Friday Features - Nov. 13, 2015

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Friday Features
November 13, 2015

Students present research at sports medicine conference
Seven UW-Platteville students and Dr. Matthew Rogatzki, assistant professor of health and human performance, recently presented their research on the relationship between resting blood lactate levels and academic performance at the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine conference in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The students are enrolled in Health Promotion at the Worksite, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Advanced Nutrition, lecture-based courses at UW-Platteville, taught by Rogatzki.

One time each week for eight weeks from February-December 2015, the student research assistants have been measuring and analyzing participants’ blood lactate concentration before and after exams to determine if there is a relationship between resting lactate levels and exam scores.

More information about the study can be found here.

During the conference, three of the students competed in a student quiz bowl answering questions related to nutrition, the cardiovascular system, biomechanics, exercise prescription, metabolism, and anatomy – a Jeopardy style competition – among 20 universities in the Midwest region. There were two flights of 10 universities in which the students finished their flight in the top five, to make it on to final jeopardy. The students finished 10th overall.

“I was very proud of our students and how well they did, with this being their first time competing,” said Rogatzki.

Pictured left to right in the back row are Sydney Keuler, Abigail Fischer, Mariah Henderson and Peter Peterson. Pictured in the front row left to right are Mackenzie Novak and Jenna Webb (not pictured: Srimant Vaddadi).

Kappa Delta Pi receives international award

Members of the university’s chapter of the international honor society Kappa Delta Pi attended the national convocation in Orlando, Fla., in October where they received the Achieving Chapter Excellence Award.

This award is given to chapters that demonstrate excellence in membership, leadership development and programming in support of the society’s mission and strategic goals. This is only awarded to the top five percent of the chapters worldwide.

Dairy Judging Team competes at livestock expo

The Dairy Judging Team competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. this past weekend. Sarah Adamson, senior agribusiness and animal science double major from Milton, Wis.; Taylor Riedel, junior animal science major from Sauk City, Wis.; Miranda Randall, junior animal science major from Platteville; and Rachel Gilson, junior agribusiness and animal science double major from Monticello, Wis., all participated.

The team finished fifth in the Brown Swiss and Jersey breed and seventh overall out of 17 teams.

Pictured left to right are Cory Weigel, coach; Miranda Randall, Taylor Riedel, Sarah Adamson, Rachel Gilson and Ryan Weigel, coach.

Syria the focus of upcoming forum

“Refugee Crisis: Roots and Responsibility,” a forum which will include UW-Platteville professors, is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 136 in Doudna Hall.

Discussion will center around the current situation in Syria. Presenters will be Dr. Travis Nelson, associate professor of political science; Dr. Shan Sappleton, assistant professor of political science; and Dr. Richard Waugh, professor of geography.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is sponsoring the event.

Performing Arts Series to offer “Women of Will: The Overview”

CFAThe Center for the Arts’ Performing Arts Series will welcome actress, founder and former artistic director of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass., Tina Packer, to perform “Women of Will: The Overview” on Friday, Nov. 20 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at the Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.

The evening will begin with cocktails and dinner in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery in Ullsvik Hall at 5 p.m.

“Women of Will: The Overview” explores themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Using performance and discussion, Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters and examines his own journey and growth as a writer.

For more information about this event, contact the Center for the Arts at 608-342-1298.

Movie night: ‘House of Flying Daggers’

The Confucius Institute will be hosting a movie night featuring the “House of Flying Daggers” on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in 103 Doudna Lecture Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“House of Flying Daggers” is a display of colors, music, martial arts and culture underlined by romance and mystery. This film is rated PG-13 for stylized violence and some sexuality. A parent or guardian must be in attendance with children 13 years and under.

Those interested in attending this event need to RSVP at or call 608-342-1310.


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