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Winning weekend for the Pointers!

National ChampsThe UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team used its signature stifling defense and a balanced offensive attack, featuring a barrage of three-pointers, to secure the fourth National Championship in program history with a 70-54 victory over Augustana College (Ill.) in the 2015 NCAA Division III title game. Austin Ryf was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Stephen Pelkofer and Joe Ritchay. Recap | Photos | Post-Game Press Conference

Hockey The third-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team battle past Hamline and earned a trip back to the national semifinals for the second year in a row with a 4-2 win on Saturday night. The Pointers will face Amherst in the second semifinal on Friday, March 27 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis at 7:30 p.m.. The first semifinal will feature Adrian and Trinity (Conn.). Read More

Visit for updates on a men's basketball championship celebration and Frozen Four ticket and bus information.

Morgridges visit UW-Stevens Point

Morgridges Philanthropists John and Tashia Morgridge visited UW-Stevens Point on March 10 for the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Banquet. Just before, they took time to visit the College of Professional Studies to learn about what has been accomplished with a grant received through the Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI). WTI was established by the Mortgridges in 2010 to help make 21st century instructional technology more accessible to forward-thinking school districts. Read More

Department homepages get new look

Homepage During the past month, all of the College of Professional Studies departments have experienced an online makeover. The new-look homepages were a part of a universitywide initiative to focus the website on prospective students and provide a fresh look. Visit Pages

Register for the Reeder's Ruck

Reeder's Ruck The inaugural Reeder’s Ruck March, an eight-mile challenge course where contestants wear a backpack weighing at least 35 pounds, will be held April 18. The event is a fundraiser for the Alexander H. Reeder Memorial Scholarship, named for a senior ROTC cadet who died in a motorcycle accident last spring. Register or Donate

PAWS program in action at St. Stan's

PAWS We visited Point's Alliance with St. Stan’s (PAWS) March 11 to see School of Education professor Cindy Cate's Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading I (EDUC 302) students in action, first in a "Tooty Ta" dance-off against Mrs. Molski's first-grade class, then exploring different phonics lessons with group presentations. View Photos | Watch Video

Alum shares recipe on "The Chew"

The Chew School of Business and Economics alum Aaron Johnson '12 recently made the trip to New York City for an episode of "The Chew" to share his fresh-from-the-farm coconut carrot stew on national television. He even mentions his instructors during the segment! Watch Video | See Recipe

Wellness coaching featured in City Pages

City Pages Why would someone want to work with a wellness coach? How do they differ from a counselor, physician or workout buddy? Professor Celine Kline, along with Patti Boettcher, M.S. '12 and Denise Sauter, who both earned an Advanced Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching from UW-Stevens Point, answer those questions in the Wausau City Pages. Read More

Point in Common: Stay in the Moment

Point in Common Are you happiest when you are with friends, strangers, maybe your boss or alone? Does exercise make you happy? Happiness researcher Matt Killingsworth shared fascinating data on what makes people happy at the Point in Common event March 10. View Photos | Watch #GetHappyPoint Videos

Facebook Fun!

Facebook Get 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

The basic college education typically happens within a curriculum and between walls of a classroom. However, a rich college experience happens alongside and in addition to the curriculum. Activities such as undergraduate research, community involvement, study abroad, work study employment, participation in student organizations, activities, government and intramurals, band, cheerleading and athletics–each play a valuable role in the college experience.   
Such was the case this past weekend for 13 student-athletes, band members and student fans who brought home a NCAA III national basketball title from Salem, Virginia. This is an unforgettable experience that will leave a positive and lasting impact on our students' lives.

Below are the team members  and their majors–many of them are your students. Please take the time to congratulate each of them on a job well done!
Marty Loy,

2015 National Champions

#2 Sean McGann
(Physical Education)
#3 Austin Ryf (Health Promotion/ Wellness)
#5 Jordan Lutz
(Forestry Management)
#12 Stephen Pelkofer (Accounting, Business Administration)
#14 Aaron Retzlaff (Business Administration)
#15 Luke Zuiker
#20 Brad Freeborn
(Health Science-Pre-PT)
#22 Caden Untiedt
#24 Bill Patterson
(Biochemistry, Pre-med)
#25 Zack Goedeke (Paper Science & Engineering)
#32 Joe Ritchay
(Business Administration)
#34 Alex Richard (Health Promotion/ Wellness)
#51 Jared Gjertson

Student Managers:
Brad Smudde
(Social Science-Broadfield)
Collin Haese (Accounting, Business Administration)
Joseph LaViolette

Student Athletic-Trainer:
Donnie Schraufnagel
(Athletic Training)

Upcoming Events

March 24
Employee Wellness: Grocery Store Tour
4:45-5:45 p.m.

April 18
Reeder's Ruck March
Downtown Loop
10 a.m.
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