Alumni News

We like to share what our alumni have been up to. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here and on the front page of News Connections.

Wed
Oct
18
The School of Education's Career Center and MERIT present a new collaborative podcast for students and alumni called "CareerCast," which explores different aspects of the job search. "CareerCast" is a series of podcast episodes that take listeners through the different phases of the job search -- from finding job leads and preparing an elevator pitch to evaluating offers and accepting a position.
Mon
Oct
09
Carla Austin was recently featured by Dallas Doing Good for her career serving children as an occupational therapist and her volunteer work at Chase's Place. Austin is a member of the UW-Madison School of Education’s Board of Visitors. She graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. UW-Madison's OT program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Oct
05
UW-Madison alumna Paula Bonner was recently featured in the September issue of Brava magazine for being the driving force behind creating Alumni Park before retiring from the university in October. Bonner has worked for the university for more than four decades, serving as both president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA). Bonner also received her master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology in 1976.
Mon
Sep
25
UW-Madison alumna Chele Isaac's new show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was featured in a recent article from the Wisconsin State Journal. Isaac received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2008. Isaac's show, titled "Chele Isaac: the understory," is a 20-minute looped multi-channel video installation and is "as much a performance as an exhibition." The artwork is positioned at the museum's State Street Gallery, and features seven simultaneous projections with the images in motion.
Wed
Sep
13
Recent UW-Madison graduate Katie Roling is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas R. Kratochwill School Psychology Dissertation Award to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice. Roling graduated from the School Psychology program, which is housed within the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology. The award is given to School Psychology students whose dissertations look to improve outcomes for children and youth using evidence-based practices.
Mon
Sep
04
School of Education alumna Dee Willems was recently featured in the fall issue of On Wisconsin magazine, the UW-Madison alumni publication. Willems became the UW Marching Band’s first woman drum major in 1989. “I figured if it was going to happen eventually, it might as well be me,” says Willems. Willems earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish Education in 1990 and a master’s from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1996. On Wisconsin reports that Willems today teaches middle-school Spanish in Wisconsin Rapids.
Fri
Sep
01
UW-Madison alumna Ebony Flowers has received a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Flowers earned both her master's degree (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and is a prose writer and cartoonist. Her work focuses on the intersection of family, place and belonging. The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award is given annually to six women writers. The awards are $30,000 each, and are meant to aid women who "demonstrate excellence and promise" by offering financial support and encouragement.
Wed
Aug
30
UW-Madison alumna Susan Solie Patterson and her husband James Patterson, the award-winning and best-selling mystery and children's book author, appeared on NBC’s the “Today Show” Tuesday morning to talk about their new book for children, "Big Words for Little Geniuses." Susan Solie Patterson, an alumna of the School of Education's Art Department, said "Ever since I got my master of fine arts degree from Wisconsin, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book.”
Wed
Aug
02
UW-Madison alumna Erin Ruzicka Trondson earlier this year tied for first place for the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award given annually by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Trondson completed her master’s degree and research with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her Master's thesis is titled: “Montessori Education & Social Justice: Overlap, Potential, & Areas for Growth.”
Mon
Jul
31
A team of researchers from UW-Madison authored a new study that adds to the evidence that specializing in one sport may increase the risk of a range of injuries for high school athletes. The study is titled, “A Prospective Study on the Effect of Sport Specialization on Lower Extremity Injury Rates in High School Athletes,” and it appears in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Timothy McGuine, who earned his master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1986 and today is a senior scientist and the research coordinator for the UW Health Sports Medicine Center, is the lead author on a paper. Co-authors include: Eric Post and Stephanie Trigsted, Ph.D. students with the Department of Kinesiology; and David Bell, an assistant professor with the department.
Tue
Jul
25
UW-Madison alumna Carrie Coon received an Emmy nomination for her role in "Fargo." Coon received a master of fine arts in acting from UW-Madison's Department of Theatre and Drama in 2006. The department today is housed within the School of Education. Coon has also starred in, among other productions, the film "Gone Girl," the TV series "The Leftovers" and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Fri
Jul
21
UW-Madison alumna Angelina E. Castagno recently founded a business titled Just Perspective, LLC. Castagno earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2006. Another Educational Policy Studies alumna, Sarah Robert, is also affiliated with the company. Just Perspective, LLC offers customized diversity education, equity consulting, and program evaluations to K-12 schools, postsecondary programs and education-related nonprofits.
Tue
Jul
18
An exhibit from Nancy Rich, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is currently on display at the Memorial Union’s Class of 1925 Gallery. Rich’s exhibit is titled, "Afloat,” and it runs through July 28. Rich received her teaching certification in French through the School of Education in 1975. She also earned her master’s degree in counseling from the School of Education in 1977.
Tue
Jul
18
UW-Madison's Earlise Ward was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's "Know Your Madisonian" column about her work as a psychologist in Dane County helping black women cope with depression. Ward received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology in 2002. Ward today is a licensed psychologist and a professor in the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Ward's research particularly focuses on how depression affects older black women.
Mon
Jul
17
This Summer 2017 edition of Learning Connections, an alumni news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. The cover story takes a look at the remarkable career of Michael Apple, who spent nearly half a century on the UW-Madison campus as a leading eduction scholar and activist.
Tue
Jul
11
JoAnn Heckroth Jansen, who received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from UW-Madison in 1957, still plays basketball today at the age of 82. Her team, the San Diego Splash, was recently featured in an ESPN.com video report. “An amazing group and lots of fun,” Jansen says. “The Wisconsin Spirit stays with you.”
Fri
Jul
07
UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston was named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Charleston currently serves as assistant director and a senior research associate at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB). Charleston, an alumnus of the School of Education, also teachers courses with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He will assume his role at UW-Whitewater on July 24.
Wed
Jun
28
Recent graduates of UW-Madison’s Art Department Jeremy Nuttall and Elizabeth Thorp are recipients of the International Sculpture Center's (ISC) Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. The ISC created this annual award program to "recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field," said a press release. Nuttall and Thorp both received their Master of Fine Arts degrees earlier this year.
Mon
Jun
26
A letter to the editor authored by UW-Madison’s Bailey Smolarek that takes a critical view of the so-called “skills gap” was recently published by The Capital Times. Smolarek is an assistant researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research within the School of Education. She also is an alumna of the School, having earned her Ph.D. from the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May 2016.
Thu
Jun
15
UW-Madison alumna Lorena Mancilla is now serving as the Director of WIDA Early Years. WIDA is housed within the School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research. WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality standards, assessments, research and professional learning for educators. Mancilla recently earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Mancilla has been with WIDA since 2010.