UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Faculty-Staff Biographies

EXPERIENCE CHINA ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

David Dahle - RCAL -Resident Community Advisor & Liaison

david d3 (1)Growing up on the outskirts of Saint Paul in Little Canada, I was beyond ready to see what the rest of the world had to show me. In my decision to attend University of Wisconsin River Falls, I also decided to take advantage of any opportunities that I found. I have learned so much in my last five years and am so proud to say that I recently graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Communication Studies.

david d1During my time at UWRF I have been able to participate in leadership trainings, student and residence hall government, serving as a Resident Assistant for one year, participating as a student and a trip leader for our service organization Destination, and being a tour guide with the Admissions office. I also participated in four study away/abroad trips including; National Student Exchange with California State University San Bernardino and University of the Virgin Islands, USA Summer Camp in Japan, and the International Traveling Classroom Europe. The University of Wisconsin River Falls has provided me with incredible opportunities at an affordable price. All of these diverse experiences have led me to feel prepared and excited in taking on this new position.

david d3 (2)One of my favorite activities is exploring a new city; I am so glad that I was able to backpack around Europe for three and a half months with UWRF's International Traveling Classroom (ITC). I was able to see breathtaking sites like the Eiffel Tower, Berlin Wall, the Vatican (St. Peters Square), the Coliseum in Rome, and the Highlands of Scotland. One of the most rewarding educational opportunities that I had during my undergraduate career was studying at the University of the Virgin Islands; I was able to finish my Biology major with some amazing undergrad research with Christmas Tree Worms and Brain Coral. It was so rewarding to form a close relationship with my Professor and go snorkeling every week in spectacular coral reefs just ten minutes from my University. 

Exploring new cities and learning how to incorporate new experiences with learning is something I am excited to do in China this fall. I had never dreamed of going to China for nearly four months, but I am beyond excited for the experience. I can't wait to work with the outstanding faculty and staff to provide a highly rich and growing experience for our students!

FALL 2014 FACULTY

Robin Murray, UW-River Falls, Theatre

Robin Exc2Born and raised in Oklahoma, I came to Wisconsin in 1987 to teach Theatre here at UWRF. I originally thought that I would freeze to death up here and would not to stay long, but t I fell in love with River Falls and stayed. I teach a wide array of Theatre courses and have served the University Theatre as the Costume Designer and as a Director. I am currently the Chair of Theatre Arts.  My specialties are Costume Design, Contemporary Puppetry and Devised Theatre. Most recently I directed two plays, which employed puppets as well as people, to tell stories. Both were devised and developed with the company. "Kwaidan: Strange Tales From East Asia" was a compilation of very spooky stories and "On Ancient Wings: A Crane's Story" was a story about Sandhill and Whooping Cranes. 

Robin exc1In 1996, my family and I spent a semester in Scotland in the WIS program. It was my first trip out of the US and hooked me on travel. While there, we traveled to Spain, England and Portugal. In 2006, my family traveled to Greece. I also love to combine history and travel so once my family followed the Lewis and Clark Trail for two weeks, rather than a canoe, however we used an RV.  More recently I spent 3 weeks in Nova Scotia at a puppetry seminar. My favorite day was when I walked on the ocean floor while the tide was out in the Bay of Fundy. 

My family is made up of my husband Dean, and my sons Brian and Matt. Brian works for the game show "Lets Make a Deal" in LA creating Zonks. Matt is a senior in High School and is a member of the Colt's Drum and Bugle Corps.  I am an amateur photographer and love to travel to beautiful places, Fall Camping in Wisconsin so I can experience the Crane migration and enjoy attending theatre and supporting the River Falls Marching Band.I am looking forward to exploring China's culture, food, and stories with all of the  Experience China students. 

I am planning a number of trips in and around Hangzhou, including West Lake, a tea plantation, trips to the Silk Museum and shopping district, and best of all a field trip to the Wahaha bottled water factory! I am compiling a list of restaurants recommended by Chinese friends who know Hangzhou, so I will be looking for students who are adventurous eaters. What a great experience this will be!

Faye Perkins, UW-River Falls, Health & Human Performance

FAYE PERKINS, PH.D., UW- RIVER FALLS, HEALTH & HUMAN PERFORMANCE Faye pic 2

Originally from Cresco, Iowa, I received my bachelor's in physical education and master's in exercise physiology from Iowa State University.  After teaching K-12 P.E. and biology for a few years, and coaching and teaching at Tarkio College in Missouri, my husband and I moved to Salt Lake City.  I completed my Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Utah.  In 1988, we moved to UW-River Falls and have been here ever since.  We raised our two sons in River Falls—Paul, now 25 and living in Louisville, KY, and Bobby, 21 and a junior at the University of Utah. 

Faye pic 1At UW-River Falls, I am a professor in the Health & Human Performance Department and coach the women's softball team.  I feel fortunate to have taught in Scotland four different times through the Wisconsin in Scotland program.  While in Scotland, my family and I traveled to several different countries, including Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France.  I LOVE the opportunity to travel and look forward to a new adventure through Experience China!  

When teaching in Scotland, I incorporated Scottish activities, including ceilidh dancing (traditional Scottish dancing), Munrow bagging (climbing peaks over 3,000 meters), hiking portions of the West Highland Way (a 98-mile trail from Glasgow to the Highlands), competing in our own Highland Games, kayaking/canoeing in the Highlands, and hill walking!  While in China, I will incorporate some traditional Chinese activities including Tai Chi, walking around the lakes, hiking to the Yellow Mountain, and inviting Chinese herbalists and acupuncturist to speak to my wellness class.  I know we have a lot to learn about wellness from our Chinese colleagues.

I am excited to be a part of experience China and look forward to working with my students during this transformational experience.  This will truly be an adventure of a lifetime for all of us!