Friday Features - April 3, 2015

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Friday Features
April 3, 2015

Horticulture club gains experience at national competition

The horticulture club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville participated in the Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. recently.

This is an annual event where students enrolled in horticulture programs across the country compete in up to 28 events reflecting skills necessary for a career in the green industry. “This is an excellent opportunity for the students to interact with the industry as well as their peers from across the country,” said Dr. Donita Cartmill, associate professor in ornamental horticulture at UW-Platteville.

Thirteen UW-Platteville students competed in 17 of the 28 events. They placed 4th out of 62 teams in the Landscape Plant Installation competition.

The students who participated included Matthew Cody, Diannelle Erot, Colleen Hartog, Ashleigh Hickey, Dakota Lins, Katie Martin, Danielle Morgan, Casey Moss, Derrick Seban, Amy Silver, Emily Stanek, Elizabeth Virnich and Kendell Welch.

Pictured left to right are Matthew Cody, Katie Martin and Diannelle Erot.

USDA representative to present job opportunities at Wright Center

On Thursday, April 16, a representative from the United States Department of Agriculture will be visiting the Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to speak about positions being filled within the organization. The visit will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in room 322 in Royce Hall.

The meeting will be specifically geared towards veteran and service member students who may be interested in working for a government organization.  Different aspects of the jobs and how to apply for a federal position will be discussed. Veteran hiring preference does apply for jobs within the USDA. 

The hiring manager for the USDA Farm Loan Program is going to be presenting an informational session about the positions they will have coming open. 

For additional information contact Sandie Brick-Margelofsky, director of the Wright Center or John Mingo, certifying official, at 608-342-7352.

Tesdahl featured on ‘Ben Franklin’s World’ podcast

Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, discussed the business of smuggling in colonial North America and his involvement with living history as a French and Indian War-era re-enactor on “Ben Franklin’s World, A Podcast about Early American History” that aired March 17.

To listen to the podcast, go to

In the podcast, Tesdahl discusses the Albany-Montréal fur trade and explains how Great Britain and France defined smuggling and why some colonists decided to conduct illegal trade. He also discusses the types of goods British colonists in Albany exchanged with the French colonists in Montréal as well as the role that Native and Euro-American women played in the illicit Albany-Montréal trade. And finally, Tesdahl explains living history in and out of the classroom. He often adopts the role of a plausible French fur trader, Henri François Letannier, to provide insight into the French Fur Trade Era.

“Studying smuggling in colonial America reveals complexity of a Native, British and French North America,” said Tesdahl. “Both conflict and compromise defined this contested borderland decades before the American Revolution. First-person historical interpretation, or living history, has enriched my classroom for years. It is much easier to explain the importance of the North American fur trade to students when one has paddled birchbark canoes, replicated and used moccasins and snowshoes and started fires by flint and steel.”

“Ben Franklin’s World” is hosted by Dr. Liz Covart, who holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis, where she studied with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor.

Women’s Wellness Conference planned

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be hosting its first ever Women's Wellness Conference on Saturday, April 18. The conference will focus on empowering, motivating, and educating men and women of all ages through educational breakout sessions, interactive activities and keynote speaker Susan Leahy. 

Topics will include improving mental and physical health, barriers to health and education surrounding women's and gender issues. This event will also feature a catered breakfast and lunch. Cost of the conference is free for all UW-Platteville students, and $55 for all others. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Pioneer Your Future event fosters growth in STEM fields

Recently, the Women in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science Program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted Pioneering Your Future, an event geared towards encouraging a more diverse group of women to pursue engineering degrees and careers. Girls in fifth to eighth grade came to UW-Platteville with parents or a school group to participate in activities throughout the day.

Pioneering Your Future has been occurring at UW-Platteville since 2004. “This event gives girls a broader perspective about the career paths they can pursue, gives them access to positive female role models and creates a positive experience related to the STEM fields,” said Amy Borkenhagen, industrial engineering student and assistant for the WEMS Program. “Many girls this age start to get discouraged with math and science classes, and this program can show them how useful and applicable the skills they are building in those classes are, and how they can help them in the future.”

Ivanov and Stepaniuk present about Ukranian crisis

Dr. Andrey Ivanov, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Inna Stepaniuk, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Ukraine, in the School of Education at UW-Platteville and assistant professor at Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University in Ukraine, recently presented at “One Year Later: The Ukrainian Crisis – A Panel Looking Back and Moving Forward” at the Wisconsin South Union at UW-Madison. Approximately 40 UW-Madison faculty, students, alumni and residents of Wisconsin were in attendance.

Co-sponsored by UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Society and Politics Committee – a non-partisan group of students who design programs that make it easy for people to learn about the current events and challenges facing society – the panel was designed to discuss the development of the crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe during the last year and the future prospects and options for solving the crisis.

The idea was not only to look back at the crisis as it developed during 2014 and 2015, but also to look forward and talk about possible options for bringing short- and long-term peace and stability to the region.

Ivanov discussed the recent history of Crimea, a peninsula of southern Ukraine, and the political crises that led to the annexation of that region by Russia in March 2014.

“The latest tragedies in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe led to increased community interest in Wisconsin regarding the events in that part of the world,” said Ivanov. “Yet, it is impossible to make sense of the crisis and the war without understanding the history of Ukraine and the region in general. For a publicly engaged historian, panels like this are an opportunity to show the general public that history matters – well beyond the walls of higher education.”

Stepaniuk discussed Ukrainian families and how their lives have been changed since the escalating conflict on the Eastern part of Ukraine. Before coming to the United States, she volunteered in the Refugee Camp for Temporarily Displaced Ukrainians in her home city.

“Ukrainian families from the eastern parts of Ukraine who lost everything came to my city looking not only for shelter and food, but also for love, support and encouragement which would help them to start lives anew in their own country,” said Stepaniuk.


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