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Defeating Cancer with Optimism: Student Earns CPS Heroes Award

Alysa FirkusAlysa Firkus '15 was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during her second semester in the School of Communicative Disorders master’s program. During her summer semester in July 2014, she found out her treatments were successful and she was cancer free! For her strength and determination, Alysa was presented the 2015 College of Professional Studies Heroes Award. Read More | Watch Video

CPS student research featured around state, campus

Posters in the Rotunda Athletic training students shared their research findings during the 12th annual Posters in the Rotunda event Wednesday, April 22 at the State Capitol in Madison. Read More | View Photos | Watch Videos

IA studentsInterior architecture students presented their research on the redesign of the King Veterans Home at the 14th Annual University of Wisconsin System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity on April 24. Read More | View Photos

PE 105Students in PE 105 at UW-Stevens Point held a poster session highlighting Personal Teaching Philosophy in Physical Education. View Photos

Health care education offers path to employment

SHCPWhen Essy Brown wanted to go back to school, she visited the admissions office at UW-Stevens Point to look for a new career path. She knew she didn't want to go into accounting or education. The office staff told her about the clinical laboratory science degree. Read More

Student achievement recognized at banquets

Nancy Page

The best and brightest in the College of Professional Studies continue to be honored at the various department banquets held during the past two weeks, with even more events in the upcoming weeks.

Praise for the alumni heroes of the School of Communicative Disorders

Jerry ChappellInspired by the countless professional contributions the alumni speech and language clinicians and audiologists of the School of Communicative Disorders have made to help the communicatively handicapped over the last 50 years, Professor Emeritus Gerald E. Chappell has written a tribute in honor of their accomplishment. Read More

Dietetics student wins national employee of the year award

Kirsten VossDietetics senior Kirsten Voss was recently named the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) Student Employee of the Year. Kirsten works as a student manager at the Dining and Summer Conferences bakery. Read More

Local students showcase work from School of Ed project

Challenge Cafe Bannach Elementary School sixth grade students had the opportunity to show off their work from the Challenge Cafe that they partnered with mentors from the School of Education. The project was funded with a $10,000 grant from the Oscar Neale Fellowship. Read More

Hired Before Graduation

Hired College of Professional Studies seniors are being hired even before they graduate! See where these Pointers are starting their careers. Read More

Facebook Fun!

FacebookGet to know CPS faculty/staff and new students on the College of Professional Studies Facebook page with two new features: Faculty/Staff Friday and Major Mondays. If you or someone you know would like to be featured, email

Marty's Message

Each year, we honor one College of Professional Studies student who has been heroic with the CPS Heroes Award. In some cases the recipient has overcome a challenge, in other cases they have advocated for something larger than themselves, and in other cases, they have helped someone in need. Students are nominated for the Heroes Award by CPS faculty or staff, and are selected by our CPS cabinet.
Award recipients receive a medal and a photo along with a description of their heroism is on display throughout the year next to the dean's office. This year, the CPS Heroes Award was presented to speech-language pathology graduate student Alysa Firkus, who persevered as a grad student while going through treatments for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a disease that she ultimately overcame.  
The award also comes with a substantial scholarship. Initial funding came from family and friends of Casey Gazdik, a student in our college who died in 2001; but since then, many people have honored their own hero by making contributions to the fund. When someone makes a gift of any size, his or her hero is forever part of the award.
The CPS Heroes Award honors true, real-life heroes–it is truly special.
Marty Loy,

Upcoming Events

May 6
Chancellor's Leadership Awards
DUC Laird Room
6 p.m.

May 15
CWERB Presentation
Country Club
7:45 a.m.

May 15
ROTC Commissioning
DUC Laird Room
5 p.m.

May 16
Multi-Activity Center
2 p.m.

June 2
Former Faculty Fest
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
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