UW-Washington County’s January Student Spotlight is on Adam Bunkelman of Kewaskum. After graduating from Kewaskum High School, Adam served 4 years in the U.S. Navy. Working as a Machinist Mate on the USS Carl Vinson (CNV-70), his job involved transferring the steam into the ship’s turbines to power the vessel. Now as a student at UW-WC, Adam heads up the Student Veterans Club and is learning more about photography – an interest that he hopes to weave into his future.
The Spotlight highlights a UW-WC student’s academic achievement and provides the community with an inside look into campus life and a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of our students.
Name: Adam Bunkelman
Major: Art & Science
Career Goal: To work in Photography or Railroad Industry
Graduate: Kewaskum High, 2008
Why did you choose UW-Washington County? I choose to attend UW-WC because it’s located close to home.
Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time? I work as a Lineman at the West Bend airport. My job involves moving the aircraft around, filling out fuel orders and keeping the planes clean. On campus, I’m active in the Student Veterans Club. In addition, as an avid photographer with a strong interest in trains, I’m a member of the Kettle Moraine Ballast Scorchers Model Railroad Club, based out of West Bend.
Who is your favorite professor or staff member? I have two in mind that have helped me out quite a bit. The first is Anna Moisiadis, my photography, digital, painting, and drawing class professor. She has helped me look at things in different ways to make it art. The other favorite is History Professor, Kirk Tyvela. His insights into history have expanded my passion for history, too.
What is your favorite class? One of the classes that I have enjoyed the most has been the Painting 101 class. This class has taught me how to paint and also understand the different values in shapes and objects.
What do you plan to do after UW-Washington County? I am not sure where I will head next when I finish my studies at UW-WC. I would like to find a job related to photography but I also have a passion for the railroad, so I might see what develops.
Advice for incoming UW-WC students: It helps to remember that every professor is different and some may not work with how you learn. However, if you talk with them, they are willing to work with you. Ultimately, you are the one who has to put in the time and the effort to make the grade.
Role as President of Student Veterans: The Student Vets club interests me because it allows me to discuss with others the one thing that many haven’t done in their life - join the military. As club president, I’m able to suggest ideas that members can do for either the campus or the community. For example, every fall semester, we hold a toy drive for the Gingerbread House of West Bend that helps area families celebrate the holidays.
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