Senior Salute exceeds expectations

April 8, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - The one-time, one-stop, all-purpose shopping event for May 2003 University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduates was a hit. Of the estimated 650 fliers that were sent out to seniors, 407 graduating students attended and took advantage of all there was to offer at this year's UWP Senior Salute.

On March 5, prospective graduates lined up in the Touche Room of the UWP Ullsvik Center to have their final graduation check completed and to pay graduation fees. Graduating seniors ordered announcements, caps, gowns, tassels and college rings. Sue Lindholm, event coordinator, was very pleased with this year's salute.

"We tried something new this year and asked seniors to come at different times according to the first initial of their last name," Lindholm said. "This helped eliminate long lines and kept things moving along quite smoothly."

Seniors also had a chance to win prizes by signing up for the Senior Salute drawings. The winners of the one-year membership to the UWP Alumni Association and free t-shirts were Tim Kotloski, a mechanical engineering major from Berlin, Heather Olson, a biology major from Onalaska and Melissa Wiegel, a business administration major from Argyle.

When asked about the salute and how well it was run, Wiegel stated, "Since I was at the end of the alphabet, I didn't have to stand in the lines very long. That was really nice."

The winner of the cap and gown drawing, donated by the UWP bookstore, was Daniel Wolf, an electrical engineering major from Appleton. Erica Loeffelholtz, an elementary education major from New Glarus, won a Josten's class ring.

Besides crossing things off their checklists and signing up to win prizes, seniors also used the time to collect information about distance education, counseling services and graduate school. Another useful resource lending a hand at Senior Salute was University Placement Services. University Placement Services helps students gain experience through internships, co-ops, summer jobs and helps students secure full-time positions upon graduation. Dennis Pratt, interim director of University Placement Services, noted a number of seniors who attended were not involved in e-recruiting, an online web recruiting tool.

"This is a free service and all students should get involved in it [e-recruiting]," Pratt said. "Make placement your new best friend."

Overall, this year's Senior Salute was a great success, preparing May 2003 graduates for their long awaited walk across the stage and for their upcoming future endeavors.

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