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.

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.
Fri
Jan
31
Christopher Anderson, who earned his secondary teaching certifications in biology and broad field natural sciences from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2012, was named to the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation’s 2013 cohort of Teaching Fellows. The KSTF Teaching Fellowships address the recruitment, training and retention of exceptional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher candidates, with the aim of improving STEM education in the nation by building a stable, sustainable corps of STEM teacher leaders.
Tue
Jan
28
Columnist Doug Moe writes that this year, “Szudy, 64, is teaching a first-grade girl whose dad and aunt were also his students in Room 115” of Crestwood Elementary. “My original plan was (to teach for) 10 years,” Szudy tells Moe. “Then I would move onto something else.” Writes Moe: “But the kids captured his heart, and that was that.”
Mon
Jan
27
Anand R. Marri, who was named Vice President and Head of Economic Education for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2003.
Tue
Jan
07
UW-Madison alumna Kathy Hiteman was named a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reports that Cathy Fernan of Milton, Wis., and Hiteman are among 102 kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers nationwide who were notified of the 2012 Presidential Teaching award in mid-December.
Mon
Dec
16
On December 9, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) hosted a discussion about Teach for America (TFA) with Beth Sondel and Kerry Kretchmar, both recent Ph.D. graduates of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison. Sondel and Kretchmar are former TFA core members who have since become critical of the organization’s role in promoting market-based educational reform.
Wed
Dec
04
Leong is serving as the Secondary Science Education Coordinator at Wheaton, and credits UW-Madison's Master of Science for Professional Educators program with helping her land her position.
Fri
Nov
22
The Beloit Daily News notes how the Wisconsin Health & Physical Education Association recognized Mazten at its annual Convention in Waukesha earlier this fall when she was presented with the Promising Professional Award. Matzen is a Wauwatosa, Wis., native who earned an undergraduate degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program. She also earned a minor in health education and a certificate in adaptive physical education. She started at Beloit Memorial High School in the November 2010.
Thu
Nov
21
The article notes how Lukas, who earned a master’s degree from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1960, won the Preakness Stakes horse race this past spring at the age of 77. Lukas-trained horses have won the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times and the Belmont Stakes four times, giving him, 14 victories in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series.
Thu
Nov
21
The interview focused on how Velliquette brought together a collection of artists for his current show, “The joy of the task was its own reward,” which is being hosted at Lovey Town, an independently run exhibition space.
Thu
Nov
21
The Daily Herald article centers on the fact that there is a new exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau that is putting the spotlight on the 40-year career of Huchthausen, who got his start in central Wisconsin and has gone on to have a lasting impact on American glass art.
Wed
Nov
20
The free public talk on Friday, Nov. 22, is titled, “Mexican ‘Retornados’ and Families in Mexico: The Impact of the Migration Experience.” The event runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 206 of Ingraham Hall. Pérez Padilla earned her master’s degree from the Department of Counseling Psychology in 2003.
Fri
Nov
15
A unique arts integration curriculum model being used in a Janesville elementary school by UW-Madison alumna Leah Hellenbrand is featured in a recent video posted to the WKOW website. This curriculum model for K-12 schools was developed by UW-Madison Dance Department Faculty Associate Karen McShane-Hellenbrand, who is Leah’s mother.
Mon
Nov
11
The work of glass artist and UW-Madison alumnus David Huchthausen is being featured in a 40-year Retrospective Exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., Nov. 16 through Jan. 19. He is an internationally recognized artist with an extensive international exhibition record who received an Associate of Arts and a BS from UW-Madison. He retains close ties to the university as a member of the Art Department’s Board of Visitors.
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