Education & Wellness

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.

Dr. Jeffrey Cowley

Health and Human Performance professor stresses importance of physical activity, offers tips to prevent pain, injury

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
In light of the COVID-19 crisis and Wisconsin’s current safer-at-home order, Dr. Jeffrey Cowley, assistant professor of health and human performance at UW-Platteville, stressed the critical importance of making physical activity a priority.

Corona Cruise Information

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.

Students doing yoga

Dept. of Health and Human Performance offers tips to stay physically active during COVID-19 crisis

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Scott Ringgenberg, coordinator of the Department of Health and Human Performance at UW-Platteville, offers 10 tips on how to stay active and improve overall health during this unprecedented and uncertain time.

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.

Ropes Course

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.

Elissa doing fieldwork

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.

Wellness Day

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.

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.


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.


family math night activities

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.


 Students conduct seminar for K-12 educators

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.