Hall of Fame Awardees
Objectives and Purposes
- Identify, research, elect, promote and honor faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and friends as inductees into the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Arts and Letters Hall of Fame.
- Advance the interests and standards of the arts and letters at UW-Platteville.
- Promote a mutually beneficial relationship between UW-Platteville and the greater community.
2021 Hall of Fame Awardee
Hall of Fame
Born and raised in Mississippi, Mittie Nimocks Den Herder received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, A.M. from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She served on the UW-Platteville faculty from 1986–2017. Her research included studies in family communication, health communication, and communication and aging. She was appointed assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education in 1999, dean of the college in 2002, and university provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2010. Under her leadership, the college instituted the Faculty Forum series and inaugurated college awards including those for service, research, and outstanding performance by academic and classified staff. A proponent of rigorous public education with liberal arts and sciences at its core, Den Herder served in numerous faculty governance positions, performed in university theatre productions, participated in Geography Western Field Trips, and enjoyed feeding campus birds and squirrels outside her office.
Candidates for induction into the UW-Platteville Arts and Letters Hall of Fame must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Documented outstanding performance in arts and letters activities while a student at UW-Platteville with a graduation date five or more years previous to the current year; or
- Documented outstanding past or current teaching/facilitating learning/coaching in the area of arts and/or letters of 15 or more years; or
- Documented outstanding past or current contributions to the UW-Platteville arts and letters programs.
Nominations for the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame may be made by any Selection Committee member, any alumnus of UW-Platteville or any past or current faculty/staff member at UW-Platteville. Any nomination must include written documentation on the candidate outlining his/her qualifications and must be submitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Education Dean's Office by April 15. Copies of the nominations are then forwarded to all members of the Selection Committee at least one week before the annual meeting. Any candidate who is not elected in the current year are automatically reconsidered for the next two consecutive years.
Inductees into the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame are elected at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee.
Upon receipt of all nominations at the annual meeting, each Selection Committee member may then cast their vote for as many as four candidates. Voting is by written ballot and each candidate receiving at least 75% of the votes cast is elected to the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame. If fewer than four candidates are elected on majority vote, the Selection Committee may agree to elect fewer than four candidates. However, no more than four candidates may be elected in any one year.
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).
Funds in support of the UW-Platteville Arts and Letters Hall of Fame and its activities come from the operational budget of the Liberal Arts and Education Alumni Chapter, the Dean of Liberal Arts UW-Platteville Foundation Development Fund, and/or donations from interested members, alumni or friends.