UWSP | Alumnus - Campus News Briefs
UWSP was once again ranked as one of the best public universities in the Midwest according to U.S. News and World Report.
UWSP was ninth among the Midwest master’s degree granting universities and leads all Wisconsin regional universities in the number of graduates who go on to earn research doctorate degrees. UWSP was also named Wisconsin’s “Greenest University” by the Princeton Review.
Sociology has been renamed the Department of Sociology and Social Work with the addition of a new social work major that was recognized by the Council on Social Work/Commission on Accreditation. The major prepares students for entry level positions in a number of social service agencies and organizations that work with issues of developmental disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, aging, poverty, homelessness, corrections and medical services. The major also prepares students for entry into graduate school in social work and to sit for the state certification exam in social work.
The Moses Creek Restoration Project in Schmeeckle Reserve has been completed, recreating the natural meanders of the creek and restoring historic wetland floodplain. New trails and boardwalks now provide access to the wetland, which has been planted with trees, shrubs and marsh vegetation. The $1.3 million restoration project, funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, was completed with student assistance. (Photo, right)
A new agreement between UWSP and Mid-State Technical College gives students who complete associate degrees in health care field programs with a smooth transition from MSTC to UWSP to complete bachelor’s degrees in health care administration or health care informatics. UWSP also has agreements with Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.
- Paul Fowler, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology at UWSP, was elected to the board of directors of the Central Wisconsin economic development group, Centergy.
- The Employee Wellness program, led by Sallie Scovill, assistant professor of health promotion and human development, earned the Governor’s Worksite Wellness Bronze Award, and UWSP was the only UW university to receive any level of the award.
- Melissa Baker, assistant professor of forestry, led a project in which her students created site plans for Tomahawk’s Bradley Park. Students met with officials to create the plans then presented them to the Tomahawk Park Planning Board and community members.
- Emmet Judziewicz, associate professor of biology and forestry, was one of three biologists to collaborate on the discovery of a new species of sunflower. The Asteraceae is only found in Isle Royale, Mich. The findings will be chronicled in the journal Brittonia, published by the New York Botanical Garden Press.
- Tyler Marchant, ’95, an assistant professor of theatre and dance, won the Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play for his direction of Freud’s Last Session. The show, most recently staged at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre in New York City, is moving on October 7 to New World Stages, the largest Off-Broadway complex in NYC. Marchant is pictured second from the left with members of the production. (Photo, right, by Beatrice Copeland.)
- Michael Estanich, assistant professor of the Theatre & Dance, has been named the regional director for the North Central Region of the American College Dance Festival Association.
- Kevin Burns, ’91, MS-NR ’94, a Treehaven forest ecologist, worked with UWSP students to develop a forest management plan for the Lincoln Hills School Juvenile Correction Facility grounds. The hope is to expand into natural resource management training and educational opportunities with the school in the future.
- Jennifer Collins, assistant professor of political science, won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Ecuador this fall. She is investigating the government of President Rafael Correa and his “Citizens’ Revolution.”
- Angela Leopold, a senior graphic design major from Park Falls, took first place in a poster design contest sponsored by the Shawano County Tourism Council, winning $750 and the usage of her poster in promotions for the county’s October Miles of Art event. Hannah Herkert, a freshman illustration major, won $250 for second place. (Photo, right)
- Students from 12 of the 13 departments in the College of Letters and Science (COLS) took part in the college’s 12th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in April. More than 100 posters and presentations were featured, which was the event’s highest participation. “This gives the students the opportunity to work with our faculty, side by side,” says Mark Williams, COLS marketing specialist. “With this kind of research, we do what many universities can’t, and we do it really well.”
- Matt Vollmer, Chilton, was awarded the Madison chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s solitary scholarship. He is the fourth UWSP communications major to win this $1,000 award in the last seven years. Vollmer is president of UWSP’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
- Tony Fuller, a philosophy and biology major, is attending Duke Medical School this fall. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Fuller was president of the Black Student Union, president of the Student Alliance for Latino Studies and Advancement, president of Omicron Delta Kappa and a tutor at the Tutoring Learning Center. (photo, right)
- The 12th annual CNR Student Research Symposium, held in April, featured 67 students with 18 oral presentations and 34 posters. Since 2000, 592 students have presented applied research and community service projects. The 2011 event was made possible through support of the John and Anne Meyer Fund for the CNR.
- Twenty students studied in Kenya for the first time over the summer under the direction of CNR Assistant Professor Holly Petrillo, who developed the course based on a permaculture curriculum that integrated ecological, social and economic aspects of sustainability. After the four-week class, five of the students stayed in Kenya to complete internships.
- Britta Peterson, Luck, a senior majoring in wildlife ecology and member of the women’s varsity basketball team, was WIAC Player of the Year and Central Region Player of the Year. She was also honored for her 2010-11 play when her jersey was displayed in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s “Ring of Honor.” (photo, right)
- Konna Jahns, a junior interior architecture major from Ripon, won the $1,000 ASID Wisconsin Student Scholarship.