Friday Features - March 7, 2014

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March 7, 2014

Student News

Students selected for engineering scholarships

Scholarship winnersFour University of Wisconsin-Platteville students were selected for the $2,000 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative. The students included Alex Astley, a senior electrical engineering major from Pueblo West, Colo.; Logan Brecklin, a senior electrical engineering major from Ashwaubenon, Wis.; Jacob Bluem, a junior electrical engineering major from Eleva, Wis.; and William Michels, a sophomore electrical engineering major from Oshkosh, Wis.

The UW-Platteville students were among 228 recipients selected from 117 United States and Canadian universities for the 2013-14 academic year. The scholarships were distributed though the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship Fund.

Pictured (L-R): Dr. Mesut Muslu, College of EMS, Logan Brecklin, William Michels, Alex Astley, Jacob Bluem, Dr. Mittie N. Den Herder, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Dr. Joanne Wilson, transition dean of the College of EMS.

Blood driveBlood drive collects 765 units

The Residence Hall Association organized an American Red Cross Blood drive on campus Feb. 25-27. According to Kathryn Peck, RHA advisor, the blood drive collected 765 units of useable blood.

Recyclemania rates up from last year

Recyclmania is half over and UW-Platteville is holding at a 46.6 percent recycling rate, up 6.5 percent from last year. There are four weeks left in the UW System-wide competition, and the Pioneers are out to defend their state title. There will be a paper drive on March 13 to help people clean their offices or rooms. More information is available at

Faculty News

Steiner named Outstanding Academic Advisor for BILSA

Dr. Charles SteinerDr. Charles Steiner, assistant professor of agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the recipient of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for 2013.

Steiner earned his Bachelor of Science in agricultural business and his Master of Science in agricultural industries from UW-Platteville, and his Ph.D. in agricultural education from Iowa State University. He joined the UW-Platteville faculty in 2007. The Prairie du Chien, Wis. native also serves as the director of Pioneer Farm, advisor for the agribusiness club, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and roughly 30 to 40 undergraduates majoring in agribusiness.

“I was honored to be nominated for this award by School of Agriculture Director Mike Compton. There are a lot of quality advisors in the School of Agriculture and across the university,” said Steiner. “I believe advising is an important responsibility of faculty and staff and provides a great way to learn more about the aspirations of students and help them prepare for both success in college and their future careers.” As a winner of the award, Steiner received a $500 honorarium and a recognition plaque. He will be honored during Homecoming week next fall.


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