Welcome to the CPS Monday Message - an enewsletter from the UWSP College of Professional Studies Dean's Office.
UWSP College of Professional Studies

Convocation: Access to Opportunity

Nancy PageThe 2013-14 academic year began with new traditions, including Convocation and the touching of the cupola by first year-students and faculty and staff.​ Nancy Page was the keynote speaker at the event on Aug. 30 and talked about Title IX in light of UW-Stevens Point Athletics hosting the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four in March. Page, who retired in 2004 after 31 years as a teacher/coach at UW-Stevens Point, was a pioneer in the development of women's athletics at UWSP. Read More | Watch Video

CPS Distinguished Alumnus announced

Karen BogenschneiderKaren Bogenschneider, a 1972 home economics education graduate, has been selected as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Professional Studies and will be honored at the UWSP Alumni Awards Banquet on Oct. 5. Bogenschneider is a Rothermel Bascom Professor of Human Ecology at UW-Madison and a family and policy planning Specialist at UW-Extension. Read More

Spud Bowl grows; 5k run added

CPS SpudsMembers of the CPS Dean's Office (aka CPS Spuds) were among 100 participants in the inaugural Spud Run during the 27 annual Spud Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 7. UWSP uses the Spud Bowl as a way to celebrate central Wisconsin’s agricultural industry and the impact it has on the university and the Stevens Point community. Read More | View Photo

Vision of Inclusivity

Inclusivity VisionStudents, faculty and staff are welcome to sign the College of Professional Studies Vision for Inclusive Excellence, located outside the CPS Dean's Office (CPS 110). You'll see the sign throughout the college in the upcoming weeks. Read More

Suomi represents SNAP in China

Joanne SuomiThe UW-Stevens Point Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) participated in a U.S. Department of State-sponsored international exchange program as Joanne Suomi, SNAP aquatic instructor, traveled to Guangzhou, China in August. SNAP partnered with two China-based organizations, Guangzhou Sport University and Guangzhou English Training Center for Handicapped, to develop long-term inclusive aquatic programs for persons with disabilities. Read More | View Photos

Africa after thoughts

Rebecca Wagner"Africa was the most awesome experience of my life thus far. My expectations were met and exceeded by great strides!” Junior Rebecca Wagner sums up her experience with the UWSP School of Education in Namibia in her final blog post: After Thoughts. Read More | View Photos

Disney internship experience is magical

Caitlin BraunCaitlin Braun is a senior majoring in natural science with teaching intent at UW-Stevens Point. She is interning as a wilderness explorer troop leader at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Read More

Pointer alumni help fight pancreatic cancer

Weber family UWSP alumni Mark '87 (business administration) and Patti '88 (math) each lost a parent to pancreatic cancer and are now dedicated to raising awareness and funding for medical research. Read More

Alum rides from London to Edinburgh and back

Robert BoothRobert Booth ’89 tapped into his background as a health promotion/wellness student at UW-Stevens Point to complete a milestone in just four and a half days. Booth, age 52, of Madison, Wis., successfully completed the 1400-km London-Edinburgh-London Randonneuring bicycle ride. Read More

Pointer cadets travel abroad

ROTCThis summer, UWSP cadet David Teclaw traveled to Russia as a part of Project GO (Global Officers), a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. Project GO programs focus exclusively on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia and Africa. Read More

Cadet Alexander Reeder also traveled to the Balkan country of Montenegro where he made inseparable friendships with both fellow cadets as well as the Montenegrin special forces soldiers he trained with while in the country. Read More

Welcome new faculty and staff!

CPS all-college photo
Each year, the College of Professional Studies welcomes a new group of faculty and staff to our family and this year is the largest yet! Please welcome them:
Kele Anyanwu - Education-Technology
Sourav Batabyal - SBE Visiting Professor
Ruixue Du - Accounting
Peter Gryffin - Health Promotion/Wellness
Kristine Ficken - PEAT/Athletics Head Athletic Trainer
Jennifer Larsen-Fritcher - ComD Clinical Professor
Sally Jones - Physical Education
Nikki Logan - Education-Special Education
Jean Muckian - Nursing
Kimiko Ott - Education-Reading
Toni Sage - HPHD Adviser
Megan Schmidt - PEAT/Athletics Teacher/Soccer Coach
Rebecca Sommer - SHCP Adviser
Abbey Sutherland - PEAT/Volleyball Coach
Deborah Tang - Dietetics
Aaron Vlcko - PEAT/Athletics Teacher/FB Coach
Carie Winn - CPS Development
Christine Witt - ComD Clinical Professor
Ziwen (Carrie) Zhang - Economics
...and lots of one-year contracts/part-time folks!

Marty's Message

The first day of class is the most exciting day of the academic year. I enjoy watching new students as they explore campus and search for their classrooms, and returning students reconnect with each other.

This year we welcome 19 new faculty to the College of Professional Studies who are also exploring campus and connecting with colleagues and students for the first time. They, along with the more than 160 returning CPS faculty and staff, will play an important role in the success of those students.

Thank you to all CPS faculty and staff for getting us off to an exciting start and for ensuring a successful year!
Marty Loy,
CPS Dean

Upcoming Events

Sept. 16
New Faculty and Academic Staff Seminar Series
Overview: The Organizational Structure and Function of UW-Stevens Point
(Katie Jore, James Sage)
SCI D223
8-9:20 a.m

Sept. 21
SHRM Golf Outing
Glacier Woods Golf Club
Iola, Wis.

10 a.m.

Sept. 29
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Around Stevens Point
Register - Free!

Oct. 5
Homecoming Parade
10 a.m.
Homecoming Game vs. UW-River Falls
2 p.m.
Hall of Fame Banquet
5 p.m., Laird Room
Alumni Awards Banquet
6:30 p.m., Alumni Room

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