1. UWM Freshwater Sciences grad student makes a splash in the world of aquatic education

    Photo of Pierce VanValkenburg as Mermaid Echo interacting with children attending an educational performance at Discovery World. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

    Pierce VanValkenburg grew up on the St. Croix River, which flows along the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota and down into the Mississippi. Since a young age, VanValkenburg’s life has been centered around water. Springs and summers were full of boating with family, swimming and watching sunfish the way other kids watched TV. “We spent […]

  2. From UW-Stevens Point course to the Broadway stage

    Photo of Felix Torrez-Ponce, UWSP graduate

    The journey to performing under the bright lights of Broadway usually begins with an audition. For University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point bachelor of fine arts acting alumnus Felix Torrez-Ponce, Green Bay, that audition happened last spring while he was a student in the university’s Senior Showcase course. The class led to an opportunity to meet with […]

  3. Game development skills solve an art gallery’s problem

    Photo of Brian Michael, a UW-Whitewater media arts and game development student from Sycamore, Illinois, placing 12 works by painter Jerry Jordan. Brian created art installation software for the gallery, which takes the dimensions of the paintings and the wall, so he can determine the correct placement and spacing for the art. This software saves workers from hand-measuring and manually working out the placements. (UW-Whitewater Photos/Craig Schreiner)

    Brian Michael, a media arts and game development major from Sycamore, Illinois, still beams when he talks about being paid to do programming for his campus employer, Roberta’s Art Gallery, located in the University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “It sometimes gets to be a bit of a bother finding all of the measurements and making sure […]

  4. In their own words: UW-River Falls students tell university’s story through ‘The College Tour’

    Photo of UW-River Falls student Giselle Nunez, from Cottage Grove, Minn., being interviewed on campus as part of “The College Tour” television series. Ten UWRF students interviewed for the show will be part of the program that will be aired on Amazon Prime and other broadcast outlets on March 22. Pat Deninger/UWRF photo

    National audience hears about UWRF through television series Season seven of a popular streaming television series will feature all that makes the University of Wisconsin-River Falls a special institution in western Wisconsin. Production has concluded for the UWRF episode to be shown on the show “The College Tour,” a television series streamed on Amazon Prime […]

  5. UW-Whitewater hosts national wheelchair basketball championships

    Photo of the Warhawks’ AJ Fitzpatrick shooting in the second half against the University of Alabama. The UW-Whitewater Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams hosted the first day of a two-day tournament of elite college teams at Kachel Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

    The finest wheelchair basketball athletes from around the nation traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 16-18 for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association men’s intercollegiate championships. Eleven universities participated, including UW-Whitewater: University of Alabama, University of Arizona, Auburn University, City University of New York, Eastern Washington University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois, […]

  6. On the upswing: Growing state golf industry reinforces need for GEM program graduates

    Photo of UW-Stout golf enterprise management students learn about course management issues from Professor Kris Schoonover. / UW-Stout

    Wisconsin has long been known for its great cheese, cranberries, beer and sausage, but in the past couple of decades it has become a destination for something else: Great golf. In 2021, the state had seven of the top 50 public courses, best in the U.S., drawing tourists from around the country and world. More […]

  7. UW-Platteville business major to perform Native American hoop dance Super Bowl weekend

    Photo of Nedallas Hammill, Courtesy: Native Spirit Productions

    As millions of people from around the world prepare to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 12, one University of Wisconsin-Platteville student will be showcasing his talents and sharing his culture with football fans in Glendale, Arizona. The NFL invited Nedallas Hammill, the 2020 teen world champion Native American hoop dancer, to perform Super Bowl […]

  8. UWM alum passing along the magic of music to youth with Latino Arts Strings

    Photo of Dinorah Márquez Abadiano (center) posing with some of her students before a performance: Natali Rodriguez (from left), Zaara Bonilla, Lili Hernandez Dingel, Lucy Apolinar and Carolina Islas. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

    A seed planted by a Texas music teacher several generations ago is still bearing fruit on the south side of Milwaukee. “My first teacher was Mr. James Angerstein, who is still alive today. I tell my students he is your musical grandfather. He was the kind of teacher who became a father figure, a mentor …. […]

  9. UWRF alum couple’s gift provides lasting impact, establishes James and Margery Belisle Concourse at Falcon Center

    Photo of ceremony: The upper level of UWRF's Falcon Center, through which nearly all Falcon fans pass to attend home basketball and hockey games, will now be known as the James and Margery Belisle Concourse, following the 1954 graduates' $250,000 gift to the UW-River Falls Foundation. The couple wasn't able to attend the dedication ceremony but the Belisles' nephews and niece represented the family. From left: UWRF Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Rick Foy and family members Craig, Jean, Lynn, Keith and Rich Geurkink.

    $250,000 donation supports endowed academic scholarships, men’s basketball program From the time they arrived on the campus of then Wisconsin State College-River Falls in the early 1950s, James and Margery (Deans) Belisle made names for themselves as popular student leaders. More than 70 years later, their names take on new prominence at their alma mater. […]

  10. When hurricanes threaten, national media turn to UWM prof’s website

    Photo of Clark Evans, professor of atmospheric science in the School of Freshwater Sciences, who maintains a website that translates meteorological data into an accessible format so that it can be used to create maps. The graphics are also available every six hours through a Twitter account that is linked to the storm data. (UWM Photo Services)

    As hurricanes loomed over the southeast United States, both the Washington Post and the New York Times consulted a database on a UWM professor’s website for information on these storms, past and present. What were they looking for that they couldn’t get from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center? Clark Evans, a UWM professor of atmospheric science, […]