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Monday Update Messages | Fall 2020

Please see below for Monday Update messages from fall 2020. Click here for summer 2020 messages.

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to Fall 2020! Thank you for your continued dedication to UW-Parkside, one another, and to our students. Yes, this is not how we imagined starting the fall semester but I know we are committed to doing our part to ensure the health and safety of our learning community, deliver our mission and reduce the spread of covid-19.  We have adopted the theme, Rangers Reimagined, for 2020 and I invite you to think about how we might re-imagine our work and our impact.   

When I think of Rangers Reimagined, I turn to our mission -- to provide high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to our diverse student population and our local, national, and global communities. Education at UW-Parkside extends beyond the classroom and develops the habits of heart and habits of mind in our students. Our focus on seeking meaningful and transformational relationships in spite of the pandemic will determine our durability.  As I reimagine the future of UW-Parkside while building new relationships I think about how we will:

  • Exceed our bold goal of increasing the number of graduates by 50% by 2025
  • Enroll, educate, support and celebrate the commencement of more students of color
  • Align academic programs with regional needs and position every business and community partner to hire UW-Parkside student interns and graduates
  • Exceed our goal to have a more inclusive campus climate and culture
  • Increase 1st to 2nd year student retention from 70% to 80%
  • Engage our 26,000 proud alumni
  • Grow enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Continue to serve as the “go-to” place for talent among faculty, staff, students, and alumni
  • Serve as an engaged, committed, and thoughtful community partner
  • Reach our goal to be among the best places to work in SE Wisconsin
  • Attract, recruit, hire, and retain a culturally competent and diverse workforce
  • Make the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategic plan a top priority and ensure the finished product is “owned” by everyone, especially campus leaders
  • Ensure that all leaders and faculty have meaningful and measurable equity and diversity performance goals

In my view, UW-Parkside has always been about reimagining itself because of how responsive we are to the communities we serve. The over 26,000 alumni, dedicated faculty and staff, and 4500 students make UW-Parkside what it is today. UW-Parkside faculty and staff will continue to position our students and graduates to be ready for what the world expects and needs across all dimensions. Today, we are called to respond to the pandemic, lead in confronting systemic injustices, dismantle racism, and strive to eliminate disparities in higher education.  Now, more than ever, we must embrace and share the values of dignity and respect embedded in UW-Parkside’s educational foundation. This is a time for us to support one another, show compassion, listen to one another, be empathic, and embrace our differences as these are the actions that make our learning community even stronger.  One thing I know for certain is UW-Parkside makes the community, the state, and the world a better place. Our work in 2020, no matter the role we play, is more important than ever and our work must continue.

I want to share a few notes of gratitude from the first days of the fall semester that demonstrate who we are as a learning community. First, thank you to everyone for wearing their masks and watching their distance across campus. Thank you to the teams in facilities management, custodial services, and the Student Center for preparing the campus for the fall semester; Thanks to Brendan for the elbow bumps in the Brickstone and for telling me about his UW-Parkside experience; Thanks to Crystal for serving as a student representative on the Building Our Future Leadership Group and for sharing her thoughts on what our we need in order to make the Kenosha Community better; thank you to JZ for the Ranger Mask Lanyard and the conversation in the parking lot; thanks to Dr. Glass and the members of the EDI Council for tackling student data and probing for better outcomes; thanks to Dr. Kinchen and the Voices of Parkside for sharing their talents in their outdoor classroom just outside my office window; thanks for Jessica and the Tech Bar team for reminding me of the power of higher education; and thanks to all of you for believing in our students and in UW-Parkside!

Chancellor Debbie Ford

CSSPS Monday Update – Video Clip

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UW-Parkside Community,

The College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies mission of civic and community engagement cannot be halted by COVID-19. In fact, we believe it to be more important than ever. For our campus and for our community, we are working to help everyone be present and be counted (estar presente y ser contado). To this end we are doubling our programming efforts for Hispanic Heritage Month and Election Experience 2020.

Election Experience 2020 continues with the third quadrennial election experience, offering Wednesday Brown bags by faculty across the campus, special events, and registration/voting drives. These events are live streamed with registration links provided on our election experience events webpage.

Special events include: 

  • The Peoples’ Map: redistricting in Wisconsin presented by the Fair Maps Association on Sept 29th
  • Charles Franklin from the Marquette University Law School Polls on October 13th
  • Courageous Conversations: Voter Suppression co-hosted with the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism and the Al E Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement on October 26th

These events and more can be accessed on the Election Experience 2020 Events Webpage.

Upcoming is a drive through/walk in registration event on September 22 and 23rd in the parking lot in front of the Student Center. Election Experience interns, and other student volunteers from Latinos Unidos and Parkside Student Government, will be registering folks online.  No excuse, rain or shine!

If you can’t wait until then, the Library is hosting a registration event on September 16th for students and staff. But if you do it on the 16th, you can’t do it again- remember one registration, one vote. What do you think this is, Chicago in the 60’s?

And do not forget that Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this week with our third annual Festejo de Lideres event, when we honor local Hispanic leaders who have spent years giving back to the community. This fall we are honoring two UW Parkside alumn- Jose Rey Palacios, and Andres Cerritos. Look for our awards video which you can watch any time after Sept 16, in your jammies if you would like.

All events for Hispanic Heritage Month can be found at the website, but here are a select few:

OCT 7 | 5:30-7 PM
Paint the White House Brown (hosted by LULAC #354)
Jose Angel Gutierrez

A presentation about the Critical Mass of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 to the growing number of registered voters of Mexican ancestry in the USA by 2040 that will make these voters the most important of all groups in presidential politics

OCT 2 | 12-1 PM
Cache (hosted by the College of Arts and Humanities)

Enjoy a live streamed performance by Cache MKE, an exuberant Latin Musical Ensemble headed by Cecil Negron, who is known for their impact on the Latin Music scene for over 50 years. The virtual streaming of this event will be available via social media in the link below.

And, we are kicking off a multiyear project, because this one will be HUGE!

Raíces Project

As part of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, and to celebrate our increasing Hispanic student population (18.9% in Fall 2020), OMSA and the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies (CSSPS) have started the Raíces Project.   Raíces, ‘Roots’ in Spanish, is a digital collection/historical archive of the impact of our cultural history and our community's Hispanic heritage. We want YOU to share your family's history, immigration stories, photos or portraits, videos, images of heirlooms, or personal anecdotes.

Thank you!

Peggy James

Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies


Dear Colleagues,

Below you will find two videos from the College of Arts and Humanities. We invite you to take 3 minutes to listen to a section of Russ Johnson’s Grammy-nominated, Headlands. Accompanying this exquisite piece of music making is a photomontage of what’s happening in the College in October.

Our second video represents an example of how we intend to get our message and creativity outside the halls of the Rita during the time of Covid. We are putting together teams of students from our DMAP minor and Theater to help make videos, do camera work on with our live-streaming, and audio-engineer music recordings.

COAH_Monday Update 1

College of Arts and Humanities Monday Update Video

Communication major, Mitch Johnson, shot the video as part of his capstone project for a minor in DMAP. The video is a small segment of what we shot back in August. Longer, department specific videos will be made for each major and used during our “Arts and Humanities Visit Week” that will be a combination of prerecorded videos and live-streamed interviews between students and faculty. In October, students, armed with an iPhone, will make Tik-Tok-like teasers to drive prospective students to our virtual events.

COAH_Monday Update 2

College of Arts and Humanities Monday Update Video 2

Have a great week,

Lesley Heins Walker

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities


COVID-19 Update

Thank you for following and reinforcing the 3Ws of wearing your mask, watching your distance, and washing your hands as we do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These actions and the cooperation of faculty and instructors in taking attendance and maintaining seating charts are making a difference and increasing the effectiveness of contact tracing. To date, we have seen few cases of COVID-19 impacting the UW-Parkside community and we continue to monitor the situation closely.  We have received several questions regarding “close contacts” of persons diagnosed with COVID-19. UW-Parkside has trained Contact Tracers to follow up with “close contacts” of folks diagnosed with COVID-19 and we continue to work in partnership with the Kenosha County Health Department on this process. The WI Department of Health Services published “Next Steps for Close Contacts of Someone with COVID-19” on September 15th.   

Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete this form if diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as this greatly enhances contact tracing to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and attention to reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

Dear Colleagues:

Here are some highlights in the College of Natural and Health Sciences:

CNHS Monday Update

Bill Miller, Department Chair of HKSM, gave a presentation titled "Current Issues in Sports Facility Naming Rights" at Marquette University Law School which was co-sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin Sports & Entertainment Law Section on September 18th.

Dr. Francis Mann, Department Co-Chair of Chemistry, and her student, Leah Poulos, filed an invention disclosure with WiSys: Production of E,Z,E-GGPP: a potentially bactericidal non-natural product from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Dr. Natalia Taft and Dr. Francis Mann were awarded a WiSys Ignite grant ($49676.00) to explore the possibility of using microbes to generate pigments and antioxidants required for aquaculture.

Elizabeth (Betty) Rockendorf, Program Director HIMT, received the Wisconsin Health Information Management Educator Award – This award identifies and honors those who demonstrate excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for their HIM careers. It recognizes those who teach in a health information administration, technology and other related programs and who are involved in WHIMA’s activities at the state and local levels. Congratulations Betty!

The new CNHS Retention Initiative, UWP 101-First Year Seminar: College of Natural and Health Sciences launched this Fall 2020 semester. Eight (8) faculty/IAS/AS are teaching ten (10) sections of this course, with over 160 students enrolled.

The college forged a relationship with Beyond Organic, LLC (BO). BO secured a space of land on campus for integrated agriculture that will enable research collaborations and internship opportunities for our faculty and students, especially those pursuing degrees in BIOS, CHEM, ENVS and GEOS. As well as serve as outreach for/to K-12.

Administrative protocols were completed for the articulation partnership with Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Republic of Belarus for Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.  

CNHS welcomed the following new Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff members: Dr. Scott Batcheller, Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry; Dr. Robtrice Brawner, Assistant Professor in Psychology; Dr. Bom Soo Kim, Assistant Professor of Physics; Dr. Amelia Ray, Lecturer in Chemistry.

Certainly a lot going on in CNHS this semester! Be safe and be well.


Emmanuel Otu
Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences

CBEC Monday Update Video

CBEC Monday Update

Dear Colleagues,

The College of Business, Economics, and Computing (CBEC) engages students, faculty, staff and community in innovative ways to make a positive impact on the region, our disciplines, global community, and, most importantly, our student’s lives.

In 2019-2020, 320 students graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in CBEC programs. This number includes graduates of our newest programs:

  • Online MBA (MBAO) – 28 graduates
  • Online Business Degree Completion program (BUSO) – 16 graduates
  • University of Wisconsin Flexible Option Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Flex BSBA) - 4 graduates.

Each of these programs are designed with substantial community involvement in order to serve the needs of this region. BUSO and Flex BSBA are specifically designed to help students with work and family obligations complete their bachelor’s degrees. Flex BSBA is the only Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited competency-based business program in the world.

As highlighted in the following graphs, MBAO, BUSO, and Flex BSBA have seen significant growth:

CBEC Monday Update Graph 1

CBEC Monday Update Graph 2


CBEC Monday Update Graph 3


While developing talent is the college’s greatest impact, CBEC strives to provide a positive impact in other ways. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) welcomes Mary Fischer-Tracy as the Interim Director in replacement of retired director, Jim McPhaul. The SBDC has helped 40 small business owners in Kenosha in 28 different industries in response to the Covid-19 recession. In addition, they have worked with 10 Kenosha downtown business owners who have been affected by the riots.

The Ralph Jaeschke Solutions for Economic Growth Center (SEG Center) worked on 78 community projects involving 347 students in 2019-2020. In addition, the App Factory worked on 14 projects last year including a project for UW System that was recognized by UW System President and former Governor Thompson. The system is a SharePoint site that helps UW System answer public records requests.

The App Factory has finally moved from a garage motif to a more modern workplace. Salina Servantez, a recent graduate in Computer Science and Psychology, led the remodeling effort (App Factory 2.0) and coined the motto, “A woman-friendly design with everyone in mind.”

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The faculty in CBEC continue to publish. The faculty published 75 journal articles in the last five years and these articles have generated over 400 citations by their peers. A few recent highlights include:

  • Bingqing (Claire) Wu won best conference paper at the Southern Management Association Conference for her paper, “A Power-with versus Power-over Framework of Leadership Behaviors and Creativity.”
  • Sahar Bahmani’s paper, “On the Mechanics of Economic Growth in Middle-Income Countries: The Role of ICT Infrastructure Development, Taxation and Other Macroeconomic Policies" was accepted for publication in The Singapore Economic Review.
  • Robert Fok’s article “Do cross-border mergers and acquisitions affect acquirers’ trade credit? Evidence from an emerging market,” was published in International Review of Economics and Finance.
  • Terry McGovern’s paper on using academic digital badges in modular information systems courses was accepted by the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Unfortunately for Terry, HICSS is a virtual conference this year.

CBEC is delighted to welcome five new faculty and staff to the college:

  • Adeel Faheem is an Assistant Professor of Economics. He received a Master of Science degree in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse, France, and Ph.D. in Economics from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Adeel’s recent research empirically investigates the competitive effects of vertical restraints and mergers in the US Beer market. His broader research interests lie at the intersections of Industrial Organization and Econometrics.
  • Dr. Vijayalakshmi (Viji) Ramasamy joined UW Parkside with extensive academic and research experience of over 24 years. She has taught and developed multiple Data Science, Computer Science, and Software Engineering courses at Anna University, India, and Miami University, Ohio. Her research leverages graph data analytics as a multidisciplinary domain comprising work from various fields such as Data Mining, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, and Graph Theory. It capitalizes on a broad range of expertise drawn from different disciplines, including cognitive neuroscience, computer, biological, social networks, and, most recently, undergraduate STEM Education (educational data mining and learning analytics). Dr. Viji has also held an adjunct position at the University of South Australia, established a Computational Neuroscience Laboratory at Anna University, India, and has worked on an NSF research grant in collaboration with Florida International University to assist her MS and Ph.D. students.
  • Kelli Stein is a new Lecturer and Instructional Specialist for the Department of Business. Her past professional experience is in MIS and project management in both corporate and consulting settings, as well as nonprofit management. She has a Bachelor of Business from UW-Whitewater and a Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership and Project Management from UW-Platteville. She is married and has a 10-year old son. Her husband, Richard, is also an adjunct professor for UWP. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering with local non-profit organizations, including co-chairing the annual Rotary Post Prom in Racine, WI.
  • Jennifer Wright Tsegai is a new Lecturer and Instructional Specialist for the Department of Business. Jennifer earned a B.S. in Public Affairs at Indiana University and an MBA from University of Utah. She has experience with data analytics and marketing for banks and has held Executive Director positions for nonprofit organizations.
  • Barbara Fischer-Galley is an Outreach Specialist for the SBDC. She is the owner-operator of Piccadilly Antiques. She has also worked at the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation. Barbara has an AAS degree in Marketing from Gateway Technical College, B.S. in General Business from UW-Stout, and an MBA from Capella University.

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to two programs. The UW-Parkside Big Idea Innovation Challenge will be launching soon. Students competing in this idea competition have an opportunity to win up to $2500 to advance their idea and are eligible to compete in the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament.

Students competing in this event may also want to take advantage of a similar event. Tech-Prize, in Racine, consists of multiple events including idea, app development, and esports competitions. The App Development competition concludes this semester. The idea competition includes mentoring for those who submit ideas and concludes with a two-week event in summer 2021. Throughout the year, Tech-Prize will hold a series of virtual Saturday morning workshops (titled Biz-shops). You are encouraged to participate in the live workshop but these are also recorded and will eventually be placed online. The workshops will take place through April 2021. Workshops include developing an idea, intellectual property, design thinking, and fundraising. You can find more information about Biz-Shops at: https://www.tech-prize.org/events/.

I wish you good health and good luck during this academic year.

Dirk Baldwin, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business, Economics, and Computing

Happy Monday, Rangers!

I’m happy to provide the Monday Update from the UW-Parkside Library today.

Watch the video to find out about what we are doing in the library during this Fall 2020 semester. You may want to turn on captions for the best experience.

Library Monday Update

I’d like to share news about your colleagues in the Library:

  • Laura Briskie serves on two Council of UW Libraries [CUWL] system-wide committees: CUWL Collection Development and the CUWL E-Resources/Acquisition Interest Group
  • Jennie Callas is the new copyeditor for Weave: Journal of Library User Experience; see its latest issue. She recently published a book chapter: Callas, J. E. (2019). An introduction to academic librarianship. In M. Hodge (Ed.), The future academic librarian’s toolkit: Finding success on the job hunt and in your first job (pp. 3–24). Chicago: ACRL.
  • Jay Dougherty serves in the UW Libraries Shared Systems Technical Data group and is a UW Shared Systems Campus Contact.
  • Shauna Edson serves as Chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries Section Membership Committee, July 2020-Present, and she serves as a board member for the Autumn Farm Animal Sanctuary in Cedarburg, WI. She has recently published an article and a case study:  Edson, S. (2019). Escape rooms build better researchers. Codex, The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. 5.(3), 30-43  http://journal.acrlla.org/index.php/codex/article/view/162; and Edson, S. (2019). A Train-the-trainer course for faculty instructors, a case study. In Pitts, J. E., Bonella, L., Coleman, J.M. & Wathen, A. (Eds.), Library Services for Online Patrons A Manual for Facilitating Access, Learning, and Engagement (pp. 113-115). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • Dina Kaye is a UW Libraries Shared Systems Campus Contact and a member of the the CUWL Collection Development Committee.
  • Melissa Olson works on the Digital Preservation Expertise Group of the UW System Archives Council.
  • Rebecca Robbennolt is the new Chair of the UW System Records Officers Council and also represents that group on the State of Wisconsin’s Public Records Board’s Operation and Training Advisory Committee.
  • Heather Spencer serves as an executive board member for Kenosha Human Development Services.
  • Anna Stadick is the chair-elect of CUWL and serves as a member of the UWM School of Information Science’s MLIS Advisory Board.

I also invite you to take a look at new features:

Construction Progress Videos

Please see a brief before/now comparison here or visit our YouTube site to see the library transformation weekly from the beginning.

New Collections 

Discover a new way of organizing selected books around a specific theme, such as Antiracism, LGBTQ Topics, New Books, and more here.

What can you do in the library right now?

Go to our newly redesigned website and find out.

Or see our new infographic below!

Library Monday Update 2

*Special thanks to Liz Antaramian and Becky Tolejano for work on the infographic, Xou Le Va Vang for the library transformation video, and Heather Spencer for tireless video recording.


Anna M. Stadick
Library Director

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