Pizza with the Professors

On Wednesday evening, professors Kameko Halfman and Mary Bartling were the professors featured at Pickard’s second Pizza with the Professors.  Kameko teaches psychology while Mary works as a business professor.  Both are recent hires at the university with Kameko starting her first semester here this fall and Mary going on her second year this fall.  Kameko is a recent graduate from the grad school at University of Iowa and currently hails from Dubuque, Iowa.  Mary attended UW-Stout and has been in business for many years with tenures at GE Healthcare, Miller-Coors, and Harley-Davidson.  She currently resides here in Platteville.  The topics discussed ranged from best college classes to travel to favorite movies.  This was a great opportunity to get to know who your professors are outside of the school environment.  Of course there was free pizza for all attendees!  Thanks to Jordan and Gus for representing Four West at this event and to Kameko and Mary for making taking time to interact with the residents of Pickard Hall.

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We’re so thankful…

…for friends, food, family, sleep, and many others.  The residents of Four West have so much to be thankful for.  Each one has made a hand-turkey and written something that they are thankful for this year.  Some of us have chosen to display these simple turkeys on our doors as a reminder of the many good fortunes we enjoy.  Take some time to learn what your wing mates are thankful for and how that shapes their life.

Thanks to Gus and Ian for assisting with this project.

Scheduling Tutorial

Wednesday evening Ramsey and myself held an informative session on how to register for classes using PASS, Schedule Builder, and degree requirements.  Attendees got to hear stories about scheduling successes and failures and learn more about this stressful aspect of college.  Great questions were asked throughout the event.  If you find yourself struggling to understand the scheduling process, talk to your advisor, an upperclassmen, or your RA.  Thanks Alex for representing four west and to Ramsey for helping put this event on.

It’s aMAIZEing!!!

The new door decorations on your door are representative of the most grown crop in the US, corn.  Corn, or maize (its proper name), is used in the production of millions of products.  Iowa State University has culminated a list of the different things that corn are used in, here.  Corn is actually a type of grass that was domesticated over 7,000 years ago.  People living in Central America were the first to cultivate corn.  The production of corn was unique to the Western Hemisphere until it was brought back to Europe after Christopher Columbus’ voyage in 1492.  Because corn was such a cheap food source, Europeans of power soon began growing the crop to feed the peasants and slaves in their villages.  However, the simple diet of corn quickly lead to problems.  A skin rash called pellagra develop in populations of low income people for centuries.  Originally it was hypothesized that pellagra was a plague, but in the early 1900’s Dr. Joseph Goldberger and Dr. Tom Spies found that pellagra was directly related to nutrition.  They further discovered that pellagra is caused by a deficiency in niacin, a vitamin not found in corn.  It turns out that the natives to Central America were treating their corn with lye (high in niacin) before eating it.  This practice did not get carried over to Europe when corn was brought back.  The widespread effects of pellagra could have been prevented if the low income people of the time had access to more than one food source.

For more information about corn go here.

For more information about pellagra go here.

Fright Fest

On Thursday evening, Pickard Hall hosted its annual Fright Fest.  Attractions at this year’s event included the notorious haunted trail, two escape rooms, and spooky food.  The event was a success because of all the work put in by the residents of Pickard Hall.  Over twenty people braved the cold as actors on the trail.  Tour guides took unsuspecting people through the trail.  Others served food, applied makeup, or directed traffic.  A special thanks to the fourth floor residents that stepped up to the challenge, including Emerson, Gus, Nick, and Ian.  All those participating took pride in raising money for the Hodan Center in Mineral Point.  Here are some pictures from the event.

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Caramel Apples

On Wednesday evening, 3 and 4 west held a caramel apple making (and tasting!) event.  My co-host Dannielle and I made the caramel and residents made their very own caramel apple.  There were great conversations to be had as we enjoyed an evening snack during the busy mid-term stretch.  Thanks for everyone that participated and to Dannielle for co-hosting this event.

Photo credit: Dannielle Stewart

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What’s in a name?

Ever wondered how a place got it’s name?  Platteville is named from the Platte River which runs through Grant County.  The word “Platte” is derived from a French word that means shallow or flat.  Many towns and prominent locations across Wisconsin have names with roots in French and Native American languages.  The new bulletin board on four west explores Wisconsin’s heritage across the state.  Half of the board gives examples of Native American influence in the state and the other half does the same for French influence.  Stop by the board to prepare for November’s celebration of Native American heritage month!

Fried Friday

While many of you headed out for the long weekend, a few brave souls stayed in Platteville to hold down the fort on 4 west.  Gus and Ian had done some planning and decided to treat us to a home cooked meal on Friday evening.  The simple menu consisted of fried buttermilk chicken and cheesy mac and cheese.  Hats off to our chefs Gus and Ian, the food was delicious.  Those in attendance included Ben, Jacob, Nick, Erik, Lukas, Ian, Gus, and myself.  A long conversation was spent discussing things unique to Wisconsin including Pick ‘N Save and Sprecher Sodas.  An enjoyable way to spend the evening with wingmates.

Are You Kidding?

What is the best way to maintain the over 400 acres that consists of the UW-Platteville campus?  The Department of Sustainability experimented with a unique approach to land management this past summer.  A small herd of goats was hired to care for land in the disc golf course.  Goats are known for their eagerness to eat absolutely anything and these goats were tasked with eating invasive plants.  Stop by the bulletin board to learn more about invasive plants, goats, chemical application, and the results of this trial.  These curious four legged animals may be the lawn mower of the future!

Side note: Baby goats are called kids.

Side note #2: Goats love to climb.

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