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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.

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.
Sun
Apr
27
The latest book by UW-Madison alumna Angelina E. Castagno was recently published and is titled, “Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools.” Castagno earned a master’s degree in 2003 and a Ph.D. in 2006 from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. This book “investigates how whiteness operates in ways that thwart (or co-opt) even the best intentions and common sense. The result, according to Angelina E. Castagno, is educational policies and practices that reinforce the status quo and protect whiteness rather than working toward equity.”
Sun
Apr
27
UW-Madison alumna Rachel Bruya is featured in a lengthy Q&A posted to the 365Artists365Days.com website. Bruya, who earned her MFA from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2007, works in a range of media, including drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
Sun
Apr
20
Ben Madeska, who earned an undergraduate degree from UW-Madison’s Art Department in 2004, has had two painting accepted into the “40 Under 40” art exhibition at the Alamance County Arts Council in Graham, N.C. The show runs April 24 through June 13. The juror for this event is Michael Fels, an associate professor of art and chair of the Art and Art History Department at Elon University.
Thu
Apr
17
In 2003, Dana Barre earned a master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, specializing in community counseling. Barre in 2009 founded Heartland Farm Sanctuary, a local non-profit animal rescue that provides therapeutic animal-assisted programs for individuals with disabilities and children who are either at risk or have a history of trauma.
Fri
Apr
11
An exhibition by UW-Madison alumna Barbara Westfall will be featured in the School of Education Gallery April 12 to May 20. The gallery is located in the Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall. Westfall’s solo art exhibition is titled, "America’s Fragile Wetlands."
Wed
Apr
09
Kara Pezzi is a high school science teacher from Appleton (Wis.) East High School. Beginning Sept. 1, she will serve an 11-month fellowship at the Department of Energy, Office of Science, under the guidance of Pat Dehmer and Julie Carruthers. She earned a master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1997.
Wed
Apr
09
A new state task force examining issues related to the achievement gap will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, April 9 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. And two educators named to this body are alumnae of UW-Madison. Kendra Cerniglia, who teaches at Madison’s Leopold Elementary School, and Allison DeGraaf, the principal at Janesville’s Kennedy Elementary, both earned degrees from the School of Education.
Sat
Apr
05
Several alumni with ties to UW's Art Department will be taking part in upcoming shows at the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wis. Sandra Peterson, who received her MFA at UW-Madison, will be taking part in an exhibit titled, “Karen Halt, Sandra Peterson and Tom Sargeant,” which showcases the work of these three talented painters. And in the Food and Craft Show, alumni Timothy O’Neill, Gregory Schulte, Yuyen Chang and S.V. Medaris will be featured. All have an MFA from UW-Madison.
Wed
Apr
02
Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) announced the winners of its 2014 Principal of the Year awards, and UW-Madison alumna Asta Sepetys earned High School Principal of the Year honors. Sepetys is Principal of Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School in Mazomanie.
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.
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