Friday Features - Feb. 19, 2016

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Friday Features
February 19, 2016

Buffalo to discuss Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Johnathan Buffalo, Meskwaki Nation Tribal historian and co-founder of the Meskwaki Tribal Museum in 2011, will discuss the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act during his talk, “NAGPRA and the Red Earth People,” on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 6-7:30 p.m.

Buffalo will explore the positive and negative consequences of the legislation in Indian country and beyond. This dialogue will address Native American tribal sovereignty, museum acquisitions policies and ways native and non-native communities negotiate these issues. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. UW-Platteville’s Department of History, School of Education and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs are sponsoring the lecture.

Horticulture club partners with the Master Gardeners of Grant County

The Horticulture Club is partnering with the Master Gardeners of Grant County to host the first Driftless Gardener’s Gathering on Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Markee Pioneer Student Center.

There will be presentations and workshops given throughout the day as well as a tour of the UW-Platteville greenhouses and keynote speaker Lee Somerville.

To register, go to to download the form. Registration closes March 1.

UW-Platteville WURHA delegation wins awards

WURHA award recipientsFive members of the Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association attended the WURHA conference last weekend. The group collectively won five awards.

WURHA Spirit and WURHA Best Roll Call were each given to the group as a whole. In addition, the delegation received second place in philanthropy for the state. Individually, the president of the UW-Platteville National Residence Hall Honorary chapter, Hayley Pollei, senior elementary education major from Verona, Wisconsin, accepted the award of Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders Chapter of the Year. Advisor for the delegation, Savion Kirk, presented and won a Top 10 Program Award for the conference.

WURHA is a nonprofit student organization that is dedicated to improving residence life across the state of Wisconsin.

Society of Physics Student Chapter wins Outstanding SPS Chapter 2014-2015

The Society of Physics Student National Council has awarded the UW-Platteville chapter with the Outstanding SPS Chapter for 2014-2105. This award is given based on an assessment of the depth and breadth of SPS activities presented in each chapter’s report.

The SPS, formed in 1968, is a professional association explicitly designed for students. It exists to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community, and now has over 700 chapters on campuses across the country.

School of Education students collaborate with middle school students

School of Ed studentsTwo students from the School of Education recently had the opportunity to facilitate a MakerSpace session with approximately 25 students at Platteville Middle School.

“MakerSpace is a place where students can experiment with different technologies,” said Jessica Brogley, lecturer in the School of Education at UW-Platteville and supporting instructor of the project. “Students have knowledgeable guidance, but are free to test ideas and make adjustments. A MakerSpace session can offer opportunities for students to try crafts, electronics, coding, robotics, building and more.”

Heather Sawle-Macaulay, a senior elementary education major, and Jessica Qualley, a senior elementary education major, both from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, planned and led the valentine-themed session. Each student created a custom canvas valentine.

Students in the School of Education will facilitate at least one more MakerSpace session by doing a workshop on using green screen technology.

Department of Humanities accepting Creative Writing Contest submissions

The Department of Humanities is currently accepting undergraduate student submissions for the annual Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards Contest. All entries must be submitted to the Department of Humanities office, 323 Warner Hall, by 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.

The contest is open to all students who are enrolled at least part-time. Each entrant may submit up to three poems and/or up to 20 pages of fiction or creative non-fiction. Official contest guidelines are available in the Department of Humanities office.

Three awards will be given for each of the two categories of fiction/creative non-fiction and poetry. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners of each category, respectively.


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