Friday Features - April 28, 2017

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Friday Features
April 28, 2017

Pre-vet club attends conference

The Pre-Veterinary Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville attended the annual American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association Symposium at North Carolina State University recently. At this event, pre-veterinary students from around the nation had the opportunity to attend various lectures and wet labs related to veterinary medicine, as well as meet and talk with specific veterinary colleges about their programs.

"I have been fortunate enough to attend three APVMA symposiums in my college career,” said Andrea Wilson, Pre-Veterinary Club president. “I fell like that they are an amazing opportunity to learn more about the different veterinary schools that are available and get hands on experience in something you are passionate about."

“I have been blown away at every symposium I have attended,” declared Courtney Buser, Pre-Veterinary Club vice president.  “The lectures are always so diverse and informative, the wet labs are always hands-on and it provides us with tons of opportunities to network as pre-professionals and learn about the many careers we can pursue as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.”

“Symposium was an amazing experience,” Mykala Spillman explained about her first symposium attendance.  “Overall it was a stressful experience at times but completely worthwhile.  I learned a lot of great information from the students and the wet lab I participated in.”

“Attending the APVMA Symposium is an excellent opportunity for our students to gain exposure to the vast career options available to graduates of veterinary school, including private practice, research, teaching, and regulatory medicine,” said Dr. Krista Hardyman, Pre-Veterinary Club advisor.

The symposium's hands-on labs taught students different skills, including the basics of a canine physical exam and learning different suturing patterns. Students also attended lectures given by professionals who have made significant contributions to the profession. These lectures covered a variety of topics including, veterinary school preparation, exotic and zoo animal medicine, nutrition and bone marrow transplant as cancer treatment. These lectures also informed students about the different career paths a veterinarian can take and the important role they have in today's society.

"Symposium has been one of the best opportunities to network with vet schools I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.  I feel more prepared and excited to start the next step of my life by attending veterinary school," said Gabrielle Johnson.

The Pre-Veterinary Club trip was made possible with funding assistance from The Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation and the School of Agriculture Professional Development Fund. Campus community fundraising support also helped the 11 students and advisor attend this event.

Pictured in photo, front row, left to right: Courtney Buser, Aubrey Berning, Joanna Schroeder, Maegan Kreuscher, Andrea Wilson, Mykala Spillman. Back row, left to right: Renee Vincent, Dr. Krista Hardyman, Gabrielle Johnson, Stacy Rauscher, Peyton Konkol, Karissa Katcher

UW-Platteville's Supply Chain Program ranked in Top 15

Online Accounting Degree Program logoUW-Platteville has been identified as one of the 15 Best Online Master’s in Supply Chain Management Degrees for 2017 by Online Accounting Degree Programs.

Attending a supply chain management program online can provide a strong understanding of business processes not only within one company, but between multiple organizations. UW-Platteville’s Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management program, which was ranked second in the ranking, examines the interplay and coordination of business, industrial studies, and engineering, providing you with real-world capabilities that stretch beyond the typical master's degree in business.

“Supply chain management is a growing field and employers value the knowledge and the experience that comes with having earned a master’s degree,” said David Heimerdinger, Program Coordinator for the Integrated Supply Chain Management program. “UW-Platteville also provides an affordable education which allows more people to be able to advance in their educational and career goals.”

Online Accounting Degree Programs ranked eligible programs based on three categories including an emphasis in logistics, experiential/synthesis learning, and degree customization.

Organizational Change Leadership Program ranked in top 50

UW-Platteville’s Organizational Change Leadership program has been ranked in the Top 50 Best Value Online Master’s of Organizational Leadership for 2017 by Value Colleges.

Many professionals who began their careers with a bachelor’s degree are now getting their MBA, but a traditional MBA doesn’t fit the needs of everyone. A Master’s in Organizational Change Leadership is an alternative with an interdisciplinary foundation for leadership that carries across many fields and industries. The program at UW-Platteville emphasizes communication, motivation, behavioral psychology, project management, and other theories and practices pertaining to team leadership.

“The students in our Organizational Change Leadership program often come from a variety of industries and backgrounds. This program provides them with the tools to better meet their personal and professional goals,” said Organizational Change Leadership Program Coordinator Caryn Stanley. “All students benefit from earning an affordable degree from a well-recognized, accredited university.”

Value Colleges researched accredited, reliable online leadership degree programs that provide students with the education they need to get a job, promotion, or take their career to the next level. The institutions gathered offer the best combination of affordability, reputation, and return.

UW-Platteville participates in animal science quadrathlon

Four University of Wisconsin-Platteville animal science students participated in the American Society of Animal Science Midwestern Section Academic Quadrathalon in Omaha, Nebraska recently.  Morgan Henriott, Ryan Knuth, Leah Statz and Ashley Lamb attended and were coached by Krista Eiseman. There were a total of 13 teams participating this year.

The academic quadrathlon is a regional event with an emphasis on participation by students rather than on competition. The quadrathlon consists of four events: a written exam, lab practical, quiz bowl and oral presentation. The written exam consists of questions related to animal production and products. Each team writes one exam, dividing the questions as they wish. The lab practical allows the teams to demonstrate their physical skills. The teams are at a station for 15-20 minutes; the work usually involves a species such as beef or swine or a disciplinary area such as nutrition or meats. The quiz bowl questions may be on any topic that relates to animal agriculture and are organized in a double elimination tournament. In the oral presentation, the students are given a topic to discuss dealing with animal agriculture, which demonstrates cooperative problem solving.

The UW-Platteville trip was made possible thanks to support from the Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation, which provided funding for registration and transportation to the event; the Animal Science Development Fund for parking and meals; and the School of Agriculture Development Fund for hotels.

English faculty and academic staff members give presentation

UW-Platteville Department of English faculty and academic staff members Dr. James Romesburg, Thomas Pitcher, and April Feiden gave a presentation at the 48th annual College English Association Conference on March 30 at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  The three presented on the topic “Traversing Disciplinary Sounds: Academic Literacy as Mainland.”

According to its website, since 1938, CEA "has been a vibrant, growing professional organization of scholar-teachers who regard teaching college students, undergraduate and graduate, as the proper focus of the profession." More information can be found at

Pioneer shooters win event

On April 25, the Pioneer Action Shooters beat the Southwest Tech Mustangs 150.31-178.95. in a dual meet shooting four-stage steel.  Pioneers Steve Gerek and Will Lindley finished first and second; Kelsey Gille was the top woman shooter. The Pioneer Action Shooters are part of the UW-Platteville Sportsmen’s Club. The pistol coach is Mike Dalecki, and the advisor is Scott Sandholm.

Pictured from left to right are Michaela White, Peter Chin, Tyler Welsh, Trenton Vielbig, Will Lindley, Hayden Pierce, Steve Gerek, Kelsey Gille and John Jenkins.


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