Pictured left: Joe Garcia with Professor Gurnack. Joe is the 2010 Outstanding Graduate in Interdisciplinary Studies. His story:
"I am a management employee at a local utility and have always enjoyed the challenges associated with increasing responsibilities. The industry I work in is highly regulated, technical, dynamic and highly influenced by legislative and environmental policy.
In order to stay abreast of changes in the power generation industry, I began to look into continuing education once my children completed their career choices and academics. As a non-traditional student at UW Parkside, I've increased my depth of technical understanding of organizations in my career path and chosen field of study with subsequent promotional opportunities opening up along the way. This knowledge assists with the challenges of my present position and enhances effectiveness. Management responsibilities include demanding hours of work so the evening and weekend college program is perfectly tailored to fit my schedule.
Early in the curriculum coursework, I didn't imagine attaining a degree in Political Science or even consider graduate studies which may be in my future. Getting nearer to graduation and completing the requirements of a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, I reflect on all that I've learned with sincere reverence and appreciation toward those who expend their energies in the noble pursuit of "winnowing the talents" of students like myself. The interest and benefit provided by higher levels of knowledge sparks and enriches the lives of everyone we touch."
"The program was perfect for my situation - a transfer student from another
state. The well-rounded curriculum of the program serves as a springboard for
a graduate degree, if a person so desires."
-Connie Wheeler, M.S.-
"It's an impressive program which has the capability of advancing your educational and career goals in a practical sort of way."
-Trudy Biehn, M.S.-
"Were it not for the Interdisciplinary Studies staff, who operate and offer this program, I would be unable to pursue a college degree."
"I am a mother of three and my income is relied upon in the family finances. Interdisciplinary Studies made it possible for me to keep my job, while continuing forward with my education goals. I am proud to say I am in the 2009 graduating class."