Field Notes APSS - 2018-19

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Notes From the Program Director

02 - Program Director Notes

Dr. Tina Lee’s updates on the APSS program

Awards & Achievements Page 3

03 - Student Achievements

Student Publications, Presentations, Research Grants, and Leadership Positions in 2018-19

05 - Program Awards

APSS Students of the Year, Alec Kirby Award for Leadership in Social Justice, Best Research

07 - NCUR Spotlight

Twelve APSS students hopped on the bus to Kennesaw, GA for the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

09 - Darmstadt Exchange

NCUR 2019 Page 7

Applied Social Science students from Hochschule Darmstadt University spent the fall at Stout

10 - Stout Votes

APSS students and faculty lead a push to an all time high student voter turnout for the midterm elections

11 - Shaping Policy

W elcome to this year’s edition of Field Notes . As usual, APSS faculty and students have been very busy learning, researching, writing, teaching, and contributing to our community and world. We had a lot of fun, supported each other, and helped each other learn and grow. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of our students, our alumni, and our faculty. I feel very lucky to be a part of this community and am grateful for everyone in it. It has been an exciting year for our alumni, and I hope to continue to connect with them. We want to keep celebrating your milestones—big or small—so please keep in touch! I’m also very proud that our students continue to produce high-quality research, grow as professionals, and work to make their corners of the world better. Our faculty contribute to the campus community, teach amazing classes, create spaces for important conversations, and continue to produce high-quality research. Thanks everyone! Finally, be on the lookout for a save-the-date announcement very soon. The 2019-20 academic year is our 10th full year as a program (we officially launched in Spring 2010) and we will celebrate next fall with several reunion events that we hope you’ll all join us for! -Dr. Tina Lee

From Menomonies to Madison to Washington, APSS students, faculty, and alumni are connecting with policy makers to achieve Real World change

Faculty Updates Page 13

13 - Study Abroad Spotlight

Senior Dylan Quest spends the semester in Greece

14 - New Faces in the Program

APSS welcomes new historian La’Trice Donaldson and new program associate Alyssa Quilling

APSS Graduates Page 15

15 - Faculty Updates

News and Notes from APSS faculty and staff

17 - APSS Graduates

Our newest grads head out to change the world 19 - Alumni Profile - Lakayana Drury ‘12 One of our first APSS graduates has continued his social justice path in Portland, OR 21 - Alumni News & Notes Catch up on what our fabulous alumni have been up to this year!

*On the cover: LAKES REU students take a break from research to enjoy a summer day on Lake Tainter. Photo Credit: Amber Georgakopolous


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Student Achievements



D eon Canon was named 2019 Outstanding Student Leader of the Year. He also served as the Stout Students Association’s Director of Communication. He was joined in the SSA by Logan Johnson and Chris Johnson who both served as Senators. Deon and Chris were elected SSA Presi- dent and Vice President for 2019- 20. Maddie McConville served as Stout Students Unite President, Garret Gjerseth as Vice President, and Frank Janovec was Treasurer. PaChee Yang , Shane Miller , and Elle Alvarez-Casas recieved the Samuel E. Wood Medallion, UW-Stout’s highest non-academ- ic award for students. The award is given annually to seniors who have been active in student activ- ities and exhibited outstanding leadership at Stout. Jordyn Horvath served as one of the Alumni Association’s Stout Ambassadors.

Madalaine McConville: “The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Its Creation, Ef- fects, and How it Can Be Diminished” Johanna Peterson: “A Case Study of California’s Syringe Exchange Pro- grams’ Effects on Illicit Opioid Use” Marcus Ramirez: “The Meiji Secret: The Emergence of Zaibatsu Dominance in Japan”

Research Grants & Assistantships

APSS students were awarded over $2,776 in student research grant funding this year. Funded projects: Tony Hoffman: Wisconsin Voter Access to Required Voting Services Noel Jacobson: ADA Compliance, Accommodation and Success: Harvey Hall Renovation Connor Hobart: Experiences and Insights of Nonprofit Environmental Organization Employees Ryan Leckel: Silence in a Small Town: Conceptualizing Sexual Violence in a Community Context Alayna Wier: At A Breaking Point Anne McShane: Research on Cadets Motivations, Expectations and Goals regarding Joining the Military Madalaine McConville: Dissemination grant to attend ASA and SSSP in New York City Three APSS students also served as research assistants on faculty-led projects: NSF Research Assistants with Dr. Tina Lee (Engineers Without Borders Grant) Erin Briggs, Clarice Thume, Sasha Bellot, Blessing Joseph, and Gaoying Xiong participated in the Sumer Social Justice and Nonviolence Leadership Institute in Selma, AL. The program is hosted by the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconcilliation. Megan Katcher, Madalaine McConville, Alexis Short

UW-Stout Research Day Presenters

Erin Briggs, Madalaine McConville, and Megan VanEgdom - “Promoting Civic Engagement Through Media on College Campuses” Garret Gjerseth - “Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville: A Content Anal- ysis of Newspaper Coverage” Noel Jacobson - “ADA Compliance, Accommodation, and Success: Harvey Hall Renovation” Frank Janovec - “Cross Examination of Public Lands” Skyler Kleinschmidt - “Predicting a Violent Shooter: Analyzing the Lives and Personalities of Past Mass Shooters” Ryan Leckel - “Silence in a Small Town: Conceptualizing Sexual Violence in a Community Context” and “Assisting Wisconsin Municipalities and Cit- izens in the Replacement of Lead Service Lines Using Wisconsin Act 1.3.7” Madalaine McConville - “The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Its Creation, Ef- fects, and How it Can Be Diminished” Anne McShane - “Research on Cadets’ Motivations, Expectations, and Goals Regarding Joining the Military” Shane Miller - “Local Economic Impact of Employee Ownership Transi- tions: Isolating Loan Impacts” Emmi Nielson-Gunning - “Public Perceptions of Sex Trafficking in Min- nesota” Marcus Ramirez - “The Meiji Secret” Rachel Smith - “Do Drug Court Treatment Types and Services Matter?” Megan VanEgdom - “The Effectiveness of Gun Control Laws” Alayna Wier - “At A Breaking Point”

Chris Johnson & Deon Cannon Vice President & President, SSA

McNair Scholar

Elle Alvarez-Casas 2018-19 Wood Medallion Award Winner

Marcus Ramirez - “The Meiji Secret”

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chris Marshall



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FIELD NOTES Sociology/Anthropology Student of the Year: Shelby Stachowitz

E ach year faculty nominate outstanding students for our Annual APSS Awards, and we were excited to announce these at our Spring Picnic, held at Wilson Park in Menomonie. Students in each concentration are recognized for their outstanding work both in and outside the classroom. This year Shelby Stachowitz was named Sociology and Anthropology Student of the Year, Megan VanEgdom as History and Politics Student of the Year, and PaChee Yang and Matt Johnson tied for Economics Student of the Year. The award for Best Research Project was also a tie, this time between Megan VanEgdom and Madalaine McConville . Both projects looked at important social issues, analyzed policies that could help address them, and were presented at national and local conferences. The Alec Kirby Memorial Award for Leadership in Social Justice went to Zipporah Turnbull to recognize her for her work with the Black Student Union and Stout Students Unite, as well as for organizing campus events like the Silent Peace March. Alec Kirby was a professor of History and Political Science at UW-Stout for 22 years. His passion for teaching, insightfulness, and his caring attitude towards students made him the most popular professor in the Social Science department. Dr. Kirby was an author, educator, and public intellectual, frequently serving as a commentator on Public Radio. His passion for social justice was obvious in almost every conversation he had and in every class he taught. Alec was one of the originators of the Applied Peace Studies minor at Stout and always supported informed activism on campus and in the larger community. Alec is remembered for his fierce advocacy for peace and justice and the warm compassion and friendship he showed others. Finally, we announced the award for Best Research Poster. This award is voted on by both students and faculty and recognizes the best poster presented at Stout’s annual Research Day. This year the award went to Rachel Smith for her work on drug court services. Congratulations, everyone!

Best Research Projects: Megan VanEgdom - “Effectiveness of Gun Control Laws” Maddie McConville - “The School-to-Prison Pipeline”

History/Politics Student of the Year: Megan VanEgdom

Best Research Poster: Rachel Smith -“Which Drug Court Treatments and Services Matter the Most? ”

Alec Kirby Memorial Award for Leadership in Social Justice: Zipporah Turnbull

Economics Students of the Year: PaChee Yang & Matthew Johnson


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NCUR Spotlight Katlin Eyre: “Impact of Life Skills Curriculum on Students’ Well- Being” Jordyn Horvath: “Social Media Influence on Voter Turn-Out Among College Students” Noel Jacobson: “ADA Compliance Accommodation and Success: Harvey Hall Renovation” Frank Janovec: “Public Lands, Public Identity” Matthew Johnson: “Does the Tiebout Sorting Model Hold True For Property Tax Values?” Ryan Leckel: “Assisting Wisconsin Municipalities and Citizens With the Replacement of Lead Service Lines using Wisconsin Act 137” and “Silence in a Small Town: Conceptualizing Sexual Violence in a Community Context” Anne McShane: “Research on Cadets’ Motivations, Expectations, and Goals Regarding Joining the Military” Madalaine McConville: “The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Creation, Effects, and How it Can be Diminished” Emmi Nielson-Gunning: “Sex Trafficking in Minnesota” Johanna Peterson: “American Fascism: We Beat the Nazis, Now it’s Time to Tackle Ourselves” Marcus Ramirez: “The Meiji Secret: The Emergence of the Zaibatsu and Their Dominance of Japan” Rachel Smith: “What Drug Court Treatments and Services Matter the Most?” Megan VanEgdom: “The Effectiveness of Gun Control Laws” Alayna Wier: “At a Breaking Point”

T he largest contingent of APSS students ever travelled to Kennesaw, GA April 10-14 this year to present their research with more than 4500 fellow students from across the nation. While there, many took in the sights of nearby Atlanta and enjoyed a break from the Wisconsin winter with several days of gorgeous Southern spring weather.

J unior Maddie McConville’s research on the school-to- prison pipeline generated a crowd throughout her presen- tation session. Her project ex- amined the mechanisms that create unequal outcomes in schooling and lead more mi- nority students into contact with the criminal justice sys- tem. Most importantly, she ex- amined how restorative justice initiatives could make a posi- tive impact for students, help- ing to keep them in school. S enior Ryan Leckel present- ed his ongoing work ad- dressing sexual assaults in the Menomonie community. His survey data helps to provide more information about the extent of assaults, how they are experienced by survivors, and what services communities should provide to help change the culture that normalizes this type of violence and subtly blames victims for it.


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F ive applied social science students from Hoch- schule Darmstadt University of Applied Scienc- es in Darmstadt, Germany, spent the fall semes- ter at the University of Wisconsin-Stout taking classes in their major and improving their English skills. While at UW-Stout they took psychology, quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, and ei- ther social theory or cultural anthropology. “I think I was really surprised I liked the dorms,” Ucar said, noting they stayed in Jeter-Tainter-Callahan Hall. “You get to meet a lot of new people. We had thought about renting a house.” In JTC they met other interna- tional students as well as American students. “If anyone was homesick, we could talk to each other,” Klemm said. Darmstadt professor Jan Barkmann visited UW-Stout last February. The applied social science program there is similar to ours and includes a semester during which students have flexible schedules and are encouraged to go abroad. We were able to offer the classes they need on the correct schedule, so the first students arrived this fall. The plan is to continue the exchange with Darmstadt. Dr. Lee and Dr. Zagorski visited there in October and would like to see UW-Stout applied social science stu- dents visit there next spring. The classes can be offered in English, and the institution is prepared to allow them to come a few weeks before the semester starts to get in- tensive German language training. Darmstadt is a nice city and very easy to navigate, and they get to use public transportation for free with a student identification.

Darmstadt, known in Germany as the City of Science, has about 155,000 people and is south of Frankfurt in the central region of the country. In Germany, students have two semesters a year and go to college for three years. Usually, they only have a final exam, which is dif- ferent from American universities where students have homework, quizzes and class discussions, Klemm said. “You get the content from the whole semester and then you have the test,” Martell said. Education at Stout is much more personal than in many German universities, where the classes are large, Klemm said. They definitely saw their English language skills improve over the semester but regret not learning more American slang to share with students back home. When they arrived in Menomonie, they found the city smaller than they expected. “I really learned to love that,” Martell said. “You see people you know. Everyone is re- ally friendly. I really like the community.” She loved the music played over loudspeakers in downtown Menom- onie. “It gives you a feeling of home,” Martell added. They also learned to love the nature in the area. “We reg- ularly did a walk on Sundays along the Red Cedar River,” Celik said. “It was so beautiful.” After the semester, the group travelled to see a bit more of America before returning to Germany. Several of the women visited San Francisco, Los Angeles, and spent New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Others headed to the east coast to visit Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Darmstadt Connections

STOUT VOTES D r. Chris Freeman , along with APSS student leaders Maddie McConville , Shane Miller , Frank Janovec , Deon Canon , Erin Briggs , and Zipporah Turnbull created and led a voter turnout initiative on campus, Stout Votes. They worked to encourage voting, help students access information about voting, and help them register to vote. The team created a series of videos, had registration tables at the MSC, made buttons, and personally encouraged everyone on campus to vote. Chancellor Bob Meyer got involved in the campaign as well, appearing in several videos

Buhara Celik, Hannah Klemm, Laura Martell, Samantha Werens and Helin Ucar second-year students at Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

with Dr. Freeman and helping to man the registration booth. Their efforts were very successful, with voter turnout in the wards where most students live increasing by 22% over the previous election.


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A PSS students continued a strong presence representing UW-Stout at the annual Research in the Rotunda event in the spring. The event showcases outstanding undergraduate research from across the UW System, and is an opportunity for this work to be communicated directly to legislators, state leaders, and UW Alumni. APSS students participating this year were: Madalaine McConville: “The School-to-Prison Pipe- line: Creation, Effects, Diminishment” Katlin Eyre: “Impact of Life Skills Curriculum on Stu- dents’ Well-Being” Ryan Leckel: “Assisting Wisconsin Municipalities and Citizens in the Replacement of Lead Service Lines Using Wisconsin Act 137” Rachel Smith: “What Drug Court Treatments and Ser- vices Matter Most?” Research in the Rotunda April 17, 2019 - Madison, WI

Shaping Policy

O ne of the most common goals for students in the Applied Social Science Program is to take the knowledge they learn in the classroom and use it to affect policy in the real world. This summer, senior Deon Canon participated in the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service’s Washington Seminar, a three week summer course that included a three day introduction in Madison followed by two weeks in Washington, D.C. Deon noted, “Interacting with members of Congress at the state and federal level, I learned how to see the fa- mous politicians as ordinary people and truly learned that they are meant to work for the people. I’ve met so many powerful and inspirational people like Gwen Moore, David Crowley, and Izmirah Aitch who helped frame the picture that I can not only be in Madison or D.C., but thrive and make a difference.”

APSS students, alumni, and faculty continue to impact and influence policy locally, regionally, and nationally. In Menomonie, Ryan Leckel’s (‘19) work on sexual vio- lence in the community has reached a wide audience this year and Stephanie Hintz (‘15) has been working hard to improve community health through her work with the Dunn County Health Coalition. Senior Erin Briggs spent the summer in Sel- ma, AL and had this to say about her experience: “I interned at a law firm, where I was able to work on some important cases. The whole group of interns took part in community organizing, such as going door to door registering people to vote, listening to their opinions of Selma and how to better their communities.” Nationally, recent graduate Megan Hondl (‘17) is serving as the Campaigns Di- rector for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus while Gunther Melander (‘17), Erik Pearl (‘17), Connor Hobart (‘19), and Laura Donovan (‘17) have spent time advocating for climate change action through the Sunrise Movement. Everywhere you turn the APSS program is working hard to make the world a better place!


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New Faces in the Program

A lyssa Quilling (’13) will be re-joining the department as our new Program Asso- ciate. After spending the last three years supporting water quality research and working with Dr. Paulson and Dr. Ferguson through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Protection Grant program, she will now use her considerable research and organizational skills to keep the program running smoothly. In addition to working in APSS, she will also support the Professional Communication and Emerging Media and Video Production programs as well as the Honors College.

S enior Dillon Quest (‘19) spent his final se- mester in Athens at the American College of Greece. Taking classes in Greek & Roman Epic Literature, the History of Ancient Greece, Slaves and Slavery, and the Age of Enlightenment was a culminating experience for his History & Poli- tics concentration and Applied Peace Studies Minor. Over the years, APSS students have had amazing summer and spring break experiences in Greece with Dr. Chris Freeman , traveling as part of his Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians and Filming Capitalism and Culture in Modern Greece courses. This spring, Dr. Freeman plans to return to Hellenic peninsula with his Mythic Past of Modern Greece class. APSS students have enjoyed study abroad experiences in a multitude of nations in the past, including Germa- ny, Spain, Scotland, Peru, and China. Dr. Nels Paulson is also planning a faculty-led study abroad in Scotland during the summer of 2020 for a new course titled Quid- ditch and Beyond: Sociology of Leisure in Scottish Culture .

Study Abroad Spotlight

W e are also very pleased to have Dr. Le’Trice Donaldson join the APSS faculty in Fall 2019. She will teach history courses including African American History and topics relating to her research about military history and civil rights activism. She has a PhD from the University of Memphis and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Tennessee.

She also brings a wealth of teaching experience, and her first book, Duty Be- yond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870-1920 , is coming out in February from Southern Illinois Uni- versity Press.


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Dr. Bob Zeidel presents at the Civil Liberties Symposium

Dr. Jason Walter Named 2019 UW-Stout Outstanding Emerging Researcher

Faculty Updates

Dr. Avigdor Edminster

teaching a section of Cultural Anthropology

Notes Chris Freeman was named 2018-19 Outstanding Teacher for the College of Arts, Communication, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Jason Walter was named the University’s Out- standing Emerging Researcher for 2019. He was also named a Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation Fellow. Tina Lee was named program director for the Gen- eral Education program at UW-Stout. Nels Paulson served on an NSF review committee in Alexandria, VA. Bev Deyo-Svendsen and husband Mark were named Dunn County Philanthropists of the Year. Innisfree McKinnon is the new Academic Sustain- ability Liaison for UW-Stout, and is participating in an arts & science residency through the SciArt Initiative. Kim Zagorski was an invited speaker on gerry- mandering and redistricting reform by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley. Jim Handley facilitated a day-long nonviolence training for the staff of the Qube. He and Avigdor Edminster also organized workshops at the Diver- sity and Intersectionality Conference Experience in March 2019 entitled “A System of Privilege Hurts All” and “The Beloved Self: Self-Acceptance and Social Justice Work.” Tom Pearson gave a reading from his recent book, When the Hills Are Gone, at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival in October. David Seim and Bob Zeidel gave talks during the UW-Stout Civil Liberties Symposium in October 2018. Zach Raff recieved a 2019 Research Fellowship.

Publications Myles, C., M. Tobias, M., & I. McKinnon , 2019. “‘A big fish in a small pond’: How Arizona wine country was made,” Agritourism, Wine Tourism, Craft Beer Tourism: Local responses to peripherality through tourism niches , eds. Pezzi, M., A. Faggian, & N. Reid. Routledge. Pearson, Thomas, 2019. “A Daughter’s Disability and a Father’s Awakening,” SAPIENS, January 10. Raff, Z. and D. Earnhart, 2019, “The effects of Clean Water Act enforcement on environmental employment,” Resource and Energy Economics, 57: 1-17. Wentz, M., Brown, A., & Sweat, J. 2018. “Infusing Data Campus-Wide to Drive Institutional Change.” Mid-West- ern Educational Researcher, 30(4):204-226 Presentations Arnab Biswas et al. - “Do Vacant Property Registrations Ameliorate Foreclosure Externalities?” American Real Estate & Urban Economic Association, Washington, DC, May 2019.; “Mortgage Losses Under Alternative Prop- erty Disposition Approaches: Deed-in-Lieu, Short Sales, and Third-Party Sales,” American Real Estate Society Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April 2019. Chris Ferguson (with Xanthi Gerasimo - class of ‘13) - “Honors Contracts - An Alternative Approach,” National Collegiate Honors Conference, Boston, MA, November 2018. Jim Handley - “Using Human Connectedness and Self-Interest to Motivate Students to Struggle for Justice,” Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September 2018. Tina Lee - “Child Protection and the Carceral State: Intersections and Resistance,” American Studies Associa- tion, Atlanta, GA, November 2018. Innisfree McKinnon - “Mapping Global Connections: Teaching the Anthropocene through Mapping,” Ameri- can Association of Geographers Conference, Washington, DC, April 2019. Tom Pearson - “Toward an Anthropology of Fossil Fuel Transport Systems in the Great Lakes Region,” Amer- ican Anthropological Association Conference, San Jose, CA, November 2018 and “Confronting the ‘Forever Chemical’: Community Responses to PFAS Contamination in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan,” Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, OR, March 2019 Genevieve Sabala - “Principles, Effectiveness, and Challenges of Traditional Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: A Review of Cases from Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda,” International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, New York City, NY, November 2018. David Siem - “Computers and Human Values: Is There a Midwestern Story to Tell? “ Symposium on the History of Midwest Science and Technology, Ames, IA, March 2019; “Short Cuts: Mad Scientists in the Movies,” Film and History 2018, Madison, WI, November 2018; “Stories of Migratory vs. Independent Knowledge: An Aspect of a Global History of Science & Technology,” World History Association, Milwaukee, WI, June 2018; “As They Knew Him: Veblen,” History of Economics Society, Chicago, IL, June 2018.

Constitution Day Fall 2018


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W e bid farewell to our largest ever graduating class this year, which was bittersweet for the faculty and staff who enjoyed their time with us so much. We are very proud of their many achievements and how they have grown during their time at Stout, both as scholars and as humans. We will definitely miss having all of them around the program but can’t wait to see what they do next!

Elle Alvarez-Casas · Amber Georgakopoulos Sarah Green · Dakota Hollingsworth Jordyn Horvath · Noel Jacobson · Shane Miller Misti Olson · Johanna Peterson Dillon Quest · Ryan Sawyer December 2018

May 2019

Stewart Braun · Yasmine Coulibaly Katlin Eyre · Garret Gjerseth · Connor Hobart Anthony Hoffman · Frank Janovec Matthew Johnson · Ryan Leckel Anne McShane · Emmi Nielson-Gunning Paige Oliver · Marcus Ramirez · Brendan Ross Rachel Smith · Megan VanEgdom · Alayna Wier PaChee Yang

APSS Class of 2019


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Alumni Profiles: Lakayana Drury ‘12 L akayana Drury , one of our first Applied Social Science pro- gram graduates, is changing the world. From the beginning it was clear that he set out to make a difference, and it’s hard to imagine anyone taking in more of the world in such a short time, or being more driven to make it a better place.

His path to his current role as an educator, youth advocate, and so- cial activist could be seen during his time at Stout. Lakayana served as president of the Black Student Union, a senator in the Stout Stu- dent Association, and was an active voice on campus organizing marches, protests, and voting campaigns during a period of severe budget cuts and turmoil. The summer before his senior year, his internship was with Unite Here, a union organization supporting workers’ rights in the service industry. These experiences culminated in his capstone project, published in the Journal of Student Research, which was titled, “Breaking the Chains: Student Organizations and Social Integration as a Means to the Development and Academic Emancipation of African Ameri- can Students.” Lakayana’s passport has filled itself up over the years as he has sought out adventure and understanding. After graduating, he taught in Beijing, China and in Philadelphia, PA before accepting a teaching position at Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, OR in the Spring of 2016. In 2017, he helped found Word is Bond, a non-profit organization dedicated to building positive relation- ships between young black men and law enforcement. He current- ly serves as the Executive Director for the organization. In the classroom, Lakayana focuses on differentiated instruction and exploring underrepresented cultures and histories across the world. In the broader community, he has been involved in a num- ber of social organizations and efforts aimed at uniting communi- ties across Portland and improving social mobility for all. In the Fall of 2019, Mayor Ted Wheeler appointed Lakayana to the new- ly formed Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing (PCCEP) where he currently serves as co-chair.

Weaving in Guatemala

Chengdu, China

Executive Director, Word Is Bond

Shanghai, China

UW-Stout Menomonie, WI

Portland, Oregon

Cape Town, South Africa

Monrovia, Liberia

Tikal Temple, Guatemala

Yangshuo, China

Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge


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Alumni News & Notes ‘18 Rohini Singh (Soc/Anth) is currently teach- ing English in Gwangju, South Korea as part of the EPIK program.

Alyssa Quilling (Soc/Anth) completed her Wiscon- sin-DNR funded research position affiliated with the LAKES REU program, tak- ing the lead on authoring a community capacity study for the Red Cedar Water- shed. This fall, she will tran- sition to a new position as the APSS program associate.

Zach Hoffman , J.D., (History/Politics) start- ed a new position as an attorney with the Sil- vera Firm in Dallas, TX. Shelby Schuppe (Soc/Anth) completed her M.A. from Brandeis University in Peace Stud- ies & Conflict Resolution. She also started a new position as a Title IX Intake Specialist at the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center. Adrienne Sulma (Soc/Anth) served as a Se- nior Research Analyst for the State of Wis- consin and recently started a new position as the Integrated Services Manager for Program Evaluation in Milwaukee County. Rachel Weber (Soc/Anth) is a Research In- tegration Analyst at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. ‘14 Chris Galetka (Econ) started a new position in Illinois with Rust-Oleum as a Forecasting Analyst. Fitzie Heimdahl (Hist/Politics) started a new position as Historic Preservation Project Manager for Northern Bedrock Historic Pres- ervation Corps in Minnesota. ‘13 Mitchell Ham- line School of Law, getting engaged, and starting a new position serving as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Minnesota U.S. Distric Court. Jade Klemmensen , J.D. (History/Politics) is an Associate Attorney at McKinnis & Doom in Amery, WI. She earned her degree from Mitchell Hamline in 2018. Rory Letteney (Soc/Anth) started a new po- sition as a software developer for MSuite in Cedar Rapids, IA. Sam Foster , J.D., M.B.A., (Econ) had a busy and excit- ing year, com- pleting his law degree from

Roselyn An- derson (Econ) started her po- sition as Cost Analyst with Nestle USA in Indianapolis, IN.

Wade Dugstad (Econ) started a position as Business Analyst at Kwik Trip in October 2018. ‘16 1st Lt.

Aarin McLaugh- lin , U.S. Marine Corps (History/ Politics) was mar- ried on August 17 to wife Lindsey McLaughlin.

Sarah Green (Econ) started a management position at Custom Hose Tech in Minnesota. Shane Miller (History/Politics and Econ) was accepted to the Masters program in Pub- lic and Nonprofit Administration at Metro- politan State University in St. Paul. Katie Nyseth (Soc/Anth) began the School Counseling M.S. program at UW-Stout. Elle Overby (nee Alvarez-Casas) (History/ Politics; Econ minor) is a Client Associate at Blue Granite Wealth-Raymond James in Eau Claire. She was also married to husband Aar- on in August 2019. Vinnay Pai (Econ) is working in Minneapolis for Wells Fargo as a loan development spe- cialist. Erik Pearl (Soc/Anth) was accepted with a fellowship to the interdisciplinary Heritage and Museum Sciences M.A. program at Texas Tech University. Johanna Peterson (Soc/Anth) is working as a legal assistant at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minneapolis. ‘17

Keep In Touch! Be sure to submit updates and notes to let everyone know how you’re doing! If you’d like to help the program continue to flourish, there are lots of ways to do that, too! Come back to campus to talk with an APSS class about career or grad school tips, share internship or co-op opportunities with current students, or donate to the program’s foundation fund. This fund helps provide assistance to students and faculty to travel to present their research, get needed software or equipment, and bring exciting speakers and programming to campus. Tina will even send you stickers if you donate! You can follow everything that’s happening with the program on our official Facebook page at: or make a donation to the program at:

Hillary Hoffman (Soc/Anth) is working at the University of Minnesota Environment & Energy Law Clinic while completing her final year of Law School. ‘15

Cassie Broneak (nee Beckworth) (Soc/Anth) and her husband Joey welcomed a new baby, Jack Jo- seph , on July 7th, 2019. Cassie was also promoted to Research Asso- ciate at the Na- tional Center for

‘12 Tina Rucci , M.A. (Soc/Anth) graduated from the University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace and Justice with a Mas- ters in Peace and Justice Studies. She is currently the Program Director for Hands of Peace, a non-profit organization in Chicago dedicated to supporting the empow- erment of young leaders for peace.

Computer Science Education at the College of St. Scholastica where she is working on her Masters of Education.

Megan Hondl (Econ & History/Politics) accepted a new po- sition as the Cam- paigns Director for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

Stephanie Hintz , M.S.W. (Soc/Anth) re- cently helped lead the Dunn County Health Needs Assessment and the Health Dunn Right coalition as part of her position work- ing as a UW-Extension Human Development and Relationships Educator in Dunn County.

Tyler Schieflebein (Econ) is working at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. assisting with imple- menting initiatives in the Department of Defense.


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Program Director Tina Lee, Ph.D Program Associate Alyssa Quilling

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