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.

Wed
Mar
26
Earlise C. Ward, who earned her Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology, is featured in the latest UW ICTR Today. This publication is a newsletter for UW-Madison’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Ward is a tenured faculty member in the UW School of Nursing and the PI of a $1.8 million NIH-funded depression intervention for African Americans.
Thu
Mar
13
Recently, Associate Dean for External Relations Dawn Crim spoke with former Badger and Packers great Mark Tauscher on SoE TV about his passion for literacy and his role in the spring game partnership. Among other topics, Tauscher talks about how he struggled with reading when he was young but set a goal of becoming a better reader and accomplished that goal.
Wed
Mar
12
The 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award is being presented to Lynn Fendler, who received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction in 1999. And the 2014 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award is being presented to Kristina Navarro, who received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis’ Higher Postsecondary and Continuing Education Program in 2012.
Wed
Mar
12
UW-Madison alumnus Kwame Salter appeared on the XM Sirius Urban View channel on Monday to speak with talk show host Joe Madison about diversity and strategic inclusion in corporate America. “If diversity was a sales goal, whoever was responsible for hitting those targets would have been fired,” Salter tells Madison.
Mon
Mar
10
A new policy brief from the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) explores and recommends possible structures for the Obama Administration’s proposed Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System (PIRS), set to take effect by 2015-16.
Sun
Mar
09
UW-Madison alumna Suzanne L. Porath is receiving the 2014 Outstanding Conference Submission award from the Constructivist Theory, Research and Practice SIG of the American Educational Research Association. The paper, titled “Conceptual, Pedagogical, Cultural, and Political Dilemmas of Implementing a Constructivist Workshop Approach to Teaching Literacy,” was part of Porath’s dissertation.
Mon
Mar
03
UW-Madison alumna Koeun Kim is receiving the 2014 Dissertation Award from the Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Kim earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction earlier this year and currently is an assistant professor at Northwestern Missouri State. Kim’s dissertation was titled, “Schooling the child: The making of students, teachers and preschool.”
Sun
Mar
02
UW-Madison alumna Beth Sondel is receiving a 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Her dissertation is titled, “Raising Citizens or Raising Test Scores? Teach for America and ‘No Excuses’ Charter Schools in Post-Katrina New Orleans.”
Fri
Feb
28
UW-Madison alumna Beth Blue Swadener is receiving the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship from the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Swadener earned a master's degree in Child Development and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison. Today, she is a professor of Justice and Social Inquiry, and associate director of the School of Social Transformation, at Arizona State University.
Thu
Feb
27
UW-Madison alumna Carly Roberts is receiving the 2013 Outstanding Student Research Award from the Special Education Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Roberts, who earned her Ph.D. in May 2013 from UW-Madison’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, is now an assistant professor of Educational Studies in the College of Education at Purdue University.
Wed
Feb
26
UW-Madison alumna Niki Johnson, a sculptor and conceptual artist, has been selected as the Pfister Hotel's sixth artist in residence, jsonline.com reports. "The body of artwork I will be creating this year will involve sculpting six child-sized bathtubs out of oil clay, and then casting them in porcelain," she said in a statement, according to the jsonline report. "Each bathtub will depict heroines from fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen."
Thu
Feb
20
Madison's CBS affiliate, WISC-TV, has posted a couple of reports about seated ballet classes being offered by Jo Matzner, a UW-Madison alumna who teaches at the Kehl School of Dance in Fitchburg. The classes allow those with mobility challenges to explore the beauty of ballet. The classes are believed to be the first of their kind in the area. Matzner earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013.
Wed
Feb
19
Jordan Hein, an alumnus of the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program, will be awarded WACTE’s Early Career Educator Award. And Mary Klehr, who holds a joint appointment with the School of Education and the Madison Metropolitan School District, is receiving WACTE’s Pre-Service Educator Mentor Award.
Mon
Feb
17
Monica Zinda earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department, where she specialized in sculpture, in 1983. A newspaper report, out of Yreka, Calif., notes how “Zinda gained acceptance for the third time in 10 years to the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition for her mosaic ‘Swallowtail,’ which can be seen at the Children’s Garden in Yreka.” The 2014 exhibition will be held in Houston from April 24 to May 30.
Mon
Feb
10
With great success in antique textile and design restoration, Apfel has grown to be a fashion icon in her own right, placing her confidence at the forefront of everything she does. The Wisconsin Alumni Association celebrates her as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mon
Feb
10
“Betty” Wang Bingyu, Liu Yan, Yue Qingshuang and Zhou Yan are alumnae of UW-Madison’s Chinese Champions Program, and make up the core of China’s women’s curling team. This foursome won a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and returns intact for another run at the medal podium in Sochi, Russia. The Chinese Champions Program was a strategic global engagement initiative designed in partnership with the China Scholarship Council and Beijing Sport University (BSU).
Sat
Feb
08
UW-Madison alumnus Jim Cohen is the subject of a well-written and interesting Artist Profile in the Winter 2014 Niche Magazine. The article begins: “After almost 20 years in the rat race, Jim Cohen had enough. As a corporate attorney who worked 50-plus hours a week, he was feeling stunted and unhappy. It wasn’t until he discovered a love for working with his hands, creating beautiful and functional pieces to honor his heritage, that he found his way.”
Sat
Feb
08
Linda Endlich, a graphic designer with MERIT (Media, Education Resources and Information Technology) since 1987, will be showing her work through July in UW-Madison's Academic Staff Art Gallery, which is located in room 270 of Bascom Hall.
Thu
Feb
06
UW-Madison alumna Rachel E. Durfee will be presenting, “Of Being In Significance,” which is a series of 26 images made from a single woodcut and accompanying poetry. The solo exhibition will take place Feb. 9 through March 6 at the Ganton Art Gallery at Spring Arbor (Mich.) University. There will be an artist’s lecture followed by the opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Mon
Feb
03
UW-Madison alumna Karen Searles, who is a dance teacher with the Round Rock Independent School District, is the sponsor of the Texas Future Dance Educators, which is a one-of-a-kind student organization in Texas. Searles earned her BFA from the Dance Department in 2003, and her Dance Education credentials from the School of Education in 2004.
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