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Alumni News

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
American Indian Studies Program
Hibbard Hall 384
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004


Jasmine Wiley, 2010

Jasmine Wiley, 2010 Grad"Since graduating UWEC in 2010, I have been attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health pursuing my M.D. as a member of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine.  During medical school, I have continued to build on the connections and training I received through my education in the American Indian Studies Program at UWEC, and have worked with the St. Croix Tribe of Chippewa as well as the Menominee Tribal Clinic.  I am also a member of the volunteer staff at Olive Tree Yoga Foundation as the wellness adviser for the First Nations programs-- programs that strive to empower communities to wellness and leadership through yoga and leadership training.  

I will graduate from UWSMPH in May 2014 and plan to pursue a family practice residency, with the ultimate goal of returning to Wisconsin to practice.  I hope to continue to work with tribal populations to help empower native communities on their own journey to wellness."

JP Leary, 1994 graduate

JP Leary, 1994 alumnus"After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, I went on to earn a MA in history at the University of Oklahoma, and eventually, a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I am currently in my third year as an Assistant Professor in Humanistic Studies-First Nations Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Prior to arriving at UW-Green Bay, I served for 15 years as the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Outstanding teaching and strong mentorship from American Indian Studies faculty members prepared me well for the rigors of graduate school and professional life.  I was fortunate to have courses with Ron Satz (still the most challenging professor I have ever had), Jim Oberly (who book A Nation of Statesmen I assign to my Mohican Ethnohistory students), Rick St. Germaine (who directed my senior thesis on Anna Mae Aquash), Debra Barker (my teacher for American Indian Literature and my role model as a new faculty member working with Native students), Melissa Pflug (whose ideas I draw upon in Intro to the Tribal World), Mike Hilger (who work I assign in American Indians and Film), and May Ellen Alea (who I think of every time someone compliments my writing skills).  Although American Indian Studies was only a minor when I was at UWEC, the program also supplemented its regular offerings with special courses, including a Lakota Studies course taught by visiting faculty from Sinte Gleska University, and courses focused on Native peoples of the Great Lakes taught by visiting scholars at the Chippewa Valley Museum.  I was able to learn a great deal about UWEC and UW System curriculum policies while serving as a student representative on the committee charged with developing the American Indian Studies major.

Dean, and later Provost, Ronald N. Satz proved to be an outstanding mentor and friend.  As his research assistant, I traveled wit him to Tahlequah, Oklahoma for a Cherokee History Conference, where he introduced me to many of the leading historians in the field, and conducted research related to his testimony in the US Supreme Court cases Fond du Lac v. Carlson and Mille Lacs v. Minnesota.  With his guidance, I selected the University of Oklahoma's history program for graduate school, and after I graduated from OU, he hired me as project staff in AIS, where I worked on projects in the University Archives and created AIS research guides for McIntyre Library.  It was with his encouragement and support that I applied for and was hired as the DPI American Indian Studies Consultant.  He and I co-founded the American Indian Studies Summer Institute in 1997, an event which still continues to provide professional development opportunities offered in partnership with tribal nations in the state.

As a faculty member in First Nations Studies at UW-Green Bay, I look back with gratitude on my years at UW-Eau Claire, knowing full well that the American Indian Studies program helped me to get where I am today."