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Fox Facts July 2003

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Judith Baker, Associate Professor of Art, and Jim Brey, Professor of Geography and Geology, successfully completed a second offering of “Art and Earth Science in Italy: A New Grand Tour,” in early summer 2003. This course was implemented for the first time in 2001 after the two co-wrote a successful grant to develop the course. The course began with web-based lessons during Spring Semester and featured a 13-day trip to Venice, Florence, Sorrento and Rome. Students studied famous artworks at Italy’s best galleries and visited the most important geological sites on the peninsula, including: a climb up Mt. Vesuvio, a walk about the Sofotara volcanic crater (where the heat can melt your shoes!), a visit to the Carrara Quarries and the Leaning tower of Pisa. All participants painted, drew, took photographs and kept detailed journals. Everyone will present his or her work at an Italian dinner scheduled for late summer. UW Colleges students from UWFox, UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Marathon, UW-Waukesha and UWRock participated in the program.

John Beaver has been appointed Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy by UW Colleges Chancellor Bill Messner and the UW System Board of Regents.

Jean Berger, Assistant Professor of History, has written three articles for The Encyclopedia of Russian History, a 4-volume work to be published by Macmillan Reference USA Publishing, due out September 2003. Her articles are: "Tsar Alexander I;” "The Three Emperors' League;” and "The Campaign and Treaty of Pruth River.”

Jim Brey and Kristin Runge, Associate Lecturer of Communication Arts, presented a poster entitled “Seismic Changes in Learning: One Learning Community’s First Year,” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ national conference, “Learning Communities: Research Informing Practice,” in April in Phoenix, AZ. Professional paper presentations of the same title were presented at the UW Colleges “First Year Experience Conference” and the “UW Colleges Colloquium.” (The Learning Community was also featured in an article in Aluminations – Spring 2003.) The poster and the presentations detailed lessons learned in the first-ever learning community offered at UW Fox in the fall 2002 semester: “Learning and Speaking about the Environment.” The Learning Community will be offered again for the fall 2003 semester.

Brey and Mike Jurmu (Assistant Professor of Geography and Geology at UW Fond du Lac (and formerly on the faculty at UW Fox) presented a workshop entitled, "Teaching with Geographical Information Systems,” at CESA #2 's Summer Technology Academy on June 19th at Fort Atkinson High School. The workshop introduced teachers to the power of using GIS in the classroom and covered what GIS is, why GIS is important in our society, and how GIS can be a powerful analysis and teaching tool.  Examples of how middle and high school educators use GIS in their classrooms were presented. In the hands-on sessions, participants learned to use Arc Voyager, and to do a couple of exercises with ArcView (with products developed by ESRI, the industry leader in GIS software).

Brey served on the staff of the American Meteorological Society’s Summer Teacher Training Workshop at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, June 24 – July 2. The workshop was held for the AMS Education Resource Agent teachers and provides graduate credit. The topic of the training was physical and biological oceanography. Teachers were prepared in content and leadership to offer a new teacher enhancement course entitled, “DataStreme Oceans,” to other teachers starting in spring of 2004. Brey contributed to the textbook and learning investigations (labs) that will be part of the course including special textbook sections on GPS, latitude and longitude and location at sea. He also was involved with the AMS scientific and educational team who did the organization for the workshop and the course and did special background research on beach nourishment and hands-on activities with globes. The course and the training workshop is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a unit of the US Department of Commerce, and co sponsored by the State University of New York at Brockport and the University of Washington.

Brey represented the American Meteorological Society and presented two workshops in early July at the Sexto Congreso Internacional sobre Ensenanza de Meteorologica at the Universidad Europea de Madrid in Spain. The first workshop, “Teaching Weather Online: Five Steps to Success,” introduced teachers from around the world to strategies that have made Brey’s offering of “Introduction to Meteorology” (MLG 100) for UW Colleges a success both when he introduced the course in fall and spring semesters 1999-2000 and during the last three summers. The second workshop, “Online Weather Studies – A College Level Distance Learning Course,” (presented by Brey but co-prepared by Ira Geer, Joseph Moran, Elizabeth Mills, Robert Winebeck and William Porter) led teachers through the history and content of this AMS undergraduate online meteorology course used by Brey in his offerings for UW Colleges. 180 colleges and universities around the country have adopted the course. Brey was part of the team that developed the course while he was on sabbatical at the AMS Education Office in Washington, D.C. during the 1998-1999 academic year.

Kim Dirlam-Schatz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, attended the “Field, Biotic Index and Toxicological Methods to Determine Water Quality” workshop at Ouachita Baptist College (Adelphia, AK), sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Terri Gonya, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and her departmental colleagues: Carin Allhiser, Associate Lecturer of Biology, Matt Duvall, former Associate Lecturer of Biology, Joy Perry, Lecturer of Biology, and Kim Dirlam-Schatz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, as well as the students of Biology #103 and Biology #109, participated in a water quality survey of the Kankapot Creek located in Kaukauna. The goal of the survey and study project was to monitor the chemical, physical and biological parameters of Kankapot Creek from its origin (near Sherwood) to the point where it empties into the Fox River (Kaukauna). The WI DNR has officially designated the Creek as “impaired.” Three different sites in Kankapot Creek were studied to determine the water’s characteristics of pH, flow, turbidity, and macro invertebrate diversity. The analysis of the spring semester’s classes indicated that Kankapot Creek is in “poor” condition for sustaining a diversity of living organisms. Students in Perry's and Gonya's Biology and Zoology classes, respectively, have been monitoring isolated spots in Kankapot Creek for 3 or 4 years. Both Perry and Gonya attended a workshop in fall 2002 to learn more about the effort to monitor wetlands and streams in Wisconsin. Perry initiated discussion with city of Kaukauna officials to organize a program to monitor the Kankapot Creek. Biology instructors, and their students, will continue to monitor the Creek during the fall and spring semester as part of this service-learning project. Gonya expects that, eventually chemistry, students will become involved in the project as well.

Colleen Harkins, Lecturer of Philosophy, passed her Doctoral Candidate oral exams on May 2, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation topic is, “Evil: An Alternative to Banality and Moral Monsters.”

Diana Henke, Associate Professor of Business, is a member of the 2003 Leadership Fox Cities class that graduated in May. The program is sponsored and coordinated by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In April and May, she also served as a judge for The Post Crescent’s annual “Academic All Stars” competition, in order to select the “best of the best” high school seniors nominated for the recognition from the Fox Cities’ area high schools.

Aaron Juhl, Associate Lecturer of Music, was commissioned by the French Road Elementary School Band (Rochester, NY) to compose, “Five Scenes from North America.” The composition received its premiere performance on May 22. Aaron was in attendance for the performance, and proceeded to discuss music composition with the students at the school the next day.

April Kain-Breese, Library Director, and Christine Chamness, Reference Librarian, spoke the UW Colleges Library Staff Professional Development Day, held on May 22, at the UW-Marshfield / Wood County campus. Their topic was, “Engaging Ourselves in the First Year Experience: Forging Instructional Alliances with Students, Faculty, and Staff.” They also presented a similar message at the UW Colleges “Engaging Students in the First Year” spring conference, held at UWFox on March 29.

Steve Leahy, Senior Lecturer of History, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Polish American Historical Association council. Steve has done – and is continuing to do – extensive research on Polish-American history, particularly in the Milwaukee area.

Jeff LeMieux, former Lecturer of Art at UWFox, is now an Instructor of Art at Coastal Georgia Community College (Brunswick), a campus of the University System of Georgia. Jeff reports that several of his works have garnered award-winning recognition earlier this year in local Georgia art fairs and shows.

Joy Perry, Lecturer of Biology, recently was recognized with two teaching awards. The UW Colleges presented her with the IAS [ed. note: Instructional Academic Staff] Teaching award. And, at the 2002 UWFox Commencement held on the campus in May, she was named the Marilee White IAS award winner. She also attended a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop at Ouachita Baptist College (Adelphia, AK). The workshop, titled, “Field, Biotic Index and Toxicological Methods to Determine Water Quality,” is expected to directly support her further research efforts and class projects related to the Kankapot Creek water quality studies.

Tom Pleger, Associate Campus Dean and Assistant Professor of Anthropology / Archaeology, had several scholarly works published. He collaborated in the publishing of the Papers in Honor of Carol I. Mason, “New Dates for the Oconto Old Copper Culture Cemetery." He shared editing duties with Robert A. Birmingham and Carol I. Mason on this project. Their efforts appeared in The Wisconsin Archeologist, Volume 82, No. 1 & 2, pp. 87-100. He also published, “A Brief Introduction to the Old Copper Complex of the Western Great Lakes: 4000-1000 B.C.,” which appeared in the Proceedings of the Twenty-seventh Annual Meeting of the Forest History Association of Wisconsin, Inc., Oconto, Wisconsin, October 5, 2002, pp. 10-18. Pleger has also made several professional presentations, including:

  • a lecture titled, “Introduction to Wisconsin Archaeology,” for the Marinette Women’s Club, which was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council (April 2);
    a lecture titled, “ Prehistoric Copper Ornamentation in the Great Lakes,” for the Robert Ritzenthaler Chapter of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, at the Oshkosh Public Museum (April 8);
  • a paper titled, “ Teaching Local Archaeology throughout the Great State of Wisconsin: A Case Study in Distance Learning,” to the Society of American Archaeology’s 68th Annual Meeting, April 9-13, in Milwaukee (April 10);
  • a lecture titled, “Introduction to Wisconsin Archaeology,” for the Reedsburg Public Library; the presentation was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council (April 22);
    a lecture titled, “Introduction to Wisconsin Archaeology,” for the Friends of the UW-Parkside Library, UW-Parkside in Kenosha; this presentation was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council (April 30);
  • a lecture titled, "Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Metal Technology in Eastern North America," for the Robert Ritzenthaler Chapter of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, Oshkosh Public Museum; the presentation was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council (May 13);
  • a lecture titled, "Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Metal Technology in Eastern North America," for the Walworth County Historical Society, Elkhorn; the presentation was sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council (July 13).

Brenda Rickert, Senior Student Affairs Advisor, was a speaker at the “Lunch 'n Learn” program for employees at SECURA Insurance (Appleton), on July 15.

Abbas Taheri was recently appointed Professor of Business and Economics by UW Colleges Chancellor Bill Messner and the UW System Board of Regents. Additionally, he was invited to be a speaker and to present a professional paper at the “Contemporary Economic Policy Sessions” of the Western Economic Association International, an invitation-only conference held in Denver, CO in July. The title of his paper, “Energy Price, Environmental Policy, and Technological Bias,” is one of three research projects that he has conducted jointly with his colleague at UW-Madison, Professor Rodney Stevenson. Taheri’s research was funded by a summer grant awarded to him by the UW-Madison / UW Colleges Summer Research Program. Further, he attended a daylong meeting of the Senate Assessment Committee / Department Assessment Coordinators from throughout the UW Colleges, held in June at UW-Fond du Lac.

Lee Watson, Associate Lecturer of Physical Education and Coach, was named “Coach of the Year” in women’s golf for the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference and the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association. He was also named “Coach of the Year” in men’s tennis for the WCC.