Lawrence University Faculty To Perform at UWFox ‘Noon Recital’

November 17, 2011

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a special music recital on Monday, November 21. The Recital is being held in Perry Hall, inside the Communication Arts Center, beginning at noon.

Lawrence University faculty members John Daniel and Nick Towns will be the featured performers. Daniel is the Professor of Trumpet at Lawrence University and Towns teaches collaborative piano at LU. 

The recital is free and open to the public, with unreserved seating. For more information, contact Dr. Marc Sackman, associate professor of music, at 920-832-2625 or email, or visit


UWFox to Host 2011 ‘GIS Day Open House’ on November 16

November 11, 2011

GIS DayOn November 16, more than 80 countries will be participating in “GIS Day 2011,” with the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley serving as a host location for local activities. Dr. Andrew Shears, assistant professor of geography at UWFox, will be hosting a variety of displays and learning activities, and coordinated with The Fox Valley GIS User’s Group. The FVGISUG will be represented by professionals from Winnebago County, the City of Appleton, the Village of Little Chute, the Town of Greenville, the NE Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, as well as private firms. Shears and his associates will be showcasing GIS-related displays and technology via an “open house” format in the UWFox science wing, room #1065, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

GIS Day is held annually on the Wednesday of “Geography Awareness Week,” which this year falls during the week of November 14-18. The National Geographic Society has sponsored Geography Awareness Week since 1987 to promote geographic literacy in schools, communities, and organizations, with a focus on the education of children.

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, The Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Esri.

During the UWFox GIS Day open house, Shears says that there will be “GIS demonstrations that will be guided through computers and iPads, posters of research, and GIS-related displays” for guests to view and interact with. “In addition, we’ll have door prizes that are largely geared toward college kids. The prizes have been donated by Esri software,” Shears explained.

This is the second year in row that UWFox has hosted Fox Cities GIS Day activities. “My co-hosts and I want to show the UWFox students and guests from the general public just want GIS can do, and how this technology can help solve problems for our society, government, institutions and individuals. Sample applications include redistricting electoral districts, urban planning, mapping, analyses, and planning.”

GIS Day at UWFox is free and open to the public, with free parking available on the west side of the campus. For more information about GIS Day at UWFox, contact Shears at 920-832-2851 or email


UWFox Hosts Scholars Series Presentation on ‘The Ethics of Sportfishing’

November 8, 2011

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a special edition of its monthly Scholars Series when it presents, “Fishing Is(n’t) Murder: The Ethics of Sportfishing,” on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Perry Hall.

The presenter is Dr. Gene Helfman, professor emeritus, the Odom School of Ecology, University of Georgia. Helfman has conducted research on fish conservation, including the effects of land use on fish, invasive species, behavioral and ecological interactions and their respective impact on fish conservation.of right and wrong.

Gene Helfman

Helfman will be engaging the audience in a science-based exploration of the ethical arguments, both pros and cons, of sport and other kinds of fishing. He has found that, despite reluctance, individuals involved in sport fishing are sometimes challenged with ethical questions regarding the moral constructs of right and wrong. He will include within his discussion whether or not fish feel pain and how that issue influences personal decisions about sport fishing.

“A good rule of angling philosophy is not to interfere with any fisherman’s ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated,” said Helfman, quoting noted author Zane Grey from his 1919 work, “Tales of Fishes.”

The UWFox Scholars Series is free and open to the public with unreserved seating. For more information, contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations, 920-832-2611 or email


Fox Valley Concert Band to Perform at UWFox

September 29, 2011

Menasha, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting the Fox Valley Concert Band’s annual Fall Concert on Friday, October 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the campus’ Perry Hall. The Fox Valley Concert Band is a highly regarded “communiversity” band, featuring current UWFox students, alumni and members of the community.












Under the direction of Dr. Marc Sackman, UWFox associate professor of music and director of bands, pictured below, the Fox Valley Concert Band Fall Concert program includes works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams. Featured will be “Shadja-maalika: Modal Illusions,” by Lawrence University Conservatory faculty member Asha Srinivasan. The march for the evening will be the Civil War march, “Washington Grays.”

The annual Fall Concert is the first of four performances that the Fox Valley Concert Band offers throughout the year. Future performance dates include the Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m., the annual Winter Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., and the annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The Fall Concert is free and open to the public with unreserved seating. For more information about the annual Fall Concert, as well as future performances, contact Sackman at 920-832-2625 or email



UWFox Offers ‘Adult Information Session’

July 26, 2011

Menasha, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting an “Adult Information Session” on Tuesday, July 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the campus’ new Communication Arts Center second floor lobby.

Adults who are interested in obtaining more information about starting, or returning to, college can obtain information about the various academic programs that UWFox offers. Often, adults attending college have many perspectives to face as they consider, or deal with, college life. Balancing work, family and studies can provide a number of challenges to adults.

Advisors will be on hand to provide information about the Associate Degree with Emphasis, the Fast Track courses, and the five different bachelor’s degree programs that are offered at UWFox. Many UWFox classes are offered during the late afternoon, evening and online.

With the recent tuition increase, UWFox remains the lowest cost campus of all the 26 campuses within the UW System, in terms of tuition and fees. The campus is currently accepting applications and enrolling students for fall semester classes that start Tuesday, September 6.

For more information, more information about the July 26 “Adult Information Session” can be obtained by calling 920-832-2620 or by emailing, or visiting

UWFox Launches Search for Campus Executive Officer/Dean

June 24, 2011

Ray Cross

Ray Cross, chancellor of University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, has appointed a search advisory committee to recommend a new campus executive officer/dean for the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.

UWFox is seeking a CEO/dean to succeed Jim Perry, who retired in February after 18 years as head of the campus. Andy Keogh currently serves as the interim CEO/dean.  The campus executive officer and dean serves as both the chief operating officer and chief academic officer of the campus, and also represents the campus in the community.

The search committee will be chaired by Pam Massey, associate professor of health, exercise science and athletics and the campus’ athletic director. The other members include: Steve Bloedow, financial specialist; Karen Dickrell, department head, Outagamie County UW Cooperative Extension; Barb Kelly, vice president, UW-Fox Valley Foundation; Andy Keogh, interim CEO/dean; Rachel Knighten, assistant professor of world languages; Rhys Kuzdas, student representative; Steve Sheehan, associate professor of history; and George Waller, senior lecturer in political science.

Local and national advertising for the position will start in May. Cross said finalists would visit the campus after classes resume in the fall to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

UWFox  is one of the 13 campuses and one on-line campus that comprise the UW Colleges, and one of 26 campuses in the University of Wisconsin System.  UWFox offers which offer an Associate Degree in Arts and Science and prepares students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.  UWFox also offers five bachelor’s degrees through collaborations with three different UW System four-year campuses, with all classes offered at the Menasha campus.

UWFox enrolled a record 1,814 students in fall, 2010. UW Colleges and UW-Extension are separate institutions headed by a single chancellor and administrative staff.

For more information about the search process or search committee, contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations at UWFox, 920-832-2611 or email .  More information about UWFox can be found at

UW-Fox Valley CEO / Dean Search Web Site

UWFox Hosts 2011 Commencement Ceremony

June 22, 2011

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley held its 2011 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20, beginning in the campus Fieldhouse. Interim Campus Executive Officer and Dean, Dr. Andrew Keogh, was the master of ceremonies, with Dr. Dan Putman, retiring UWFox professor of philosophy, serving as commencement speaker.

Patrick Hayes, retiring associate professor of business, served as the ceremony’s Grand Marshal. Hayes began his teaching career at UWFox in 1976. Other ceremony Marshals included Dr. Dubear Kroening (associate professor of biological sciences), Dr. Scott Emmert (associate professor of English), and Ms. Diana Henke (professor of business).

As part of the ceremony, the UW-Fox Valley Foundation presented its 2011 “Outstanding Alumni Award” to two UWFox alums, Dr. Douglas Walrath (Nome, Alaska) and Ms. Cheryl Stinski (Sherwood, WI). These awards were presented by Foundation president Steve Seifert.

While the campus has had a presence in the Fox Cities for 77 years, it did not begin awarding associate degrees until 1974. 2011 marks UWFox’s 37th graduating class.

Approximately 200 students qualified to receive the Associate of Arts and Science Degree from UWFox for the 2010-2011 academic year.

One student was awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering through the collaborative engineering program that UWFox partners with UW-Platteville.

Among the other UWFox students who attended the ceremony are three graduates with highest honors (4.0 GPA), 14 grads with high honors (3.75-3.99 GPA) and 15 grads with honors (3.50-3.74 GPA).

16 UWFox grads have earned the national Phi Theta Kappa distinction of academic excellence and two grads have been named members of the Sigma Kappa Delta national English Honor Society.

In addition to the nearly 400 family members, friends, and relatives attending the ceremony, there were a number of local community and political leaders in attendance.  While the graduates were applauded, numerous other students were received academic department awards and departing student scholarships. Several faculty and staff members were recognized with special awards as well.

Putman began his career at UWFox in 1976 and has been named the campus’ “Teacher of the Year” six times: 1978, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2003. In a surprise announcement during the ceremony, the UWFox Student Association named Putman its 2011 “Teacher of the Year” – his seventh such award – and announced that this particular award would be named in honor of Putman’s outstanding 35-year teaching career at UWFox.

A native of Green Bay, he earned his B.A. from Marquette University, his M.A. from UW-Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.  He has been a prolific published author of works in his field. He is extremely popular and highly regarded by students and colleagues alike, and has been a frequent speaker to groups throughout the Fox Cities.

UWFox also offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Administration through its collaboration with UW Oshkosh. Five students earned the degree at the end of this spring semester and had their degrees conferred at the recent UWO commencement ceremony.

For more information about the UWFox 2011 commencement program, contact the Office of University Relations at 920-832-2611 or email