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
26
UW-Madison alumna Sarah A. Robert recently published her second book titled, “Neoliberal education reform: Gendered notions in global and local contexts.”
Mon
Nov
23
UW-Madison School of Education alumna Leah Hellenbrand returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she was an invited guest at the White House Complex in the West Wing. Hellenbrand was part of a delegation from Janesville's Kennedy Elementary School, where she teaches third and fourth grade. Kennedy Elementary was one of only eight schools across the nation that earned the $10,000 innOVATION STEAM Grant Award.
Mon
Nov
16
Lois Weis and Kevin Anderson are being recognized by UW-Madison’s School of Education as top alumni award winners for 2015-16. The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recipient is Dr. Lois Weis, who is serving as a distinguished professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award is being presented to Dr. Kevin Anderson, who serves as the science education consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Mon
Nov
16
UW-Madison alumna Maria Lewis is the recipient of the prestigious Joseph C. Beckham Dissertation of the Year award. Lewis was recognized at the annual Education Law Association Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 6. She also delivered a presentation about her award-winning dissertation titled, “Navigating the grey area: A review of a school district’s documentation of the relationship between disability and student misconduct.” Lewis received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in 2014.
Fri
Nov
13
The work of UW-Madison faculty member Derrick Buisch and alumni Brenda Baker (’91) and Bird Ross (’92) will be on display at the Goodman Community Center throughout the month of November. The exhibit is titled, “Studio Relay-Replay.” For this particular exhibit, the artists have each made pieces that they then pass on to each other with the intention of “copying the work” in what they call a “studio relay.” The trio have created what they describe as "a visually dense and optically lush series of work that embodies a confluence of visual vocabularies."
Wed
Nov
04
The latest edition of Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine includes a wonderful and in-depth profile of UW-Madison alumna Ellen Moore. Moore earned a master’s in education and dance in 1951 after studying under the legendary Margaret H’Doubler. In 1926, under the leadership of H'Doubler, UW-Madison become the first university to offer a degree program in dance. Moore spent 1976 until 2005 teaching modern dance through UW-Madison’s Department of Continuing Studies.
Sun
Nov
01
UW-Madison alum Liza Wiemer will release her new book titled “HELLO?” on Nov. 10. “HELLO?,” published by Spencer Hill Contemporary, is a story that “weaves together five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.” Wiemer earned her degree in Elementary Education in 1986 from the School of Education.
Fri
Oct
30
UW-Madison alumna Martha Mock, an associate professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and the director of the Institute for Transition, was recently honored with the Golisano Foundation’s first-ever Move to Include Award for promoting inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Thu
Oct
29
An article authored by UW-Madison alumna Hyunjin Kim was selected this past summer as the Best Paper for 2014 by The Australian Teacher Education Association. Kim earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction in 2004. Kim is currently an assistant professor and the program coordinator of early childhood education with the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Fri
Oct
23
UW-Madison alumna Kathryn Huggett has been named the inaugural Robert Larner, M.D. ’42 Endowed Professor in Medical Education at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She was honored during a ceremony earlier this month. This past summer, Huggett was named the inaugural director of the Teaching Academy at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Huggett holds a Ph.D. in educational administration, now known as educational leadership and policy studies, from UW-Madison
Thu
Oct
22
UW-Madison alumnus and former faculty member Li Li Ji gave the prestigious Lardy Distinguished Lecture of Chemistry at South Dakota State University (SDSU) back in April 2015. Ji received his master’s (1982) and Ph.D. (1985) from the Department of Kinesiology, where he also served as associate professor from 1994 to 1997, and as a professor from 1997 to 2011. The Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemistry was established through an endowment from the late Henry A. Lardy, a former professor emeritus in the Biochemistry Department at UW-Madison.
Fri
Oct
16
UW-Madison alumna Bridget R. McCurtis delivered a closing keynote talk Oct. 9 at the International Colloquium for Black Males event in Kingston, Jamaica. McCurtis earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012. Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), along with Ohio State University's Todd Anthony Bell Resource Center on the African American Male, put on the Fourth Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education Oct. 6-9 at the University of the West Indies-Mona.
Mon
Oct
12
To provide a one-stop shop for students and alumni to find helpful information on career development and success, the UW-Madison School of Education’s Career Center recently unveiled a new and expanded website. The Career Center, which previously was known as Education Portfolios and Career Services, is dedicated to assisting students and alumni from across the School in developing their career and professional identity.
Fri
Oct
09
Video from F. King Alexander's recent ​talk via Skype, "Lessons from Louisiana's higher education budget debate," organized the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel. Alexander is the president of the Louisiana State University system​ and a WISCAPE affiliate. He ​​has been described as one of America's most innovative college presidents. Alexander also is an alumnus of UW-Madison who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1996.
Thu
Oct
08
A generous gift of $100,000 from the estate of UW-Madison alumnus Robert A. “Bo” Brandt was made to the School of education this past summer. The gift was presented by Joanne Truelove on June 12 to former School of Education Dean Julie Underwood, Associate Dean Dawn Crim and Senior Director of Development Eric Greiling. Truelove is Brandt’s cousin.
Thu
Sep
24
A paper by UW-Madison alumna J. Matzner was recently published in the Journal of Dance Education. Her article is titled, “Sitting Ballet: A Pilot Program Designed to Include Children with Physical Disabilities in the Private Studio Environment." Matzner, who teaches Sitting Ballet at the Kehl School of Dance, earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013.
Tue
Sep
22
An article by UW-Madison’s Stephanie Budge was recently spotlighted by the Journals Program of the American Psychological Association. Budge is a visiting assistant professor with the School of Educatioin's Department of Counseling Psychology. She also earned her Ph.D. from that department in 2011. The article that’s being highlighted is titled, “Gatekeeping as a therapist? Gaining insight for how to write letters for transgender clients.” It was published in the APA journal, “Psychotherapy.”
Tue
Sep
15
Four brothers who are alumni of UW-Madison are featured in a recent article in Glendale Now headlined, “Education a family affair for four Joynt brothers.” The Joynt brothers Michael, Matt, Nate and Tim are graduates of the School of Education. After completing their undergraduate degrees at UW-Madison, all four brothers pursued a master’s degree in educational administration at UW-Milwaukee and have since assumed administrative roles in the Milwaukee area.
Fri
Sep
11
School of Education alumna Paula Bonner is being inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. Bonner, who today is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1976. Prior to joining WAA, Bonner was an associate athletic director at UW-Madison, with responsibility for directing the 11 sports that comprised the women’s athletics program.
Tue
Sep
08
The Morgridge match effort has generated nearly $250 million in new endowment dollars for UW-Madison. The Morgridge Match was instrumental in helping the School of Education double, to 20, the number of its named professorships and chairs. A 1955 graduate of the School of Education, Tashia Frankfurth Morgridge has maintained close ties with the School, serving on its board of visitors and, with her husband John, sponsoring scholarships to support students preparing to become teachers.
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