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Lisa Penterman


Lisa Penterman

“Since making my decision to enroll at UWFox I’ve been impressed by the leadership and the knowledge of the campus and professors.”

Age: 41

Hometown: Kaukauna, WI

Current residence: Kaukauna, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2009-present

Background before UWFox

I graduated from Kaukauna HS in spring 1988. My very first job at 16 was at Dick’s Drive Inn in Kaukauna. Although it wasn’t a start to my career, it was money to buy my first car. I also worked as a child care teacher for 2-1/2 year olds at Kinder-Care. I enjoyed the day care setting, watching the children learn and grow through the years and now seeing what they have become in life. It gives me a feeling of warmth and personal acknowledgement that I’ve helped these children grow into fine young adults.  I've held several positions at Appleton Medical Center, and currently working in the pharmacy there. Through the years I’ve met many people that have made me proud to be an employee at AMC and helped me to grow and achieve to the best of my abilities in order to reach for my goals.  The best part of my job is knowing that people, including both co-workers and patients, care about one another. They’re all compassionate, and willing to help others out when in need.  That makes me believe we have good people in this world. I’ve learned from the knowledge I’ve gained from my Appleton Medical Center experience that I will further myself into a career in Human Services.

Did you do any interesting travel or have any interesting experiences before coming to UWFox?

In March 1995, my mother found out she was dying from leukemia and had about nine months to live.  Her dream vacation was to go to Ireland, so we did.  She and I spent two weeks there. The people and countryside were beautiful.  Four years later, I went back to Ireland to relive what my mother and I had seen on our last trip together.  While I was working at Air Wisconsin, I took a short trip to Amsterdam with a good friend of mine.  It was a short trip but well worth it.

In 2005, a personal contact at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., was able to get me, my sister and nephew a special tour of the White House. We saw President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush hop on Air Force One. It was one of the most memorable trips anyone would imagine.

Why did you choose UWFox?

I’ve had many great people in my life that influenced me to make a decision to come to UWFox.  First, my mother came to college here to get her associate degree. To follow in her footsteps give me a sense of greatness we both share. Since making my decision to enroll at UWFox I’ve been impressed by the leadership and the knowledge of the campus and professors. Everyone is here to lend and an extra hand, whether it’s finding a classroom or helping choose classes for next semester. 

Have you chosen a major?

Right now I am focused on majoring in Human Services.

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

UWFox has opened the doors to me with its knowledge and understanding that returning adult students need the same care and concern as students do right out of high school.  With doing work-study in Campus Services office, making photo copies, sharing smiles and happy thoughts with the faculty has made me look into the one of the most influential reasons I’m a student here at UWFox.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

After receiving my Associate Degree with an emphasis in Psychology at UWFox, I plan on attending UW Oshkosh to further my career in Human Services.  I then want to get my Master’s Degree in Counseling.  My career plan is to become an advocate/counselor for sexually assaulted and domestically abused survivors.

Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?

While working in the field of sexual assault, I’ve attended numerous conferences and events and spoken to nurses, police officers, prosecutors, district attorneys and many others about the impact that the judicial system has on sexual assaulted victims. I’ve learned why we need more acknowledgement and help for the survivors and their safety.  As of September 2011, I’m honored to say that I’m on the Board of Directors with WCASA  (Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault) in Madison, WI.  WCASA is a powerful movement to Wisconsin in ending Sexual Violence.  I’m also a member of the Sexual Assault Survivors and Allies Task Force that was just created this year.  I’m very excited to be working with the Office of Justice Assistance. We’re collaborating together to stage an event in the month of April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month). We’re going to do a “wrap around” of the State Capitol with survivors and their families to help bring attention to the Fight against Sexual Assault.  I’m also very pleased to say I’m a weekly volunteer on the crisis line at The Harbor House Domestic Abuse Shelter in Appleton.  The wonderful staff and volunteers at Harbor House help meet the daily needs of the resident women and children daily.  There is so much domestic violence in the Fox Cities, I am proud to help fight this issue.

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