The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is one of 13 publicly supported comprehensive universities in the University of Wisconsin System. Founded in 1866, UW-Platteville (UWP) is the oldest public institution in the State of Wisconsin, and is considered one of the safest campuses in the nation. We are proud of our students' contribution to the safety record, their pursuit of academic excellence and the leadership they continually demonstrate throughout the state, region and nation. As our nickname implies, our UW-Platteville "Pioneers" have created the very foundation for which we are known. Our leadership in the Colleges of Business, Industry, Life Science, and Agriculture; Engineering, Mathematics, and Science; and Liberal Arts and Education helps students build on the foundation of strong values, commitment to excellence, leadership for a stronger world and a knowledge of technology which prepares them for life in the 21st century.
We encourage you to visit our World Wide Web home page at http://www.uwplatt.edu/.
The fundamental mission of UW-Platteville and the entire UW System is to serve the people of Wisconsin. This basic goal is expressed in detail in the mission statement adopted in 1988 and revised in 2002. In those statements, UW-Platteville pledges itself to:
1. Enable each student to become broader in perspective, more literate, intellectually more astute, ethically more sensitive and to participate wisely in society as a competent professional and knowledgeable citizen.
2. Provide baccalaureate degree programs which meet primarily regional needs in arts and sciences, teacher education, business and information technology.
3. Provide baccalaureate degree programs and specialized programs in middle school education, engineering, technology management, agriculture and criminal justice which have been identified as institutional areas of emphasis.
4. Provide graduate programs in areas clearly associated with its undergraduate emphases in education, agriculture, technology management, engineering and criminal justice.
5. Provide undergraduate distance learning programs in business administration and graduate online programs in project management, criminal justice and engineering.
6. Provide agricultural systems research programs utilizing the Pioneer Farm in partnership with businesses, universities and agencies.
7. Expect scholarly activity, including applied research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the baccalaureate degree level, its selected graduate programs and its special mission.
8. Seek to serve the needs of all students and in particular the needs of women, minority, disadvantaged and nontraditional students. Furthermore, the University seeks diversification of the student body, faculty and staff.
9. Serve as an educational, cultural and economic development resource to southwestern Wisconsin.
These statements, along with the UW System and University Cluster mission statements, provide a guide to UW-Platteville in what it attempts and does not attempt to accomplish as an institution of higher education.
Faculty and Academic Staff
The first priorities of UW-Platteville's faculty are teaching and advising. Students benefit from direct contact with faculty; all classes are taught by faculty and academic staff members. The student to instructor ratio is approximately 16 to 1. Of a faculty of 336, approximately 90 percent hold doctorates or terminal degrees. A complete listing of our faculty and academic staff can be found in the back of this catalog.
Students attending UW-Platteville are from all parts of Wisconsin, from surrounding states and from other countries. Approximate undergraduate enrollment for Fall of 2007 was approximately 7,000 students, nearly half of whom live on campus, 99 percent of whom are undergraduate, and just over 90 percent of whom are Wisconsin residents. Students actively participate in the governance process at UW-Platteville, and participate in the more than 170 student organizations. All students also receive a computer account with full electronic mail capability and free unlimited World Wide Web access. They may access this account in any lab, by dialing in with a modem or through a residence hall ResNet connection.
Safety and Health Policy
The University of Wisconsin System is committed to maintaining adequate facilities for a safe and healthy learning environment. The university works with faculty and staff so that they are equipped to educate their students on practices and procedures that ensure compliance with safety laws and regulations in their institutional areas.
Certain courses and research projects require that students work with hazardous materials while engaging in academic studies. Instructors of these courses and research projects must inform and train students on procedures that will maintain the students' personal health and safety and provide them with information on the hazards of specific chemicals that will be used during their course of study. Furthermore, instructors must enforce and follow safety policies. Prior to use of hazardous materials and equipment, students shall review the procedures and information, and discuss any associated concerns with the instructor.
UW-Platteville is a modern, 820-acre campus with classrooms and laboratories furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and computers. The university operates over 60 Linux, VAX, Alpha, Windows and Netware servers in its core system to handle electronic mail, Wide Area Network (WAN) and Internet access, student and academic accounts, and administrative computing needs.
The recently expanded Williams Fieldhouse is equipped with a 200-meter track, four basketball courts, six volleyball courts, four doubles and two singles tennis courts, four racquetball courts and 12 badminton courts. A 4,300 square foot strength facility includes free weights, universal machines, aerobic training bikes and stair masters. The Fieldhouse is also home to Pioneer athletic competitions.
Pioneer Farm is a 430-acre systems research and education farm. New facilities include the Agriculture Technology Center, the Living and Learning Center, the Swine Center and the Dairy Center. Additionally, a new greenhouse lab/classroom facility was recently added to the campus. Pioneer Farm is located six miles southwest of campus and features dairy, swine and beef herds. There UWP offers students a variety of learning and work opportunities. As a key component of the Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative, Pioneer Farm is engaged in measuring the real environment and economic impacts of different farming practices and in providing opportunities for youth, students, farmers and other citizens to learn about these impacts.
Students manage and operate the television and radio stations on campus, providing programming for on-campus students and local communities. The facilities are among the finest in the state.
The Center for the Arts includes a 565-seat concert hall with excellent acoustics, a 210-flexible seat theater, rehearsal halls, faculty studios and numerous practice rooms. The center is also home of the award-winning Student Activities Board Performing Arts Series and the Heartland Festival.
The new technologically integrated Pioneer Student Center was opened in April 2002. This state of the art structure provides the student population with expanded food services, meeting rooms and study areas. The Pioneer Student Center is nestled between the Karrmann Library, the Williams Fieldhouse, Boebel Hall and Ottensman Hall.
UW-Platteville also has facilities which can transmit or receive full motion or compressed video to or from anywhere in the world. One facility, a permanent distance education classroom in Ottensman Hall, is used primarily by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and another is used within Pioneer Tower by the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. A third facility is at the Pioneer Farm.
The Platteville Community
The Greater Platteville area, with a population of approximately 25,000 people, is located in scenic southwestern Wisconsin. Platteville and its supporting communities are located 70 miles southwest of Madison, 150 miles west of Milwaukee and 25 miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa.
The city and the university join together to offer local residents events and activities such as the Heartland Festival, Homecoming, The Annual Pow Wow and the lighting of the "M." More information about these events can be found on UW-Platteville's home page (http://www.uwplatt.edu/). Information about places to stay in Platteville can be found on Platteville's home page (http://www.platteville.com) or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at (608) 348-8888.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has a long, rich history. It was founded in 1866 as the first state teacher-preparation institution in Wisconsin, then called the Platteville Normal School, and held classes in the former Rountree Hall, located at the corner of Main and Elm Streets. Rountree Hall was actually built 13 years earlier in 1853 to accommodate the rapidly increasing enrollment of the Platteville Academy, founded in 1839 (even before Wisconsin's statehood) by the city's Presbyterian Church.
The university also has roots in the Wisconsin Mining Trade School, established in 1907 to train specialized technicians to work in the mining operations surrounding Platteville. When the Normal School vacated Rountree Hall for its new quarters in Main Hall, the mining school moved in. Classes of civil and mining engineering subjects were added to the school's curriculum, and its name was changed to the Wisconsin Mining School.
One of the university's oldest traditions originated in the year 1936 when the mining school students began work on the "Big M" by placing rocks in a pattern on the southwest slope of the mound located a few miles east of the city. Completed the following year, the "M" measures 214 x 241 feet and consists of some 400 tons of whitewashed stone. The lighting of the "M" is now a tradition at UW-Platteville. The ceremony is held in the fall during homecoming weekend and in the spring after the engineering students' annual "Miner's Ball."
The mining school became the Wisconsin Institute of Technology in 1939 and later merged with the Platteville State Teachers College in 1959 to become the Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology.
During the 1960s, the college experienced a period of rapid growth resulting in the construction of several new halls. In 1966, its name was changed again to the Wisconsin State University-Platteville. The university and all other public institutions of higher education in Wisconsin merged in 1971 to form the University of Wisconsin System, governed by a single Board of Regents. As a result of the merger, the university experienced its most recent name change to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
From its small beginning in 1839, the university has grown tremendously. Current enrollment is approximately 7,000, making UW-Platteville large enough to provide diversity, yet small enough to assure its students that they are more than just numbers on a computer printout.
The University Seal and School Colors
The university seal displays two symbols rooted in the school's beginning. The bell reminds us of the Platteville Normal School where it woke the students each morning, calling them to daily assembly, sounded study hours and signaled the day's end. The Normal School bell can still be heard on campus today. The "M" originates from the Wisconsin Mining School and symbolizes the engineering programs and their roots in the mining industry of the Platteville area.
The school colors represent the two academic disciplines which were the foundation of our university: orange symbolizes engineering, and blue symbolizes education.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is accepting applications for the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services. This is a part-time (25-30 hours per week,) position with anticipated length of demand being around 6-8 weeks. Pay rate is $16-18/hr.
The anticipated start date is as soon as possible.
The Executive Assistant provides assistance, support, and oversight of the daily administrative activities of the Vice Chancellor’s Office in order to ensure effective and efficient operation of the office. The position requires a high degree of confidentiality, responsibility and independence in completing responsibilities.
- Manage a variety of divisional tasks related to the daily operations of the Vice Chancellor's Office for Administrative Services.
- Communicate, handle and address incoming and outgoing verbal and electronic communications on behalf of Vice Chancellor.
- Interact with a variety of individuals, by email, phone and in person, in a positive and helpful manner.
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality, tact, courteousness at all times. Treat all information, both written and verbal, in a professional, confidential and sensitive manner. Have strong and consistent ethical standards in all areas of work.
- Perform all duties in a competent, accurate and prompt manner. Seek to learn and retain detailed knowledge and information as to what duties must be performed and prioritized on a daily basis.
- Constantly evaluate the work assignments and needs of the office and Vice Chancellor.
- Perform work with minimum instruction (once basic knowledge is gained) and in an independent manner. Be able to determine the most productive and successful course of action in performing duties and working with all people.
- Coordinate the Vice Chancellor’s calendar for ever-in-demand requests, including adding and editing events, last minute teleconferences, routine meetings, confirming attendees, scheduling rooms, setting up conference calls and managing multi-media needs requiring interaction with both internal and external executives and assistants.
- Become trained and knowledgeable in regard to all policies, procedures and requirements for preparing and seeking reimbursement for all aspects of work-related expenses. Make all travel arrangements for the Vice Chancellor. Prepare travel expense reports upon return providing all documentation.
- Responsible for purchasing card and compliance with rules, new practices, policies and procedures as implemented.
- Organize materials for monthly meetings and conferences. Prepare and distribute meeting agendas, notes, back-up materials as requested.
- Provide background documents for the Vice Chancellor on issues brought to the Vice Chancellor’s Office and also visitors to the office.
- Review and proof Vice Chancellor’s correspondence, finalize and distribute as requested. Prepare letters; draft letters and memos. Provide executive support and coordination for projects and major events.
- Coordinate ordering and mailing needs.
- Have a positive and productive attitude.
- Work in a collaborative, helpful and positive manner with a variety of employees, students and public members on a variety of issues.
- Ability to exhibit creativity and self-direction with capacity for independent work and multi-tasking as well as working as part of a team.
- Strong and effective organizational skills.
- High level of detail to campus deadlines; tracking tasks delegated to Chancellor’s senior staff to meet deadlines.
- High level skill in multitasking in fast-paced office; ability to adjust quickly and effectively to change and modifications in work duties and levels.
- Provide back-up support for other offices located within suite.
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations; including necessary training and drills.
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration OR Associate's Degree with 2-4 years office administration experience.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal communication skills; ability to interact successfully with faculty, staff and students as well as external constituents-regional, statewide and national.
- Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and discretion with confidential information.
- Ability to operate independently and to independently set priorities to meet the demands of the position.
- Knowledge of various rules, policies and procedures that impact organization and operation of the university.
- Documented excellence in the following areas: self-awareness and professional development; communication and personal effectiveness; customer/people oriented; achievement orientation; leadership.
- Excellent customer orientation and problem-solving skills.
- Knowledge of various software programs; computer literate with the ability to learn new software applications. Excellent telephone protocol.
Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:
Campus Information: The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls about 8,000 students in 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
We will review applications as received. Position will be posted until filled.
How to Apply:
The following documents are required for applicant consideration:
We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
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