Friday Features: Jan. 15, 2016

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Friday Features
January 15, 2016

Kesler named Fairest of the Fairs

Gloria Kesler, 20, representing the Calumet County Fair, and a student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville was named the 2016 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs on Jan. 13 during the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Conventions in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. She bested a field of 38 contestants from county and district fairs from throughout Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was designed to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs. This year marked the 50th crowning of the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs.

Each year, the Fairest of the Fairs travels throughout the state promoting the variety of educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at Wisconsin's fairs. It is a position of responsibility to the citizens of Wisconsin and the winner must showcase excellent speaking, writing and listening skills as well as organization, professionalism, time management and above all, a passion for Wisconsin’s fair industry.

Kesler will serve a one-year term beginning immediately, and her responsibilities will include making appearances at fairs throughout the state, working with media and promoting the educational, social and economic importance of Wisconsin’s fair and agriculture industries.

In addition, she will serve as an ambassador of the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, which will take place Aug. 4-14. This includes greeting fairgoers and special guests, performing as master of ceremonies for several events during the fair, participating in various contests and representing the fair during select media appearances.

Karsten serves as editor of new book
Karsten book coverMargaret Karsten, professor and internship coordinator in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Business, has completed a new book, “Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace.” She served as editor of the publication.

According to Karsten, the book provides an in-depth understanding of workplace issues involving gender, ethnicity and race. It also includes innovative ways to address them that are essential for managers and employees to create talent-maximization.

Karsten’s interest in the topic came from “a keen interest in issues related to gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace spanning decades,” she said. “I developed a course, Women in Management, which was first offered in the 1980s (and later renamed).”

This most recent project was a couple years in the making. “The senior acquisition editor at ABC-CLIO, the publishing company that acquired the Praeger Imprint from Greenwood, the publisher of my prior books, contacted me in late 2013 asking if I would be interested in preparing a one-volume, abridged revision of “Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace: Issues and Challenges for Today’s Organization, a three-volume set I edited for Greenwood in 2006,” said Karsten. “I submitted an initial proposal for a two-volume revision, and the ABC-CLIO publication committee countered by asking me to prepare either an entirely new book or a one-volume update. Hilary Claggett, senior acquisitions editor, suggested that a new book would be more marketable, so I followed her advice and was informed of the editorial committee’s approval in March 2014.”

The new book will be available in all major bookstores and at

Online project management program earns national recognition
Project Management Institute AwardThe University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a leader in distance education for over 35 years, was recently recognized as one of the Best Online Master’s in Project Management Degrees in the Country.

The Master of Science in Project Management from UW-Platteville is globally accredited by the Project Management Institute and has been offered 100 percent online for over 15 years. “This is an excellent affirmation of the hard work of our faculty cohort, our student services staff, and our students themselves,” said Bill Haskins, program coordinator for the Master of Science in Project Management. “I am delighted to know that others think so highly of this program.” has been informing prospective students since 2009 by focusing on emerging trends and developments in online education. Rankings are evaluated based on academic quality, online offerings, and cost and student aid.

Visit, call 800.362.5460 or email to learn more about opportunities at UW-Platteville Online.

Students studying historyRoundtable discussion to feature history professionals
UW-Platteville students, faculty and community members can learn about the career opportunities in public history from experts in the field at the “What is Public History?” roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the Southwest Wisconsin Room in Ullsvik Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 6:30-8 p.m.

Public historians include museum professionals, government researchers, archivists, oral historians, cultural resource managers, curators, film and media producers, historical interpreters, historic preservationists, local historians and others. Anyone whose work brings history and culture to the public or preserves historical spaces is a public historian.

Roundtable participants include: Rick Bernstein, field services representative, Wisconsin Historical Society; Diana Bolander, director, Mining Museum and Rollo Jamison Museum, Platteville; Michael Douglass, National Park Service at Effigy Mounds and past director at Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien, Wis.; Mike Gibson, director, Center for Dubuque History, Loras College Archives, Dubuque, Iowa.

The UW-Platteville Department of History is sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Tracey Roberts, at

Essay contest offers chance to win scholarship
essay contestEach year, the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts sponsors an essay contest that is open to any UW System undergraduate student in good academic standing.

Essay submissions by University of Wisconsin-Platteville students for the 11th annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition will be considered for a $250 scholarship at the campus level. Up to three essays will then be forwarded to UW System for a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship.

This year's essay topic states, “The value of a liberal arts education is often debated. Some people will argue, ‘We need an education that focuses on training for jobs that are currently in demand.’ Others will claim, ‘An education is more than that. It provides the foundation for a meaningful life and career.’ With these positions in mind, write a letter to the editor of your hometown paper that stakes out and defends your position in this debate. Your letter may mention several arguments, but should focus on one that is derived from your college experiences, both in the classroom and beyond.”

All submissions must be original essays, 1,000-1,250 words in length, typed and double-spaced. Each essay must include a title page with the essay title, student name, major, institution, college and home address, email address, telephone number and the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”

UW-Platteville students must submit their contest entries to the College of Liberal Arts and Education dean's office, 160 Gardner Hall, or by email to, on or before Friday, Jan. 29, to be eligible.

Final selection of winning essays will be determined by a group of judges from the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts. Recipients will be notified in spring 2016.

For more information on the Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, go to:

University staff members earn state awards
The Wisconsin State Reading Association recently announced its award winners. Individuals from the School of Education who received awards included:

  • Leadership in Literacy Technology Award
    Jessica Brogley, academic staff, School of Education
  • Student Scholarship to attend WSRA Convention
    Becca Lowe, elementary education major, School of Education
  • WSRA Council Recognition Award
    Hidden Valley Reading Council (Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth, president; Dr. Jen Collins, vice-president, Dr. Peggy Marciniec and Jessica Brogley, members)

The WSRA Council Recognition Award will be presented at the 2016 WSRA Convention Feb. 4-6 in Milwaukee, Wis. The council's goal is to provide individuals in the tri-state area with opportunities to discuss reading issues, keep current on reading research and strategies, foster common understanding and cooperative work in a professional learning community, and promote the enjoyment of reading.


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