Honorary Magazine 2018-19

25th Anniversary Edition


Honors Students on March 31st, 2000 tracking their score at the bowling alley located in the Memorial Student Center


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DIRECTOR Dr. Chris Ferguson fergusond@uwstout.edu

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Dr. Tom Pearson pearsont@uwstout.edu

ADVISOR Xanthi Gerasimo gerasimox@uwstout.edu

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE Amy Brostrom brostroma@uwstout.edu

Letter From The Director 03 Directors Q&A 04 25 Years - A History 06 UMHC 2019 10 Honors Contracts 14 Enhancement Fund 18 Study Abroad 20 Colloquium 22 Faculty Spotlight 26 2018-19 Graduates 28 Alumni Update 32 Student Achievements 34


STUDENT STAFF Emily Wyland Allison Rigotti Mackenzie Burke

Taylor Schmidt Tiffany Johnson Anna Humphrey Michaela Thurow




Facing Failure: A Year of Learning From Mistakes was an exciting theme for us to choose this year. While we were a little worried about how a year of failure would look on an Honors bumper sticker, it felt like the perfect choice. The theme came about in two ways. First, during our senior exit interviews, Connor Phu told us about an abandoned Honors contract project in which he had attempted to cre- ate a living biodome ecosystem in a terrarium in his dorm. In the end, everything died, and it became a rotting, stinky mess as so many things do in dorm rooms. He related this story as a failure and regret- ted that he had to start over with a new project as a result. Both Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Pearson were struck by this and felt that although everything died, it was still a successful and exciting project. They wanted students to feel they had the space to try and fail and learn through the process. Not every- thing should have to work the way we hope it to for it to be a success in Honors. The second impetus came from our Spring 2018 colloquium that was fo- cused on mental health and fears. In a survey dur- ing the event, we discovered that nearly the entire College listed “failure” as one of their biggest fears. We took that as a sign that we should dive in to that this year and look at failure at both an individual and a systemic level.


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Dr. Chris Ferguson

Welcome to another edition of our nationally recognized news- letter, The Honorary ! The 2018- 19 year in the Honors College was another year of amazing stu- dent accomplishments thar we’re excited to share with you. Our theme of Facing Failure: A Year of Learning From Mistakes was perhaps my favor- ite yet. It was chosen to elevate what I think is the most impor- tant mission of our Honors College. Above all else, we strive to be a space where students can take risks, try new things, experi- ment with innovative ideas, and feel supported regardless of the outcomes. Too often students, and especially Honors students, struggle with lofty expectations of success. They have high stan- dards for themselves, and those around them often come to expect big things from them as well. Our attempt this year was to remind ourselves that there is not always a quick and linear path to those successes, and we often learn the most from the errors we make along the way. As we saw with our colloquium selections, this is an important lesson both at the individual level and the macro-societal level.

There were several personal highlights for me including our hosting of the 2019 Upper Midwest Honors Conference in Menomonie. More than 200 honors students and faculty from 25 different institutions attended and had a wonderful event, thanks to the hard work of Amy Brostrom, Xanthi Gerasimo, Dr. Tom Pearson, Allison Rigotti, Emily Wyland, and our other student staff who make every day in the office fun and exciting. (See the story on page 10). I truly enjoyed getting a chance to work with all our fabulous stu- dent volunteers, as well as get- ting to see our students present their remarkable work to others from across the region. We hosted several thought provoking guests in the Honors office, including the 2018 Cabot Executive in Residence, Denise Coogan, who spearheads Subaru of America’s zero land- filvavl efforts. Faculty members Lopa Basu and Nels Paulson also gave fascinating talks on the research they conducted during their sabbaticals. Student work on Honors con- tracts continues to impress me each day. Some of my favorites

this year were Will Yang’s mov- ing poetry, Kylie Anderson’s application of a new LGBTQ+ Bechdel-test for films, and Emma Sisk’s exploration of the history and science of sourdough. As you’re reading this, the UW-Stout Honors College is celebrating our 25th year, a per- fect time both to reflect on how far we’ve come and to plan ambi- tious paths for the future. It’s also a great time for alumni and friends of Honors to dive in and get involved with activities from Homecoming to Colloquium or other campus speakers and events. Please stay in touch, come visit, and get involved! As always, I can’t wait to see what you do next and wish everyone the best for a success- ful new academic year.

- Dr. Chris Ferguson



There have been 3 incredible directors in the past 25 years. We chatted with them to find out more about their experience!

How long were you director? Bob: I directed the University Honors Pro- gram (UHP) for seventeen years—from its de- velopment in AY 1994 through spring 2011 Lopa: I was Director of Honors College from 2011-2016. I was Assistant Director of the Uni- versity Honors Program from 2008-2011. Chris: I was Assistant Director to Lopa for three years, and now am completing my third year as director What changes did you see in Honors when you were director? Bob: In the early 1990s, influential people at the University thought Stout had no honors students and that an “honors program” was folly. I became involved when “honors program” was still being discussed in committee. I saw the program begin, grow, and mature—in numbers and, most important, in the value we added to these Stout students’ education. Lopa: The University Honors Program was designated Honors College on July 1, 2012. A Grand Opening celebration was held on Sep- tember 12, 2012. This meant that the program experienced a sizable expansion in students, course offerings, and its living and learning community. It also meant reporting directly to the Provost like all the other colleges at the University. I actually reported to four different provosts during my term as director. Chris: I’m not sure that we’ve made major changes yet, but have tried to continue to re- fine and improve things on the path that Bob and Lopa set us on. The things I’m most proud of so far are expanding the focus on advising and implementing annual themes to help bet- ter tie our colloquia and events together each year. And the waffles, of course.

What was your favorite part about being director? Bob: Probably the creative opportunity to in- vent the program, nurture it, and experience its growth. Also: the opportunity the develop rela- tionships beyond “one and done” with students and work with committed teachers, staff, and administrators. Lopa: Being able to offer new students a home and a nurturing and intellectually invigorating community when they first arrived on campus. I enjoyed talking to students and families during Stout preview days, summer registration, and in the Fall move in days. I loved cooking breakfast for several hundred students in Antrim Frogatt, collaborating with the Hall directors to give students a genuine sense of belonging. I also enjoyed seeking out talented professors and in- viting them to teach Honors courses. Chris: Getting to feel like I’m helping to sup- port passionate, curious students is very reward- ing. I also love the everyday variety (no two days in Honors are the same) and the freedom to try new things like waking up one day and deciding we should go to a cave and getting to just do that. I also love working with the rest of the Honors staff – I couldn’t wish for better friends and colleagues to work with. Bob: I included co-curricular activities in the design of the UHP because of my previous work in therapeutic communities. I enjoyed all of our activities, but my favorites were those which were newest to students: snowshoeing, Minnesota opera excursions, traveling with students to conferences. Lopa: I have to say that what I enjoyed most were the field trips to the Minnesota opera. I re- ally think trips to the opera and Shakespeare pro- ductions at the Guthrie were the best events that I helped facilitate for students. These excursions were transformative and changed students’ ideas of what they thought they could appreciate. What was your favorite Honors College event?


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Dr. Bob Horan

Dr. Lopa Basu Dr. Chris Ferguson

Chris: I always enjoy traveling with students to conferences and getting to know them better on a road trip – those are really my favorite. Field trips are also wonderful in that way. Our trip to UMHC in Iowa when we snuck out of the conference for a bit to take in an amazing art museum sticks out as a very fun memory. Was there an Honors Contract that blew you away? Bob: My favorite honors contracts were those in the mid-late 1990s. For each contract, the student and I had to explain to the teacher what the UHP was, what honors contracts were, and what the purpose of honors education was. These conversations were the most effective tool for informing the campus about the UHP. Lopa: So many contracts were powerful. But I still remember Jessica Weinkamp’s contract in which she painted diabetic supplies to docu- ment her own journey with the disease. I think they are still hanging in the Honors lounge! Chris: I’ll probably get myself in trouble if I don’t mention Xanthi’s study on Expand- ing Youth Rugby. That was the first contract I mentored, and it obviously paid off for me since we’re still working together six years later. I also really love when students complete a book – Maria Lewis’ study of historical architecture in Menomonie, Connor Dahlin’s poetry, and Emma Raleigh’s comic stick out in that cat- egory. And of course Laura Olson’s glass blown chandelier. There are so many fantastic projects! Was there an Honors student that surprised you? Bob: I’m unable to think of a student who did not surprise me. Lopa: Many Honors students surprised me by their strength, leadership, and generosity. Kimberly Kadlec who was a student with four children always stayed back after Colloquium to gather pencils from tables. Nobody asked her to do this. She just did it, even though she had so many responsibilities she was juggling.

Chris: There have been so many! Kori Klaus- termeier stands out as being a force of nature in getting the Honors Student Council started. Megan Hondl consistently surprised me as one of my economics advisees as she progressed on her path to a career in politics. And so many students I’ve gotten to know well through their work in the office here – Jessi Goodel, Molly Flesher, Brenna Lesnar, Allison Rigotti... I think, honestly though, Emily Wyland is probably the student that I’ve been most amazed by during my time as director. Getting to work with her every day for the last four years as our student graphic designer and watching her grow has been a joy – she has developed into an amazingly professional and skilled designer and produced massive volumes of incredible work for us. We couldn’t have hosted the conference this year without her vision and enthusiasm, and her fingerprints are on nearly every aspect of the Honors College, from our logo to The Honorary you’re reading right now. I’m going to miss her terribly when she graduates this year but am also very grateful for having had her steady influence and patience in our office for so many years. What has surprised you about the Honors College in the past 25 years? Bob: The survival and growth of honors at Stout have surprised me.The first 12 to 13 years were marked by scant resources and minimal ad- ministrative support. However, the University’s interest in “going big” with Honors in 2007 was accompanied by financial support—even during the very lean years of 2010-2018. Charles So- rensen was unique among UW administrators in his belief that Honors was beneficial for stu- dents and institutions. The Stout Honors Col- lege is evidence of that. Lopa: I am amazed at the achievements of our students.They have presented such fine work at the regional and national conferences.They have published in the Journal of Student Research and in the NCHC journals. This is above and be- yond expectations.

Chris: I think the amazing student work will always surprise me. I’m also surprised that we’ve been able to be as successful as we have been in maintaining a high quality program even as we’ve grown so rapidly. Mostly I’m constantly surprised and amazed by the dedication of the Honors staff I work with each day – from our student workers to Amy and Xanthi (and Bev Deyo-Svendsen previously) – they are the real directors of the program and really work tire- lessly to support the Honors students. What do you hope Honors grows to in the future? Bob: Our earliest informal mission in the UHP was to “commit some higher education.” Our tactic, based on necessity and borrowed from the Marine Corps, was to “improvise, adapt, and overcome.” I think both the charge and tactic still obtain today and I hope anyone who takes on the mission of Honors at Stout remains mindful of them. Lopa: I do hope Honors College secures more dedicated funding in the future. This can hap- pen with the institution deciding to prioritize it more or through a private donor deciding to endow the College. Honors is investment in the future and in the ability of the university to at- tract and retain high achieving students. Chris: I think it would be fun to have an “Honors House” that could have both dorm housing and our honors offices, lounge, and flex- ible classrooms. I think that would really help integrate all the aspects of the Honors commu- nity, and having a kitchen available would be a big boost for all our food-focused events. But, I also like being in the library and integrated with the rest of campus so that we don’t become iso- lated and insular. Whichever direction we go next, I hope we continue to develop innovative courses that give students a chance to tackle big problems and the space to take risks and fear- lessly pursue passions and curiosities.



THE HONORARY and the student designers of each edition

The Honorary was started by Honors College student worker Jessi Goodell as a small newsletter and was only 12 pages in total including the front and back covers. This edition you are holding has 40 printed pages because we just have so much more to show you! Initially, the Honorary was planned to be a biannual newsletter that would be sent to alumni and faculty on campus. Because of the small design team, it changed to an annual edition that would have more time and energy put into such a massive project. Each designer has brought their own flair to each edition, and they all have their own aesthetic. We are excited to one day have a full library of these annual magazines recording the events of each year of Honors.

Jessi Goodell Fa ‘12 Sp ‘13 ‘13 ‘14 Jessi Goodell & Danielle Roberts Jessi Goodell

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Leeah Reichardt & Molly Flesher

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Brenna Lesnar & Molly Flesher

Brenna Lesnar & EmilyWyland



First Honors College graduating class

UW-Stout Honors Program established in fall 1994 Bob Horan is the Honors College director Honors Program Office is located in Harvey Hall in room 140

Honors office moves to the basement of Harvey Hall in room 42 Alec Kirby and Jeff Dippman serve as interim directors while Dr. Bob Horan takes sabbatical


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Contracts are one of the corner- stones of the Honors College experience at UW-Stout and are a chance for students to design their own dream project and push themselves to do something they wouldn't have done otherwise. We encourage students to follow their passions wher- ever they lead, take risks, and produce a project they will remember for a lifetime.

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The original Honors Program included four required courses for students to take. Now they have a plethora of courses to choose from to enrich their academic experience!

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Lopa Basu becomes director of the Honors College.

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Honors office moves to room 430 of the library

July 1st, 2012 University Honors Program is designated “Honors College”

During 2007-08, Chancellor Sorensen acted on his claim to “make Honors big” and increased financial support. From this, Honors was able to admit more students. Between 2008 and 2011, Honors went from 125 students to more than 400.

Chris Ferguson becomes director of the Honors College

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First Bestow the Stole ceremony

First Honorary published. Designed by Jessi Goodell

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Honors College has changed throughout the years and we love to look back and see what we were up to.

To the right is one of our fun Honors events. Here’s Doc Bob (located in the top left of the photo) to teach us a little about our makeshift game show of “Hollywood Squares” The Hollywood Squares event was organized by people in Residence Life as part of their springtime festival. The idea pictured was to use a modified Hollywood Squares game format to let students inter- act with faculty, staff, and admin- istrators. I remember doing it one year with Don Cunningham, a very funny guy with whom I worked in English & Philosophy, but I don’t recall who else participated. I did it two or three years. We (guests) did indeed commandeer a stu- dent’s dorm room for the hour or so the game lasted (students usu- ally hung around in or just out- side their room—my impression was that they only learned about the event the day of ). We guests hung out the window to answer questions and, as best we could, share witticisms with the sparse audience. I remember these taking place on chilly spring afternoons. Barbecues were working at these events and other Residence Hall picnic/fairground activities were also underway.


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Dorm Life

Dorm life in Honors College has always been a fruitful experience. Students of all majors come together with a common goal of furthering their education here at Stout. Many of us in this picture-although with vastly different majors-had similar inter- ests, like video games, action films, and cooking family recipes. I remember being worried that I wouldn’t connect with anyone in the Honors dorms, but I’m glad I didn’t live anywhere else. Ev- eryone was so welcoming and friendly, but at the same time, we would make education and homework a priority. -EmilyWyland The first two Colloquia were dinners in the Student Center. Afterwards it was moved to Bowman Hall as more of a lecture series. After the lecture structure, it was moved to a discussion format inThe Ballrooms of the Student Center focused on common read- ings like it is today. Some other locations that hosted Col- loquium included the First Congregational Church (pictured to the right), the Mabel Tainter, the Johnson Fieldhouse Multi Purpose Room, and of course, the Memo- rial Student Center Great Hall where we have held it for the past couple of years. -Bob Horan The first “Honors office” was 140 Harvey Hall, next to Bob Horan’s office in the English & Philosophy Department. During the 1999-2000 Academic Year -when I was on sabbatical studying “hon- ors programs as learning communities” and the University Honors Program (UHP) was being directed by Alec Kirby and Jeff Dippman—the UHP office was moved to the basement of Harvey Hall in room 42.The UHP office relocated to the fourth floor of the library for the Fall 2009 semester. -Bob Horan Both images show events when the Honors College hosted lunches in the office. Students were invited to come together over free food to learn or further develop the community. Colloquium Honors Office

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While the theme of the conference was “Embracing Failure,” the conference was a big success. On April 4-6, Honors Col- leges and programs from 25 schools lo- cated across seven Midwest states brought students and faculty to the University of Wisconsin-Stout to present their research and share what their programs are doing that sets them apart. In total the confer- ence drew 52 honors faculty, 5 alumni, 153 students, and 28 Stout student volunteers. Conference planning began more than a year ago as we designed the conference logo and branding, chose the theme, ad- vertisied to schools, and found students to help with the planning and organizing of the conference. Looking back, there are things that we would have changed, includ- ing the set up of the poster session and the overabundance of food for student and fac- ulty socials. These “failures” however, were

outweighed by the success of the confer- ence as a whole and provided great learning opportunities for future events. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. The conference featured session presen- tations and poster presentations by the stu- dents and faculty in attendance. UW-Stout presenters included Mary Benetti, Macken- zie Burke, Joel Butenhoff, Maddie Chris- tensen, Emily Delo, Katrina Franda, Aidan Gruber, Cassandra Isaacson, Joan Navarre, Elizabeth Nelsen, Brody Pierce, and Emma Sisk (listed with their presentations on the right of the opposite page). The conference also featured several faculty keynote speak- ers who shared about personal and profes- sional failures they have overcome. Present- ers included Lopa Basu, Chris Ferguson, Arthur Kneeland, and Tom Pearson. Overall, the conference brought to- gether the regional Honors community for

a fun weekend together, and students went on their way ready for next year’s conference that will be hosted at Bemidji State Uni- versity.The conference would not have been possible without the hard work of the UW- Stout Honors College Staff including Chris Ferguson (Director), Tom Pearson (Associ- ate Director), Xanthi Gerisimo (Advisor), and most of all, Amy Brostrom (Program Associate). Honors student employees also played a major role in the conference in- cluding Mackenzie Burke (Video Design), Emily Wyland (Graphic Design), and my- self, the Student Conference Coordinator. There was also significant help from honors students who volunteered to help organize social activities, lead tours around the MSC, staff the registration table, and serve as pre- sentation room moderators.


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* Katrina Franda reads from her original poetry book “An Expression of Self Yearnings: An Examination of Mental Health” at her UMHC 2019 presentation.

Mary Benetti A Study of Motion Mackenzie Burke Vessel: Development of a Tabletop RPG Joel Butenhoff Our Differences that Shouldn’t Make a Difference

Madison Christensen Phoenix Without Wings Emily Delo

Monstrous Success: Exploring the Theme of Failure in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Katrina Franda* An Expression of Self Yearnings: An Examination of Mental Health Aidan Gruber An Expression of Self Yearnings: An Examination of Mental Health Cassandra Isaacson Hetalia : An Anthropological Perspective Joan Navarre (faculty) Monstrous Success: Exploring the Theme of Failure in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Elizabeth Nelsen The Effects of Music on Anxiety and Testing Brody Pierce Monstrous Success: Exploring the Theme of Failure in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Emma Sisk

Learning to Make Sourdough Bread



Photo Credit - Emily Wyland

Imagery bleeds off page to expand the viewer’s experience and indicate there is more to see.

Photo Credit - Jeffrey Austin Drake

Photo Credit - Emily Wyland

If photo credit is given, it must be clear and visible to the reader but not distract from the photo.

All page numbers are 2 digit numerals so the rule stays consistent throughout.


Use smallcaps for a font to relay a professional look to the footer.

Make page name smaller than the page number to show heirarchy of importance for the viewer.


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Lock imagery and header along the same height to make the page feel grounded.

One of the fonts for the confer- ence was DIN (this one). It was originally designed for German transportation, and has since become a popular font for design- ers everywhere because of it’s readability and clean design.

Emily Wyland

This year I was tasked with branding and designing for the 2019 Upper Midwest Hon- ors Conference. This project would be 90 percent problem solving and 10 percent design. First and foremost, I wanted to create a design system that would be “invisible.” Invisible design is about making an entire design system that feels effortless. So when the viewer sees the map, reads an article, or locates a volunteer, it takes little to no thought to read and understand the de- signs presented to them. How many times have you been at an airport and thought, “huh, that font on the sign is really clean and nicely designed”? Probably zero (unless you’re a typography nerd like me). Well that’s what

Adrian Frutiger had in mind when he designed the most popular Airport font Frutiger. He wanted the font to be invis- ible so it only relayed the most important information required to the viewer. So when you’re at an airport, you can glance up, find your terminal and make sure you don’t miss your flight without worrying about trans- lating the typography. To achieve this invisibility, I decided on one crucial point: consistency.There were only two colors, two fonts, and three logos for the entire conference, and every piece of design was simply taking those elements and rear- ranging them as needed. In the end, I learned that good design is design you do not notice. The attendees were

able to smoothly navigate the building and the conference in a straightforward and efficient way. It was most exciting to see them casually look down at their schedules to know what was next. You wouldn’t think about the design of the page num- bers or the fonts-things I took months to make decisions on- but a good designer is a hidden one, and I think I achieved that this year. Throughout this spread I have pointed out some spaces that one may not think had a lot of design input, but in fact, every- thing that is printed has a rhyme and reason to why it is there. The whole portfolio of the Upper Midwest Honors Con- ference can be viewed at eewyland.com

Hey, go check out my website. or my instagram @eewyland_design

Oh, I also designed this whole magazine



Rosalie Mattair

For my Honors contract, I wanted to do something direct- ly related to my career goals. My plan is to be an illustrator, so I decided to create a collec- tion of illustrations for a port- folio. The goal of this project was to help me get work in the future and grow as an artist. The experience has motivated me to explore different artistic techniques and mediums and allowed me to develop a rela- tively confident artistic pro- cess. It has helped me discover what I am capable of and get to know myself as an artist and made me think about what I want to improve on, and in what direction I would like to take my art. I am excited to create more illustrations in the future and continue to build my online portfolio.



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Josh Schaefer &Matt Ward

The initial goal of our Honors contract was to create a work- ing circuit for a bike that would activate an LED turn-signal for riding at night. The contained circuit would connect a bat- tery to an accelerometer and an LED light.This would allow the light to turn on when the rider is turning left or right, indicat- ing to cars where they will be going. The circuit board layout itself would be printed out in ink on paper then applied to a copper plate.The toner-covered copper would then be placed into a ferric chloride solution, which dissolves the metal not covered in ink. After everything was etched out, we assembled the circuit board with all of the wiring and lights. Unfor- tunately the resulting board we created did not work, which we thought was because of a flaw

in the design, so we purchased a perfboard and electrical com- ponents. But alas it still did not seem to work, and after much research and problem solving we decided to stop the project after we had already invested so much time and money without a positive result. Even though we did tech- nically fail our initial goal, we learned something through the failure. We learned that failure isn’t necessarily something bad or that you have to walk away from. If we were to restart this project or go at it again in the future, we would know what not to do, or could tell others how not to go about it. It was Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, who said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”



Katelyn Kruger

I produced my Honors contract with the Registered Dietitian on campus, Sarah Sippl, as my mentor. My contract was completed over the summer between my first and second year. During that summer, I worked at a café and deli called INdiGO Organic. This busi- ness in Mankato, MN is local and family owned. I started

working at INdiGO my Ju- nior year in High School, so it is special to me. The Café had only been open about two years, so I wanted my contract to be a way for me to advertise items that we sell. To begin my con- tract, I planned on doing nu- trition facts for every item we had in the café and deli. My mentor and I decided that the

idea of doing every item would be a timely task; therefore, we decided that I should just make an informational flip-book to advertise specific items that we offer. Thus, I made a flip-book advertising our most popular products: smoothies and juices. To create this flip-book, Sarah helped me with the nutrition facts and the descriptions of

the items. My coworker and I took photos of all the smooth- ies and juices that we offer for the flip-book. Many of our customers would have a hard time deciding what smoothie or juice to get in the past, so now they have a book to help with their decision.


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Mackenzie Burke For my Honors contract I de- cided to model, rig, and animate a character. My goal was to get a feel of the entire process of 3D from concept design to ani- mation. The character, named Lise, is from a science fiction story that I had been playing with for a while. I kept her fi- nal design very simple since it was my first time modeling, but some of the more complex sci fi aesthetics I enjoy can be seen in the robotic implant on the side of her head. After I settled on a design, I spent the majority of my time modeling and rigging,

often trying out several differ- ent methods before settling on one. For example, I began mod- eling originally with nurbs sur- faces, which make it easier to capture smooth curves. Unfor- tunately, I had trouble getting the sharpness to the face that I wanted and eventually switched to polygons. I finished the proj- ect by rendering out a stylized walk cycle, run cycle, and lip sync. The contract succeeded in helping me understand the entire process and also allowed me to explore specializations for my career.




MAKE A DONATION designated to the Honors College Enhancement Fund this year, and YOUR name could appear next to one of the items listed!

THE LUCKY RECIPIENTS will be announced during the Spring Semester. Updates will be posted on the UW-Stout’s Honors College Facebook page.



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THE STUDY ABROAD WHITEBOARD MAP $35 Did you study abroad while you were part of the Honors college? For $35 you can have your name and location added to the map forever* (or until we knock it off the table and break it) in permanent marker! Don’t let your memories get wiped away in future semesters!

FIELD TRIP $500 & up

Illustration by Emily Wyland

Did you take a memorable field trip during your Honors career? A hike? A museum? A play? The opera? Help provide funding so that this tradition can continue, and this year’s trips can have your name on it! We’ll send you a group photo at the venue, holding up a thank you ban- ner with your name on it.

Illustration by Brenna Lesnar


COLLOQUIUM TABLE $25 + up Remember all those times you were seated at the very last table to get released for food during Colloquium? This is your chance to be a hero to those students. Sponsor a table this year and they will be one of the first tables to get their food! The larger the donation, the sooner the table gets to eat. Don’t let table 26 go hungry this year. Pick a table number, and we will honor you in front of the entire group of students and faculty! We’ll even send you a copy of the colloquium book signed by all the table members, with messages of their undying gratitude!

Remember all those times you panicked because you were 15 minutes late for class when you glanced up at the backwards clock? Or all the times it made you late when you thought you had plenty of time? This sadistic Honors tradition can continue, with your generous donation! $100 will ensure your name is attached to it for one full Duracell battery period.

PLANT(S) $40 Ah, the Honors office plants. Some thrive, some don’t. Some grow in weird direc- tions with a mind of their own. Help show off your green thumb like Will Allen would by sponsoring one for the year. We promise we’ll try our best to water it!


What tiny piece of your Honors experience would you like to see on this list? We want to hear about it. Email your suggestion to hon- ors@uwstout.edu and help it get the respect it deserves. One of these submissions will be chosen as our bonus naming opportunity.

CONTRACT LUNCH $50 For a small donation, one of this year’s contract lunches could have YOUR name on it, and we will feature YOUR con- tract as one of the examples. Want future students to know about that time you designed a nuclear reactor, a levitating race car, or composed your own oboe music that you learned to play while riding a unicycle as your Honors contract? I thought you did. And we can make it happen!



characters who I was able to become good friends with. I had a snapchat chat group with 33 people, and I loved getting to know each and everyone of them. Together, we traveled in various group sizes all over the south and north islands. My new friends and I took advantage of a nearby car rent- al company to take weekend trips and for our off and on breaks. Our first trip, only 20 minutes from campus, was the Manawatu Gorge. Not only was there plenty of amazing views, there was ample time to bond. We grabbed a well-de- served victory meal following the hike and continued to talk and get to know our new travel buddies. A two-week mid-semes- ter break allowed us to fly down to the South Island and explore some of the most

afternoon teas. We ended the tour by going through the rose garden. It was in full bloom and smelled so sweet. I felt like I was in a fairytale. Next, we travelled to Brighton pier where I had the authentic fish and chips. It was delicious. The night was filled with good food, conversation, and music. This trip was one that I will never forget, and I am truly grateful that I had the oppor- tunity to represent UW-Stout abroad. I can’t wait for more adventures to come!

AARICA HUMKE England + France

My time abroad in England and France was both educa- tional and fun. I learned so much from the activities we participated in and from the discussions with the people around me. The objective of this study abroad course was to observe multiculturalism within schools and communi- ties, and the effects of colonial- ism. It was interesting to go into the two countries with this particular mindset as it led to critical thinking and a greater understanding of both Ameri- can and European culture. We saw many amazing sites and our days were full of meeting new people. The day we went to Arun- del Castle and Brighton Pier is one of my favorites. The castle was gorgeous and magnificent. We toured the grounds around and inside the old castle. There was so much history present, and it was hard to believe that people still live there to this day.The Dukes of Norfolk have living quarters, and we walked through the rooms where they have their Christ- mas celebrations and

Where in the world were our Honors College Students this year?


This past semester I was for- tunate enough to expand my horizons and see a new one in New Zealand. I lived in Palm- erston North, a city about the size of Menomonie on the Northern Island. I met a host of


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breath-taking places on Earth. We picked up a few friends and had a local take us to his favor- ite places in Christchurch where we stayed a night. Over those two weeks we saw mountains, volcanoes, ferns, waterfalls, the ocean, and beaches, climbed lots of rocks, and fell in a river or two. I have never felt so free or exposed in my life, and I mean that in the best way. I had the greatest opportunity exploring one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world with some of the most inspiring and carefree people.

The task was to create a business plan for an app and it had to be gamified in some way to en- courage more interactivity from users. We got put into groups of three or four people and had to work on this business plan throughout our travels. It was a struggle finding stable Wi-Fi but somehow we managed to get it done in the three weeks we were there. Throughout the three weeks we traveled to five different cities. We also went to some more science parks and on a city boat tour. The trip ended at a plain hotel by the airport where we presented our final business plans to each other. The whole time we were there, we explored the cities and ate lots of pizza and sushi. It was a surprise to find out that sushi was so popular. We also tried some new food like falafel and Thai. It was an incredible experience. I learned a lot about Sweden and met a lot of cool new people that I never would have met in my life. I wish it could have lasted forever be- cause it was so much fun.

Scottish historical figures like Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots. Another thing I loved about this field experience was being able to live in a historically significant building in Dalkeith Palace. The house has hosted many famous people throughout history and since the ‘80s has housed the Wisconsin learning and living study abroad experi- ence. It was truly unique and I am forever grateful to have got- ten the opportunity to spend my time there. Overall, I would encourage everyone to study abroad and visit what I believe to be Europe’s best kept secret, Scotland. ALEX TRASK Sweden I went on a study abroad to Sweden. The name of the trip was Entrepre- neurship in Gamifica-


This past summer I spent the month of June in Scotland for the Experience Scotland Study Abroad Experience. It was an incredible month exploring a history, people, and culture that I was unfamiliar with. While studying abroad I studied one of the most famous things to come out of Scotland: and this was the Harry Potter novels. I took a social justice and psy- chology course that studied many themes in the books and how they relate to JK Rowling’s life as well as present-day Ed- inburgh and Scotland. I went into this experience excited to explore Europe with almost no expectations about what Scotland would offer me. I was blown away by the history and beauty of such a small nation. Parts of my trip that I most thoroughly enjoyed included exploring the Highlands and learning about its history, such as

tion. The group of us that went con- sisted of about half computer science majors and half business, art, and psychology majors.



Illustration by Honors freshman Tiffany Johnson

Hey directors! What was your favorite colloquium? COLLOQU

Dr. Bob Horan

Dr. Lopa Basu

Dr. Chris Ferguson

My favorite Colloquium book might be Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet , by Stephen Squyres, which we arrived at accidentally, via Chuck Bomar. In any event, I must have been ready to read a book length ac- count of the differences between science and engineering because I enjoyed it and went on to use what I learned from it.

I began to say Plato’s Apology but I have to change my vote to Stephen Hawkins’ A Brief History of Time . It was truly a mind blowing work and even though it was hard to read a book on physics, it was so fascinating. I felt a great sense of accomplishment being able to say I led a discussion on it.

My favorite colloquium was What if ? – not because of the book so much as the way we did something different with the table activities. I also really enjoyed Dracula , having never read it before. I also had a frantic sprint to finish reading it in the days leading up to colloquium, which made me feel all the more connected to Van Helsing and the characters racing to track down Dracula!


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“Being wrong is hard and humbling, and some- times even dangerous, but in the end

it is a jour- ney, and a story.” – Kathryn Schulz

“To err is human. Yet most of us go through life tacitly assuming (and sometimes noisily insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from the origins of the universe to how to load the dishwasher. If being wrong is so natural, why are we all so bad at imagining that our beliefs could be mistaken – and why do we typically react to our errors with surprise, denial, defensiveness, and shame?” This was the central question explored in Kathryn Schultz’s Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error . We explored the connection between wrongness and our own sense of being and place in the world, drawing on case studies and the wisdom of poets and philosophers to look at the deeply personal nature of being wrong. The most ironic piece of this event was that we got the date wrong on the poster. It said Thursday , September 18th, when it was really held on Tuesday , September 18th.


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H O N O R S C O L L E G E 2019 S P R I N G C O L L O Q U I U M

Thursday st February 21

Don’t forget to sign up for your session! 4:15 - 6:10 or 7:05 - 9:00

“Is what we are doing to the Great Lakes today going to leave our own great grandchil- dren equally baffled?” – Dan Egan

“Roughly 97 percent of the globe’s water is saltwater. Of the 3 percent or so that is fresh- water, most is locked up in the polar ice caps or trapped so far underground it is inacces- sible. And of the sliver left over that exists as surface freshwater readily available for human use, about 20 percent of that—one out of every five gallons available on the planet—can be found in the Great Lakes.” Dan Egan’s The Death and Life of the Great Lakes provided us with an opportunity to explore an important historical case study of being wrong and learning from mistakes at a societal level. Our management of an incredible resource has been plagued with errors and has imperiled the lakes that are a part of our way of life in the upper Midwest, as well as a crucial reservoir for life itself.



Photo Credit - Chris Ferguson


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Faculty Spotlight with Arthur Kneeland

What was your favorite Colloquium?

I feel like I have enjoyed them all. The most recent one on the Great Lakes was excellent as it was an environmental science topic as well as something I am intimately connected to. I also remember en- joying reading Dracula a lot! One piece of advice for students? Be engaged, talk to your teachers. Most of us are humans, and if you treat us like humans, we will often respond accordingly. The more you can hu- manize yourself to your teachers, the more likely they are to go an extra mile to help you out. What’s your favorite to teach in your Honors courses? It isn’t anything to do with my course content I love about teaching an Honors section, it is the conver- sations that take us down new interesting pathways that I hadn’t thought about. This leads to new areas to explore with the class and rethinking of old dusty ideas that I had maybe taken for granted. I don’t feel like any idea is sacred. I want to open all of them up and explore what the underlying assump- tions are. This doesn’t happen much normally, and sometimes in an honors section it can be delightful, although sometimes it is hard and uncomfortable, and that is great! Fun facts about Arthur: He grew up in northern Sweden from the age of 10 till 16. He is the organizer of the St. Valentines Day Hustle bike race each year. Can frequently be seen in Menomonie Theatre Guild productions, most recently How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying . He is a UW-Stout alumnus. (Class of 2006 in Applied Science). Current research project: Exploring the possible reintroduction of wild rice in the watershed as an environmentally and eco- nomically sustainable strategy to remove excess nu- trients from the lakes and improve water quality in the region.

Arthur Kneeland, entomologist in the biology deparment, teaches Plants & People for the Honors College as well as Science, the Environment, and Sustain- ability . He also co-directs the LAKES Research Experience for Undergradu- ates program, serves as the sustainabil- ity minor advisor, is the technical advi- sor to the UW-Sprout campus garden, and is a frequent Honors contract men- tor. He has previously been awarded the UW-Stout Educator of the Year and is always encouraging students to better understand their place in the world and their role in the environment around us. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions to learn more about one of our favorite Honors professors!




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December 2018

Daniel Asmussen Computer and Electrical Engineering

*Computer Engineering Computer Science Minor Mathematics Minor

Anna Brown Business Administration Human Resources Management Minor Pamela Christie Applied Math & Computer Science *Interdisciplinary Applied Science *Interdisciplinary Science Ryan Curtis Professional Communication & Emerging Media *Applied Journalism Lars Jorgenson Industrial Design Zachary Kiehl Engineering Technology *Mechanical Design Business Administration Minor Brian Kuhns Packaging Business Administration Minor Megan L. Martin Dietetics Human Physiology Minor Shane Miller Applied Social Science *Economics, History & Politics Applied Peace Studies Minor Kennedy Navis Family & Consumer Science Education Human Development & Family Studies Minor Spanish Minor Miranda Schimek Business Administration Spanish Minor Kristina Sojka Human Development & Family Studies Jordan Trent Psychology Women & Gender Studies Minor Matthew Vorpahl Applied Math & Computer Science *Software Development Amber Georgakopoulos Applied Social Science *Sociology & Anthropology

Shane Miller and mentor Chris Freeman at Bestow the Stole, an Honors award ceremony for all Honors College graduates.



May 2019 Jessica Anderson Computer Engineering Computer Science Minor Mathematics Minor

Taryn Derfus Graphic Design & Interactive Media *Interactive Media

Deslyn Hart Mechanical Engineering Mathematics Minor Bethany Hennen Hotel Restaurant & Tourism Hospitality Security & Risk Management Minor Joshua Hill Game Design & Development *Art

Brandi Dombrowski Early Childhood Education Caylie Duncanson Packaging Food Technology Minor Tory Dunker Entertainment Design *Animation Paige Elfering Food Science & Technology Brianna Farwell Business Administration Project Management Minor Mary Flaherty Game Design & Development *Art

Kylie Anderson Psychology Communication Studies Minor English Writing & Literature Minor Women & Gender Studies Minor

Ashley Barningham Entertainment Design *Digital Cinema Spanish Minor

Aarica Humke Human Development & Family Studies Kayla Ignasiak Science Education *Broadfield Science Major Certification

Andrea Bertram Psychology Human Resources Management Minor Spanish Minor

*Chemistry Minor Certification *Physics Major Certification

Kailey Blatz Early Childhood Education

Cassandra Isaacson Applied Math & Computer Science *Interdisciplinary

Susanna Bordelon Apparel Design & Development Business Administration Minor Kayla Boyd Applied Science *Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Computer Science Minor Noelle Cornell Human Development & Family Studies Anne Davel Entertainment Design *Animation English Writing & Literature Minor

Mitchell D. Foster III Business Administration

Myla Johannsen Business Administration

Allison Garrett Industrial Design Studio Art Minor - Ceramics Hannah Gostonczik Golf Enterprise Management

Sarah Keute Food Science & Technology Spanish Minor

Holly Kimball Human Development & Family Studies

Jacob Greider Industrial Design

Jordan Klatt Early Childhood Education

Molly Hanson Interior Design

Emma Kosanke Interior Design Art History Minor


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