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


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 Offers January Study Abroad in Namibia

July 6, 2010

A service learning trip to Namibia is planned for January 2-22, 2011, and will be led by study abroad leaders Dr. Tammy Ladwig, assistant professor of education, and Joy Perry, lecturer of biological sciences, both of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Enrolled students and community members at large are invited to participate.

Participants will experience numerous opportunities to work with children at the Bernhard Nordkamp Centre After-School Programme, part of Catholic AIDS Action in Windhoek. Service projects include tutoring, sports activities, and creating a school garden.

The group will also travel to the world-class Etosha National Park for a three-day safari and the windswept coastline of the Namib Desert. Special efforts will be made to involve students in cultural exchanges, sightseeing in the capital city, and the opportunity to experience urban and rural, and modern and tribal ways of life.

The estimated cost is approximately $4500 and includes transportation, accommodations, and excursions listed in the final itinerary and some meals. The deadline to apply for the program is October 1, 2010.

“If you’re interested in travelling in a fascinating, peaceful, English-speaking African nation and participating in service learning activities working with children, we hope you’ll consider this opportunity. This will be a truly life-altering experience,” Perry said.

For more information about Discover Namibia: Service Learning in Southern Africa, contact Ladwig by phone at 920-832-0108 or via email,; or Perry, 920-832-2653, Also consult the UW Colleges Study Abroad website at

UWFox Unveils 2010-2011 Theatre Season

July 6, 2010

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Theatre has announced its show schedule for the 2010-2011 season. All shows take place in the new Communication Arts Center at UWFox. Auditions listed are open to members of the community. Performances include:

RENT, the rock and roll musical that inspired a generation, will have audience members measuring their own lives. Jonathan Larson’s 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning musical follows a year in the lives of several bohemian friends as they struggle with poverty, drug addiction, sexuality and love. Auditions are August 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Perry Hall inside the Communication Arts Center at UWFox. Show dates are October 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. A matinee is October 9 and October 16 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are: adults, $15/seniors and students, $12/UWFox students, $5.

Forever Plaid was such a huge hit last year that the fabulous four singers are coming back! This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert. They are miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Enjoy great nostalgic pop hits of the 50s. Show dates are January 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.; and January 8 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Ticket prices are: adults $15/seniors and students $12/UWFox students $5

The Missoula Children’s Theatre provides a week-long residency starring 50 to 60 local students in a full-scale musical. MCT has been touring for more than 30 years and annually visits nearly 1,200 communities in all 50 states, four Canadian Provinces and overseas. Their mission is to develop life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. Auditions for The Wizard of Oz are Monday, January 24, 2011, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Perry Hall inside the Communication Arts Center at UWFox. Show dates are January 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and January 29 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets prices are: $8 for adults, seniors and students/$5 for UWFox students.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy at its best where the competition is intense, and the words are hilarious. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County, New York. Six kids compete against each other as well as members of the audience. Three adults help adjudicate the proceedings: a nostalgic former spelling bee winner, a mildly insane vice principal and the Official Comfort Counselor completing his community service to the state of New York. Show dates are February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on February 12 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are: adults $15/seniors and students $12/UWFox students $5.

Almost, Maine is a play that takes place on a cold, clear, moonless Friday night in the middle of winter, where all is not quite what it seems in the remote mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised, hearts are broken. Love is lost, found and confounded.Almost, Maineinventively explores the mysteries of the human heart, touching audiences with laughter, heartbreak and hope. Show dates are April 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on April 16 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are: adults, $12/seniors and students, $10/UWFox students, $5.

Early tickets orders are now on sale by mail. For the earliest and best seat selection, patrons can go to and click on “Ticket Office.” Completed mail order forms should be sent, along with payment, to the UWFox Box Office. Online ticket sales will begin September 13, 2010.

UWFox Tuition Frozen for 2010-11

June 11, 2010

UW System Regents keep tuition at 2006 level

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today approved tuition rates for the 2010-11 academic year that will freeze tuition at the UW Colleges freshman-sophomore campuses, including the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, for the fourth consecutive year.  Tuition will increase by 5.5 percent at the four-year UW System universities.

“This is good news for students and the Fox Valley community,” said Jim Perry, campus executive officer and dean at UWFox. “UWFox offers a true University of Wisconsin education, with highly qualified faculty and small classes for the lowest cost in the UW System. We’re the best value in the UW System.”

“The UW Colleges are the gateway to the UW System for thousands of students and families in Wisconsin who might not otherwise be able to afford college,” said Chancellor David Wilson, chancellor of the UW Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension. “This tuition freeze means the UW Colleges will continue to be the most affordable access point for anyone who wants to start, continue or complete a degree within the UW System.”

The tuition for one academic year (two semesters) at the UW Colleges will remain at $4,268 for 2010–11. That is $3,665 less than UW–Madison, $3,001 less than UW–Milwaukee and $1,391-$2,541 less than the 11 other four–year comprehensive UW universities.  Students and families can realize even more savings if students live at home during their first two years of college at UW-Fox.

UWFox is one of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, the 13 freshman-sophomore campuses of the UW System that offer an associate degree in arts and science and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.  Approximately 1,700 students were enrolled at UWFox in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Please refer to the chart below for tuition rates at all UW System institutions.

Tuition Rates for 2010-11 Academic Year
Institution Annual Tuition  in 2010-11 Increase from 2009-10
UWFox $4,268 $0
UW-Madison* $7,933 $638
UW-Milwaukee $7,269 $379
UW-Eau Claire* $6,122 $595
UW-Green Bay $5,659 $295
UW-La Crosse* $5,809-$6,809 $383
UW-Oshkosh* $5,775 $298
UW-Parkside $5,659 $295
UW-Platteville* $5,766 $300
UW-River Falls* $5,731 $295
UW-Stevens Point $5,659 $295
UW-Stout*‡ $5,813 $373
UW-Superior* $5,866 $295
UW-Whitewater* $5,857 $306
*Tuition listed includes campus-wide student-supported differential tuitions previously approved by the Board of Regents. At UW-La Crosse, first-, second-, and third-year students pay the higher rate shown, while fourth-year returning students pay the lower amount.
‡Tuition at UW-Stout would increase by the same rate (5.5%). UW-Stout tuition is charged on a “per-credit” basis. The increase shown is based on a student carrying 14 credits per semester.

For more information about UWFox, contact the Office of Student Services, 920-832-2620, email

Additional Information

University of Wisconsin regents approve 5.5 percent tuition increase
(Post Crescent, 6/11/2010)

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