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January 2016

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MILESTONES | A moment from the classroom

UW-Whitewater senior Alycia Clary, left, draws some applause and smiles for her response when management lecturer Jim Schnaedter, right, asked students if anyone wanted to share any interesting experiences from winter break. Clary stood, smiled and said, "I got married." Scroll down for more Warhawk marriages and class notes.

Photo by Craig Schreiner

Art professor winner in London graphic design competition

Daniel Kim's latest design for a popular grocery item blends practicality and art.


Online bachelor’s degree seventh best in the nation, MBA ranks highly

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016 list of the best online programs — based on criteria including student engagement, peer reputation and faculty credentials and training.


Alumna meets Michelle Obama as part of First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative

Lisa Koenecke, who earned her M.S. in 2008 and is an award-winning school counselor in Stoughton, is meeting with legislators and the first lady on the importance of counselors in helping students pursue post-secondary school or training.


Class notes


Jeffrey Knutson, who received a BBA in accounting, was selected by the board of directors of Racine-based Disc Inc. to be its chief financial officer and treasurer. Read more...


The University of Kentucky has appointed John W. Schweib director of the School of Music and associate professor of music education in the College of Fine Arts. Read more...


Jeffrey R. Miller, who graduated with an MEPD, was honored by his high school, Racine Case, and inducted into its athletic hall of fame. Miller, head coach for both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams and assistant coach for the men’s and women's track and field teams, has been coaching at UW-Whitewater since 1982. His jersey will be displayed on the wall of the high school gym.

Andrew D. Speth, who graduated with a B.A. in political science, was named senior advisor to Congressman Paul Ryan. Read more...


Plymouth, Michigan-based Resinate Materials Group has hired Kris Weigal as chief commercial officer and business and business director. Weigal received an MBA in production management. Read more...

Entrepreneurship program a model for the nation

Opportunities abound for Warhawk entrepreneurs. They're starting their own companies, winning grants and national awards and — buoyed by experienced and talented faculty mentors — making names for themselves in the competitive business world.


VIDEO: Wrestling thriller

Warhawk wrestlers, ranked No. 20 in the nation headed into the dual, rallied to defeat No. 5 UW-La Crosse in a WIAC match at Kachel Gymnasium.

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VIDEO: Wheelchair dancers take the leap

Beauty and athleticism. Creativity and inclusiveness.

Welcome to the world of wheelchair dance at UW-Whitewater.

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Class notes (continued)


Brian Fricano, who graduated with a B.A. in communication, was the featured entrepreneur on a recent episode of Inc.com’s Ask Marcus Lemonis. Each week a business owner gets the opportunity to meet with Lemonis, who answers one question about a pressing business challenge. Fricano asked about when he should start hiring additional sales personnel for Sustainable Supply, his Broomfield, Colorado-based startup, which in 2015 was expected to sell about $10 million worth of eco-friendly supplies to restaurants and other businesses. Lemonis had a surprising answer for the UW-Whitewater alumnus. Read more...


Victor Herbst, who received an M.S. in technology-enhanced education, was named Wisconsin Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Herbst is the basketball coach of Janesville Craig High School. Read more...


Allen Frazier, who graduated with an MBA, was named dean of the Carter College of Business Administration of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Read more...


Jackson State University has named Camille Ross, who graduated with a BFA in fine arts with a minor in coaching, as its women’s track and field and cross-country coach. Read more...

The Milwaukee Police Department awarded Police Officer Michael Walker, a nine-year veteran, with the Medal of Honor-Combat. Walker graduated with a B.A. in urban geography. Read more...


The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce has hired Jen Feuerhammer, who received a B.A. in journalism-advertising, as director of communications. Read more...

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association has named James Debilzen, who received a B.A. in journalism-print, as its director of communications. Read more...


New Berlin-based Paul Conway Shields has appointed James Conway director of global commerce. Conway received a BBA in general business. Read more...


Sandra Schroeder 1980
   to Michael Martin

Jennifer K. Tilley 2009
   to Eric W. Hedrich 2004

Kelly Ambrose 2010
   to Andrew Mischock

Jennifer Hornsey 2010
   to Mike Fischer

Brittney L. Foster 2011
   to Marcus Mitchell

Abigail D. Heying 2011
   to Richard A. LaCoursier Jr.

Heather Goodall 2012
   to Bruce Langer 2011

Alissa B. LaRock 2012
   to Jeremy S. Collier 2012

Krystal Moore 2012
   to Michael Peterson

Katharine Dodge 2013
   to Bordon Erickson 2012

Abbie Reetz 2013
   to Bradly Ford 2011

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Fleet Street comes alive

through thoughtful set direction

Students are busy setting the stage for UW-Whitewater's presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Eric Appleton, associate professor of theatre/dance, talks about balancing the artistic and practical elements of set design in this broadcast.

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Jeanette Kendell Lorenz, B.E.


Herbert J. Langen, B.E.


Vivian June Wetmore, Attended


Helen G. (O’Neill) Hart, B.E.


Vera Rose (Helling) Brooks B.Ed.
Margaret Jean (Van Skike) Gadow


Jerome W. Steck, B.E.


Earl Bernard Buffington, B.E.
Evan W. Wiechmann, B.E.
Frank D. Wietersen, Attended


Roger B. Andersen, B.S.
Gerald A. Bowe, B.Ed.


Ruth Bingham Berger, Attended Ruby A. (Sneath) Caucutt, B.E.


Nancy L. Hustad, B.E.
Thomas Wenzel, B.E.


Gerald A. Burton, B.E.; MST ’71


Audrey Lucille Mettel Fixmer
  B.Ed.; MST ’76

Theodore J. Landmann, B.S.


Joanne Mary (Milarch) Olsen, B.A.


Ellen L. (Callow) Gries, MST
Kenneth Ochalla, BSE


Mary Ellen (Zabel) Rebenstorf, BSE
Ronald Nicholas Zingsheim, BSE


David Lindemann, Attended 1971-1973
Beverly A. Watkins, MSE


Cynthia N. Clark , BSE
Jim Tietjen, BSE


Susan C. Jurgens Buffington, BBA
Dick A. LaChapell, BBA
Eugene T. Wyka, B.S.


Lori Sue (Wolter) Burns, M.S.


Janet M. (Hillenmayer) Nawoj, MSE


Marcus S. “Marc” Eaton, B.S.


Angela M. Riley, BSE


Mary Ann Emery, Lecturer in
  Languages and Literatures 1990-2016

Squire Luttrell, Assistant Professor of
   Library and Learning Resources

S. Galen Smith, Professor of Biology

Donald K. Zahn, Associate Dean, College of Business and Economics


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