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
Mar
09
Alumna Bethany Wilinski is publishing a book based in her dissertation research while at UW-Madison. Wilinski received a Ph.D. in 2014 from the School of Education's departments of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Today, she is an assistant professor with Michigan State University's Department of Teacher Education. The book is titled: "When Pre-K Comes to School: Policy, Partnerships, and the Early Childhood Education Workforce," and will be released March 10.
Thu
Mar
09
UW-Madison alumnus Terrance Jamison was recently hired as the defensive line coach for the Texas Tech football team. Jamison earned his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2011. According to a Texas Tech news release, Jamison is considered one of the top young coaches in the country. He arrives in Lubbock, Texas, following three seasons in a similar role at Florida Atlantic. He has also served on the defensive staffs at both UW-Madison and at California-Berkeley.
Wed
Mar
08
UW-Madison alumna Ligia (Licho) López López will be receiving a Recognition Award for her dissertation work from Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). López López earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and her adviser was Professor Thomas Popkewitz. Her dissertation is titled, “Indígena: A history of curriculum, teacher education, and the making of human kinds.”
Wed
Mar
08
UW-Madison alumnus Lee Frazer was recognized with the 2015-16 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award, which Fort Lewis College awards annually to one member of its faculty. Frazer earned a master’s from the School of Education in 2003 and then a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2009. In keeping with the tradition of the award, Frazer gave the commencement address at the College's Winter Commencement.
Tue
Mar
07
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has selected three people to receive honorary degrees in May, including School of Education alumna Tashia Morgridge. As an educator, advocate, volunteer and philanthropist, Tashia F. Morgridge has made incredible contributions to improve the state of public education throughout Wisconsin, across the country and around the world. Her dedication to the field of education and desire to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults will have a lasting impact on generations to come.
Tue
Mar
07
UW-Madison alumna Elizabeth Schnell was selected pathologist of the year by the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association. Schnell received her bachelor's degree in communicative disorders from the School of Education in 1998, and now works at Glacial Drumlin School in the Monona Grove School District. An article from the Herald-Independent newspaper reports that Schnell was nominated for the award by the mother of a young girl Schnell worked with in kindergarten and first grade.
Fri
Mar
03
UW-Madison alumnus Leonard Taylor is being honored with the 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). Taylor received his master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is now an assistant professor in the educational leadership department at Mississippi State University. A Mississippi State press release says Taylor's research explores how higher education administrators, faculty and staff members can enhance student success and improve the "quality, quantity and diversity" of U.S. graduates by using data and other promising practices.
Thu
Mar
02
Paula Bonner, who has served in key leadership roles supporting the University of Wisconsin–Madison for more than four decades, announced her plans to retire from university service. Bonner, currently president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), said she will step down from those roles effective June 30. She earned her master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1976.
Thu
Mar
02
The Capital Times recently put the spotlight on UW-Madison alumnus Sean Frazier, who is helping student-athletes excel in life beyond sports. Frazier earned a master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2015. Frazier also ran many of the day-to-day operations of the UW athletics department until 2013, when he left to become the athletic director at Northern Illinois University.
Mon
Feb
20
UW-Madison alumna Kristen Leigh Kludt is publishing her debut book this month titled, "A Good Way Through: My Journey with God from Disappointment into Hope." Kludt received a bachelor's degree in English Education from the School of Education in 2006, and taught for seven years before focusing on writing. In the book, Kludt chronicles her spiritual journey after struggling with depression as a young adult, dealing with other hardships, and how she found healing in faith.
Wed
Feb
15
UW-Madison alumni Todd Anderson and Bruce Crownover are receiving national attention for their groundbreaking work capturing disappearing glaciers through art. Anderson and Crownover, along with Ian van Coller, recently finished a project called “The Last Glacier,” in which the artists worked on capturing the glaciers in Glacier National Park. The project is a collaboration of two different mediums of art: Anderson and Crownover both as printmakers; and van Coller as photographer. The resulting work is a collection of 15 specially bound books full of all original artwork.
Wed
Feb
01
A new scholarship program will help prepare young leaders to fight poverty and improve quality of life around the world. The King-Morgridge Scholars Program will launch with a cohort of six students in fall 2017 and will be housed in UW–Madison’s International Division. It will support high-achieving students from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The program is made possible by a $36 million gift from longtime friends Robert (Bob) and Dorothy (Dottie) King, and John and Tashia Morgridge. A 1955 graduate of the UW–Madison School of Education, Tashia Frankfurth Morgridge has maintained close ties with the School, serving on its board of visitors and, with her husband, sponsoring scholarships to support students preparing to become teachers.
Wed
Feb
01
School of Education alumnus Scott Seyforth will deliver a presentation, “The Life and Times of Carson Gulley,” to the Rotary Club of Madison at the group's next meeting on Feb. 1 at the Park Hotel. Though now largely forgotten, UW-Madison chef Carson Gulley was a celebrated figure in the mid-20th century known for his groundbreaking efforts crossing racial barriers as a culinary instructor, radio and television celebrity chef and as a pioneer in the local struggle for equal housing.
Sun
Jan
29
A project led by UW-Madison alumna and Madison East High School teacher Kate Brien to show support for undocumented students is garnering local media coverage. Madison's local NBC affiliate reports how Brien and her students designed and sold 2,000 T-shirts to raise money for scholarships for undocumented students and to show unity, celebrate diversity and push back against intolerance.
Thu
Jan
26
Michael Meissen, who earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1990, was recently hired as a new consultant for K-12 initiatives at Madison Area Technical College. In his new position, Meissen will lead the process of creating a strategic plan that identifies the key K-12 priority areas for consideration by the college, maximizing student success and advancing Madison College's partnership with K-12 schools.
Mon
Jan
23
A WISCAPE blog post discusses ​how to improve the racial climate at UW-Madison and introduces a set of recommendations from a collective of black alumni and their allies. The post, titled "Creating a place to remember fondly," was authored by Harvey Long and Valyncia C. Raphael, an alumna of the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2013) and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (Ph.D., 2016).
Mon
Jan
23
UW-Madison alumnus Edward Holmes was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal’s “Know Your Madisonian” report. Holmes was recently named the Overture Center's first executive director of diversity and inclusion. In his new position, Holmes says he will be working on making the Overture Center more inclusive, both in terms of the staff and the patrons it serves. Holmes received a Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and he also is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors.
Thu
Jan
19
This month Project 1808, led by School of Education alumna Linda Vakunta, launched the Ebola Survivors Livelihood Skills development program. Vakunta earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education in 2011 and is both the program lead and Project 1808 executive director. The program is funded by a one-year grant from the Sierra Leone U.S. Embassy office and is expected to train over 70 Ebola survivors at Rokel in computer training, catering, driving and tailoring.
Wed
Jan
18
UW-Madison alumna Karen Searles was recently named the Dance Educator of the Year by the Texas Dance Educator’s Association (TDEA). Searles received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a BS in Dance Education from the School of Education’s Dance Department in 2004. Today, Searles leads the dance program at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas.
Tue
Jan
17
In an op-ed published by the Los Angeles Times, UW-Madison alumnus Mark Paige and co-author Bruce Meredith argue that it’s time to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education. Paige earned a master’s (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and also graduated from the university’s Law School in 2007.
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