Friday Features - May 5, 2017

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Friday Features
May 5, 2017

Agribusiness club attends judging conference

Four members of the Agribusiness club at UW-Platteville attended the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference in Manhattan, Kansas, last month. This national judging conference was hosted by Kansas State University. The Agribusiness club members who participated include Lindsey Loeffelholz, Amanda Stingle, Charitee Seebecker and Jacob Stukenberg. The four members were coached by Dr. Charles Steiner, director of Pioneer Farm and professor in the School of Agriculture.

The students competed in two contests: Agriculture Knowledge and Agribusiness Management. In the Agriculture Knowledge contest, they competed against other university teams to answer toss-up and bonus questions from a variety of agricultural areas including agri-business/farm management, agricultural mechanics, animal sciences, crops/soils, current agricultural events and horticulture. 

The Agribusiness Management contest included two parts. First, students presented a plan for a farming operation looking to expand into agri-tourism. They developed the presentation based off financial records and case study information provided in advance of the contest. The second part of the contest involved completing a written and problem-solving exam that focused on key areas of agribusiness including micro and macro economics, agricultural finance, entrepreneurship, agribusiness management, sales, agricultural marketing and ag business law.  

In both contests, the students competed against other four-year agricultural programs from across the country. Stingle placed second overall as an individual in the Agribusiness Management contest.  The Agribusiness Management team consisting of the four members placed third overall. 

This national judging contest provides students with the opportunity to network and compete against students from agricultural programs across the country.  It also provides a variety of experiential learning opportunities that complement their programs in the School of Agriculture at UW-Platteville. Participation in this event was funded in part by the Glenn Webb Education Fund/GROWMARK Foundation.

UW-Platteville featured as a best online college in Wisconsin

Value College recently named the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as one of the Top 10 Best Online Colleges in Wisconsin. According to its website, Value Colleges believes its necessary to provide prospective students with the information they need to find the best online educational choices for their interests, career and future, which is why the online publication compiled a list of the top ten online options in every state. The lists include both public and private institutions, and features the most affordable, highest-quality online degree options.

“The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has a 150-year history of providing Wisconsin’s students with the education they need, whether in the liberal arts, applied sciences, or professional careers,” reads the Top 10 Best Online Colleges in Wisconsin list. “UW-Platteville has its beginnings in the merger of a teacher’s college and a mining school, and the combination of professional study and technical training remains at the center of UW-Platteville’s mission as a regional university.”

The list also states that UW-Platteville has been a leader in distance education for Wisconsin, providing educational opportunity for Wisconsin’s rural residents with correspondence courses in the 1970s and online since 1999.

“A degree can open many doors to career opportunities in today’s business world,” said Dawn Drake, Executive Director of UW-Platteville’s Alternative Delivery Systems. “We offer students an affordable education they can pursue while balancing a career and a personal life, and—thanks to technology—we can reach more students than ever before.”

Value Colleges ranked institutions based on in-state tuition rates and number of available online degree programs.

Political club receives plaque

The College Republicans, advised by Dr. Jodi McDermott, was recently awarded the “Best Youth Organization” of 2016 by the 3rd District Republican Party of Wisconsin. Members of the organization were presented a plaque by Bill Biefer, president of the Grant County Republican Party.

The College Republicans organization works on campaigning for and promoting the Republican party and its message throughout campus with local and state events and activities.

Professor receives outstanding advisor award

Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, professor of agribusiness, is the recipient of the 2017 Dr. John B. Riley Outstanding Advisor Award from the National Agri-Marketing Association.

“Yes, my name is on the plaque, but I believe that this award is for all of us as we continue to support our students,” Kinwa-Muzinga said.

According to its website, NAMA is the nation’s largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness. More information on the association can be found at nama.org.

UW-Platteville Concrete Canoe headed to nationals

concrete canoeThe University of Wisconsin-Platteville took first place when it hosted the annual Concrete Canoe Races on April 28-29 at Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area in Highland, Wisconsin. The pressure was on for UW-Platteville’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers because the opportunity to host the Concrete Canoe Races comes only once every five years.

Concrete Canoe is a competition where student teams design, create, display and race canoes made of concrete. Teams are required to write a paper describing every aspect of their canoe and create a display with a canoe cross-section and the materials used in the design process. Judges from the engineering industry then evaluate and analyze all of these requirements as the teams present their canoes on the morning of the race. Finally, teams race their canoes in the hopes of staying afloat.

This year there were about 140 student participants representing nine schools: UW-Platteville, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Dordt College, University of Minnesota-Mankato, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. UW-Platteville had 21 students participating.

The students of ASCE performed well as the hosts. They finished the competition with a ranking of first for their paper, oral presentation and canoe display. They also finished second in the race. These rankings allowed UW-Platteville’s ASCE to place first overall in the competition, which means they advance to the national competition in June at the Colorado School of Mines.

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