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March 2017

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Celebrating 149 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 22. The event, in the James R. Connor University Center, also features the presentation of scholarships to outstanding UW-Whitewater juniors.

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Outstanding Recent Alum:

Jon A. Feucht '03 MSE '08

Feucht is the founder of the Authentic Voices of America summer camp for young people with disabilities. The goal is for young people aged 12 to 19 with severe expressive speech disorders to learn effective ways to get the most out of their devices while hanging out and having fun.

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Outstanding Recent Alum:

Desiree L. Miller M.S. '14

Miller is a professional athlete, former captain of the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, three-time Parapan American gold medalist, and world champion. After competing in the 2012 London Paralympics, she competed again in Rio in 2016 — and came home with a gold medal.

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Distinguished Alumnus:

Tom K. Hei '76

Hei is internationally known for his groundbreaking work in radiation biology. He has served as chair and panel member in numerous National Institutes of Health peer review panels and has received 24 years of continuous NIH funding for his research. Hei has published more than 240 peer-reviewed articles.

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Distinguished Alumnus:

Michael J. Long '81

Long is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Arrow Electronics, Inc., a publicly traded corporation with 18,700 employees and $23.8 billion in annual sales. In 2016, the company was named to Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.”

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Distinguished Alumnus:

James A. Konrath '69

Konrath co-founded Accredited Home Lenders in 1990 and served as its chairman and CEO until his retirement in 2008. The company employed more than 4,000 and originated more than $1.5 billion in new mortgages a month. In 2003, it was named the “Best Performing IPO” by NASDAQ.

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Distinguished Alumnus:

Kwame S. Salter '68

Salter was elected to three 3-year terms on the Madison Metropolitan Board of Education. As executive director of the Dane County Parent Council, Inc., Salter oversaw the growth and expansion of the Dane County and City of Madison's Head Start Program and then embarked upon a corporate career that spanned 22 years at Oscar Mayer-General Foods and Kraft, retiring as senior vice president of human resources.

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American Marketing Association continues legacy of excellence

For the eighth time in nine years, UW-Whitewater AMA was awarded International Chapter of the Year, out of more than 370 chapters worldwide.

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PHOTOS: International Dinner

Recipes, costumes and cultural performances from around the world drew people to the annual International Dinner at UW-Whitewater.

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InBusiness Magazine’s 40 under 40

Seven UW-Whitewater graduates made InBusiness Magazine’s 40 under 40 list for 2017.


Christian Albouras | 2011 BBA in general management, 2014 MBA
Derek L. Johnson | 2006 B.A. in sociology
Courtney L. Searles | 2007 BBA in finance
Elyse L. Smithback | 2006 B.S. in liberal studies
Sarah Weber-Hurley | 2000 BBA in marketing
Daniel J. Weiss | 2004 BBA in finance
Heather Wentler | 2009 BSE in elementary education (pictured right)

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Wrestling national champ

Jordan Newman became UW-Whitewater's first individual national champion in wrestling since 1991 with a pin in 4:03 against his fifth-seeded opponent.

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Track/field national champ

Levi Perry's career-best mark of 64-06.50 (19.67 meters) earned him his first individual championship and the second-ever UW-Whitewater national championship in the weight throw.

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Student's work displayed in New York gallery in worldwide art competition

Metals student Liz Christianson was selected to have her piece, “Tension of Two,” included a “30 under 30” exhibition.

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PHOTOS: Artist Kiki Smith, students make prints

The Crossman Gallery at the Greenhill Center of the Arts became the epicenter of printmaking this month as UW-Whitewater hosted Kiki Smith, whose visit is the result of an endowment given by alumna Annette Schuh '71 and her husband Dale.

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Class notes

1964

John Ebenreiter, who graduated with a B.S. in accounting, published an historical novel, “’Bye George,” in which six soldiers reveal their battle experiences, hopes and fears, and lessons learned through letters to a Philadelphia tavern owner before, during, and after the War of Independence. Ebenreiter, who named 13 characters after relatives who had served in the war, wrote the novel after spending 47 years in accounting in Fortune 500 companies.

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1966

Karen Gunderson, who received a B.E. in art, is the subject of a new book, “Karen Gunderson: The Dark World of Light,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Frank.

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1972

Jim Sommer, who received a BBA in accounting, is featured in an Agri-View spotlight on mentors and youth influencers who share love of agriculture with tomorrow’s movers and shakers.

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1974

William Koepnick, who earned a BSE in traffic safety and was a member of the first graduating class of the safety program, is the 2017 recipient of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s Safety Lifetime Achievement Award. The award caps more than 42 years of experiences in safety and health, including 11 years as director of the Wisconsin Safety Council.

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1976

Steve Avery, who graduated with a BBA in finance, has been promoted to general farm manager at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

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Class notes

1979

Cheryl Koski, who graduated with a B.S. in psychology and English, recently accepted a position as an English and reading specialist with the East Tennessee Learning Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

1982

Andrew D. Burish, who received an MBA in marketing, was named the number-one financial adviser in Wisconsin by Barron’s. Burish works at UBS Financial Services in Madison.

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1982

Greg Wait, who graduated with a BBA in marketing, was featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about the launch of Prophecy Impact Investments, which combines socially responsible investing and online automation.

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1985

Michael Arbet, who received a BBA in general management, has been elected to the board of directors of the March of Dimes in Madison, Wisconsin.

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1987

Joy Webster, who earned a BSE in special education–early childhood, was named coach of the Lake Holcombe High School boys’ varsity basketball team in Holcombe, Wisconsin.

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1990

Brett Fuller, who received his BSE in K-12 physical education, will be honored with the Channing Mann Physical Education Administrator of the Year Award by SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators — during its National Convention & Expo in Boston. Fuller is a curriculum specialist, Health, Physical Education, Safe and Supportive Schools for Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 under 40 winner

Kevin Newell, who received an BBA in general management in 2007, is featured as one of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2017 class of 40 under 40 winners. He was also featured in an article about the Milwaukee Bucks’ selection of his property development firm, Royal Capital Group LLC, to develop a 90-unit apartment complex within the new arena district.

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Grad named one of “40 Restaurant Stars on the Rise”

Tyler Sailsbery, who received a BBA in general business in 2010, was the only Wisconsin chef to be named to FSR Magazine’s 2017 “40 Restaurant Stars on the Rise” list. This award is reserved for those under 40 who focus on different areas of restaurant operations and who seek every day to make waves in the culinary world.

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Class notes

1991

Nancy K. (Young) Schoenberg, who received a BBA in finance, was named as vice president – senior trust administrator for Waukesha-based Prairie Financial Group.

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1991

Robin Vos, who received a B.A. with a double major in political science and speech/public relations, was a featured panelist on NPR’s “Going There: Who Needs College?” moderated by Michel Martin.

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1993

Brian Dahlstrom, who received a BBA in finance–real estate, was promoted to principal consultant at Adobe (Adobe Marketing Cloud).

1996

Nathanael May, who received a B.M. in music performance, was featured in an interview in “I Care if You Listen,” a blog/magazine for new music that regularly features leading figures in classical contemporary music. May was interviewed for his role as founder and artistic director of the soundSCAPE new music festival, which is entering its 13th season as one of the premiere international programs for the development of professional artists.

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1997

Amy Flanders, who received an MBA in marketing, has been named executive director of Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Appleton.

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1998

Mrinal Mugdh Varma, who graduated with an MBA in international business, is featured for her efforts toward making New Auburn University Montgomery, where she serves as provost and senior vice chancellor, a “destination campus.”

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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: Warhawks visit Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

The men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams visited Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee earlier this month as part of their activities leading up to the national championship tournament.

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Obituaries

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1947

Arthur John Greco, attended 1947


1956

Judith (Murphy) Manthey, attended 1956


1960

Ernabelle J. (Doman) Madushaw, B.E.


1962

Robert E. Sayre, B.E.


1964

Corinne (Berg) Butenhoff, B.E.

1973

David J. Barber, BBA


1973

Andrew J. Callaghan, BBA


1976

Mark E. Bittrick, BBA


1977

David Harley, B.S.


1979

Maria Ascencion Paz, BSE

1985

John W. Burger, BBA


1989

Daniel Stuart Moore, B.S.


2002

Daniel Joseph Ellenbecker, BBA


EMERITI

William Louis Brunckhorst
chair of the Department of Biology, 1967-1991

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