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Fox Facts Spring 2004

UWFox Faculty and Staff Professional Activities and Accomplishments Spring 2004

[The information, below, has been provided by the individuals cited with editing by the UWFox Office of University Relations.]

Judith Baker (Associate Professor of Art) presented a paper at the 92nd Annual Conference of the College Art Association, in Seattle. Her paper was based on the class she teaches with Joy Perry (Lecturer in Biology) and George Waller (Assistant Professor of Political Science), called “Community Mosaic: Art, Politics and the Environment.” Baker presented her paper as part of a special session panel sponsored by FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) called, “Nurturing the Social Role of Art: Service Learning in the Foundations Curriculum.”

Susan Benedict (Lecturer in Mathematics) has been selected for inclusion in the eighth edition of “Who's Who Among America's Teachers," for 2004.  According to the letter she received from the publishers, the honor was “exceptionally gratifying since it comes from a successful former student who recommended you because you made a difference in his or her life."    

Martin Brick (Associate Lecturer in English) had an article, "Blueprint(s): Rubric for a Deconstructed Age in House of Leaves," published in Critique: an Online Journal of the Arts and Culture (The University of Sydney, Australia, January 2004 issue) with “blue” as the issue's theme.

Jim Eagon (Assistant Dean for Business Services) is a UW Colleges nominee for the UW Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence (2004). He was also appointed to United Way Fox Cities Board of Directors (2004-07) and the United Way Fox Cities Community Impact Council, as Vice-Chair (2004-05).

Dave Jordahl (Associate Professor of Music) retired at the end of May 2004, after teaching music at UWFox and directing the Fox Valley Concert Band since 1981.

Joanne Kluessendorf (Director, Weis Earth Science Museum) was elected to the Board of the Wisconsin Federation of Museums. She was an invited Mentor for the Roy J. Schlemon Mentoring Program in Applied Geosciences of the Geological Society of America, and she currently serves on the GSA North-Central Section Management Board. In May, she was an invited participant on a National Science Foundation panel concerning the Curation of Terrestrial Cores, Samples, and Collections, in Houston, Texas. She also was a Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters speaker at the Cedarburg Cultural Center for a geological talk entitled, “Beneath Our Town.”

Dubear Kroening (Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences) had a professional paper recently published in the Journal of Parasitology (Vol. 89(6), 2003, pp. 1136-1141) entitled, “GUANOSINE 3?,5?-CYCLIC MONOPHOSPHATE: A TAPEWORM-SECRETED SIGNAL MOLECULE COMMUNICATING WITH THE RAT HOST'S SMALL INTESTINE.” His co-authors were Noah P. Zimmerman, Paul Bass, and John A. Oaks. Kroening is also currently leading an online discussion on the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with Technology,” which is comprised of interested parties (UW Colleges, UW universities, and others) across the state of Wisconsin.

Jeff Kuepper (Student Activities Coordinator) was named UWFox, “Staff of the Year,” as presented by the UWFox Student Association at the campus’ 2004 Commencement program on May 20. Kuepper also served as a judge for The Post Crescent’s annual selection of Fox Cities’ high school “Academic All Stars,” who were announced in May.

Paula Lovell (Lecturer in Communication Arts) was presented with the “Marilee White Instructional Academic Staff Award” at the campus’ 2004 Commencement program on May 20.

Juli McGuire (Manager, Dean’s Office) was recognized with the “Larry D. White Classified Staff Award” at the campus 2004 Commencement program on May 20.

Dick Oakland (Lecturer in Mathematics) played the part of Lt. Frank Richards in the comedy, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” as a member of Rosendale-Brandon Players, March 26-30 at the Laconia High School Auditorium in Rosendale. R-B Players fund scholarships and auditorium improvements such as new flooring and new curtains for the stage. This was the group's eighteenth annual production.

Greg Peter (Assistant Professor of Sociology) wrote a book review for the journal, Sociological Imagination, and signed a contract for a book chapter forthcoming in 2005 titled, "Farm Dads: Contemporary Challenges to Fatherhood in the Fields of the Midwest." He is a recipient of the UW-Madison / UW Colleges Summer Research Grant 2004. Peter also has been facilitating the UWFox “Ethnic Reading Seminar,” consisting of faculty, staff, students, and local citizens. In February 2004 he presented a research paper with a UWFox student at the UW-Madison “Critical Connections Conference” titled, "Cultural Contradictions and Connections in Student Life." He was invited to present, "My Balcony is My Back Forty: Sensing Place in Urban Areas," at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in April. He also reviewed four grant proposals in January 2004 for the USDA / Small Business Innovation Research Program in Washington DC. Peter was appointed council member to the USDA / NRCS / Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Council in Green Bay. And, he has been a weekly volunteer at Jefferson Elementary School in Appleton.

Jim Perry (Campus Dean / CEO and Professor of Biological Sciences) was recognized as a “Paul Harris Fellow,” by the Rotary Club of Appleton and received that organization's “Charles and Patricia Heeter Outstanding Community Leadership Award." [Ed. note: Paul Harris organized the first Rotary Club in Chicago, IL on Feb. 23, l905 and established a unique foundation to fund world service, called the “Paul Harris Fellowship.”  A fund established by the late Appleton Rotarian Charles Heeter allows the Rotary Club of Appleton to annually award Paul Harris Fellowships to club members and citizens of Appleton who demonstrate extra-ordinary community service and live the Rotary Creed.] Perry was also cited by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Club as its “2004 Badger of the Year,” for providing “Outstanding Contributions to the Betterment of the Fox Valley Area.”

Dan Putman (Professor of Philosophy) had his book, Psychological Courage, published by The University Press of America (Latham, MD 2004).

Susan Rabideau (Assistant Professor of Communication Arts / Theatre Director) directed, produced and choreographed the rock musical, “HAIR!” during April 2004. She also presented "Images of Hate, Reconciliation, and Healing: Use of The Laramie Project to Engage Both Campus and Community," at Critical Connections: Pedagogies of Engagement, Madison Feb. 27, 2004. Rabideau was also named the UWFox “Teacher of the Year,” at the 2004 Commencement program on May 20.

Martin Rudd (Assistant Professor of Chemistry) has recently published a paper entitled, “A Chloride-Bridged Chain Polymer: Synthesis and X-Ray Structure of [GdCl(µ-Cl)2(H2O)2CH3CN].” It describes a novel gadolinium compound that Rudd prepared in his laboratory. The co-authors are Gerald Willey and Nat Alcock, both of the University of Warwick (UK). It was published in the international chemistry journal Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2003, 353, 276.

Rhonda Uschan (Assistant Dean for Student Affairs) was presented with the Appleton Rotary’s annual “Cutting Edge Award,” at the campus’ annual Commencement program held on May 20. [ed. note: The Rotary Cutting Edge Award is given annually to recognize and reward an educator or educators who have made significant contributions or displayed exemplary leadership and skill in developing and/or utilizing advancement in teaching and learning methods for the benefit of the community and its quality of life.]