1970s Class Notes for Fall 2016 Learning Connections



Susan Lobeck Krug
1971 BS – Elementary Education
Susan continues to be involved in meeting Madison's critical need to bridge the gap in educational performance through board involvement with One City Early Learning, a quality preschool serving our community's youngest children. Their focus has been on opening this school as a resource for parents who would otherwise not have a choice of preschools in south Madison. Their approach is two-pronged and includes both children and parents, and their mission is to prepare young children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, and ensure they enter grade school reading-ready. The school’s 'mantra' is Ready by Read. Prepared to Succeed. Susan’s goal is to see their 'graduates' be successful in the school system and parents to become engaged in their child's education.

William Brescia Jr.
MS 1973 ­ – Curriculum and Instruction
William has a new job as Planner for Division of Education at Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. William reports that he tried retirement but it didn't stick.

Richard Grawemeyer
MS 1973 – Behavioral Disabilities
Richard is retired from 43 years of service at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Columbus, Ohio, and living in Columbus with his deaf beagle Roxie and three-legged cat Hobbles.

Kathy Chazen
BS 1974-Elementary Education
Kathy is thrilled to be co-hosting a School of Education event next spring in New York City. Kathy is hoping to connect with many alumni. Contact Kathy (kachazen@gmail.com) if you would like to join the event.

Carole Dede
BS 1974 - Elementary Education
Carole is continuing a career teaching GED with Milwaukee Area Technical College. Carole finds a lot of satisfaction helping students learn academics that they thought were impossible. Carole is single, lives on the east side of Milwaukee and enjoys reading, biking, theater, music, games and friendships.

Joanne Yatvin
Ph.D. 1974 – Curriculum & Instruction
For more than a year Joanne has been writing a blog called "The Treasure Hunter." The original aim was to tell the world about all the good things going on in public schools and universities. But because good news is more scarce than expected, Joanne also write about some of the bad things and suggests changes. Joanne also gets many positive comments and tweets that keep her trying to support excellent education for all students.

Marlene L. Ross
BS 1970 – Elementary Education
MS 1975 – Curriculum & Instruction

After teaching elementary grades in the Monona Grove School District from 1970 to 2005, Marlene retired from full-time employment and since then has been administering "Measures of Academic Progress" achievement tests in that district.

Eddee Daniel
BS 1976 – Art Education
Eddee received a purchase award from the Racine Art Museum for their Wisconsin Photography 2016 state-wide juried exhibit.

Alice Dewey Goldstone
BS 1976 – Elementary Education
Alice is currently a co-producer at Paramount Pictures on an animated feature film titled "Amusement Park."

Luanne Brown Woolf
BS 1976 – Education
Luanne is a retired police sergeant that was actively involved in school programs. Luanne left policing to take over as a security director for an area school district. Now Luanne is teaching part-time face-to-face and online criminal justice classes at John A. Logan Community College, Carterville, Ill. Luanne was recently certified Master On-Line Teacher through University of Illinois.

Joan M Lakebrink
Ph.D. 1977 - Educational Administration
Joan retired as a Vincent dePaul Professor at DePaul University in Chicago.

Roger Nicolai
MS 1977 – Curriculum & Instruction
Roger retired after 34 years. of teaching. Roger is a naturalist for the Madison School Forest, and coaches running and cross-country skiing at Cherokee Middle School in Madison.

Lisa Skriloff
1977 BS – Elementary Education
Lisa is celebrating 22 years as founder/President of Multicultural Marketing Resources, a marketing/PR firm and consultancy. Lisa also continues to use her teaching degree as a presenter at multicultural conferences. Most recently, she was a moderator at the Multicultural Retail 360 conference and also teaches marketing to small business owners through a NYC program. As a freelance travel writer, Lisa traveled to Quebec in August to report on the French experience; her story appeared in Multicultural Travel News. Swing dancing is a hobby, so along with travel writing it was only natural to create the blog dancetravelnews.com. This June a Godfathers of Swing dance weekend resulted in a Dancing in Sicily article. http://dancetravelnews.com/dance-travel-news/two-weeks-in-sicily-a-how-to-guide-for-do-it-yourselfers-for-crowdsourcing-the-ideal-itinerary

Beth Verdin
MA 1977 – Education Administration
After retiring, Beth has become a specialist in Medicare insurance options. Beth’s goal is to educate beneficiaries in the options available to them while simplifying the complicated system of Medicare, so they are knowledgeable and can select the best possible insurance available to them to fit their individual health and financial needs, and to keep them up to date with the changes every year.

Mike Berg
BS 1978 – Secondary Education/Communication Arts
Mike “The Job Doctor” is a job search expert, employment analyst, and employability skills trainer. His background includes experience as a radio talk show host and as a feature writer for The Employment Digest. He is currently the Director of TheJobClinic (thejobclinic.com) and the author of “Marketing Yourself as a Professional, YOU Write Your Own Ticket” and “Invisible to Remarkable.” Mike has been living in San Diego for the past 14 years focused on on-line job search coaching and employability skills training.

William Bozeman
Ph.D. 1978 – Educational Administration
Bill continues to enjoy "semi-retirement" with his wife, Dee (class of '78 also), their two sons and a grandson. They divide their time between homes in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Oxford, Miss., when not traveling. He continues to be closely involved in education as University of Central Florida Professor Emeritus and his two consulting groups. He also recently completed his appointment to the UW-Madison School of Education Board of Visitors. As a former professional musician, Bill still enjoys playing jazz guitar. Go Badgers!

Richard Dean Hippe
BSE 1978– Education/Geography
Richard has been promoted to General Manager for Wawa Food Markets.

William Kluba
MFA 1978 – Art/Painting
William’s book, "Where Does Art Come From, How to Find Inspiration and Ideas,” published in 2014 by Allworth Press, will be published in China by the end of this year. William had a show of new work at the Underground Gallery, Collinsville, Conn., in April. William also retired from 39 years of college teaching in April of this year from Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Conn., where he was program coordinator, department chair, and gallery director. William’s website: williamkluba.com

Timothy Lonsdale
BS 1978 – English Education
As a production manager in the Directors Guild of America, Timothy has just returned to Atlanta for season two of "Stranger Things" for Netflix. He’ll be in Atlanta until May and then back to Wisconsin for a career change --  possibly teaching high school in the Berlin/Wautoma area. Or, since Timothy has and MFA in theatre, possibly teaching on a college level at UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, or Ripon College, all of which are equidistant from his farm.

William N Langbehn
MS 1978 – Curriculum & Instruction
Langbehn Communication Services creates business and community videos that communicate and instruct to meet the objectives of their owners. Calling on his days in the School of Education, William uses the foundations of instructional design and communication theory on a daily basis.

Patricia Edwards 1979

Isabel Hubbard
BS 1957 – Elementary Education
MS 1979 – Educational Administration
Isabel earlier this year was recognized by Unity-Point Meriter Health Volunteers for 3,500 lifetime volunteer hours. She says that over the years she has volunteered in “almost every possible position, from the café to patient assistance, fundraising projects, computer work and much more. Isabel says volunteer work is so important and it “helps me stay young at heart and in body.” Isabel also serves on the hospital’s Advisory Council and also is Chairperson for the Friends for Friends (F4F) Committee. The Advisory Council works with the main hospital board to determine how funds are used to help various hospital needs. As Chair of Friends for Friends, Isabel helps that body determine how best to help area non-profit organizations with their programs. 

Ellen Sorrin
MS 1979 – Counseling & Guidance
Ellen has been working in the arts since graduate school, as director of the George Balanchine Trust and a trustee of the Jerome Robbins Trust/Foundation. Ellen has recently been selected to serve on the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. Ellen’s teaching and counseling background has been invaluable in her work with artists.

Jim Stull
BS 1979 – Physical Education
After 22 years of dedicated service to the University of Wisconsin System, Jim is retiring in January 2017 with emeritus status.

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