Friday Features - Feb. 12, 2016

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Friday Features
February 12, 2016

UW-Platteville to co-host Midwest Dairy Challenge competition

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be co-hosting the Midwest Dairy Challenge competition with Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Feb. 17-19. Seventy-seven students from 16 universities across 10 states in the Midwest will be on campus as well as at local farms. These students will be presenting recommendations on how to improve farm efficiency and profitability.

“On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, it is great to be working together with Southwest Tech to co-host the Midwest Dairy Challenge," said Dr. Tera Montgomery, professor of agriculture at UW-Platteville. "We are proud to be able to help the students learn more about the dairy industry while showcasing our wonderful region of Wisconsin."

This competition is one of four regional contests sponsored each year by the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, which are funded through support by 130 agribusiness and dairy producers. Over its 15-year history, the Dairy Challenge has helped prepare nearly 5,000 students for careers as dairy owners or managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals.

Bell to discuss police reforms following son’s death

Dr. Patrick Solar, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will be conducting a television interview with Michael Bell Sr. on campus next month.

In 2004, Michael Bell Jr. was fatally shot while he was handcuffed by a police officer. The officer was quickly cleared of any wrongdoing by the same police department. Mike Bell Sr. led the first in the nation effort to change the law in Wisconsin. The law now requires agencies to employ external investigators in police deadly force cases. “Mike will tell an emotional story,” said Solar. “Anyone going into policing needs to hear this. I have been in policing for nearly 30 years and I have never heard a story like this. We normally don’t hear the human side of the policing enterprise and I believe this is critical to any effort in criminal justice reform.”

The officer who shot Michael Bell ultimately committed suicide. “This event graphically illustrates the potential de-humanizing aspects of law enforcement operations and the impact such events can have on individuals, families and the police themselves,” said Solar.

The interview will be conducted March 8 from 4-5 p.m. in the television studio in the basement of Pioneer Tower. It will be taped live for Solar’s Humanistic Policing class. He hopes it will be shown as part of police academy training throughout the country. The Criminal Justice Career Fair will be taking place on campus that day as well.

Members of Sigma Alpha receive Leadership Scholarship

Members of the Sigma Alpha Sorority at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville were selected as recipients of the 2015 Leadership Seminar Scholarship from the Sigma Alpha Sorority Educational Foundation. Those selected included Morgan Henriott, junior animal science major from Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and Erin O’Toole, junior agriculture business marketing and communication major from Iron Ridge, Wisconsin. Kayln Lund, an agriculture education major from Stoughton, Wisconsin, was a recipient of the DuPont Pioneer Scholarship.

These scholarships are awarded to members of the sorority for their outstanding leadership skills within the Sigma Alpha Sorority, the community and the university.

Confucius Institute holds annual Chinese New Year Festival

Approximately 480 students, faculty, staff and community members celebrated the Chinese Spring Festival and Year of the Monkey on Feb. 6 at the Chinese New Year Spring Festival 2016 in the Center for the Arts. The event, sponsored by the Confucius Institute, was designed to help promote a better understanding of Chinese culture, language and its people to the residents in Southwest Wisconsin.

The celebration included performances of the lion dance, kung fu, folk dance, traditional music and a taiji fan demonstration. Performers included Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association Lion Dance Troupe, from Madison, Wisconsin; Living Stream Dance Company, from Madison; Confucius Institute youth class students’ American students and Chinese Mast of English Education students; and many more.

Tri-State Honors Band concert to be held at UW-Platteville

The Tri-State Honors Band will be performing concerts on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb.13 at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall.

The Friday night concert will be a montage concert featuring UW-Platteville faculty and the Jazz I Ensemble. The faculty will be showcased in solo and chamber music performances and the Jazz I Ensemble will perform under the direction of Allen Cordingley. Admission to this concert is $5.

The Festival Band Concert featuring the UW-Platteville Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Festival Honors Band will be held on Saturday. Faculty oboist Heather Huckleberry will be the featured soloist with the ensemble under the direction of Barry Ellis and associate director Matthew Gregg. The program will include music by alumnus David Ott as well as Frank Ticheli, David Gillingham and Modest Mussorgsky.

The Festival Honors Band will perform during the second half of the concert with Conductor Gillingham, the guest clinician, who will conduct a program of his music. Admission for this concert is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

For more information, contact the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, at 608-342-1143.

UW-Platteville ranked among the top for online project management program

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville was named one of the 2016 Top Online Master’s in Project Management Programs by GoGrad.org. UW-Platteville ranked third among the dozens of online programs that were evaluated throughout the country.

The program received high rankings in part because of its known credibility in the project management field. The Master of Science in Project Management from UW-Platteville is globally accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and has been offered 100 percent online for over 15 years. “This recognition affirms what we strive for every day – to offer quality programs that are taught by outstanding faculty, and to provide support services for our students that encourage their success,” said Bill Haskins, program coordinator for the Master of Science in Project Management. “We’re dedicated to providing an excellent education at an affordable cost to the students.”

GoGrad partners with the U.S Department of Education to research online graduate programs and is dedicated to matching students with the best program to fit their needs. Universities were evaluated based on academic quality, accommodation, guidance and affordability.

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