Students recognized for academic excellence, inducted into national honor society

November 29, 2018

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. –  Thirty-six University of Wisconsin-Platteville students were recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society that recognizes academic achievement of top students in all majors.

Selection of students is made on the basis of academic achievement supported by good character and is designed to promote academic excellence in higher education and recognize outstanding achievements.

In addition to being inducted to the honor society, three $500 scholarships are awarded every year, supported by the scholarship fund of the late Chancellor Emeritus Bjarne Ullsvik and Lucille Ullsvik. This year’s scholarship recipients are Cole Nelson, Austin Rickertsen and Madison Schony.

Faculty and staff initiates into the honor society this year include Ann Krebs Byrne, coordinator of the Adult Education Program; Dr. Shan Sappleton, assistant professor of political science; and Dr. Jason Thrun, professor of mathematics.

2018 initiates:

College of Biology, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture

Kayla Baumann, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Marlee Bonham, Baraboo, Wisconsin

Emma Bowman, Charlotte, Iowa

Caitlyn Guldenpfennig, Letts, Iowa

Caitlyn Ifft, Fairbury, Illinois

Joy Kolbe, Chilton, Wisconsin

Brianna Marcue, Lancaster, Wisconsin

Rebecca Ott, Madison, Wisconsin

Sasha Polich, Antioch, Illinois

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Matthew Buffo, Palatine, Illinois

Heather Cihak, Platteville, Wisconsin

Hannah Frank, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Robert Freitag, Verona, Wisconsin

William Karls, Lodi, Wisconsin

Dalton Makovsky, Prentice, Wisconsin

Cole Nelson, Waldo, Wisconsin

Austin Rickertsen, Calamus, Iowa

Andrew Smalley, Portage, Wisconsin

College of Liberal Arts and Education

Maddison Clemens, Chili, Wisconsin

Molly Fenske, Baraboo, Wisconsin

Ariel Holten, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Kennedy Mezera, Lancaster, Wisconsin

Dalton Miles, Fennimore, Wisconsin

Dana Mueller, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Madison Schony, Davenport, Iowa

Alyssa Wawrzyniakowski, Burlington, Wisconsin

Audrey Wedig, Belmont, Wisconsin     

Graduate Studies


Amy Alexander, Aurora, Illinois

Lisa Bell, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

Deborah McCullough, Marshfield, Wisconsin

Sean Noonan, Richland, Washington

Akelia Palmer, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Ambrose Paust, Blanchardville, Wisconsin

Stacy Rinas, Richmond Heights, Ohio

Lisa Vsetecka, Peyton, Colorado

Sheree Yates, McHenry, Illinois

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