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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Eric first came to UW-Platteville in 1980 to study technical communication. After graduating, Eric felt a pull toward the law enforcement field. As a student, he had worked as a resident advisor, helping students solve their problems, and it sparked his initial interest in the profession. Unfortunately without any firsthand law enforcement experience, he had trouble getting hired.
So Eric returned to UW-Platteville and began working on a second bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “I wouldn’t reverse the way I got my degrees. My communication degree has probably been more helpful—especially in leadership positions,” Eric said.
“Completing my degree was not a requirement or necessary for advancing my career,” Eric said. “I wanted to finish it and set a good example for my kids to finish what you started.”
“If I was aware of how quickly I could’ve gotten back into the academic world, I would have done it much sooner,” he said.
Eric is now in his 26th year with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, working as an Inspector (Undersheriff) responsible for both the law enforcement and corrections side of the department. In addition to administrative litigation and human resources work, he mentors new command staff and works cooperatively with the 29 police agencies in Waukesha County.
Outside of work, Eric pursues a different passion: building his own RV-8A airplane. Eric is a private pilot and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). As a student, he got his license at the Platteville Municipal Airport.
Eric’s wide-ranging interests have not only taken him down a different career path, they’ve led him to one in which they are an asset. “In law enforcement, you need a variety of people with different skill sets and knowledge bases. What we do is complex, and we need people who can solve a variety of problems,” he said.
With only nine credits left to complete, Eric was hired by the Waukesha (Wis.) County Sheriff’s Department as a Supervisor, and put his criminal justice degree on hold. He returned to UW-Platteville in 2011 —this time, online—to finish his degree.
-- Cheryl Lange
Monday, August 5, 2013
If the university could grant an organizational change leadership
“As 2010 wound down, I was working for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, I owned a wedding planning business, and my four children ranged from one to eight years old. I sold my business in December of 2010 and by June of 2011, I was bored and knew I needed to do something else,” Angella said.
She made a quick decision to start a master’s degree in organizational change leadership, submitted her FAFSA, and began working with her advisor to register in time for fall courses. “Liz Lucas was a huge help. I wanted to finish quickly and took two courses a semester. As I approached the end of my coursework, I appreciated Ron Bonlender, Susan Hansen, and Derek Dachelet working together so I could complete my capstone project and graduate this month.”
Beginning the program was the first of many changes for Angella. While earning her degree, she started a new job with the City of Platteville and went through a divorce.
The constant in her life has been her involvement with the Kappa Alpha Sigma sorority. A member as an undergrad at UW-Platteville, she has served on the alumni board the last 15 years, the last 13 as president. But the sorority, by its very nature, is in a constant state of change, putting Angella in an ideal position to offer guidance through her capstone project.
“When I pledged, there were nine actives. I saw the group grow to 50 and presently there are 20,” Angella said. “I’ll be working with the active members to develop a strategic plan that will facilitate needed change. Unlike many sororities with national affiliations, Kappa Alpha Sigma is a local sorority, responsible for their own constitution and managing all of the associated activities and business.”
“The pattern has been that with growth, there are changes to the constitution and sometimes a lack of understanding about why those rules are in place,” Angella said. “I want the sorority to stay true to its roots and not lose its identity while meeting the changing requirements of the university, such as raising the GPA standards for members.”
“Angella is a perfect example of the type of person the Organizational Change Leadership program is targeted toward,” said Professor Misty Lemon-Rogers. “As a young professional who is striving to become a leader in her field, the insight Angella brought to our online classroom through the discussion board and team exercises were beneficial to the entire class. It is no surprise that Angella continues to be successful in her career, and I look forward to continuing to mentor Angella as she continues on her lifelong journey of learning and success.”
Distance education students are eligible to apply for academic accommodations at any time during the year; however, academic accommodations are not retroactive so it is in your best interest to inquire and apply for accommodations at least four to six weeks prior to the start of classes. If you are not sure if you are eligible, not sure what academic accommodations are possible, or don’t know where to start, we encourage you to contact the Distance Learning Center ADA Liaison to discuss options and timelines. Appropriate documents for the physician’s documentation will be provided to you for the review process.
If you have already been issued a VISA (Verified Individualized Student Accommodation), check to see if your VISA expires at the end of this semester. If it does, please contact the Distance Learning Center ADA Liasion to have your VISA reviewed and renewed.
For more information, contact the ADA Liasion at 800.362.5460.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
UW-Platteville’s bachelor’s program in business administration is featured here. Regionally, UW-Platteville edged out University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (No. 123), UW-Superior (No. 148), Waldorf College, Forest City, IA (No. 128), and IAB College of Business (No. 86).
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Matthew Meyer, originally of Beaver Dam, received his bachelor's degree in engineering from UW-Platteville in 2002 and is set to graduate with a master's degree in engineering through UW-Platteville's online program this fall. He currently works for River Valley Testing Corporation in Neenah and Green Bay.
The academic scholarship, established by Dawn Drake, executive director of alternative delivery systems at UW-Platteville, is awarded each spring to a degree-seeking student who has successfully completed at least one course in a UW-Platteville Distance Education program and has a GPA of at least 3.0. It symbolizes the important role that distance education has played in Dawn’s life, personally and professionally.
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