Friday Features - Sept. 11, 2015

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Friday Features
September 11, 2015

Crops Team members to compete in Australia

Crops team membersFour UW-Platteville Crops Team members will compete along side two other students on the U.S. Collegiate Crops Team in the Australian Collegiate Crops Contest later this month.

This three-day contest will be held Sept. 16–18 in Tempora, New South Wales. Erica McComish of Shullsburg, Wis.; Nick Theisen of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Rodger Williams of Doylestown, Wis.; and Austin Underdahl of DeForest, Wis., were selected to compete with the team after they each placed high in the 2013 and 2014 contests in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago, Ill., respectively, which were sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America.

The trip to Australia is being made possible in part thanks to the Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation, as well as the Soils and Crops Team Fund and the American Society of Agronomy.

Pictured left to right are Rodger Williams, Erica McComish, Nick Theisen and Austin Underdahl.

Music faculty to perform in Voices from the Warehouse District recital

Several University of Wisconsin-Platteville music faculty members will perform a chamber music piece, “Morning in Iowa,” on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Voices from the Warehouse District, located at 10th and Jackson streets in Dubuque, Iowa, at 6 p.m. The recital is free and open to all.

“Morning in Iowa” is written by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and is incidental music set to the text by Robert Nathan. 

Performers will include Dr. Barry Ellis, professor of music and director of bands at UW-Platteville, conductor; Dr. Corey Mackey, clarinet professor at UW-Platteville, clarinet/bass clarinet; Keith Lienert, music lecturer at UW-Platteville, percussion; and Miles McConnell, guitar teacher at UW-Platteville, guitar/banjo; as well as Mike Alongi, accordion; Andrew Geyssens, bass; and Frank McCalain, narrator.

“This is a wonderful and seldom played work – due to the instrumentation – that includes music, text and photographs from Iowa in the 1950s,” said Mackey. 

A reception will begin at 4 p.m. and is $15. Tickets for the reception are limited to 100. To purchase tickets, go to the Opera Grand House in Dubuque’s website.

For more information about the recital, contact Mackey at or visit

Training to highlight student veteran issues

The Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students will be holding a Veteran Safe Zone training designed to raise awareness about the unique diversity student veterans bring to college campuses. The training will be held in the Markee Pioneer Student Center, University South Room, on Monday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.–noon and Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 3–4 p.m.

Any students, staff or faculty who attend this seminar will receive a Veteran Safe Zone placard to display in their working area, classroom or desk to let student-veterans know that they are sensitive to their needs and prepared to act as an ally to help them succeed.

Space for this seminar is limited. To R.S.V.P. contact in person, email or call the Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality and Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students Director Sandie Brick-Margelofsky in 320 Royce Hall,, or 608-342-7351.

Special event at World Dairy Expo

The UW-Platteville School of Agriculture is hosting an event at this year’s World Dairy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

This networking event is open to any staff, student, alumni and friends of UW-Platteville and will welcome the guests of honor Chancellor Dennis J. Shields; College of BILSA Dean Dr. Wayne Weber; and School of Agriculture Director Dr. Mike Compton.


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