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
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.
Fri
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.
Tue
Nov
08
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Frahm is the author of a new case study released by the Grantmakers for Education titled, “The Promise: A Case Study of Say Yes to Education in Buffalo.” Frahm is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors and is a freelance journalist who has written about education for more than 40 years. He received his undergraduate degree in English education from UW-Madison in 1968.
Mon
Nov
07
The La Crosse Tribune recently profiled UW-Madison alumna Bethany Brent to talk about her efforts as the senior multicultural education advisor at UW-La Crosse's School of Education. Brent received her Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. The La Crosse Tribune report explains how Brent has created a program called Grow Our Own Teacher Diversity, serving the needs of people that desire to become teachers but have lacked the financial and social support to do so.
Fri
Nov
04
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Molly Stewart co-authored a new publication titled "Follow the Money: A Comprehensive Review of the Funding Mechanisms of Voucher Programs in Six Case," which analyzes how school vouchers are funded. Stewart received a master's degree in 2010 from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies, and a Ph.D. from that same department in 2013. The publication explores the impact of policies on voucher funding, contrasts eligibility criteria and considers the impact of these criteria on state spending and district revenues.
Wed
Nov
02
UW-Madison alumnus and Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander gave a talk on campus about the dangers of declining levels of state funding for higher education. The talk was organized by WISCAPE. Alexander noted how ​state disinvestment in higher education poses a significant threat for public colleges and universities.
Tue
Nov
01
The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) is honoring three alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards this fall, including Milwaukee attorney John Daniels Jr., who earned a master’s degree in 1972 from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Daniels is the chair emeritus of Quarles & Brady, a national law firm, and serves as a strategic business adviser to many of the firm's largest clients. As chair, he grew the firm significantly during the worst downturn since the Great Depression, expanding its ranks of attorneys and adding new locations and national practice specialties.
Fri
Oct
28
UW-Madison's Diane McAfee Hopkins was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on Oct. 27. Hopkins is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1981. She is a professor emerita of UW-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS).
Wed
Oct
26
The BIG TEN(T) project started in June 2016 in Chicago with a small works show and art trade between its members, UW–Madison alumni artists. In September, 60 artists were hosted by alumnus Peter Hopkins at ArtHelix Gallery in New York. The show featured new work by alumni artists spanning the last three decades, including painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers. A significant portion of the work from the ArtHelix Gallery show is now presented in the UW–Madison School of Education Gallery in the Education Building. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exhibit will be on view until December 16.
Wed
Oct
19
A 1990 graduate of UW-Madison has won a prestigious fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, commonly known as the MacArthur “Genius Grant.” Anne Basting, who received a master’s degree in theatre and drama at UW–Madison, is now a theatre professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was recognized as an “artist and educator demonstrating the potential of storytelling and creative expression to improve the lives of elders experiencing cognitive impairment,” with the overall goal of changing the way we think about aging. UW-Madison’s Department of Theatre and Drama is now housed within the School of Education.
Tue
Oct
18
UW-Madison alumnus Joel Nellis is the co-author of a new book titled, "Walk-On This Way: The Ongoing Legacy of the Wisconsin Football Walk-On Tradition." Nellis earned a bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program. Now he is in his 11th year as a physical education teacher in the Elmbrook School district. The book highlights the accomplishments and contributions made by Badger walk-on players through first person accounts and over 100 interviews with former players and coaches.
Tue
Oct
04
UW-Madison alumnus Mark Gillen has been named the recipient of the 2016-17 Dr. Keith G. Wurtz Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The Wurtz Award "recognizes outstanding and innovative teachers who have made exceptional contributions to the university and to the community." Recipients have displayed innovative and collaborative techniques in both teaching and learning. Gillen received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 1980.
Thu
Sep
29
UW-Madison professor Lesley Bartlett and alumna Fran Vavrus appeared on the weekly podcast “FreshEd with Will Brehm” to talk about a book they have co-authored that is due to be released later this year. In this podcast episode, Bartlett and Vavrus discuss the ideas from their upcoming book titled “Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach.” These topics include the re-imagining of traditional case study techniques to accommodate factors such as culture, context, space, place and comparison.
Mon
Sep
26
Five School of Education alumni are featured in a new UW Foundation and Wisconsin Alumni Association campaign designed to help link UW-Madison all 72 counties in Wisconsin.
Mon
Sep
26
Badger Bridge, a networking site for UW-Madison alumni, is now live. Use it to build connections with classmates and other Badgers.
Sun
Sep
18
During Fall 2016, UW-Madison’s School of Education will be participating in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey. This program survey explores the lives of arts alumni nationwide. The School of Education arts departments represented in the survey will be Art, Dance, and Theatre and Drama. If you are an arts alumni from one of these departments, keep an eye on your email in early October for communication from SNAAP regarding the survey. Participants in the survey will have access to a site where they can see how their experience compares with those of other arts graduates from across North America.
Fri
Sep
09
The education research of UW-Madison alumna Maria Lewis is highlighted in a recent news story posted to Penn State University’s website. The article begins: “Maria Lewis is working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools on issues of how to better accommodate transgender youth within the state’s school districts, issues that Lewis believes can be solved not only through research but by revisiting the purpose of an educator." Lewis is an assistant professor of education in Penn State’s College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014.
Thu
Sep
08
WisconsinEye produced a “Morning Minute” video highlighting a recent talk delivered by UW-Madison alumna Tashia Morgridge at the 2016 Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit. The summit was held Aug. 23 in Morgridge’s hometown of Wauwatosa, Wis. Morgridge is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors. She earned her bachelor's degree from the School of Education in 1955.
Mon
Sep
05
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro (Ph.D. 2012, ELPA) is an assistant professor at UW-Whitewater, where she heads up the Warhawk Leadership Academy. This project was recognized with the 2016 Model Practice Award for Student-Athlete Development by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). MERIT video producer Eric Rajala recently put together a report showcasing Navarro’s work with the Warhawk Leadership Academy. This video also includes thoughts from LaMar “Soup” Campbell –- who played football for the Badgers in the mid-1990s before having a career in the NFL. Campbell is helping some of the UW-Whitewater student-athletes.
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