has always been in the clouds – or rather – above them. A passion for aerospace was sparked as a youth and has driven his career and educational journey. He received a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota before earning a Master of Science in Project Management degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He currently works for Blue Origin, a company Upton said is "paving the road to space."

Jeff Busch and Jane Traffalis

Highway to success: Project management and civil engineering alumni work together to build solid team foundations

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
It's not often two alumni from the same university but different fields find themselves working together, yet this is exactly the case for Jeff Busch and Jane Traffalis.

UW-Platteville campus sign

Learning more about UW-Platteville’s Organizational Change Leadership program and its Safety Risk Control emphasis

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
The Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership is a relatively new degree program offered at the UW-Platteville, but its curriculum addresses a growing trend to prepare future leaders amidst rapidly changing business environments. UW-Platteville offers four emphasis areas to help students reach their individual career goals. Of particular note is the Safety Risk Control emphasis, introduced in 2018, which focuses on producing safety and risk control measures for businesses and their teams.

Kat Damiano

Organizational Change Leadership alumna credits education for new high-level position

Authored on: Apr 04, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
Wishing to sharpen both her change and project management skills, Kat Damiano enrolled in the Master’s in Organizational Change Leadership program in 2018. She is now a business change manager with SoCalGas in Los Angeles, California, and works as an internal consultant on the SCG enterprise change management team, overseeing a five-year, 300-plus stakeholder initiative.

Ullsvik Hall

Pioneers supporting Pioneers: The Distance Education Alumni Board leaves impact on alumni, students

Authored on: Apr 04, 2021, Written by: Cheryl Lange
Since its creation in 2006, the Distance Education Alumni Board has been committed to supporting alumni and students of UW-Platteville’s distance education programs.

Michelle Laucke

Engineering alumna and professional doubles as children’s book author

Authored on: Apr 04, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
As a continuous improvement analyst at Ortho Molecular Inc., a nutraceutical company, Laucke works as a project manager in company teams, trying to reduce waste in core processes. Yet there’s more to Laucke besides an impressive STEM career. In addition to being an accomplished project manager and engineer, she’s also a self-published author of the children’s book, “Arabian Horses at Play, I Could Watch Them Every Day.”

Organizational Change Leadership Best Value

M.S. Organizational Change Leadership program earns another top value recognition

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership program is once again recognized as one of the best and affordable master's degree programs in the nation, according to the 2021 


Nicole Ruchotzke

Pioneer Spotlight: Nicole Ruchotzke

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Eric Herbst
After growing up in rural Sabula, Iowa, Nicole Ruchotzke attended UW-Platteville, earning a degree in biology. From there, she went on to earn her master’s in public health at Concordia University before returning to her alma mater in 2017, where she joined the Office of Professional Program Support as an advisor.  

Best Value Program

M.S. Project Management online program named nation’s best value

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Stephen Kelley
UW-Platteville's Master’s of Science in Project Management is recognized as the best value in the country in 2021, according to BestValueCollege.org.