UW-BC Students to be Honored at Final Th@U


The final Thursdays @ the U event will feature UW-BC student presentations of award-winning learning projects on Thursday, Dec. 12 at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. 

This presentation will be held from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. in the UW-BC Blue Hills Lecture Hall.  All series presentations, which are open to the public free of charge, will be held every Thursday throughout the fall semester. 

These projects have each received a Learning Innovation Prize, awarded at the end of each semester to UW-BC students for work done as part of a course or a student organization. The featured student projects each involve service learning or civic engagement, independent research or creativity, or special collaborations between different courses. 

The fall 2013 Learning Innovation Prizes will be awarded to the following students:

Kat Lutsey of Amery, for her internship with Polk County UW-Extension, from June-August, 2013, on engaging community connections with 4-H groups;

Jodi Kiffmeyer of Rice Lake, for her research and civic engagement project at the Rice Library Public Library, on how working women are portrayed in children’s books and for developing a list of recommended books that show women in roles other than homemaker, nurse, or teacher;  

Tyler Harrell of Shell Lake, for his one act play, “Tying the Knot,” written as a special collaboration between courses in theater arts, creative writing, and literature;

Neil Hoffman of Cameron, for his semester-long independent research project into the health and environmental impacts of frac sand mining on local communities in Northwest Wisconsin;

Sharai Hefty of Rice Lake and Chris Messelt of Cameron, for the interdisciplinary projects portraying concepts from the biological sciences through collections of original poetry; and

a team of students from Concepts of Biology, who volunteered in assisting the Department of Natural Resources in gathering data and biological samples from successful deer hunters over the recent gun-deer season. The students participating are Mariah Drury of New Richmond, Sharai Hefty of Rice Lake, Adam Jacobsen of Dallas, Katy Kay of Rice Lake, Shanna Litffin of Rice Lake, Trevor Metropulos of Rice Lake, Felicia Schuman of Cameron, and Jim Stewart of Rice Lake. 

The presentation will also feature a team of Rice Lake Middle School students presenting research they did as their capstone project for the gifted and talented program on instructional technology that might be useful to teachers.

The Thursdays @ the U Lecture Series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation.  For more information, contact the campus at 715-234-8176.


Joel Friederich