Friday Features - Feb. 14, 2014

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February 14, 2014

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Student News

Flaig to present research

On April 3, University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior chemistry major from Platteville Robinson Flaig will present his research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Ky.

Flaig has been working closely with engineering physics professor Dr. Gokul Gopalakrishnan to create a project to present at the conference. “We have been working a long time on studying the material properties of silicon nanomembranes,” said Flaig. “I will be presenting a poster on the work we’ve done and results with the silicon nanomembranes.”

Flaig was also accepted to the NCUR last year.

The NCUR was established in 1987 and is designed to promote undergraduate research, scholarships and creative activities in all fields of study with approximately 2,000 students attending from all across the country. It is currently the largest symposium of its kind in the nation.

Guest speaker talks sustainability

Annie Christianson, internal sustainability coordinator with Organic Valley, was the guest speaker in Dr. Scott Wright’s Special Topics - Project Selection and Management for Sustainable Development class on Feb. 12. Christianson spoke about Organic Valley’s sustainable development initiatives and how the company works through the process of selecting projects. She also provided the company’s history and its method of operation. “We are always looking for ways to be more sustainable and sufficient,” said Christianson.

Christianson informed the students that Organic Valley is in the market for two sustainability interns this summer and encouraged them to apply. Dr. Susan Hansen, director of the UW-Platteville School of Business, presented Christianson with a certificate of appreciation.

Organic Valley, founded in 1988, is the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative, with 1,844 farmers who produce a variety of organic products. The class is new this spring and brings together STEM and business students to appreciate how the two disciplines collaborate to rationalize the feasibility of sustainable development projects.

Snyder a finalist in National Broadcasting Society competition

Ashley Snyder, a media studies major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been recognized as a finalist in the National Broadcasting Society student broadcast competition for a video that she produced about the city of Platteville.

Snyder created the video during her internship experience as a communication specialist for the City of Platteville. The video showcases the city and the benefits to its growth and development, and was originally produced for the 2013 All-America City contest, sponsored by the National Civic League.

Snyder recognizes that national consideration is an accomplishment toward her success as a media studies professional. “It shows how I match up to people on a national level versus just in the classroom, which can be a narrow perspective,” said Snyder.

The winner of the competition will be announced at an NBS national convention in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 15.

Faculty News

Retired faculty member's play to be performed at Overture Center for the Arts

Retired University of Wisconsin-Platteville English lecturer Gary Kriewald’s fourth play, “Clippies,” will be performed in the Rotunda Studio at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. The performance is free of charge and open to all.

Kriewald, who now lives on the north Mendocino coast of California, taught English courses at UW-Platteville from 2007-12 and served as the co-editor of the university’s “Stylus,” a publication that showcases exceptional writing from students that is used as a practical teaching tool in freshman English composition classes.

“Clippies,” subtitled “You Can Make a Difference,” tells the story of Marc, a college freshman who has landed a job as a canvasser with an environmental nonprofit. His life is changed when he meets Sage, a veteran canvasser and talented amateur artist, who becomes his mentor and friend. A modern retelling of the Pygmalion myth, “Clippies” is both a coming-of-age tale and a testament to the transformative power of art.

The play, presented by Clear Plastic Theater Company in cooperation with Playwright’s Ink, is performed in “workshop style,” with minimal technical elements. There will also be a post-show discussion designed to provoke constructive criticism from audience members.

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