Emeritus professor to give commencement address

By UW-Barron County

The graduation of 47 students who have earned an Associate of Arts & Science degree will be celebrated at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County’s annual commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., in the Fine Arts Theatre. The campus’ annual Awards Ceremony will be held prior to commencements at 5 p.m. in the Student Center.

The event also will honor the four latest graduates of Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program, which UW Colleges introduced in 2012.

Emeritus Psychology Professor Linda Tollefsrud will give the faculty address. She has been teaching at UW-Barron County since 1981. Courses taught include Introduction to Psychology, Child Development, Psychology of Gender, Social Psychology, Statistics, and the Nature of Good and Evil. Tollefsrud earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Texas in Austin. She has two adult sons, and her hobbies include reading and hiking.

The host for the ceremony will be current Student Government Association President and 2017 graduate Shawn Larson, Hillsdale, Wis. Brittany K. Nielsen, regional associate dean for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and UW-BC campus administrator, will give the welcoming remarks.  Christa James-Byrnes, professor of engineering, Mary Hoeft, professor emeritus, communication and theatre arts and French, and John Muench, UW-Barron County Foundation president, will offer greetings. 

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


Brian Becker