Fox Facts Summer 2004
UWFox Faculty and Staff Professional Activities and Accomplishments End of Year 2004
[The information, below, has been provided by the individuals cited with editing by the UWFox Office of University Relations.]
Malcolm Allen (Professor of English) had an article entitled, “Eduard Bertz’s Rugby, Tennessee,” accepted for publication by The Gissing Journal (January 2005).
John Beaver (Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy) gave a presentation in October to the Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers annual meeting entitled, “Modeling and Measuring the Electrostatic Force Between Two Conducting Spheres: Building Intuition About Charge Configurations.” Four of his photographs are featured in Issue #7, Fall 2004, of Nidus, an online art and literary journal published by the University of Pittsburgh (www.pitt.edu/~nidus). Beaver had a solo show of his photography featured at the Ohio Art League Gallery in Columbus, Ohio from July 3 – 31, entitled, “Tears of Rage: Cyanonegative and New Antiquarian Photography.” Beaver has a solo show of his photography displayed at the Curler Gallery at UW-Fox Valley, Nov. 5, 2004 – January 31, 2005; it’s titled, “Cyanonegative Photography: The Science of a New Antiquarian Art.”
Darren DeFrain (Assistant Professor of English) taught a “Literary Tour of Ireland” course with Paula Lovell (Lecturer in Communication Arts) this past spring, culminating in a tour of the Emerald Isle in early June. He sold a story, “Fat Broad,” to The Bryant Literary Review, and an essay, “Angel Dave” to The Cimarron Review. Both are expected to be published in spring 2005. DeFrain noted that The Cimarron Review was voted one of the 50 best markets for published fiction. He also finished final drafts on his novel, “The Salt Palace,” which will be published in the fall 2005. He taught a session on memoir writing at the Aestival Festival in Menasha in September. DeFrain was also named a UWFox winner of the UW Colleges “Arthur M. Kaplan Award.” He was cited for his efforts in course development, innovative use of technology in the classroom, and contributing to student successes; developing new courses within interdisciplinary learning; co-developing the course, “Literary Tour of Ireland;” providing academic support for students both in and out of his classes; the successful placement of a number of his students at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference (Ogden, UT) and assisting with the funding of their round trip to attend; using a variety of guest speakers in the classroom; starting the UWFox Film Series; teaching “memoir writing” at the Appleton Public Library; serving as a role model to students as a published author; and adding “real-life” observation through field trips to supplement the literary images studied in his classroom.
Ted DuFour (Student Affairs Advisor) attended the East Central Wisconsin Counseling Association conference on Friday, November 12, 2004.
Scott Emmert (Assistant Professor of English) spoke on “19th Century baseball in the Fox Valley,” in conjunction with the Hearthstone Historic House Museum’s exhibit on Victorian leisure activities in August 2004. In October, Upon Further Review: Sports in American Literature (Praeger), a collection of essays he edited with Michael Cocchiarale of Widener University, was published.
Teri Gonya (Associate Professor of Biological Sciences) led an animal behavior lab exercise as part of the AAUW Science Rocks activity day held at Shattuck Middle School in Neenah in November. This program is designed to give young women in middle school the opportunity to explore math and science topics in a fun, non-threatening manner. Also in November, she participated as a judge in the 4th Appleton Regional First Lego League tournament held at Fox Valley Lutheran High School. This competition is for students in grades 4 - 8 who must design and build Lego robots that can maneuver about a challenge course. Gonya was nominated for inclusion in the eighth edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, published in September, 2004.
Joanne Kluessendorf (Director of the Weis Earth Science Museum) organized and implemented the 2004 Tri-State Geological Field Conference held at the Weis Earth Science Museum on Oct. 2-3. The 75 participants attending visited local quarries and outcrops associated with the Niagara Escarpment and glacial geology on a trip entitled, “The Lake and the Ledge: A geological journey around Lake Winnebago.” In July, she served as a commentator for a video on the importance of subsurface geological cores prepared by the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey to be shown to state legislators, UW personnel, and the public. Throughout 2004, Kluessendorf served as a member of the “Quarry Quest” board and was involved with raising funds, planning activities, and made geological presentations during this year’s September event. The Weis Earth Science Museum was a beneficiary of "Quarry Quest” again this year, receiving more than $16,000 from event proceeds. She was elected to a second term to the Girl Scouts of the Fox River Valley Council board this past summer. As a board member, Kluessendorf helped to organize the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Federation of Museums, which was held in Manitowoc on October 10-11. She was elected President of the Great Lakes Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology in September. In November, Kluessendorf attended the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Denver, where she served on the Paleontological Society’s Collections Committee and Education Committee. She presented a paper entitled, “Teachers’ Workshops: Lessons Learned,” and co-authored another abstract on Silurian myriapod fossils from Waukesha, Wisconsin. She received a grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region Opportunity Fund for display panels to use in the “Science/Art Fusion” project sponsored by the Weis Earth Science Museum and the Barlow Planetarium. The project exhibit shows the inter-relationship between art and science. The very first exhibit for this project, “Cyanonegative Photography: the Science of a New Antiquarian Art,” created by UWFox’s John Beaver (Associate Professor of Physics) opened on November 1, 2004 and will run through January 31, 2005.
Kluessendorf co-authored the paper, “A new Synziphosurine (Chelicerata: Xiphosura) from the Late Llandovery (Silurian) Waukesha Lagerstätte, Wisconsin, USA,” which will be published in the Journal of Paleontology, vol. 79, no. 2, with authors from the University of Bristol (England), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Yale University (CT), and the Illinois State Geological Survey.
Jeff Kuepper (Student Activities Coordinator) represented UWFox at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce “Global Fox Cities” meeting and conversation. This was the kickoff event for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “Diversity Training for the 21st Century” program, held at Riverview Country Club in November. Kuepper was also named a UWFox winner of the UW Colleges annual “Arthur M. Kaplan Award.” He was cited for his efforts in organizing campus programs that support various academic courses; helping to develop the campus’ first Learning Community; writing and submitting several grants that were awarded; helping to coordinate several philanthropic programs on campus; organizing and coordinating several leadership workshops and the Student Success Series for students; being named, “Staff of the Year,” for four consecutive years; serving on the Regional Leadership Board of the National Association of Campus Activities, as a board member of the Wisconsin College Personnel Association, and as a participant in the Leadership Fox Cities Program.
Pa Lee Moua (Multicultural Advisor) represented UWFox at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce “Global Fox Cities” meeting and conversation. This was the kickoff event for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “Diversity Training for the 21st Century” program, held at Riverview Country Club in November. She also attended the East Central Wisconsin Counseling Association conference on Friday, November 12, 2004. The event was held in Kimberly and was an opportunity to hear of the current issues regarding working with students and to network with other school and community counselors.
Jeff Mueller (Adult Student Affairs Coordinator) attended the East Central Wisconsin Counseling Association conference on Friday, November 12, 2004.
Jim Perry (Campus Dean and Professor of Biological Sciences) was elected to the Council of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
Greg Peter (Assistant Professor of Sociology) was a recipient of the UW-Madison/UW-Colleges Summer Research Grant 2004 which allowed him to complete a book chapter titled, “Farm Dads: Reconstructing Fatherhood, the Legacy of the Land, and Family in the Fields of the Midwest” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). He was also the co-author of, “Farming for Us All: Postmodern Agriculture and the Cultivation of Sustainability” (Penn State University Press, 2004). He has been invited to make a presentation from this research at Lawrence University (Appleton) in February 2005. Peter presented a paper titled, “Is it My Backyard or Our Watershed? Challenges to Resource Conservation and Development in the U.S.,” at the Rural Sociological Society meetings in August and was an invited panelist for, “The Role of Two Year Campuses in Increasing Quantitative Literacy,” for the American Sociological Association Capstone Conference in July. He also been a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture / Natural Resource Conservation Service / Glacierland Resource Conservation & Development Council and is conducting research on watershed level natural resource management in the Fox Valley area. Peter has also helped do fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the Fox Valley and have been a frequent volunteer at Jefferson Elementary School (Appleton).
Thomas C. Pleger (Assistant Professor of Archeology / Anthropology and Associate Dean) participated in Nathan S. Lowrey’s Ph.D. dissertation defense in March at The American University Washington, D.C. He also served as a reader on the dissertation committee for AU’s Department of Anthropology. In March Pleger presented a summary of the UW Colleges Archaeology Field School projects at UW-Marinette for the Wisconsin Campus Compact, Lawrence University. In April he gave a lecture on Wisconsin Archaeology for the Thompson Senior Citizens Center (Appleton). In May
Pleger presented a lecture on Wisconsin Archaeology for the Leadership Fox Cities program (of the Fox Valley Chamber of Commerce and Industry) as a contribution for Wisconsin Archaeology Week. He also constructed an exhibit focusing on UWC/UWFOX Archaeology research in NE Wisconsin. In June, Pleger organized and taught a day long UW Continuing Education Course on Wisconsin Archaeology through the UWFox Office of Continuing Education. In August, Pleger presented a Wisconsin Humanities Council sponsored lecture titled, “Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Metal Technology in Eastern North America,” at the Ozaukee County Historical Society (Grafton, WI). During the same month he presented a workshop titled, “Piecing Together the Puzzles of the Past: Using Archaeology to Interpret Native American Life in Wisconsin,” for the Teachers Academy For the Study of American History at UW-Oshkosh. In September, Pleger presented a lecture on the “Prehistory of NE Wisconsin,” for the Leadership Fox Cities Class of 05, in Elkhart Lake, WI. In September, he presented a Wisconsin Humanities Council sponsored lecture titled, “Great Lakes Archaic Indians: The Origins of Prehistoric Metal Technology in Eastern North America” for the AAUW-Marinette-Menominee, at UW-Marinette. Later that month Pleger presented a lecture titled, “The Old Copper Complex of the Western Great Lakes” for the Wisconsin Council for Local History Regional Convention, in Oconto, WI. In October, he presented a lecture on recent research concerning the Old Copper Complex/Industry of the Western Great Lakes for the UW-Madison Department of Anthropology Brown Bag Colloquium. In December, Pleger presented, “The Archaic Tradition In Wisconsin: 8000-500 B.C.,” a co-authored paper with UW-Madison Emeritus Professor of Anthropology James B. Stoltman. This paper presented at the Urbana Conference on the Archaic Societies of the Mid-Continent and was sponsored by the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. This particular paper has been selected for publication in an edited volume of Archaic Societies of the Mid-Continent. It will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2005. In 2004 Pleger peer-reviewed articles submitted for publication in the following professional journals: American Antiquity, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, and the Journal of Archaeological Science. Pleger also had several items published in 2004, including: “Book Review of Twelve Millennia: Archaeology of the Upper Mississippi River Valley” (University of Iowa Press, Voyager: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review, December, 2004); “Book Review of Like a Deer Chased by the Dogs: The Life of Chief Oshkosh (Oshkosh Public Museum, Voyager: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review, December, 2004); “Old Copper Complex Flourishes in North America”, pp. 79-80, Great Events from History, Prehistory-476 C.E., Edited by Mark W. Chavalas (Salem Press, Pasadena, CA.
Carla Rabe (Assistant Director of Student Affairs) attended the East Central Wisconsin Counseling Association conference on Friday, November 12, 2004. Professional development monies allowed her and several of her colleagues to attend. Rabe’s attendance was sponsored by the board as she is an active board member currently serving as its treasurer. While at the same 2004 conference, she made a presentation titled, "Mentoring New Professionals/Supervising Interns.”
Martin Rudd (Assistant Professor of Chemistry) has been selected as the University of Wisconsin Colleges Teaching Fellow for 2005-2006. As such, he will attend the UW System Faculty College held May 31-June 3, 2005 at UW-Richland; the 2005 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Summer Institute in Madison in June; and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development’s annual Spring Conference in 2006. He is also expected to undertake a scholarly teaching project during the year. Additionally, Rudd was also named a UWFox winner of the UW Colleges annual “Arthur M. Kaplan Award.” He was cited for his dedication to his students; the teaching techniques he’s used to reach his students; providing new interest and energy in the campus’ Chemistry Club, as its advisor; providing stimulating field trips, independent study projects, and programs that have reached out to broaden and enrich his students’ experiences. In her recognition of Rudd, Interim Chancellor Margaret Cleek said, “You are an inspiration.”
Max Schultz (Graphic Artist, University Relations and Director of the Bohrod Art Gallery) Jeff Kuepper and Pa Lee Moua represented UWFox at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce “Global Fox Cities” meeting and conversation. This was the kickoff event for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “Diversity Training for the 21st Century” program, held at Riverview Country Club in November. Schultz was also recognized with a First Place as the “Best Local Artist,” as selected by readers of The Post Crescent in its annual “Best of the Valley – Readers’ Choice Awards” for 2004.
Steven T. Sheehan (Assistant Professor of History) delivered a paper titled, “‘We Just Want a Comfortable Life for Ourselves:’ The Chemical Century at Du Pont Toledo, 1945-1972,” at the North American Labor History Conference (Detroit, MI) in October 2004. The paper is part of an ongoing research project exploring the development of American consumer culture following World War II. He also conducted a teacher training seminar titled, “A Nation of Consumers: America in the 20th Century,” at the Teachers Academy for the Study of American History held at the UW-Oshkosh campus in August 2004. The session provided area elementary and secondary school teachers with information and resources needed to incorporate the study of American consumer culture into their history and social science curriculums. In July, Sheehan delivered a public lecture titled, “Excursions, Touring, and Outdoor Recreation in the Late 19th Century,” at the Appleton Art Center in downtown Appleton. The Hearthstone Historic Museum of Appleton hosted the talk as a supplement to the museum’s exhibit, “In the Good Ol’ Summertime: Recreation in the Late 19th Century.”
Janet Speth was named to the City of Green Bay Historic Preservation Commission by Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt.
Abbas Taheri (Professor of Business and Economics) presented a paper titled, “Environmental Compliance and Industrial Productivity in US,” at the 24th Annual North American Conference of the USAEE/IAEE in Washington, DC, July 10, 2004. This is a collaborative research project with Professor Rodney Stevenson (UW-Madison) and was funded by a UW-Madison/UW-Colleges Summer Research Grant. During the summer of 2004, he was selected to serve as an outside reviewer to evaluate the research and scholarship of an Associate Professor of Economics at Penn State University, who was up for promotion to the rank of Full Professor. Taheri made his evaluation of the quality and quantity of the candidate’s scholarship directly to the dean of college. During the summer of 2004, Taheri was elected by the Department of Business and Economics as the new Chair of the Department, and which was later approved by then-Chancellor Bill Messner.
George Waller (Assistant Professor of Political Science) delivered a presentation entitled, “Community Mosaic: Art, Politics, and the Environment,” at the 9th Annual Conference on Learning Communities and Collaboration in Kansas City, MO, November 11-13, 2004. He also did “Election Night” analysis and commentary for WHBY AM1150 talk radio on election night, November 2, 2004.
Lee Watson (Associate Lecturer and Coach, Physical Education) was named “Coach of the Year” in the WJCAA for women's golf this year. He also earned his Master's of Science Degree from UW-La Crosse, with emphasis in Sports Administration, in August of this year.