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.

Thu
Mar
03
The Huffington Post recently published an article headlined, “Bisexual Invisibility: The LGBT Community's Dirty Little Secret.” And among the papers the blog post cites in an effort to put this hot-button topic in perspective is one co-authored by UW-Madison alumna Tangela Roberts, Professor Sharon Horne of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and UW-Madison Professor William Hoyt. Hoyt, who chairs the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, explains that there has been a flurry of articles on this group lately, including evidence that their experiences of discrimination come from both the gay community and the straight community.
Wed
Mar
02
UW-Madison alumnus Dane Styczynski was recently recognized by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) as a recipient of one of its 2016 Young Designers and Technicians Awards. Styczynski, who earned his MFA from the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama in 2015, received the Bernhard R. Works, Frederick A. Buerki Scenic Technology Award. These honors, known as the YD&T Awards, bring acclaim and support to early career designers and technicians, through generous funding from industry sponsors.
Sun
Feb
28
UW-Madison alumna Susie Silbert was appointed curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Corning (New York) Museum of Glass (CMoG). Silbert earned her BFA from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2003. An independent curator, writer and historian, Silbert has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of glass and strong connections to people in the field. In her new role, Silbert will be responsible for the acquisition, exhibition, cataloguing and research of the museum’s modern and contemporary collection, a period ranging from 1900 to the present day.
Thu
Feb
25
In the world of Web apps, simple, intuitive and visual are the operative words. And an emerging app from the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Field Day Lab called Siftr seems to be hitting all the right notes. The Field Day Lab is directed by David Gagnon, who earned his master's degree from the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010.
Wed
Feb
24
UW-Madison alumna Crystle Martin recently authored an op-ed for The Conversation about technology and learning in lower-income families. Martin earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012. She writes: “Having access to the Internet only through a phone can have an impact on young people’s access to learning opportunities. Designers, educators and researchers need to be aware and continually create more equity through mindful decision-making.”
Fri
Feb
19
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is a co-author of a recent article published by the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education that explains how white faculty members who mentor graduate students of color using race-neutral, colorblind language can actually reinforce racial inequalities. This case study is titled, “Colorblind Mentoring? Exploring White Faculty Mentoring of Students of Color.” The paper’s lead author is Dorian L. McCoy, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. UW-Madison alumna Courtney Luedke, who received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014, also is a co-author of the study.
Sat
Feb
13
UW-Madison alumna S.V. Medaris earned the "Best in Show" award for her woodcut,"Hog Butcher for the World," at the 2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial. Medaris earned her MFA from the School of Education's Art Department in 2011.
Fri
Feb
12
Did graduate from a Teacher Education program between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013? If yes, we need you! In the near future, you will receive an e-mail from the School of Education asking you to participate in a follow-up survey. We hope you will participate and provide opinions about various aspects of your teacher certification program and your post-graduation employment. Even if you are not currently teaching, please respond to the survey. It includes questions that will be relevant to you.
Thu
Feb
11
Professor Emeritus Paul Bredeson, who spent more than two decades at UW-Madison examining alternative conceptions of leadership and professional learning in schools, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at age 69. Prior to being granted emeritus status in April 2011, he served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from 2004-10. Bredeson also is an alumnus of UW-Madison, having earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from the School of Education in 1982.
Sun
Feb
07
Russell Wilson, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, spent a much lauded season leading the Wisconsin Badgers football team in 2011. He will return to Camp Randall Stadium to deliver the charge to the graduates at UW-Madison's combined commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14. In 2011, Wilson attended UW-Madison as a graduate student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis before leaving school to join the NFL.
Sat
Feb
06
UW-Madison alumna Sherry Lucille was recently featured in an article by Madison365 headlined, " 'Love Released' Highlights Local African-American Women Writers." Lucille, along with Fabu Phillis Carter and Catrina Sparkman will co-host the Love Released Launch Party on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Central Branch Library, where Lucille will be releasing her novel titled, “Love Promises.” Lucille earned a master's in counseling from the School of Education in 1988.
Thu
Feb
04
“Is creating something to kill everybody on the planet a compelling game concept, or is it too close to reality?” asks David Gagnon, during the early hours of a recent game-design workshop at UW-Madison's Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). Gagnon directs the Field Day Lab and is an alumnus of the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Games, to Gagnon, are not just a matter of, well, fun and games. Instead, they are a teaching tool with advantages over textbooks and discussion, at least for some topics.
Sun
Jan
31
UW-Madison alumni Tyanna Buie and Claire Stigliani are recipients of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. The program recognizes painters and sculptors who are creating exceptional work through unrestricted career support. Through a nomination process, the program selects 25 artists to receive $25,000.
Sat
Jan
30
UW-Madison alumnus Rory Wakemup was selected to receive the Emerging Artist Project Grant. The Emerging Artist Project Grant, funded by the Jerome Foundation, supports publicly accessible artwork by emerging Minnesota-based artists. Recipients are selected from all disciplines, including photography, film, painting, storytelling, dance and more. Wakemup will collaborate with the Native American comedy group "1491's" for a performance at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Indigenous Peoples Day.
Thu
Jan
14
UW-Madison alumna Megan “M.K.” Wiseman recently released her first novel, “The Bookminder.” Wiseman earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in 2005, majoring in a program that was called Integrated Arts and Technologies. “The Bookminder,” says Wiseman, is a young-adult historical fantasy that was conceived during her days at UW-Madison. During her undergraduate years, Wiseman says she worked in the Preservation Department of Memorial Library, and later went on to pursue and earn a master’s in Library Sciences.
Tue
Jan
05
UW-Madison alumna Alice Cohan Fins Heiserman has launched her own company, Write Books Right, and is helping individuals write nonfiction and fiction books. Heiserman reports that she made the move after serving 20 years as manager of publications and research at the American Correctional Association. Heiserman earned her master’s degree, in English education, from the School of Education in 1968.
Mon
Jan
04
The Wisconsin State Journal recently profiled UW-Madison alumna Hannah Carimi and her cutting-edge Bridefit company. Bridefit is a virtual-only, personal training, nutrition and lifestyle guidance company that helps soon-to-be brides get fit prior to their wedding. Carimi has both her undergraduate degree (2009) and master’s (2013) in kinesiology from UW-Madison’s School of Education. She also has an MBA from Tel Aviv University and is a former member of UW-Madison’s women’s rowing team.
Mon
Dec
28
UW-Madison alumna Sharon Gersten Luckman is partnering with the Joyce Theatre to provide “practical and customized consulting services for New York City-based dance companies” who perform at The Joyce, BroadwayWorld.com reported on Dec. 15. Luckman earned her undergraduate degree in Dance from the School of Education in 1967. She received a 2010 Alumni Award from the School of Education for her outstanding work in arts administration.
Thu
Dec
24
UW-Madison’s Hsun-yu Chan and Xueli Wang are the co-authors of a report that was recently published by the journal Community College Review. The article is titled, “Interact for What? The Relationship Between Interpersonal Interaction Based on Motivation and Educational Outcomes Among Students in Manufacturing Programs at Two-Year Technical Colleges.” Chan is a postdoctoral research associate at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) who recently completed his Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Wang is faculty member with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
Dec
09
UW-Madison alumna Turina Bakken is featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Our Lives Magazine. Bakken earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The article, written by Bakken herself, channels through her childhood to her commitment to education and to others as a Vice Provost of Madison Area Technical College.