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Fox Facts April 2003

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Fox Facts

Fonkem Achenkeng , Associate Lecturer of Foreign Languages (French), participated at the 2003 International Education Conference at UW-Madison March 21 - March 22, which focused on the theme, "Education Across Six Continents: Teaching & Curriculum for a Global Society.” He also presented a paper titled, "Conflict & Conflict Resolution in Africa: The Colonial Factor," at the 4th Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies (SIRAS) organized at Kentucky State University (Frankfort) from March 27-29. At the invitation of the Social Ministries Committee, Fonkem was guest speaker at Immanuel-Trinity, (Fond du Lac, WI) on March 23. His presentation was titled, “Christianity and African Traditional Religions.” He spoke at the Global Studies Program, Ripon College (WI) on April 4, with his topic being, “American Foreign Policy Actions in Post-Cold War Africa: Principles and interests at the Crossroads.”

Jim Eagon, Assistant Dean of Administrative Services, was named the “2002 United Way Fox Cities Volunteer Service Award” winner at the United Way annual meeting. This award goes to a United Way volunteer nominated for his or her outstanding contributions to the organization. In presenting the award, Peter Kelly, President and CEO of United Way Fox Cities, said, “When Jim gets involved he is committed to the cause. He is an excellent role model. Our community is a better place because of dedicated people like Jim Eagon.” Jim began his volunteer association with United Way Fox Cities over eight years ago. During this period, he participated in all aspects of Fund Distribution, including panel leadership roles for four years; has been a member of the Admissions and Review Committee; served as a member of the Outcomes Advisory Committee for the past four years; continues to serve on the Fund Distribution Strategic Planning Committee. His nominator, Dave Sebora (United Way volunteer), says, "I've learned that when Jim speaks, I listen especially hard. He is quick to analyze and synthesize the issues at hand. His responses are insightful. He challenges others with his questions in both a quiet and respectful way." Mark Koehl, outgoing United Way board chair said, “Jim has been a valuable leader of the fund distribution process and our strategic planning efforts. His comments are always thoughtful and demonstrate the caring attitude he has for our community.”

Scott Emmert, Assistant Professor of English, published the article “Drawing-room Naturalism in Edith Wharton’s Early Short Stories,” in Journal of the Short Story in English (Autumn 2002). The article appeared in February of 2003. In addition, on March 8th, he presented the paper “Counting Themselves In: Female Participation and the Salience of Gender in Boxing Stories,” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention held this year in Boston, MA.

Diana Henke, Associate Professor of Business and Economics, participated in the "Ethics Every Day" Conference at Gibralter High School on February 3. She was one of the presenters asked to speak during the day-long event, and her break-out session topic was, "Business Ethics: An Oxymoron?" Other presenters in their respective sessions covered ethics topics related to biomedicine, broadcast news, athletics, sports journalism, the death penalty, war, world religions, free speech rights, technology, media, individual and personal issues. She is a member of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Fox Cities” class of 2002-2003. She also served as a judge for The (Appleton) Post Crescent’s annual “Academic All Star” competition, in which approximately 80 Fox Cities high school seniors are evaluated to be cited as the “best of the best.”

Joanne Kluessendorf, Director of the Weis Earth Science Museum, received the 2002 Eugene Richardson Award from the Mid America Paleontology Society (the largest group of amateur paleontologists in the world) during its annual convention in Macomb, IL on March 28, 2003. The award was presented (in absentia) to Joanne in recognition for "unselfish dedication to amateur paleontologists, encouragement of young people in paleontological study, and commitment to public education."

Rich McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, will be working with Big Brothers / Big Sisters (Appleton), beginning in September. He will be developing programs to deal with diversity and multiculturalism for the "Big Brothers" and the "Big Sisters," who work with their "little brothers and little sisters" and their biological parents.

Juli McGuire, Dean’s Office Manager, was cited in a personal letter from the 2002 Fox Cities United Way Co-Chairs, Jon Stellmacher (Thrivent for Lutherans) and Dr. Mike Thompson (Menasha Joint School District) to UWFox Campus Sean Jim Perry. She was recognized as one of their campaign's "True Superheroes." According to the letter, Juli was instrumental in "helping to organize your [UWFox's] campaign." The letter also expressed thanks to "UW Fox Valley [sic.] for demonstrating your belief in our community in so many dynamic ways. Your help, combined with that of others, has a monumental impact on the quality of life in the Fox Cities.”

Laurel Mills, Senior Lecturer in English, has a poem "Geography of Love" appearing in the new anthology Are You Experienced? (Edited by Pamela Gemin and published by the University of Iowa Press.)

Jeff Mueller, Student Affairs Advisor, gave an off-campus presentation on April 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church (Appleton), for the Young Adults' Ministry. The topic of the presentation was two-fold; "Work Values" & "Out of School...Now What?” He also gave a presentation at Peabody Manor Nursing Home (Appleton) on February 21. The topic was, "Beating the Winter Blahs.”

Dick Oakland, Lecturer in Math, appeared on radio station KFIZ (Fond du Lac, WI) as part of the Rosendale-Brandon Players on March 20.

Mary Pable, Assistant Professor of Foreign Language (Spanish), was recently awarded UW Colleges professional development funds to support her efforts obtain a portion the credits she needs to complete a second Masters at UW-Milwaukee. Her choice of fields—history with an emphasis on Spain and Latin America—“will be an asset to you in teaching and to the department in areas of cultural expertise,” according to the committee that presented the award.

Dan Putman, Professor of Philosophy, spoke at the Noon hour Philosophers session, held at Trinity Lutheran Church (Appleton) on March 19. This is the 15th year in a row that he’s spoken there. His topic was, “David Hume: The Great Skeptic.”

Susan Rabideau, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts / Theatre Director, judged area Forensic tournaments in February and March. She directed, produced and performed in The Vagina Monologues, which raised over $4,500 for local support groups. She also hosted “First Year Experience” panel discussion at the UW Colleges“First Year Experience Conference” held at UWFox on March 29. Additionally, she’s spent some time as an usher at the Weidner Center (Green Bay), produced and directed The Laramie Project (April 2003), and ran (Appleton’s) Attic Theatre’s cold reading seminar.

Abbas Taheri, Associate Professor of Business and Economics, was asked to submit a joint (with R. Stevenson, UW-Madison) research proposal for the Summer 2003, for possible future funding to the Energy Information Administration’s Research Fellowship Program. The program is administered by the American Statistical Association. He has submitted a proposal entitled, “Environmental Compliance and the Productivity Slowdown The Case of U.S. Manufacturing Sector: 1959-1996.” He attended the 22003 Annual Meeting of Allied Social Science Associations held in Washington, D.C., January 3-5. Abbas was contacted by the editor of the publication, “Who’s Who in America,” informing him that he was being considered for inclusion into its 21st Century Edition. He provided the requested information and is awaiting the decision as to whether or not he’ll be included.

Max Schultz, Graphic Artist / Director of the Bohrod Gallery, was asked to judge / select the award winning artists for the Appleton Arts Center’s exhibit, “Arb at the Art Center.” This event was formerly known as “Art at the Arb,” which was held at the Appleton Memorial Park Arboretum. He also wrote a grant request, that was approved, to the Community Foundation of the Fox Cities, Inc., in support of the Bohrod Gallery’s “Midwest Photography Invitational XII. The exhibit ran from April 1 to May 1.