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
Jun
27
UW-Madison's Jacob Meyer is the lead author of a new paper examining the influence of exercise on depression. The report was published online in the journal Behavior Therapy. Results from this study could encourage those suffering from depression to consider light exercise as a useful symptom self-management tool. Meyer is an alumnus of the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where he earned a Ph.D. in 2015. He currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and as an Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Jun
23
Li Chiao-Ping Dance (LCPD) will produce its 13th Summer Dance Camp and Intensive Final Showcase on Saturday, June 25 at 6 p.m. UW-Madison's Li Chiao-Ping is a Vilas Research Professor with the School of Education's Dance Department and is the choreographer/director of the dance company. This annual show will take place at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in UW-Madison’s Lathrop Hall (1050 University Ave). One UW-Madison and LCPD alumna who is returning to perform at this event is Nicole Roerick.
Thu
Jun
23
UW-Madison alumnus Ken Bates presented at the at the first International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Research Symposium held at Kent State University on May 23-24. Bates’ presentation was titled, "College students' perspective on their college preparation from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program." Bates, who is superintendent of the School District of Green Lake, Wisconsin, received his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis this spring.
Fri
Jun
17
UW-Madison alumnus Ben Westphal was selected as a 2016-17 Woodrow Wilson Wisconsin MBA Fellow in Education Leadership. This fellowship program was launched in 2014 in partnership with the Milwaukee School of Engineering to develop a new model in education leader preparation, equipping graduates to head changing 21st century schools across the state. Westphal received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education-biology from the School of Education in 1996. He is currently a science teacher, science department chair, and instructional coach at Brookfield (Wisconsin) East High School.
Wed
Jun
15
UW-Madison's Tim McGuine agrees that concussions are an important topic. But this alumnus of the Athletic Training Program adds, "concussions are sucking up all the air in the room when it comes to discussions about sports injuries -– and we need to think about the well-being of the entire student-athlete.” It’s this perspective of identifying and understanding the range of risk factors, preventative measures and outcomes for sports injuries that McGuine brings to his work with UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Tue
Jun
14
UW-Madison alumna Turina Bakken will become the next provost of Madison Area Technical College, it was recently announced. Bakken, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014, will begin her new position July 1. Bakken is currently vice provost of Madison College and will be replacing Terrance Webb, who is retiring after 17 years with the college.
Mon
Jun
13
UW-Madison alumna Maureen Gillette was named the new dean of Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services earlier this month. Gillette, who has served as the dean of the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University since 2005, will begin her new post on Aug. 1. Gillette earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1990, with a minor in educational administration from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Tue
Jun
07
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Nolting was named the High School Principal of the Year in Illinois. He is principal of Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Nolting received this honor from Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) earlier this year. He will be recognized at the IPA conference in October 2016. Nolting received his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2002. He will also represent Illinois in the National Principal of the Year recognition program.
Sun
Jun
05
UW-Madison alumna Anne Corlett has completed a painting in all 50 states and now will be showcasing those works at the Saugatuck (Michigan) Center for the Arts. These oil paintings, which will be on display June 10 through Aug. 20, were created over a three-year stretch during Corlett’s adventurous and ambitious “Easel on Down the Road” project. Corlett received her bachelor’s degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1982.
Sat
Jun
04
An urban light sculpture designed by UW-Madison alumna Lyn Godley was recently installed in Philadelphia. The sculpture, through a partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Public Art Program, was installed on the façade of the SugarHouse Casino garage facing Delaware Avenue. The beautiful, colorful display spans 290 feet wide and 60 feet high. The artwork is composed of a series of light boxes and façade lighting that change colors during the day and throughout the night to reflect similar patterns in the flow of the Delaware River. Godley earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1980.
Fri
Jun
03
UW-Madison alumna Marcia Mentkowski co-edited a recently released book titled, “Assessing Competence in Professional Performance across Disciplines and Professions.” Mentkowski received both a master’s (1965) and Ph.D. (1971) from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. She co-edited the book with Paul F. Wimmers. A preview of the new book explains how it “examines the challenges of cross-professional comparisons and proposes new forms of performance assessment to be used in professions education."
Thu
Jun
02
The Isthmus newspaper’s May 26 cover story is a profile of UW-Madison alumna Karin Wolf, who earned her master’s degree from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. The article is headlined, “Creative force: Karin Wolf is a tireless advocate for art.” This Isthmus report also notes Faisal Abdu’Allah’s work with at-risk teens. He is a professor with the School of Education’s Art Department.
Wed
Jun
01
Madison’s local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, recently featured the new non-profit Breathe for Change that was launched by UW-Madison alumna Ilana Nankin. Breathe for Change is an organization that trains teachers in yoga and mindfulness techniques. It was started by Nankin while she was pursuing her Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Nankin received her doctorate and graduated in May.
Mon
May
16
A video highlighting Kevin Anderson, the School of Education’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award winner for 2015-16, is now available for viewing on the School’s YouTube channel. He received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, with a focus on K-16 educational leadership and policy. Anderson currently serves as the science education consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Mon
May
02
UW-Madison alumna Valerie Donovan, suicide prevention coordinator at University Health Services (UHS), received the 2016 Community Service Program of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin for her work on the campus suicide prevention initiative Mental Health Matters. Donovan — who joined UHS in 2013 — earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2011 and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from that same department in 2012.
Fri
Apr
29
Robin Kvalo, who has served as principal at Portage High School since the 2011-12 school year, was selected as the 2016 Wisconsin Secondary School Principal of the Year. In this capacity, she will represent Wisconsin in Washington, D.C., in September when the National Principal of the Year is chosen. Kvalo earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the School of Education in 1981 and earned a master’s from the School in Educational Administration in 1998.
Fri
Apr
22
UW-Madison alumnus Jeff Stern was recently featured in a Wisconsin State Journal article that highlighted his current solo exhibition at Ancora Coffee, 112 King St. Stern earned his bachelor’s degree in art education from the School of Education’s Art Department. Stern has had a solo exhibition at Ancora Coffee almost annually for the past seven years. This year’s display, which runs through April 30, features some of Stern’s oil paintings.
Wed
Apr
20
An interview with Lois Weis, the School of Education’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner for 2015-16, is now available for viewing on the School’s YouTube channel. Weis is currently serving as a distinguished professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was previously the associate dean of the Graduate School of Education. She was interviewed by Dawn Crim, the Associate Dean for External Relations with UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Mon
Apr
18
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro is part of team from UW-Whitewater that's being recognized with the 2016 Model Practice Award for Student-Athlete Development by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). Navarro is Director of Student-Athlete Engagement at UW-Whitewater and received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012. Navarro was also recently selected as chair of AERA's Research Focus on Education and Sport SIG.
Wed
Apr
13
A feature-length documentary from UW-Madison alumnus Marc Kornblatt, "What I Did In Fifth Grade," will have its world premiere at the Julien Dubuque (Iowa) International Film festival April 21. Kornblatt received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison's School of Education in 2001. "What I Did in Fifth Grade," follows Kornblatt and his students during an entire year, his last as a teacher.
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