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
Feb
02
UW-Madison alumnus LaVar Charleston will be recognized by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals with the organization’s Benjamin L. Perry Professional Award. This award honors outstanding service and contributions to the field of student affairs. Charleston in July was named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is an alumnus of the School of Education, having earned his Ph.D. (2010) and master’s (2007) degrees in educational leadership and policy analysis.
Wed
Jan
24
UW-Madison alumna Crystle Martin was recently named the director of Library and Learning Resources at El Camino College. Martin earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012. El Camino College is located in Torrance, Calif.
Wed
Jan
10
The work of UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg was recently featured by the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center in its annual list of the "Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life in 2017." The results from Goldberg’s paper, "Mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders," stood out among the hundreds of studies that were on this center’s radar. Goldberg's paper was a major research review of 142 non-overlapping studies that found mindfulness-based interventions hold promise as evidence-based treatments for psychiatric disorders, but not for everyone or for every condition. Goldberg recently completed his Ph.D. with UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology and will be joining that department as an assistant professor in August.
Fri
Jan
05
UW-Madison alumnus Sergio Gonzalez is the author of a recently released book titled, “Mexicans in Wisconsin.” Gonzalez received his undergraduate degree from the School of Education and teaching certification in secondary history education in 2010. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently put the spotlight on the book, noting how it tells a story of “perseverance and struggle, family and faith, stretched across more than 130 years.”
Tue
Jan
02
UW-Madison alumna Emily Schroeder, a dual language teacher at Madison's Lincoln Elementary, and Bill Quackenbush, the Ho-Chunk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, played leading roles in pulling together and publishing a new trilingual children's book titled, "The Ho-Chunk Courting Flute." The book is told in English, Spanish and Ho-Chunk, and has three QR codes that one can scan and that allows a person to listen to Native speakers read the story in all three languages. A book release party is being held Jan. 5.
Fri
Dec
22
UW-Madison’s Michael Dando played a key role in leading a Hip-Hop Architecture Camp earlier this year at the Madison Central Library, an initiative that was recently recognized by the Urban Libraries Council as a “top innovator” for 2017. Michael Ford, an architect designing the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx, hip-hop artist Rob “Dz” Franklin and Dando led workshops in urban planning and architecture at the library for kids ages 10 to 15 in February 2017. The students listened to and discussed popular hip-hop tracks that address urban life and social justice before planning neighborhoods, parks and buildings based on their ideas for what Madison needs.
Thu
Dec
21
UW-Madison alumnus Tom Grade was recently profiled in the Waunakee Tribune in an article headlined, "Tom Grade: An artist and teacher who carves wood." Grade earned his art education certification from the School of Education in 1957. "I’ve always been interested in art but my strongest suit is teaching and inspiring,” Grade told the Waunakee Tribune.
Tue
Dec
19
Mark Tauscher, an alumnus of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is being inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the team announced earlier this month. 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 served a three-year term on the School of Education's Board of Visitors. Tauscher will be inducted on July 21.
Mon
Dec
18
Two of UW–Madison’s top fundraising priorities received a significant boost on Monday, Dec. 18 as donors John and Tashia Morgridge announced a new $20 million gift to the university’s All Ways Forward campaign to support faculty excellence and student scholarships. "We believe these two priorities align well with our beliefs in what helps make UW-Madison a special place," said Tashia Morgridge, a 1955 graduate of the School of Education who currently serves on the School’s Board of Visitors. "John and I feel strongly that now, more than ever, our faculty and our students need private support to help them reach their goals."
Tue
Dec
12
UW-Madison alumnus Rodney Lambright II was awarded a regional Emmy and was featured in a news report from the Daily Cardinal. Lambright earned his bachelor of science in art from the School of Education's Art Department, as well as communication arts. Lambright currently works as an animator and producer for Wisconsin Public Television. Lambright was awarded the regional Emmy for "Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air." Lambright received the award for bringing "Big Mama" to life with his artwork and animations. "Big Mama" is an audio story from Wisconsin Public Radio's Cynthia Woodland as part of the Wisconsin Life Project.
Mon
Dec
11
UW-Madison alumnus Patrick Daugherty was commissioned by the Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Courthouse to recreate Charles Willson Peale's 1772 portrait of George Washington in uniform as colonel of the First Virginia Regiment. Daugherty earned his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education's Art Department and now he teaches art at Penn State Fayette. His work has been featured at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and more.
Mon
Dec
04
UW-Madison alumna Suzanne Eckes was recently named the President of the Education Law Association (ELA). Eckes earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2002, and is now a professor at Indiana University Bloomington. The ELA's mission is to help scholars and practitioners collaborate and inform educational policy to positively affect students, faculty and administrators. A press release from Indiana University states one of Eckes' long-term goals in the position is to bring knowledge of education law to the forefront of the ELA's work with groups that would benefit the most.
Fri
Dec
01
UW-Madison alumna Pat Greco was named the 2018 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Greco earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration from the School of Education in 1995, and serves as superintendent for the School District of Menomonee Falls. Under Greco's leadership, the School District of Menomonee Falls has won a Journal Sentinel Top Workplace award three years in a row. In addition, Menomonee Falls High School is a silver-rank school by U.S. News & World report and has 130 Advance Placement Scholars.
Thu
Nov
30
UW-Madison alumni Todd Anderson and Bruce Crownover have a collection of prints in a book titled "The Last Glacier" that is on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 690 at The Met Fifth Avenue. Anderson, an art professor at Clemson University, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1997. Crownover received his master of fine arts degree from the Art Department in 1989 and today is a master printer with UW-Madison’s Tandem Press. In "The Last Glacier," Anderson and Crownover, along with Ian van Coller, worked on capturing the glaciers in Glacier National Park through prints and photography.
Fri
Nov
24
UW-Madison alumna Eva Nimmer is playing the role of Percy Talbott in the upcoming Four Seasons Theatre production of “The Spitfire Grill.” Percy is a feisty parolee who follows her dreams to a small town in rural Wisconsin, where she finds work at the Spitfire Grill and carves out a place in the struggling community. Nimmer received her BA in 2013 from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed in the School of Education. “The Spitfire Grill” is coming to the Overture Center’s Playhouse Dec. 1-10.
Tue
Nov
21
Jacqueline A. DeWalt, a long-time community and education advocate and former director of the UW-Madison Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), passed away on Monday, Nov. 20. In 2015, DeWalt was promoted to a new and expanded role as Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. DeWalt joined the School of Education’s Board of Visitors in 2016 and she retired with emeritus status in 2017.
Tue
Nov
21
UW-Madison alumnus Simon Goldberg recently co-authored an article published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review about mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders. Says Goldberg, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology: "Rather than viewing mindfulness as an 'alternative' therapy, our study suggests mindfulness on average shows similar effects to other frontline treatments, things like cognitive-behavior therapy and antidepressant medications."
Wed
Nov
15
A recent article co-authored by UW-Madison alumnus Simon Goldberg is putting the spotlight on the need for more rigorous research into mindfulness-based interventions. The paper is titled, “Is mindfulness research methodology improving over time? A systematic review,” and it appeared in the open-access journal PLOS One. Goldberg, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology in August, is the lead author on the report. He is currently completing his postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research & Development at the Seattle VA and the University of Washington.
Thu
Nov
09
UW-Madison graduates teaching high school science in Rhinelander, Wauwatosa and Monona Grove are members of the new class of Knowles Teaching Fellowships. Sean Moore, Sarah Timmler, and LJ Neumann were among 37 members of the 2017 class at the Knowles Teacher Initiative, whose purpose is “to increase the number of high-quality high school science and mathematics teachers with the ultimate goal of improving STEM education in the United States.”
Mon
Nov
06
Palmer Mathews and Hiroki Koba ​recently published a paper titled “How do Governments Support Contemporary Dance Companies?: A Case Study of Japan and the U.S.” in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS). Mathews received a bachelor's degree from the School of Education's Dance Department in 2017, and is a contemporary dance performer, choreographer and researcher currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. Koba is a former visiting student graduate student, and is now a JSPS Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate with the University of Tokyo, Japan.