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.

Fri
Aug
01
UW-Madison alumna Reni Gower, a professor with the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, earlier this year received the College Art Association’s prestigious Distinguished Teacher of Art Award. Gower earned her bachelor’s degree in art from UW-Madison in 1976.
Thu
Jul
31
UW-Madison alumna Gabrielle Banick was named assistant vice president for P-16 initiatives by the University of Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. The newspaper reports that in her new role, “Banick will lead NU efforts supporting the improvement of academic success rates of Nebraska students from preschool through college by working with the university president, all four campuses and other members of the coalition formed in 2009.” Banick earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1989.
Tue
Jul
29
UW-Madison alumna Alfiee Breland-Noble was honored with the 2014 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Jeanne Spurlock Lecture and Award for Diversity and Culture. Spurlock was a giant in child and adolescent psychiatry and in advocacy for children, adolescents and their families from all cultures, and her commitment to recruiting members from diverse cultures into child and adolescent psychiatry is legendary. Breland-Noble earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology in 1997.
Tue
Jul
29
A painting by UW-Madison alumnus Benjamin Madeska titled “Black Shoes” received the Sharron R. Jolly Award of Recognition in memory of Wanda “Tink” Boyd at the 70th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Ind. Madeska earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2004.
Sat
Jul
12
UW-Madison alumnus Darin Eich is the author of a new book that is designed to inspire readers to develop and execute new ideas. Eich, who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2007, is the author of, “Innovation Step-By-Step: How to Create & Develop Ideas for Your Challenge.” In this how-to guide, Eich spells out “seven simple steps for successful entrepreneurial endeavors.”
Fri
Jul
11
UW-Madison alumna Martha Branson-Banks provided the cover art for the summer 2014 issue of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Banks, then known as Martha Sue Branson, earned an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from the university in 1963 and worked in OT for more than 30 years.
Fri
Jul
11
UW-Madison alumna S.V. Medaris and Alicia Rheal have been raising animals for food and as models for their artwork for over a decade, exploring the relationship humans have with the animals raised for consumption as well as those cared for in companionship. Their work, titled “From Farm to Fork,” is being featured in an exhibition at the Overture Center Gallery I through Sept. 7. Medaris and Rheal will take part in an artist reception at the Overture Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 11.
Tue
Jul
08
After a competitive nationwide search, Lesley University announced in a news release that it has named UW-Madison alumnus Richard Zauft dean of the College of Art and Design, one of Lesley’s four schools, which grants bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees, as well as professional certificates in disciplines, including animation, illustration, photography and digital filmmaking. Zauft earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1979.
Wed
Jul
02
The Milwaukee Area Technical College District Board in late June named UW-Madison alumna Vicki J. Martin the college’s 10th president. Martin will assume the role Wednesday, July 2, the college announced in a news release. Martin has served Milwaukee Area Technical College since 1988 and most recently was the college's Executive Vice President and Provost. The Milwaukee native holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Tue
Jul
01
UW-Madison alumna and esteemed glass artist Audrey Handler is profiled in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article. This past spring, Handler was honored with the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award. “You could say she’s the grande dame of Wisconsin glass,” Graeme Reid -- director of collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend – tells the State Journal. “When you think about it, there is no female glass artist in the state of Wisconsin who has been working here longer than Audrey.”
Sun
Jun
29
UW-Madison alumnus James T. Minor was recently appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs within the U.S. Department of Education. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Minor was selected by the White House to provide overall leadership and administration for discretionary and formula grants available for postsecondary institutions, as well as other federal programs that promote equal access to, and excellence in, postsecondary education.
Sat
Jun
28
The Type Directors Club recently announced that UW-Madison alumnus David Berlow, founder of the Font Bureau, will receive that organization’s highest honor, the TDC Medal, on July 16. Berlow, who earned his undergraduate degree in art from UW-Madison in 1977, is a member of the Art Department’s Board of Visitors. He is the 27th recipient of the award that recognizes extraordinary contributions to the fields of type design and typography.
Wed
Jun
25
The work of Gail Stern is highlighted in a fascinating article published by The Atlantic which is headlined: “Teaching Sexual Assault Prevention Through Comedy." Stern earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012, and wrote her dissertation about the study of the rape prevention program Sex Signals, which uses humor as a pedagogical device in challenging rape-supportive attitudes and behavior.
Wed
Jun
18
UW-Madison and School of Education alumnus Rob Vitense is highlighted in the most recent issue of On Wisconsin magazine. What makes Vitense –- who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the Department of Kinesiology in 1999 –- so newsworthy? He has put on a Badger T-shirt, sweatshirt or jersey every day since spring 2011, with his streak now well over 1,000 days. Vitense’s Badger wardrobe includes 52 T-shirts, sweatshirts and jerseys, which he often shows by posting to his Twitter account, @BadgerCubinMN
Thu
Jun
05
Those within UW-Madison’s School of Education and its thousands of alumni and friends across the globe are dedicated to enriching lives, transforming communities and bettering the world. And one small but fun example of this is a video from alumnus Kyle Walsh. While those with ties to the university are well aware of the song, “If You Want to be a Badger,” Walsh added a twist to that fan favorite and pulled together an entertaining and inspirational music video called, “If You Want to be a Reader.”
Thu
May
29
Barbara Natzke Gruener earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from the School of Education in 1984. Her book is titled, “What’s Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind.” Materials promoting the book note: “What if students in your classroom could excel in academics and character education? What kind of impact would they make on the world? Through stories and activities, learn how Barbara Gruener uses the word SUPERHEROES to define positive character traits.”
Fri
May
23
Thomas Markusen, an alumnus of UW-Madison who is an internationally recognized fine craft artist, addressed students at The College at Brockport, State University of New York’s, commencement celebration for graduate students on May 16. Markusen graduated from UW-Madison in 1966, earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the Art Department. He also received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York during the ceremony.
Mon
May
12
UW-Madison alumna Alexa Dimick has been chosen as a 2014 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, considered the most prestigious and highly competitive fellowship for early career scholars in education, reports the University of Buffalo. Dimick is an assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction within the University of Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison.
Wed
Apr
30
UW-Madison alumna Jessica Stovall has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to conduct research in New Zealand, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Stovall, who teaches at Oak Park River and Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill., will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2014-15. She earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007.
Tue
Apr
29
UW-Madison alumna Kristin Grant recently received a 2014 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. These honors are designed to “publicly recognize specific teachers by spotlighting their extraordinary impact on the lives of students. The Awards celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society, and seek to inspire others to pursue this noble profession." Grant teaches history and social studies at Glencoe (Ill.) Central School.
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