“Setting the Stage for the Professions through Liberal Arts” panel presentation to be held at Marian University

August 25, 2012

November 11, 2011


Marian University will host a panel presentation on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium in preparation for their March Annual Academic Symposium entitled “Is a university really necessary?”

This presentation, “Setting the Stage for the Professions through Liberal Arts,” will feature three panelists: Dr. Carl Kalwaitis, professor at Marian University; Dr. Richard Barrows, professor and associate vice chancellor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison; and Dr. Thomas Pleger, campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin – Baraboo/Sauk County.

“As college graduates across the country struggle to find employment, the role of the liberal arts and a quality academic education is being scrutinized at all levels. Marian’s presentation series, including its spring Academic Symposium, has a history of presenting controversial topics that can be viewed from multiple perspectives,” said Sr. Donna Innes, chair of the Academic Symposium Committee. “The conclusions that society makes to the key questions being considered will shape America’s future. We welcome community members to come and share in this dialogue.”

Dr. Kalwaitis currently serves as an associate professor of philosophy at Marian University, leads the faculty “Dialogue on Teaching” discussion series, serves on the Marian task force on “The Value of the Liberal Arts” and is Chair of the Department of Cultural, Media and Gender Studies. Kalwaitis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and his doctoral degree from Drew University.

Dr. Barrows currently serves as professor and Associate Vice Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Barrows also serves as a faculty member for the doctoral education program at Edgewood College and is a partner in Education and Development, LLC, a company with programs in educational assessment and teacher training in Mexico. Barrows earned his bachelor’s degree in international studies from Ohio State University and his master’s and doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Dr. Pleger currently serves as the campus executive officer and dean at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, and previously served as associate campus dean and associate professor of anthropology/archeology at UW-Fox Valley in Menasha. Pleger received a bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from UW-Lacrosse. He earned his master’s degree in anthropology and his doctoral degree in anthropology/archaeology, both from UW-Madison. In addition to his research in anthropology, he has been published on WISNEWS.com for his article, entitled “A Liberal Arts Education will Prepare You for the Future.”

A second pre-symposium panel entitled “Enhancing the Professions through the University” will be held on February 7, 2012 in the Stayer Center.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Mary Schwiner at


or at 920-923-8937.