Friday Features - Sept. 16, 2016

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Friday Features
September 16, 2016

Forum about women smugglers in early America to air on WPT

Eugene Tesdahl“Women Smugglers in Early America, 1701-1754,” a lecture given by Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville, in February and recorded by Wisconsin Public Television, will air this Friday at 4:11p.m. as part of its University Place Series. The lecture also will be available for viewing on the WPT website at In the lecture, Tesdahl explored the significant role that Mohawk women played in transporting goods from Albany, New York, to Montreal, Canada in the early to mid-eighteenth century.

Pluemer reads current work-in-progress at Mystery to Me

Karen PluemerKaren Pluemer, English lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, read from her current work-in-progress, a young adult novel titled “The Border,” on Sept. 13 at Mystery to Me bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. The novel is about a young woman, believed to have untapped special powers, who evades bounty hunters and enemy forces to escape across the border to safety.

Additionally, Pluemer will attend the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference (“The Writers Festival”) in Austin, Texas. Oct. 13-18, as a first-round and second-round reader (judge) this year. For more information about the festival and conference, go to:

“Although reading my own work in front of people was a new experience for me, I enjoyed being with my writers’ group again,” said Pluemer. “We’ve built a small community of writers who respect each other’s voices and give thoughtful honest feedback. That kind of critique is invaluable to a writer and is one of the reasons I am attending the Austin Film Festival as a reader. The screenwriting competition there is also dedicated to respecting and valuing writers’ diverse voices and to providing useful, detailed notes for screenwriters.”

UW-Platteville’s engineering program receives national accolade

Because of its exceptional affordability, UW-Platteville, a leader in distance education for more than 35 years, has been ranked 13th Most Affordable Online Colleges for Engineering Management Degrees in the nation for 2016 by OnlineU.

UW-Platteville has educated engineers for more than 150 years, earning a national reputation as a prestigious institution in the field. Its rigorous technical program draws on students’ existing knowledge of engineering theory and mathematics, as well as practical engineer experience.

“The Master of Science in Engineering program strives to provide a quality education with an outstanding return on investment to students who otherwise might not have been able to afford one,” said Program Coordinator Philip Parker.

Schools considered for this ranking offer fully online programs at the bachelor’s degree level or higher. OnlineU collected program data including available degrees, tuition rates and details about each program’s coursework from official school websites.


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