Weiskircher to graduate from UWP

April 10, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE -At the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, students are encouraged to be involved in activities and clubs as early on as being admitted to the University.

Ryan Weiskircher, a fifth-year senior from Mineral Point who will be graduating this May, has followed this advice. Weiskircher, an animal science major with an agriculture business minor, is well known throughout the agriculture department at UWP as well as the entire campus for being involved with many clubs and organizations.

This year alone, Weiskircher was the UWP student representative to the Wisconsin Economic Summit III conference, chosen to represent UWP at UW Day, UWP System Student Representative for UWP, a member of the UWP Dairy Club, Pioneer Farm Ambassador, an Agri-Ambassador and a member of the University Singers. Although Weiskircher has been involved in various activities, he is very find of a few in particular.

Weiskircher is the president of the Block and Bridle Club. Being a part of this unique club that takes care of animals at the Pioneer Farm and shows them at competitions, has allowed Weiskircher to be able to travel all over the Midwest and southern states. One of Weiskircher's most memorable journeys was to Oklahoma City. There he and other students were able to visit the Cowboy Heritage Museum and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial site.

"It added a new perspective on the realization of the tragedy to actually be there and see it first-hand. It's a lot different then just watching it on the TV or reading about it. Everyone in our group was really quiet the entire time, just taking it all in," Weiskircher said. "We also went to Fort Worth, Texas where John F. Kennedy was assinated. I feel really lucky to be able to have seen so many significant places."

When Weiskircher isn't traveling, he works at the Pioneer Farm as a tour guide. He has given tours to two governors, legislators, perspective students and faculty, Japanese exchange students and elementary students.

"The elementary students were probably the most fun. Many of them had never been to a farm before. The one group got to see newly born baby pigs and a few groups got to get in one of the big tractors at the farm. They loved it," Weiskircher said.

Weiskircher is not only involved with agricultural activities at UWP, but he also appeared in this year's sold-out production of Grease at UWP, as a chorus member.

"I was in plays and musicals in high school and I didn't want to leave UWP without trying one. I think it helps make me a more well-rounded person," Weiskircher said.

"I've done a lot of things on campus and went on different trips, but the one thing I regret not doing was to study abroad. I always thought that would be interesting, I just never had the time to do it. If I could give advice to those still in school I would tell them to take advantage of all of the opportunities and activities that UWP has to offer. You have to have the drive and the desire to try new things and do that little bit extra."

After graduation, Weiskircher plans to work in Lincoln, Neb., for six months in a feedlot management program through continuing education. After that he plans to look for a job in sales and work his way into the production area.

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