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
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.
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.
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