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Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest

The University of Wisconsin Whitewater hosted the Region 3 Collegiate Soil judging contest from October 10-13, 2017. Six schools completed in the individual and team contest.  The schools that attended were UW-Stevens Point, UW-Platteville, Purdue University, University of Illinois, Ball State University and Illinois State University.  The winning school for overall team score was Purdue University followed by UW- Platteville and UW-Stevens Point.  Jeremy Ziegler and Karla Petges soil scientists from the WI-NRCS judged the practice and contest pits.  The soil pits were made up of different glacial parent materials from drumlins, ground marines and lacustrine deposits.



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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in General


Save the date: December 11, 2017 WSPSS Fall Meeting

We will have our WSPSS fall meeting at the Schmeeckle Reserve Meeting Room on December  11, 2017.  Coffee and donuts at 9:30am.  More info on meeting content to come! Stay tuned!

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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in General



Obituary for Stanley W. Szczytko

Stanley Wesley Szczytko, age 68, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, died Wednesday afternoon, August 30, 2017, in a sailing accident on Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Stanley was born August 7, 1949, in Neptune, New Jersey. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013 with the title Professor of Water Resources and was subsequently granted emeritus status. Stan taught in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) from August 1979 through December 2012. In 1984, he was named the college intern program coordinator and served in that capacity until his retirement. Stan was named the UWSP Water Resources Coordinator in 1989 serving hundreds of CNR student interns. -He cared greatly about the future of the College of Natural Resources and UWSP students.

In tandem with his professorial responsibilities, Stan was an active and prolific scholar. During his tenure, he published 45 major scientific papers and authored three books. In June of 2015, he was awarded the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the International Society for Plecoptera and Ephemeroptera at their international meeting in Scotland. The society cited Professor Szczytko for his exemplary contributions over four decades as a field Plecopterologists.

Stan was a longtime member of Port Superior Marina in Bayfield, Wisconsin; sailing often with friends and family on the great Lake Superior. Recently, he made Port Superior Marina his summer home, following daily routines of coffee in the morning with staff, and ending his day with dinner at Portside Restaurant or with friends in the Clubhouse. He shared friendly words with everyone he met on the boardwalk and in the parking lot.

During the winter months, Stan lived in Cave Creek, Arizona and enjoyed daily hikes and golf games with close friends.

Stanley Szczytko adored his beloved mother and accomplished children. He found joy in spending time with his grandchildren and visiting with his sister and her family.

Stan is survived by his mother, Martha Wright Szczytko of Jackson, New Jersey; his two children, Jennifer C. Szczytko of Appleton, Wisconsin and Aaron and wife Donna Szczytko of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; one sister, Dorothy Martin and husband, Arthur, Jackson of New Jersey; two grandchildren, T. Jackson and Sabrina Janda of Appleton, Wisconsin; and three step-grandsons, Landon, Lleyton and Lane Spivey of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; niece, Sharon Killeen; nephew, Jeffrey Martin; and several cousins.

His beloved father, Edmund Szczytko, precedes him in death.

A Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Sentry World Grand Hall with Rev. Marilyn Lange presiding. A time of visitation and sharing of memories will precede the service from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A reception and continuation of Life Celebration will follow in the Grand Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts of memory be made in Professor Szczytko’s name made payable to UWSP Foundation-Szczytko Scholarship Fund and mailed to UWSP Foundation, 2100 Main Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481; or online at, designated “Other Specific Fund”: Stan Szczytko Memorial Scholarship.

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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in General



Clarence “Curly” Milfred

Clarence “Curly” Milfred, 87, Stevens Point, died April 15, 2017. He was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Cazenovia, Wis., to the late Lawrence and Helen (Manville) Milfred. Clarence graduated from Cazenovia High School and worked on the family farm before serving in the U.S. Army artillery. He received a marksmanship award during his time of service and was honorably discharged. Clarence graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) with a bachelor of science, a master of science and a doctorate; and worked as a soil scientist for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey for a few years. He married Ann McCauley in Madison Aug. 27, 1966. In 1970, Clarence began teaching at UW-Stevens Point in the Geography Department. He became a professor in the College of Natural Resources, where he taught until his retirement in 1998. During summers, Clarence taught students in the College of Natural Resources summer program at Clam Lake and later at Treehaven. For several summers, he also supervised students mapping soils on several of the Apostle Islands for the National Park Service. In retirement, Clarence served on the Portage County Health and Human Services Advisory Committee and the Community Care of Portage County Long Term Planning Council. He was also active in the Portage County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail. Survivors include his wife, Ann Milfred; daughters, Sherry (Ryan) LaForest, Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Janelle, Wild Rose; a son, Christopher (Heather) Milfred, Franklin, Tenn.; granddaughters, Mercury, Ella and Alizah Milfred; grandsons, Joseph, Ian and Mark LaForest; his sisters, Kathleen Cornwall, Scottsdale, Ariz., Patricia (Mitchell) Smith, Williams Bay, Wis., and Bonnie Pickett, LaCrosse; a brother, Peter Milfred, Cazenovia; and many nieces and nephews. A private family service and interment will take place at the Central Wisconsin Memorial Cemetery. Please, no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to UWSP for student scholarships. – See more at:

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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in General



The deadline for applications has been extended to April 16th.  We will also accept applications from seniors returning to school in the fall.

Scholarship Committee

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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in General


The Soils of Wisconsin…….


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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in General


57 Midwestern Friends of the Pleistocene

2017-fop-first-announcement      57th Midwestern Friends of the Pleistocene

Date:            May 20-2, 2017

Host:           Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University, Bloomington

Leaders:       Henry Loope, G. William Monaghan, and Jose Luis Antinao Rojas

Title:    At the edge of the Laurentide Ice Sheet: Stratigraphy and

Chronology of Glacial Deposits in Central Indiana.

Cost (est.)       $ 110

Headquarters: Hyatt Place, Bloomington, Indiana

Questions:     Please contact Bill Monaghan (

The chronology and stratigraphy of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) related to the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) has been studied in detail across Illinois and Ohio, but has been only sketchily presented for Indiana. Much of the chronology and stratigraphy of the LIS was developed during the 1950s and 1960s when researchers like Bill Wayne and Ansel Gooding published about events related to the so-called “Terminal Moraine” (sensu Leverett and Taylor, 1915). These publications focused on the age of the “Terminal Moraine”, as well as interstades described by Gooding and Wayne. Most of the chronology for these events, however, derive from 1950-60s when radiocarbon dating errors were commonly in the 100s of years—not necessarily wrong but imprecise. Although research about the LGM continued in the 1980s and 1990s (e.g., Ned Bleuer) only limited data about the LGM in Indiana was published and seldom synthesized into a regional picture. Moreover, chronology continued to rely on standard 14C dating and AMS methods were rarely applied.

More recently, the Indiana Geological Survey has focused on developing a chronology of LGM events based on more up to date methods (i.e., AMS and OSL). We established a more precise chronology for the advance and retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) during the LGM by using previously reported 14C ages, new AMS or OSL dates from classic sections, and new ages from recently discovered sections or from solid-earth cores. Our Saturday’s trip will focus on the chronology and stratigraphy for the advance(s) and retreat(s) of the LIS between 28 and 20 ka in central Indiana (Stops 1-4 on map). The underlying discussion for the trip will be—what these data tell us about stratigraphy, ice marginal processes, and LIS dynamics during the LGM. Among other stops, we will visit the two-till Clayton section (Stop 3), which include outwash and organic-rich lacustrine deposits that occur between the tills. At the end of Saturday’s trip, we will visit an OSL dated moraine/outwash morphosequence (Stop 4), and discuss how the age of this moraine relates to the retreat and readvance at noted at the Clayton section.

A half-day trip on Sunday morning focuses on Illinoian outwash (stop 5). We will discuss when it was deposited and how this outwash differs from that of the Wisconsin. Stop 5 suggests that Illinoian outwash may have been >70 m thick and completely filled the White valley. By LGM time, the Illinoian outwash had been eroded from the valley and Wisconsin outwash was mainly deposited on bedrock in the valley bottom.


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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in General

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