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.

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Jan
16
UW-Madison alumnus Travis Graves recently received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Johnson City Press reports. Graves earned his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2003. Today he is an associate professor of sculpture with East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) Department of Art and Design.
Tue
Jan
10
Brava magazine released its 2017 “Women to Watch” list and two people with ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education are highlighted in the recently released January issue. Christin Calloway, a current Ph.D. student with the School of Education, and Ilana Nankin, an alumna of the School, are among the women being recognized. Brava magazine's 2017 Women to WatchIn previewing its annual “Women to Watch” feature, Brava writes, “Meet 26 influential women who will make Madison -– and good things -– happen in 2017.”
Wed
Jan
04
UW-Madison alumna Sister Michaela Melko was named a professor emeritus during Silver Lake College’s winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17 in Manitowoc, Wis. Melko received a Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1974.
Tue
Jan
03
UW-Madison alumna Mary Herrmann published a new book for 2017 about leadership and decision-making. Herrmann received a Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1995. She also earned a master’s in counseling from the School of Education in 1980. Her book is titled, “Decide to Lead: Building Capacity and Leveraging Change through Decision-Making.”
Mon
Jan
02
Madison365.com recently put the spotlight on an innovative art program that’s designed to provide a creative space for at-risk or court-involved youth. Among those helping out with the "Making Justice" program, Madison365.com reports, is Faisal Abdu’Allah and Carlos Gacharná. Abdu’Allah is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Art Department, while Gacharná is a recent UW-Madison graduate who majored in art.
Thu
Dec
29
Four Wisconsin educators are finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, including two alumnae of UW-Madison’s School of Education. These awards are considered to be among the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. Finalists from Wisconsin for the Presidential Teaching Awards who earned degrees from UW-Madison’s School of Education include Rebecca Saeman of Sauk Trails Elementary School and Leigh Kohlmann from Rock River Intermediate School.
Wed
Dec
28
Eight teachers from Wisconsin public schools recently became National Board Certified, including UW-Madison alumna Lindsay Norrish. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 2009 and today works for the Madison Metropolitan School District. National board certification is considered the gold standard in teacher certification.
Tue
Dec
27
UW-Madison alumna Suzanne Rosenblith was recently named associate dean for Clemson University's College of Education undergraduate programs. Rosenblith earned her Ph.D. in educational policy studies, with an emphasis in philosophy of education. from UW-Madison. According to a Clemson news release, Rosenblith was previously the chair of the college’s department of teaching and learning, and has served as a faculty member at Clemson University since 2002.
Thu
Dec
22
"Where would I be without the University of Wisconsin?" UW-Madison alumnus and NFL star Russell Wilson asks this question in a new TV spot. Wilson, noted not just for athletics but also his service work, gives a succinct answer designed to show the impact the university has on its students. In 2011, Wilson attended UW-Madison as a graduate student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis before leaving school to join the NFL.
Fri
Dec
16
Alumna Lou Ella Burmeister, a highly regarded professor emeritus of education at the University of Texas at El Paso, recently made a major commitment to UW-Madison’s School of Education in the form of a significant planned gift. This remarkable donation will create four new endowment funds backing initiatives that are both important to the School of Education and that support projects near and dear to Burmeister.
Thu
Dec
15
UW-Madison alumnus and Professor Emeritus Richard J. Smith is the author of a new book, "Once Upon A Christmas.” Smith spent nearly three decades working with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, retiring in 1990. He also is an alumnus of the School of Education, having earned a master's in education speech in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1967. Smith’s book tells 11 stories drawn from his life; from his childhood in a small town in Wisconsin, to his career working as an educator, to his retirement.
Wed
Dec
14
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The Fall 2016 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. This issue's cover story focuses on Literacy by the Lakes, a project that connects literacy faculty and graduate students from the School of Education with school districts across Wisconsin.
Fri
Dec
09
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Shelby Cosner received the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2005. Cosner is now an associate professor of educational organization and leadership at UIC.
Thu
Dec
01
A documentary from UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt, "What I Did In Fifth Grade," will have a free public screening on the UW-Madison campus on Saturday, Dec. 3. The film will be shown from noon to 3 p.m. in the Marquee Cinema at Union South. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 2001. Kornblatt retired from the classroom following the 2014-15 academic year after a 16-year second career as a teacher. He now devotes more time to filmmaking.
Mon
Nov
28
School of Education alumna Tanya Keenan was featured in an article ​from Urban Milwaukee about being selected as the faculty commencement speaker for Mount Mary University's winter graduation. Keenan earned an undergraduate degree in secondary English education from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1997. Keenan earlier in the semester was also awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016. She has worked as an instructor at Mount Mary since September 2011, teaching core English composition classes.
Mon
Nov
28
School of Education alumna Laura Hunt was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's weekly "Know Your Madisonian" column. Hunt received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 1988. The article focuses on Hunt's work as program coordinator at the Madison Senior Center. Although she never expected to work with seniors after graduating with a degree in elementary education, Hunt calls her work a good fit.
Fri
Nov
25
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Jen Scott Curwood earlier this year received the Australian Teacher Educator of the Year Award. The honor came from Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB), in partnership with the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). She was recognized at the 2016 ATEA National Conference held in Ballarat this past summer. Curwood earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum ​& Instruction in 2011.
Thu
Nov
17
UW-Madison alumna Paula Bonner ​is featured on the cover of the most recent issue of Our Lives magazine. Bonner, who is president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1976. The article, written by Bonner herself, is headlined “Building on a Legacy.” In it, Bonner discusses growing up with strong female and male role models, coming out, her passion for fighting for equality for women’s sports and her career in Madison.
Mon
Nov
14
UW-Madison’s School of Education hosted more than 200 alumni and friends on Saturday, Nov. 12, for its annual Homecoming Tailgate Celebration at Union South. People connected with old friends, mingled on Union South’s third floor patio and enjoyed the Wisconsin-style tailgate, complete with brats and Babcock Ice Cream. Everyone also took in the UW Marching Band’s pre-game concert at Union South prior to heading over to Camp Randall Stadium for an afternoon of fall football fun as the Badgers beat Illinois. A photo album from the Homecoming Tailgate is posted on the School of Education’s Facebook page.
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Nov
11
UW-Madison alumna Illana Nankin was recently featured in a report from Madison's local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, about Breathe for Change. This organization founded by Nankin trains teachers in yoga and mindfulness techniques. Nankin received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May 2016. Breathe for Change curriculum has been incorporated into 10 schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The organization has also grown nationally, with trainings in Madison, San Francisco and New York City. Next, Nankin is looking to expand the program outside of just the education field and into the corporate world.
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