Friday Features - Aug. 25, 2017

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Friday Features
August 25, 2017

Master’s in Criminal Justice Program ranked in top 25
Criminal Justice recognition logoThe Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville was recently ranked as one of the 25 Best Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs by TheBestSchools.org.

A master’s degree in criminal justice can provide individuals with an opportunity to increase their earning potential or pursue new careers in the field. Those with a master’s in criminal justice are prepared with the skills needed to obtain leadership positions in criminal justice agencies or federal law enforcement.

UW-Platteville’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program covers a wide variety of topics such as criminal justice administration, correctional systems, research methods, juvenile justice, and organizational behavior. The program also features three distinct specializations and a broad selection of electives that allow you to customize your course of study to suit your professional goals.

TheBestSchools.org evaluated institutions across the nation and established their educational rankings of academic excellence based on the curriculum within the discipline, strength of faculty scholarship, reputation, financial aid, range of degree programs, and strength of online instruction methodology.

UW-Platteville finds success at Wisconsin State Fair
Mara Shelley at State FairEarlier this month, UW-Platteville's Pioneer Farm entered four cattle — two cows and two heifers into the Wisconsin State Fair judging competition. The farm’s spring yearling received first in her class; the senior 3-year-old placed second in her class, and also received first for production and best udder; and the senior 2-year-old and fall calf also received second place finishes.

All four cattle were shown by Mara Shelley, a junior majoring in dairy science and minoring in ag business who interns at Pioneer Farm. As an intern, Shelley trains the show cattle, prepares for district shows and state fairs, and helps with milking and calf chores.

“I’ve been showing since I was 8 years old, so this was nothing new to me, just a part of my lifestyle,” Shelley said. “However, it was nice to get another dairy farm experience. I took two classes related to my major this summer and was able to make classroom to farm connections which was really neat.”

Shelley is from a grass-fed beef and crop farm in Deerfield, Wisconsin. Although she has been showing dairy cattle since she was young, she was uninterested in showing beef until she began “building” her own show herd. Shelley has registered jersey heifers at her farm in Deerfield, and houses her show cows on a dairy farm in Janesville, Wisconsin. She is also a member of the Pioneer Dairy Club and the women’s track and field team.

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