Wrapping Up CAHSS Virtual: Thank You

As we wrap up CAHSS Virtual, I wanted to say some well-deserved thank yous to a few really important people who made this event possible.

We had approximately 200 instructors and students from all four locations of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) present their work. There were fourteen different academic programs from CAHSS and another five from outside of CAHSS involved for a total of more than 100 different presentations, performances, research projects, and written works. There were multiple live events like the live play reading of A Doll’s House, Part 2, the Sheepshead Review Launch Party, and the original work, Ragdoll. Plus, a riveting keynote from the Director of Student Success and Engagement, Dr. Vince Lowery. I am thankful to everyone- instructors, staff, and students- who put their work out there and helped make the event a success. All together, we had more than 5000 visitors attend the conference to view and appreciate these great works.

CAHSS Virtual could not have happened without the effort of some really dedicated people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to pull everything together. From creating the cover art to promoting the event via social media, it was a team effort from start to finish, and I want to thank some really important members of that team.

  • Kate Farley: Kate provided extensive technical support to help make sure everyone’s work looked as good as possible once published.
  • Amanda Wildenberg: Amanda worked behind the scenes to put on the amazing and powerful life reading of A Doll’s House, Part 2.
  • Teri Ternes: Teri coordinated the submissions to the Academic Excellence Symposium, a yearly event that went fully virtual this semester and was included with CAHSS Virtual.
  • Kimberly Vlies: Kimberly created our beautiful CAHSS Virtual graphic.

Finally, there are three students who I am especially indebted to. Sthephany Escandell, Nicole Khoury, and Amanda Loehrke work as interns for CAHSS this semester and were deeply involved in organizing this event. From the initial planning to the cataloging and posting of works to the public promotion of the event, they have been instrumental in CAHSS Virtual. It is not an exageration at all to say that CAHSS Virtual simply could not have happened without them.

Like many students this semester, they have shown extraordinary flexibility and resilience in the face of extraordinary circumstance. Despite all of the challenges they faced this spring, they approached this event with excitement, and I am deeply thankful for their efforts.

By Dr. Ryan C. Martin

Ryan Martin is the Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and a member of the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  He researches anger, manages the website All the Rage, and teaches courses on mental illness and emotion.  Follow him on twitter at @rycmart or All the Rage on Facebook.

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