Providing the 'Margin of Excellence' at UW-Platteville Richland

The educational and cultural center of Richland County and the surrounding area, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Richland receives fewer tax dollars than many people realize, not enough to meet such critical needs as scholarships, faculty and staff development, new equipment, or special cultural programming to enhance student and community life.

The Richland County Campus Foundation provides the "Margin of Excellence" by raising funds to meet these needs. Faculty and staff, alumni, corporations, service organizations, foundations, and friends support the work of the Foundation. Because the Foundation is staffed largely by volunteers, only a very small portion of the total budget is for administrative expense.

The Richland County Campus Foundation supports UW-Platteville Richland through:

  • The scholarship program, awarding more than $100,000 annually.
  • Faculty/staff development to assist the people of UW-Platteville Richland as they stay current with new methods and scholarships
  • Other programs, which include Quintessence, a Student Emergency Loan Fund, New Student Orientation, and special lecture and cultural programs for students and the greater community
  • New equipment
  • Construction and renovation of UW-Platteville Richland facilities
  • See our wish list

UW-Platteville Richland Smart Farm

The 192-acre UW-Platteville Richland Smart Farm was bequeathed to the Richland County Campus Foundation in August of 2005 by Mae Senneke Smart following her death. Per Mae’s and her husband Joe’s intent, this historic property now serves the education needs of students of UW-Platteville Richland as well as the community of her beloved Driftless Area. The Smart Farm acreage and infrastructure were restored by the Foundation and the facility is on track to becoming an active field station supporting natural resource research and education.

For more information on the Richland County Campus Foundation and how you can be involved, contact Foundation Executive Secretary Darlo Wentz at 608.800.6883 or Foundation Office Manager Jennifer Perkins at 608.800.6829.