Friday Features - April 25, 2014

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Friday Features
April 25, 2014

Student News

PACCE hosts fourth annual Business Model Competition

The Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement recently hosted its fourth annual Business Model Competition.

Moderated by Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, director of PACCE, nine students entered the competition. The framework for this year’s event was slightly different than past years. “This was a pilot year for introducing and evaluating a ‘Lean Start-up’ process,” said Bernhardt.  “Lean Start-up will likely form the foundation of the educational program linking the curriculum courses, competitions and efforts by our Pioneer Launch Lab to help students help themselves to develop their entrepreneurial ventures.”

Ashley Luginbuhl took first place in this year’s competition. “It’s all about passion,” Luginbuhl said. “I am fortunate enough to have an outlet to share and pursue my ideas and passions through UW-Platteville’s entrepreneurship program.” Luginbuhl won $1,000 in prize money for her “Pioneer Arena” presentation.

Students had 10 minutes to present their business model to a panel of four judges. The judges were Brad Biddick of Trelay Farms/Rural Route One Popcorn; Lynn Price of SWCAP; Chuck Runde, retired president of First National Bank and Clare Heberlein of Lacey’s Lathers Goat Milk Soap, who was the first place winner of the 2012 competition.

Josh Joseph was the second place winner for his “Cattle Catchn Company.” Garrett Grinnell, who launched a woodworking business, placed third.

Other students competing in this year’s contest were Paul Milburn, Sarah Schultz, Barret Galauner, Josh Terrill, Jesse Krueger and Ashton Brusca.

Pictured in front from left are the top three winners of the 2014 Business Model Competition: Garrett Grinnell, Ashley Luginbuhl and Josh Joseph. Judges pictured in back row from left to right are Chuck Runde, Brad Biddick, Clare Heberlein and Lynn Price.

Dairy Challenge team takes second at national competition

University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Dairy Challenge team took second place out of eight teams at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. The four-person team of Josh Joseph, Darcy Steffes, Sarah Endres and Levi Martin received the second place finish for having successful recommendations on improvements after evaluating a dairy farm.

“The team of four visited a dairy farm and evaluated their records, farm situation and financials to find ‘problems’ or opportunities that can be fixed or changed that will result in greater efficiency and/or profitability for the dairy producer,” said Dr. Tera Montgomery, School of Agriculture professor.

Along with their written recommendations, the team also gave a 20-minute presentation to a panel of judges, which contributed to their second place finish.

The team is thankful to the sponsors that helped them travel to the event, allowing them to receive the second place finish. The Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation provided financial support for the team. The Pioneer Dairy Club served as a sponsor as well.

Rocketry Team soars to regional competition

Recently, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville rocketry team soared to new heights at the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium’s High Powered Rocketry Competition. The team competed against 10 collegiate teams from around Wisconsin and achieved the second best altitude while aiming for the target of 3,000 feet. Pioneer Rocketry will represent Wisconsin at this year’s regional competition on Saturday, April 26 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

At the state competition, Pioneer Rocketry completed two launches, the first of which had a major mechanical failure as one of the components broke. The team then rebounded and repaired their component, enabling them to participate in the second launch.  

Pioneer Rocketry spends almost all of the academic year designing, testing and preparing their competition rocket. This is their second year of competition and the first time they will advance to the regional competition. Trent Cybela, team president, says his goal for the team is to hit the target altitude of 3,000 feet at the regional competition.

Yang presents research in Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior Teng Yang presented his research at the Multicultural Student Leadership Conference at UW-Green Bay. Yang is a senior industrial technology management major. He is originally from Oshkosh, Wis.

Yang presented different research projects during the conference. There were more than 100 students who submitted their research and only a select few were chosen to present. “It was a really great experience presenting at UW-Green Bay. If I could do it again, I would,” said Yang.

His first project discussed the feasibility of using lignin as additive and colorant in polypropylene.

The other project, entitled “Analysis Flow Ability with Moldex 3D” studied the possibility of using a flow path in influencing the filling pattern and the orientation of molecules. 

Faculty News

Wu supervises Wisconsin Science Olympiad event

Dr. Joseph Wu, assistant professor of chemistry at UW-Platteville, was selected to supervise the forensic event at the 30th annual Wisconsin Science Olympiad competition, recently held at UW-Stout. The event is a science standards-based competition during which high school students can explore many areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year’s event drew nearly 800 competitors, representing 60 teams and 44 high schools from across the state. As event supervisor, Wu created examinations, judged student efforts and ranked teams.

Campus News

UW-Platteville to host state solo and ensemble festivals

UW-Platteville will host hundreds of high school student musicians on Saturday, April 26, as part of the Wisconsin School of Music Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival. UW-Platteville is one of 10 campuses participating in the festival, which will include more than 32,000 students, making it one of the largest in the nation. Students must earn a "starred first" rating in Class A, which consists of the most difficult music, at a WSMA District Music Festival to qualify for WSMA State Music Festivals. Learn more about the festival at


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