Ginnie Baer (Art) was a resident artist at AIRY (Artist-in-Residence, Yamanashi), in Kofu, Japan in July 2013. This professional development opportunity provided Baer inspiration, space, and time to create new artworks. According to Baer, some highlights of the residency included the following: visiting historic temples and shrines, learning of the significance of various Japanese symbols and traditions, learning about traditional techniques that were used in the past for dyeing kimonos (shibori) as well as new fabric dyeing techniques utilized by young Japanese artists, feeling bewildered and inspired by Japanese obsession of all things kawaii (cute), and acclimating to and appreciating the overall aesthetics of the cities and countryside, which are often very different from the United States. During her residency, Baer also did an artist talk (with a translator) and was part of an art exhibition.
Sidney Konell (Business/Economics) attended the Faculty Development in International Entrepreneurship conference in Istanbul, Turkey hosted by the CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research) of the University of Colorado-Denver and Ozyegin University (Istanbul) in July 2013. The conference consisted of 30 university professors from 12 countries. Konell also had a paper accepted for presentation at The International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines in Istanbul during the same time period.
Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) travelled to the North Midwest Regional Conference of the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) in Fargo, ND on October 17-19, 2013. She attended various conference sessions and networked with colleagues on the educational innovations throughout the region.
Bradley Peterson (Physics & Astronomy) was part of a research collaboration that published a paper in The Astrophysical Journal, titled “Shock-Enhanced C+ Emission and the Detection of H2O From the Stephan’s Quintet Group-Wide Shock Using Herschel.” This paper discusses the properties of shock-heated gas in a group of colliding galaxies. The gas temperature, and the ways in which it cools, have important implications for our understanding of how stars form.
Bradley Peterson (Physics & Astronomy) attended the Opening Workshop for New STEM Educators on September 26–27, 2013 in Rothschild, WI, sponsored by the UW System Women and Science Program. The workshop was focused on student-centered pedagogies in general, but is also concerned with participation in STEM fields by underrepresented groups.
Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) attended the Best Practices Teaching of Psychology Conference/Writing Workshop on October 10-12, 2013. As a result of her collaborations there, she conducted an assessment of group exercises in October and November 2013 and will conduct another locus-of-control study in the spring of 2014.
Eric Kasper (Political Science) wrote a 1500-word book review on The Constitution before the Judgment Seat: The Prehistory and Ratification of the American Constitution, by Jürgen Heideking, edited by John P. Kaminky and Richard Leffler. The review appeared in the University of Chicago Press’s peer-reviewed journal, American Political Thought, in the fall of 2013.
Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology & UW Colleges Institutional Review Board Coordinator) completed two webinars from Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research recently: one session on qualitative research in October 2013 and an eight-session Ethical Research Oversight Course in January 2014.
Quentin Vieregge (English) published the book chapter, “Product Placement in the Golden Age of Radio: Or Why Tina Fey Owes a Debt of Gratitude to Jack Benny,” in Praeger Press’s book, We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life . . . And Always Has, which was released in January 2014.
Lauren Wentz (Biological Sciences) gave a presentation titled “Acoustic Communication in Birds,” at the UW-Eau Claire “Ask a Scientist” Lecture Series on December 18, 2013.
Lauren Wentz (Biological Sciences) is a member of the Planning Committee for the 2014 International Loon Symposium to be held at Northland College in October 2014. Dr. Wentz will also be moderating a panel on citizen science at the symposium.
Mary Hoeft (Communication & Theatre Arts/French) developed and is now teaching the first core course for the new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree at UW-Barron County. Her course, “Creativity and Problem Solving,” is also taught via distance education with students enrolled at UW-Marshfield. In addition, Nichole Kathol (Communication & Theatre Arts/Women’s Studies) is teaching a “Gender and Communication” course that students may take for credit toward the Associate of Arts and Science (AAS) degree or the BAAS degree.
Jayant Anand (Anthropology & Sociology) is one of 20 new members chosen to participate in the Academy for Leadership and Innovation. The Academy for Leadership and Innovation is designed for faculty, academic staff, and classified staff working in UW-Extension and UW Colleges, as well as those with extension appointments at other UW institutions and in Wisconsin counties.
Sarah Bennett (Mathematics) organized a campus-wide Diversity Workshop that was put on by Barron County Restorative Justice Programs, Inc. on November 8, 2013.
Lee Friederich (English) was selected to be one of three scholars to represent the UW Colleges at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference in Providence, Rhode Island on October 3-5, 2013. The theme of the conference was “Global Learning in College: Asking Big Questions, Engaging Urgent Challenges.”
Anthony Millevolte (Chemistry) is co-developing a Chemistry course with Kim Kostka and Tom Neal for the new UW Colleges Flex degree program. The course features food science as its central theme.
Sue Patrick (History) and Oscar Chamberlain (History) actively organized the 48th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, which was held September 25-28, 2013 at the Hudson House Grand Hotel in Hudson, WI. Conference presenters included scholars from universities from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Quentin Vieregge (English) and Eric Kasper (Political Science) co-directed the Twelfth Biannual UW-Barron County Chess Tournament on November 14, 2013. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers, and a total of 18 students and community members competed in the event.
Ginnie Baer (Art) and Nichole Kathol (Communication & Theatre Arts/Women’s Studies) held the Art and Women’s Studies Student Showcase on December 12, 2013 in the Joel Salter Art Gallery. Drawing and 2D Designs students displayed their artwork and Women in the Arts and Gender & Communication students displayed their final projects of the semester.
Pamela Johnson (Music) spearheaded the successful effort to raise funds for the 1891 Steinway piano restoration project. This included a significant donation from Superior Silica Sands.
Barb Lang (University Relations) chaired in November and December 2013 the Search and Screen Committee for the Foundation Director/Director of Development for UW-Barron County. Also serving on the committee were Ginnie Baer (Art), Mark Conrad (Political Science), Josh Johnson, Eric Kasper (Political Science), and Barb Swant.
Quentin Vieregge (English) recently joined the Rice Lake Cable Commission.
Quentin Vieregge (English) is currently working as the managing editor of Writing Commons (www.writingcommons.org).
Dean Yohnk (Campus Dean) joined the Board of Directors of Arts Wisconsin, the state’s leading independent multi-disciplinary arts organization working for, and speaking up for, the arts, arts education, and creative economy statewide.
Eric Kasper (Political Science) published his 12th “Ink Blog” newspaper column in the Rice Lake Chronotype on July 31, 2013. The piece, titled “Judicial Impartiality and the Law,” discussed the right to an impartial judge as guaranteed by the Constitution’s Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clauses, elaborating in particular on the U.S. Supreme Court case Tumey v. Ohio (1927).
Eric Kasper (Political Science) gave a book talk on Impartial Justice: The Real Supreme Court Cases that Define the Constitutional Right to a Neutral and Detached Decisionmaker at the Rice Lake Public Library on September 17, 2013.
Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) published a column titled “Alternative Pathways: Housing Options” in the 2013-14 Term 1 (Aug/Sep) version of the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer.
Rhonda Dietrich (English) is teaching a film class this fall on Thursday afternoons at the assisted living community formerly known as Thomas Landing. For example, in a recent class Dietrich introduced the movie, Pride and Prejudice, by providing a brief biography of Jane Austen and then explaining the British law that prohibited women from inheriting their father’s holdings. After watching the first hour of the movie, Dietrich led a lively discussion about the characters and the plot.
Mary Hoeft (Communication & Theatre Arts/French) prepared students in her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) course on Creative Problem Solving for two public panel presentations on the topic of incarceration on November 4, 2013. Half of the students in the course discussed OWIs in Wisconsin and the other half addressed the incarceration of the mentally ill in Wisconsin. Students also prepared for their presentations through a series of guest speakers in the class, including Jayant Anand (Anthropology & Sociology), Sarah Bennett (Mathematics), and Eric Kasper (Political Science).
Eric Kasper (Political Science) published his 13th “Ink Blog” newspaper column in the Rice Lake Chronotype on November 6, 2013. The piece, titled “Judicial Campaigns and Impartiality,” discussed the U.S. Supreme Court case of Capterton v. Massey Coal (2009), in which the Court held that the right to due process prohibited a state supreme court justice from hearing a case where one of the parties was his major campaign supporter.
Nichole Kathol (Communication & Theatre Arts/Women’s Studies) and Melissa Kozma (Philosophy/Women’s Studies) showed the film Conceiving Family on November 13, 2013 as part of the Feminist Film Series.
Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) published a column titled “Alternative Pathways: Social Security and Work Incentive Options” in the 2013-14 Term 2 (Nov/Dec) version of the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer.
Eric Kasper (Political Science) and Dean Yohnk (Campus Dean) worked with State Assemblymember Stephen Smith to set up a Non-Partisan Redistricting Forum on campus on January 9, 2014. The forum featured Retired Congressman David Obey, Representative Smith, and other members of the Wisconsin Legislature.
Nichole Kathol (Communication & Theatre Arts/Women’s Studies) and Melissa Kozma (Philosophy/Women’s Studies) conducted a film screening and discussion of The Invisible War on December 10, 2013.
The Science and Mathematics Seminar Series organized by Anthony Millevolte (Chemistry)
Dianne Arndt, Wisconsin state geodesist and civil engineer with the Department of Transportation, gave a presentation titled “Wisconsin Height Modernization Program" on September 26, 2013
Steve Curran (Geography) gave a presentation titled “Tornado Climatology” on October 17, 2013
The Public Affairs Lecture Series organized by Mark Conrad (Political Science) Eric Kasper (Political Science) and Troy Kozma (Philosophy)
September 19, 2013. Eric Kasper (Political Science) gave the annual UW-BC Constitution Day Lecture, titled “Impartial Justice.” In this presentation, Kasper discussed the constitutional rights to an impartial jury and a neutral judge. Free copies of the Constitution were distributed at the event.
October 10, 2013. Daisy Pignetti, Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at UW-Stout, gave a presentation titled “Blogging for Recovery after Katrina.”
November 14, 2013. Mike Bitney, Barron County Circuit Court Judge, gave a presentation titled “Effective Sentencing: Evidence-Based Practices.”
Additional “Thursdays @ the U” Events organized by Joel Friederich (English)
September 12, 2012. Chaplain Peter Muschinske presented “Faith-Full Caregivers: Chaplains in the U.S. Navy,” which described the role of a military Chaplain in light of Constitutional permissions and prohibitions. This presentation was the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Lecture.
October 3, 2013. Eva Apelqvist, a freelance journalist and author, gave a presentation titled “LGBTQ Families.”
October 24, 2013. Dave Swan, founder of the Champion’s Circle, gave a presentation titled “You’re Hired!: Learn the Qualities Employers Are Desperately Seeking.”
October 31, 2013. Lee Friederich (English) gave a presentation titled “In the Course of An Hour: A Poetic Response to Hiroshima.”
November 7, 2013. Mary Hoeft (Communication/Theatre Arts & French) gave a presentation titled “Why Don’t University Students Read?”
November 21, 2013. Max Garland, Wisconsin State Poet Laureate and Professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, read some of his poetry.
December 5, 2013. Paul Chase (Campus Dean) gave his farewell lecture on campus.
The Best of Broadway Series under the direction of Terry Wiesner (Communications & Theatre Arts)
“Phaedra” – November 14-16, 2013. Set in Troezen in Southern Greece, the play follows Phaedra as she tries to live with a curse placed upon her by the gods. During the absence of her husband, Theseus, she is overcome with an uncontrollable lust for her stepson, Hippolytus, who is battling an uncontrollable urge of his own; his love for a prisoner and last of the royal blood line that ruled Athens, Arcia. Once Hippolytus confesses his love to Aricia, Phaedra attempts to make advances on Hippolytus. This all changes when word reaches everyone that Theseus is alive and has returned.
The Music Program under the direction of Pamela Johnson (Music)
December 8, 2013. The Red Cedar Choir presented its holiday concert, “One Silent Night.” Under the direction of conductor Beth Joosten (Music), the Red Cedar Choir’s program included “Prepare Ye” by Marc Robinson, “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten (featuring “Procession,” “Wolcum Yole,” “There Is No Rose,” and “This Little Babe”), “Some Children See Him” by Alfred Burt/Ehret, “Night of Silence/Silent Night” by Daniel Kantor, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Laurisden, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Audrey Snyder, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” by Craig Courtney, “Go Tell It On the Mountain” by Lloyd Larson, and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by Frazier.
Awards and Grants
Eric Kasper (Political Science) was awarded the UW Colleges 2012-13 Barrington-Musolf Faculty Research Award by Chancellor Ray Cross at the UW Colleges Convocation on August 29, 2013. Kasper received the award for the book, Don’t Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns, which he co-authored with former UW-Barron County Music Professor Benjamin Schoening. This is the second consecutive year that Kasper has won the award.
Cecelia Hutte (Library) was the recipient of the 2013-14 Kaplan Award at UW-Barron County.