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
Nov
13
UW-Madison alumna Sharon Kilfoy received an Isthmus “Indie Award” for her work in running the Williamson Street Art Center over the past 10 years. The center helps children and artists enhance local neighborhoods with large-scale works -- especially in areas that get overlooked in discussions about public art. "My goal is to get kids engaged in something," she tells Isthmus. Kilfoy earned her master’s in art from UW-Madison in 1980.
Thu
Nov
06
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted an interesting article highlighting the post-football life of Mark Tauscher, a School of Education alumnus and former Badger and Packer standout. Tauscher grew up in tiny Auburndale, Wis., spent five years on the UW-Madison campus and then played 11 years in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the School of Education, and today serves on the School’s Board of Visitors, which serves as an external advisory body to Dean Julie Underwood.
Wed
Oct
29
UW-Madison alumna Josie Guiney Igielski -- a fourth-grade teacher at Madison’s Lincoln Elementary School and a motivating force behind the school’s outdoor learning space –- is the Wisconsin recipient of a 2014 Milken Educator Award. This honor includes $25,000 cash and is one of up to 40 that will be given by the Milken Family Foundation nationwide this year. Guiney Igielski, who grew up in Racine, Wis., earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education in 2006 a master’s degree from the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010.
Sun
Oct
12
UW-Madison alumnus Carlton Jenkins was recently named chief academic officer for the Atlanta Public School District in Georgia, mlive.com reported this past week. Jenkins had been working as the Saginaw (Mich.) Public School District Superintendent since 2010. Jenkins received his master’s degree from the School of Education in 1993 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2009.
Wed
Sep
24
National Public Radio earlier this month posted an article headlined: “The End of Neighborhood Schools: New Orleans is home to the nation’s first all-charter district. Is this the future of education?” Among those NPR turns to in an effort to put this interesting topic in perspective is UW-Madison alumna Beth Sondel, who today is a professor at North Carolina State University. She spent five months observing and interviewing teachers at charter schools in New Orleans for her doctoral dissertation at UW-Madison.
Sat
Sep
13
Sue Medaris, an alumna of UW-Madison’s Art Department, recently received word that the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., has purchased her "Taliesin Goose." Each year since 1976, the museum has organized “Birds in Art,” seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Medaris, who earned her MFA from UW-Madison in 2011, reports: “Part of what makes this purchase (and just the fact that this piece got into this year’s show) so meaningful, is that I submitted the same piece last year to Birds in Art 2013, and I didn’t get in."
Thu
Sep
11
UW-Madison Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab and alumnus Robert Kelchen will be testifying before the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance on Friday, Sept. 12, in Washington, D.C. Goldrick-Rab and Kelchen will take part in separate panel discussions examining the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System. Each panelist is to be given approximately seven minutes for testimony, and after all panelists have spoken committee members will use the remaining time to ask the panel questions.
Thu
Sep
11
An organization headed by UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Slaats helped Charlottesville, Va., land a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town Grant. Slaats is the executive director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, which is a socially engaged arts nonprofit that pushes the traditional boundaries of art to create meaningful impact in the Charlottesville community. Slaats earned his Master of Fine Arts from UW-Madison’s Art Department in 2005.
Thu
Sep
04
After enjoying a summer of fun, some students no doubt are dealing with the back-to-school blues these days. But for anyone looking for a pick-me-up, we highly suggest checking out this parody video produced by two teachers at Union Grove (Wis.) High School that is based on Kenny Loggins’ iconic song, “Footloose.” The creators of the video are science teacher Mitchell Brachmann and physical education teacher Jordan Hein, who earned an undergraduate degree in 2010 from UW-Madison.
Sun
Aug
31
UW-Madison alumnus Mike Cerniglia was recently featured in a Q&A published by The Capital Times newspaper. Cerniglia, who earned a master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is the executive director of the National W Club, an organization that serves former Badger athletes.
Thu
Aug
21
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Jecklin received a Fulbright Grant to work in the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he served as a public health teaching scholar for the five months ending in June 2014. Jecklin, who earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, reports that he helped one group of future teachers learn about public health. He also helped a second group of future psychologists learn about some of the theories used by Americans to explain health behavior.
Sun
Aug
03
Two books from UW-Madison alumna Mary Jane Curry have been published since 2013. Most recently, Curry co-edited “Language, Literacy and Learning in STEM Education: Research Methods and Perspectives from Applied Linguistics.” A preview of this book notes that it “brings together a range of applied linguistic researchers and projects that address the interface among language studies, science, engineering, and education.
Sat
Aug
02
UW-Madison alumnus Arnold Martin recently installed "A Monument to Curiosity," a public sculpture in Pasadena, Calif. Arnold earned his MFA from the School of Education's Art Department in 2011. The piece, which was dedicated on Aug. 1, is a toy-like, slot construction of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, located near the California Institute of Technology and Pasadena City College. The piece will be on display for two years.
Fri
Aug
01
WISCAPE Affiliate F. King Alexander reflects on his first year as president and chancellor of Louisiana State University (LSU) in a recent video in The Advocate.
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.
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