Walkin’ on Sunshine

As you are getting ready to leave and enjoy summer, I hope you remember to be smart about the sun. Even though most people don’t like putting on sunscreen it is important for the health of your skin. Besides sunscreen it is important to keep yourself hydrated, wear the right kind of hats and find some shade during the day. Go checkout this bulletin for some quick reminders on how to be safe this summer!

Enjoy your summer!

-Amanda

Dementia Awareness Event

Hello 4 South,

This past Tuesday our campus hosted a dementia awareness event. This event was put on by three of our very own Pioneer ladies. They set this event up to help our community be more aware of what dementia truly is, what we can do to recognize the signs, and how Wisconsin is here to help those with Dementia, including their loved ones. We were delighted to have the company of two speakers during this event. The first speaker was Whitney Thompson, MPH, CHES. Whitney is from the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). This center was created to help communities become better capable with helping those with Dementia, and to help their care givers as well. Whitney spoke about the statistics of Wisconsin, and that there are currently over 115,000 residents with Dementia. Whitney then explain that Dementia is not a specific term. She explained that using the term “Dementia” is like using the term “Cancer”. Dementia is a broad term and like cancer there are specific types of dementia, with the most widely known as Alzheimer’s.

Dementia is caused by physical damage to the brain. a brain with dementia is visually smaller than a brain that is healthy. Therefore this physical damage causes the brain not function normally. Some of the most symptoms will effect these areas; Memory, Communication and Language, Focus and Attention Span, Reasoning and Judgment, or Visual Perception.

The second speaker was named Kent. He was a school teacher for 36 years and his wife has been diagnosed with having a type of dementia. She was only 62 years old when she was diagnosed. Kent spoke about the adaptations he has made to be able to help his wife live the best life possible, along with how to deal with the difficult times. Kent told us how supportive the ADRC is and how if we ever have loved ones who are diagnosed with a form of dementia that we shouldn’t wait to talk with the center. Kent also spoke about other groups in the area who are here to help.

I have a copy of the pamphlet in my room, so if any of you would like to have a copy I will be sure to get you one, so that you can find the help that is available to all.

-Ben0427171606

Drunkopoly- Life is NOT a drinking game!

Hey yall, I hope you have had the chance to check out this bulletin board in the hallway. If you haven’t, go check it out! This board gives tips, resources and consequences related to drinking alcohol. Most importantly I want everyone to be safe. Please make legal and smart decisions when alcohol is related!

Have a great april break all!

-Amanda

Questions of the Week

Hey yall! Check out the the new board I put up! Each week I will put up two knowledge type of questions for you to answer. Some will be ment to stump you and some will just be general knowledge. The first question this week was inspired with the space theme and the guest speaker this past week. I hope you got a chance to go to the distinguished lecturer and enjoyed her. 

If you know the answer or solve the weekly question first, I will get you a drink or snack from Kristines! Please place your answers to the question in the suggestion box outside Ben’s door if I am not around. Remember to write your name, date, time, and question number on the sheet so that I know who answered correctly and when! Be honest too!

Excersise those brian muscles when you see a new problem/question to answer! 

Have an excellent rest of the week!

-Amanda

Influential Women of History

With this new bulletin board test your knowledge of Women’s history, by matching the corresponding fact to the Lady who accomplished it. On this board you will recognize some of the women easily, and others you have not known their accomplishment. So if you have a minute give the board a try and check your answers. If anything hopefully you will gain some new knowledge and have some fun! Have a great day!

-Ben

Women of history

Chancellor Shield’s Hall Forum

Hey there 4 South!!

I’d like to give everyone a quick recap of what the Chancellor had to say during the forum this evening. Chancellor Shields opened the floor to any questions that we as students could come up with, and a variety of topics were covered. We talked about the funding of our school, the outlook on our future, what buildings we could see in the future, what makes Rountree different from other Residence halls, and the Chancellor’s history as well.

A student posed the question on how the university is handling budget cuts and the correlation to how classes are offered. Shields spoke about how the university looks to the data to help make decisions in regards to programs offered and classes offered. Due to the major budget cuts in the recent years many programs have face cutting the amount of classes offered and how the department is funded. Given a new prospect, where the state may offer more funding, the university would look to use that money strategically. For the future, Shield’s explained that he would like to see a new engineering building constructed, along with much needed renovations of such buildings as Boebel. Then the Chancellor explained strategic prospects that may be utilized to speed up the building of new residence halls. The construction of Rountree was a first of its kind, as the funding did not come from the state. What that means is our building could be constructed faster and not have to weed through all of the red tape a regular residence hall would usually go through. The foundation that came together allowed UWP to offer a building such as Rountree in so little time because in truth it is funded by us, the residence. Shields explained that he would like to see more housing like ours offered on campus, that way the University may focus on the more important task of offering students the education they deserve. Now, he also stated traditional halls would not go away as they offer a great lower cost option to students who need them.

In the end the Chancellor talked about his past and where he was able to find his motivation to work hard in his life to get to his position today. Chancellor Shields is an orphan who moved from foster home to foster home, along with into boys homes as well. Through determination, and the help of those who influenced him, Chancellor Shields has been able to attain the goals that he has set out on. When asked what motivates him each day, he answered that it was the thought of helping us, the students, to gain the knowledge we need to become successful in our lives as well.

-Ben

State of the University Address

Good morning residence of 4 South. Yesterday Chancellor Shields gave his State of the University Address. For those who were unable to attend yesterday, I would like to share the key topics that were addressed during this meeting.

The Chancellor began his address stating the challenges that UW- Platteville faces are challenges faced by every higher education establishment across the United States. Despite these challenges UWP has continually proved we have the ability to overcome year after year. Seeing as just last year we were able to celebrate 150 years, and still roots are growing here at our campus. The University offers 3 different colleges covering 130 different programs and these students are all putting there roots here in Platteville. this past year UWP has been “ranked #1 for the students Return on Investment” according to Pay Scale Magazine and “Best Value College” from SmartAsset.com. This helps to show that the students here at UWP are able to overcome the challenges faced every year.

In discussion about the current student enrollment the Chancellor stated we are at a total of 8,693 students, which is our 3 rd largest enrollment in our history. To maintain this enrollment the University will have to work hard to continue to improve our programs across the board. Shields made it clear that he believes UWP offers the “Best experiences in the Country”. The current budget to maintain this excellence is $139.6 Million with only 11%  of that budget coming from the state. This means our largest portion of the budget comes from tuition and self funding. To ensure our experience is held the University is implementing four pillars: Providing Outstanding Education, Controlling our Destiny, Enriching the Tri-State, and our Openness to diversity, fostering respect to all.

Through these pillars as a University we hope to raise our current graduation numbers from where the needle lies today. Currently we have a 20% 4 year graduation rate. The goal is to raise this number to 30%. The 6 year graduation rate is 50%, but we strive to reach above 60%. Our overall graduation rate is 70% and again we want to move this to an 80% graduation rate. Fostering our four pillars the University believe these numbers are achievable.

In addressing the budget the Chancellor made it clear that for UWP we need an enrollment of at least 8,000 to survive. Using the new budget model and data informed decisions the University will put our money where it is needed. On average students pay $5,000 out of pocket meaning that we need to ask our state to invest in our students to bring our tuition prices down so that students may focus on their studies while at Platteville. Currently the UW Universities are asking the state for $42.5 million in funding to help our programs, from that UWP would receive  anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million. This money would go to invest first in students, then our employees, and the universities infrastructure. Currently 23% of engineering graduate in Wisconsin come from UW-Platteville. Therefore, we need to invest in upgrades across campus with renovations and new buildings, so we can keep students coming to UWP.

I hope that this information will be helpful to you this semester and to understand how the University stands today. If you have any questions I may be able to answer them, or point you n the right direction!

Thank you and remember Everyday is a Great Day to be a Pioneer!!

-Ben