Pizza with the Professors

On Thursday evening, Pickard Hall hosted the first Pizza with the Professors of the semester.  Professors Erin Edgington and John Peterson were on hand for a pleasant evening of conversations and laughs.  Erin is a professor in the Education department and has a passion for developing her students to think outside the box and engage in the content.  As a Biology professor, John has a passion for exploring why living things do what they do.  Conversation throughout the evening revolved around learning from those around you and appreciating their knowledge.  Erin works with Engineering professors to develop her Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum because the professors on this campus are the experts in their fields.  John share how he is working with faculty in Animal Science to perform studies on cattle.  Each professor shared examples of how they have benefited from being involved outside their field of expertise because of how much they learn about the world from someone else’s perspective.  The point was made that while living in a residence hall, you have the opportunity to build friendships with people that are totally different than you.  Four west resident Gus had some great questions that added to the discussion.  Great job Gus!

If you missed this Pizza with the Profs, don’t fret!  Make plans to attend this great event:

March 14th

April 9th

April 25th

Start time is 6:00 pm in the basement TV lounge.  Please see me if you have any questions.

Photo credit: Ramsey Beckmann

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United We Stand: Lamarr Womble

On Sunday evening, the Department of Residence Life and CPR (Campus Programing and Relations) hosted motivational speaker Lamarr Womble.  Currently living in NYC, Lamarr is a dream coach for students in public high schools and travels the country encouraging young people to work within their passions.  Staff from Pickard Hall were in attendance, along with four west resident Tony.  Lamarr asked us to remember the dream(s) we had when we graduated high school.  He then explained that many of us choose not to pursue those dreams because someone or something around us told us that those dreams weren’t realistic.

Click HERE for more information.

 

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Tunnel Snakes

What’s that buzz in the hallway?  Any day of the week, in the evening, residents of fourth floor gather in the hallway to have an open discussion.  No topic is off limits, attendees can expect to discuss anything from current events, professor grievances, family traditions, to sports.  This unofficial, official, group calls themselves the Tunnel Snakes.  Unofficial group leader, Gus, is working to bring Tunnel Snakes out of the shadows and into the light of a student organization.  Details to come.  Until then stop, by a Tunnel Snakes gathering to meet residents from around Pickard Hall.

First Week Back

Classes started this week and the residents of four west are taking it in full swing.  Friends were happy to see their amigos again, so there was much catching up to do.  Now a week into the semester, homework and studying are underway.  Cameron reminds us to all take a break from our studies, he personally enjoys watching YouTube videos.  Good luck this semester and look for ways to be featured on our wing webpage!

New year, new equipment

As we enter a new year, we enter a new semester of school.  4 West is off to a great start this year with a fleet of new iron (tractors).  In the new year we also enter a new tax year in the business world.  Specifically agriculture businesses look to take advantage of new technology and money saving opportunities that occur when the business buys new equipment be it a tractor, combine, or other implement.  Section 179 of the current tax code allows the business to write-off up $1,000,000 of equipment purchase expenses in the first year.  This allows small businesses that qualify for this deduction to show a smaller net income for that tax year, thus reducing their taxable income.  In 2017 alone, 220,546 tractors were purchased (source AEM) by agricultural businesses.  Considering many new tractors retail for more than $400,000 it is good business sense to take advantage of money saving opportunities such as Section 179 of the tax code.  Good luck to everyone this semester!

 

More information:

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Section 179

One person’s trash…

Realizing how much we have (clothing, food, transportation, technology) is very humbling.  40.6 million Americans live at or below the poverty line which is a household income of $9,175 a year.  People living in poverty don’t have much money to cover their daily needs and must purchase “new” items through resell stores, bent and dent shops, and at pantries.  In recent years UWP administration has taken steps to ease the burden on persons with lower incomes with the introduction of Pioneer Provisions, a food pantry, and Pioneer Restore, a resale store.  Learning what these resources can and can not do for those in poverty will make you quickly realize the struggles these families must work through to carry out their daily lives.  You never know, your neighbor could be affected by the constraints of a low income.  Take a few minutes to learn how the university is converting “waste” products into viable options at low prices at the Pioneer Restore.  The bulletin board titled “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” has valuable information how you can get involved.

Additional information:

Restore

Provisions

Poverty

Pioneers Call This Home

Did you know that UWP is located in the Driftless region?  The Diftless region is one of five distinct geographic regions of Wisconsin with a deep history.  The other four regions Northern Highland, Lake Superior Lowland, Central Plain, Eastern Ridges and Lowlands.  Which do you call home?  Interestingly enough, my hometown in Illinois is located within the Driftless region that covers parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and of course Wisconsin.  As you attend school in this region over the coming years you may be interested in exploring the regions history.  Exploring museums, state parks, and local oddities are a great way to learn more.  Named for the millions of hills and valleys of the Driftless, the bulletin board titled “Voluntarily Hilly” gives insight into the region Pioneers call home.

More info: Wisconsin Geography

So much power!

The campus of UW – Platteville supports 8,429 students and hundreds of faculty on a daily basis.  Sprawling across 821 acres, this campus certainly has an impact on the local environment.  A new bulletin board just outside the restroom details facts about the types of energy UWP consumes every year.  Looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment and save energy?  Tips and tricks on energy use are shared that you can use here on campus and at home.  Simply turning off lights or taking a shorter shower are great ways college students like ourselves can help reduce our impact on this beautiful part of the country.

Poverty Thanksgiving

On a Friday evening in November, Tyler and Ramsey put together a very thought provoking and engaging presentation.  The underlying message throughout was the fact that many people around the world live on very limited resources.  Those attending experienced first-hand what the unequal distribution of resources feels like.  Food and water, vital resources for life, were the examples used.  A dinner of chicken, beans, rice, and cookies was prepared.  One person was selected to represent 15% of the world’s population that does not have any food insecurities.  This person enjoyed all of the items prepared for the meal.  Three people represented 25% of the population that makes ends meet, but do not have any excess resources.  These people were served rice and beans, with a glass of water.  Five people represented 60% of the population that struggles everyday to feed themselves and their families.  This group was fed a handful of rice and half a glass of water.  One person did move from the lower level to the middle level because a new factory opened in their area and they started a new job, raising their income level.  There was a great discussion about how each person felt depending on which level they were in.  I know that I have a new appreciation for how lucky I am to not be food insecure and how different my life would be if I was.  I challenge each of you to think about how many opportunities you have, that others may not just because of who you are and the environment you live in.  This holiday season is great time to realize that others may not be as lucky as we are and a time to find a way that leads to positive change for people unlike ourselves.

Visit the following websites to learn more:

Feeding America

Outreach International

Photo credit: Ramsey Beckmann

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