New partnerships to be highlighted at annual UW-Baraboo gala

April 24, 2019

New partnerships abound for Baraboo’s college campus, which the Friends of the Campus plan to highlight at this year’s biggest fundraiser.

Friends of the Campus Foundation Board President Tim Teelin said this year is particularly important because it marks the first year the college — now known as University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County — has operated as a UW-Platteville branch campus.

“I think the collaboration and the affiliation with UW-Platteville is going to eventually offer certainly significant two-year and four-year degrees that are germane to the development of our economy, to the quality of life here in Sauk County and contiguous counties,” Teelin said. “We’re kind of excited about the direction that our university is going.”

As a result of the merger, UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields will give a short presentation at the Grape and Gourmet Gala, Teelin said.

Planned for 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells, the annual gala raises funds for UW-Baraboo scholarships and student research, said Melanie Platt-Gibson, a member of the Friends board. Platt-Gibson noted tickets still are available.

The gala will provide an opportunity not only to celebrate donors, but also introduce them to local charitable organizations with which the Friends are developing partnerships. Teelin said the Friends have been able to significantly increase their scholarship funds by working with the Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation and the Reedsburg Education Foundation. Two more partnerships are still in the works, he added.

That means the group will be able to give out more — and bigger —scholarships.

“That’s very exciting. That’s certainly something we’ve been looking forward to,” Teelin said.

He said the gala typically raises about $50,000, roughly half of what the Friends raise in a year.

What the money goes toward also will share the spotlight Thursday. Student projects, chosen based on whether they are compelling, current and have a local impact, will be displayed throughout the evening, Teelin said.

This year will feature research by UW-Baraboo students Paul Arellano and Esther Considine. Considine analyzed factors that influence milk production in goats, while Arellano studied water quality in the Little Baraboo River and the surrounding agricultural practices.

Both Arellano and Considine presented their research last week in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison.