May Student Spotlight: Evan Rathke

Top basketball player plans to complete horticulture degree
By UW-Washington County

UW-Washington County’s Student Spotlight for May is Evan Rathke of Random Lake.
This amazing UW-WC basketball player who captured the Wisconsin Collegiate All Conference award, has plans to complete a degree in horticulture and manage a landscaping/land restoration firm someday. 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.

E RathkeName: Evan Rathke
Age: 23
Hometown: Fredonia
High School: Random Lake High School, 2012
Major: Horticulture
Career Goal: Landscaping and Land Restoration

Why did you choose UW-Washington County? I chose UW-Washington County because I liked how close it was to home and the tuition costs were low. UW-WC also gave me the chance to continue my basketball career.

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?  My job and our family farm take up most of my time outside of school. I work as a heavy equipment operator and own Angus beef cattle.

Who is your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite staff member is Debbie Butschlick.  Since the day I started at UW-WC, Debbie has always been there for me through basketball, schooling, scholarships and job opportunities. She is always there for me when I need help.  

What is your favorite class? My favorite class is Film Studies with Professor Chris Yogerst. I enjoy looking at the history of film making and analyzing films that I’ve already seen to learn more about them. Professor Yogerst is a very good speaker and makes his lectures fun and interesting.  

What do you plan to do after UW-Washington County? After UW-Washington County, I plan to transfer to UW-River Falls and major in horticulture. Eventually, I’d like to manage my own landscape construction/land restoration firm. While I’m not certain how I’m getting to that point yet, I will start with the schooling first and will plan from there.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-WC students? Try your best to get involved. It makes it a lot easier to meet new people.

UW-Washington County is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend.  The campus offers freshman and sophomore level classes in over 250 majors with dedicated faculty and small class sizes, providing an optimal learning environment. Tuition and fees for full-time students living in Wisconsin for the 2017 spring semester are $2,550.18, providing an affordable access point to the UW System. For more information about the campus or the collaborative degree programs, visit the website, or email:


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