Friday Features - Sept. 26, 2014

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Friday Features
September 26, 2014

Student News

Pioneer Farm to exhibit cattle at World Beef Expo

This weekend, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm will be exhibiting cattle at the 22nd annual World Beef Expo in West Allis, Wis. The World Beef Expo is one of the largest cattle expositions in the Midwest, with people attending from all over the country.

This is the 14th year that the Pioneer Farm cattle will be exhibited at World Beef Expo. Students sign up to work with the calves and spend several hours a day halter breaking them to be sure they are ready for exhibition. “The neatest aspect of the whole thing is that the students spend time together at the farm and at the show, working as a team,” said Alicia Prill-Adams, assistant director of Pioneer Farm. “As a result of the work they have put in, we have been able to sell cattle to individuals who would have not known we were offering any, and we will actually be selling a heifer calf at the World Beef Expo Showcase Sale on Saturday.”

Students attending the expo are Suzanne Henning, Gloria Kesler, Shelby Grinnell, Erin O’Toole, Kadence Walsh, JoEtte Horkan, Laci Kropp, Brady Messer and Jacob Adams. Other students who have helped in the preparation process include Austin Moll and Chris Riechert.

Bass Fishing Club places second in regional competition

Two members of the Bass Fishing Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently took second place at the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Invitational bass tournament on Barkley Lake in Kentucky.

By finishing in the top 10, UW-Platteville students Ryan Gilbert, from Sterling, Ill., and Brett Daggett, from Cottage Grove, Wis., are now eligible to compete in the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship. They received $2,000 for their second-place finish.

FLW College Fishing is a national competitive bass-fishing program, consisting of 15 qualifying events, five nationals and the national championship.

Alumni News

Lund elected president of Society of Plastics Engineers section

Trent LundTrent Lund, a 2002 University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumnus, has been elected as the president of the Society of Plastics Engineers-Milwaukee Section.

Lund earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology Management with a minor in plastics processing technology. “I added a plastics minor because [I was] convinced there would always be work in the plastics industry based on a discussion with Dr. Tabrizi,” said Lund.

Lund accepted a job at Badger Meter following his first job at Badger Color Concentrate. He became a member of SPE-Milwaukee Section Board of Directors in 2012 and is currently working at Rexnord as a manufacturing engineer in the FlatTop Division. In this division, Rexnord makes plastic conveyor chains and related products for nearly any industry. 

“My goals include getting more college and high school students involved in the plastics field, showing all of the benefits and fun of SPE to help increase attendance at events and memberships, and using SPE to help spread plastics knowledge,” said Lund.

Campus News

Faculty and staff research to be on display

The Faculty and Staff Research Day is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ullsvik Hall. The event will be held in the Nohr Gallery, Southwest Wisconsin Room and the Prospective Student Services conference room.

There will be 20 faculty and staff members who will present their research projects either with a poster or oral presentation. The event, which is being supported by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is free and open to everyone.

Career fair draws more than 260 businesses

The fall semester career fair was held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. More than 260 businesses participated in the fair, which drew more than 2,400 students during the three-day event. The fair was held in Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall. The next career fair will be held in February. The fall fair may be expanded to four days next year.

“The feedback we received from employers was very positive,” said Tracy Ball, academic and career counselor at UW-Platteville. “They mentioned how prepared our students were and the high caliber of students that they met at the fair.”

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