Friday Features - Feb. 13, 2015

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Friday Features
February 13, 2015

Platteville High School students get hands-on workshop experience
UW-Platteville hosted 60 Platteville High School students Feb. 6. The students are part of the Project Lead the Way Program at the high school. They were on campus for hands-on workshops in the industrial studies program dealing with plastics, metals, safety and building construction management.

Each of the workshops lasted 25 minutes and the students were split into groups of 12, rotating through each workshop.

Public samples alumnus' creation
Amadou Hanne, a 2012 business administration graduate, hosted a taste testing of HiFit Juice Feb. 12 at Driftless Market on Main Street in Platteville as well as at the Greenwood Avenue Market at Glenview Commons. Another taste testing is planned for Feb. 13 from 4-9 p.m. at the Greenwood Avenue Market.

HiFit Juice is a health drink that he invented and is marketed throughout the region. It is currently available at locations in Platteville as well as in the Quad Cities, Ill.

The drink boasts hibiscus as one of the main ingredients and it comes in three flavors including pomegranate/raspberry, pineapple/mint and orange/mango.

Pictured left to right are Amadou Hanne, along with Ibrahima Bah, both co-founders of HiFit Juice, hosted a taste testing at Driftless Market in Platteville on Feb. 12.

Creative writing submissions due March 26
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities is currently accepting undergraduate student submissions for the annual Thomas Hickey Writing Awards Contest. All entries must be submitted to the Department of Humanities office, 323 Warner Hall, by 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

Each entrant may submit up to three poems and/or up to 20 pages of fiction. Official contest guidelines are available in the department of humanities office.

Three awards will be given for each of the two categories – fiction and poetry. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners of each category, respectively. This contest is open to all students who are enrolled at least part time at UW-Platteville.

Winners will read their works at the Department of Humanities Creative Writing Festival on Tuesday, April 28.

The winners of the poetry contest will be determined by guest judge Tomás Q. Morín, author of “A Larger Country” (winner of the APR/Honickman Prize) and translator of Pablo Neruda’s “The Heights of Macchu Picchu” (Copper Canyon Press, 2014).

The winners of the fiction contest will be determined by guest judge Jennine Capó Crucet, author of “How to Leave Hialeah” (winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award) and “Make Your Home Among Strangers” (St. Martin’s Press, forthcoming August 2015). She will be the featured reader at this year’s Department of Humanities Creative Writing Festival.

“I am excited about having Tomás and Jennine as this year's final judges,” said Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at UW-Platteville. “Our annual contest will give students the opportunity to have their best poetry and fiction considered by established writers beyond the university community.”

The creative writing contest is named after Thomas Hickey, a former English composition and literature professor at UW-Platteville. Hickey taught at UW-Platteville for 42 years and served as a judge for the creative writing contest for nearly 10 of those years.

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