“Above & Beyond” Foundation Report 2015 - 2016

Dean Yohnk has co-authored and edited a new book entitled Diversity in the College Classroom: Knowing Ourselves, Our Students, & Our Disciplines , which will be published in December by Common Ground Press, a division of the University of Illinois Press.  The  co-authors are thrilled to have been invited to present a workshop at the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations in Granada, Spain in July of 2016 and at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in San Francisco in May.  They will also be presenting at the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development  “OPID” conference in the spring semester. 

Lauren Wentz (Biology) has been asked to serve as a wildlife/aquatic ecology consultant to CW Engineering (an environmental/architectural consulting firm based in Weston, WI) as they develop a proposal to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Wisconsin DNR; the EIS will provide information related to the impact of demolition/replacement of a 14-mile section of the Enbridge oil pipeline in Douglas County, WI, and was originally requested by the Sierra Club.  If CW Engineering is awarded the contract to write the EIS, then my role will be to advise them based on my research of the literature concerning the ecology of terrestrial and aquatic systems in northwest Wisconsin.  

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) published a column entitled “Alternative Pathways:  Sibshops” in September and will publish a column in early December entitled “Alternative Pathways: Case Studies in Mental Illness” in the Rice Lake High School newsletter, The Informer.  

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) completed a major revision of the Introduction to Psychology “Flex” offering during August, 2015; the revised course will be “live” in December, 2015

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) organized a series of 14 speakers for the “Thu at the U” lecture series for the fall semester of 201 

Linda Tollefsrud (Psychology) and Sue Patrick (history) are organizing a series of five book group discussions for spring, 2016 relating to the campus’ “common read” selection, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Bradley Peterson (Physics) co-authored a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal: “X-ray Emission from the Taffy (VV254) Galaxies and Bridge,” Appleton, P. N.; Lanz, L.; Wang, J.; Peterson, B. W.; and nine others

Bradley Peterson (Physics) was interviewed by the Barron News Shield about the lunar eclipse in September.

Jessica Mongeon (Art) is exhibiting paintings in Algoma, Wisconsin at the James May Gallery with two other UW Colleges art instructors. The show is titled, "Camouflage."  http://jamesmaygallery.com/index.html

Jessica Mongeon (Art) hosted a visiting artist from San Antonio Texas, her installation called "Hooked" can be viewed in the Joel Hayden Salter Gallery until the first week of December. 

Jessica Mongeon (Art) traveled to New York City in September to attend an art exhibit at Governor's Island where she had a couple of paintings on display. 

Jessica Mongeon (Art) has been selected to travel to Shanghai for a group art exhibition with four other artists in January 3-13. The artwork will be on display for the month of January. She will also be giving an artist talk at a Shanghai University. 

Jessica Mongeon (Art) illustrated a children's book, Lexie and the Little Red Fox for a local author. The book should be available in December. 

Troy Kozma (Philosophy) Co-authored book, Machiavelli Goes to the Movies, went on the road to the Southwest Wisconsin Festival of Books, where it was featured in a panel discussion on the role of popular culture in academia.  Unfortunately, due to health issues, he was unable to attend the panel but Eric Kasper did an excellent representing the both of them.

Troy Kozma (Philosophy) was selected to be chair of a panel at the National Women’s Studies Association (but was unable to attend because of health issues).  Other panel members included Nichole Kathol, Ryan Weaver, and Melissa Kozma.

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy) was appointed to the Rice Lake Public Library Board of Trustees in October 2015.  The Library Board has ownership over the expenditure of all moneys collected, donated or appropriated for the library fund and of the library land and building, the appointment of the library director, and the establishment of policies for the library.

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy) and Ryan Weaver (Communication and Theater Arts) hosted a public screening and discussion of the film The Hunting Ground on September 24, 2015. This event was part of the UW – Barron County Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program’s Feminist Film Series.

Melissa Kozma (Philosophy) presented the paper “Precarious Positions: Integrity Privilege and ‘Being Seen’” on a panel at the National Women’s Studies Conference on November 14, 2015 (Milwaukee, WI).

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) completed an NSF grant for engagement with UW-Stout.  This grant allowed UW-BC to work with UW-Stout and their Construction Management program.  We developed a 2+2 articulation agreement with UW-Stout and UW-Colleges engineering students.

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) completed an Undergraduate Discovery Grant for UW System.  She worked with 3 BAAS seniors and developed a BAAS orientation program.  This program will be used as the foundation for the other BAAS campuses to develop an orientation program.  The orientation was held on August 31st and was a great success.  They also developed a D2L site for BAAS students to use from their first day on the campus until they graduate.

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) worked with the UW Colleges Central Administration this summer and fall as the Project Manager for the budget reductions.  The position concludes in December and she will be returning to full time teaching in the Spring of 2016.

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) UW-BC engineering students will compete in the Rube Goldberg competition.  Four UW-BC engineering students will be completing in the 2016 Rube Goldberg Challenge.  The challenge is to open an umbrella.  Please watch the UW-BC website for more details.

Christa James-Byrnes (Engineering) attended the Northwest Wisconsin STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative at UW-Stout.  The meeting outlined how to promote STEM Careers and education in this part of the state.

Mary Hoeft (Communications and Theater Arts) presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Chicago in October.  A standing room only room, filled with Chiefs of Police and top law enforcement personnel from throughout the country, agreed that the evidence surrounding a theory of accidental death in the death of her son was persuasively probable.

Mary Hoeft (Communications and Theater Arts) presented at the Wisconsin Medical Examiners Conference in October.  Medical examiners agreed to review her son’s death reconstruction and return in six months to take a formal stance in support of a change in her son’s cause of death ruling to accidental.

Mary Hoeft (Communications and Theater Arts) presented at the Southeast Wisconsin Book Festival in November.  Her session “Quiet No More” was a joint presentation with Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, author of The Missing Kennedy.

Joel Friederich (English) had his proposal for an artist's residency in creative writing /poetry with the Ragdale Foundation accepted.  The Ragdale Foundation is a nationally recognized artist's community north of Chicago and is one of the largest artists’ communities in the country. He will be an artist-in-residence there for most of this January. In each session, 13 artists-in-residence enjoy uninterrupted time for work, a supportive environment, and dynamic artist exchanges.  With the help of this residency, he will be able to make significant progress on a new collection of poetry. 

Mark Conrad (Political Science) was named by UW Colleges Chancellor Kathleen Sandeen to two UW Colleges committees: The Virtual Campus Investigation Committee studying the possibility of creating a 14th campus dedicated to online and distance education, and the Search Advisory Committee on Regional Associate Deans/Campus Administrators which evaluated candidates for those positions which were created in concert with the new UW Colleges regionalization re-structuring.

Paul Chase (History) gave a talk in September called “The Great Peshtigo and Hinckley Fires” at the third annual Northwoods Heritage Days sponsored by the Great Lakes Heritage Museum and the Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce.