Friday Features - Oct. 20, 2017
Spanish students present research at regional conference
On Oct. 6, two current University of Wisconsin-Platteville students and one former student presented, in Spanish, a panel of new literary research on Latin American narrative at the North Central Council of Latin Americanists 50th Congress in Madison, Wisconsin. Conference attendees included professors, graduate students and undergraduates from throughout the Midwest.
The three presenters included Stephanie Prochaska, a senior Spanish and international studies major and Latin American studies minor; Samantha Putney, a sophomore Spanish education major; and Caitie Chiaverotti, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations, Latin American studies and Spanish in May 2017.
Dr. Chris Schulenburg, associate professor of Spanish at UW-Platteville and chair of the panel, said the conference benefited the three presenters in a number of important ways.
“The NCCLA conference benefited them greatly in that it demonstrated the steps required to participate in a scholarly conference,” said Schulenburg. “Presenting their undergraduate research permitted them to recognize the real-world value of their analytic work conducted in class. It also allowed them to present their findings to regional experts in their fields and respond to their questions in a public venue.”
Prochaska, from Mineral Point, Wisconsin, presented her essay “Los objetos cotidianos y la realidad sucia de la dictadura,” which dealt with an Argentine short story and the quest for meaning in the aftermath of the Night of the Pencils massacre in Buenos Aires.
Prochaska said the experience was very eye opening for her. “As a future graduate student in international relations emphasizing in Latin America, this conference allowed me to see the work that is being done in the United States and abroad to support Latin America and education on the region,” she said. “I loved being able to meet people from all across the world at this conference – these will be everlasting memories and connections.”
Putney, from Bloomer, Wisconsin, presented her essay “La búsqueda de control en Medellin reflejada en Rosario Tijeras,” in which she analyzed how a protagonist surviving in Colombia's world of narcotraffic finds ways to thrive by maintaining control over the smallest components of her daily existence.
Putney said the part she most enjoyed about the conference was sharing ideas with like-minded people. “It inspired me to seek out similar opportunities in the future because it’s a chance to gain a new perspective from colleagues and be pushed to explore ideas and look for understanding of issues beyond the surface level,” she said. “It was a great experience and I would strongly encourage other students to take advantage of opportunities like this, if ever given the chance.”
Chiaverotti, from Darlington, Wisconsin, presented her essay “El testimonio y la verdad,” which focused on the links between testimony literature and denouncing the Salvadoran Civil War from the perspective of a citizen’s daily existence.
The three presentations were based on essays the students wrote in Schulenburg’s Violent Ends in Hispanic Literature course on violence in Latin American narrative in spring 2017.
The NCCLA is an interdisciplinary scholarly consortium that involves professors and students who are dealing with Latin American issues at Midwest universities. The consortium celebrates Latin American studies from the perspectives of many disciplines.
Pictured above (left-to-right) are Samantha Putney, Stephanie Prochaska and Caitie Chiaverotti, with Dr. Chris Schulenburg in back.
Alpha Lambda Delta chapter wins national award
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter was presented with the Order of the Torch award on Oct. 16 in Bridgeway Commons at UW-Platteville. The chapter is one of only six chapters nationwide to receive the award.
The Order of the Torch is the annual award for the most outstanding chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta in the nation. Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society for first-year students, focused on academic scholarship, leadership and community service. Freshman students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to be inducted in the spring of each year, and can remain active in the organization for the remainder of their college career and beyond.
“I am excited for our chapter to have won the Order of the Torch award this year, as it testifies to the phenomenal groups of officers that we have had over the past few years,” said Wendy Stankovich, senior lecturer of biology at UW-Platteville and advisor of Alpha Lambda Delta. “They have spent a huge amount of time and energy initiating and continuing service projects and member events, and I could not be more proud of them.”
To apply for the award, chapters submit a scrapbook describing their activities during the past year. A committee of National Council members then judges the scrapbooks on chapter involvement, chapter communication, campus visibility and presentation of the application. The winning chapters are presented with an award banner at a special ceremony.
“Receiving this award is so meaningful to our chapter because it really acknowledges all of the hard work we have put into becoming more involved on campus and in the community in the past year,” said Dominique Kornely, a junior psychology major from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
UW-Platteville’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter also won the Order of the Torch award in 2001 and 2010. It also received the Maintaining the Flame award in 2011 and Advisor of the Year award in 2001 and 2015.
The chapter currently has over 300 members on campus. Officers and student advisors include Kornely; Paula Pittz, a senior elementary education major from Mineral Point, Wisconsin; Rebecca Marchant, a junior criminal justice major from Cambellsport, Wisconsin; Angelica Drees, a sophomore engineering physics major from Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Michelle Scatena, a junior biochemistry major from Chicago, Illinois; Stephanie Kluczykowski, a sophomore business administration major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Emma Bowman, a sophomore business administration major from Charlotte, Iowa; Daniel Zellmer, a sophomore engineering major from De Pere, Wisconsin; Matthew Burgess, a junior software engineering major from Wausau, Wisconsin; and Sadie Kolodziej, a junior biology pre-med major from Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Pictured left to right in photo are Emma Bowman, Rebecca Marchant, Dr. Susan Huffman, Stephanie Kluczykowski, Angelica Drees, Michelle Scatena, Daniel Zellmer, Matthew Burgess, Camille Guenther, Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, Dana Mueller, Brittany Jewell, Dominique Kornely and Wendy Stankovich.