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Fox Facts January 2003

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Fox Facts

Ken Anderson, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, Emeritus

Ken authored the book, Good Grief! Using the Grief Sheet to Improve Community Theatre Production. The 586-page book was written to encourage theatre directors to take advantage of the benefits involved in a daily written critique of amateur play rehearsals. In the Spring 2002, Ken produced a CD entitled, "Andersen's Wonder Stories," a narrated collection of four of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. Ken narrates: "The Ugly Duckling;" "The Tinderbox;" "The Emperor's New Clothes;" and, "The Fir Tree."

Jean Berger, Assistant Professor of History

Jean attended the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies National Convention which was held in Pittsburgh, PA from November 22-24. She participated in a roundtable discussion on "Novgorodians, Fur Traders, Varangians, and Imperial Russian Bureaucrats." As part of this roundtable, she presented a paper on "Comparative Methodologies for the Examination of Toys and Leisure Activities in Medieval Russia and Medieval Western Europe." She also attended a symposium entitled, "Pre-Modern Russia and its World: A Symposium Honoring the Work of Thomas S. Noonan," which was held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus on November 2, 2002.

Judith Baker, Associate Professor of Art, Jim Brey, Professor of Geography / Geology, and Diana Henke, Associate Professor of Business

All three participated in "Computers in the Classroom Conference" sponsored by the University of South Carolina, Nov. 9-13, 2002, in Myrtle Beach, SC. Jim and Judith made a joint presentation, "Preparing for Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Online: 'Art and Earth Science in Italy.' " Diana's presentation was entitled, "Teaching Introduction to Management Information Systems as a Hybrid Course."

Baker and Brey received a personal letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction and University of Wisconsin Regent Elizabeth Burmaster, congratulating them for the presentation of their paper on interdisciplinary studies. "The connection between Art and Earth Science must be extremely engaging for you and your students. Best wishes for continued success in your work with students and colleagues at UW-Fox Valley," Burmaster wrote.

Darrren DeFrain, Assistant Professor of English

Darren's novel, The Salt Palace, was taken last spring and will be out next October. He's just published a memoir essay, "The Owners," in Permafrost. A story, "The Insurance Adjuster," was in The Green Hills Literary Lantern. Another story, "Going on 99," was republished in Decoder. And he's got a story, "Public Displays," and an essay, "Evangelical Rubric," forthcoming from The Chicago Quarterly Review and Willow Springs respectively.

Scott Emmert, Assistant Professor of English

As an invited guest lecturer, Scott spoke to film students at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His topic was the history of the movie Western and the significance of John Ford's The Searchers (October 7, 2002). At the 12th Annual Central New York Conference on Language and Literature he chaired a panel entitled, "20th Century American Sports Literature and Culture" (October 28, 2002). The conference was held in Cortland, New York, October 27-29, 2002.

Michael Fonkem, Associate Lecturer of Foreign Languages (French)

Michael received the good news that a book he edited recently has just been published. Titled The British Southern Cameroons 1922-1961: A Study in Colonialism and Underdevelopment, the approximately 300 page book came off the press in December 2002.

Leea Glasheen, Multicultural Student Advisor

Leea has been elected to a two-year term as Public Relations Officer for African Heritage, Inc. While most of the 75-member organization's activities take place in Appleton, Neenah, and Menasha, there is membership from Green Bay to Oshkosh to Stevens Point .

Dave Hager, Director of University Relations

Dave attended the American Marketing Association's annual Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education, November 10-13, 2002 in Chicago. He has also been a monthly participant on the WHBY AM1150 "Mad Dog and Merrill Morning Show," talking about upcoming campus events. A special campus guest is also part of the show, and have included Karen Klamczynski (Director of the Barlow Planetarium) talking about upcoming new planetarium shows; and, Cathy Murray, explaining the new UWFox-UW-Platteville collaborative engineering degree program. Other campus colleagues will be asked to participate as guests in order to provide timely information for upcoming campus events that they're managing or promoting.

Joanne Kluessendorf, Director / Curator of the Weis Earth Science Museum

Joanne appeared on the Wisconsin Public Radio show hosted by Larry Mieller on Monday, Nov. 11, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. One listener wrote to WPR after that show with the following comment about Joanne's appearance:

" You know Joanne is not only a profound expert on geology, she has an infectious enthusiasm. Like your guys from the Space Place, she would be an ideal guest to have on periodically. Moreover, she is a role model for women in the sciences."

Steve Leahy, Senior Lecturer of History

Steve authored the award winning The Life of Milwaukee’s Most Popular Politician, Clement J. Zablocki: Milwaukee Politics and Congressional Foreign Policy. The 232-page book was honored by the Polish American Historical Association as a co-winner of the Halecki Award for outstanding scholarly book on the Polish experience in the United States.

Richard Lara, Lecturer of Philosophy

Richard presented a professional paper at Ripon College's "Globalization 2002: State of the Debate" Conference, held November 14-16. He took part in a panel discussion on the "Philosophical Perspectives on Globalization," and presented his paper, "Intellectual Conscience vs. Conflict: The Creative Path to Globalization." The conference was part of Ripon College's Global Studies program and the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Richard McCarthy, Senior Lecturer of Sociology

Rich made presentations and conducted discussion sessions covering a variety of sociological topics on September 16 and 30, October 11 and 28, at the Touchmark facility (Appleton), for the residents and staff. On September 18, 2002, Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna and the Appleton Common Council appointed Rich to a two-year term on the Fox Cities Transit Commission, filling an unexpired term that ends in April 2004. He also presented a professional paper at the Association for the Sociology of Religion, in Chicago, on August 15, 2002. It was entitled, "Why Should the Methodists Have All The Good Music?"

Cathy Paynter, Director of Continuing Education

She attended the National LERN (Learning Resources Network) Conference in Orlando Florida Dec. 5-7, 2002

Jim Perry, Campus Dean / CEO and Professor of Biological Sciences, Carla Rabe, Senior Student Affairs Coordinator, and Evelyn Li, Distance Education Coordinator and Web Editor

All three colleagues were recognized as individual recipients of the UW Colleges prestigious Kaplan Award.

Susan Rabideau, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Theatre Director

Susan attended the "Regional Empowerment Workshop," with Eve Ensler in Chicago, November 9, 2002. She also provided instruction for Continuing Education for a Discovery Imagination Group, November 17, 2002.

Virendra Sharma, Senior Lecturer and Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Columbia University and the Columbia / Barnard / Asia Society, invited Virendra to be a presenter for the program, "The Court of Jaisingh II: Scientific, Religious, and Artistic Mediations," as part of The Barbara Stoler Miller Memorial Conference for 2003, Friday-Sunday, February 7-9. He will be presenting a paper on his expertise, including "The Exact Science between Indic and Islamic traditions," and the Jantar Mantar Observatory in India.

Dave Staerkel, Director of Building and Grounds

Dave was named "Coach of the Year" for Fall 2002 by his coaching peers in the Mid-State Pop Warner and Cheerleading Conference, made up of teams from Plainfield, Wild Rose, Almond, Berlin, Montello, Westfield, Manawa, and Wautoma.

Abbas Taheri, Associate Professor of Business

Abbas' research paper (jointly with Dr. Rodney Stevenson) has been published in The Energy Journal, a prestigious international publication. The paper is entitled, "Energy Price, Environmental Policy, and Technological Bias."

George Waller, Assistant Professor of Political Science

George spoke to the residents and staff at Touchmark (Appleton) on Monday, November 18, speaking on the midterm elections and voting behavior.