The arts return to UW-Platteville this summer with new festival
The new Platteville Summer Arts Festival will bring a host of music, art and theatre events to the community.
Pioneer Spotlight - Gene Haney
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Gene Haney, groundskeeper at UW-Platteville.
Friday Features - May 18, 2018
Weekly news briefs from May 18, 2018.
UW-Platteville once again leads state in ROI
For the fourth consecutive year, UW-Platteville is ranked first in the state in annual return on investment, according to the 2018 PayScale ratings.
Deans named for Baraboo/Sauk County and Richland campuses
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville named deans to lead the campuses at Baraboo/Sauk County and Richland.
Hansen named interim associate vice chancellor
Dr. Susan Hansen is being promoted to interim associate vice chancellor at UW-Platteville, announced Dr. Joanne Wilson, interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The move becomes effective July 1.
Teaming up for interdisciplinary research, students study stress in cows
In cross-campus collaboration, several biology students have spent the semester conducting interdisciplinary research with animal science faculty and students on stress in the life of cows.
200th Commencement honors Pioneers
More than 1,200 students were candidates for graduation during the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 200th commencement May 11-12 in Williams Fieldhouse.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Lynnette Dornak
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Lynette Dornak, assistant professor of geography.
Hoerner leads continued research on white-nose syndrome in bats
Samantha Hoerner along with Dr. Jeff Huebschman, professor of biology, and two other students conducted research on the ongoing effects of white-nose syndrome on local bat populations.
UW-Platteville recognizes Driftless Market for services to international students
The International Programs office recently recognized Platteville’s Driftless Market for its impact and commitment to the university’s internationalization efforts.
Future teachers create science, social studies activities for children
Twenty-four students from the School of Education recently created and led a variety of integrated science and social studies activities for local fourth-grade students during a field trip to the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums in Platteville.
Pioneer NAMA team excels in national competition
A team of UW-Platteville students finished sixth in the nation at this year’s national marketing competition hosted by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
Students plan and host Wellness Day
Thirty students from the Department of Health and Human Performance recently planned and hosted “Adventure Wellness Day” for more than 100 students from Platteville Middle School.
Students conduct science activities at STEM Festival
Seven School of Education students recently presented a variety of engaging, hands-on science activities for children of all ages at the 2018 Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.
Valedictorian began at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
As the valedictorian of the UW-Platteville’s School of Business, Addie Peper, a Loganville, Wisconsin native, credits much of her success to her start at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Qiong Li
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Qiong Li, chair of UW-Platteville's Department of Chemistry.
Friday Features – May 4, 2018
Weekly news briefs from the week of May 4.
Ambassadors program introduces students to STEM
Thanks to the establishment of UW-Platteville's College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Ambassadors program, local youth have an opportunity to learn about STEM-related fields in a unique and interactive way.
UW-Platteville to celebrate 200th commencement
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will celebrate its 200th commencement on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.
Students research snakes in Memorial Park, search for emerging disease
A group of UW-Platteville biology students are researching snakes in UW-Platteville’s Memorial Park to search for signs of an emerging snake fungal disease that could pose a major threat to ecosystems.
Students lead victim impact program for inmates
Fourteen students from UW-Platteville recently helped facilitate three sessions of victim impact programming for 50 inmates at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
Students make contributions to field of psychology
Nineteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville psychology majors recently presented 10 posters about their research projects at the second annual Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day on April 25
UW-Platteville receives $10,000 technology grant
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, UW-Platteville will soon have an opportunity to collaborate with Platteville School District to develop technology-rich lessons for publication on DPI’s WISElearn portal.
Krugler’s spy thriller sequel to be released in July
In July 2018, Pegasus Books will publish Dr. David Krugler’s second novel, “Rip the Angels from Heaven,” a spy thriller set in Washington, D.C., and Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1945. Krugler is a professor of history at the UW-Platteville.
College of LAE recognizes award recipients
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education recognized several faculty and staff members at its 2018 Award Recognition Reception held Thursday, April 26 in the Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall.
UW-Platteville hosts WiSys Quick Pitch competition
On April 25, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted its second annual WiSys Quick Pitch competition during the Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day. In all, 11 UW-Platteville students presented their research at the competition, ranging from wildfire history in the Driftless Area to exploring current and future potential distributions of Lyme disease hosts.
Dr. Temple Grandin visits as Distinguished Lecturer
On Thursday, April 26, Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned autism spokesperson, gave the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 2018 Distinguished Lecture.
Donaldson receives Honorable Mention at national geography conference
Adam Donaldson, a senior geography major at UW-Platteville, recently received an Honorable Mention in the Biogeography Specialty Group Presentation Competition in the Master of Science and Undergraduate category at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers.
Symphony Orchestra to perform spring concert
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Symphony Orchestra will perform its spring concert, “Night on Bald Mountain and other Russian Orchestra Favorites” on Wednesday, May 9.
Brueggeman awarded NSF fellowship to research cochlear implants
Avamarie Brueggeman, an electrical engineering major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was recently awarded a 2018 fellowship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
UW-Platteville well represented at 4W Summit
UW-Platteville was well represented at the third annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-Being, with five students and 13 faculty, staff and visiting scholars showcasing their research in a variety of panels.
Students take center stage in 2018 One Act Festival
UW-Platteville's Department of Performing and Visual Arts and Pioneer Players will conclude their theatre season with the annual One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays. The production opens on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and continues with performances on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Collaborative Engineering Program explores renewable energy
Students in UW-Platteville’s Collaborative Engineering Program on the UW-Fox Valley campus will soon have an opportunity to experience firsthand the electrical engineering concepts they are learning about, without even leaving the building.
Pioneer Spotlight: Mela Lewandowski
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Mela Lewandowski, coordinator of UW-Platteville's English Language Program.
Friday Features – April 20, 2018
Weekly news briefs from the week of April 20.
Students conduct workshop for local educators
Twelve students and two lecturers from UW-Platteville recently partnered with an instructor at Platteville High School to host the first annual Physical Education Engagement Seminar at Platteville High School.
UW-Platteville recognizes outstanding educators
On April 14, UW-Platteville School of Education celebrated the professional excellence of two area teachers at the Fifth Annual Recognition of Outstanding Early Career Educators and Pre-Service Educator Mentors awards ceremony.
Psychology students, faculty present research at national conference
Three UW-Platteville psychology students presented their research about college students’ hook-up experiences at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A faculty member also presented research at the conference.
Students travel to New Orleans for service learning project
As part of a weeklong service learning project, 11 students and staff from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs recently traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to engage in both school and community based service.
Students selected for Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament
After winning UW-Platteville’s annual Business Model Competition last month, seniors Douglas Steinberg and Alan Pflaum have made it to the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament. The two Oregon, Wisconsin natives will present their project, Elysian Eyewear, on Saturday, April 21.
Halfmann earns Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award
Dr. Kameko Halfmann, assistant professor in psychology, is the recipient of the 2018 Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award.
Preservice teachers conduct reading activities with children
Twenty-four UW-Platteville pre-service teachers recently conducted a variety of fun and creative reading activities for approximately 100 elementary school students and their families at Cuba City Elementary School in Cuba City, Wisconsin.
UW-Platteville named Key Partner in international collaboration
A delegation from UW-Platteville recently returned from visiting its newest partner in China, Foreign Language School in Zhuhai. The visit was highly successful, as UW-Platteville was named the Key Partner in education and admission for FLS.
College of LAE students, faculty inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
Ten UW-Platteville students from the College of Liberal Arts and Education were recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society that recognizes academic achievement of top students in all majors.
Contest winners to read works at Creative Writing Festival
The UW-Platteville Department of Humanities recently announced the winners of its 2018 Thomas Hickey Writing Awards. Student winners will read their winning pieces at the Department of Humanities’ Creative Writing Festival on Wednesday, April 25, in UW-Platteville’s Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, from 4-6:30 p.m.
BookNook offers discontinued textbooks for reasonable prices
The UW-Platteville Textbook Center invites students, faculty, staff and community members to visit the BookNook, a textbook re-store that offers discontinued textbooks for reasonable prices.
Students host lectures on impactful women in history
The Platteville History Club at UW-Platteville recently honored Women’s History Month by hosting “Badass Women in History,” a series of lectures that highlighted three remarkable women who made significant contributions to history.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Kristopher Wright
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Kristopher Wright, professor of biology at UW-Platteville.
Friday Features – April 13, 2018
Weekly news briefs from the week of April 13.
Students present at Research in the Rotunda
As part of the annual Research in the Rotunda event, more than 130 students from the UW System had the opportunity to present their research at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. UW-Platteville was represented by 13 students, covering six projects.
Brumm qualifies for international soils competition
The Collegiate Soils Team at UW-Platteville recently placed among the top teams in the National Collegiate Soils Contest, hosted by the University of Tennessee-Martin. UW-Platteville's Daniel Brumm qualified for the third International Soil Judging Contest, to be held this August near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Senior Art Show opens at UW-Platteville
Three senior art students at UW-Platteville are the featured artists in the annual Senior Show, a gallery exhibition of the finest works they created throughout their formative years in the university’s art program.
Symphony Band and Platteville Chorale perform May 2
UW-Platteville's Symphony Band and Platteville Chorale will perform a joint concert on Wednesday, May 2, in the Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The theme of the concert, titled “Unbridled Optimism,” is joy through music.
Art students to display best works in senior art exhibitions
The individual, weeklong exhibitions will be held Thursday, April 19-Friday, May 11 at various locations across campus, including the university’s Art Building, Markee Pioneer Student Center and Ottensman Hall. Each student’s exhibition will be kicked off with an opening reception at the exhibition’s location. The exhibitions and receptions are free, and all are welcome to attend.
Pluemer to showcase grazing research at the Capitol
Brett Pluemer, a junior soil and crop science major at UW-Platteville, is part of a multi-year research project at UW-Platteville’s Pioneer Farm that could have a large impact on agriculture in Southwest Wisconsin. He will present his research at the annual Research in the Rotunda event on April 11.
Ivanov wins UW System Fellowship
Dr. Andrey Ivanov, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville, recently won a UW System Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison. The 2017-18 fellowship, the full-time portion of which began in January, will extend through May 2018.
Students to showcase plant mitochondrial research
UW-Platteville students Daniel Lowe and Benjamin Muhlstein are collaborating with Dr. Raymond Pugh, assistant professor of chemistry, to study the effects of abiotic stress-induced reactive oxidative species generation on plant mitochondria.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Hal Evensen
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Hal Evensen, professor of engineering physics at UW-Platteville.
Kluck combines industrial engineering major with art
At UW-Platteville, many engineering students branch into the Arts, discovering connections in their coursework and finding new opportunities to express their creative outlets. One of our own industrial engineering majors, Neal Kluck, shares insight on how an open mind helped enhance her education through involvement in both programs.
Students present animal science research in Nebraska
On March 11-14, three students from UW-Platteville’s animal science program presented in the Undergraduate Research Paper Competition at the American Society of Animal Science, Midwest Section meetings in Omaha, Nebraska. Two students placed second in their respective sessions.
RESCHEDULED: UW-Platteville to host top TV documentary producer
UW-Platteville will host documentary producer Michael Trinklein on Wednesday, April 18. He will present the topic "Martin Luther: Civil Libertarian?”
Pioneer Spotlight: Dawn Lee
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dawn Lee, greenhouse manager at UW-Platteville
Friday Features - March 30, 2018
Weekly news briefs from the week of March 30.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform spring concert
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform its spring concert, “Celebration,” on Wednesday, April 18, in the Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m.
Faculty, students help bridge gender gap in computer science
To help bridge the gender gap in the field of computer science and software engineering, Donna Gavin, senior lecturer at UW-Platteville, and several students recently established a Girls Who Code Club. The club is free for 6th–12th grade girls and helps members develop a basic understanding of programming.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Rosalyn Broussard
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, professor of political science at UW-Platteville.
Friday Features - March 23, 2018
Weekly news briefs from the week of March 23.
UW-Platteville offers new summer arts camps
UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts is offering three new camps this summer. In addition to the well-established Band Camp, the department will offer a theatre camp for high school students and two art camp sessions, one for middle school students and one for high school students.
Nelson to present on code modification research
As only a sophomore, UW-Platteville’s Cole Nelson is working with Dr. Songqing Yue, assistant professor of computer science, to explore compiler theory and code modification. Nelson will present his research at the annual Research in the Rotunda event in Madison, Wisconsin on April 11.
Larson receives $50,000 research grant
Dr. Evan Larson, associate professor of geography at UW-Platteville, and a team of seven researchers will bring together volumes of information from tree-rings, archaeological surveys, ethnographic records and traditional ecological knowledge, thanks to a $50,000 collaborative research grant.
The Founding Fathers take the stage as Pioneer Players presents: 1776 The Musical
UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will continue their 2017-18 production season with the 1969 Tony-winning musical “1776” this April.
Events planned to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
UW-Platteville is hosting a series of events on Tuesday, April 3 through Thursday, April 5 to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
New security devices installed in classrooms, labs
To help give students, faculty, staff and visitors more security, UW-Platteville is installing barricade devices in classrooms and labs across campus.
Garrett receives second Fulbright Scholar Award
Dr. Richard Garrett, senior lecturer of English at UW-Platteville, recently received the second Fulbright Scholar Award of his career. His most recent Fulbright will take him to Jordan, a country in the Middle East, this fall.
Hamilton’s polymer receives additional funding
After a successful six-month Phase I feasibility study, a local business, Photonic Cleaning Technologies, founded by Dr. James Hamilton, professor of chemistry at UW-Platteville, was recently awarded a two-year, $750,000 NASA Phase II Small Business Innovation grant.
Soofi addresses global mergers, national security
Dr. Abdollah Soofi, professor of economics at UW-Platteville, discusses cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with emphasis on China’s overseas acquisitions, and national security in the second edition of his two-volume book, “Global Mergers and Acquisitions: Combining Companies Across Borders.”
Visiting scholar to showcase research on bullying in Chinese schools
Dr. Chi Jiang, a visiting scholar at UW-Platteville from Qilu Normal University in China, will showcase her research on girl bullying in rural Chinese schools at the annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-being and the 41st annual Wisconsin Women’s and Gender Studies Conference at UW-Madison.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Kurt Rolle
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Kurt Rolle, professor of mechanical engineering at UW-Platteville.
Friday Features - March 16, 2018
Weekly news briefs from the week of March 16.
UW-Platteville welcomes Smith as interim vice chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields announced that Paige Smith has been appointed a two-year position as interim vice chancellor of Administrative Services at UW-Platteville. Her appointment begins on April 15.
Faculty forum to highlight complexities of gun control issue
On April 5, UW-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will present “Cognitive Dissonance and Gun Control. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gun,” a faculty forum that will examine the complexities of issues related to gun control, especially as they relate to how people parse the problem and the issue.
Student-run business to deliver fresh produce
With the help of a recently installed hydroponic system in Pioneer Greenhouse, a new student-run business – Pioneer Produce – will deliver locally-sourced, fresh, chemical-free produce directly to customers.
University Counseling Services expands with new initiatives, partnerships
In response to student-identified needs, University Counseling Services has been expanding services and forming new partnerships in order to best serve UW-Platteville students. This includes strengthening existing processes to provide an expansion of group counseling services and increased availability for crisis response.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Daniel Wackwitz
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Daniel Wackwitz, assistant professor of mathematics at UW-Platteville.
UW-Platteville American Foundry Society wins regional
After more than 2,000 hours of work, 100 hours of machining, and 500 hours of design and simulation, the American Foundry Society student chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently won first place at the AFS Wisconsin Regional Casting Competition.
Students to showcase research on race and well-being
Four UW-Platteville students will showcase their research on black women’s experiences in the United States at the annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-Being and the 41st annual Wisconsin Women’s and Gender Studies Conference at UW-Madison
UW-Platteville, UW-Richland explore ag possibilities
Representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and University of Wisconsin-Richland met on March 2 to explore new possibilities in agricultural education once the collaborative integration between the two campuses begins.
Criminal Justice Career Day set for March 13
Between 700-800 criminal justice and forensic investigation students at UW-Platteville will have the opportunity to network with representatives from up to 95 tri-state agencies at the university’s 45th annual Criminal Justice Career Day on Tuesday, March 13.
Strategies implemented to increase student retention
Last year, $500,000 was invested in student success at UW-Platteville, with part of the money being used to hire a team of retention specialists. Within its first semester, the team reached out to more than 1,300 students with seven proactive outreach campaigns.
Bresnahan book brought to the big screen
After many years in the making, Kathy Bresnahan, a 1980 UW-Platteville alumna and 1999 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, has released her book “The Miracle Season.” She will be on hand to sign copies of “The Miracle Season” at the UW-Platteville Bookstore on Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Students to present silicon nanomembrane research
For months, four students from UW-Platteville have been collaborating on research that can have far-reaching impacts. They will present their research on silicon nanomembranes at the Research in the Rotunda event in Madison, Wisconsin on Wednesday, April 11.
Faculty artwork on display in Nohr Gallery
The artwork of six UW-Platteville art faculty and instructional staff members will be on display at the UW-Platteville Art Faculty Exhibition, March 6 through April 14. An opening reception will be held in the Nohr Gallery on March 6, from 5-7 p.m.
Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Amy Nemmetz
This week's Pioneer Spotlight is Dr. Amy Nemmetz, assistant professor of criminal justice at UW-Platteville.
Baby Night gives students chance to observe, interact
Twenty-four UW-Platteville students recently had an opportunity to participate in “Baby Night,” a special event that enabled them to actively engage with infants and toddlers and observe their development and behavior.
Global ag trends lead to international opportunities
From learning agriculture in Spain to exploring sustainability practices in Costa Rica or working with elephants in Thailand, new opportunities could soon be available to School of Agriculture students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Student to share research on NASA-quality polymer
Since last spring, Austin Rickertsen, a UW-Platteville sophomore, has been working with Dr. James Hamilton, professor of chemistry, furthering research on Hamilton’s First Contact Polymer. Rickertsen will present his research at the upcoming Research in the Rotunda event in Madison, Wisconsin.
Students observe conservation practices in Costa Rica
As part of a unique study abroad experience, 18 UW-Platteville students traveled to Costa Rica to learn about its tropical ecosystems and the relationship between humans and the country's environment.
Students to present research at Posters on the Hill
Three students and two recent graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will present research they conducted last spring on the vital contributions of African American lead miners in Wisconsin at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 22nd annual Posters on the Hill event to be held in Washington, D.C. April 17-18.
Kappa Delta Pi chapter to host Color Run
The UW-Platteville Kappa Delta Pi Iota Rho chapter will host a Color Run event, “Run or Dye Trying,” on Saturday, April 7 to raise funds for Family Advocates Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides emergency, supportive and advocacy services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault for residents of Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties.