Your on-site staff in Scotland have over 25 years of combined service to the Experience Scotland program. The on-site staff will be invaluable resources to you throughout your experience. Learn about them below, and be sure to utilize their expertise when you're in Scotland!
Resident Director of Operations and Student Life
Patty has been Resident Director of Operations and Student Life of the Experience Scotland program since August 2007 and she loves Scotland. She came to the program with several years of experience working in various areas of student affairs including International Studies, Residence Life, Career Services, Greek Life, and Human Resources. Most recently, Patty was a Resident Director at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Patty served two years as Assistant Coordinator of the St. Cloud State Centre for British Studies just south of the Scottish/English border in Alnwick, England. She earned her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Patty loves working with students, especially in the unique living and learning environment created on programs like Experience Scotland. Patty married a Brit in January 2010, so she plans to stay in Scotland for a long time! Patty and her wife Natalie enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures, seeing films, cooking (and subsequently eating), and the Experience Scotland program.
Elizabeth (Liz) Blue
Resident Director of Academics (Fall 2018)
My partner, Dan Strobel, and I are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the Experience Scotland Program in Fall 2018. We were introduced to the program at Dalkeith during the 2012 site visit, and I was lucky enough to return to teach there in the summer of 2015. Dan will be there until the end of September, and I will be there all fall.
Two years ago, this summer, I retired as a social work professor (23 years) and Interim Dean of Faculties (4 years) for UW-Superior. In my life as a social work practitioner, I worked in various Native American and non-Native American communities in northern Minnesota and with numerous culturally specific programs in the Twin Cities as well; these experiences were in the fields of child welfare, Indian Child Welfare, chemical dependency, and mental health, all focused around youth, families and women. I grew up in a blended Native American and non-Native family in southern Minnesota. I, myself, am a Friend of Bill and Bob, and have been for the past 37 years.
I graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, longer ago than I care to mention. My MSW is from the School of Social Development at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and my PHD work has been at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. I had completed all my class work and my preliminary exams, when it became necessary for me to take on primary care for my elderly mother, who was with me for eleven years before she died. It was such a blessing to be able to share this final phase of her life. In our 60s, Dan and I decided to take one another on as life partners. Life has been busy, interesting, challenging and so much fun.
I have traveled to Italy, Norway, England (London), as well as Scotland. I have led student group excursions and camping trips to many places in the United States and also to Canada. While at UW-Superior, my house was often filled with many international students, for holidays and graduation festivities. Students most often came from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan, and Malaysia (I think the biggest draw was the two small dachshunds, who live with us, Wini and Numpa).
Dan and I very much look forward to meeting you, and, I, to working with you all.
Resident Director of Academics (Fall 2019)
I live in a loft with Mary in Lowertown in St. Paul, Minnesota. I retired from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in August of 2013. I served as the UWRF Director of International Programs and the Director of the Wisconsin In Scotland (ExS) program. My wife Mary and I and our two children, Ben & Carlye lived in Scotland during the 93-94 year while I served as the WIS (ExS) Resident Director.
I grew up on a lazy prairie river in rural southeastern Minnesota. I received BA degrees in International Relations and Geography from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a MA in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. Mary and I have two beautiful grandchildren, Clara 5 (May ’19) & Grant 3 (November ’19) and are enjoying being a part of their lives. I had the good fortune to travel a great deal of the globe through both personal travel and my job at UWRF. This makes me somewhat of an authority to state that Scotland, Edinburgh and especially Dalkeith House rank highly as some of the most beautiful and intriguing places on earth.
Mary and I look forward to getting to know all the adventure-seeking Experience Scotland students and faculty and helping to make it the most enriching and amazing experience of your lives.
Resident Director of Academics (Fall 2019)
I live with Brent in a loft in Lowertown, St. Paul after living in River Falls, WI for 23 years. We love the vibrancy of downtown living and enjoy going to restaurants, museums, music festivals and theater events. I retired from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in July 2013. I taught Early Childhood Education to students getting their A.A.S. degree for 24 years and loved every minute of it! I was an adjunct professor for Early Childhood Education at UWRF as well and worked with faculty in coordinating an annual nature conference and an articulation agreement with the two institutions.
We fell in love with travel when we backpacked across Europe for three months as newlyweds 43 years ago! Since that time, I have traveled to the Tibetan Plateau, the Great Wall of China, the pearl markets of Shanghai, the beaches of Nicaragua, the rain forests of Costa Rica, the beautiful savanna of Africa and every country in Western Europe. My favorite thing to do however, is to share with students the love of travel and all it has to offer.
We served as Academic Directors for Experience Scotland during the spring of 2015 and the fall of 2016 and are very excited to meet all of the faculty and students who will be sharing this “adventure of a lifetime” in the beautiful, intriguing and amazing country of Scotland!
Assistant Resident Director
A native of the Twin Cities, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Science degrees in History and Political Science. As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad in Egypt, China, and Belize, developing an enthusiasm for authentic and immersive international experiences. Ashley then attended the University of Edinburgh and earned her Master of Science degree in International and European Politics. During this period, Ashley served as a Graduate Scholar in Residence for the Experience Scotland program. Currently, she is pursuing her J.D. degree.
Ashley has served as the Assistant Resident Director since January 2015 and is passionate about maximizing the student experience in Scotland. Previously, Ashley worked at Target HQ in Minneapolis for several years. She is excited to help students define their career goals and works closely with the those enrolled in the ‘Career Exploration in an International Setting’ course. Ashley is happy to answer your questions about the Experience Scotland program and looks forward to meeting you at Dalkeith House!
Gloria L. Fennell,
Resident Director of Academics (Spring 2019)
I had the privilege of serving as the Resident Director of the Wisconsin in Scotland program in 2006-2007. It was such an honor to share the experience with students, faculty, and all of our many partners in Scotland. I am delighted to be returning to Scotland to serve as the Academic Director for the Experience Scotland program for the Spring 2019 semester.
I began my professional career as a nurse working primarily in trauma. I continued my education in Social Work earning my PhD in Clinical Social Work from Loyola of Chicago. My clinical practice was in mental health working primarily with children and families. I began teaching at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1998. Some of the courses I taught included; generalist social work, field, and end of life. During the time that I was a faculty member at UW-Eau Claire, I had an opportunity to work with the faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Social Work to bring their MSW program to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire campus. From 2009 -2014 I served at the Co-Director for the Part- time MSW program.
Since my retirement in 2014, I have enjoyed living on Madeline Island where I am able to kayak, walk, and appreciate the majesty of Lake Superior. I have also been able to travel with friends.