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UW-Platteville promotes Pioneer Pride in wake of tornado

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (KWWL) -

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is celebrating Pioneer Pride on July 2 in the wake of the EF-2 tornado that tore through part of campus earlier this month.

Platteville, Wis. has been in recovery mode since the night of Monday, June 16, when two tornadoes came through town. One of them, an EF-1, ripped the roof off an apartment complex in the city's northeast side. 

The other tornado, however, was more ferocious. It was an EF-2 and pummeled its way through Platteville's southwest side, injuring at least five people, destroying 12 houses and seriously damaging more than two dozen other homes, businesses and buildings.

UW-Platteville had damage to six buildings: the three residence halls, the campus greenhouse, Engineering Hall and Pioneer Stadium. The tornado also heavily stripped UW-Platteville's Memorial Park of its trees.

Since then, UW-Platteville chancellor Dennis Shields said the university community has seen an outpouring of volunteers and support.

Volunteers wishing to help clean up the campus can find opportunities on UW-Platteville's website: https://www.uwplatt.edu/misc/volunteer-tornado-recovery-assistance

Shields has declared Wed., July 2 as Pioneer Pride day. Students, staff and faculty members and alumni -- those on and off campus -- are all encouraged to wear the school's orange and blue.

On that day, university officials are also encouraging everyone to show their Pioneer Pride by 'paying it forward' and helping someone else. People can share their acts on kindness on the UW-Platteville Facebook page, its Instagram page or via Twitter, using the hashtag #PioneerPride.

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