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.

Fri
Jun
07
UW-Madison alumna Rita Platt is the author of a new book, “Working Hard, Working Happy,” that is to be released by Routledge in July. In her new book, Platt shows how educators can create a joyful classroom community in which students are determined to work hard, be resilient, and never give up. Platt earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1996.
Fri
Jun
07
UW-Madison alumnus Duane Knudson, now a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). Knudson earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1988.
Thu
Jun
06
A new study from UW-Madison's Xueli Wang and Seo Young Lee examines the psychometric properties of a new survey measuring factors of STEM student transfers from two- to four-year colleges. This study was published in the Review of Higher Education.
Wed
Jun
05
UW–Madison alumnus David Greendeer, the executive director of business for the Ho-Chunk Nation, credits part of his success and prolific career to a class he took from the School of Education's Colleen Capper, according to a recent report in Madison365.com. Greendeer, who received his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and Analysis, is in charge of all gaming and non-gaming enterprises for the Nation.
Mon
May
13
UW-Madison’s 2019 senior class unveiled its class gift on May 6 — a sculpture, called “The Monarch,” that celebrates the 150th anniversary of women earning undergraduate degrees at UW–Madison. The sculpture was created by Victoria Reed, who earned her master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2016. This gift was made possible with support from the 4W Initiative (Women, Well-being, Wisconsin and the World), the UW Foundation, and the Wisconsin Union.
Fri
May
10
UW–Madison alumnus Dom Ricks, who has been the dean of students at Glacier Creek Middle School in Middleton, Wisconsin, since early 2018, has recently been named the principal at Middleton’s Kromrey Middle School. At 27, Ricks is not only the first black principal in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District, but also the youngest in the history of the district. Ricks received his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2018.
Mon
May
06
UW-Madison alumna Ann Ellsworth finds grammar exciting and powerful. For her efforts teaching grammar, she has received the 2019 Grammar Teacher of the Year Award, a coveted national award presented by the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar and GrammarFlip.
Sun
May
05
UW-Madison alumnus Brad McDowell has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award from Madison College (Madison Area Technical College). This award is given to a single individual every year, selected by a student vote. McDowell earned his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology in 1992. McDowell is a full-time faculty member at Madison College, where he instructs in psychology.
Fri
May
03
Courtney Luedke is an alumna of UW-Madison who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014. She is an assistant professor and the interim coordinator of the higher education leadership program at UW–Whitewater.
Wed
May
01
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Lurie will receive the 2019 National Teacher of the Year award from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Lurie is a social studies teacher at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan, where he introduces his students to a wide diversity of faiths and cultures, fostering opportunities for direct engagement with people from a variety of backgrounds. His students are connected to educational and humanitarian causes throughout the world, including India, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Europe, and elsewhere. Through travel, guests, Peace Corps, and Skype sessions, his curriculum ensures that students understand the world's ongoing history of genocide.
Thu
Apr
25
UW-Madison alumna Jann Luciana Joseph was recently named president of Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. Joseph currently serves as interim chancellor of Indiana University–South Bend. She was the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at IU–South bend before she was asked to step into her current interim position. Joseph earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1998. Georgia Gwinnett College is a public institution that enrolls more than 12,000 students. African Americans make up nearly one-third of the student body.
Tue
Apr
23
Ramon Ortiz, an alumnus of UW-Madison, recently received UW-Whitewater’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Ortiz earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and now serves as the associate dean of arts and sciences at Madison College, as well as the vice president of the dual-language charter school Nuestro Mundo. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Ortiz attended UW-Whitewater as an undergraduate.
Mon
Apr
15
LaVar Charleston was recently named the School of Education’s first associate dean for diversity and inclusion, a position he is starting on June 16. In this role, Charleston will serve on the dean’s leadership team and will lead the creation of a new School of Education Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Charleston, an alumnus of UW–Madison’s School of Education, has served since the summer of 2017 as UW–Whitewater’s assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement, and success.
Tue
Apr
09
The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) recently announced its annual Research Awards, and teams associated with UW-Madison authored papers receiving first-, second-, and third-place recognition. This marks the fifth straight year in which researchers associated with UW–Madison have earned top honors in the ARCA Research Awards competition — with an RPSE alumnus being the lead author each time.
Mon
Apr
08
UW–Madison alumnus and Professor Emeritus Truman Lowe (Wakajah), an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are deeply rooted in his Ho-Chunk heritage, died at his home on March 30. He was 75. A memorial service celebrating Lowe’s life is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St.
Fri
Apr
05
School of Education alumni and sisters Judith Mayer and Gillin Nevers have co-founded a press, Fuller’s Windy Acres Farm Press. Named after their grandfather’s farm, who also attended UW-Madison, the press is dedicated to publishing illustrated limited edition books.
Thu
Mar
28
UW–Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G Outstanding Dissertation 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.” She will be formally recognized at a ceremony April 7 during the AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto.
Thu
Mar
21
A publication from UW-Madison alumni Katherine Palaces Narita and Suzanne Kaufman — “100 Bugs! A Counting Book” — was named a 2019 Mathical Honor Book. Narita, who authored the book, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, after earning her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology in 1995. Kaufman, who illustrated the book, earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1994.
Tue
Mar
19
The work of UW-Madison alumna Maxine Sheets-Johnstone has appeared in various publications over the last four months. Sheets-Johnstone earned her master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Dance in 1952, and received her Ph.D. in dance in 1963.
Mon
Mar
18
UW-Madison alumna Miriam Thangaraj is this year's recipient of the Gail P. Kelly Dissertation Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. Thangaraj earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2018. Thangaraj's dissertation examines global policy efforts to combat child labor on the historical silk hand-looms of Kanchipuram, India, by moving children off of the looms and into schools.