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.
Assistant Resident Director
Ashley Bochman has served as the Assistant Resident Director of the Experience Scotland program for two years.
Resident Director of Academics (Spring 2018)
My undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan and both my Masters and Ph.D. were earned at St. Louis University. Following my formal education I began my career in the Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I served for 36 years before retiring 2 years ago. The first 26 years of my career were spent as a Professor in the Department of Biology including 6 years as department Chair. For the next 10 years I was the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Special Projects in the College of Arts and Sciences.
I taught a wide array of courses during my career including Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Herpetology, and Human Sexual Biology. My scholarly research and publications primarily revolved around the topic of reproductive cycles in snakes and frogs. In addition to teaching at UW-Eau Claire I was fortunate to teach overseas on 5 different occasions - 2 summers in Jamaica, 2 semesters on around the world voyages for Semester at Sea and once for Wisconsin in Scotland. Further, I served as the Resident Academic Director in the Experience Scotland program in spring 2016. My wife Mary and I are very excited about returning to Scotland as we love both the program and the country