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.

Tue
Jul
14
UW-Madison alumna Patricia Busk and her husband, Michael, earlier this year committed to giving $250,000 to the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology to support a named professorship. Patricia Busk earned her Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology in 1976. Today, she is an award-winning professor with the University of San Francisco’s School of Education, where Busk chairs the Learning and Instruction Department.
Sun
Jun
21
UW-Madison alumnus Gabriel Strader-Brown has been awarded the International Sculpture Center's prestigious Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015. Strader-Brown received an MFA in sculpture from UW-Madison’s Art Department earlier this spring. The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field.
Fri
Jun
19
The quick actions of UW-Madison alumna Brenda Paider helped save the life of a high school athlete who collapsed at a summer basketball camp earlier this week, the Salisbury (North Carolina) Post reports. Paider earned her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program in 2013 and is completing a one-year internship at Catawba College in Salisbury. Paider this fall will start pursing a master’s degree at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thu
Jun
18
UW-Madison alumnus Mike Gonzalez earlier this spring was named the Junior and Middle (JAM) School Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC). Gonzalez earned his master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2006. Gonzalez has served as principal at Gordon Olson Middle School in Mauston, Wisconsin, since the 2013-14 school year.
Wed
Jun
10
UW-Madison alumnus Michael Brophy was named the next president of Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., the Daily Herald reports. Brophy earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2006. The newspaper reports that Brophy, 51, comes to Benedictine after nearly 10 years leading the 1,600-student Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He will become just the 11th president in Benedictine's 128-year history.
Mon
Jun
08
UW-Madison School of Education alumni Kyle Walsh and Marc Kornblatt put together another fun music video, “We Gotta Move.” Walsh says the video tells the story of movement in a first grade classroom, at Sugar Creek Elementary in Verona, Wisconsin. Walsh, who earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 2012 and teaches first grade at Sugar Creek, produced and directed the video, while Kornblatt also is listed as a co-director and composed the music. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 2001.
Wed
Jun
03
Wisconsin’s 2015 Principals of the Year were announced June 3, and UW-Madison alumnus Paul Brost was named High School Principal of the Year. Brost is principal of Monona Grove High School, located in Monona. He earned a master’s degree (1992) and a Ph.D. (1998) from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
May
15
UW-Madison School of Education alumni and Madison Lincoln Elementary School teachers Marc Kornblatt and Anthony Smith are featured in a recent Capital Times article. The two are showcased for their work making videos about school life. Smith earned his undergraduate degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program in 2012, while Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison in 2001.
Mon
May
11
UW-Madison alumnus Jeffrey Morin has been named the next president of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported last week. Morin was working as dean of the UW-Stevens Point College of Fine Arts and Communication. He will begin his new job at MIAD on June 1, succeeding retiring president Neil Hoffman, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Sat
May
02
An interview with Raul Leon, the UW-Madison School of Education’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award winner for 2014-15, is now available for viewing on the School’s YouTube channel. Leon, who was recently promoted to associate professor of educational leadership at Eastern Michigan University, was in Madison April 22 to receive his award and speak to faculty, staff and students.
Tue
Apr
21
UW-Madison alumnus Stephen Laubach was recently interviewed for a segment on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time.” Laubach spoke about the untold history of shared conservation on the Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve in Wisconsin. Laubach, who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013, is the author of a recently published book titled, “Living a Land Ethic: A History of Cooperative Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve.”
Tue
Apr
14
The Fond du Lac chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association named Denise Retzleff its 2015 Badger of the Year. Retzleff earned her master’s degree from UW-Madison’s School of Education in Continuing and Vocational Education. Today, Retzleff is the 4-H Youth Development Educator with UW Extension, a position she has held the past 17 years in Fond du Lac. The Badger of the Year is an award that is presented annually by the local chapters of WAA to recognize a UW-Madison alumnus who has demonstrated leadership in their profession and community.
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.
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