BAAS Students Host Panel on Incarceration


The public is invited to attend two panel discussions concerning the topic of incarceration of OWI recipients and the mentally ill in Wisconsin on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake.  Panelists are students enrolled in the LEC 390 Creativity and Problem Solving class.

Taught by veteran communication arts professor Mary Hoeft and UW-Marshfield English professor Julie Tharp, this class was the first core course offered by the campus as part of the new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree program. 

The course began by exposing students to creative problem-solving procedures and the application of those strategies. Through a series of speakers, students then explored the topic of incarceration in Wisconsin.  Speakers included UW-BC professors Dr. Eric Kasper, Dr. Jayant Anand, Dr. Sarah Bennett; and Monika Audette (Executive Director of Barron County Restorative Justice), Stephannie Schmidt (Probation and Parole), and Dr. Annette Kuhlman (UW-Baraboo sociologist who taught at Oxford Prison for 17 years).

After having the opportunity to research and examine the topic, the class was divided into two student groups who will present their findings during this one hour panel.  One of the students groups will discuss OWIs in Wisconsin while the next group will address the incarceration of the mentally ill in Wisconsin.  Both groups will suggest effective alternatives to incarceration.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences four-year degree program began this fall.  It consists of global studies and cognitive skills courses, along with internships and service-learning, that prepares students for professional lives and careers by giving them the ability to assimilate information and analyze complex problems. 

Students can apply now to enroll in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree completion program by going to the UW online admission application.  For more information contact Mary Hoeft at 715.234.8176 ext. 5422 or or Deb Neuheisel, UW-BC BAAS advisor/coach at 715.234.8176 ext. 5445 or .


Mary Hoeft