Two UW-BC Professor Travel Internationally for Professional Development


This past summer two professors from UW-Barron County travelled half way around the world to learn more about their chosen disciplines.

Ginnie Baer, Assistant Professor of 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 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.

Meanwhile, Sidney Konell, Associate Professor of 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.

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Barb Lang