The University of Wisconsin-Barron County has named Lee Friederich a 2017-18 Kaplan Award recipient. The award recognizes individuals for significant innovative improvements in instruction and/or service to students.
Friederich is a senior lecturer in English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She also is the campus’ International Programs coordinator. As a Kaplan Award recipient, Friederich receives a $250 grant from the university, matched by the UW-Barron County Foundation. The award honors Arthur M. Kaplan, who retired in 1993 as vice chancellor of the UW Colleges.
Friederich, who joined the UW-Barron County faculty in 2009, received the award for her multiple classroom contributions and achievements over the years, including the following:
- serving as International Programs coordinator, resulting in the growth of UW-Barron County’s international and English as a Second Language student body;
- providing oversight to nearly $50,000 in grant writing initiatives, benefiting UW Colleges students, staff and faculty;
- developing several courses for UW Colleges Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, allowing place-bound students to earn a bachelor’s degrees at the Rice Lake campus;
- planning and promoting events and activities associated with the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Project, featuring Louise Erdich’s novel “The Round House,” throughout Wisconsin.