UW-Madison School of Education - Alumni News

School of Education Alumni News

We like to both share what our alumni are up to and share information that may be of interest to our alumni. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here, in our other alumni publications, and on our "For Alumni" website.

Thu
Oct
29
An article authored by UW-Madison alumna Hyunjin Kim was selected this past summer as the Best Paper for 2014 by The Australian Teacher Education Association. Kim earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction in 2004. Kim is currently an assistant professor and the program coordinator of early childhood education with the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Fri
Oct
23
UW-Madison alumna Kathryn Huggett has been named the inaugural Robert Larner, M.D. ’42 Endowed Professor in Medical Education at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She was honored during a ceremony earlier this month. This past summer, Huggett was named the inaugural director of the Teaching Academy at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Huggett holds a Ph.D. in educational administration, now known as educational leadership and policy studies, from UW-Madison
Thu
Oct
22
UW-Madison alumnus and former faculty member Li Li Ji gave the prestigious Lardy Distinguished Lecture of Chemistry at South Dakota State University (SDSU) back in April 2015. Ji received his master’s (1982) and Ph.D. (1985) from the Department of Kinesiology, where he also served as associate professor from 1994 to 1997, and as a professor from 1997 to 2011. The Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemistry was established through an endowment from the late Henry A. Lardy, a former professor emeritus in the Biochemistry Department at UW-Madison.
Fri
Oct
16
UW-Madison alumna Bridget R. McCurtis delivered a closing keynote talk Oct. 9 at the International Colloquium for Black Males event in Kingston, Jamaica. McCurtis earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012. Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), along with Ohio State University's Todd Anthony Bell Resource Center on the African American Male, put on the Fourth Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education Oct. 6-9 at the University of the West Indies-Mona.
Mon
Oct
12
To provide a one-stop shop for students and alumni to find helpful information on career development and success, the UW-Madison School of Education’s Career Center recently unveiled a new and expanded website. The Career Center, which previously was known as Education Portfolios and Career Services, is dedicated to assisting students and alumni from across the School in developing their career and professional identity.
Fri
Oct
09
Video from F. King Alexander's recent ​talk via Skype, "Lessons from Louisiana's higher education budget debate," organized the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel. Alexander is the president of the Louisiana State University system​ and a WISCAPE affiliate. He ​​has been described as one of America's most innovative college presidents. Alexander also is an alumnus of UW-Madison who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1996.
Thu
Oct
08
A generous gift of $100,000 from the estate of UW-Madison alumnus Robert A. “Bo” Brandt was made to the School of education this past summer. The gift was presented by Joanne Truelove on June 12 to former School of Education Dean Julie Underwood, Associate Dean Dawn Crim and Senior Director of Development Eric Greiling. Truelove is Brandt’s cousin.
Thu
Sep
24
A paper by UW-Madison alumna J. Matzner was recently published in the Journal of Dance Education. Her article is titled, “Sitting Ballet: A Pilot Program Designed to Include Children with Physical Disabilities in the Private Studio Environment." Matzner, who teaches Sitting Ballet at the Kehl School of Dance, earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013.
Tue
Sep
22
An article by UW-Madison’s Stephanie Budge was recently spotlighted by the Journals Program of the American Psychological Association. Budge is a visiting assistant professor with the School of Educatioin's Department of Counseling Psychology. She also earned her Ph.D. from that department in 2011. The article that’s being highlighted is titled, “Gatekeeping as a therapist? Gaining insight for how to write letters for transgender clients.” It was published in the APA journal, “Psychotherapy.”
Tue
Sep
15
Four brothers who are alumni of UW-Madison are featured in a recent article in Glendale Now headlined, “Education a family affair for four Joynt brothers.” The Joynt brothers Michael, Matt, Nate and Tim are graduates of the School of Education. After completing their undergraduate degrees at UW-Madison, all four brothers pursued a master’s degree in educational administration at UW-Milwaukee and have since assumed administrative roles in the Milwaukee area.
Fri
Sep
11
School of Education alumna Paula Bonner is being inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. Bonner, who today is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1976. Prior to joining WAA, Bonner was an associate athletic director at UW-Madison, with responsibility for directing the 11 sports that comprised the women’s athletics program.
Tue
Sep
08
The Morgridge match effort has generated nearly $250 million in new endowment dollars for UW-Madison. The Morgridge Match was instrumental in helping the School of Education double, to 20, the number of its named professorships and chairs. A 1955 graduate of the School of Education, Tashia Frankfurth Morgridge has maintained close ties with the School, serving on its board of visitors and, with her husband John, sponsoring scholarships to support students preparing to become teachers.
Tue
Sep
01
Tom and Karen Falk are donating $10 million to UW-Madison to help ensure that future generations of students can get an education — and that the UW will have top faculty who make that education one of the best in the world. Their gift, in part, will create the Karen A. Falk Diversity Scholarship Fund in Education, which will support students from underrepresented groups enrolled in the School of Education. The Falks will also endow two faculty chairs, including the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. Karen is an alumna of the School of Education.
Thu
Aug
27
Juan Botella, a science teacher at Monona Grove High School who earned his teaching certification through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, is one of six educators from Wisconsin who are finalists for a Presidential Teaching Award. The Presidential Teaching Awards are one of the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. Applications for Wisconsin’s six finalists will be judged at the national level by a committee organized by the National Science Foundation.
Wed
Aug
26
Washington Monthly ​profiled F. King Alexander, president and chancellor of the Louisiana State University system and a WISCAPE affiliate, in a recent article which explores his views on higher education. Alexander also is an alumnus of UW-Madison who earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Titled, “Can This Man Save the Public University?” the article focuses on how Alexander is advocating for more federal regulation of public universities to prevent states from continuing to slash their higher education budgets.
Thu
Aug
20
UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Knoester is the co-author of a book recently published by Teachers College Press that’s titled, “Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction.” Knoester, who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010, is an assistant professor of education at the University of Evansville.
Fri
Aug
14
The Tech Museum of Innovation named John and Tashia Morgridge as the recipients of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. The UW-Madison alumni will join a distinguished list of prior winners, including Bill Gates, Al Gore and Ted Turner. John and Tashia both graduated from UW-Madison in 1955, with Tashia earning her degree from the School of Education. She still serves on the School's Board of Visitors.
Tue
Jul
28
UW-Madison alumnus Jon Margerum-Leys earlier this month was named dean of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services (SEHS), that university announced in a news release. The report notes that Margerum-Leys joins Oakland from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where he was dean of the School of Education. Margerum-Leys earned an undergraduate degree in music education from UW-Madison in 1988.
Mon
Jul
27
UW-Madison Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Budge received word earlier this month that she will be receiving the 2015 Early Career Award for Contribution to LGBT Counseling Psychology. This award is being presented by the Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, which is a Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, within the American Psychological Association. Budge also is an alum of UW-Madison, having earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology in 2011.
Fri
Jul
24
A recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer featuring UW-Madison alum Alicia Montague-Keels discusses Oxford Mills, Philadelphia’s first development for educators. A discounted living space for teachers and nonprofits, Oxford Mills allows educators to discuss and share ideas. The development features over 100 apartments, a majority of which are rented to teachers. “I love it because people are fighting for the same things that I’m fighting for,” says Montague-Keels, who teaches fourth grade.
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