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UWSP ranks 10th in Midwest

UWSPThe University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is again ranked as one of the best public universities in the Midwest according to the U.S. News and World Report. The magazine’s 2013 rankings place UW-Stevens Point 10th in the top tier of Midwestern comprehensive public universities. The university was recognized for having high retention rates, one of the highest percentages of full-time faculty in the region and a solid reputation among peer institutions. Read More

The business of sustainable farming

Jennifer HaackWe visited business administration senior Jennifer Haack at the Ten Pines Family Farm where she went from interning at the farm to living with the family and helping run the business with what she's learned in the classroom. (Warning: This video contains cute animals!) Watch Video

Support the CPS Café & the Pointers during Spud Week

Spud WeekAll this week, the CPS Café is celebrating Spud Week, featuring delicious potato recipes developed to promote the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association. Stop by for free samples from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Then cheer on the UW-Stevens Point football team against UW-La Crosse at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the annual Pink Game and Spud Bowl. The game will also feature a silent auction at halftime featuring UWSP game-worn jerseys and the first 1,000 fans receive a free potato!

6 Ways to Steamroll Gossip and Blame

Steamroll GossipCheck out this article by Matt Cooke (aka Creative Warrior Yoga), a 200 hour-Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher and senior majoring in health promotion/wellness and musical theater. Read More

Busy weekend for CPS events

Ciclovia WIThe very first Ciclovia WI was a great success on Sept. 22 and we’d like to thank all our volunteers for making the event run smoothly. It was great to see students and families outside enjoying the route and various activities throughout the seven-mile loop. Despite the snow earlier that morning, there were a lot of smiling faces and positive attitudes … We’re looking forward to next year’s event!

Glacier WoodsA total of 42 golfers braved the cold on Sept. 22 for the inaugural SHRM Golf Outing at Glacier Woods Golf Club in Iola. All profits go to scholarships for UWSP business and communication students who are members of SHRM.

Advising update

CPS academic advisors are very busy this time of year. The College of Professional Studies requires all new students (first-year students and transfer students) in a CPS major to attend a CPS New Student Advising Meeting. These group advising meetings are designed to introduce new students to academic advising resources available at UWSP.

MAP-WorksIn addition, advisors are using a pilot program called MAP-Works that UWSP has implemented to track student progress, assess risk factors and red flag students at high risk. The focus will be on first-year students to help retention/success rates. Students will be asked to take a few surveys and the data provided by the surveys will be extremely valuable.

Benefits meetings announced

In an attempt to make sure every employee gets the information they need to make sound benefits decisions for 2013, Julie Hayes, benefits specialist, will conduct small group meetings for CPS faculty and staff. Mark your calendars!

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CPS 326)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2-3:30 p.m. (CPS 116)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1-2 p.m. (CPS 322)

Recent faculty publications & presentations


UWSP College of Professional Studies

Marty's Message 

Partnering and engaging with our region are hallmarks of the College of Professional Studies. We have a long history of working with community partners to bring about positive change within the region. That is why I attended the presentation of the Portage County Local Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Report last week. This report, based on a comprehensive survey of county residents, provides an in-depth look at community challenges, strengths and priorities. You will notice that our CPS expertise aligns almost perfectly with each of these areas.
According to this report, the top challenges facing our community are: 
#1: Livable wages and benefits
#2: Alcohol drug abuse and misuse
#3: Academic achievement gap among students of differing cultures and low socio economic status
#4: Aging population and caregiver support
#5: Obesity
Of course, these are not the only challenges facing our community and region, there are many more, and that is why the university has adopted “Thriving Communities” as part of its mission. If we are to achieve this mission, it will be done one person, one department, and one college at a time. I encourage you to ask, “What can I do?”, “What can we do?” to help our communities thrive. 
The full report can be viewed at

Marty Loy,
Dean CP

Upcoming Events

Sept. 24
New Faculty and Academic Staff Seminar Series
Retention, Tenure, and Promotion
Katie Jore
8-9:20 a.m.
CPS 229

Sept. 29
Spud Bowl
Goerke Field
1 p.m.

Oct. 1
New Faculty and Academic Staff Seminar Series
Disability Services, Assistive Technology, and Tutoring-Learning Center
Jim Joque, Maureen Giblin
8-9:20 a.m.
CPS 229

Oct. 1
CPS Café Chat
Engaging Chatter - Share your Best Discussion Questions!
12-12:30 p.m.
CPS 222

Oct. 20
Goerke Field
1 p.m.

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