A new assistant dean for Student Affairs along with four new instructional academic staff will greet UW-WC students when the fall semester begins on Tuesday, September 2.
Holly Bigelow is the new assistant dean heading up the Student Affairs office. Prior to joining UW-WC, she served as Director of Admissions and Records at Rochester Community and Technical College in Minnesota. Bigelow completed her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University, Moorhead and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Winona State. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing the busy Student Affairs office, which provides comprehensive assistance to both prospective and current students in the areas of admission, financial aid, advising, orientation, placement testing, disability services, tutoring services and student activities.
Rick Ponzio is the new senior lecturer in the theatre department. A graduate of UW-Parkside, Ponzio completed a masters in speech/theatre from Bowling Green State University. No stranger to the UW Colleges, Ponzio has been teaching at UW-Sheboygan and UW-Manitowoc campuses for the past seven years. Ponzio will be teaching introduction to theatre (CTA 130) this fall and theatre laboratory (CTA 131) in the spring. Ponzio will also be directing “Almost, Maine,” UW-WC’s spring theatrical production.
Dr. Francie Stone will be teaching Educational Psychology (EDU 230) for UW-WC as an associate lecturer. Stone is a Doctor of Psychology, having completed both her master’s and doctorate degrees at Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee. Her experience includes work as both a consultant as well as a psychotherapist for clinics in the Milwaukee area.
Kari Kraenzler is a new associate lecturer in the Music Department. Kraenzler, who serves as a band and orchestra director at Hartford Union High School will be directing both the Moraine Symphonic Band, which meets on Tuesday evenings as well as the Washington County Youth Orchestra, which meets on Saturday mornings. She has an undergraduate degree in music education from UW-Whitewater and a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from UW-Milwaukee.
Rosemary Walzer is another new face in the Music Department. Walzer will be teaching Jazz History and Appreciation (MUS 273) in the fall and the History of Rock and Roll (MUS 278) in the spring. Walzer’s undergraduate degree in Music Education is from Heidelberg University in Ohio. She also completed a master’s degree of music in instrumental conducting at UW-Milwaukee. Walzer is very familiar with UW music classes, as she also teaches at UW-Manitowoc, UW-Fond du Lac and
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UW-Washington County has 25 faculty members and 40 lecturers. Over 92% of the tenured faculty members have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study. With a growing curriculum, small classes and dedicated faculty, students are provided with a high quality education at the lowest cost in the UW System.
For more information about UW-Washington County, visit the website at www.washington.uwc.edu or phone 262-335-5201 to set up an appointment with an advisor in Student Affairs.