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
Mar
06
Northern Illinois University (NIU) recently hired UW-Madison alumnus Thomas Hammock as its football coach, and he will work alongside fellow alumnus Sean Frazier, the Huskies’ athletic director. Hammock earned his master’s degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2005. Frazier earned a master’s from that same department in 2015. NIU is the only major college sports program in the country with black men in the key roles of head football coach, athletic director and head men's basketball coach.
Tue
Mar
05
The La Crosse Tribune recently ran a feature on UW-Madison alumna and children's book author Christine Gowey. She earned her undergraduate degree in physical education​ from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1978. With tragic beginnings, Gowey’s career as a children’s book author was born out of her son Jeremiah’s unexpected death. According to the La Crosse Tribune, she used the writing process to heal and share her experiences to help other people.
Mon
Mar
04
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving Outstanding Dissertation Awards from two different American Educational Research Association (AERA) special interest groups (SIGs). She is receiving this high honor from both the Bilingual Education Research SIG and the Hispanic Research Issues SIG. Chávez-Moreno received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018. 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.”
Fri
Mar
01
Edward Holmes has accepted a newly created position with the Overture Center for the Arts, and now is the organization’s senior vice president of equity and innovation. Holmes will help implement programs and expand the Overture Center's equity, diversity and inclusion portfolio. Holmes is an alumnus of UW-Madison and is a current member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors.
Wed
Feb
27
UW-Madison alumna Yi-Hwa Liou is receiving the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Division A.This Early Career Award is given annually to a scholar in the first five years of her/his career who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of educational leadership, administration and organization. Liou earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010 and today is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Management at the National Taipei University of Education.
Mon
Feb
18
UW-Madison alumna Elizabeth Farrow is a finalist for the 2019 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, a state-wide honor for Illinois educators. Now a ninth and 10th-grade English teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Illinois, Farrow earned her undergraduate degree in English education from the School of Education in 2006. Following a highly competitive process, 32 educators were selected as finalist for the award, out of over 550 nominations.
Thu
Feb
14
The Wisconsin Alumni Association presented LaVar Charleston, assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement, and success at UW–Whitewater, with a 2019 Forward under 40 Award. The School of Education alum is making waves of change in the international movement to create college opportunity for all. Colleges and universities at home and abroad look to him for his voice and award-winning scholarship exploring how more students can access higher education.
Wed
Feb
13
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Bilingual Education. This award recognizes Chávez-Moreno’s dissertation, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-language Education in the New Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and Resisting Bilingual Education’s Roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
Sat
Feb
09
The Isthmus recently put the spotlight on an oral history collection of Madison’s black pioneers edited by UW-Madison alum Muriel Simms. Simms worked as an educator in Madison and holds two degrees from the School of Education — a master's from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her book is titled, “Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families.”
Tue
Feb
05
Emily Evans Fanaeian, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education(AACTE) Outstanding Dissertation Award. An AACTE news release about the award explains that Fanaeian designed an ambitious multiple case study to examine the ways in which university-based teacher education programs take up the task of preparing general education teacher candidates to provide instruction to English learners.
Thu
Jan
31
School of Education alumnus LaVar Charleston will be recognized with a 2019 Forward Under 40 Award at a Wisconsin Alumni Association Founders’ Day event in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Charleston, who received both his master’s degree (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is currently the assistant vice chancellor of student diversity engagement and success at UW–Whitewater. Charleston will join the School of Education's Richard Halverson for a program titled, “Healing Communities through Conscientious Inclusion.”
Wed
Jan
30
In 1990, James Knapp earned a master of fine arts from UW-Madison — and for the next 28 years, he dedicated himself to the students of theatre and drama. After receiving his MFA in technical direction from the Department of Theatre and Drama at UW-Madison, Knapp began working at the Ohio State University (OSU) Theatre Department in a temporary position. Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, recently reported how Knapp retired from his long-time position as technology manager in the department in December.
Fri
Jan
25
The Capital Times recently ​published an article headlined, “Artist Jerry Butler is making his mark,” that gives a fascinating look at his career as an artist and educator. Butler received his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1972 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1995. He has gone on to enjoy ​an ​impressive and multifaceted career.
Thu
Jan
24
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, received the 2018-19 Wisconsin Global Educator of the Year award in a brief ceremony Jan. 16 at the school. Kowalczyk is an alumna of UW-Madison, having earned a reading specialist license through the School of Education in 2005. Kowalczyk was recognized for her work to bring an international perspective to her classrooms and community.
Mon
Jan
07
Carolyn Stanford Taylor ​was appointed the new state superintendent of public instruction after Tony Evers was sworn in as the new governor of Wisconsin on Monday, Jan. 7. Stanford Taylor, like Evers, is an alum of UW-Madison’s School of Education. Stanford Taylor earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1978, and returned to receive her master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1979.
Thu
Jan
03
Alumna Kim (Hlavacek) Suhr's collection of short stories, “Nothing to Lose,” was released in December. Suhr earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education and English from UW-Madison in 1987. The book was released by Cornerstone Press, a student-staffed publishing company at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. “Nothing to Lose” features characters carved out of the Wisconsin landscape and it showcases a region full of real people who are less than perfect, plagued with doubts and always reaching.
Fri
Dec
28
In 1972, Kenneth Falana received his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department. He went on to become a printmaking professor at Florida A&M University, retiring in 2011. After working as an artist and art educator for almost 60 years, Falana tells the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper that he is as engaged in his artwork as ever.
Wed
Dec
05
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro was recently interviewed by NJ Advance Media to talk about her plans for athletic leadership programs at the University of Rutgers. Navarro, now the senior associate athletic director for leadership development and strategic priorities at Rutgers, was once in the daunting role of student-athlete herself. Before earning her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, Navarro was a rower and a track and field athlete who shared a common struggle among student athletes.
Fri
Nov
23
The Long Beach Press-Telegram recently profiled the work of UW-Madison alum F. King Alexander, who for the past five years has served as both president and chancellor at Louisiana State University. Alexander previously served as the president of Long Beach State University in California amidst budget cuts to higher education programs. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1996.
Fri
Nov
23
The American Evaluation Association (AEA) recognized eight individuals and one team for their outstanding dedication to, and practice in, the evaluation field. Among the eight individuals recognized Nov. 2 was UW-Madison alumna Nicole Bowman-Farrell, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2015. Bowman-Farrell, who was the first indigenous woman to receive a Ph.D. from ELPA, now serves as a culturally responsive evaluation specialist with the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).