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
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.
Mon
Oct
23
Ted and Mary Kellner are adding to their legacy at UW-Madison, and they are doing so in a big way. The Milwaukee-area couple, whose generosity to their alma mater spans the campus, will make a $25 million commitment to the UW as part of the university's current $3.2 billion All Ways Forward comprehensive campaign. Mary Kellner is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW-Madison in 1968.
Wed
Oct
18
The School of Education's Career Center and MERIT present a new collaborative podcast for students and alumni called "CareerCast," which explores different aspects of the job search. "CareerCast" is a series of podcast episodes that take listeners through the different phases of the job search -- from finding job leads and preparing an elevator pitch to evaluating offers and accepting a position.
Mon
Oct
09
Carla Austin was recently featured by Dallas Doing Good for her career serving children as an occupational therapist and her volunteer work at Chase's Place. Austin is a member of the UW-Madison School of Education’s Board of Visitors. She graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. UW-Madison's OT program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Oct
05
UW-Madison alumna Paula Bonner was recently featured in the September issue of Brava magazine for being the driving force behind creating Alumni Park before retiring from the university in October. Bonner has worked for the university for more than four decades, serving as both president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA). Bonner also received her master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology in 1976.
Mon
Sep
25
UW-Madison alumna Chele Isaac's new show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was featured in a recent article from the Wisconsin State Journal. Isaac received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2008. Isaac's show, titled "Chele Isaac: the understory," is a 20-minute looped multi-channel video installation and is "as much a performance as an exhibition." The artwork is positioned at the museum's State Street Gallery, and features seven simultaneous projections with the images in motion.
Wed
Sep
13
Recent UW-Madison graduate Katie Roling is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas R. Kratochwill School Psychology Dissertation Award to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice. Roling graduated from the School Psychology program, which is housed within the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology. The award is given to School Psychology students whose dissertations look to improve outcomes for children and youth using evidence-based practices.
Mon
Sep
04
School of Education alumna Dee Willems was recently featured in the fall issue of On Wisconsin magazine, the UW-Madison alumni publication. Willems became the UW Marching Band’s first woman drum major in 1989. “I figured if it was going to happen eventually, it might as well be me,” says Willems. Willems earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish Education in 1990 and a master’s from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1996. On Wisconsin reports that Willems today teaches middle-school Spanish in Wisconsin Rapids.
Fri
Sep
01
UW-Madison alumna Ebony Flowers has received a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Flowers earned both her master's degree (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and is a prose writer and cartoonist. Her work focuses on the intersection of family, place and belonging. The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award is given annually to six women writers. The awards are $30,000 each, and are meant to aid women who "demonstrate excellence and promise" by offering financial support and encouragement.
Wed
Aug
30
UW-Madison alumna Susan Solie Patterson and her husband James Patterson, the award-winning and best-selling mystery and children's book author, appeared on NBC’s the “Today Show” Tuesday morning to talk about their new book for children, "Big Words for Little Geniuses." Susan Solie Patterson, an alumna of the School of Education's Art Department, said "Ever since I got my master of fine arts degree from Wisconsin, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book.”
Wed
Aug
02
UW-Madison alumna Erin Ruzicka Trondson earlier this year tied for first place for the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award given annually by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Trondson completed her master’s degree and research with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her Master's thesis is titled: “Montessori Education & Social Justice: Overlap, Potential, & Areas for Growth.”
Mon
Jul
31
A team of researchers from UW-Madison authored a new study that adds to the evidence that specializing in one sport may increase the risk of a range of injuries for high school athletes. The study is titled, “A Prospective Study on the Effect of Sport Specialization on Lower Extremity Injury Rates in High School Athletes,” and it appears in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Timothy McGuine, who earned his master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1986 and today is a senior scientist and the research coordinator for the UW Health Sports Medicine Center, is the lead author on a paper. Co-authors include: Eric Post and Stephanie Trigsted, Ph.D. students with the Department of Kinesiology; and David Bell, an assistant professor with the department.
Tue
Jul
25
UW-Madison alumna Carrie Coon received an Emmy nomination for her role in "Fargo." Coon received a master of fine arts in acting from UW-Madison's Department of Theatre and Drama in 2006. The department today is housed within the School of Education. Coon has also starred in, among other productions, the film "Gone Girl," the TV series "The Leftovers" and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Fri
Jul
21
UW-Madison alumna Angelina E. Castagno recently founded a business titled Just Perspective, LLC. Castagno earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2006. Another Educational Policy Studies alumna, Sarah Robert, is also affiliated with the company. Just Perspective, LLC offers customized diversity education, equity consulting, and program evaluations to K-12 schools, postsecondary programs and education-related nonprofits.
Tue
Jul
18
An exhibit from Nancy Rich, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, is currently on display at the Memorial Union’s Class of 1925 Gallery. Rich’s exhibit is titled, "Afloat,” and it runs through July 28. Rich received her teaching certification in French through the School of Education in 1975. She also earned her master’s degree in counseling from the School of Education in 1977.
Tue
Jul
18
UW-Madison's Earlise Ward was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's "Know Your Madisonian" column about her work as a psychologist in Dane County helping black women cope with depression. Ward received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology in 2002. Ward today is a licensed psychologist and a professor in the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Ward's research particularly focuses on how depression affects older black women.
Mon
Jul
17
This Summer 2017 edition of Learning Connections, an alumni news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. The cover story takes a look at the remarkable career of Michael Apple, who spent nearly half a century on the UW-Madison campus as a leading eduction scholar and activist.
Tue
Jul
11
JoAnn Heckroth Jansen, who received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from UW-Madison in 1957, still plays basketball today at the age of 82. Her team, the San Diego Splash, was recently featured in an ESPN.com video report. “An amazing group and lots of fun,” Jansen says. “The Wisconsin Spirit stays with you.”