Friday Features - May 9, 2014

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Friday Features
May 9, 2014

Student News

Imaging Media Group publishes e-magazine

The Imaging Media Group at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville published its first ever e-magazine of student creative work on May 1. In past years, the magazine has been in print, but this year IMG decided to go digital.

“This allows us to show more student work, in less space as well as implement certain interactive elements into the magazine,” said Jessica Kloster, media studies major and vice president of IMG, who is a senior from Winnebago, Ill. The interactive elements include audio and video capabilities as well as a magazine-like page curl option that looks like a real page curling.

This semester’s magazine showcases work from 25 students and one professor. These creative works include audio, video, fine art, graphic design, photography and multimedia projects. Some individuals who submitted work also provided information about their work and their aspirations for future endeavors.

The IMG e-magazine can be viewed here, and will soon be available on the UW-Platteville Department of Media Studies webpage at

Team fares well at agriculture contest

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville placed in the top two for three events during the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture judging conference at Northwestern Missouri State University. Students took first in the Agribusiness category and finished second in the Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Knowledge contests. 

Student competitors from UW-Platteville included David Hunt, Chad Dillet, Dylan Meyer, Samantha DeClercq, Emily Schlein, Bryce Borkgren and Parker Ludeking. All are members of the Agribusiness Club at UW-Platteville.

Dr. Charles Steiner, School of Agriculture professor, said that the high ranks received at the competition will be beneficial to the participants’ professional career.

“Competing on a national level provides processional development,” said Steiner. “It shows that what they are learning here applies to agricultural practices across the country.”

A financial contribution from the Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation helped make the team's trip possible.

Pictured in front row (left-right) are David Hunt, Samantha DeClercq, Emily Schlein and Parker Ludeking; back row: Dr. Charles Steiner, Chad Dillet, Dylan Meyer and Bryce Borkgren.

UW-Platteville social media program ranked top five in the nation #Awesome #GoPioneers

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville social media program was ranked by NerdScholar as one of the top five programs in the nation. The UW-Platteville social media program was chosen for the best hands-on experience for students.

In the media studies applied communications course, one of the requirements for a social media minor, students are responsible for generating content for the media studies department’s Facebook page. In addition to hands-on practice, the program also instructs students on the use of social media in a variety of professional settings, developing skills in writing, photography and video.

The Facebook page is also an additional way for the department to communicate to its students. Prospective students and alumni can also view the Facebook page and see the many activities that take place in the department. Along with the idea of a new communication channel, the Facebook page is also used to highlight students’ work in the department.

To learn more about the social media major at UW-Platteville, visit the media studies department website at

Way receives Outstanding Student Award

University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Samantha Way, a sophomore public relations major from Hudson, Wis., recently received the Outstanding Student Award at the Northern Plains Regional Conference in Saint Paul, Minn. She was nominated for her work with Campus Programming and Relations at UW-Platteville.

Way was one of 20 students to be nominated for this award during the conference. David Nevins, director of campus activities, said that Way was “unbelievably deserving of the award.”

“I didn’t even know I was nominated,” said Way. “When they called my name, all I could think was ‘what is going on?’” Nevins had called Way’s mother, who lives close to the conference center, to see her daughter receive the award at the closing dinner.

Way was chosen for the award based on her participation before and during the conference. Prior to the conference, Way helped NACA produce a video about the do’s and don’ts of conference etiquette for attendees. She volunteered during the conference as well.

This conference gives CPR programs from other schools the opportunity to book comedians, singers and speakers to come to their campus. CPR representatives are expected to attend educational sessions on press release writing, marketing skills and other programming sessions. UW-Platteville’s CPR department works with other UW schools in the area to book the same entertainer, which brings the price down for all schools.

When Way first started at UW-Platteville she was a criminal justice major. “I decided to get into public relations after I was hired with CPR” she said. “I really enjoyed working for CPR and after talking with some other event producers who are also in the media studies program, I decided to switch.”

“CPR is the coolest job I have ever had,” said Way, adding that her favorite part is seeing the reactions of people in the crowd during a comedian, speaker or musician. “After all the planning, it is nice to see the end result and to see the reactions from the crowd,” said Way. Her favorite event that CPR puts together is Stand Up Saturday.

“There are so many things that I love about UW-Platteville,” said Way. “One of my favorite parts is the small community feeling. I love that when I walk across campus I greet people that I know. It really makes UW-Platteville feel like home.”

UW-Platteville to host Pioneer Showdown

The Block and Bridle Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is hosting the Pioneer Showdown at the Grant County Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All hog, lamb and meat goat jackpot shows will be held in the main livestock barn and all show rings will be indoors. This year, the Block and Bridle Club will also have a double lamb jackpot.

The first goat and lamb show will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the hog show at 11 a.m. The Pioneer Showdown will end with the second lamb show, beginning at noon.

The Block and Bridle Club is for students with an interest in livestock such as beef, sheep and swine. They host a livestock judging contest in the fall for 4-H and FFA and assist with the career development contest held at Pioneer Farm in the spring. The Block and Bridle Club’s major activity is the jackpot show at Pioneer Showdown.

More information about the Pioneer Showdown and entry forms can be found online.

Campus News

Campus and community groups recognized for sustainability contributions

The Environmental Sustainability 2014 Awards were recently announced by the Environmental Sustainability Committee. The following individuals and groups were recognized for their contributions to campus sustainability this year:

  • Steve Lemire (Dining Services) and John Schaefer (local farmer) for composting about 250 pounds of Bridgway Commons food waste per day (since October)
  • Platteville Development Group for lending the university land near Menard's to grow sunflowers
  • Markee Pioneer Student Center/James Ball for providing a bike repair station
  • Anthony Isabell (Custodial Services) for promoting recycling on campus over the years
  • The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Council for starting the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Program
  • German 2340 class for exploring sustainability and environmentalism through their German studies


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