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
Apr
09
John R. Martins earned his Ph.D. in guidance and counseling from UW-Madison in 1974 and went on to make a significant difference in the lives of numerous students and patients. He was both a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Chicago, and served as a faculty member at Roosevelt University for nearly three decades. Martins, who passed away in December 2013, is continuing to impact lives through a generous estate gift to the Department of Counseling Psychology.
Wed
Mar
25
UW-Madison alumna Julie Stamm is the lead author of a recent study out of the Boston University School of Medicine that points to a possible increased risk of cognitive impairment from playing youth football. Stamm conducted this research as part of a team at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, and later this spring she will be receiving her Ph.D. in anatomy and neurobiology. The native of Mosinee, Wisconsin, earned her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison’s Athletic Training program in 2009.
Mon
Mar
23
UW-Madison alumni Mary and Ted Kellner have decided to strengthen their ongoing support of the university and its School of Education by providing a generous gift of $1.5 million that will establish a new Distinguished Chair position. These funds will sponsor a new faculty member who specializes in child development, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness-based approaches in education. While this person’s faculty home will be the School of Education, whoever fills this post will work closely with the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center.
Fri
Mar
13
An interview with Katy Heyning, the School of Education’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner for 2014-15, is now available for viewing on the School’s YouTube channel. Heyning earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Madison in 1996, and is currently the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at UW-Whitewater. She was interviewed by Dawn Crim, the Associate Dean for External Relations with UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Sun
Mar
01
UW-Madison alumna Sheila Ruhland will begin her new post as President of Tacoma (Washington) Community College on March 9. Ruhland has served as president or Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, since July 2011. Ruhland earned her MS (1984) and Ph.D. (1990) from UW-Madison in continuing and vocational education, with a minor in educational administration.
Thu
Feb
26
UW-Madison alumna and former Wisconsin first lady Jessica Doyle earlier this month received the President’s Award during the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s annual recognition ceremony. The event was held Feb. 5 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Doyle is a dedicated and long-time literacy advocate who earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the School of Education.
Sat
Feb
07
UW-Madison alumna Jaydan Moore is a recipient of the American Craft Council’s inaugural Emerging Voices Award. Moore, who was recognized in the emerging artist category, earned her MFA from UW-Madison’s Art Department in 2012. Reflecting the multiple paths for emerging talent in the current craft climate, the American Craft Council's Emerging Voices Award recognizes the talent of artists within five years of their major training (including apprenticeships and residencies in addition to formal academic training) and is unrestrictive of age.
Mon
Feb
02
In 2001, UW-Madison alumna Susan Cellmer and her husband, Jeffrey Neal, provided a generous gift to the School of Education to establish an endowed chair. Sensing an opportunity to build off that initial award and to leverage matching funds, Cellmer recently decided to make an additional gift to enhance this position and create the Susan J. Cellmer Distinguished Chair of Teacher Education. Her most recent contribution to the School takes advantage of a $100 million landmark gift made to UW-Madison in November by John and Tashia Morgridge, who also is an alumna of the School of Education.
Sun
Feb
01
The Daily Pilot newspaper in Fountain City, California, posted an article about an area elementary school that was awarded part of a $100,000 grant to beef up its theater program. The school, Rea Elementary in Costa Mesa, California, is led by Principal and UW-Madison alumnus Kalim Rayburn. She earned her master’s degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2004.
Fri
Jan
30
UW-Madison alumna Julie Stamm is the lead author of a new study out of the Boston University School of Medicine that points to a possible increased risk of cognitive impairment from playing youth football. Stamm is a Ph.D. candidate in anatomy and neurobiology, and is part of the research team at the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. She received her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program, which is housed in the Department of Kinesiology, in 2009.
Sat
Jan
17
UW-Madison alumna Alicia Montague-Keels has received the 2014 Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers’ (WAFLT) Future Language Teacher Award. This honor is given to students in teacher-training programs who have shown exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators. She graduated from UW-Madison in May 2014 with a degree in Chinese Education and currently is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and is a fourth grade teacher in Philadelphia.
Sat
Jan
17
UW-Madison alumna Dr. Rocio Martinez will be coordinating the new Rising Stars mentoring program for Latinos United for College Education Scholarships (LUCES). Martinez received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UW-Madison in 1997 and earned a master’s in Counseling and Guidance in 1983.
Thu
Jan
08
UW-Madison alumna Dyani White Hawk was recently awarded funding worth $25,000 as part of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grant Program.
Sat
Dec
20
UW-Madison alumnus Jack O’Hearn (MFA, 2013) was selected as a grant recipient from the Harpo Foundation. Based in Los Angeles, the foundation awards seven to 10 grants annually to support the development of new projects by emerging artists. A Harpo Foundation web page devoted to O’Hearn’s work notes that he is “interested in material objects and their affect on one’s memory and imagination.”
Mon
Dec
15
Through a new partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a group of UW-Madison experts will team up with K-12 teachers and students throughout the state to develop educational apps and games. The collaboration, led by School of Education alumnus David Gagnon, aims to blend hands-on learning techniques with cutting-edge digital tools to create activities that both challenge and motivate students in — and beyond — the classroom. Gagnon is the program manager of the Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Thu
Dec
11
UW-Madison alumnus Jason Ramey was recently selected as one of this year’s Jerome Foundation Fellowship winners. The foundation’s website reports that “these artists were selected out of a pool of 252 applicants by a panel of arts professionals." Ramey will receive an award of $12,000 and be granted the opportunity to meet with visiting critics over the course of the fellowship year. He earned his master of fine arts degree from UW-Madison’s Art Department in 2012.
Thu
Dec
04
UW-Madison Professor Diana Hess and alumna Paula McAvoy have published a new book titled, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” that is based on the findings from a large, mixed-method study about discussions of political issues within high school classrooms. "We hope this book will be a useful resource for teachers, teacher educators, and researchers who are interested in how schools can prepare young people to participate in democracy during these highly polarized times,” says Hess.
Thu
Nov
20
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received a landmark gift of $100 million from John and Tashia Morgridge, representing the largest single contribution from individual donors in the history of the institution. 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, sponsoring scholarships to support students preparing to become teachers. A retired special education teacher, she has been a volunteer teacher for students with learning disabilities.
Thu
Nov
20
Alumnus Richard Telfer announced earlier this week that he will retire as chancellor of UW-Whitewater at the end of June 2015. Telfer earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison's School of Education in 1984. Telfer has spent three decades on the UW-Whitewater campus. He started as an assistant professor in 1985 and was promoted to department chair, associate vice chancellor and provost. In 2007 he was named interim chancellor, and he then was named the university's 15th chancellor in 2008.
Tue
Nov
18
Kenneth Teitelbaum, Katy Heyning and Raul Leon are each being recognized by UW-Madison’s School of Education as top alumni award winners for 2014-15. The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the School of Education's highest honor, recognizes a career of extraordinary accomplishment, while the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award pays tribute to alumni who have demonstrated achievement and leadership within their chosen field, and have also received a degree from the School within the past 10 years.
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