“Above & Beyond” Foundation Report 2013 - 2014


Professional Development

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.

Lee Friederich (English) had a paper accepted for the June 26-28, 2014 Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity conference at St. John’s University in New York City.  Dr. Friederich’s paper is titled “The Imagined Camaraderie of Poets Itô Hiromi and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.”

 Melissa Kozma (Philosophy & Women’s Studies) co-authored the chapter “Purposeful Nonsense, Intersectionality, and the Mission to Save Black Babies” in Why Race and Gender Still Matter: An Intersectional Approach, published by Pickering & Chatto on February 28, 2014.  The chapter was written with Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer (Philosophy, University of MN-Duluth).

 Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) will present a paper entitled “Engaging and Effective Group Exercises” at the 2014 conference of the Office of Professional and Instructional Development.  This year’s theme is Mindful Teaching: Inquiry, Connection, Sustainability, and Creativity.  The conference will take place from April 17-18, 2014 at the Heidel House in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

 Lauren Wentz (Biological Sciences) was a guest on the Wisconsin Public Radio program Spectrum West with Alan Ross on February 6, 2014.  Dr. Wentz discussed acoustic communication in loons.

Eric Kasper (Political Science) published his 15th “Ink Blog” newspaper column in the Rice Lake Chronotype on April 16, 2014.  The piece, titled “Searches and the 4th Amendment,” discussed the text of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the requirement that warrants have specificity, and exceptions to the warrant requirement.  The piece placed a special emphasis on cases delineating permissible warrantless searches of automobiles, including Carroll v. United States (1925) and Arizona v. Gant (2009). 

Eric Kasper (Political Science) presented a paper, titled “Badger State Freedoms: The Evolution of Federal and State Constitutional Rights in Wisconsin Since 1848,” at the 72nd Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Conference in Chicago, IL on April 4, 2014.  The paper uses constitutional rights in Wisconsin as a case study for how state supreme courts have used the Adequate and Independent State Grounds Doctrine to protect state constitutional rights that they interpret to be more expansive than U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of federal constitutional rights.  This paper focuses on relevant Wisconsin Supreme Court precedents and the history and text of the Wisconsin Constitution to demonstrate how the Adequate and Independent State Grounds Doctrine has applied in the state. 

Troy Kozma (Philosophy) and Eric Kasper (Political Science) presented a paper, titled “Breaking Bad’s Walter White: A Virtùous Man Who Lacked Virtue,” at the 72nd Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Conference in Chicago, IL on April 6, 2014.  The paper examines how the different concepts of virtue in the political theories of sixteenth century Florentine philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, Christian philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, and ancient philosopher Aristotle are expressed by the acts of the main character in the television show Breaking Bad.  Kasper also served as a discussant on the panel where the paper was presented. 

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering), Nichole Kathol (Communication & Theatre Arts), and Eric Kasper (Political Science) oversaw the induction of new members into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the organization’s 50th induction ceremony on April 22, 2014.  All students earning at least 12 credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.  With Kasper and Kathol’s terms of service as advisors completing, the induction ceremony also saw the installation of two new advisors for the organization, Dean Yohnk (Campus Dean/CEO) and Quentin Vieregge (English). 

Quentin Vieregge (English) and Eric Kasper (Political Science) co-directed the 13th Biannual UW-Barron County Chess Tournament on April 24, 2014.  Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers, and a total of 23 students and community members registered for the event.

Eric Kasper (Political Science) made presentations about the U.S. Court system to three enthusiastic Rice Lake Middle School eighth grade social studies classes on May 8, 2014. 

Eric Kasper (Political Science) served as a panelist on a roundtable titled “Writing and the First Amendment” at the Inaugural Northwest Wisconsin Writers’ Festival at UW-Barron County on May 10, 2014.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) moderated a session on Cognition and Learning at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago on May 1st.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) will present a poster summary of the Flexible Option introductory psychology course at the UW Colleges Colloquium at UW-Fox Valley in Appleton on May 22, 2014. 

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) offered a BAAS option for the first time this semester (spring 2014) in conjunction with her Social Psychology course.

 Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) published a column titled “Alternative Pathways: Valued Social Roles” in the 2013-14 Term 4 (Apr/May) version of the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer. 

Bradley Peterson  (Physics) Collaborated with UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff on inclusive excellence and attended a White Privilege Conference March 27-28 in Madison.  

Samantha Heathman (Continuing Education) and Deb Neuheisel (Adult Student Initiatives) addressed regional workforce skills gaps through new UW-BC Continuing Education offerings.   Samantha and Deb were part of the public-private Barron County Workforce Skills Gap Committee, a sub group of the Rice Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development and Education Committee.  First the Skills Gap Committee conducted a detailed survey of Barron County and regional employers to determine specific skills desired but not currently found in the region’s workforce. The results were shared at a Workforce Skills Conference in March 2014 with employers, educators and community agencies that support workforce development in our region.  Essential Skills modules tied to the skills gaps identified by local employers are now packaged to be offered through UW-BC Continuing Education: Customer Service Excellence, Art of Effective Teamwork; Creating a Success-Centered Workplace; Thinking Creatively and Solving Problems; Techniques for Effective Speaking, and Business Writing and Communication. 

Troy Kozma (Philosophy) was a commentator at the Pacific Meetings of the American Philosophical Society for the paper “Inequality and Democracy” by Danielle Wenner.

Troy Kozma (Philosophy) peer reviewed an entry on multiculturalism for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy & Women’s Studies) chaired the paper “Public Equality and Democratic Legitimacy” (Amanda Greene, Stanford University) on the colloquium panel Democracy and Voting at the American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Division conference in San Diego, CA on April 16, 2014.

Sidney Konell (Business/Economics) presented a paper at the 10th International Marketing Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco in February 2014 hosted by Cadi Aayad University and His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohamed VI.  The conference consisted of 250 professors and graduate students from around the world and the meals and hotel rooms were underwritten by His Majesty.

Mary Hankins (English) rejoined TESOL (national association of Teachers of English as a Second Language) and is serving as a member of the International Student Committee (providing oversight for current International students and planning for future students.)   She serves on the Rice Lake International Friendship Association (RLIFA )board as Vice President and was appointed as 2014 RLIFA Summer English Camp Coordinator.   Mary has begun planning for America homestays and English activities for visitors from our two Sister Cities, planned for July 26 – Aug 10, 2014.


Mary Hankins (English) won the dean’s Recognition Award:  for implementing the Campus Closet (a community service project that provides gently uses coats to be “adopted” by students.)

Mary Hankins (English)  Met with UW Superior’s ESL Coordinator to research the ESL program ad practices currently in place at UW Superior.  

Joel Friederich (English) In January and February Friederich traveled to area school districts – Birchwood, Rice Lake, Spooner, and Shell Lake — to give class presentations to high school English students focused on “slam poetry,” working with these students and their teachers to prepare for the 7th annual UW-BC High School Poetry Slam. Students from the districts above, as well as Cameron and Northwood – about 70 students in all — attended the Slam in early May, competing through three rounds of poetry performances. The effort is supported by UW-BC Student Services to promote the campus to future college students.

Joel Friederich (English) continued to coordinate and host the weekly Thursdays @ the U lecture and performance series.

Joel Friederich (English) has, for the third semester, organized the “LIPPIE” awards – Learning Innovation Prizes – as the final Thursday @ the U event.  Friederich solicited nominations of student projects, either as part of courses or campus organizations, that demonstrate innovative learning through civic engagement or service learning, through independent research, through cross-disciplinary collaborations.  An advisory committee organized by Friederich selected award-winning projects, and students presented short descriptions of their projects at the final Thursdays @ the U.  Each student or group was presented with a $50 honorarium from a grant Friederich received to support civic engagement.  In future years, Friederich will seek funding for the LIPPIE awards from the Foundation and student SEG fees in matching amounts. 

Joel Friederich (English) In April and May Friederich and UW-BC creative writing students completed publication of Red Cedar 2014, printed through the Foundation’s generous support.  This year, Red Cedar featured color paintings by UW-BC art students interpreting the poetry of Yahya Frederickson, Professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead, whose published collections of poetry have recently won several nationwide awards.  Frederickson read his poems at a Thursday @ the U lecture where art students also introduced their visual interpretations of his writing.  Red Cedar 2014 was published late April with another Thursday @ the U event, in which authors from throughout Wisconsin joined us to read writing published in the journal.

Joel Friederich (English) Together with BAAS students, Friederich initiated the first Northwest Wisconsin Writers’ Festival, held Saturday, May 10, at UW-BC with a full day of presentations and featured readings by regional writers, and keynote addresses and discussions by two acclaimed national authors, made possible with the support of a major grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.  The Festival included a reception at the end of the day, sponsored by the Foundation, and fundraising by UW-BC students to support future writers’ festivals and other literary programs at UW-BC.   This first NW Wisconsin Writers’ Festival including about 30 participating authors, with an additional 30-40 campus and community members attending events throughout the day.

Anthony Millevolte (Chemistry) is co-author of the presentation “The science and chemistry of cooking: a competency-based direct-assessment curriculum” with Kim Kostka and Tom Neal at the American Chemical Society’s 205th 2YC3 Conference. 

Anthony Millevolte (Chemistry) shared chemistry experiments, demonstrations, and ideas with a highly engaged 7th grade science class at St. Joe’s school in Rice Lake.

Campus News

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.

David Caithamer (Biological Sciences) assisted with a Science Saturday event coordinated by Sam Heathman (Continuing Education).  Dr. Caithamer and eight of his first year Biology students provided hands-on instruction about assessing water quality to 25 elementary school students.  These young learners operated dissolved oxygen meters, tested pH, observed aquatic microorganisms, and conducted other activities.  It was a fast-paced and fun event.

 Lee Friederich (English) and Ginnie Baer (Art) wrote a successful grant to the Wisconsin Humanities Council for “One World Art, Literature, and Film Festival.”  The $7,474 grant will allow the campus to bring Sudanese and Hmong writers and artists to campus and to provide films related to the project at the Rice Lake Public Library.

 Lee Friederich (English) and Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) will be leading a Study Abroad for students from UW-Barron, UW-Waukesha, and UW-Richland to build playgrounds in the tsunami zone of Japan on May 21-31, 2014.

 Lee Friederich (English) and Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) are organizing a fund-raising dinner on April 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center for their study abroad class (“The Literature of Disaster in Japan”) in Japan.  The purpose of the event is to raise funds for their project in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.

 Ryan Urban (Communication & Theatre Arts) was named the new city editor by the Rice Lake Chronotype.

Community Outreach

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.

Ginnie Baer (Art) was a juror for Wausau’s Center for Visual Art’s popular annual Midwest Seasons exhibition.  Jurying included selecting all the works for the exhibition out of a large pool of entries and determining which works receive awards.  Baer spoke during the opening reception on January 24, 2014 about her selection process and met many of the artists who participated.

 Ginnie Baer (Art) served as a judge in Houghton, MI for the annual Great Lakes Showcase at Michigan Tech University.  Baer selected award winning artwork and was on hand during the opening ceremony on February 28, 2014 to meet with artists and community members.

 Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) advised the Future Engineers student organization as these students did a service learning project with the Boys and Girls Club of Barron County.  This was a five week engineering camp that promoted teamwork, engineering skills, communication skills, and critical thinking.  The purpose of the project was to build excitement in young people for science and engineering.  Each week a team of engineering students from UW-BC presented a brief lecture on a specific type of engineering.

 Eric Kasper (Political Science) published his 14th “Ink Blog” newspaper column in the Rice Lake Chronotype on January 22, 2014.  The piece, titled “Incorporation of the Bill of Rights,” discussed U.S. Supreme Court cases that required not just the federal government, but also the state governments, to abide by the requirements in the Bill of Rights.

 Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) published a column titled “Alternative Pathways: Overcoming Stereotypes” in the 2013-14 Term 3 (Jan/Feb) version of the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer.


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.
February 6, 2014.  Dean Yohnk (Campus Dean) gave his inaugural address on campus, titled “The Value and Relevance of a Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century.”

 February 13, 2014.  Kent M. Syverson, Professor and Department Chair of Geology at UW-Eau Claire, gave a presentation titled “STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Jobs in Geology: From Frac Sand Mining to Environmental Consulting.”

 February 20, 2014.  Scott Hodek, Department of Workforce Development Regional Economist, and Dave Armstrong, Barron County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, spoke about the 2013 Barron County Skills Gap Survey which identifies county and regional employer needs and employment trends.

 February 27, 2014.  Mike Carney, Professor of Chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, gave a presentation titled “Undergraduate Research with an Industrial Sponsor: Challenges and Opportunities.”

 March 4, 2014.  David Obey, former United States Congressman, gave a presentation titled “How Politics has Changed in Recent Decades: Implications for the Nation.”

 March 6, 2014.  Jim Scherz, Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, gave a presentation titled “Ancient Rice Lake of the Prairie, Pipestone Quarries, and How Barron County, Wisconsin Fits into the Ancient History of North America.”

 March 13, 2014.  Lee Friederich (English), Ginnie Baer (Art), and Jayant Anand (Anthropology/Sociology) gave a presentation on “Everything International,” which discussed the new UW-BC One World Art, Literature, and Film Series that will take place in April/May; the activities of the UW-BC One World International Club; and the Japanese Fundraising Dinner for the Service Learning study abroad course in the Tsunami Zone of Japan.


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.

“Arms and the Man” – March 13-15, 2014.  This humorous play by George Bernard Shaw shows the futility of war and deals with the hypocrisies of human nature in a comedic fashion.  Set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War, the heroine, Raina Petkoff is a young Bulgarian woman engaged to Sergius Saranoff, a hero of the war whom she idolizes.  One night a Swiss mercenary soldier in the Serbian army, Captain Bluntschli, bursts through her bedroom window; Raina thinks of him as a coward.   Through the interactions between these main characters, Shaw aims to debunk the romantic heroics of war and seeks to remove all pretensions of nobility from war.  As the play progresses, Bluntschli’s unheroic actions become reasonable when we see that he survives, whereas had the war continued, Sergius’ absurd heroic exploits would soon have left him dead.  Throughout the play, which was first produced in 1894, Shaw arranged his material so as to satirize the glories associated with war and to ultimately suggest that aristocratic pretensions have no place in today’s wars.


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.

February 22, 2014.  An Inaugural Concert and Gala Reception was held to celebrate the restoration of the 1891 Steinway ‘C’ piano.  The concert featured Namji Kim, an Associate Professor of Music at UW-Eau Claire.

 February 27, 2014.  A jazz recital took place in the Music Room of the Fine Arts Building.  Improvisational performances included Jim Hurst on mallets and Pat Binford on clarinet and soprano sax.

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.  UW Colleges Chancellor Raymond Cross notified Hutte that she was being honored with this award for showing unwavering commitment and dedication to the students, faculty, and staff of UW-BC by custom-tailoring library instruction to each specific class and for her approachable attitude that encourages student interaction and makes the library a warm and inviting place for anyone who walks through the doors; for educating students, staff, and faculty by creating interactive educational displays and other enrichment programs housed in the library; for her involvement in search and screen committees, the development of the BAAS, creating web pages for the library, and taking care of the UW-BC Library Facebook page in addition to all of her regular duties; and for acting in The Vagina Monologues play produced in 2013 which raised money for the Barron County Domestic Abuse Project.