Friday Features - Oct. 10, 2014

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Friday Features
October 10, 2014

Student News

Liberal arts essay contest offers chance to win $2,000 scholarship

Each year, the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts sponsors an essay contest that is open to any UW System undergraduate student in good academic standing.

Essay submissions by University of Wisconsin-Platteville students for the 10th annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition will be considered for a $250 scholarship at the campus level before they are forwarded to the system level for a possible chance to win one of three $2,000 scholarships.

This year's essay topic states, “Students pursuing liberal educations learn to make connections across disciplines. At first, it can seem difficult, however, to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities, since these disciplines not only offer different content but also different modes of thinking. Discuss a time in your college education when you have made connections between a humanities class and a science class that have resulted in unexpected and meaningful insights. Feel free to go beyond your own experiences by discussing essays/commentaries on this topic by other writers or speakers you’ve encountered in college.”

All submissions must be original essays, 1,000-1,250 words in length, typed and double-spaced. Each essay must include a title page with the essay title, student name, major, institution, college and home address, e-mail address, telephone number and the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”

UW-Platteville students must submit their contest entries to the College of Liberal Arts and Education dean's office, 160 Gardner Hall, or by email to, on or before Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, to be eligible.

Final selection of winning essays will be determined by a group of judges from the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts. Recipients will be notified in spring 2015.

For more information on the Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, go to:

UW-Platteville team takes first place at World Dairy Expo

Dairy Expo TeamThe University of Wisconsin-Platteville Dairy Judging Team received top honors at the World Dairy Expo, Sept. 28 and 29.

The team participated in two contests. The first was the practical contest, which was open to any post-secondary or four-year universities. Eight total teams competed. UW-Platteville took first place overall, winning the Linear Scoring and Registered Cattle portions.

Additionally, UW-Platteville placed third in the Grade portion of the competition.

The Linear Scoring section is based on individual performance, whereas Registered Cattle and Grade are assessed as a team.

Team members included junior animal science majors Brooks Hendrickson, Jacob Leum, Allison Quick and Bryn Quick.

Allison Quick took first place in Linear Scoring. Within that same category Brooks placed seventh and Leum placed eighth.

The second day of competition was the Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest. Twenty-one teams were entered. UW-Platteville finished 17th overall. Team members included senior animal science majors Chris Voegeli, Tess Zettle, Natalie Schleicher and Alana Voss.

Voegeli took 10th place in Milking Shorthorn Breed and was 29th in individual performance overall. This rank put him just four spots away from being named All-American.

The UW-Platteville Dairy Judging Team is coached by Pioneer Farm Dairy Enterprise Manager, Cory Weigel. Weigel began serving as the manager in December 1999 and continues to lead demonstrations with hands-on activities to help students better understand the dairy industry.

Pictured left to right are Taylor W. Weisensel, national sales and marketing manager, Ag-Bag, a Miller-St. Nazianz, Inc. company and award sponsor; Cory Weigel, coach; Jacob Leum, Bryn Quick, Allison Quick and Ryan Weigel, coach. Not pictured: Brooks Hendrickson.

Kappa Delta Pi to induct new members

The Kappa Delta Pi-Iota Rho Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will hold an induction ceremony for new members on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, at 8 p.m.

The new initiates will take part in the ceremony and will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Dr. Jodean Grunow, senior lecturer in the School of Education and department of mathematics at UW-Platteville, will be the keynote speaker at this event.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education, established to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership and service. UW-Platteville’s Iota Rho Chapter currently has about 70 active members.

Officers for 2014-15 include UW-Platteville students Kelly Provancher from Yorkville, Ill., president; Breana LaDue from Beloit, Wis., membership chair; Melomi Waller from Potosi, Wis., secretary; Paul Krombos from Markesan, Wis., treasurer; Jenny Grainger from Montfort, Wis., historian; and Lauren Cyr from Roscoe, Ill., foundation representative. A vice president will be elected soon. Each will serve from June 1, 2014-May 31, 2015.

Dr. John Nkemnji, professor and coordinator of educational media services in UW-Platteville’s School of Education and member of KDP for more than 30 years, and Dr. Rea Kirk, education professor at UW-Platteville, serve as advisors to the group.

Campus News

Confucius Institute to host Scholarship Fair

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Confucius Institute will host a Scholarship Fair in the Markee Pioneer Student Center, Heritage Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m-noon.

Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters, has launched the Confucius Institute Scholarship Program to encourage students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to study Chinese language and culture in China. The scholarship is provided for one academic year or for degree-seeking students. Students will not earn U.S. language credits for this program. Attend the Scholarship Fair to learn more or visit the website.

The Confucius Institute will also host a movie night on Thursday, Oct. 16 – open to students, faculty, staff and community members. “The Flowers of War” will show at 6 p.m. in the Doudna Lecture Hall. See the calendar posting for more details.


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