Wisconsin in Scotland

Summer 2017

Experiencing Scotland in the summer allows you to design an experience that works best for you. The program is broken into three, 3-week modules. You'll enroll in one course each module and you can participate in anywhere from just one, to all three modules. Dates for each module can be found on our calendars page, and information about the courses offered during each module can be found below:

Module One

Module Two

Module Three

Module 1

Course and Textbook

International Business/Kay Biga/UW-Superior/3 cr.

The course covers international activities of small and medium-sized firms as well as large multinational corporations.  Topics include trade strategies, doing business with newly emerging market economies and the functional areas of international business management.  Emphasis on the importance of cross-cultural communication.

Textbook(s)International Business : The Challenges of Globalization 8th Edition, Wild & Wild, Pearson, ISBN 13: 9780133866247

Lake Superior State University: INTB 277/3 cr.

Murray State University: BUS 595/Special Problems

UW-River Falls: MNGT 355/International Business (g)/3 cr.

UW-Superior: BUS 430/International Businesst/3 cr.

Survey of General Biology (through Aquaponics) Barbara Evans/Lake Superior State University/3 cr.

This course is a non-majors biology course that will cover the major units of general biology: (1) cells and energy; (2) genetics; (3) evolution; (4) organismal biology; (5) ecology. Developing a solid understanding of the fundamentals of general biology is vital to being an informed citizen about advances in the medical and food sciences, foundational and new information about the organization of life, and current issues of environmental and ecological concern. 

Course content is tied to the State of Michigan\'s benchmarks for training elementary school teachers, but any students interested in the life sciences are encouraged to take this class. The laboratory is designed to illustrate the course content as well as illustrate the principles of inquiry.

Prerequisites: ENGL091, MATH086 and READ091 or equivalent test scores.


Concepts of Biology

duplicate lab notebook

other materials as distributed or posted

Lake Superior State University: BIOL 104/ Survey of General Biology (through Aquaponics)/3 cr.

Murray State University: BIO 101 without lab

UW-River Falls: BIOL 100/Introduction to Biology/3 cr. (SI)

UW-Superior: BIOL 123/Concepts in Biology/3 cr.

Education in a Pluralistic Society/Tammy Ladwig/UW-Fox Valley/3 cr.

This course is designed to prepare students to be mindful educators in a pluralistic society. Current theory and research on the major issues confronting educators in a pluralistic society will be explored including, but not limited to, immigration, poverty, issues particular to Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other cultural/ethnic groups, exceptionality, sexual orientation, religion, and other special interest groups.  The knowledge base and rationale for this course is specified in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction PI 34.15 (4) and state requirements for teacher education found in Wisconsin Statute 118.19 statutory requirements for Teacher Education and Licensing. SS/ES/SL

Textbook(s): Readings will be distributed via D2L

Lake Superior State University: EDUC 250/3 cr.

Murray State University: EDU 370/Expanding Educational Horizons through International Travel

UW-Colleges: EDU 220/Education in a Pluralistic Society/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: TED 252/Foundations of Multicultural Education (d)/3 cr.

UW:Superior: T ED 270/Multicultural Nonsexist Education/3 cr.


Module 2

Course and Textbook



Environmental Science/Barbara Evans/Lake Superior State University/3 cr.

An introduction to environmental concepts and a brief survey of environmental issues facing society.Emphasis is placed on solutions and the responsibility of the individual towards these solutions


1)  Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System: Ian Angus (2016)-required (@$17) ISBN: 1583676090
2)  Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth: Dan Merkel (2003)-required (@$10)  ISBN: 0865714738
3)  Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future Wright and Boorse (2010): required (@$5-$25) 11th edition
4)  Need a duplicating lab book (can be reused from Biology class-mod 1, but each student needs their own)

Lake Superior State University: NSCI 103/Environmental Science/3 cr.

Murray State University: GSC 593/Special Problems

UW-River Falls: ESM 105/Intro to Environmental Sciences/3 cr. (EC)

UW-Superior: BIOL 100/3 cr. satisfies DPI requirement/3 cr.

Race, Class and News/Sandy Ellis/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

An informed electorate is necessary in a participatory democracy. Yet the American news media have a long history of ignoring/marginalizing minorities and poor people. With an increasingly multicultural population, it's important for anyone entering the news business to understand that history and be able to work with and report on people of diverse backgrounds.

For students who do not plan a career in journalism, the course offers historical context for U.S. actions concerning race and class and a clearer understanding of what the news media should provide their audience in terms of news coverage of these issues.The course may meet a diversity course requirement at students' home campuses.

Textbook(s): Overcoming Bias: A Journalist's Guide to Culture & Context by Sue Ellen Christian© 2012. Most, but not all readings will come from the text. Some will be articles posted on the online course management system

Lake Superior State University: SDGE 100/3 cr.

Murray State University: JMC 322/Mass Media Study Abroad

UW-River Falls: JOUR 315/Race, Class and News (d)/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMM 389/Elective/3 cr.

Module 3

Course and Textbook



Survey of American Jazz/Sharri VanAlstine/UW-Whitewater/3 cr.

A listening approach to jazz with emphases both upon styles and the contribution made by selected jazz musicians of America. Other influences upon jazz will also be surveyed. (Caveat for WIS program: the music for this course has an obvious focus on American jazz music; however, we would take a comparative approach to how jazz music has developed in Scotland once there is a basic foundational knowledge of jazz musical elements.)

Textbook(s): DeVeaux, Scott and Gary Giddins. Jazz. New York: W.W. Norton and Co, 2009.

Companion Website A companion website exists for this text at This site includes interactive listening guides, audio/video podcasts, chapter outlines, glossary of jazz terms, quizzes (many include audio excerpts)- all of which will be used throughout the course and will help you to understand and absorb the content.

Additional readings will be available online

Lake Superior State University: MUSC 277/3 cr.

Murray State University: MUS 104/Introduction to Jazz History

UW-River Falls: MUS 255/History of Jazz (d)/3 cr.

UW-Superior: MUSI 266/Jazz Appreciation/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: MUSC 143/Survey of American Jazz/3 cr.

Blogging Scotland/Sandy Ellis/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course focuses on the principles of storytelling while providing fact-based information to a wide audience. Students set up a blog and produce weekly content that provides engaging information that appeals to readers. They gather the information as they explore places, issues and meet a variety of sources. The course includes reporting basics on how to conduct background research,interview people and write online content.

Textbook(s): Bloggers Boot Camp: How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog, 2nd Ed. By Charlie White & John Biggs, Focal Press. ISBN: 0415737141 / 9780415737142

Most, but not all readings will come from the texts. Some will be articles posted on the online course management system

Lake Superior State University: JOUR 277/3 cr.

Murray State University: ENG 330/Special Topics

UW- River Falls: JOUR 289/Special Topics: Blogging Scotland/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMM 289/Elective/3 cr.

Meet the summer 2017 faculty

Sharri VanAlstine

Sharri VanAlstine

Sharri VanAlstine is a professor of Music Education at UW-Whitewater. 

Dr. VanAlstine's courseload revolves primarily around music education - both secondary choral music education courses and music methods for elementary classroom teachers.  Dr. VanAlstine also directs the UW-W Vocal Jazz Ensemble, an auditioned group that performs frequently in the community and region. 

Dr. VanAlstine has received several awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UW-Whitewater Music Department and the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication.  She was also selected to participate in the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program and the UW-Whitewater Teaching Scholars Program.

Dr. VanAlstine has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Her research agenda and presentation topics include an internationalized approach to instruction, world music preferences, undergraduate research in music, edTPA performance, madrigal dinner procedures, and most recently, self-efficacy as it relates to improvisation in vocal jazz.  In addition, Dr. VanAlstine has publications in a variety of journals, including Music Educators Journal, Journal of Education and Training Studies, as well as a variety of conference proceedings. 

Dr. VanAlstine is a member of NAfME, ACDA, and the College Music Society. You can learn more about Sharri VanAlstine here

Barbara Evans

Barbara I. Evans is a professor of Biological Sciences at Lake Superior State University.

Dr. Evans received her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Ottawa, Canada and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Systematics from the University of Kansas USA. She teaches a variety of courses at LSSU, including General Biology, Histology and Animal Physiology. Her research interests have centered on fish biology, beginning with modeling search behavior in plankton feeding fish, to understanding variation in retinal development in different species of fish. Publications can be viewed here: She is strong advocate for undergraduate research opportunities, and currently is working to increase access to aquaculture education in high schools. She also mentors an interdisciplinary LSSU student company Superior AquaSystems LLC that is developing solutions for sustainable aquaculture.

Sandy Ellis

Sandy EllisSandy Ellis is a journalism professor in the Communication & Media Studies Department at University of Wisconsin- River Falls. 

She found a 2014 opportunity to visit Scotland for 7-days irresistible. After meeting the fall 2014 Experience Scotland class and exploring Dalkeith and Edinburgh, Sandy was determined to add teaching in Scotland to her bucket list.

Sandy worked as a radio news director and as a reporter/photographer for a newspaper in North Carolina and for TV stations in Virginia and Tennessee before beginning her teaching career. She has a B.S. from East Tennessee State University and a Ph. D. from the University of Tennessee. 

An avid collector of old radios, TVs, typewriters and telephones, Sandy serves on the Board of Directors of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Sandy teaches a variety of journalism courses at UWRF and is looking forward to teaching Blogging Scotland and Race, Class & News in summer 2017. 

Tammy Ladwig

Tammy LadwigTammy J. Ladwig PhD, is an Associate Professor of Education and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at the UW- Fox Valley.

In her 11th year at the University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley Dr. Ladwig teaches in both Education and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies departments; infusing diversity and inclusionary environments into each of the courses she teaches.  Dr. Ladwig has taught in public and private K-12 schools, public and private colleges and universities in Wisconsin and for the Wisconsin Technical College.  She teaches multiple required courses for education majors to include Educational Psychology, Education in a Pluralistic Society, Exceptional Individual, Children's Literature are a few, supervises clinical students and student teachers, and teaches courses at the graduate level for teacher licensure.   Within the GSW department Dr. Ladwig teaches Intro to Women's Studies, Women's Voices and Women and Education.  Dr. Ladwig loves to teach. Prior to being a teacher Dr. Ladwig worked in marketing and advertising as a project manager and as a managing cosmetologist.

Dr. Ladwig believes strongly in study abroad experiences and service learning, and has taken students to Namibia Africa to work in an elementary school, directed and worked with students through Europe, and has traveled with university student groups through India and Italy. 

Dr. Ladwig has received $1.4 million dollars in grants as a Co-PI from The National Science Foundation to prepare post-bacc students for STEM teachers and over $400,000 in grants from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to design and facilitate an alternative education program for high school students.  In addition, Dr. Ladwig has presented from locally to internationally regarding students-at risk, the importance of high impact practices and service learning, alternative routes to teacher licensure, how to set up an alternative secondary school, and how teachers life histories impact students. She has received awards to include Teacher of the Year, the UW College's Chancellor Teaching Fellowship, and the Arthur M. Kaplan Award recognizing the outstanding contributions made to education by UW Colleges faculty. 

Dr. Ladwig is so excited to share this experience at Dalkeith!

Kay Biga

Kay BigaKay Biga is an assistant professor of Management/Business Law in the School of Business and Economics at UW-Superior.   She is also a business owner and attorney licensed to practice law in Minnesota.  Her courses include business law, business ethics, strategic management and international business.

Ms. Biga has a Bachelor's Degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a Juris Doctor Degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Management Degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

At UW-Superior Ms. Biga serves on the Personnel Council.  She is the faculty advisor for the SBE Event Planning Committee.  She has received two Teaching with Technology grants and a Curricular/Co-Curricular grant from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  Ms. Biga is the founder of the Duluth Superior Eco Rotary Club and the president of the Pachel Foundation.

Ms. Biga has traveled to over 100 countries and recently completed trips to Jordan, Israel, France and Nicaragua.  "I am looking forward to the opportunity to participate in the Wisconsin in Scotland program.  I think the International Business class will be quite interesting for the students and I am excited to teach it."

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