At Homecoming, we honor alumni and friends of the college who have distinguished themselves in education, artistic endeavors, and/or their chosen profession. The successes of these individuals, and their support of our programs, significantly contribute to the vitality of the college. Please take a moment to meet this year's awardees and consider nominating someone for one or more of the awards below.
2021 Alumni Awardees
Greg Gard is a 1994 graduate of UW-Platteville and has coached basketball for over 30 years. He served as an assistant coach at UW-Platteville from 1993–1999, during which the Pioneers won three NCAA Division III titles, five straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships, and appeared in six consecutive NCAA tournaments. Gard moved on to serve as assistant coach for the UW-Madison men’s basketball team for 14-plus seasons, including the final seven he served as the associate head coach. Gard helped pilot the Badgers to four Big Ten regular season titles and three Big Ten tournament championships. He has been on the bench for each of the top 13 winningest seasons at Wisconsin and owns the third-best win percentage in UW history. Gard was the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year for the 2015–2016 season, the 2020 Big Ten Coach of the Year, and has appeared in numerous NCAA tournaments, helped guide his team to several sweet 16, elite eight, and final four appearances. Gard and his wife, Michelle, launched Garding Against Cancer, a fundraising initiative, in partnership with UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, which raises funds and awareness for cancer research and care within the state of Wisconsin.
Friend of the College
Sandra Brick-Margelofsky worked at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for eight years. She was the Senior Development Officer for the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture, and previously served as the first director the Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students and the Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality. During her time at UW-Platteville, she secured some of the largest major gifts for the UW-Platteville Foundation. She supported non-traditional students, veterans, women, and the LGBTQ+ community through the creation of spaces and programs on campus. Brick-Margelofsky created the first lactation station on campus, helped revise Safe Zone training, hosted two UW System meetings, mapped and labeled all-gender restrooms, authored the first draft of the preferred name policy, served on the UW System Military Friendly criteria committee, and coordinated a successful Women in Leadership speaker series. Prior to coming to UW-Platteville, Brick-Margelofsky was a counselor for the Dodgeville School District, where she received the ARC Outstanding Educator Award. She earned her Master of Science in Education from UW-Platteville in 1995. Brick-Margelofsky has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Dean’s Merit for Excellence in Teaching and Overall Performance three times during her career. She is currently the Managing Director of Student Affairs Advancement at UW-Madison.
Dr. Tammy Wehrle graduated from UW-Platteville in 1994, with a degree in political science. She found a passion for teaching and later earned her master’s in education and eventually a doctorate in education. Wehrle’s passion for education led her to a 20-year teaching career, the majority of which was spent at Dodgeville (Wisconsin) High School, before taking a position with the Wisconsin Senate. She is currently the Legislative Education and Outreach Officer for the Wisconsin State Senate and works to educate and promote civic education in Wisconsin. She coordinates visits to the capitol for people of all ages from across the state, the nation and around the world. She was the first full-time director of the Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program, a highly competitive, non-partisan program that brings 33 Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors to the Capitol for an intensive weeklong experience. Wehrle has been featured in state and national media stories and has spoken at numerous state and national conferences, including the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Society of Legislative Secretaries and Clerks National Professional Development Conference.
2020 Alumni Awardees
Erin Edgington is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UW-Platteville. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Middle Level Education from Illinois State University and her Master of Science in Education from UW-Platteville. She is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Urban Education program, with an emphasis in Mathematics Education, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Edgington worked for the Dodgeville School District in elementary, middle, and high school for 17 years prior to joining the UW-Platteville School of Education in 2014. Since then, she has been involved in a number of initiatives that advance the School of Education and enhance the student experience. She was instrumental in working collaboratively across campus to develop and gain approval for the middle childhood through early adolescence teaching major in STEM. Edgington has also contributed to projects that build relationships in the Platteville community and beyond. She has organized Family Math Nights in Dodgeville and Mineral Point, as well as leading a collaboration between the School of Education, Animal Share students, faculty from the biology department and Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, bringing School of Education students and local families together.
Friend of the College
The Platteville Chorale is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1975 by emeritus music faculty member Dr. Gerald Darrow and Allen Schaver, a Platteville community member. It is currently directed by Gregory Dennis, an emeritus instructor of music, and accompanied by Rob Shepherd. The ensemble includes members from the Platteville community, as well as many surrounding communities, and is open to UW-Platteville students.
The Platteville Chorale administratively supports three children’s choirs, which have provided internship experiences for dozens of UW-Platteville music education students over the years. Through these internships, students have had the opportunity to assist with rehearsals, performances, and area tours, working side by side with the choir directors. These experiences provide UW-Platteville students with important skills they will need as elementary and secondary music educators.
Members of the Platteville Chorale have been enthusiastic supporters of UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts for many years, taking part in productions, such as the annual Holiday Gala, and supporting the department with financial donations.
Jack Melvin III is a 1997 graduate of UW-Platteville, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University School of Law in 1999.
Melvin is currently a Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge. Prior to this, he served as staff attorney at the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission and as the division administrator for the Division of Gaming.
Melvin has been a member of the Wisconsin National Guard since 2004, and is currently a Major, serving in the Judge Advocate’s General Corps. He has been deployed in missions overseas to Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. Melvin has earned a number of awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.
- Distinguished Educator Award: Nominee must be an alumnus who is a classroom teacher, university/college professor, education administrator, or education specialist.
- Arts and Letters Award: Nominee must be an alumnus who is an accomplished artist, author, or poet in the fields of fine arts or humanities.
- Professional Achievement Award: Nominee must be an alumnus who is a “non-education” professional with noteworthy career success, outstanding scholarship, and/or demonstrated humanitarian commitment.
- Friend of the College Award: Nominee must be a person who or an organization that promotes the college, provides opportunities for the students, assists the faculty, or aids in the implementation of technology. Nominee does not need to be an alumnus.
The College Selection Committee will select all award winners within the College. The College Selection Committee will consist of five faculty members appointed by the Assistant/Associate Dean of the College for a term of three years(staggered appointments) and the Assistant/Associate Dean, who shall serve as chair (ex officio voting).