Currently 187 UW–Platteville student organizations are advised by 202 faculty and staff who volunteer their time each week to make these organizations possible.
“Getting involved in a club makes you feel like you are more part of the overall campus community,” said Dr. Tera Montgomery, associate professor in the School of Agriculture. “It makes me happy to be here.”
Montgomery, who is passionate about agriculture, has advised the Pioneer Dairy Club for the past six years and coached the Dairy Challenge Team for the last four.
“We have awesome alumni who say a big part of what they remember is the time they spent in the Pioneer Dairy Club,” she said. “They remember the trips, the sale, and remember it as a big part of why they enjoyed their time here. What I remember about my own schooling is what I was involved in outside of the classroom. Because of that I want to make sure it is a quality opportunity for these students.”
This semester, Montgomery volunteers around 10 hours of her time each week. During the 2015 spring semester, when the Pioneer Dairy Club hosted the Midwest American Dairy Association convention, thousands of hours of work were necessary to plan the convention with the students.
Caryn Stanley, lecturer for the School of Business, has co-advised the Society of Human Resource Management alongside Misty Lemon-Rogers, lecturer for the School of Business, for three years and advised the Ballroom Dance Club for two years. She volunteers five hours of her time each week for these organizations.
“Human resources is an academic and professional passion, and ballroom dancing is a different side of me that lets me just have fun and share my love for that art form with students,” Stanley said. “Advising student organizations helps me share knowledge beyond what I know in the classroom.”
Stanley recently began advising the fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma as well.
“Sigma Tau Gamma is new to me; I was never ‘Greek,’” said Stanley. “For me it’s a chance to challenge stereotypes and not only share things I know but learn things I don’t. It’s a chance for me to grow too.”
By advising student organizations, these faculty and staff members have an opportunity to teach their passions, learn from students and become more involved on campus.
“For me, advising a student organization is incredibly fulfilling in terms of volunteerism and giving back to the university,” said Stanley.
“I am part of this community and so I want to give something back.”