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Welcome to the CPS Monday Message - an enewsletter from the UW-Stevens Point College of Professional Studies Dean's Office.
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CPS hosts WTI Academic Forum

WTIEducators from around the state gained hands-on professional development at the Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI) 5th Annual Academic Forum Dec. 4-5. Teachers, IT managers, preservice teachers and administrators learned from peers about integrating technology into the classroom to support learning across all ages and abilities. Thank you to John and Tashia Morgridge for their support of education in Wisconsin! View Photos

Dietetics students complete Blind Basket Challenge

Blind BasketIt's a rite of passage–the Blind Basket Challenge! Juniors in Advanced Foods Lab (FN 346) are given two ingredients and three hours to create a dish from scratch to be judged by the seniors. View Photos

Lucas named Academic All-American

Lucas Congrats to Taylor Lucas on repeating as a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection! A business administration senior with a 3.96 cumulative GPA, Taylor became the first ever two-time Academic All-America pick in UWSP football program history. Read More

Clinic hosts Town Hall meeting

Sondra ReynoldsSpeech, Language and Hearing Clinic Director Sondra Reynolds, WSHA President-Elect, hosted a town hall meeting at UW-Stevens Point Nov. 24 to discuss the universal licensure proposal with faculty, staff, students, local speech-language pathologists and audiologists. View Photo

Education alum named state football coach of the year

Steve JonesElementary education alum Steve Jones '02 was named WFCA/Packers Coach of the Year after he led the Kimberly High School football team to its third straight WIAA Division I title and 42nd consecutive win! Read More

Realityworks visits future FCS teachers

FCSFrom a Pregnancy Profile Simulator to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Baby Simulator to Geriatric Simulator, representatives from Realityworks brought in a few educational tools for Prof. Susan Turgeson's Cooperative Occupational Education Programs students to test for their future classrooms. View Photos

CPS Café partners with Farmshed

CafeCheers to the first batch of Hand Packed Harvest Carrot Daikon Radish, a collaborative venture between Central Rivers Farmshed and the CPS Café. Stay tuned for more about this project that involves students, alumni, staff and our community! View Photo

CPS awards Course Development Grants

CPS has awarded grants totaling $7,000 in its latest round of course development grants. The awards will support the re-design and creation of courses geared toward non-traditional, place-bound and certificate seeking students: 
  • Mary Day (CSD): New course "Gross Anatomy of the Head and Neck" to provide advanced exposure to dissection to help students in health care and biology prepare for advanced training.
  • Tim Wright (SOE): Convert HLED 700, an existing face-to-face course to fully online. The course is part of the health education add-on certification for teachers.
  • Nikki Logan (SOE): Develop a one-credit Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Course that will be offered through the Wisconsin Afterschool Network in a variety of settings and in collaboration with Marshfield Clinic.

Marty's Message

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting with John and Tashia Morgridge who were on campus to take in the WTI Academic Forum that CPS hosted.
 
The conference itself was orchestrated by Kristi Roth as part of a grant received from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI), intended to increase the integration of technology into K-12 and college teacher prep classrooms throughout the state. There were nearly 300 school teachers and school administrators who attended the two-day event. Kristi, who directs our Center for Collaborative and Integrative Technologies (CCIT) and runs our UWSP Tech Select program, held a wonderful conference. I left amazed at the variety of instructional technologies K-12 teachers are using with our future students - imagine the positive impact this will have on our own college teaching in the future.      
 
Perhaps you’ve read about John and Tashia Morgridge, who are the funders of WTI. John and Tashia recently gifted UW-Madison $100 million that inspired matching funds of another $150 million for endowed professorships. Prior to that, their philanthropy directly supported the establishment of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, both on the UW campus.  
 
They have also directly touched us here at UWSP. Most notably, through a scholarship program that last year provided tuition scholarships to 57 of our own UWSP students. In addition, their Wisconsin Technology Initiative provided start-up and ongoing funding for our very own CCIT.  
 
It was a pleasure for me to talk with them and share what we are most proud of here at UWSP, and it was sustaining to be around such positive people. Most important was the privilege of being able to say thank you to them in person.
 
Be sure to take time to read the story about their visit. If you also want thank the Morgridges you can do it here.
 
Dean Marty Loy

Upcoming Events


Dec. 11
CPS Holiday Social
2-4 p.m., CPS Café

Dec. 11
IA Senior Portfolio Show
4-6 p.m.
Agnes Jones Gallery

Dec. 19
Commencement
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