“Above & Beyond” Foundation Report 2014 - 2015

Mark Conrad (Political Science) and Nichole Kathol (Communication and Theater Arts) were appointed to The UW Colleges Online and Distance Education Search Advisory Committee. 

Mary Hankins (English) was selected to serve on UW College’s new ESL Curriculum Development Task Force.  

Mary Hankins (English) coordinated and hosted International Fun Day on UWBC Campus for 28 international students visiting from Ladysmith High School,  Sat., March 7, 2015

Ryan Weaver (Communication and Theater Arts)  moderated the Congressmen's Town Hall event.

Ryan Weaver, Mark Conrad, Cecelia Hutte, Barb Ritzinger  brought in a $25,000 Tourism grant for U-Fest. 

Mark Conrad and Barb Ritzinger  coordinated the campus visit of retired Congressmen Dave Obey and Tom Petri: Bipartisan Town Hall Forum on Public Education and Advocacy.

Quentin Vieregge (English) moderated a panel of commentators on aspects of Professor Mary Hoeft's  The Betrayal of Ryan Hoeft; A Conspiracy of Silence...Panel members included Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Medical Examiner Mary Ricci, Professor Eric Kasper, Professor Hoeft and Mark Conrad. J.D.

Pamela Johnson (Music) arranged the Steinway Concert Series.  The second concert was on March 7, Robert Fant, Hornist -- with great attendance.  The next concert is April 18 at 7:30.  Timothy Lane and Namji Kim will present an evening of French flute music at the UW theater.

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) has helped arrange a collaborative program for Construction Management Degree with UW-Stout so these students can begin their degree program at UW-Barron County.

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) is currently serving as Interim Dean for UW Colleges Online.

Jessica Mongeon (Art) traveled to Fort Bragg, California in January to install paintings at a gallery called The Lost Coast Culture Machine. This was a two person exhibition called Intrinsic Terrain with Brooklyn artist Jannell Turner.  She was accepted into the 14th annual Poet-Artist Collaboration at the Crossings art gallery in Zumbrota, MN.  Her painting, “Off the Grid” was accepted into the Spring Gala Art auction at the Plains art Museum in Fargo, which will take place May 2.  

Jessica Mongeon (Art) worked with the Art Club and installed an exhibition by Professor Emeritus Don Ruedy, with an artist talk and reception March 4th.  They traveled to UW-Stout in February to see the faculty art exhibition. They are planning an exhibition of student work, starting April 6, with a closing reception April 30th.

Lee Friederich (English) delivered the paper “On the Enunciative Boundary of Decolonizing Language: The Imagined Camaraderie of Itô Hiromi and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha” at the Global Studies Association Conference, York St. John University, United Kingdom, which she attended in June, 2014.  After much intensive revision, the paper was published in the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal in December, 2014.  It has been one of her academic goals to publish in this important feminist journal of Japanese Studies.

Lee Friederich (English)  received a second One World International Literature and Film Festival grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council (about $8500) entitled Winter in the Blood BIG READ.  Participants at both UW-Barron County and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, and in both communities, would participate in a common reading of James Welch’s classic Native American tale, Winter in the Blood.  The program would include book discussions in both communities, linked by Skype, readings by poets Roberta Hill and Bryan Bearhart, as well as a film viewing of the newly-released film Winter in the Blood, followed by a discussion with Alex Smith, one of the film’s directors, a family friend of Welch’s.

Lee Friederich (English) received a GISE (Grant to Increase Student Engagement) of $2000 to participate in the national First Year Experience this February in Dallas.

Lee Friederich (English served as Project Director for a grant to the Open World Program through the U.S. Congress, which brought six delegates from various governmental and non-governmental agencies from Ukraine to the Rice Lake community to study Youth Policies in late October, 2014.  she organized meetings and accompanied our visitors to the following local agencies: The Girls and Boys Center of Rice Lake, Barron County Restorative Justice, the Chippewa Valley Boy Scouts of America, AmeriCorps, the Lac Court Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, The Opportunity Center (serving the local Somali population), and local schools in the area.  The talented group of Ukrainians gave several very vivid and articulate accounts of recent events in Ukraine for our campus Thursday at the U Lecture Series, where they were introduced by Senator Robert Jauch, and at the Barron Kiwanis Club, where they also spoke.  The campus committee initiating the grant included Dean Yohnk, Barb Ritzinger, Deb Neuheisel, Mark Conrad, and Mary Hankins.

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy & Women’s Studies) presented “The Integrity Privilege: The Hows and Whys of Who Gets To Be A Social Justice Hero” along with co-author Jeanine Weekes Schroer (U of MN – Duluth) on a Society for Analytical Feminism panel at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Conference, February 18 – 21 (St. Louis, MO).

Lauren Wentz (Biology) began working with a screenwriter/producer who is working on a pilot for a t.v. sci-fi series who has sought her help with plot points/characters related to bioacoustics.  The screen writer contacted her through the Science and Entertainment Exchange (sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences). 

Deb Neuheisel-Smith is leading a delegation to Žamberk, CZ to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Rice Lake and Žamberk. The March-April anniversary trip will mark highlights of this long-standing exchange, including annual CZ students in Rice Lake High School who live with local families; an international sister-school project culminating in a Youth Summit on Global Citizenship in Washington D,C.; several grant projects involving Rice Lake-Žamberk schools; a tri-lateral exchange to study volunteerism with Miharu, Japan, Rice Lake’s other sister city; an Economic Forum and visits by CZ businessmen, and many summer workshops and informal visits.

Many of the 15 delegates have strong UW-BC connections. Besides Deb these include Mayor Steve Harrington (alumnus) and his wife Kathy; Mark Berger (Rice Lake financial planner and UW-BC alumnus); Mary Hankins (UW-BC instructor and International Programs Coordinator); Barb Ritzinger (Foundation Executive Director and RLIFA homestay coordinator );  Rev. Lee Haight (wife of the late Mark Haight, UW-BC professor); Dean Emeritus Paul Chase; Jim Stoll  (Rice Lake businessman and former Foundation President); Linda Cesnik (retired instructor, now business office assistant), and Cheryl Tomesh (aunt of Lee Harris, Student Services Associate).

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) will publish a column titled “Alternative Pathways: Budget 2015-17” in the 2013-14 Term 1 (Apr/May) version of the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer. 

Linda Tollefsrud (UW Colleges Institutional Review Board Coordinator) is attending a webinar series on IRB issues for all UW System IRB personnel and board members – one in February, one in March and one in April, 2015.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) Attended evening (4 hour) workshop entitled “Bodies and Boundaries:  teaching sexuality“ by Terri Couwenhoven, Menomonie High School, January 27th.

Jim Connell (Physics) continues to develop the “Blue Hills Archive” and has recently acquired the 35 mm slide collection of James Patraw.

Jim Connell (Physics) gives multiple tours, group hikes, and canoe expeditions for UW-Barron County and community groups.  He has been actively working with the new international student population on the campus.

Lauren Wentz (Biology) is the co-leader of the working group on Citizen Science and Population Monitoring that will be developing a national database for loon population monitoring; the working group is meeting at the North American Loon Symposium in October, and is coordinated by most closely affiliated with the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, WI.

Lauren Wentz (Biology) developed a new botany natural dyes laboratory exercise for her students.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) published a column titled “Alternative Pathways: Building Community” in the 2013-14 Term 1 (Aug/Sep) version of the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer. 

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology & UW Colleges Institutional Review Board Coordinator) attended a day-long workshop – Focus on Informed Consent – sponsored by the Office on Human Research Protection in Madison, WI on July 8, 2014.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology & UW Colleges Institutional Review Board Coordinator) attended a Technology Boot Camp in Wausau, June 10-11, 2014.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology & UW Colleges Institutional Review Board Coordinator) has her first student enrolled in the Flexible Option version of Introduction to Psychology as of ___.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology & UW Colleges Institutional Review Board Coordinator) is undertaking a major revision of Developmental Psychology:  the Lifespan for UW Colleges Online.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology & UW Colleges Institutional Review Board Coordinator) attended Tools for Hot Topics (Monika Audette, Barron County Restorative Justice Programs) and Cultural Responsiveness in the Classroom (Rose VanVreede, Barron County Restorative Justice Programs) on campus, Friday September 12th.

Mary Hankins (English) coordinated Summer English Camp for students from our two Sister Cities, Miharu, Japan and Zamberk, Czech Republic,  July 26 – Aug 10, 2014.

Mary Hankins (English) was appointed UW – Barron County’s  International Programs Coordinator ( together with Co-Coordinator Lee Friederich.)   Facilitated the arrival and housing needs of 6 new Chinese International Students.  Launched a Community Connections program which links Rice Lake community members with UWBC International students for friendship and mentorships.

Mary Hankins (English) was the Access to Success Advisor, (through the UW Colleges’ PART grant) attended meetings and trainings in Hobsons RETAIN software.  Edited and drafted university communications to be sent through the newly launched Hobsons’ Retain System.

Mary Hankins (English) performed in two Red Barn plays: the musical Footloose and Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.”

Mary Hankins (English) evaluated new student writing samples as part of the English Department’s Multiple Measures Writing Placement.  Also, along with fellow UWBC English Department members met and strategized with Joanne Giordanno, (Developmental Reading and Writing Coordinator- UW-Marathon) regarding the 2014 Fall Developmental Reading, Writing and Support courses.

Jessica Mongeon (Art) was interviewed about her artwork by the Fresh Paint Magazine website.

Catherine Currier (Library) was on a team of international reviewers for the “Library System Restructuring” at Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut and Byblos in Lebanon (and New York State).  The review took place 18 July through 24 July on site in Beirut and Byblos.

Quentin Vieregge (English) was the keynote speaker at the 2014 TYCA-West Conference in Mesa, Arizona, on Oct 10-11, 2014.

Quentin Vieregge (English) is editor-in-chief of writingcommons.org, a peer-reviewed online textbook for student-writers.

Quentin Vierrege (English) gave the speech at the Amery High School National Honor Induction Ceremony this year.

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) is now teaching for the new UW System Flex Program “Introduction to Psychology.”

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) published a column titled “Alternative Pathways: Supplemental Security Income and Plans for Achieving Self-Support” in the 2014-15 Term 2 (Nov/Dec) version of the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer.

Bradley Peterson (Physics) presented the talk “Engaging Students in Lab” at the UW Women and Science Fall Opening Workshop for New STEM Educators in October.

Bradley Peterson (Physics) won a UW Colleges Summer Research Grant to do work studying star clusters in the interacting galaxy system Arp 261.

Sue Patrick (History) chaired a session and provided commentary at the Northern Great Plains History Conference in Sioux Falls, SD in October. 

Sue Patrick (History) is an associate editor for the History Editorial Board at MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching).  MERLOT is a program of the California State University System partnering with other educational institutions, professional societies, and industry.

Sonya Murrey (Student Services) and Quentin Vieregge (English) co-presented the talk “The Lords of Misrule:  Santa, Elvis, and Drinking” on the UW-BC campus in October.  

Jessica Mongeon (Art) was part of a group exhibition called Material Disruption in Brooklyn, NY, that show also traveled to another gallery in New Jersey.  Another highlight was a group exhibition in New Berlin, NY called Made in Paint.

Jessica Mongeon (Art) showed two paintings at the fall and spring auctions at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  In the fall I displayed an exhibition of my artwork at the Joel Hayden Salter Gallery at UW-BC in Rice Lake, and as part of that exhibition I did a talk for the Rice Lake Rotary club’s morning group in October.

Jessica Mongeon (Art) will be installing a two-person exhibition of paintings in Ft. Bragg California with Brooklyn artist, Jannell Turner. That exhibition will be on display from January 17-Feb 22nd 2015.

Troy Kozma (Philosophy) and Eric Kasper (Political Science, UW-Eau Claire) are in the final stages of completing the book Machiavelli Goes to the Movies: Understanding The Prince through Television and Film which will be published by Lexington Books.  The abstract of the book is:

Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince remains an influential book more than five centuries after he wrote his timeless classic.  However, the political philosophy expressed by Machiavelli in his tome is often misunderstood.  Although he thought humans to be rational, self-interested creatures, and even though he proposed an approach to politics in which the ends justify the means, Machiavelli was not, as some have argued, simply “a teacher of evil.”  The Prince’s many ancient and medieval examples, while relevant to sixteenth century readers, are lost on many of today’s students of Machiavelli.  Examples from modern films and television programs, which are more familiar and understandable to contemporary readers, provide a better way to accurately teach Machiavelli’s lessons.  Indeed, modern media, such as Breaking Bad, The Godfather, The Walking Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War, House of Cards, Argo, and The Departed, are replete with illustrations that teach Machiavelli’s critical principles, including the need to caress or annihilate, learning “how not to be good,” why it is better to be feared than loved, and how to act as both the lion and the fox.  Modern media are used to exemplify the tactics Machiavelli advocated and to comprehensively demonstrate that Machiavelli intended for government actors and those exercising power in other contexts to fight for a greater good and strive to achieve glory.

The book was peer reviewed and we completed the final draft of the text late October of 2014.  The book is currently at the press for a final layout.  Once we receive this, the last piece is creation of an index.  The projected publication date is March 2015.  The link to the book is https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739195949

Troy Kozma (Philosophy) chaired the panel, “The View from Under the Bridge: On Feminism’s Transgressive Killjoy ‘Trolls’” at the National Women’s Studies Association national meeting in February 2014.

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy) participated in a roundtable discussion of the book Why Race and Gender Still Matter: An Intersectional Approach at the Society for Phenomenology and

Existential Philosophy Conference, October 23 – 25, 2014 (New Orleans, LA).

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy) contributed a chapter to the book: “Purposeful Nonsense, Intersectionality, and the Mission to Save Black Babies”, co-authored with Jeanine Weekes Schroer (University of MN – Duluth).

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy) presented “’I Choose My Choice’: Rhetorical Weapon or Legitimate Feminist Critique?” on a panel at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, November 14, 2014 (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Mary Hoeft (Communication and Theater Arts, and French) completed a book about her son entitled The Betrayal of Officer Ryan Hoeft:  A Conspiracy of Silence.  The book will be available for purchase within the next month. 

Mary Hoeft (Communication and Theater Arts, and French) provided a tremendous amount of service for the UW Colleges and the community – she served on the BAAS Capstone Revision Committee, the CTA Public Speaking Flex Degree Course Revision Committee, the Gender Equity in Salary Committee, and a Gender Equity Chancellor’s Planning Group. She also served on the Merit Committee, the Evaluation Committee, and the Appointment Committee, the Academic Action Committee and the Scholarship Committee.  She mentors faculty, advises students, and assisted in the organization of a legislative debate and a state senate debate.  She judged our Poetry Slam, presented during Banned Books Week, presented during Thursdays @ the U, and shared poetry at our Poetry of the Soul forum.  In the Communication and Theatre Arts Department, she has served on the Executive Committee, the Merit Committee, the Evaluation Committee, and the Assessment Committee.  In the community she is a Restorative Justice Community Volunteer and a Victim/Offender Facilitator.  She also coordinates the sponsorship of 28 Nepali children in order that they can attend school in a remote village where she has taught. 

Kevin Falkenberg (Student Services) is a planning committee member for the Wisconsin Academic Advising  Association Annual Conference.  The Conference was held on the UW-Eau Claire campus on September 18 & 19.  He served on the Hosting and Logistics Sub-committee. 

Doug Edwardsen (Continuing Education) has spearheaded the formation of a collaborative committee between UW-Barron County and WITC Continuing Education which is developing a Leadership Conference for Northwest Wisconsin scheduled for October, 2015.

Mark Conrad (Political Science) arranged and hosted 15 guest speakers for “Thursdays @ the U”, for his courses, and for political candidate campus appearances. 

Mark Conrad (Political Science) arranged and accompanied the Ukrainian Delegation visit of Barron County Justice Center and Rice Lake Municipal Court; also arranged for the Delegation’s participation in POL175 International Politics class.

Anthony Millevolte (Chemistry and History) has published a history of science textbook entitled The Copernican Revolution: Putting the Earth into Motion, which is available in print at amazon.com and other distributors.

Anthony Millevolte (Chemistry and History) served as co-judge for the WiSys poster challenge at the 7th Annual Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium (WSTS) held on July 21st-22nd at UW-Eau Claire.