Friday Features - Jan. 24, 2014

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Friday Features
January 24, 2014

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Student News

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville dairy judging team traveled to Fort Worth, Texas last week to compete in the 2014 Southwest Dairy Judging Contest. The team placed third overall in the contest among a field of 15 teams. The team placed 10th in the Brown Swiss breed, sixth in the Jersey breed, second in the Holstein breed and fifth overall in the oral reasons portion of the contest.

A team of four seniors included Garrett Madland, an animal science major from Lyndon Station, Wis.; Josh Joseph, an agricultural business major from Richland Center, Wis.; Sarah Endres, an animal science major from Waunakee, Wis.; and Andrea Pagenkopf, an animal science major from Lancaster, Wis. 

“We had a very successful year,” said Cory Weigel, Pioneer Farm dairy enterprise manager and dairy judging team coach. 

The Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation provided financial support to the team to help make this trip possible. 

Pictured Left to Right: Cory Weigel, Garrett Madland, Andrea Pagenkopf, Sarah Endres, Josh Joseph, Ryan Weigel


EL-OMARIDr. Samir El-Omari, assistant professor of general engineering, has recently received two grants from the German Academic Exchange Service to support his upcoming short-term faculty-led study abroad program. The program, Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany, will be held May 17-June 1.

These grants will lessen the per-student cost for the program. The deadline for students to apply is Feb. 15.

More information can be found at the Education Abroad site.

Staff News

Until late last year, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Classified Staff Senate was known as the Chancellor’s Classified Staff Advisory Council. A proposal was submitted to the UW System Board of Regents in September 2013 asking that the council be included in shared governance. Following the approval of the resolution, the CCSAC asked Chancellor Dennis J. Shields to change the name to the Classified Staff Senate, which became official in November 2013.

UW-Platteville is the lone school in the UW System that has made the transition to a Classified Staff Senate. “It is a way to provide consistency across campus,” said Lori Wedig, chair of the Classified Staff Senate.

The change now allows classified staff and limited term employment employees an opportunity to participate in shared governance. According to Wedig, the transition has been smooth. The senate includes 13 senators, representing eight areas on campus as well as LTE employees. Senators need to be nominated and they serve three-year terms. The LTE senator serves a one-year term. Elections are scheduled for March and nominations are being accepted. Senate meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. No meetings are held in July.


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