The connection between undergraduate students and faculty is a critical part of the collegiate learning experience. Time spent with faculty outside of the traditional classroom makes a significant difference in the lives of college students.
A faculty fellow is a member of the university faculty or academic support staff who serves as a mentor and advisor to brothers in the chapter. The faculty fellow position is ideal for faculty and staff members who are passionate about finding learning opportunities with students outside of the classroom.
Faculty fellows have many roles, from serving as a resource for on-campus academic success to members of the chapter, to holding office hours in the chapter facility, to holding sessions on improving etiquette.
Meet our Faculty Fellows!
Les is currently an Assistant Professor of Business at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He brings over ten years of higher education experience in marketing, student services, curriculum development, and teaching. Prior to his current role, Les was the marketing director for UW-Platteville’s Distance Learning Center and chairman of the Academic Staff Senate.
Les is also a veteran of the US Army, having finished eight years of service that ended with him as a Field Artillery instructor at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
Les holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications/Linguistics and an MBA in Global Management.
Outside of his activities at UW-Platteville, Les is a board member for the Platteville Main Street Program, Platteville Community Fund, and Platteville Human Powered Trails. He also owns a marketing consulting business that provides website development and marketing improvement for area businesses.
He also enjoys being outside and fishing, hiking, or shredding a trail on his mountain bike.
Deb Putnam has been a Faculty Fellow and volunteer with Sigma Phi Epsilon for 10 years. She is the Assistant Director of UW-Platteville’s Dining Services, currently heading the retail and catering departments.
For 18 years, Deb worked closely with the Chicago Bears trainers, strength coordinators, coaches, and players developing and implementing the many meals, snacks, etc. for their summer training camps that were held on the UW-Platteville campus.
She has been an active member of CATER Source and the National Association of Colleges & University Food Services (NACUFS). She has served as Nutrition Chair and Treasurer for the NACUFS Midwest Region.
She teaches business etiquette classes and customer service for UW-Platteville departments, community groups, sororities, fraternities, high schools and elementary schools. Deb has presented etiquette and customer service programs at NACUFS and Cater Source at the regional and national levels. She has also presented programs on college nutrition at the American Dietetic Association annual meetings in San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Denver.
Deb is an alumnus of UW-Platteville and has served as a member, Vice President and President on the Alumni Board of Directors.
Outside of work, Deb is an active member of the Platteville United Methodist Church. She has been the director of the hand bell choir for over 30 years and serves on the Higher Education Committee. She is a current member and past president of PEO, Chapter BN, which is a philanthropic educational organization.