Chemistry professor to give address at UW-Barron County commencement

By UW-Barron County

The University of Wisconsin-Barron County will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., in the Fine Arts Theatre. More than 45 students earned Associate of Arts and Science degrees from UW-Barron County during the 2017-18 academic year and many of them will be participating in the ceremony. The campus’ annual Awards Ceremony will be held prior to the graduation ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Student Center.

Nine graduates of UW Colleges Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program also will be honored during the ceremony.

Abbey Fischer, assistant professor of chemistry, will give the faculty address. She received her doctorate in biological chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and then taught general-organic-biochemistry, organic and biochemistry courses at Marian University in Fond du Lac for eight years. In 2011, she was recognized with the university’s Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Prior to joining UW-Barron County in fall 2016, Fischer taught organic and general chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Morris, for two years. While there, she and her students began developing new teaching labs that incorporated food into the chemistry lab. That work continues today in her classes at UW-Barron County, where she teaches general chemistry, organic chemistry and an environmentally-focused chemistry and society course. She also serves on the Rice Lake Area Board of Education.

The host for the ceremony will be current Student Government Association President and 2018 graduate Hunter Denison. The Rice Lake resident plans to enroll at UW-Eau Claire in the fall and pursue a degree in social work. He also is president of the campus’ Outdoor Recreation and Darkroom Photography clubs.

UW-Barron County is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake.


Brian Becker