Welcome to the CPS Monday Message - an enewsletter from the UWSP College of Professional Studies Dean's Office.
College of Professional Studies

Congratulations Class of 2011!

Spring Commencement 2011
On Saturday, May 21, 1,267 students crossed the stage and became University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point alumni. Of the College of Professional Studies graduates, three received doctor of audiology degrees, 44 earned master’s degrees, and 411 received bachelor’s degrees. Visit the CPS Facebook page for student and faculty submitted photos.

Dinga earns Albertson Award

Albertson Award WinnersSam Dinga, a graduate student in human and community resources, was one of 20 students to earn the James H. Albertson Award on Friday, May 20. With this award, the university annually honors those graduating students who have exemplified outstanding qualities as a leader, a scholar, and as a citizen on campus and in his/her community. The Albertson Award is given to no more than one percent of those graduating each year.

Free Italian ice and good advice

Finals Week AdviceOver 300 students, faculty, and staff enjoyed a break during finals week with free Italian ice from CPS Dean Marty Loy on Tuesday, May 17. Guests then shared their best advice for finals week for students and faculty.

Sending off the student teachers

School of EducationA School of Education tradition continued on Friday, May 20 as student teachers presented their professional education portfolios for Wisconsin teacher certification to their peers and university supervisor. During the program's final send-off celebration, the SOE faculty addressed approximately 140 student teachers who earned certification this semester, providing words of advice and wishing students well.

Coming up: Former Faculty Fest

Former Faculty FestThe College of Professional Studies will host the Former Faculty Fest on Monday, June 6. Guests will be invited to a walking tour of the new Military Science facility before getting an update on CPS highlights from current faculty and staff before lunch. To RSVP, contact the dean's office at (715) 346-3169 or

SHCP: From classroom to community

Health Care ProfessionsHealth science students from the School of Health Care Professions were involved in course-based semester-long service learning projects designed by Dr. Carole Paulson in collaboration with a number of community partners affiliated with various nonprofit and health-related agencies and organizations. Students presented their projects at the end of the semester.

Annual duck round-up

Duck Round-upThe annual round-up of a mom duck and her 14 ducklings was held on Wednesday. Mom ducks have found a safe haven in the Science Building courtyard. School of Health Care Professions students, along with the Chemistry Department, have escorted the families to Schmeeckle Reserve for the past 14 years. It has become an annual and sometimes biannual event.

CPS Building closing

College of Professional StudiesThis is a reminder that the CPS Building will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, is a mandatory campuswide furlough day. Starting Thursday, the lockers on the second floor will be painted and we anticipate the odor to travel throughout the building. Saturday, May 27, will be used as a carry-over day if painting is not completed on Friday. Thank you for your patience and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
UWSP College of Professional Studies

Marty's Message

Saturday’s commencement ceremony was quite a celebration. One by one, our graduates walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The audience was full of friends and family who packed Quandt Gymnasium to honor their loved ones with cheers, whistles, and chants.

One of my favorite parts of graduation is when our students walk through the tunnel of applauding and cheering faculty on their way from the indoor track to the ceremony. This is a part of graduation that no one else sees because it happens away from the parents and spectators. It is a moment that is just between teachers and students – a fitting symbol of what has transpired on our campus every day while the students were in our care. We taught, mentored, and encouraged them as they made their way to graduation.  

I am very proud of everyone that made Saturday possible for 458 of our CPS students. From our faculty and staff who have each devoted a lot of time and energy to the achievement of our students, to our students who proved that they could make a commitment and work hard to follow on it.

Getting back to the tunnel ... It is apparent that many lasting friendships were made along the way.
Marty Loy
Dean, CPS

Upcoming Events

CPS Former Faculty Fest
June 6
10 a.m.
CPS Café

Special Olympic Hearing Screening
June 11
Center for Communicative Disorders Clinic

Information Fair
August 29
DUC Alumni Room

CPS All-College Meeting
September 1
8 a.m.
CPS 116

Military Science Ribbon Cutting
September 1
1 p.m.
Health Enhancement Center

Classes Begin
September 6

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