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
Mar
09
It’s not easy to narrow down the number of Badger alumni making a significant mark in the world, but the Wisconsin Alumni Association has selected eight for the 2018 Forward under 40 Award — all of them under the age of 40 and “outstanding examples of living the Wisconsin Idea — the idea that this public university exists to serve the public good." One of those being honored is Raul Leon, an alumnus of the School of Education. Leon, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in 2010, studies student success, the role of chief diversity officers, and the impact of international and study-abroad experiences. He infuses this expertise throughout his work as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and world traveler.
Wed
Mar
07
UW-Madison alumna Alexandra Pavlakis has published a new article in the journal Educational Researcher titled, "Spaces, Places, and Policies: Contextualizing Student Homelessness." Pavlakis received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The article explores the diversity of the ways students and families experience homelessness and high mobility. Pavlakis discusses the ways residential space and geographic space shape students' educational opportunities and experiences.
Thu
Mar
01
UW-Madison alumna Jo Ann Heckroth Jansen continues to play basketball with the San Diego Splash at age 82, and was recently featured by On Wisconsin magazine. Jansen received her bachelor's degree in physical education from the UW-Madison School of Education in 1957. Jansen had a lifelong career of teaching physical education and special education before retiring at age 77. San Diego Splash, a basketball team for women over 80 years old, has gotten considerable attention after being covered by ESPN. However, Jansen is more focused on the positive impressions she and her team are leaving for young girls, saying, “They bring signs, and they cheer, and they stay for the whole game. I think they look up to us.”
Wed
Feb
28
UW-Madison alumna Jennifer Seelig’s dissertation research examining educational policy in rural Wisconsin is receiving recognition from two different groups associated with the American Educational Research Association -- Division L (educational policy and politics) and the rural education special interest group. Seelig received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2017. Her ethnographic study examines a small town in Northern Wisconsin. "I am very pleased that my colleagues acknowledge the importance of considering the effects of educational policies in rural contexts," says Seelig.
Tue
Feb
27
UW–Madison alumnus Takeo Fujikura is founder of Kanjiyama Mime, a leading professional mime company in Japan. He has developed his own performance style by discarding what some might deem essential to miming — the silence. Fujikura received his Ph.D. in educational drama from UW–Madison in 2006. He is also currently a faculty member at Sophia University and Waseda University in Tokyo.
Sun
Feb
25
Adam Nelson, an alumnus of UW-Madison, was selected to receive the 2018 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Nelson earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2017. Nelson’s dissertation is titled, "Learning and Development as a Result of Student Conduct Administration." Reviewers noted how Nelson’s dissertation is contributing to the field’s knowledge base and professional practice, adding that his research methodology was sound and thorough.
Wed
Feb
21
UW-Madison alumnus David Schuler was named the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, the School Superintendents Association. He received a master’s degree in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2004, both from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Schuler was first a social studies teacher in Wisconsin, then served as a superintendent in two different Wisconsin districts, Marshall and Stevens Points. In 2005, he became the superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Illinois.
Mon
Feb
19
UW-Madison alumna Hyejung Kim will be receiving the 2018 Outstanding Student Research Award from the American Educational Research Association's special education special interest group (SIG). Kim earned her Ph.D. in special education from the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2017. She is currently working as an adjunct faculty member at New York University in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching program. This award is for Kim’s in-preparation paper titled, “Intersectionality of Ableism, Racism, and Linguicism: College Enrollment Process among Korean American Students with Autism.”
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.