Education

Kayla Murphy and Nathan Murrin

Two from UW-Platteville honored with Aspiring Educators awards

Authored on: May 05, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
At a recent Aspiring Educators of Wisconsin Conference, two representatives from UW-Platteville were honored with awards for their commitment to the organization. Kayla Murphy, recruitment and retention coordinator for the School of Education, received the Devoted Chapter Advisor Award. Nathan Murrin, a junior English education major from McHenry, Illinois, received the Dedicated Student Leader Award.

School of Education Luncheon with Retired Teachers

School of Education alumni return to campus, share advice with future teachers

Authored on: May 05, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, School of Education students have been learning from retired educators and helping to celebrate their careers.

Shan Sappleton, Doug Adams

Sappleton, Adams co-publish in The Professional Educator

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
The work of two UW-Platteville faculty members, Dr. Shan Sappleton and Dr. Douglas Adams, was recently published in The Professional Educator, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal.

Nathan Murrin

Murrin leads UW-Platteville Aspiring Educators chapter, selected to attend national conference

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Nathan Murrin, a junior English education major from McHenry, Illinois, is leading a community of future educators through the UW-Platteville Aspiring Educators chapter.

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New ‘grow your own’ program hopes to address shortage of STEM teachers

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville is helping to address the critical shortage of qualified math and science teachers in Southwest Wisconsin by partnering with local school districts and STEM teachers to implement a “grow your own” program.

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UW-Platteville announces plans to address substitute teacher shortage

Authored on: Jan 01, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
The School of Education announced a plan to help address the critical shortage of substitute teachers in the state by offering current UW-Platteville students an opportunity to have an associate degree conferred, while in the process of earning their bachelor’s degree, in order to meet the state’s substitute teacher eligibility requirements. 

Abigail Parker

Alumna awarded grant for pollinator garden

Authored on: Jan 01, 2022, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
Rural Schools Collaborative just announced its 2021-22 Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows, and among those selected was Abigail Parker, a May 2021 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, who currently teaches kindergarten at Coloma Elementary, a small, rural school in Coloma, Wisconsin.

Students visit Frog Bay Tribal National Park.

New partnership with Bayfield offers opportunity to model Act 31 and culturally-responsive teaching

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Fourteen education students recently spent two weeks in Bayfield, Wisconsin, for a unique practicum experience, giving them the opportunity to learn more about culturally-responsive teaching practices and implementing Act 31 in the classroom.

Pictured left to right are student presenters Caleb Anderson, Colin Johnson, and Danni Garcia-Havens

Students present at Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Convention

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
Twelve students from the Methods in Elementary Physical Education course attended the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Convention in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, including two groups of students who presented and were the only undergraduates invited to present.

Jessica Brogley with student

Students prepare to meet the technology needs of K-12 classrooms

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville's School of Education has a long history of looking toward the future and anticipating and responding to the needs of the communities and schools it serves — and in recent years, those needs are increasingly revolving around technology. That is why UW-Platteville education students are leading the way in pursuing voluntary Google for Education certification, long before they even graduate. 

Jessica Brogley

Brogley honored with Academic Staff Award of Excellence

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Jessica Brogley, a senior lecturer in the School of Education, was selected to receive UW-Platteville’s 2021 Academic Staff Award for Excellence.

Students at Camp Pec

School of Education partners with Camp Pecatonica

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
This summer, 10 School of Education students were selected to work for the Pecatonica Area School District. Since June, UW-Platteville students have been receiving hands-on learning experiences at Camp Pec, a summer school program for grades 4K-5th grade.

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School of Education to offer new loan repayment assistance program

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
The UW-Platteville School of Education recently announced plans to offer a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP) to incoming new freshmen elementary-middle level education majors starting in fall 2021.  

Luke Pradel

UW-Platteville students virtually teach physical education to students with disabilities

Authored on: Apr 04, 2021, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
For years, students in Dr. Timothy Swenson’s Practicum in Adapted Physical Education class have had the opportunity to teach students with disabilities within a physical education setting. Students continued that experience this year, but with the added challenge – and opportunity for creativity – that was presented by virtual learning.

Tyler Vargo

Research project brings Southwest Wisconsin into the classroom

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Growing up in Platteville, Tyler Vargo knows firsthand the beauty and diversity of Southwest Wisconsin, but like many rural areas, the region is significantly underrepresented on digital mapping platforms, like Google Maps. Through a project sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly and Creative Activity program, Vargo is setting out to change this one location at a time.

Karen McMannes

Homeschool program provides virtual instruction opportunities for UW-Platteville students

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
As families continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the UW-Platteville Physical Education Homeschool Program is providing virtual instruction to area children and school districts.

Ariana Aranda at powerlifting competition

Aranda takes third place at national powerlifting competition, ties state record

Authored on: Dec 12, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Ariana Aranda, a senior elementary education major at UW-Platteville, recently competed in the USA Power Lifting 2020 Collegiate Nationals competition, where she took third place in her weight class and tied a Wisconsin state record.

Dr. Josh Anderson

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Joshua Anderson

Authored on: Dec 12, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Joshua Anderson, assistant professor of English, is bringing his experience in rural classrooms to the School of Education. Anderson joined UW-Platteville in 2016 and made the transition from the Department of Humanities to the School of Education this year.

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New internship program offers unique student teaching experience

Authored on: Dec 12, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
The UW-Platteville School of Education is collaborating with Cuba City Elementary School to offer a new internship program that is not only providing four UW-Platteville students with an unmatched teaching experience, but also playing a vital role in helping the school limit the spread of COVID-19 and offer in-person learning.

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Grant will help share Driftless area teachers’ stories nationwide

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
The School of Education recently received a grant from the Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC), a national nonprofit committed to strengthening the bonds between schools and communities. The grant is part of RSC's I am a Rural Teacher campaign, a national advocacy effort that is supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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School of Education faculty explore place-based education

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
When UW-Platteville's School of Education was presented with the opportunity to re-envision its core framework, Dr. Jennifer Collins, director, said they started with a question: “whom are the people and where are the places we serve?” The answer, she said, was overwhelmingly rural communities. The School of Education began looking toward the future with a focus on place-based education and building a teaching workforce responsive to the needs of their local, rural communities.

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Forum series to foster discussions on race and inequity

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
As the fall semester gets underway, the College of Liberal Arts and Education is offering a number of opportunities outside of the classroom for students, and the wider community, to engage in discussions about race and inequality, as well as the contribution of African American voices to the liberal arts and education fields, through two concurrent forum series.

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UW-Platteville announces new partnership; offers nine new courses to California childhood educators

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Stephen Kelley
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville announces a new partnership with the California Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP). The partnership recognizes that UW-Platteville’s curriculum meets the high standards of the CAP, allowing California’s early childhood educators to take advantage of UW-Platteville’s innovative and engaging online courses.

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UW-Platteville hosts STEMStart Summer Institute

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Area high school teachers from across Wisconsin met virtually with engineering professors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science for the STEMStart Summer Institute. STEMStart is an early college credit program for engineering.

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Future teachers use technology to provide critical support to more than 100 students during COVID-19 crisis

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
During the COVID-19 crisis, more than 70 UW-Platteville education majors took on the challenge of providing more than 100 homebound K-12 students in 11 school districts in Southwest Wisconsin with online tutoring support to ensure they continued gaining knowledge in a wide variety of subject areas.

Michelle Gould

Elementary education student adapts amidst COVID-19 closures

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Megan Hinderman
As Michelle Gould entered her final semester as an elementary education student this spring, she was presented with a new challenge when schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was forced to cut short her time teaching second grade, instead assisting with some of their video-conferencing sessions. While not what she expected, Gould and other educators have worked hard to learn from the situation.

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UW-Platteville students to host ‘Corona Cruise’ event to support local businesses

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
During the COVID-19 crisis, UW-Platteville faculty, staff and students continue to look for ways to show their appreciation and support for local businesses, organizations and community members. On Wednesday, April 22, UW-Platteville’s Department of Health and Human Performance will show its support by hosting the “Corona Cruise” event in Platteville from 5-7 p.m. The goal of the event, which is free and open to all, is to give back to the businesses and community of Platteville and positively impact the community’s social and emotional health.

Jessica Brogley

Brogley elected to WEMTA board

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Jessica Brogley, teacher of educational technology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was recently elected to the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association board of directors as the director of higher education.

Student Event Organizers Wes Williams, Abby Doyle, Lauren Swanson and Laini Taylor

Students plan, lead Health and Human Performance Pre-Professional Conference

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Four UW-Platteville health and human performance students recently planned and led the second annual “Health and Human Performance Pre-Professional Conference” for more than 140 students in the university’s Williams Fieldhouse.

Brooke Kunkel and Monica Radtke examine the results of a DEXA scan.

Students to present research on health benefits of yoga at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
University of Wisconsin-Platteville health and human performance students Brooke Kunkel, Ann Larson and Monica Radtke will present their research on the health benefits of yoga at the 17th annual Research in the Rotunda at the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pictured left to right are Hannah Williams, Maria Bast, Courtney Miess and Abigail Parker.

Education students attend state reading convention

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Four elementary education students recently attended the 2020 Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jessica Brogley

Brogley one of 200 chosen worldwide by Google for global meetup

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Jessica Brogley, instructor in UW-Platteville's School of Education, was one of 200 people chosen worldwide by Google to attend “Google Local Guides Connect Live 2019,” a global meetup for some of the world’s best contributors to Google Maps, held Nov. 12-15 in San Jose, California, and at the Google campus in Sunnyvale, California.

Dr. Jen Collins

Collins invited by state superintendent to serve on rural advisory council

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Jen Collins, director of the UW-Platteville School of Education, was recently invited by Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor to serve on the Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities. The permanent appointment will begin in April 2020.

Students working at Children's Center

Education majors engage preschoolers with theme-based dioramas

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Thirty UW-Platteville teacher candidates recently implemented an effective teaching strategy by creating theme-based dioramas and sharing them with Pre-K children enrolled in the university’s Children Center.

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Pioneers help students with visual impairments experience Ropes and Challenge course

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
In the seventh year of collaboration between the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and UW-Platteville, Health and Human Performance students recently had an opportunity to lead students from WCBVI through the university’s Ropes and Challenge course in Williams Fieldhouse.

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Granger overcomes critical health issue, prepares for teaching career

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Elissa (Bahr) Granger is a senior middle level education major with a minor in natural science. This December, the Platteville native will be one step closer to making her dream come true when she walks across the stage at commencement, accepts her diploma and begins applying for teaching positions in Platteville and the surrounding area.

Hearts of Glass

Screening of award-winning documentary to explore themes of innovation, inclusivity

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville will present a screening of the award-winning documentary “Hearts of Glass,” followed by a discussion with the film director and producer, Jennifer Tennican, on Thursday, Dec. 5. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Room 103, Doudna Hall from 4-6 p.m.

STEM Night

Education students offer unique Family STEM Night

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Jodean Grunow, Laurie Hamer
In a unique, collaborative effort, 34 UW-Platteville education students teamed with numerous staff members from Highland (Wisconsin) Elementary School to offer Highland Family STEM Night for more than 100 students and their families at the elementary school.

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.

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UW-Platteville hosts Wellness Day for 190 elementary students

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Eleven physical education students recently planned, implemented and continued a 10-year tradition, Wellness Day, for 190 first- and second-grade students from Platteville School District at the university’s Bo-Ryan Court.

Dr. Ben Krings works with student

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Ben Krings brings expertise in sports nutrition, strength training and conditioning

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Interacting with students and giving them an opportunity to develop as young professionals in the field of exercise science is what inspires and motivates Dr. Ben Krings, assistant professor of health and human performance, each day. Krings teaches courses in physiology of exercise, nutrition, strength and conditioning and fitness evaluation and prescription; he is also a certified strength and conditioning coach.

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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.


Brandon Larsen and Parker Debroux look at a map of the commemorative plaque acknowledging the slave trade triangle that allowed Richmond to be one of the wealthiest cities in the South.

Education students gain knowledge about Civil War during field experience in Virginia

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

Six University of Wisconsin-Platteville education students recently gained knowledge about the American Civil War at the “Civil War 101 Teachers Institute” at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond,


Left to right: Olivia Saucedo, Lindsey Bollig, Ashley Reuter and Dana Maxwell. Back row: Jacob Nachtigal and Samantha Christian.

Hooked on Books' benefits pre-service teachers, English language learners

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

Seven University of Wisconsin-Platteville pre-service teachers gained experience working with seven elementary-aged English language learners, thanks to “Hooked on Books,” an after-school reading program held this spring at Westview Elementary School in Platteville.


Representatives from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at UW-Madison joined UW-Platteville representatives and area health care professionals to discuss expanding UW-Madison’s PA program to UW-Platteville.

UW-Platteville, UW-Madison explore Physician Assistants partnership

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and UW-Madison are exploring a new collaboration aimed at addressing a shortage of physician assistants (PAs) in underserved rural areas.


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Students collaborate with Dodgeville Elementary for Family Math Night

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

Sixteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville students recently collaborated with teaching staff at Dodgeville (Wis.) Elementary School to present Family Math Night for students and their families. It was the first time the program has been held for students from Early Childhood through fifth grade.


Dr. Raymond Pugh

Pugh selected as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Assistant Professor of chemistry Dr. Raymond Pugh will continue his research on Writing-to-Learn through the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Pugh is one of three University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members selected for the 2019-20 program.


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Students conduct seminar for physical education teachers

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Eighteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville physical education, adapted physical education and health education students recently planned and conducted “Physical Education Active Engagement Seminar” for more than 16 licensed K-12 educators from throughout southern Wisconsin.


Students teach physical education homeschool program

Students teach physical education homeschool program

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Abbey Pignatari

In a long-running partnership between the university and local community, University of Wisconsin-Platteville health and human performance majors are teaming up with members of the homeschool community through the UW-Platteville Physical Education Homeschool Program.


Education students at Madison Childrens' Museum

Students explore early childhood programs during field experience

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Thirteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education students recently explored different early childhood programs during a field excursion to the Madison Public Library, the Overture Center and the Children’s Museum, all located in Madison, Wisconsin.


Raine Voigts and Jason Weitenhiller

Alumnus mentors former student in classroom

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

When University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumnus Jason Weitenhiller had Raine Voigts as a student in his second-grade classroom his first year of teaching at Belmont (Wis.) Elementary School in 2005, he had no idea he would be inspiring a future teacher.


Students in workshop, Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

Students learn strategies to teach English language learners

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Twenty-four University of Wisconsin-Platteville undergraduate students and three Master of Science in English Education students from China recently learned strategies to teach English language learners at a World-class Instructional Design and Assessment workshop, “Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students,” at UW-Platteville.


Dr. Jennifer Collins teaching a dual education course

UW-Platteville offers opportunity for high school students to earn education credits

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

To help combat the shortage of teachers in southwestern Wisconsin, especially in rural communities, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Education has begun offering a dual credit course option for high school students.


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Students lead family math night in Darlington

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Sixteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville elementary education students recently led “Power Up Your Math Skills Night” for students at Darlington (Wisconsin) Elementary School and their families.


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UW-Platteville to host an evening with Rick Hess

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in partnership with the Tommy G. Thompson Center presents An Evening with Rick Hess. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall.


Dr. Lynnette Dornak

Faculty forum to explore Zika virus: evolution, international impact

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The 2016 Olympic Games held in Brazil were overshadowed by the Zika pandemic that had gripped the country since 2013. During that time, popular media became an outlet for disseminating concern about the health and well-being of international athletes competing in the games.


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Education students lead local Family Math and Reading Night

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Thirty-two University of Wisconsin-Platteville elementary education majors recently led meaningful activities at Family Math and Reading Night for more than 100 elementary students from Platteville’s Westview Elementary School and Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center and their pare


Youkuan (Simon) Yan

International student crosses ocean to pursue education degree at UW-Platteville

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

About three years ago, after much research, thought and consideration, Youkuan Yan made a decision that altered the course of his life: he decided to leave his hometown of Wuhan, China, and travel more than 7,100 miles to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher.


Peter Wilkinson

Grads published in New Teacher Advocate

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

A manuscript written by three recent University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education graduates was published in the Spring 2019 issue of New Teacher Advocate, a quarterly professional journal that Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, designed to support


UW-Platteville students practicing with Platteville Special Olympics team

Students, alumnus aid Special Olympians

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Five University of Wisconsin-Platteville students and an alumnus gained hands-on coaching experience with individuals with varying abilities by helping coach 30 members of three Platteville Special Olympics basketball teams, including two adult teams and one youth team.


Matthew Janisch

Teacher and coach uses education to be a postive influence

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Ashley McFadden

When Matthew Janisch started coaching youth and high school football in Stoughton, Wisconsin, it unlocked a passion for teaching he didn’t know he’d had. Working with students of any age drove him to be a positive influence in their lives. However, he didn’t have a degree to pursue a full-time teaching career.


Students involved with creating cross-country skiing

Students, faculty create cross-country ski trails

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

More than 20 University of Wisconsin-Platteville Health and Human Performance students, faculty and staff recently created cross-country ski trails for people on campus and in the community to use and enjoy.


Becky Fernette

Faculty forum to examine ways to re-engage with those who have Alzheimer’s disease

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Adults aged 65 years and older are the fastest growing age group in the United States population. In fact, the older adult population is projected to double by 2060 and the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease is projected to triple by 2050 (Population Reference Bureau, 2018).