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Erienne Fawcett

Erienne Fawcett came to NDSU as an undergraduate student in the Fall of 2002 and almost instantly turned into a true Bison. After serving as a COAR team leader in the summer of 2003, she decided that students were her passion and decided to switch her major to Mass Communication. As an undergrad she worked in or with most of the offices and departments across campus. In the spring of 2006 she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication. In the following fall she started graduate studies at NDSU in Communication and continued to pursue her love of studying concepts within the Women and Gender Studies discipline.

Ms. Fawcett enjoys studying women's portrayal in the media and is always excited about new research pertaining to internet social networks such as MySpace and Facebook. Ms. Fawcett has two great passions in life, her students and animals. Currently she serves over 300 students a semester between the Communication Department and the Women and Gender Studies Department. She lives for the "ah-ha" and "click" moments in her classroom. When she gets home she serves her family of four; her two dogs Loki Lani and River Phoenix and her two ferrets Inez and Nara. She also travels to the great state of Minnesota often to ride and work with her many horses.

Dena Wyum

I am entering my second year of teaching WGS 110 and working with the Women and Gender Studies program. My undergraduate degree is in Child Development and Family Science (CDFS), with a minor in Women’s Studies. My master’s degree is also from NDSU in the Couple and Family Therapy program.

One of the major research projects that I worked on while a student at NDSU involved interviewing North Dakota women who attended the National Women’s Conference in 1977. This project gave me an opportunity to meet with feminist activists, many of whom are instrumental in a lot of social justice work currently being done in the state.

As an instructor I am passionate about introducing new ideas and ways of looking at issues. I had many wonderful professors at NDSU who opened my eyes to social factors that influence people, and I hope that I am able to give students a safe classroom space to explore what are sometimes controversial issues.

In my spare time I really enjoy a variety of reading. I still enjoy the Nancy Drew books of my youth but have expanded my repertoire to include books that range from my women’s history interest to the Harry Potter series. I also enjoy cooking, crocheting and playing (& winning!) board games.


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Last Updated: Monday, August 08, 2011 1:59:55 PM