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Fox Facts Fall 2006

Fox Facts Activities and Accomplishments of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Faculty and Staff July 2005-August 2006

Malcolm Allen (Professor of English),

  • read a paper entitled, “The Idiocy of Barnaby Rudge” to the Madison, WI Chapter of the Dickens Fellowship, in October 2005.

Carin Allhiser, Lecturer in Biology

  • Allhiser attended a Women and Science Conference in Wisconsin Dells in May 2006. For a week in June she attended ABLE at Purdue University (Association for Biology Lab Educators).
  • She attended the "American Biological Laboratory Educators" (ABLE) conference for a week at Virginia Tech during June 2005; the workshops concentrated on teaching biology in the laboratory setting.

Judith Baker, Professor of Art

  • Baker was named recipient of the Arthur M. Kaplan Award.
  • She was appointed Professor of Art.

Susan Benedict (Associate Lecturer in Mathematics),

  • Benedict is listed in the 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

James Brey,  Professor of Geography and Geology

  • Presented a paper entitled, “Using Technology Intensively in A Learning Community: Lessons Learned,” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Academic Renewal Conference, “Learning and Technology: Implications for Liberal Education,” held in Seattle, WA April 21, 2006. This paper was co-authored by Kristin Runge, Lecturer in Communication Art and Theatre Arts at UWFox.  Participation was funded in part by the Campus Professional Development fund.
  • Brey was on the faculty of the AMS/NWS/NSF Online Weather Studies Diversity Training Workshop at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, MO in May, 2006, and the AMS/NOAA/NSF Online Ocean Studies Dissemination Workshop at the University of Washington and the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle in June, 2006.
  • He presented a paper titled, “Learning to Teach About Vorticity with a Tornado Vortex Model,” on July 6, 2006 at the Seventh International Conference of School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. Brey also co-authored a paper titled, “Nationwide Dissemination of Online Weather Studies and Online Ocean Studies Courses at Minority Serving Institutions,” presented at the conference.  While in Boulder he also participated in the American Meteorological Society Education Program’s Summer Teacher Leadership Training. 
  • Brey and Kristin Runge co-presented, “Land-use Planning for Sustainable Development: Problem-Based Science Education in Action,” at the Environmental Systems Research Institute’s Annual Education User Conference in San Diego, CA, August 6, 2006.
  • Brey was featured in a Researcher Profile in Vol. 7, Issue 2 March/April 2006 Fox Cities Business, published by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • Brey participated as an NSF invited educator to the ORION Design and Implementation Workshop, held in Salt Lake City, March 26-30, 2006.  He assisted scientists and educators around the country design major new ocean observatory infrastructure recently funded under the NSF Major Research Infrastructure and Facilities Project fund.  As an educator Brey was also tasked with communicating with the scientists about potential online educational use of the research products of the facilities.  He also acted as a reporter for several of the sessions.  This activity was a follow up to his participation in the proposal development workshop for the ORION observatory held two years ago in Puerto Rico.
  • Brey participated in the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting held March 6 – 11, 2006.  He was a panelist on an AAG Education Specialty Group discussion, “Virtual Learning Communities in Geographic Higher Education.” Brey was a co-organizer of the AAG Community College Affinity Group’s Poster Session, “Getting the Best Start…Community College Geography.” He presented a poster, “Geography Excitement at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley.”
  • Brey presented a guest talk, “Geographical Information Systems: Not Just for Geographers Anymore,” to the Oshkosh Earth Science Club on March 6, 2006.
  • Brey served as a “expert scientist” on a judging panel for the National Science Teachers Association - Toshiba ExploraVision competition, on February 25 and 26, 2006 in Washington, D.C.
  • Brey participated in the Wisconsin Land Information Association Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, March 2 and 3, 2006. 
  • Brey attended the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells, March 2 and 3, 2006.  He co-authored a workshop on AMS Education Programs in Wisconsin, with Bruce Smith and Joe Moore, and held in conjunction with this meeting.
  • Brey participated in the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 2006. He presented a poster detailing the 2005 activities of the Packerland Local Chapter, and presided over the Local Chapter Affairs meeting (as chair) and participated in the AMS Education Program Diversity Program educators training.
  • Brey co-authored and presented with Kristin Runge (UWFox Lecturer in Communication Arts), “The Pinellas County Project: Project-Based, GIS Supported GeoScience,”  at the 2005 ESRI Education User Conference, July 24, 2005 San Diego, CA;
  • Brey co-authored with Kristin Runge, “The Pinellas County Project: Project-Based GeoScience & Public Speaking,” and presented  at the 12th International Conference on Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Granada, July 11, 2005, Grenada, Spain;
  • Brey participated in the American Meteorological Society’s annual summer teacher training at National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration headquarters in Silver Spring, MD in July 2005,
  • Brey was on the faculty of the American Meteorological Society / National Weather Service Diversity Training at the NWS Training Center in Kansas City, MO in June 2005.
  • Brey participated in the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, during the fall 2005.
  • Brey participated in the National Council for Geographic Education Annual Meeting in Birmingham (AL) during the fall 2005.
  • Brey served as Local Implementation Team Leader for the American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Atmosphere and Local Implementation Team Member for Water in the Earth System teacher enhancement courses for area K-12 teachers.

Christina Dunn (Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy),

  • has an article in preparation, entitled, “Extremely Large Telescopes,” scheduled for publication in Astronomy, Spring 2006;
  • collaborated with A. Beaucomp, V. Doubroski, R. Freeman, G. Hobbs, G. McCavana, R. Morton, J. Simms, X. Wei, D. Riley, D. Walker, on the research project, “New results extending the Precessions process to smoothing ground aspheres and producing freeform parts,” Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, in August;
  • participated in a teleconference with Louis Bloomfield: “How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life – Teaching an Unconventional Physics Course,” in October;
  • attended the Society of Photonics and Instrumentation Engineers, International Symposium on Optical Science and Technology, San Diego, in August;
  • attended the Michelson Summer School: Discovering New Worlds Through Astrometry Michelson Science Center, California Institute of Technology in July;
  • participated in the “Teaching Excellence in Astronomy 101 Workshop,” at the Center for Astronomy Education, Montana State University, in July;
  • helped in the preparation of NASA Small Business Innovative Research Grant for Zeeko Ltd., for “optical polishing,” resulting in the award of more than one million dollars in research funds.

Scott Emmert (Associate Professor of English),

  • had his article, “Reversals in the Fortunes of War: Ambrose Bierce, Literary Naturalism, and ‘One of the Missing, ’ ” published in The ABP Journal 1.1 (Fall 2005), an on-line, peer-reviewed journal featured by the Ambrose Bierce Project in conjunction with Penn State University.

Kenn Forsythe, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

  • Forsythe participated in an online discussion group entitled, “MOST” (Mathematics Online Support for Teachers), a distance learning professional development system that supports mathematics teachers implementing standards-based mathematics programs. The spring semester the topic was Mathematics Curriculum Issues. The sponsoring organization for MOST is the Leaders Project, an NSF funded program operated through the University of Iowa.  The program is targeted at middle school and high school teachers of mathematics who are implementing National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards-based curriculum, as most states and/or school districts adopt the NCTM standards for math expectations in kindergarten through high school.

Teresa (Terri) Gonya, (Associate Professor of Biology)

  • Gonya attended the Community Building Luncheon, and participated in a group discussion titled, “Exploring Research Jobs,” sponsored by the Fox Cities Alliance for Education, Wednesday, March 1, 2006.
  • Gonya presented, “The Body and its Care: A multiethnic Literature and Science-Based Learning Experience for Undergraduate Health Science Majors,” as part of the Enriching Racial/Ethnic Studies: Health, Education and Cultural Knowledge, at the  Institute on Race and Ethnicity conference, UW-Milwaukee, Friday April 7th, 2006. This was presented with Angela Williamson (UWFox Associate Lecturer in English).
  • Gonya presented, “Improving Student Understanding Regarding the Nature of Scientific Inquiry,” at the 2006 Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Evidence, Impact and Momentum, held in Madison March 30 - April 2nd.  This was a group presentation of the Biology SoTL investigation into the “Nature of Scientific Inquiry” and included other UW Colleges colleagues.
  • Gonya attended a Collaborative Opportunity Conference sponsored through WISys, which was held at the Water Institute in Milwaukee on June 3rd.

Peter Heyne, Associate Lecturer in English

  • At the invitation of the local Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the University of Dallas, Heyne delivered a paper and multimedia presentation titled, “’To One Thing Constant Never’: A History of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Stage, in Film, in Art, in Literary Adaptations, and in Pop Culture.” The presentation was part of a faculty and student Shakespeare Colloquium at the University of Dallas, a colloquium which Heyne founded and at which he delivered papers in 2004 (on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night) and 2005 (on The Winter’s Tale). Each colloquium coincided with and complemented full-length, period-appropriate performances of the aforementioned Shakespeare plays at the outdoor Greek theater, “The Orpheion,” a theater which Heyne founded and inaugurated in 2003 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with immense help from University of Dallas faculty, staff, and students).
  • The Much Ado paper coincided with a full-length performance of the play, which Heyne also produced, set-designed, and filmed (now available on DVD and will be donated, alongside a film of the Colloquium, to the UWFox library). In the playbill--read by at least 200 spectators of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Heyne gave prominent thanks and credit to UW-Fox Valley, which underwrote his travel expenses with a generous grant.
  • In April, Heyne traveled = to Dallas to film principal footage for a feature-length documentary on outdoor theater, specifically exploring the role of student-led Shakespeare festivals in a liberal arts education (both undergraduate and graduate). A 20-minute short film of student interviews is available online for streaming or download at his new web site promoting the liberal arts.
  • Heyne also played Orlando opposite his fiancé’s Rosalind in a rollicking production of As You Like It in December 2005. It was staged at the downtown Green Bay Brown County library.

Rex Hieser, Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Hieser was an invited participant at the National Security Seminar at the United States Army War College in Pennsylvania from June 5-9.
  • He also made a conference presentation on “Using Behavioral Contracts to Improve Student Study Habits,” held May 24 at the UW Colleges Colloquium.

Joanne Kluessendorf, Director of the Weis Earth Science Museum

  • Kluessendorf co-authored, “The Insects of the Late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) Mazon Creek Biota of Illinois.”  MAPS Digest XXVIII, No. 3, 2006. p. 42-47.
  • She presented a paper titled, “Athens Marble and the Commercial Production of Midwestern Silurian building Stones,” at the Geological Society of America-North Central Section meeting in Akron, OH, April 21, 2006
  • Kluessendorf co-authored the abstract, “The Gravicalymene celebra Trilobite Association from the Silurian (Wenlock) of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio,” for the Geological Society of America-North Central Section meeting in Akron, OH.
  • She led and helped organize a field trip on Geotourism for the Wis. DNR Foundation.
  • Kluessendorf appeared as a guest on the on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Larry Mieller Show.”
  • Kluessendorf received the UW Colleges 2006 Arthur M. Kaplan Award.
  • Kluessendorf presented talks at Neenah Rotary and the Oshkosh Earth Science Club.
  • Kluessendorf designed a course on geology for Buechel Stone Corp.
  • She coordinated the establishment of the Partners Reaching Youth in Math & Science (PRYSM) program between students from UWFox and Maplewood Middle School (Menasha), working with Terri Gonya (UWFox associate professor of biological sciences) as the campus student coordinator.
  • was inducted in July as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious academic, artistic and scientific organizations in the state; 
  •  was elected vice-chair of the Wisconsin Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee in Madison in August 2005;
  • co-organized and co-chaired a symposium entitled, "From Rocks to Records: Geologic Preservation for the Profession and the Public Good," at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, in October, where she also presented two professional papers;
  • served on the board of Quarry Quest, a Fox Cities community fundraiser, and presented activities on the day of the event in September 2005, helping to raise $15,000 for the Weis Earth Science Museum;
  • gave presentations for the Kaukauna Rotary Club, Vulcan Materials Co., and the Illinois State Geological Survey about the Weis Earth Science Museum and regional geology;
  • is featured, with the Weis Earth Science Museum, on a DVD, explaining the importance of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.
  • Kluessendorf wrote publication materials for "Living on the Edge," an arts and science adventure celebrating the Niagara Escarpment, held April 21-May 28, 2006.
  • She provided technical editing for publications on the “Ancient Reefs of Chicago” and the “Peninsula State Park Niagara Escarpment” card.
  • Kluessendorf joined the board of directors of the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton. 
  • Kluessendorf was a presenter for the UWFox Scholar Series and presented a talk, "Wisconsin's Tropical Paradise and the Curious Creatures that Lived There."
  • Kluessendorf installed a Wisconsin mineral exhibit in WI Rep. Steve Wieckert's capitol office in Madison.

Dubear Kroening, Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Kroening received an Agricultural Development and Diversification Grant in the amount of $21,840 from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection for the 05-06 year to develop a bio-product to preserve wetcake, or wet distillers grain, a byproduct of ethanol production.
  • Kroening also applied for a patent in April, 2006 for, “An Improved Method For Preserving Grain By-Products.”  It is now officially patent pending.
  • Kroening had two students, Klaire Laux and Karla Marquez, present a poster at the “Posters in the Rotunda,” in Madison, WI in April, 2006. The poster was entitled, “Mold Inhibition By Probiotic Bacteria.”
  • Kroening has been part of a UW Colleges Biology Department research team that has secured funding for the 05-06 year. The amount of $5,538 is for an Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) for Characterizing Student Understanding Regarding the Nature of Scientific Inquiry. Some of the results having been presented by other members of the research team at an International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Vancouver, Canada in October, 2005 as well as a Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in April, 2006 in Madison, WI.  Recently, another grant from OPID for continuing this work was funded for the 06-07 year for $26,840.
  • Kroening received “The Teacher of the Year Award” from UWFox Student Association in May, 2006.
  • Kroening presented a series at the Appleton Public Library in February on the topics of “Avian Flu, Evolution, and Longevity.” 

Jeff Kuepper, Student Activities Coordinator

  • co-chaired the organizing committee for the Fox Cities “Food of All Nations Celebration” held in Appleton in September 2005;
  • chaired the Fox Cities Martin Luther King Day Celebration Planning Committee, with the Celebration held on January 16th at Lawrence University in Appleton;
  • is presently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of “Toward Community,” a group of volunteers that organize and promote diversity in and around the Fox Cities;
  • served on the Fox Cities IndUS planning committee.

Pam Massey, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Athletic Director

  • Presented a teaching experience, “Teaching Active Learning in Sociology of Sport,” at the national Popular Culture Association Conference in Atlanta, GA.
  • Submitted a proposal and received a “Grant to Increase Student Engagement (GISE),”to develop a LEC course for fall 2006.

Laurel Mills, Senior Lecturer in English

  • has a poem in Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets Do Housework, published by the University of Iowa Press; 
  • in September 2005, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” aired an interview with the editor of the anthology, Pamela Gemin, with Susan Stamberg reading a section of Mills’ poem, “The Days of My Mother,” during the interview.

Jim Perry, Campus Executive Officer, Campus Dean and Professor of Biological Sciences

  • was elected and served as “Vice Chairman – Community Affairs,” an officer of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Board of Directors for 2005-2006;
  • has been elected Vice Chair of the Northeastern Educational Resource Alliance;
  • with UWFox colleagues Kimberly Dirlam Schatz (Associate Professor of Chemistry), Martin Rudd (Assistant Professor of Chemistry), George Waller (Assistant Professor of Political Science), Greg Peter (Assistant Professor of Sociology), John Beaver (Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy), and Teresa Weglarz (Lecturer in Biology), made up a team of campus representatives that attended and participated in the National Science Foundation-funded Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) summer institute held in August at Santa Clara University in CA; during the conference they began development of a new interdisciplinary course centered on sociological, political, and environmental issues associated with the element carbon (e.g. global warming, astrobiology, ground water and land use issues).


Joy Perry, Lecturer in Biology

  • Joy Perry and Jim Perry (UWFox campus executive officer, dean and professor of biological sciences) are coauthors on a forthcoming update and revision of our general biology lab manual (publication date Aug. 18). The full citation is: Perry, James W., David Morton and Joy B. Perry. 2007. Laboratory Manual for General Biology for Starr's Biology Texts, 5th edition. Thomson Wadsworth, 758 pp. 
  • Perry participated in two conferences/workshops early this summer. In May, she attended a workshop on using case studies to teach biology at SUNY-Buffalo. At this workshop, sponsored by the NSF-supported National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, Perry learned to more effectively incorporate cases and team learning in my courses and co-wrote a case regarding international development and food aid issues.
  • In June she attended the annual Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education at Purdue University. While there Perry participated in major and minor workshops presenting new teaching methods for topics as diverse as induction of plant secondary defenses and woody twig growth patterns.
  • In April Perry organized and moderated, "Environment Day," for the 2006 Leadership Fox Cities class, with a diverse program ranging from an exploration of residential land use patterns to experiencing the environmental education programs presented at Mosquito Hill Nature Center, in New London, WI.

Greg Peter, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology,

  • Peter was lead author of a 2005 book chapter in Situated Fathering titled “Farm Dads: Reconstructing Fatherhood, the Legacy of the Land and Family in the Fields of the Midwest.”
  • He was lead author of a 2006 book chapter in Country Boys: Masculinity and Rural Life titled, “Cultivating Dialogue: Sustainable Agriculture and Masculinities.”  
  • He is also working on a collaborative grant research project on Food, Nutrition, and Garbology with Lawrence University and the Appleton Area School District and the UWFox Community Mosaic Garden project.
  • He presented a research paper in April 2006 at the Midwest Sociological Society meetings held in Omaha; his paper was titled, “Give Me Your Tots!: The Political Economy of Food and Nutrition in High School.”  
  • One of Peter’s students presented a research poster at the “Posters on the Rotunda” event in April 2006.
  • Peter was awarded the UW Colleges “Arthur M. Kaplan Teaching Award” for 2005-2006. 
  • He was also honored with the Appleton Rotary Club “Cutting Edge Award” for Community Service in 2006. 
  • The UWFox Student Association also recognized Peter as the “2006 Adviser of the Year.” 
  • He facilitated the UWFox Race and Ethnicity Seminar with Dr. Steve Sheehan (UWFox Assistant Professor of History) during the spring 2006 semester. 
  • As President of the Wisconsin Sociological Association, Peter also worked this summer to organize and host the annual meeting of the WSA in October 2005 at UW-River Falls. 
  • Attended the Science Engagement for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Conference in San Jose, CA with several other UWFox faculty in August 2005.
  • Attended the Renewable Energy Conference in October 2005 at Elkhart Lake, WI;
  • Helped organize gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, helped make holiday cards for the troops, people in nursing homes, and children in local hospitals, and donated 50 “Build a Bears” to children in local hospitals over the 2005 holiday season as the adviser for the Sociology / Social Work Club and the Circle K Club at UWFox.

Tom Pleger, Associate Campus Dean and Associate Professor of Archeology and Anthropology

  • presented a lecture in July 2005 titled, “Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Mental Technology in Eastern North America,” for the Winchester Academy in Waupaca, WI, in July, as a program was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council;
  • presented a lecture in August 2005 titled, “Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Mental Technology in Eastern North America,” for the Northern Wisconsin Heritage Connection in Ashland, WI,  that was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
  • September 11, 2005 he presented a lecture titled, “Introduction to the Archaeology of Eastern Wisconsin” for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fox Cities 05-06 Class, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
  • On October 27, 2005 he presented a lecture titled, “Introduction to Wisconsin Archaeology” for the Brown Deer Historical Society, Brown Deer, Wisconsin. This program was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
  • November 8, 2005, Pleger presented a lecture titled,  “A Motorcycle Tour of the Archaeology of the Four Corners Region and the Ancestral Puebloan Peoples,” for the Robert Ritzenthaler Chapter of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
  • December 10, 2005, Pleger presented a lecture titled, “Recent Archaeological Research in Northeast Wisconsin” for the Marinette County Historical Society Annual Program, Menominee, MI.
  • On February 22, 2006,Pleger gave a presentation to UWFox Bio 103/107 class on Peruvian archaeology and ecology.
  • On March 1, 2006, Pleger attended a Research Professional luncheon and served as table host for the Fox Valley Chamber of Commerce Research Education day for area 8th graders.
  • On April 15, 2006, Pleger gave a presentation on Old Copper Industry Archaeology to the Friends of Aztalan Society, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
  • On April 29, 2006, Pleger presented a paper in an invited symposium at the Society of American Archaeology Meetings, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The paper was titled, “The Old Copper Industry in Wisconsin.” This paper has been selected for publication in an edited volume on Prehistoric Copper Working in Eastern North America and will be published by the University of Florida Press.
  • On May 7, 2006, Pleger presented a lectured entitled, “Prehistoric Site Investigator for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County.” This was a Wisconsin Humanities Council sponsored lecture.
  • On May 9, 2006, he presented a lecture entitled, “The Old Copper Industry in Wisconsin.” The lecture was presented for the Weis Earth Science Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, as part of Wisconsin Archaeology Month.
  • On May 13, 2006, Pleger presented a lecture entitled, “Prehistoric Site Investigator,” for the Hilbert Main Street Art Works and Friends of the Escarpment, Hilbert, Wisconsin.  This lecture was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
  • On June 13, 2006, Pleger gave a field tour lecture of the Effigy Mounds at High Cliff State Park for the Friends of the Escarpment, Department of Natural Resources.
  • Between June 4-25, Pleger directed the UW Colleges Archaeology Field School with UWFox Lecturer in Anthropology Janet Speth. 
  • Effective July 1, 2006, Pleger was appointed Interim Campus Dean for 06-07, University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County.
  • Pleger had the following manuscripts accepted for publication:
    • Kehoe, Alice B. and Thomas C. Pleger: A Students’ Introduction to Archaeology. (textbook) Waveland Press, IL.  Scheduled to be published in 2007.
    • Pleger, Thomas C. and James B. Stoltman: The Archaic Tradition In Wisconsin. In: Archaic Societies of the Midcontinent, edited by Thomas E. Emerson, Dale L. McElrath, and Andrew C. Fortier.  University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London.  Scheduled to be published Fall of 2006 or Spring of 2007.
    • Pleger, Thomas C.: Archaic Copper-Using Cultures in Wisconsin and Adjacent Areas.  In: Prehistoric Copper Use in Eastern North America, Edited by Mary Ann Levine, University of Florida Press.  Scheduled to be published in 2007.

Dan Putman, Professor of Philosophy

  • had a paper accepted by the journal, Contemporary Philosophy, called "What's So Great about Good Taste?," described as a response to an article called, "What's So Bad about Bad Taste?," by the philosopher John Morreall, with the paper being about the relationship of aesthetic judgment and moral character, with Morreall arguing that  really bad taste in the artistic area has some relationship to being a less than good human being, while Putman argues that there is no relationship.

Susan Rabideau, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Theatrical Director

  • was a 2005 KEEN Foundation nominee for an Excellence in Achievement Award;
  • is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2005);
  • produced and directed the UWFox production of The Diviners (fall 2005);
  • was one of twelve Public Speaking Professors selected and invited to San Francisco for “Meeting of the Minds,” a two-day brainstorming session that included networking with leaders in the public speaking world and sharing “best teaching practices” while harnessing the teaching creativity of the instructors present for possible design of a new method to teach Public Speaking;
  • was selected as one of four for the Midwest Rotary Group Cultural Study Exchange team, which required four months of training prior to going to India for 31 days to explore the country and its people in January 2006;
  • attended the Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education (AWTE) program in Madison, WI in September.

Martin Rudd, Associate Professor of Chemistry

  • Rudd was appointed Associate Professor of Chemistry.
  • He was appointed Interim Associate Campus Dean at UWFox.
  • published a paper in the international organic chemistry journal, Synthetic Communications, with the article describing the synthesis of a new class of potential non-linear optical materials that have been part of a collaborative study with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL), and is entitled, "Synthesis and Characterization of Alkyl and Aryl-(4-methyl-6-nitro-quinolin-2-yl)amines: X-Ray Structures of Ethyl and Cyclohexyl-(4-methyl-6-nitro-quinolin-2-yl)amine;" the paper was a collaborative research effort between UWFox, Baylor University and NASA's MSFC. (Synthetic. Communications, 2005, Vol. 35, p. 2067);
  • attended the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium's Annual Space Conference in August 2005 and was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the WSGC;
  • served on the UW – Colleges / UW – Extension Chancellor’s Search and Screen Committee during the summer and fall.

Kristin Runge, Lecturer in Communication and Theatre Arts

  • Runge had papers published and presented at the ESRI Education Users Conference 2006, held in San Diego, CA, and the AAC&U "Learning and Technology: Implications for Liberal Education and the Disciplines," meeting in Seattle, WA. 
  • Runge also had a group of learning community students present in April at the “Posters in the Rotunda,” in Madison and at The 7th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity. 

Marc Sackman (Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Fox Valley Concert Band),

  • played baritone saxophone and flute on a second CD produced featuring the Fox Cities’ “Big Band Reunion,” where he also performs frequently on baritone saxophone with the “Big Band Reunion;” this included a performance in September at the Fox Cities Jazz Festival in Menasha;
  • played flute and guest conducted the Appleton City Band this past summer;
  • was a member of the faculty of the Blue Mountain Music Festival, held this year in August in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he taught flute, chamber music, and music theory, and performed on one of the faculty recitals;
  • spoke at the Breakfast Rotary Club in Appleton, reflecting his experiences as a street musician in Europe;
  • gave a band and flute clinic at New London HS in December 2005.
  • This past year he performed in June on flute with the Mid-West Jazz Ensemble in Princeton, WI.
  • This summer he played flute with and guest-conducted the Appleton City Band. 
  • In August he performed and taught at the Blue Mountain Music Festival in Lawrenceville, NJ. 

Wendy Seegers, AODA Program Specialist

  • Seegers has been selected as the new Regional Director of WI and IL (effective August 2006) for “The Network – Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues.”  There are 18 Regional Directors chosen to represent the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Territories.  The Network is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
  • was confirmed for a second year to represent Wisconsin as a Regional Coordinator for The Network – Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and attended the organization’s Annual National Meeting in Indianapolis in October and begins her third term in January, 2006;
  • in July 2005, was selected, by the U.S. Department. of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, to be one of twelve expert grant reviewers to evaluate completed grant projects in the field of college alcohol prevention; the feedback she offered to the DOE was included in a comprehensive document that will assist collegiate alcohol prevention practitioners around the country.

Steven T. Sheehan (Assistant Professor of History),

  • completed a review of “Beyond the Cleavers:  Life in the 1950s,” an exhibit at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, WI, for the December 2005 issue of the Journal of American History;
  • delivered a public lecture titled, “Fireside Politics:  Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Presidency,” at the Neenah Public Library in Neenah, WI in November 2005;
  • participated in a weeklong, residential NEH Landmarks of American History Workshop, “Steel Making in Cleveland:  A Case Study of Industrialization, Immigration, Labor, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender,” at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, OH, in July 2005.

Janet Speth (Associate Lecturer in Archeology and Anthropology),

  • agreed to chair the City of Green Bay Historical Preservation Commission,
  • was appointed secretary for the editorial board of Voyageur magazine;
  • was re-elected secretary of the Wisconsin Archeological Survey (the professional organization of archeologists in Wisconsin) in October.

David Staerkel, Director of Building and Grounds

  • Staerkel was recognized for his teaching rifle marksmanship for the past 15 years for the Waushara County 4H.

Melissa Sternhagen, Assistant Professor of Engineering

  • Attended 7th Annual Midwest SoTL Conference hosted by the University of Northern Indiana in South Bend, IN on April 7.
  • Awarded a $3,000 GISE grant for a proposal titled “UW-Fox Valley Engineering First Year Experience,” from the UW Colleges to integrate service learning in an engineering and speech learning community on May 10.
  • Attended the 2006 Conference on Service Learning in Engineering sponsored by the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. on May 24-25.
  • Attended the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Workshop on k-12 Engineering Education in Chicago, IL on June 17.
  • Attended the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois on June 18-21. 
  • Co-authored and presented a paper with Jeff Hoerning of UW-Platteville for a paper titled, “Two-Year College Partners with Four-Year University of Offer Evening Engineering Degrees,” at the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, IL on June 21.
  • One of 48 participants chosen nationwide to attend the Excellence in Engineering Education (ExcEEd) conference sponsored by ASCE in West Point, NY on July 23-28.  Awarded a $2,075 fellowship by ASCE to attend this workshop dedicated to helping college faculty improve the instruction of engineering.

Abbas Taheri (Professor of Business and Economics),

  • presented a joint paper  (with R. Stevenson of UW-Madison) entitled, “”Environmental Regulation and Industrial Productivity Growth,”at the 80th Annual Conference of Western Economic Association International, in San Francisco, CA, in July 2005;
  • chaired a session and discussed a paper in another session in the same conference.

George Waller (Assistant Professor of Political Science),

  • participated in the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility) Summer Institute in San Jose, CA, in August 2005, as part of a seven-member contingent from UWFox, where the Institute focused on the development of integrative courses in the natural and social sciences to foster civic engagement and collaborative learning;
  • in December 2005, he gave a brief presentation/demonstration of classroom exercises in environmental policy to the Fox Cities Open World Russian delegation--a delegation of educators from Russia who are part of the Sister-Cities exchange program;
  • delivered a talk in December 2005 before the Kaukauna Rotary Club entitled, “Nurturing Citizenship.”

Angela Williamson (Associate Lecturer in English),

  • had four encyclopedia articles published in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature (Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson, Greenwood Press, 2005.  Five Vol.), including,"José Montalvo," "Joe Navarro," "Luis Omar Salinas," and "Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo."