Fritz Oppenlander was named vice president for Academic Extension (AE) in May. He is also responsible for the Integrated Enrollment Center (IEC) and Information Technology, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Oppenlander joined Upper Iowa as an adjunct faculty member in 2003, and was appointed the Elkhorn Center coordinator and subsequently held the positions of Milwaukee Area director, executive director of the North Central Region and associate vice president for AE. He retired in June 2012. Oppenlander has been engaged in UIU since November 2012 as a process consultant and interim associate vice president for AE.
Barb Schultz was named assistant vice president for the Center of Distance Education. She began her career with Upper Iowa University in the Development Office in 1996. She was subsequently director of the External Degree Program. Schultz became director for the Center Distance Education encompassing UIU's Independent Study and Online programs.
Kathy Franken was named assistant vice president for Upper Iowa's Domestic Centers. This position has direct responsibility for the four U.S. regional directors and centers. She began her UIU career at the Waterloo Center as an academic advisor, and later as the center's director. Most recently, she has held the position of Mid Central Region director.
Deb Terhune was recently named director of the UIU Waterloo Center. She began her career with UIU serving as the financial aid specialist for the Waterloo Center and later as the admission advisor.
Katie Ashcraft was recently hired in the UIU Office of Admissions as a transfer admissions counselor. Ashcraft graduated from Blackburn College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in history, Latin American studies and political science. Previously, she was an admissions counselor at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill.
Jay Raabe was recently hired as an instructional designer in the Center for Distance Education. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in studio art (photography) and earned a master's degree in studio art from the University of Northern Iowa. For five years, Raabe was an adjunct professor in the Arts & Humanities department at Kirkwood Community College, and for two years was a web programmer and instructional designer at Kirkwood's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Rebekah Phillips was recently hired as an academic advisor at the UIU Madison Center. She was previously employed at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., as the director of Adult Learner Services.
Anthony DiJohn was recently hired as a freshmen admissions advisor in the UIU Office of Admissions. He graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2012 with majors in accounting and management, while also completing a minor in financial management. DiJohn was a member of the men's soccer team and was the Student Government Association president. After earning his degree, DiJohn was selected to participate in the Domino's Corporate Leadership Executive Program. After working for Domino's, he worked with Enterprise in the commercial trucks division.
Kara Hanson was recently named the eLearning specialist for the Center for Distance Education. She has been providing support to students, faculty and staff at UIU since March 2006 in the areas of career development and international programs. In her new role, Hanson will be responsible for support operations related to the learning management (LMS) and student information systems (SIS), as well as continue to provide support to faculty, staff, and students.
Randy Thomas, associate professor of accounting, was re-elected to serve a second term as president of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). He is a member of IMA's "25-Year Club," having joined in 1988.
Dr. Thomas Jorsch, assistant professor of history, was one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in a special American history seminar on the Gilded Age - the period from the end of the Civil War to roughly the turn of the 20th century, which was held this summer at Standford University in Stanford, Calif.
Dr. Nick Serra, associate professor of English, chaired two panels and presented, "Enfolded, Subsumed and Devoured: Yeats's Archetype of the Divine Feminine," at Ireland and Scotland: Conflicts and Cross Currents, the 10th annual North East Irish Cultural Network conference at the University of Sunderland in Sunderland, UK.
Virginia Wangerin, assistant professor of nursing at the UIU Des Moines Center, was featured in the Des Moines Register special section dedicated to Nurses Week. Upper Iowa University's RN-BSN program was highlighted in several articles in the section. Dr. Sheryl Juve, UIU director of nursing, was also featured in the article. To view the special section, go to www.desmoinesregister.com/section/nursesweek. Wangerin was also a contributing author to Illustrated Study Guide for the NCLEX-RN Exam, by JoAnn Zerwekh.
Dr. Kevin Mackin, assistant professor of education and Master of Education chair, presented a paper, "The Impact of Student Teaching on Teacher Self-Efficacy: Throwing Conventional Wisdom out the Window," at the Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Research Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
Rob Curran, faculty member at the UIU-Madison Center, had his first peer-reviewed paper titled, "Improvement of Dairy Forage and Manure Management to Reduce Environmental Risk," published by the USDA.
Tracy Green, UIU online faculty, had a book, Dictionary of Global Sustainability, published by McGraw Hill, and is a contributing author in the book titled, Encyclopedia of New Venture Management, published by Sage Publications.
Dr. Ryan McGeough, assistant professor of communications, had a paper accepted for publication in Jim Kuypers' Rhetorical Criticism: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy. It was titled, "Endless Talk: The Purpose, Practice and Pedagogy of the Rhetorical Conversation." Two of his papers, "Online Argument Communities: The Writable Web and the Future of Democratic Citizenship" and "Public Memory, Irony and Trancendence: Contesting Communal Narratives of the Vietnam War," were competitively selected for presentation at the annual convention of the National Communication Association. McGeough also presented a paper, "Perspective by Perspectives: Irony and the Creation of the Comic," during the panel discussion Theorizing Burke's Four Master Tropes at the Southern States Communication Association.
Dr. Sarahh Scher, assistant professor of art, had an article, "Makers of Masculinity: Phallic Representation in Moche Art," published in the Bulletin de I'Institut FranÇais d'Études Andines. She was also named the chair of the Art Department for the UIU School of Liberal Arts.
Mary Staniger, assistant professor of mathematics, had an article, "Math Teachers Speak Out About Important Technology Needs," published in the College & University Media Review. She also presented "Create a Digital Notebook for Your Course," at the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Des Moines, Iowa; "Actively Engage Your Students with Tablet Computers," at the Technology Integration Conference for AEA1 held on the Fayette campus; and "Actively Engage Your Students with Tablet Computers, Digital Notebooks, and Course Management Systems," at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. Staniger was also the recipient of the UIU President's Teaching with Technology grant, "Tablet PC Lab to Improve Assessment of the Student Mathematics Learning Outcome."
Dr. W. Lou Tetlan, faculty member at the UIU-Madison Center, had a manuscript, "Applying Design to Learning: Cognitive Science Research Supports Visual Language Principles in the Design of Effective Educational Reading Materials," accepted for publication in DRS//cumulus Oslo 2013 by academic publisher ABMmedia. She also presented, "A Primer on Cognitive-Based Information Design (CID) Formats," at the National Art Education Association in Fort Worth, Texas, and "Introduction to CID Formats" at the American Institute of Graphic Arts in Madison, Wis., and "Symposium: The Next Generation of 2D Graphic Design," at the second annual International Conference for Design Education Researchers in Oslo, Norway.
Dr. Margaret Vaughan, faculty member at the UIU-Madison Center, had a short essay, "Online Education and its Fundamental Differences for Learning Compared to the Classroom as a Physical Place," published in the journal On Campus.
Dr. Graeme Armstrong, assistant professor of education/MHEA coordinator (Des Moines), and Dr. Jerry Poppe, associate professor of public administration/MPA coordinator (Milwaukee), presented "How to Build a Graduate School" at the annual meeting of the Association for Continuing Higher Education in Austin, Texas. Armstrong was inducted into Epsilon Sigma, the senior scholastic honors society of Simpson College located in Indianola, Iowa. In October 2012, Armstrong was appointed as a Peer Corps Review (AQIP) for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools of the Higher Learning Commission.
Barb Ehlers, assistant professor of education, presented to the North American Association of Environmental Educators "Environmental Issues Instruction: Literature Use and NSTA's Cross-Cutting Concepts" in Oakland, Calif. She was also the recipient of two grants - one from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program and the second from the Living Roadways Trust Fund - for Environmental Issues Instruction (eii) workshops, graduate level professional development for teachers. Ehlers also conducted two eii workshops for teachers entitled, "Wildlife of Prairie Roadsides." She was also re-elected as co-chair of the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition.
Dr. Dawn Jacobsen, assistant professor of education, defended her dissertation, "Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities: Resources and Challenges Encoutered by Teachers," and graduated with a doctorate in special education from the Universtiy of Northern Iowa in December 2012. She was also selected by the Iowa Special Education Advisory Board to present to the State Board of Education of Iowa on the shortage of special education teachers and the challenges of the special education system in Iowa.
Dr. Janet Kehe, professor of education, and Dr. Gina Kuker, associate professor of education, presented at the Technology Integration for Classrooms Conference held on the UIU Fayette campus. Last fall, they presented "Using Web 2.0 to Teach Social Studies Content" at the Great Lakes Council for Social Studies Conference in Altoona, Iowa, and "Using Web 2.0 to Teach Social Studies Comprehension" at the National Social Science Association fall conference in Albuquerque, N.M.
Dr. Melissa Maier, assistant professor of communication, authored a paper, "Confronting Friends About Risky Behaviors: An Application of the GPA Framework," and co-authored a paper, titled, "Emotional Intelligence: A Framework for Examining Bullying in Schools," which were competitively accepted to the International Communication Association Conference in London, England, in June. She also presented a paper, "Tough Love and the Decision to Confront Friends About Risky Behaviors," during the panel discussion Communicating Tough Love in Relationships at the Central States Communication Association in Kansas City, Mo.
Walt Schrepel, online faculty member, presented "Adding up the Numbers the Right Way: Defending the Virtue Ethics as the Preferred Approach to Analyzing the Scandalous Behavior by Accountants During the Enron and Arthur Andersen Affair" to the Association of Government Accountants Kansas City Chapter in Overland Park, Kan.
Dr. Jennifer Stoffel, assistant professor of biology, presented a poster, "Ecology Education in the Post-Secondary Setting: Opportunities Abound for Integration and Transference," co-authored by Dr. Nigel George, association professor of mathematics and physics, Dr. Katherine McCarville, associate professor of geosciences, Dr. Jeffrey Butikofer, associate professor of environmental science, and Dr. Kerry Opel, assistant professor of forensic science, at the 97th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Portland, Ore. Stoffel was also invited to be a conference participant at the Non-Majors Biology Leadership Conference held at Pearson in Seattle, Wash.
Amy Tucker, director of Student Activities, was selected to present her abstract, "Reality Check: Social Media and Student Leaders," at the Fall 2012 Iowa Student Personnel Association Conference in Grinnell, Iowa. Tucker and Daryl Grove, assistant dean of students/director of Student Leadership and Adventure, were recently elected to posts in the Iowa Student Personnel Association. Tucker was elected secretary, and Grove president elect.
Dr. Betty J. Whitesell, dean of faculty, co-presented a co-authored article, "Creating High-Tech Learning Spaces: Enhancing On-Ground Environments Without Destroying an Institution's Budget," at the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association International conference in Orlando, Fla.
Dr. Billie Cowley, assistant professor of education, defended her dissertation, "Effects of One-to-One Computing for Students with Disabilities in an Inclusive Language Arts Class, and graduated in May 2013 from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with a doctorate in special education.
Tracy Griffith, academic advisor at the UIU-Milwaukee Center, was recently elected chairman for a two-year term by the members of the Advising Adult Learners Commission of NACADA (National Academic Advising Association).
Dr. Katherine McCarville, associate professor of geosciences, was the first faculty member to be recognized with the "Excellence in Mentoring Award" from among 14 institutions in the newly formed IINSPIRE LSAMP Alliance for Minority Participation in Iowa, western Illinois and eastern Nebraska. She was also invited to join the Board of Directors for Iowa Rivers Revival, the only statewide organization committed to protecting Iowa's rivers and streams through education and advocacy.
Helen Proeber, faculty member from the UIU-Blackhawk Center, earned a doctorate of education degree with a specialization in leadership and management from Capella University.
Michael Wagner, faculty member from the UIU-Milwaukee Center, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jerry Wadian, associate professor of speech, retired from Upper Iowa University after 42 years of teaching.
Dr. Jeffrey Butikofer, associate professor of environmental sciences, submitted a grant to enhance student learning in astronomy at Upper Iowa with hands-on application of telescope accessory technology, which was funded through the UIU Teaching with Technology program.
Dr. Rick Klann, Delano Professor of Science, received the following grants: Water Quality Monitoring of Nutting Creek; Water Quality Monitoring of Hickory Creek; Water Quality Monitoring of the North Fork of the Maquoketa River; Nutrient Levels in Tile Effluent in the North Fork of the Maquoketa River Watershed; and Effectiveness of Bioreactors at Removing Nitrates from Tile Effluent. Klann was invited by his alma mater, Westminster College, to serve on a panel examining "A Tradition of Science at Westminster College in April.
Angela Leete, associate professor of athletic training and director of athletic training, has been chosen as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education for 2014.
Lori Macrander was hired as an academic advisor at the UIU Wausau Center in April. She was previously employed as an academic advisor and HPHD advising coordinator at the School of Health Promotion and Human Development for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She served as an academic advisor to approximately 275 undergraduates and also provided initial academic advising to some 20 graduate students. Macrander earned a bachelor's degree in health promotion and wellness and a master's degree in human and community resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.