2017 Fall Convocation Marks the Start of a New School Year

To kick-off the start of a new academic year, colleagues from all 14 University of Wisconsin Colleges campuses as well as the central office took part in the 2017 Fall Convocation at UW-Fox Valley on August 31. The day was a chance to bring everyone together to learn about new and exciting programs and make plans for the year, as well as recognize award winners and new faculty.   

UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen presented to the group, sharing her ideas on "The State of the World Around Us," including news that UW System selected UW Colleges for an Open Educational Resource (OER) pilot program which will convert 25 percent of our textbooks to OER. She also highlighted plans for UW Here, a significant investment in a statewide awareness marketing campaign, as well as a new focus on Framing the Future of UW Colleges. 

Three faculty and staff were recognized for excellence at the event. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is given annually to one instructional academic staff member and one faculty member who demonstrate the highest levels of success and dedicated commitment to teaching excellence. Those honored were: 

  • Gillian Van Treese, senior lecturer in the Department of English at UW-Waukesha, received the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by an Instructional Academic Staff Member.  
  • Jennifer Heinert, associate professor at UW-Washington County and Chair of the Department of English, received the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Faculty Member. 

In addition, the UW Colleges Barrington-Musolf Faculty Research Award is given annually to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member whose research-based book or article is judged by peers to be the best conducted and most significant research published by a UW Colleges faculty member during the previous two academic years. This award went to:  

Mark Karau, professor of history at UW-Sheboygan, received the 2016-17 Barrington-Musolf Faculty Research Award.

New faculty introduced at the event include: 

  • Michael Colon, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences at UW-Marshfield/Wood County. Dr. Colon earned his PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Manoj Lamichhane, Assistant Professor, Mathematics at UW-Waukesha. Dr. Lamichhane obtained his PhD from the University of Toledo
  • David Olson, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. Dr. Olson holds a PhD from UW-Madison
  • Stephen Swallen, Assistant Professor, Chemistry at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. Dr. Swallen earned his PhD from Stanford University

“Thank you to everyone who attended and to UW-Fox for hosting another great Fall Convocation,” said Sandeen. “I’m looking forward to working together to ensure a successful future for all UW Colleges faculty, staff and students.”