Alumni News

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Thu
Nov
08
When Barack Obama appeared before cheering crowds in Chicago on the night he won the 2008 election, UW-Madison alum Brian Stockmaster had a unique connection to the president-elect. The majestic stage in Grant Park had been mapped out, designed, and assembled in less than two weeks under Stockmaster’s supervision at Chicago Scenic Studios (CSS). Stockmaster earned his master of fine arts degree in 1998 from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed within the School of Education.
Thu
Nov
08
Pedro Reyes, an alumnus of UW-Madison, will be honored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) with the Campbell Lifetime Achievement award. Reyes earned his doctorate from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1985 before spending time with the department as an assistant professor. Today, he is a professor of education leadership and policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tue
Nov
06
UW-Madison alumna Shelby Cosner was recently promoted from associate professor to professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cosner also recently accepted the position as director of UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership. Cosner received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2005.
Fri
Nov
02
Martha Mock, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, was presented the Leadership in Inclusive Higher Education Award on Oct. 10 at the 2018 State of the Art (SOTA) Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Syracuse, N.Y. The award recognizes an administrator, program director, or staff member with a higher education institution who epitomizes leadership in the postsecondary field. Mock earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2004, and today is a clinical professor at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
Thu
Nov
01
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno was recently awarded the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education's (AAHHE) 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Competition third place award. Her dissertation is titled: “A critical race ethnography examining dual-language education in the new Latinx diaspora: Reinforcing and resisting bilingual education's racial roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
Thu
Oct
04
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted a report about Breathe For Change (B4C), a Madison-based company that’s designed to enhance the health and well-being of teachers, students and school communities through yoga, mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Breathe for Change was founded by Ilana Nankin, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016.
Tue
Aug
28
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, was named a 2018 Educator of the Year by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Kowalczyk, who earned a Reading Specialist license through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, will receive the award during the association’s annual conference Oct. 25-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Thu
Aug
23
Jessica Stovall, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education who has spent the past 11 years teaching in suburban Chicago, appears in a new documentary series that follows students, teachers and administrators as they grapple with racial and educational inequities. Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007 and is beginning work toward her Ph.D. this fall at Stanford University.
Thu
Aug
23
UW-Madison alumna Kara Finnigan is the co-author of a book due out in October that’s titled, “Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools.” Finnigan received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2003, and today is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. The book is also written by Jennifer Jellison Holme, an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mon
Aug
20
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla was recently honored with the Emerging Leader Award at the Mortar Board national conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mancilla earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2015, and also received a master's degree in multicultural education from UW-Madison. Today, he is an assistant professor at Edgewood College’s School of Education.
Tue
Aug
14
UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg was awarded the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy’s 50th Anniversary Research Grant. The award provides $30,000 in funding and will support Goldberg’s research proposal, “Why do some therapists get better outcomes? Correlates of therapist effects in naturalistic psychotherapy.” Goldberg received his Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology in 2017 and is an incoming faculty member with the department.
Mon
Aug
13
The Wisconsin School of Business is featuring the artwork of several alumni from the School of Education's Art Department in its new Learning Commons area. The alumni whose work is being featured includes Chris Maddox (MFA '16), Stacey Lee Webber (MFA '08), JW Buchanan (BFA '04) and Melissa Buchanan (BFA '04) of Little Friends of Printmaking, Sachi Komai (MFA '03), Marko Spalatin (MFA '71), and James Watrous (BS-Art '31, MA '33, Ph.D. '39).
Fri
Aug
10
The Capital Times newspaper featured UW-Madison alumnus Kaleem Caire in an article detailing the upcoming launch of his first charter school for kindergartners. Caire, who earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Education in 2000, is a national leader in K-12 education reform, economic and workforce development, and community transformation. Caire's One City Early Learning Center will expand to One City Schools this fall, which is "one of the state’s first 4K and kindergarten charter options authorized by the University of Wisconsin System’s Office of Educational Opportunity," reports The Cap Times.
Wed
Aug
08
UW-Madison alumna Jessica Stovall is featured in the new STARZ documentary, "America to Me." Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007, and is about to move to Palo Alto, California, to pursue a Ph.D. in race, inequality, and language in education at Stanford University. Premiering on Aug. 26, "America to Me" is a 10-episode documentary series that asks the question, "Can a Chicago-area high school change the conversation about race?" Stovall is also part of the social impact campaign, which is using the film to make positive change in race and equity in schools across the United States.
Mon
Aug
06
UW-Madison alumna Alison E. Leonard was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Arts and Creativity in the College of Education at Clemson University. Leonard earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012.
Thu
Aug
02
The third installment of the art gallery "Being Forward" by UW-Madison alumnae Brenda Baker and Bird Ross will be on display in the School of Education Gallery from Aug. 1 to 31. The "Being Forward" exhibition includes over 150 photographs featuring Madison women artists and art supporters posing as Ms. Forward, the iconic statue that has been on the Capitol grounds since her installation in 1895. Baker and Ross have the goal of raising $300,000 for the Woman Artists Forward Fund, which is being established to fund unrestricted grants for women visual artists in the Madison area long into the future.
Tue
Jul
31
UW-Madison alumnus Mark Tauscher was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame earlier in July. Tauscher is a former Badger and Packer offensive lineman who graduated from UW-Madison in 1999 before going on to earn his master’s degree in educational administration from the School of Education in 2003. He also is a former member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors.
Fri
Jul
27
Wisconsin Life recently featured UW-Madison alumna J Matzner and her career working to make ballet accessible to people with mobility challenges. Matzner earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013. The Wisconsin Life story centers around one of Matzner's students, Mari Koopman, who is in a wheelchair.
Thu
Jul
26
UW-Madison alumnus Christopher Kirchgasler was selected to receive the 2018 Dissertation Recognition Award, granted by the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division B. Kirchgasler received his doctorate degree with a minor in history from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas.
Thu
Jul
26
The Capital Times recently published an article about UW-Madison alumna and actor Carrie Coon, who returned to Wisconsin's American Players Theatre (APT). Coon received her master of fine arts degree from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed within the School of Education.