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April 2016 Issue 1

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Celebrating 148 years of higher education excellence

Six alumni who have achieved significant professional and community service success will be honored as UW-Whitewater celebrates Founders Day on April 16. The event, in the James R. Connor University Center, also features the presentation of scholarships to outstanding UW-Whitewater juniors.

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Distinguished alum award:

Mark E. Fiebrink '73

Fiebrink's 35-year career in the property and casualty insurance industry was capped as president of the Wausau insurance groups. A former member of the UW-Whitewater Foundation Board, Fiebrink has spent his time since retiring serving as a math and physics tutor to high school students.

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Distinguished alum award:

Patricia E. Rogers '79

Rogers spent 26 years at Cargill, Inc., currently the largest privately held corporation in the U.S. in terms of revenue, capping 19 years in various financial roles as head of international business for its fertilizer division. Since retiring, she has served as board member and investor in Geosys, SA, and executive director of Feeding America Tampa Bay.

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Distinguished alum award:

Donald R. Hughes '85

Hughes currently serves as vice president and CFO of Colony Brands, Inc., a catalog company with over $1 billion in annual revenue and approximately 6,000 employees. Hughes is a former chairman of the UW-Whitewater Foundation Board and was the university's 2014 spring commencement speaker.

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Community service award:

Eugene T. and Lucy M. Wyka

Eugene graduated in 1980 with a degree in psychology and Lucy graduated in 1982 with a degree in general business. The two met and married after graduating and eventually co-founded the Gift of Adoption Fund, which has helped families adopt over 1,700 children. Gene Wyka, whose health problems related to diabetes complicated the couple's own efforts to adopt and inspired the fund, passed away in 2015.

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Outstanding recent alum:

Douglas M. Kiel '05

Kiel is assistant professor of American studies at Williams College. Since graduation, Kiel received his master's degree and doctorate in history and has worked with a variety of museums, including the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.

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Upcoming events

MAY

26

Golf outings

Through Septemeber

JUN

24

Grandchildren's University

Through June 25

OCT

22

Homecoming

Save the date!

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Geology student wins prestigious Goldwater scholarship

UW-Whitewater senior Melanie Sorman, left, and her faculty adviser, Associate Professor Rex Hanger, are shown with a 120 million-year-old ammonite fossil in a geology lab at UW-Whitewater. Melanie has just won the most competitive undergraduate science scholarship in the nation.

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American Marketing Association's

reign continues

The American Marketing Association has won International Chapter of the Year Award for a fifth consecutive year at the International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The honor marks the program's 13th overall title in 38 years.

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Forensics duo shines at national tournament

Colton Larsen and Hannah Farajpanahi performed in a dramatic category called duo interpretation at the Pi Kappa Delta National Championships at the University of Kentucky.

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Three gymnasts earn titles

Warhawks Mackenzie Smith, Lisa O'Donnell and Katie Fiorilli won the uneven bars, floor and vault titles, respectively, at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association individual event finals in Brockport, New York.

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PHOTOS: Warhawk Business Plan Competition

Check out these scenes from UW-Whitewater's "Shark Tank," where student entreprenuers pitched their business ideas to win $8,000 in funding prizes.

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Theatre alum wins national honor

The service and advocacy organization for New York City's 360 nonprofit theatres will award Andy Truschinski BFA 2006, right, with the Abe L. Blinder Award for public service and arts education. Andy has led master classes for students and professionals across the country.

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Class notes

1990

Matthew Johnson, who received a B.A. in political science with a second major in journalism/print, has been named weekly publisher of the River Valley Media Group. Read more...


1996

Robert Nolting, who received a BSE in broadfield social studies, was named Illinois High School Principal of the Year. Read more...


1998

Tim Shramek, who graduated with a BSE in broadfield social studies, received the Roy. F. Farrand Excellence in Teaching Award at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.


2002

Camille Ross, who graduated with a BFA, is head coach of the women’s cross-country and track-and-field programs at Jackson State University. Read more...

Class notes (continued)

2003

Anthony Dix, who received a BBA in human resources management, was promoted to director of HR services for UW Health.


2005

Kari (Schulz) Klebba, who graduated with a B.A. in history, was hired as executive director of the Milton Historical Society. Read more...


2010

Josh Schwartz,who received a B.A. in journalism with an advertising emphasis and a minor in professional business marketing, was named communications director at Sheldons’ Inc., a Wisconsin-based fish tackle manufacturer. Schwartz was a member of the UW-Whitewater fishing team. Read more...


2013

Kate Erickson, who graduated with a B.A. in graphic design, was named art director to the creative department of Milwaukee-based Zizzo group. Read more...


2015

Bethe Croy, who received a B.A. in journalism with a broadcast/print/web emphasis, joined Advantage Business Media as associate editor for industrial maintenance and plant operation. Read more...

Warhawks gather for brunch and golf in Fort Myers, Florida

Phi Chi Epsilon alumni from the 1960s and 1970s met with Chancellor Beverly Kopper for a golfing and brunch event in March. From left to right, Jerry and Jeanne Cimarosti, David Salverson, Pete and Bonnie Merryfield, Ron Bailey, Chancellor Kopper, Dave Cox, Donna Piorkowski, Martha and Chuck Heinrich, and Ken Johnson.

Obituaries

1941

John H. Keel, BSE

 

1962

Richard A. Brassington, B.E.
Eugene P. Tepp, B.S.


1964

Robert W. Obenberger, B.S.


1965

Jane Marion Meacham, B.E.


1966

Lewis G. Van Vliet, B.E.


1970

Rudolph Jesse Herrera, BBA


1978

Alyce Smith, BSE

1986

Phyllis J. (Showers) Wolske, BSE, MSE


1988

Kristina A. (Fronsoe) Vallon, B.A.


1999

Korbin A. Berg, B.A.


2002

Cheyenne L. Disch, BSE


2005

Stephen A. Olson, BBA


2007

Justin A. Long, BSE


2011

Jennifer L. Hoeft, B.S.

Marriages

Ruth R. Prochnow 1971
 to Herbert S. McWhorter

Megan Shultz 2005
  to Jeremy Empereur

Annie Machynia 2007
  to Bill Jaster

Kathryn E. Thompson 2013
  to Troy J. Van Zile

Chelsea R. Paynter 2014, 2015
  to Joseph W. Zastrow

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Send us your news: Have you recently made a career change or received a promotion? Have you received an award or other distinction? Are you involved in community or public service? All submissions are welcome.

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Update your alumni record: UW-Whitewater attempts to keep its records as up-to-date as possible so that you receive every benefit of being an alum, such as special invitations to events in your community and the Whitewater magazine.

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Check out your benefits: There are ways we can help you keep in touch with what's going on around campus, discounts you can take advantage of when you travel, or even ways to keep the tradition alive and send another generation back to your alma mater.

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Foundation and giving: The UW-Whitewater Foundation plays an integral role in enhancing the university's long-held tradition of high-quality, accessible education by bridging the gap between state funding and tuition dollars.

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PHOTOS: Eyes to the skies

A Biology 258 class at UW-Whitewater visited Rose Lake State Natural Area at Dorothy Carnes Park near Fort Atkinson and a heron rookery near Jefferson for a spring bird study.

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