Friday Features - Feb. 26, 2016

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Friday Features
February 26, 2016

CMA chapters attend ABC SuperCon Safety Conference
Ten members of the UW-Platteville Construction Management Association chapter attended the Associated Builders and Contractors SuperCon Safety Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin last week.

The conference had 25 sessions throughout the day that focused on topics such as ladder safety, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, electrical safety, welding and health hazards as well as leadership sessions for managers.

Attendees had the chance to network with companies, visit exhibitors as well as see new products being used in the industry.

Logan publishes sixth edition of textbook

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Daryl Logan has published the sixth edition of his textbook “A First Course in the Finite Element Method,” which he has used when he taught at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and for the last 23 years he has taught at UW-Platteville.

The first edition was published in 1986 and explores the finite element method, a universally used method for design/analysis of complex structures, such as tall buildings, domes and race car space frames, as well as for solid models such as engine blocks, agricultural equipment and airplane frames.

“A First Course in the Finite Element Method” has 26 percent of the market and new examples and 100 new problems have been added to this edition. The textbook is used at approximately 50 universities worldwide.

Logan has also authored two other textbooks, “Mechanics of Materials” and “ A First Course in the Finite Element Method Using Algor.”

Consuls visit UW-Platteville
Four consuls from the education office of the Chinese Consulate in Chicago, Illinois, recently met with administration officials at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to discuss the importance of higher education cooperation and international exchanges between South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China and UW-Platteville, the contributions of the Confucius Institute in promoting students to think globally and compete internationally and more.

Visiting consuls included Liu Jun, deputy consul general; Qin Juhua, counselor; Xu Shuhong, consul; and Chen Hao, consul. This was the first official visit initiated by the Consul General.  University attendees included Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Assistant Chancellor for Institutional Strategy and Planning, Dr. Kory Wein, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, and Mei Reeder, Director of the Confucius Institute.

“I am thankful to the consuls for coming to UW-Platteville to provide a platform for further cooperation between the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute and Chicago Chinese Consulate Education Department,” said Reeder. “The Confucius Institute will continue to provide programs to serve the campus and its surrounding communities.”

Mardi Gras celebration
More than 150 students, faculty and community members celebrated Mardi Gras at the 19th annual Mardi Gras Celebration on Feb. 9 in Robert L. Velzy Commons. The event, sponsored by the French Club and the Department of Humanities, included free food and beads, games, prizes, a life-size chess set and live music.

“This year’s event highlighted the combination of French and American cultures in a New Orleans style Mardi Gras festival, with a Cajun-inspired menu and a really fantastic volunteer jazz combo,” said Dr. Laura Anderson, professor of French at UW-Platteville. “We’re already looking forward to next year, when we celebrate 20 years of Mardi Gras at UW-Platteville.”

Nutritional Workshops
Since mid-February, a group of health promotion majors have been presenting “Eat Right for Life” nutritional workshops in Room 200 of William’s Fieldhouse. The workshops are open to all. Using Dr. Ann G. Kulze’s book “Eat Right for Life” as the basis for information and activities, the students help participants learn basic guidelines on nutrition as well as the art and science of optimal nutrition. Future workshops will be held March 11 and 19 and April 1 and 8.

History lectures to be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television
University of Wisconsin-Platteville history professors Dr. Eugene Tesdahl and Dr. David Krugler will have their lectures on “Women Smugglers in Early America, 1701 to 1750” and “The History of the U.S. since 1877,” respectively, air on Wisconsin Public Television.

Both lectures are part of the University Place lecture series from WPT and the UW Extension. These lectures invite curious Wisconsin citizens into meaningful discussions of diverse topics and disciplines, showing the Wisconsin Idea at work. Their lectures will air on WPT this summer.

For more information about the Wisconsin Idea, visit


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