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.

Sat
Feb
06
UW-Madison alumna Sherry Lucille was recently featured in an article by Madison365 headlined, " 'Love Released' Highlights Local African-American Women Writers." Lucille, along with Fabu Phillis Carter and Catrina Sparkman will co-host the Love Released Launch Party on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Central Branch Library, where Lucille will be releasing her novel titled, “Love Promises.” Lucille earned a master's in counseling from the School of Education in 1988.
Thu
Feb
04
“Is creating something to kill everybody on the planet a compelling game concept, or is it too close to reality?” asks David Gagnon, during the early hours of a recent game-design workshop at UW-Madison's Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). Gagnon directs the Field Day Lab and is an alumnus of the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Games, to Gagnon, are not just a matter of, well, fun and games. Instead, they are a teaching tool with advantages over textbooks and discussion, at least for some topics.
Sun
Jan
31
UW-Madison alumni Tyanna Buie and Claire Stigliani are recipients of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. The program recognizes painters and sculptors who are creating exceptional work through unrestricted career support. Through a nomination process, the program selects 25 artists to receive $25,000.
Sat
Jan
30
UW-Madison alumnus Rory Wakemup was selected to receive the Emerging Artist Project Grant. The Emerging Artist Project Grant, funded by the Jerome Foundation, supports publicly accessible artwork by emerging Minnesota-based artists. Recipients are selected from all disciplines, including photography, film, painting, storytelling, dance and more. Wakemup will collaborate with the Native American comedy group "1491's" for a performance at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Indigenous Peoples Day.
Thu
Jan
14
UW-Madison alumna Megan “M.K.” Wiseman recently released her first novel, “The Bookminder.” Wiseman earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in 2005, majoring in a program that was called Integrated Arts and Technologies. “The Bookminder,” says Wiseman, is a young-adult historical fantasy that was conceived during her days at UW-Madison. During her undergraduate years, Wiseman says she worked in the Preservation Department of Memorial Library, and later went on to pursue and earn a master’s in Library Sciences.
Tue
Jan
05
UW-Madison alumna Alice Cohan Fins Heiserman has launched her own company, Write Books Right, and is helping individuals write nonfiction and fiction books. Heiserman reports that she made the move after serving 20 years as manager of publications and research at the American Correctional Association. Heiserman earned her master’s degree, in English education, from the School of Education in 1968.
Mon
Jan
04
The Wisconsin State Journal recently profiled UW-Madison alumna Hannah Carimi and her cutting-edge Bridefit company. Bridefit is a virtual-only, personal training, nutrition and lifestyle guidance company that helps soon-to-be brides get fit prior to their wedding. Carimi has both her undergraduate degree (2009) and master’s (2013) in kinesiology from UW-Madison’s School of Education. She also has an MBA from Tel Aviv University and is a former member of UW-Madison’s women’s rowing team.
Mon
Dec
28
UW-Madison alumna Sharon Gersten Luckman is partnering with the Joyce Theatre to provide “practical and customized consulting services for New York City-based dance companies” who perform at The Joyce, BroadwayWorld.com reported on Dec. 15. Luckman earned her undergraduate degree in Dance from the School of Education in 1967. She received a 2010 Alumni Award from the School of Education for her outstanding work in arts administration.
Thu
Dec
24
UW-Madison’s Hsun-yu Chan and Xueli Wang are the co-authors of a report that was recently published by the journal Community College Review. The article is titled, “Interact for What? The Relationship Between Interpersonal Interaction Based on Motivation and Educational Outcomes Among Students in Manufacturing Programs at Two-Year Technical Colleges.” Chan is a postdoctoral research associate at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) who recently completed his Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Wang is faculty member with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
Dec
09
UW-Madison alumna Turina Bakken is featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Our Lives Magazine. Bakken earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The article, written by Bakken herself, channels through her childhood to her commitment to education and to others as a Vice Provost of Madison Area Technical College.
Thu
Dec
03
UW-Madison alumni Maria Lewis and Marsha Modeste have joined the faculty of Pennsylvania State University’s College of Education as assistant professors of education policy studies. Lewis earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, along with a J.D. from UW-Madison. Modeste also recently earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Tue
Dec
01
UW-Madison’s Paula White will be having an upcoming show, Dec. 8 to Jan. 22, in the School of Education Gallery. The theme of this show is, “Cuba Today: Caminando Por La Calle.” Through her photography, White shows life in Cuba today – what you would see and hear as you walk through the streets of Havana and beyond. White is the project manager for the Study of Iowa High Schools – a research project within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where she has worked for nearly 30 years. She also is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Thu
Nov
26
The Field Day Lab is now accepting applications for the 2016 Mini-game Design Fellowships. The Lab is awarding fourth- through eighth-grade teachers $1,000 in exchange for input on choosing concepts, brainstorming concepts and testing games. The director of the Field Day Lab, David Gagnon, received his master's degree in 2010 from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
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.
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