Faculty-Staff Biographies

EXPERIENCE CHINA ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Ryan Ingalls - RCAL -Resident Community Advisor & Liaison

After leaving my hometown of Center City MN, I decided to come to UW-River Falls where I have attended for the last four and a half years. I will be graduating with a BA in Marketing Communications with a minor in Psychology. Through my time and experience at UWRF, I have developed a passion for traveling, culture, event-planning, and student engagement. ryan 2

While I have been at River Falls, I have served for two years as a Resident Assistant for Residence Life; the social media and communications intern for New Student and Family Programs; and a Peer Advisor for Global Connections, the education abroad office. I have been able been able to go on service trips, travel much of the United States, and participate in leadership conferences.  I have loved my involvement at UWRF and I believe that it has prepared me for many things to come.

During the summer of 2012, I was able to travel to Japan for six months, through the Guy Healy Program. I worked as an American camp counselor and got to spend my summer facilitating camp games, sharing and learning about culture, and helping Japanese students learn to speak English. I was also able to independentlyryan one travel to different places in Japan. My favorite moment from my time abroad, besides hanging out with the kids, was the moment I got to the top of Mt. Fuji at sunrise. I had some remarkable experiences and encounters that I will take with me for the rest of my life. 

I am confident and excited for the Experience China program and I am thrilled to start a new adventure, by supporting students and faculty in any way I can. I truly believe that this program is going to be life changing for everyone involved!

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!