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College of Letters and Science
Spring 2003
Special Mailings to Alumni
Special Mailings
Yield Special Results
Black and Gold Committee
ave you thought
These are excellent results for a Lapham Hall Renovation

first-time effort, and some departments
about UWM
have done extremely well. Chemistry, Retiring Faculty: Joy of Learning
which has sent a newsletter to its

That was the question posed by L&S alumni three times since Fall 2001, is Faculty and Staff News
department chairs and program at the top of the list with an incredible
directors to 22,000 alumni as part of 3.6% response rate and average gift of Take a Look!
a direct mail fundraising campaign $202. Art History, which also regularly
conducted last fall. The concept of the communicates with its alumni and Time for a New Direction
college-wide effort was to have chairs friends, has a response rate of 2.9%.
and directors appeal directly to their Urban Studies is at 2.8% and Math New Faculty and Staff
alumni to support the unit’s specific Sciences is at 2.7%.
needs. Spanish and Portuguese received UWM-Riverside Partnership
Using a template created by the the very first gift on Nov. 1. Chemistry
Advancement and Public Affairs and Economics both received $1000 Professional Writing Certificate
Office, participating chairs and gifts. Econ’s $1000 was from an alum
program directors tailored the who had never given more than $30 2002 Campus Award Recipients
solicitation letter to describe the unit’s previously and it was matched by the
recent activities and its funding “wish alum’s employer for a total gift of What Inspires You?
list.” Many departments want to $2000! Geography received a gift from
increase scholarships for deserving an alum in Puerto Rico. In fact, gifts Center for 21 Century Studies
undergraduate students and research have come in from almost every state
opportunities for graduate students. from New Hampshire to New Mexico. Shaping Globalization in
The sciences need to update As important as raising much- Milwaukee
laboratory equipment. The foreign needed funds for L&S departments
language programs hope to enhance and programs, the alumni direct mail Breast Cancer Research
opportunities for students to study effort enhances communication with
abroad. Math Sciences wants to our alumni. In its appeal letter, each
develop more internships. Urban department and program committed
Studies would like to expand its lecture to staying in touch with its alumni his two sons who are also UWM
series. The list of needs is long, varied, through a newsletter, a special Web alumni. Several alumni sent personal
and extremely compelling. site, or an electronic newsletter. The greetings to favorite faculty members.
And L&S alumni have responded. Advancement and Public Affairs Office Many praised the outstanding
With gifts large and small, matched will assist the departments with format education they received in the College
by employers or using payroll ideas and up-to-date mailing lists. of Letters and Science.
deductions, recent graduates and Communication goes two ways, of What’s next? Another round of
those who completed their degrees course, and we are receiving great mailings this spring (several
long ago are supporting their alma feedback from alumni – news of departments had reasons to postpone
mater. To date, more than $27,000 has promotions, publications and progeny. their mailings) and then again next
been received – each donation One alum let us know that he was fall to make sure we stay connected
designated for a specific department taking up guitar lessons again. Another with our alumni and let them know
or program through individual started his own music company as a how often we think of them.
accounts established with the UWM second career. One Political Science
Foundation. The overall response rate alum is now an ordained minister. A
is 1.2%, with an average gift size of $100. 1965 History grad shared news about
1Black and Gold Committee
Members also are a sounding board
for other College concerns, and will
to Advise L&S Dean assist the College in assessing the
student learning climate and outcomes
for the North Central Association
he College of Letters and they may best be implemented. It is an accreditation review that will take place
Science Black and Gold advisory committee to Dean G. in 2004-2005. The committee is a
TCommittee is focused on Richard Meadows on any issues that diverse mix of students — graduate
students, ensuring they have the affect students, including instruction, and undergraduates as well as alums
opportunities and tools to be teaching evaluations, school spirit, job here for a second degree, faculty, and
successful at UWM. The committee is placement and technology. The academic and administrative staff.
an offshoot of the UWM Black and committee also is free to explore other Faculty/staff members are Claudia
Gold Commission, established by the issues related to improving the Barreto, Anthony Ciccone, Jennifer
Chancellor to ensure that the quality learning environment and university DeRoche, Gloria Freschl, G. Richard
of the UWM student experience experience of L&S undergraduate and Meadows, Jennifer McKenzie-Flynn,
improves as UWM grows in stature as a graduate students. Tom O’Bryan, Erl Olfe and James
premier urban research university. The committee meets regularly to Peoples. Student members are Earl
The L&S committee is a discuss the commission’s final report Blair, Ewa Ilijewa, Konstantinos
representative group of students, and pinpoint issues that apply to L&S, Mantzavrakos, Greg Marshall, Megan
faculty, staff and administrators who and to explore solutions – quick wins McCarville, Stephanie Payne, Amanda
review the commission’s as well as long term — to various Snyder, Michelle Wojcik and Chai
recommendations and determine how roadblocks. Yang.
Jessica Koederitz, a Biological Sciences PhD candidate, works in one of the newly constructed laboratories in the Lapham Hall south wing.
The interior of the building was demolished to make way for all new teaching and research laboratories and offices.
2and NSF high school, undergraduate with an environment in which I could
Retiring Faculty
and graduate research opportunities flourish. I sincerely hope that in the
have exposed me to some very bright years ahead UWM continues to
Express Their
and capable students who are now fine recognize that research lies at the
reflections on UWM. heart of its mission and to actively
Joy of Learning I am deeply grateful to my many support it.
students and colleagues who have
traveled with me and made the journey
John Boatman
We asked three long-time UWM faculty so enjoyable and hope they will take
members, John Boatman, senior lecturer, their turn in advancing learning. t is now late November 2002 and I
American Indian and Ethnic Studies, sit at my computer endeavoring to
and William Wainwright, distinguished I relate in a meaningful way what
William Wainwright
professor, Philosophy, who will retire in has inspired me in my work here at
May, and Cynthia Sommer, professor, very much enjoy teaching and UWM over the past 30 years.
Biological Sciences, already retired, to believe that it is imperative to do How is it that I, a descendant of the
distill their UWM experience for us. I it as well as one can. I also think union of
that it is important to actively partic- American Indian
ipate in college, university, and profes- and European
Cynthia Sommer
sional committee work, and have (French, Swede
etirement brings forth such actively done so throughout my career. and Belgian)
interesting questions being My primary love is research, ancestors, came
Rasked such as “What has however, and I have been fortunate to to devote 30
inspired you in your work at UWM?” have been a member of a department years to teaching
The answer must be — many people which actively encourages it and has and academic
and many opportunities. Most people supported my own work over the years. program
in academia start with an innate drive My specialty is the philosophy of administration
and joy for religion. I have addressed a wide here at this university?
learning that variety of topics in the course of my Prior to coming to UWM in January
they wish to pass career—-conceptual problems in of 1973, I served in Washington, D.C.,
on to their philosophical theology, mysticism and as chief of staff to Wisconsin U.S.
students. I am religious experience, religious Congressman Alvin E. O’Konski. I
fortunate to epistemology, epistemic and religious chose to come here rather than accept
have this drive problems created by religious diversity, an offer to join the Nixon Administra-
fueled by a and the philosophical theology of tion as Deputy Undersecretary of
current Jonathan Edwards. Interior.
revolution in the While I continue to publish on As I think about this I realize that
sciences and these and other topics, I am now the primary motivation is in these
technology, especially in the area of pursuing two new directions. The first words of some of my American Indian
Biology. The learning and sharing of is the relation between religion and ancestors: “We do not inherit Earth
new ideas in response to the inquiry of morality. (I am Mother and her beauty and wonder-
students and the interaction with currently working fulness from our parents or grand-
research colleagues was the stimulus on a book on this parents; rather we borrow Her from
for my continued education and topic which will our Great Grandchildren.”
research into molecules important in be published by That admonition is what has led me
early stage of host defenses. Ashgate to teaching students to take
At the rate new discoveries in the [England] in responsibility for ensuring that their
sciences are being developed, I 2004.) My second grandchildren and great grand-
realized early that a teacher can only major project is a children can breathe the air and see
hope to provide some interest, a rethinking of the and smell the flowers and drink the
process of inquiry, technical skills, and relation between waters and see the birds and animals of
the basic concepts and language of the rhetoric and philosophy, and —in our Earth Mother.
science – in my case in the areas of particular— the philosophy of religion. In addition I have developed
Immunology and Microbiology. One of The upshot is that though I will be courses, written books and developed
the benefits of academic life is the retiring at the end of the semester, I academic programs that focus on
ability to partake in exciting and varied will continue to be professionally active American Indian and ethnic history,
opportunities that make the process for the foreseeable future. culture and values seen as a sensitive
possible. Professional and community In my opinion, it is vital that univer- study of what was, in light of what is, as
activities such as College for Kids, sities not only transmit knowledge but a guide to what can be.
Science Bag, Women in Science and generate new understanding and new
Engineering, NIH, CIC, Sea Grant, insights. The college has provided me
3seven new faculty members to build
Faculty and Staff News new Milwaukee Idea initiative
neuroscience and biotechnology
HUMANITIES book of critical essays on the popular
Mike Allen, professor; Bradley Bloch, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” television Patrick Brady, assistant professor,
lecturer; and Jenifer Stanley, graduate series. The publisher is Duke Physics, will co-chair the American
project assistant; all of Communica- University Press. Physical Society’s April 2003 session at
tion, coached the UWM mediation which results from the first scientific
team, which finished second to Boston Michael Mikos, professor, Foreign run of the Laser Interferometric
College at the national championships. Languages and Linguistics, and Gravitational-Wave Observatory will be
academic program director, Language announced. Jolien Creighton, assistant
Kim Blaeser, associate professor, Resource Center, co-authored “The professor, will speak at the session.
English, published a poetry collection, Virgin Mary’s Crown. A Bilingual
“Absentee Indians” (Michigan State Anthology of Medieval Polish Marian Mathematical Sciences will present
University Press). Poetry” (Crakow: Collegium Prof. Harold M. Edwards, New York
Columbinum, 2002). University Courant Institute, who will
Cultures and Communities Director deliver the 14th annual Marden
Gregory Jay, professor, English, and Jeffrey Smith, professor, Journalism Lecture in mathematics March 27,
senior fellow Cheryl Ajirotutu, and Mass Communication, published a 2003.
associate professor, Anthropology, were book, “Censorship of the Media in War
panelists at the Association of Times” (2002). Richard O’Malley, professor, and Eric
American Colleges and Universities’ Key, associate professor, both of
Diversity and Learning Conference. Karudapuram Supriya, assistant Mathematical Sciences, along with
They participated on the “Community professor, Communication, published George Alexander of University of
Engagement and the Core “Shame and Recovery: Mapping Wisconsin-Rock County, received a
Curriculum” panel. Identity in an Asian Women’s Shelter” Curriculum Redesign Grant from the
(Peter Lang, 2002). UW System for application of the
Susan Firer, adjunct assistant professor, software known as ALEKS (Assessment
English, published a collection of NATURAL SCIENCES and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) to
poetry, “The Laugh We Make When Jay Beder, associate professor, help students place out of remedial
We Fall” (The Backwaters Press). Mathematical Sciences, received the math classes.
2002 Martine D. Meyer Award for
John Koethe, professor, Philosophy, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching SOCIAL SCIENCES
published a new book collection of from the College of Letters and Kalman Applbaum, assistant professor,
poetry, “North Point North.” Science. Anthropology, returned from Japan,
where he studied how American
Elana Levine, assistant professor, Biological Sciences moved into the industry introduces its products to
Journalism and Mass Communication, completely renovated south wing of Japanese consumers.
is co-editor of a soon-to-be-published Lapham Hall, and is recruiting for
Bettina Arnold, associate professor,
Anthropology, and director, Center for
Celtic Studies, led a successful National
Take a Look! Geographic-funded excavation project in
Germany, where participants excavated
“A Way with Words,” books written and edited by UWM College of Letters and Science an Iron Age burial mound and
Social Sciences faculty, is on display in the Merrill Hall showcases, just outside the first floor recovered 18 graves.
lecture hall. In the future, this rotating display also will feature books by Humanities and
Natural Sciences faculty. So stop by and take a look! Robert Beck, adjunct associate
professor, Political Science, and
The books are on loan from the UWM Authors Collection located in Special Collections at director of academic technology,
the Golda Meir Libraries. The works on display represent recent products of research from Center for International Education,
the College of Letters and Science. Special Collections holds 1,700 titles by UWM authors. was featured on WUWM, where he
The display is made possible by Max Yela, curator of Special Collections, and his discussed the United Nations and its
enthusiastic students and staff. potential role in forcible action against
Iraq. He also participated in the
If you have a recent book you’d like displayed, please contact Paula Orth at 229-2947, or “Alternatives to War” panel sponsored
phorth@uwm.edu. by the Institute of World Affairs.
4Daniel Sherman, professor, History, Perspective,” an article in the Journal
Faculty and and director, Center for 21st of Speech Communication, and a
Century Studies, received three Behavorial and Brain Science Target
Staff News national awards for his book, “The commentary.
Construction of Memory in Interwar
France” (University of Chicago Press, CENTER FOR
1999). The awards are the J. Russell INTERNATIONAL
Sara Benesh, assistant professor, Major Prize, given annually by the
Political Science, and director, American Historical Association for Terrence Miller, director, Overseas
undergraduate studies, published a the best book in French history Programs and Partnerships, was a
book, “The U.S. Court of Appeals and published in English, the Laurence panelist at the Association of American
the Law of Confessions: Perspectives Wylie Prize, awarded biennially by the Colleges and Universities Diversity and
on the Hierarchy of Justice” (LFB Association for French Cultural Studies Learning Conference. He led the
Scholarly Publishing, 2002). for the best book in that field, and “Home and Abroad: Linking Diversity,
an Association of American Publishers Democracy, and Global Justice through
Sandra Braman, associate professor, Award as one of the best scholarly the Curriculum” panel.
Communication, received a grant of books published in 1999.
over $100,000 from the Ford EDISON INITIATIVE
Foundation for “Media Policy Trudy Turner, professor, Anthropology, Nigel Rothfels, director, Edison
Education: The Gap between returned from the University of Initiative, published the book “Savages
Curriculum and Need,” a project to Pretoria, South Africa, where she set and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern
analyze higher education curricula and up a long-term research project on the Zoo” (Johns Hopkins University Press,
syllabi in the field of media policy population differences in Vervet 2002).
across disciplines at 30 key universities. monkey life history.
Joseph Rodriguez, associate professor, Richard Warren, distinguished Tommy Alexander, senior lab prep
History and Urban Studies, and professor emeritus, Psychology, technician, Biological Sciences
interim chair, Spanish and Portuguese, received a three-year $985,469
organized the “Border Cities/Border National Institutes of Health grant for Mary Arthur, program assistant 4,
Cultures” conference, which examined “Mechanisms Underlying Perception Biological Sciences
the social and cultural exchanges of Speech.” Publications in press are: a
taking place in border cities. chapter in S. Greenberg’s book, David Buck, professor, History
“Listening to Speech: An Auditory continued on page 6
Scholarship Fund – by check, credit
Time for a New Direction
card or payroll deduction. And don’t
forget, your gift does double duty – it
he freshman recipients of the UWM pre-med student). Four intend helps us to continue to attract top-
2002-2003 New Directions to major in psychology. Two are notch students and it counts as your
T Scholarships have a number of looking at our pre-pharmacy program. donation to UWM Gives to UWM, the
things in common. They are all from Two others will probably pursue University’s internal fundraising
Wisconsin. They were all inducted into degrees in anthropology. One is campaign.
the National Honor Society. They were interested in paleontology. Another in Join many of your L&S colleagues
all at the very top of their high school astrophysics. and become a New Directions donor
graduating classes with at least a 3.5 Without your donation to the New today. For more information, please
GPA (many have a 3.9 or better). They Directions fund last year, these contact Erl Olfe, assistant dean for
all have set extremely high standards outstanding students – as well as five Student Academic Services and chair
for themselves and have similarly high highly ranked students who transferred of the New Directions Campaign, at
aspirations. And they all are at UWM’s to L&S from a UW System college – 229-2788, or olfe@uwm.edu, or Julie
College of Letters and Science due in might have enrolled elsewhere. With Carlson, development relations
no small part to your generous support your on-going support we can continue director, at 229-2788, or jbc@uwm.edu.
of the New Directions Scholarship to attract this caliber of exceptional We can send a donor form via US mail,
Fund. student in the fall. Last year, we in campus mail, as an electronic pdf
Eleven of this year’s 21 recipients awarded $47,000 in scholarships. To file, or you can simply stop by Holton
were their high school’s valedictorian compete for the best students this year, Hall, Room 253, and at your
or salutatorian. Five plan to go into we will need to do even better. convenience pick one up.
medicine (one following in the It’s easy to make a tax-deductible Help us keep bringing the best to
footsteps of her older sister – also a contribution to the New Directions L&S.
5RETIREMENTS manager, Chemistry Donald Noel, professor, Sociology
continued from page 5 Vivian Gemoll, financial specialist 3, Larry Roscioli, senior student services
Biological Sciences coordinator, Honors
Frank Charmon, lab prep technician, Robert Jones, professor, Foreign Julio Rodriguez-Luis, professor,
Geosciences Languages and Linguistics Spanish and Portuguese
Clinton Edwards, professor, Geography Patricia Mellencamp, distinguished Charles Ward, professor, Foreign
professor, Art History Languages and Linguistics
Greg Fueger, administrative program
Biological Sciences, holds a PhD in
New Faculty and Staff biological oceanography from the
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver (1993). He comes to the
The College of Letters and Science Stephen Leeds, professor, Philosophy, department from Queen’s University,
welcomes our new faculty and staff. earned a PhD in philosophy from the Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he
Massachusetts Institute of Technology was an assistant professor in aquatic
HUMANITIES (1969). He comes to UWM from the environmental biology.
Gilberto Blasini, assistant professor, University of Colorado, where he was a
English, received his PhD in Critical full professor. Jolien Creighton, assistant professor,
Studies in Film and Television from Physics, earned a PhD in physics from
the University of California, Los Jennifer Peterson, assistant professor, the University of Waterloo, Ontario
Angeles (2002). He comes to UWM Communication, holds a PhD in (1996). He has been a postdoctoral
from California State University, Los health communication from the scholar at UWM.
Angeles, where he was a lecturer in the University of Illinois Urbana-
Communication Studies Department. Champaign (2002). Most recently, she Martha Rasmus, lab manager I,
was a graduate teaching assistant of Biological Sciences, earned a BS in
Derek Counts, assistant professor, Art interpersonal communication and a biology from Truman State University,
History, holds a PhD in classical art research assistant at the University of Missouri. Most recently, she was a
and archaeology from Brown Illinois. science call staff instructor at Moraine
University (1998). Most recently, he Park Technical College, West Bend.
was a National Endowment for the Daniel Ryan, instructor, holds an MA She holds the rank of first lieutenant
Humanities Research Fellow at the in communication from UWM. He in the US Army.
Cyprus American Archaeological returns here from Texas A&M
Research Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus. University, where he previously served Alan Wiseman, assistant professor,
as a teaching assistant, and is earning Physics, holds a PhD in physics from
Kerry Egdorf, lecturer, Communi- his PhD in communication Washington University, St. Louis
cation, earned a PhD in communica- (1992). He has been a visiting assistant
tion from Ohio University (1996). Graham Smart, assistant professor, professor at UWM.
Previously, she was an assistant English, earned his PhD from the
professor in the Department of Centre for the Study and Teaching of Erica Young, assistant professor,
Communication Studies at Marquette Writing (Faculty of Education) at Biological Sciences, earned a PhD in
University. McGill University, Montreal (1997). He algal ecophysiology from Monash
comes to UWM from Purdue Unversity, Melbourne Australia (1999).
Maurice Kilwein Guevara, professor, University where he was an assistant Previously, she co-supervised honors
English, holds a PhD in English from professor of English. postgraduate students in the
UWM (1990). Previously, he served as psychology laboratory at Queen’s
professor of English at Indiana Richard Tierney, assistant professor, University, Belfast.
University of Pennsylvania. Philosophy, holds a PhD from the
Columbia University Department of Dexuan Xie, assistant professor,
William Keith, associate professor, Philosophy (1996). Most recently, he Mathematical Sciences, holds a PhD in
Communication, holds a PhD in was a visiting professor in the Western applied mathematics from the
speech communication from the Michigan University Department of University of Houston 1995. He comes
University of Texas at Austin (1986). Philosophy. to UWM from the University of
Most recently, he was an associate Southern Mississippi, where he was an
professor and a member of the honors assistant professor.
faculty at Oregon State University. NATURAL SCIENCES
John Berges, assistant professor,
6of history and taught such courses as the assistant Wing Tutor in social
New Faculty African American History, History of anthropology and did computer
the South, and Urban History. drafting for the Harvard Harappa
and Staff Archaeological Research Project.
Anthony Lemelle, Jr., associate
professor, Africology, earned a PhD in Kent Redding, assistant professor,
sociology from the University of Sociology, earned a PhD from the
SOCIAL SCIENCES California, Berkeley (1984). Previously, Department of Sociology, University of
Scott Adams, assistant professor, he was an associate professor in the North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995).
Economics, earned his PhD in Department of Sociology and Previously, he was an assistant
economics at Michigan State University Anthropology at Purdue Unversity. professor in the Department of
(2000). Previously, he was the Robert Sociology at Indiana University.
Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Elana Levine, assistant professor,
Health Policy Research. Journalism and Mass Communication, Joette Rockow, lecturer, Journalism
holds a PhD from the University of and Mass Communication, holds an
Niloy Bose, assistant professor, Wisconsin-Madison Department of MA in Journalism and Mass
Economics, holds a PhD in economics Communication Arts (2002) where, Communication from UWM.
from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute previously, she was a lecturer. Previously, she served as an ad hoc
and State University (1995). Previously, lecturer at UWM, and as
he served at the University of James Moyer, Jr., assistant professor, communication and public relations
Manchester, England. Psychology, earned a PhD in manager for Harley-Davidson Motor
neuroscience/cell biology from Co.
Sandra Braman, associate professor, Northwestern University (1992). Most
Communication, earned a PhD from recently, he was an associate research Robert Self, assistant professor,
the University of Minnesota School of scientist at Yale University. History, earned a PhD in history from
Journalism and Mass Communication the University of Washington (1998).
(1988). She comes to UWM from the Carl Nightingale, associate professor, Previously, he served as assistant
University of Alabama, where she was a History, earned a PhD in history from professor of history and Rackham
Reese Phifer Professor of Princeton University (1992). Before Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, at
Telecommunication and an associate coming to UWM, he was an adjunct the University of Michigan.
professor in the Department of visiting professor at the Baldy Center
Telecommunication and Film. for Law and Social Policy, State Daniel Sherman, professor, History,
University of New York, Buffalo, and and director of the Center for 21st
Christina Ewig, assistant professor, visiting professor of history at York Century Studies, holds a PhD in
Political Science, holds a PhD in University, Toronto. history from Yale University (1985). He
political science from the University of comes to UWM from Rice University,
North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001). Matthew McGinty, assistant professor, where he was a professor of French
Previously, she was a visiting lecturer at Economics, earned his PhD from the studies and history.
the University of Pennsylvania. University of California at Santa Cruz
(2002) in international economics. His Filip Velesy, assistant professor,
Nikolas Heynen, assistant professor, major fields of concentration include Economics, earned a PhD in
Geography, earned a PhD in international trade, game theory and economics from Purdue University
geography from Indiana University environmental economics. (2002). Previously, he was an instructor
(2002), where he was an associate at Purdue’s Krannert Graduate School
instructor with a focus on urban Stephen Meyer, professor, History, of Management.
geography. holds a PhD in history from Rutgers
University (1977). Most recently, he ADVANCEMENT AND
Douglas Howland, professor, History, was a professor of history at the
earned a PhD in history from The University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Julie Carlson, development relations
University of Chicago (1989). director, holds a BA in English from
Previously, he served as associate Cary Miller, instructor, History, is a Ripon College. She served as UWM
professor of history at DePaul PhD candidate at the University of associate director of alumni relations,
University. He holds the first David D. North Carolina (2002), where she held and as public relations director for the
Buck Professorship of Chinese History. a teaching assistantship. Her area of Wisconsin State Fair. Her background
expertise is Native American history. includes work in publicity/media
William Jones, assistant professor, relations, advertising, market research,
History, holds a PhD in history from Bernard Perley, assistant professor, direct mail, special events and
the University of North Carolina, anthropology, earned his PhD in promotions.
Chapel Hill (2000), where most anthropology from Harvard University Katherine Deming, program assistant,
recently he was an assistant professor (2002). Previously, at Harvard he was continued
7the Yale Center for International and Milwaukee Public Schools.
New Faculty Area Studies.
Joel Mixon, advisor, holds a MA from
and Staff HONORS PROGRAM the College of Student Development at
Charles Goodman, Bradley assistant Appalachian State University, North
professor, is working on his PhD in Carolina. Previously, he served the
philosophy from the University of UWM Department of Residence Life as
is currently working toward an Michigan, where he previously was a a residential program manager.
education degree with a minor in graduate student instructor. He holds a
English. BA in physics from Harvard University. WUWM
Stephanie Bolweski, associate
Sue Slater, grants development Robin Wiegert, associate student development specialist, holds a BA in
manager, holds a BA in English from services coordinator, holds a BA in Mass Communication with a broadcast
Alverno College, and did graduate English from UWM. Previously, she journalism emphasis from UWM. She
work at UWM. She has experience served as an associate advisor in the has worked at radio stations in a wide
working for several Milwaukee-area UWM College of Letters and Science. variety of marketing positions.
non-profit organizations.
STUDENT ACADEMIC Laurie Loomis, associate development
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICES specialist, earned a BA from the
Richard Church, advisor, earned an MS University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lana Coggeshall, associate in guidance and counseling from the College of Letters and Science. She’s
administrative specialist, earned a BS University of Wisconsin-Stout. Most worked at a variety of positions in
in anthropology from Southern recently, he served as a multicultural radio broadcasting.
Methodist University. Most recently, specialist at Mid-State Technical
she was an employment advisor in the College, Wisconsin Rapids. Susan Matulis, administrative program
International Student and Scholar manager III, holds an MS in urban
Services office of the UWM Center for Vicky Johnson, associate advisor, studies from UWM. She comes to
International Education. African American Student Academic UWM from the University of
Services, holds a BA in Africology from Wisconsin-Whitewater College of
David Schmidt, director, International UWM. Previously, she worked as a Letters and Science, where she was
Education Program, holds a PhD from service coordinator for the Milwaukee director of development.
Saint Louis University (1995). County Birth to 3 Program and as a
Previously, he served as coordinator for long-term substitute teacher for
UWM-Riverside Partnership Bridges Digital Divide
ou could say that initiation of and I have built a solid foundation and significance of the virtual museum as a
the UWM Communities and collaborative relationships that can site for educational projects and
Y Cultures program, along with continue to thrive when we are no helping them develop these projects
The Milwaukee Idea switched on the longer there,” Washabaugh explained. through online exhibits.
light bulb that gave William The virtual museum project began This Web-based teaching tool has
Washabaugh, professor, Anthropology, with Washabaugh’s freshman seminar “enlivened and excited” teachers and
the idea to create a “Partnership museum studies course, “Museums: students at both institutions, as they
Across the Digital Divide” between Gateways to Modern Life,” which aims recognize the myriad possibilities of
UWM and Riverside University High to provide UWM students with the teaching with computers, enabling
School. tools and skills they need to critically students to “travel” well beyond their
Developed in 2000 by Washabaugh evaluate and construct virtual, or Web- school walls, Washabaugh said. “For
and his wife, Catherine, a Riverside based, museum exhibits. Students who our UWM students, it’s an opportunity
English teacher, the virtual museum complete the course may choose to to take what they just learned in the
project offers UWM anthropology earn credits as student interns, classroom and actually teach it to
students the opportunity to intern as coaching Riverside students as they others. It helps them to clarify, sharpen
“teachers” at the high school. learn to use computers in their studies. and enrich what they’ve learned and
“Riverside was an obvious choice, Washabaugh and others transforms them into creative coaches.
because it’s partnered with UWM since knowledgeable in museum studies “It also introduces the high school
1983 and two of my children went provide instruction to Riverside students to information technology
there. Also, working as a team, my wife teachers, introducing them to the continued on next page
8The Virtual Salt Museum (view at the task of using the Web as an
www.uwm.edu/People/reginac2) was educational tool.”
continued from previous page
created by a first-time Web page He added, “We hope all of the
designer. Learning from their own students as well as the teachers see that
and, working with the interns, gives experience, the UWM interns help the it’s not just the same old stuff – that
them a better appreciation of UWM as Riverside students create projects that they come away with the extraordinary
a lively place to go.” include the study of food through realization about the capabilities of the
Last semester, the Web page focus anthropology, literature, geography Web and the use of technology to
was on food, in tandem with the and history. support teaching and learning.”
Milwaukee Public Museum’s “Spice of In the future, Washabaugh hopes To learn more about this project,
Life” exhibit. UWM freshman created “to create a collaborative triangle with please go to the project Web sites:
Web pages that focused on flowers, local institutions such as the www.uwm.edu/~wash/DD.htm and www.
tea, ice cream and salt. For example, Milwaukee Public Museum to share uwm.edu/People/wash/Objects/CESset.htm
prospective e-mailing it to
Professional students have you is a very
fulltime bittersweet
Writing careers and experience.
families, so On one hand,
Certificate they are I’m relieved
looking for a to be finished,
flexible and I feel like
he new Graduate Certificate in course I did a good
Professional Writing and schedule. job. On the
TCommunication, which will be “Students Bill Van Pelt Jerry Alred other hand,
offered exclusively online beginning in can log on I’m sad that
September, was designed for distance- and do course work any time, day or there is no more time to make
based education. And it required a night,” Van Pelt points out. However, it improvements. Now that I’ve been
different way of looking at teaching is intensive work; students regularly bitten by the research bug, I think I
and learning, according to Bill Van critique and interact with others in the will definitely have to attend graduate
Pelt, associate professor, and Jerry online classes. “All courses are on school.”
Alred, professor, English. Blackboard with online discussion Developing the course and putting
The Departments of English and forums, so they must participate,” Van it on line – with syllabi, CD-Roms and
Communication are offering the Pelt adds. “It’s well-structured, and audio lectures – has taken almost two
certificate in response to the they learn how to write with precision years. “You can’t just put the old
increasing demand for professional and authority, as well as post comments classroom courses on line,” points out
writers and communicators in business, in a professional manner consistent Van Pelt. “because you have to adapt
technical communications and many with online etiquette.” your course materials and instructional
new information technology areas. In addition to online courses design to the new media and the needs
The courses will give students both developed by Communication, Van of a student-centered, active-learning
theoretical and practical knowledge in Pelt, Alred and Rachel Spilka, associate audience.”
professional writing and communica- professor, English, also have been Alred adds, “Everything on the Web
tion. As an interdisciplinary certificate, piloting online courses, they helped has to be precise, so that there are no
the program requires students to take design the new course, and they agree questions, because one misunderstand-
courses from both the Department of that it’s “more work than a traditional ing on the Web can create ripples and
Communication and the English course.” mass confusion. And pacing is very
Professional Writing Program. Students in last fall’s pilot course important – everything becomes
Because all studies are offered on have offered positive feedback to the critical.”
line through Web-based, distance faculty. One student wrote: “I really Initially skeptical about this online
education, students may take the learned a lot about professional writing course, Alred is now a believer. But he
course from any location. Each fast- and the time and effort it takes. I was emphasizes that “ project assistants
paced course, Alred says, is designed accepted to a Graduate School were a necessity. We would have been
for students who are self-starters, Program this week at the Medical lost without Matthias Jones and
disciplined, independent, mature and College of Wisconsin and will be able Christina Grignon, graduate English
responsible. By taking two or three to take all I’ve learned with me into students, because you need the help
courses a semester, students may that program.” of people who are technical, practical
complete the Certificate requirements Another wrote: “I had a lot of fun and thoughtful.”
within one academic year. Many of the writing this literature review, so
92002 Campus Award Recipients
College of Letters and Science Award recipient
Martine Meyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Jay Beder, associate professor, Mathematical Sciences
UWM Award Recipients from the College of
Letters and Science
Ernest Spaights Plaza Honoree
Robert Greenler, professor, Physics, UWM Service 1962-
William Walters, professor, Physics, and Vice Chancellor,
UWM Service 1961-1995
UWM Foundation and Graduate School Research Awards
Fred Helmstetter, associate professor, Psychology
Carol Hirschmugl, assistant professor, Physics William Walters (left) and Robert Greenler
Faculty Distingushed University Service Award Academic Staff Outstanding Performance Award
Cynthia Sommer, Biological Sciences Sherry Kulhanek, assistant to the dean, L&S
Undergraduate Teaching Awards
Claudia Barreto, associate professor, Biological Sciences Represented Classifed Staff Outstanding Service Awards
Lawrence Kuiper, assistant professor, French, Italian and Betty Morgan, program assistant 3, Geography
Comparative Literature
Award Winners
What Inspires You?
“I am inspired by
my work because it
“I’m inspired by the “Seeing something allows me to
material I teach, as unexpected for the explore and
well as by watching first time, and then improve my own
students grow the challenge of and my students’
intellectually and unraveling the most crucial and
knowing I’m an mysteries behind it Carol Hirschmugl Lawrence Kuiper vital skills:
important part of — the thrill of the communication and
Jay Beder that process.” possibility keeps me going.” the understanding of others that it
“My key inspirations “I enjoy solving
“I’ve always been to teach to the best computer-related
interested in of my ability are my problems for the
understanding how passion for scientific people in the
things work. My discovery, the College of Letters
curiosity about how significance of and Science, and I
the brain works science literacy, and find inspiration
inspires me.” Fred Helmstetter Claudia Barreto the satisfaction that when I complete Sherry Kulhanek
comes from seeing new programs that
my students become liberated through work well and that people find useful.”
10redirection always require considerable
Open Forums,
effort, but my colleagues at UWM have
made this work enjoyable for me.”
After this year’s consideration of
the theme of “War,” including a very
Look to successful conference last October on
the events and aftermath of 9/11, the
Center will devote the next two years
Center’s Future
(2003-2005) to the theme “Geogra-
phies of Difference.” More information
By William Turner, assistant director about the Center program for spring
Center for 21st Century Studies 2003, and about the theme for the
following two years, can be found
he Center for 21st Century on the Center’s Web site,
Studies welcomed its first new Daniel Sherman www.uwm.edu/dept/21st.
T permanent director in twenty
years during the fall 2002 semester.
The new director, Daniel Sherman,
also holds an appointment as a pro-
Shaping Globalization in
fessor of history. His area of research is
the cultural history of France from the
Milwaukee By K.E. Supriya, assistant professor, Communication
nineteenth century to the present.
Professor Sherman spent his first
semester in residence at UWM recall using the phrase raison d’etre how to manage
consulting with Center constituents when I introduced myself to a Indian-American
about possible future initiatives. The I group of health care professionals differences through
Center conducted open forums to seek in the Covenant Healthcare Corporate communication. We
suggestions from anyone who could Headquarters, West Allis, to charact- also brainstormed
attend. Both open forums generated erize the significance of conducting a on the interview
beneficial, frank discussion about the one-day intercultural training program questions from the
Center’s future. last fall. The main goal of the program perspective of
Sherman has also asked members of was to provide intercultural translation, and
the Center Faculty Advisory Commit- communication knowledge and skills discussed the K.E. Supriya
tee, and other faculty interested in the to Covenant Healthcare professionals possibility of
Center, to serve on working groups. who traveled to several Indian cities to ongoing research-based collaboration.
The three groups are discussing the recruit Indian nurses in response to Also, I incorporated video and music
fellowship and research program, new Milwaukee-area nursing shortages. into the training program as a means
initiatives, and publications. Robert Scott, Covenant human to evoke the ambience of Indian
Among the ideas discussed in the resources director, found me through culture. Another cultural highlight was
meetings that will be implemented the Department of Communication an Indian lunch for the group from a
soon is a long-standing proposal that Web site while conducting a search on local restaurant, which turned out to
the Center sponsor ongoing research the best way to provide training to his be a sumptuous meal.
workshops that bring together faculty staff in a relatively short time. In December I read a news
and staff from UWM and other local Covenant’s goal was to recruit 300 column on the nursing shortages — it
institutions to discuss topics of com- nurses in all. reported that Covenant recruited 108
mon interest. The Center issued a call During the training program, I Indian nurses. I want to conclude by
for workshop proposals to begin in the combined the principles of self- referring again to my use of the phrase
winter-spring semester 2003. Following inventory and cultural immersion raison d’etre to the Covenant group.
discussions with the advisory commit- within a hybrid model of intercultural That day when I stood in front of a
tee and the group on new initiatives, communication training. This model group of nearly 20 program
the Center also has been studying the combines understanding one’s own participants, the power of The
possibilities for securing outside culture in relation to another culture Milwaukee Idea and its relation to my
funding for its programs and activities. as the basis of competent and effective own intellectual journey through
“I have been very pleased with the intercultural communication. I used cultural identity, globalization, and
suggestions I have received from training techniques such as role play communication came to me in a heady
Center constituents since my arrival in and critical incidents to cover verbal epiphany. I am glad I had an
August. They make clear the vital and non-verbal communication norms opportunity to plan and deliver the
importance of the Center to the in India, gender differences, attitudes intercultural training program—a
intellectual life of the university,” toward work, and adaptation of Indian small step in shaping the future of
Sherman said. “Re-evaluation and nurses to American life. We addressed globalized work in Milwaukee.
11Pycior and Reddy Focus on
Breast Cancer Research
By Laura Hunt, UWM Media Relations holding them back.”
and Communications In studies conducted between 1997
and 2000, she polled women to find
elena Pycior, professor, out why they would turn down a free
History, and Diane Reddy, mammogram. She wanted to prove
Hassociate professor, that intervention could make a
Psychology, are two of seven UWM difference in converting women to the
women who work on breast-related early detection camp. So, she
cancer issues at UWM in research and conducted a study of older, ethnically
in outreach programs with diverse, lower income women in
underserved populations. Diane Reddy Wisconsin. The study was done with
Helena Pycior’s curiosity about support from the UWM Center for
lymphedema, a condition that viewed Urban Initiatives and Research. She
sometimes develops after breast cancer lymphedema, identified the differences between
surgery, began while she was receiving Pycior also those who accepted the free mammo-
occupational therapy. As a professor of begins a new grams and those who rejected them.
history specializing in math and the study related to Then, Reddy took her research a
sciences, Pycior loves digging for breast cancer step further and singled out the
buried information. Now, as a patient, this year. As a perceived barriers that were exclusive
she had a medical mystery laid in her fellow with the to low-income women, particularly
lap. During conversations with Century for minorities. She found that these
occupational therapists she learned 21st Century women were much more likely to be
what post-mastectomy lymphedma was Studies, she misinformed about the disease and to
and also that its treatment seemed plans to know someone who had died of it.
curiously absent from American Helena Pycior analyze the use Also, they were less knowledgeable
medicine until the 1980s. Formerly of the “war” about where to get health care and
called “the elephant arm,” lymphe- metaphor in describing the experience more apt to have had a bad experience
dema is a swelling of the arm after of breast cancer. Especially interesting with a health care provider.
breast cancer surgery involving node to Pycior is the life story of a black In the video-intervention, they saw
dissection or radiation. “Some women lesbian writer who was touched by the women just like themselves discussing
with lymphedema must endure the disease in the 1970s. Audre Lorde was their fears and hearing correct
assault of the deformity of their arm one of the first women who used the information,” says Reddy. “It made a
along with the assault of losing a “warrior” metaphor for personal difference. After watching the video,
breast,” says Pycior. “It can be empowerment. 70 percent of those who hadn’t wanted
psychologically devastating.” the screenings changed their minds.
Why, then, was the condition so The Best Defense The message was overwhelming – if it’s
poorly recorded and treated in the Slowly and with a serious expres- relevant, health behavior intervention
United States for most of the 20th sion, the woman on the video works.”
century? Why were some cases treated intervention explained why over-
and some not? These questions led her coming fear is the best defense against
not only to some surprising answers, breast cancer. She was treated for the
but also into the history of disease 17 years ago and now is
If you have story ideas or information to
rehabilitation as a medical specialty. healthy. The reason, she says, in
share for a future issue, please contact
“Doctors of physical medicine and Spanish followed by an English
Paula Orth, Editor, at 229-2947, or e-mail,
rehabilitation had worked out ways to translation, was that she had a
deal with it as early as the 1950s, and mammogram. Produced by Diane
they made a lot of progress,” she says, Reddy and the UWM Health
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
but the information didn’t make it into Psychology Laboratory, the video
College of Letters and Science
the medical mainstream. “Rehabil- features ordinary women talking about
Dean: G. Richard Meadows
itation medicine was working to establish why they’ve had a mammogram.
Associate Deans: Mark Harris, Eleanor
itself as a medical specialty during this Reddy, who researches health issue
Miller, Thomas O’Bryan, Charles
era, but surgeons often saw little or no behaviors, explains, “There are plenty
need for them in breast cancer.” of women out there who will not use
Assistant Deans: William Horstman,
As she continues research into how the service, even if it’s free. We found
Patricia Kissinger, Erland Olfe
medical specialties, such as nursing, there were strong psychological issues
Advancement and Public Affairs Director:
Jennifer McKenzie-Flynn