Martin selected as Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Student of the Month

December 20, 2013
Pictured left to right: Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, Jonathan Martin and Josh Grabandt.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Each month the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Office of Multicultural Student Affairs selects a Student of the Month. Jonathan Martin, a senior forensic investigation major from Madison, Wis., has been selected as the award recipient for December.

The recipient is a student who has been nominated and has demonstrated exceptional academic excellence, as well as, shown great leadership and involvement on campus and in the community. The recipient of the award receives a certificate, lunch with Chancellor Dennis J. Shields and a faculty member of his or her choice, a polo and is highlighted on the Student of the Month bulletin board.

Joyce Burkholder, Martin’s former supervisor in the chancellor’s office, nominated him for the award. “I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan Martin when he was a student worker in the chancellor's suite from August 2012-August 2013 and continue to see him now that he is working in the Human Resources Department,” wrote Burkholder. “I have always been impressed with Jonathan's positive attitude, his good nature and his willingness to help. Jonathan has blossomed into such a fine young man. He is highly deserving of this outstanding award.”

Martin originally chose UW-Platteville for its engineering program, the size of the campus and the affordability of the school. Once on campus, Martin became more involved and began exploring the possibility of a forensic investigation major as it better suited his interests, as well as, forming bonds with the professors in that department. “I feel that Aric Dutelle and Josh Grabandt have been some of the most influential professors I have had,” said Martin. “Professor Dutelle was very helpful as my advisor and very friendly. I like Mr. Grabandt because he is also a city police officer and he can relate a lot of the topics in the CJ classes back to real-world work–his stories keep me interested in class.”

Martin’s favorite thing about UW-Platteville is the small size of the campus, “because it feels like the student body is more of a community, where you know a lot of the people, and are more likely to end up in a class with a couple of people you know,” he said. 

Aside from classes and a fraternity that Martin is a part of, he currently works in the human resources office on campus.


Contact: Kari Hill, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, (608) 342-1555,

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


Subscribe to RSS FeedSubscribe to news at University of Wisconsin-Platteville using our RSS feed.

Footer Anchor