Friday Features - July 22, 2016

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Friday Features
July 22, 2016

Geddes awarded Gilman scholarship

Erin Geddes, a senior chemistry major from Osceola, Wisconsin has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the fall 2016 academic year. She will be studying in England at St. Mary’s University at Twickenham.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies – making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Duo wins fishing championship

Colby Peterson, Aaron GohlaColby Peterson, a senior industrial technology management major from Waupon, Wisconsin, and Aaron Gohla, a senior mechanical engineering major from Houlton, Wisconsin, won the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Central Conference bass tournament on the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on July 9. As a top 10 finishing team in the event the duo will now represent UW-Platteville in the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

The top prize was $2,000, which was awarded to the bass fishing club on campus.

FLW College Fishing is a nationwide competitive bass fishing program open to all full-time students at four-year colleges and universities and full-time undergraduates students at community colleges. It consists of 15 qualifying events, one open and the national championship.

Instructor and student present at international conference

Baustin BowersAn instructor and student from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently gave a presentation at the International Society for Technology in Education’s international conference, the largest technology conference in the world. More than 15,000 educators and students traveled from 73 nations around the world to attend the conference, including almost 400 student presenters.

Jessica Brogley, instructor in the School of Education, and Baustin Bowers, a senior English education major, presented, “Collaborative Partnership for PBIS Success: UW-Platteville and Platteville Middle School.”

During the session, Brogley and Bowers explained how they and pre-service teachers in the School of Education had partnered and collaborated with staff at Platteville Middle School to create and produce videos teaching the tools of correct behavior, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, to students at the middle school.

Bowers’ participation in the conference was rare – out of the 400 student presenters in attendance, he was one of only seven pre-service teachers to be awarded the opportunity to present.

The 2016 ISTE conference focused on providing teachers with knowledge, connections and hands-on experiences with just about every facet of technology in education. Brogley and Bowers were able to experience digital playgrounds, lecture opportunities, interactive poster sessions and vendors that provided opportunities to try many new gadgets and services used in schools today.

“ISTE is the premier educational technology conference in the world,” said Brogley. “It provides the opportunity to learn and network with thousands of teachers. Many teachers will go their whole careers wishing to attend. Baustin has attended and presented as a pre-service teacher – imagine how that might impact his future. That’s what School of Education strives to do: provide experiences that impact students.”

“I had educators ask me about collaborating with them in the coming years and I was able to meet a lot of young educators who are only in their first few years of teaching and get advice from them going forward,” said Bowers. “This was far more than something I can write on my résumé; it was a learning experience and an opportunity to make connections that has already affected, and will continue to affect, my plans and success as a future educator.”

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