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Bucky AwardDiverse-OT receives
Bucky Award
for Best New
Student Organization

The student organization Diverse-OT received the university’s Bucky Award for Best New Student Organization in April. The awards are presented by UW–Madison’s Center for Leadership and Involvement. This award is given to a student organization that was founded within the last three academic years and is given to an organization for the success and contributions they have brought to campus and the surrounding community. This student organization is led by faculty members with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and its Occupational Therapy program, Kristen Pickett and Brittany Travers. Students pictured are Lisa Marie Leppla, Kara Jo Daily, Katie Conrad, Monica Daleccio, Kirstin Amber and Yasmeena Ougayour.

Highlights from around the school …

• The School of Education’s Laura P. Minero received a campus-level award for her work as a teaching assistant earlier this year. The fourth-year Ph.D. student with the Department of Counseling Psychology received an Exceptional Service Award. Minero has taught multiple courses over the past four years, including academic enhancement seminars, a Posse seminar, theory and practice in interviewing, social and cultural foundations in counseling, and abnormal behavior and psychopathology.

“I love influencing students to feel confident in themselves and finding more doors to walk through when one closes on them,” says Minero. “In the end, I want my students to walk away from my courses feeling like their dreams are valid and that college indeed is for them no matter how many setbacks they might have or may continue to encounter along the way.”

Britta Pigorsch, who earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education and political science, is one of eight from UW–Madison to be awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the English Teaching Assistant Program. This program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. Pigorsch will be taking her talents to the Netherlands with this Fulbright award.

Ramirez Stege
Ramirez Stege
• Alyssa Ramírez Stege was inducted into the Bouchet Graduate House Society this spring. This is a national award in recognition of Ramírez Stege’s exemplary qualities of character, leadership and advocacy for traditionally underrepresented students. She is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology and has been a campus leader providing mentoring and mental health support to underrepresented students at UW–Madison. She has developed pre-training (service learning) experiences to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to gain exposure and experience relevant to mental health careers.

Eric Post, a Ph.D. student with the Department of Kinesiology, is receiving the 2018 Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper. Post’s paper, published in the journal Sports Health, is titled “Association of Competition Volume, Club Sports, and Sports Specialization With Sex and Lower Extremity Injury History in High School Athletes.” Post is also a research assistant with the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Lab, which is led by Assistant Professor David Bell.

Jennifer Otting is the author of a study examining education reform in Kosovo that was published in March in the journal Compare: Journal of Comparative & International Education. Her paper is titled, “Rendering technical the responsible citizen: implementing citizenship education reform in Kosovo.” This work is a product of her master’s thesis. Otting today is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies. 

• A strand of fake pearls. Three metal brooches. Dozens of salmon-colored coral beads. These are examples of the raw materials UW–Madison metalsmithing student Chloe Darke utilized in “Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin.” By the end of the months-long project, she and several of her fellow students had transformed unwanted jewelry into fresh pieces. The finished items were displayed at an art exhibit, then available for purchase, with the proceeds benefitting charity.

• In February, UW–Madison hosted its annual Day of Play, a community outreach initiative for elementary school students and their families. The event was organized and administered through a partnership between Rec Sports and the School of Education’s Physical Education Teacher Education program. The two groups worked together to develop and facilitate engaging, age-appropriate activities for the kids. P.E. students in particular brought their excellent planning and teaching skills to an already well-established campus event by leading the games and activities. The Physical Education Teacher Education program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.

Day of Play

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