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USA - Foundry industry professionals visit university to support scholarships

<font size="2">PLATTEVILLE (USA) - Thirty-eight foundry industry professionals recently visited the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to tour the industrial </font><font size="2">studies laboratories and support the presentation of FEF scholarships to eight industrial studies students. Many of the professionals are </font><font size="2">also members of the American Foundry Society and financially support FEF scholarships.</font>

<font size="2">FEF is the college level cast metals educational program established to ensure there is a continuous supply of technically skilled people </font><font size="2">for the casting industry. FEF scholarships are offered at 25 colleges and universities in North America. Recipients are chosen by a key </font><font size="2">professor. Kyle Metzloff, professor of metal technology, is UWP's FEF key professor. He selects students based on campus and AFS </font><font size="2">involvement, involvement in field trips and projects, internship experience and academic achievements. This year's recipients are Travis </font><font size="2">Bodick, Zimmerman, Minn; Nicholas Brunner, Waupaca; Scot Couturier, Antigo; Robert Cravens, West Bend; Henry Frear, Potosi; Daniel Kaul, </font><font size="2">Madison; Ben Schlappi, Gratiot; and Tyler Voigt, Campbellsport. The scholarships were presented by Metzloff; Dick Klawiter, chair of the </font><font size="2">department of industrial studies; Carol Sue Butts, UWP provost; Duane Ford, Dean of the College of Business, Life Science and </font><font size="2">Agriculture; and Robert Cramer, assistant chancellor for Administrative Services.</font>

<font size="2">"It's great to get a scholarship from the foundry industry. It means a lot that the industry is still really looking for people," said </font><font size="2">Bodick.</font>

<font size="2">Gregory Miskinis, director of research and process development at ThyssenKrupp, Waupaca, said, "We give scholarships to offset the cost </font><font size="2">of students' education and support them. It's a fantastic deal. It gives them a head start so they can concentrate on their studies </font><font size="2">more."</font>

<font size="2">As professionals toured the laboratories, they also met the students. Students even demonstrated some of the equipment to them and made </font><font size="2">castings of parts for the Norwegian Businessmen's Club of Madison to commemorate their 35th anniversary. The castings are a fundraiser </font><font size="2">for UW-Platteville's AFS. One hundred castings will be produced for the project.</font>

<font size="2">"I had worked with some of the donors before at a regional AFS meeting in Milwaukee. They're all really nice and happy to help us. </font>

<font size="2">Whenever we call, they want to know what we need," said Schlappi.</font>

<font size="2">Some of the professionals are UWP alumni and said the laboratories have changed drastically since their time at UWP. "Everything has </font><font size="2">changed - the location, new labs, new equipment. It's incredible," said Rich Shockley, AFS member and UWP alumnus.</font>

<font size="2">Added Andy Shea, also an AFS member and UWP alumnus, "We were well prepared for our careers. We work at AY McDonald Manufacturing Company </font><font size="2">in Dubuque and have hired UWP students. UWP has a great program to prepare students."</font>

<font size="2">,p&gt; John Serra of Carender Brothers, Region 10 director of FEF and UWP alumnus, expressed the importance of educating young people for </font><font size="2">the foundry industry. "It's extremely important. Metal casting is basic to the industry. We are facing a shortage of young people, which </font><font size="2">has presented tremendous opportunities for young people."</font>

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