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.

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May
06
UW-Madison alumna Ann Ellsworth finds grammar exciting and powerful. For her efforts teaching grammar, she has received the 2019 Grammar Teacher of the Year Award, a coveted national award presented by the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar and GrammarFlip.
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May
05
UW-Madison alumnus Brad McDowell has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award from Madison College (Madison Area Technical College). This award is given to a single individual every year, selected by a student vote. McDowell earned his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology in 1992. McDowell is a full-time faculty member at Madison College, where he instructs in psychology.
Fri
May
03
Courtney Luedke is an alumna of UW-Madison who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014. She is an assistant professor and the interim coordinator of the higher education leadership program at UW–Whitewater.
Wed
May
01
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Lurie will receive the 2019 National Teacher of the Year award from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Lurie is a social studies teacher at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan, where he introduces his students to a wide diversity of faiths and cultures, fostering opportunities for direct engagement with people from a variety of backgrounds. His students are connected to educational and humanitarian causes throughout the world, including India, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Europe, and elsewhere. Through travel, guests, Peace Corps, and Skype sessions, his curriculum ensures that students understand the world's ongoing history of genocide.
Thu
Apr
25
UW-Madison alumna Jann Luciana Joseph was recently named president of Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. Joseph currently serves as interim chancellor of Indiana University–South Bend. She was the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at IU–South bend before she was asked to step into her current interim position. Joseph earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1998. Georgia Gwinnett College is a public institution that enrolls more than 12,000 students. African Americans make up nearly one-third of the student body.
Tue
Apr
23
Ramon Ortiz, an alumnus of UW-Madison, recently received UW-Whitewater’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Ortiz earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and now serves as the associate dean of arts and sciences at Madison College, as well as the vice president of the dual-language charter school Nuestro Mundo. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Ortiz attended UW-Whitewater as an undergraduate.
Mon
Apr
15
LaVar Charleston was recently named the School of Education’s first associate dean for diversity and inclusion, a position he is starting on June 16. In this role, Charleston will serve on the dean’s leadership team and will lead the creation of a new School of Education Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Charleston, an alumnus of UW–Madison’s School of Education, has served since the summer of 2017 as UW–Whitewater’s assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement, and success.
Tue
Apr
09
The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) recently announced its annual Research Awards, and teams associated with UW-Madison authored papers receiving first-, second-, and third-place recognition. This marks the fifth straight year in which researchers associated with UW–Madison have earned top honors in the ARCA Research Awards competition — with an RPSE alumnus being the lead author each time.
Mon
Apr
08
UW–Madison alumnus and Professor Emeritus Truman Lowe (Wakajah), an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are deeply rooted in his Ho-Chunk heritage, died at his home on March 30. He was 75. A memorial service celebrating Lowe’s life is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St.
Fri
Apr
05
School of Education alumni and sisters Judith Mayer and Gillin Nevers have co-founded a press, Fuller’s Windy Acres Farm Press. Named after their grandfather’s farm, who also attended UW-Madison, the press is dedicated to publishing illustrated limited edition books.
Thu
Mar
28
UW–Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award.. 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.” She will be formally recognized at a ceremony April 7 during the AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto.
Thu
Mar
21
A publication from UW-Madison alumni Katherine Palaces Narita and Suzanne Kaufman — “100 Bugs! A Counting Book” — was named a 2019 Mathical Honor Book. Narita, who authored the book, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, after earning her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology in 1995. Kaufman, who illustrated the book, earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1994.
Tue
Mar
19
The work of UW-Madison alumna Maxine Sheets-Johnstone has appeared in various publications over the last four months. Sheets-Johnstone earned her master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Dance in 1952, and received her Ph.D. in dance in 1963.
Mon
Mar
18
UW-Madison alumna Miriam Thangaraj is this year's recipient of the Gail P. Kelly Dissertation Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. Thangaraj earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2018. Thangaraj's dissertation examines global policy efforts to combat child labor on the historical silk hand-looms of Kanchipuram, India, by moving children off of the looms and into schools.
Fri
Mar
15
The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted an article detailing UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor’s journey to becoming Wisconsin’s state superintendent of public instruction. Stanford Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration with the School of Education. The State Journal reports that Stanford Taylor’s experience of desegregation growing up in the south inspired her to a career in education, stating that it has driven her desire to create equitable learning environments for children.
Wed
Mar
13
UW-Madison alumna Kathryn Kirchgasler is receiving honorable mention recognition from the American Educational Research Association’s Division B (curricular studies), in that group’s Outstanding Dissertation Award competition. Kirchgasler earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018. The dissertation being recognized is titled, “Tracking Disparities: How Schools Make Up Scientific Americans and Pathologized Others.”
Thu
Mar
07
UW-Madison alumna Edie Raether recently gave a TEDx talk on brain fitness for kids. In her presentation, she discusses setting goals for children and oneself, drawing on the new finding that people are able to alter DNA through their thoughts. Raether earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1966.
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.
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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.”