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Dando brings unique hip hop courses to area youth

The Wisconsin State Journal in January put the spotlight on an innovative class at Clark Street Community School in Middleton that uses hip hop as its foundation.

And UW–Madison’s Michael Dando, the newspaper explains, played a leading role in making this course a reality. Dando was a Ph.D. candidate at the time with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He received his doctorate in May.

Michael Dando
The former high school journalism and English teacher helped create the course and garnered

funding to support it with a mini-grant from UW–Madison’s Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. Describing hip hop and the class, the State Journal reports that the “multi-faceted art movement — along with its political roots, social history, use of poetry and other literary conventions, not to mention its worldwide impact on culture and the arts — is the foundation for a yearlong course at Clark Street Community School. The course aims to sharpen academic skills but, even more, to get students engaged.”

The newspaper adds that students in the class were “writing, revising and rehearsing raps, then recording them in the Media Lab studio at Madison Public Library. They’re designing album art and a marketing campaign with area professionals in anticipation of the limited-edition, vinyl record they’ll cut by the end of the school year.” The students have “studied the history of hip hop — a subculture (encompassing more than music) that grew out of political and social disenfranchisement in the 1970s. Lessons have included discussions of social justice issues, and even standard fare such as metaphors and alliteration.”

Similarly, in February reported on a unique hip-hop architecture camp for youth during Black History Month that Dando was involved in.

Hauer receives 2017 American Small Business Champion Award

Kyira Hauer
UW–Madison’s Kyira Hauer in April was selected as a recipient of the 2017 American Small Business Champion Award by SCORE and Sam’s Club.

Hauer graduated in May with a master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. She is the owner of Kinda Kreative, LLC.

The business’ mission is to inspire and empower people to express themselves freely, take the next steps in their journey to self-discovery and celebrate their inherent worth. Kinda Kreative, LLC, has multiple facets, including public speaking, art and a variety of different workshops and coaching events.

At the forefront of the award is the “#ReclaimBeauty Project,” which focuses on “uncovering, celebrating and nurturing the beauty of every person inside and out.”

As part of the newest branch of the project, Hauer and her team will film a documentary showcasing the experiences of people with diverse and intersecting identities striving to end bullying, the stigma around appearance and personality development, and the sense of “otheredness” kids often feel throughout their lives.

Hauer was also featured in the January issue of Brava magazine as one of its “2017 Women to Watch.”

Kaplan-Pistiner nets $15,000 Windgate Fellowship

Kaplan-PistinerSteven Kaplan-Pistiner, an undergraduate student in jewelry and metalsmithing with the School of Education’s Art Department, was selected as a recipient of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) Windgate Fellowship.

This year, panelists selected 10 recipients from a national pool of 110 applicants. The applicants were reviewed on the basis of artistic merit, as well as the potential of the applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

Awardees receive $15,000, making it one of the largest national awards offered to art students.

According to Kaplan-Pistiner’s award proposal, the fellowship will allow him to “further my research on the political and historical nature of ornamentation and metalwork, as well as continue to develop my fluency and sensibilities in the craft of metalsmithing and vitreous enamelwork. Using the funding to travel to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, exploring my heritage as an individual of both German and Jewish descent, I will then return to the Midwest and establish my own professional studio with the goal of developing a body of work inspired by my experiences."

Student Spotlight …

• For the sixth consecutive year, students with the Athletic Training Program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Since initial accreditation in 2000, UW–Madison’s AT program — which is housed in the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology — has always achieved a program passing rate on the BOC exam that is at least 20 percent above the national average.

Celia Glime's award-winning photo illustration.
• Ten images and two videos by UW–Madison students, faculty and staff were named winners of the 2017 Cool Science Image Contest in April. Among those being recognized was Art Department undergraduate Celia Glime, who is majoring in both art and biology. A panel of eight experienced artists and scientists judged the scientific content and aesthetic and creative qualities of 131 images and videos entered in the seventh annual competition.

Glime’s photo illustration depicts a range of colors produced in test tubes by three chemical reactions: cobalt, hydrochloric acid and deionized water; copper chloride hexahydrate, ammonia and deionized water; and copper chloride hexahydrate, deionized water and sodium hydroxide.

• The research of Simon Goldberg was highlighted in an April report in The Atlantic headlined, “What Your Therapist Doesn’t Know,” with a lead-in that reads: “Big Data has transformed everything from sports to politics to education. It could transform mental health treatment, too — if only psychologists would stop ignoring it.” Goldberg is a Ph.D. student with the School’s Department of Counseling Psychology.

Eujin Park in April was awarded a Minority Dissertation Fellowship from the American Educational Research Association. Park is a doctoral candidate with the Department of Educational Policy Studies whose research examines the role of education in reproducing, challenging and reshaping social inequalities — particularly for immigrants and other communities of color.

Julissa Ventura was one of six winners of the 2016 UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color awards. Ventura is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and a Fellow of the Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-University Exchange-South Madison.

Daniel Corral and Ellie Bruecker, who are both doctoral candidates with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, were invited to attend the Education Policy Academy this summer in Washington, D.C., which is sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

• The new student organization Diverse-OT in April received a 2017 Bucky Award for Social Justice Advocacy, an honor sponsored by UW–Madison’s Multicultural Student Center. This honor recognizes a registered student organization that “makes a strong and lasting impact on the Madison campus and community by promoting social justice and equality.” Caitlin Rhoten and Toni Solaru, two students with the School’s Occupational Therapy Program, created Diverse-OT.

Brett Nachman authored a chapter in a recently released book that’s titled, “Structural Challenges and the Future of Honors Education.” Nachman’s chapter is called, “Bridging the Academic Gap,” and it examines community college honors students embarking on transfer to four-year institutions with honors programs. Nachman is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Laura Hamman this spring was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Hamman, a doctoral candidate with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is one of just 10 students from across the nation awarded this honor in 2017. She is specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education research.

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