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February 2017

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CAMPUS SNAPSHOT | A Warhawk proposal

She said, "Yes!” Photographer Craig Schreiner was there as Ryne Rodriguez offered an engagement ring and a marriage proposal to fellow UW-Whitewater student Breyana Henson on the football field at Perkins Stadium as their families watch on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Ryne told Breyana he wanted to surprise her by taking her someplace special to celebrate their fifth anniversary of dating, and brought her blindfolded to the stadium where their families were waiting under the lights with the help of the Warhawk athletic department. Many alumni shared their stories of meeting their spouses and partners after we posted this photo to the university’s Facebook page.

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Sales students triumph

In the last few months, Warhawks in the UW-Whitewater sales program have returned victorious from competitions around the country.


IT professor honored by BRAVA magazine

Christina Outlay helps run the CyberGirlz and CyberHigh summer camps at UW-Whitewater to get more girls, minorities and low-income students interested in programming. She's one of BRAVA magazine's 2017 "Women to Watch."

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PHOTOS: K-9 Hawk sworn

Hawk — an Australian cattle dog — will help secure large-scale events and work with officers on campus.

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PHOTOS: Warhawks power past Pointers

The No. 24-ranked Warhawk men's basketball team defeated UW-Stevens Point 80-74 at Kachel Gymnasium on Jan. 25.

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Upcoming events



Fort Myers Breakfast

Fort Myers, Florida



Founders Day at UW-Whitewater

Old Main Ballroom

Open calendar...

What Warhawks Wrote

In the past year alumni authors penned everything from a grammar book to a children’s book about understanding depression and the story of a Berlin, Wisconsin, lawyer who closed her practice to become a full-time missionary in Africa.


Tim Cullen, B.S.
Ringside Seat: Wisconsin
 Politics, the 1970s to Scott


Fred Wascura, BBA
Winds From the Mountains


Katie Marie Bille, B.A.
Ten Country Stories on Farms, Lakes,
 Ranches and Mountains


Kerry "Brent" Coppenbarger, B.M.
Fine-Tuning the Clarinet
 Section: A Handbook for the
 Band Director


Perry Retting, BSE
Reframing Decision Making in
 Education: Democratic Empowerment of
 Teachers and Parents


Kathleen A. Watson , B.A. Grammar for People Who Hate
 Rules: Killer Tips from the
 Ruthless Editor


Julianne Carlile, B.A.
The Little Red Hound


Carrie Watkins-Reichartz, B.S.
From Lawyer to Missionary: A
 Journey to Kenya and Back


Karen (Sloan) Lawrence, attended 2000-2001
Techniques of Color Guard


Katie McIntyre, M.S.
How Frederick Found His Light


Zachary V. Smith, B.A.
The History of Genocide in Cinema:
 Atrocities on Screen

Did we miss your book? Let us know.

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Class notes


Richard Haney, who received a B.E. in history and is an emeritus professor of history, presented a program at the Door County Historical Society on his book “When Is daddy Coming Home?”


John Adamowski, who received a BSE in 1973, has retired after 30 years of teaching science and more than 50 seasons of coaching various sports.


Tim Kilpin, who earned a B.A. in speech public relations, has been appointed to the Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. board of directors.


Chuck Niles, who received an MST in English, was featured in an article about his legacy in teaching and theater in the Janesville area. Read more...


Christine Palenshus Scaro, who received a BSE in physical education K-12, was inducted in to the Elkhorn Area High School Hall of Fame. Read more...

Online MBA ranked 16th in the nation

Over 239 programs were scored based on five major categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credential and training, and student services and technology.


VIDEO: Art alumna provides purpose for adults and children with disabilities

Deborah Blackwell, who graduated in 2008 with a BFA in art, was featured in a Milwaukee TV story about Studio 84, the nonprofit art studio she founded in 2009.

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Class notes (continued)


Shawn Eichorst, who received a BBA in general business law, was named to the 12-person NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, an overarching clearinghouse on all Division I football issues. Read more...


Julie (Bolchen) Woletz, who received a BSE in business education comprehensive, has been hired as a lecturer in management at UW-Whitewater.


Steven R. Slocum, who graduated with a B.A. in speech – public relations with a professional business management minor, joined Breakthrough Fuel in Green Bay as a director of client services. Read more...


Jeridon Clark, who earned a BSE in mathematics education, was named state Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association. Clark serves as the Mequon-Thiensville School District executive director of organizational alignment and digital learning. Read more...


Steve Kelley, who received a BBA in accounting, has been named partner in RSM US LLP’s Madison office. Read more...


Colleen Volland, who received a BSE in art education, has opened a pottery school and studio in West Allis called Cream City Clay, Inc.


Class notes (continued)


Steve Armendariz, who graduated with a B.A. in communications – electronic media with a minor in English, designed a custom Jonathan Lucroy bobblehead for the Milwaukee Brewers. Read more...


Rich Baumgart, who graduated with a BBA in finance, was promoted to portfolio manager at Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati with a focus on MBS/CMBS/mortgage portfolio investments, funding and hedging.


Ben Bilitz, who received a BBA in accounting, was named chief accounting officer at Alliant Energy Corporation in addition to his role of company controller. Read more...


Tonia Maly, who received a BBA in finance, has been promoted to vice president, trust investment officer, at First National Bank and Trust. Read more...


Leah Grunewald , who received a B.A. in speech, received the Evolving Eagle Award from Association Acumen, where she serves as association manager. The award is presented annually to the individual who has grown the most professionally by achieving a specific career goal during the past year. Read more...


Kelly Doherty, who received a BFA in theatre performance, was one of a quartet of performers in “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” by Tennessee Williams at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Read more...

Free income tax filing

On Saturdays and Wednesdays through April 12, the VITA clinic at UW-Whitewater will provide free tax help and free electronic filing of 2016 federal and Wisconsin tax returns for taxpayers with low to moderate levels of income.


Career coaching available to alumni

UW-Whitewater career coaches are available to assist alumni with career issues. Coaches are willing to talk with alumni on many issues, including job search strategy and tactics, review of resumes and application letters, interview preparation and practice, review of LinkedIn profiles and online image, graduate school research and application, and more. Meet with a coach (either in-person or via phone or Skype) by emailing Career@uww.edu.

Class notes (continued)


Heather Stoskopf, who received a B.A. in theatre with a second major in speech, has been promoted to development manager at Interfaith Senior Programs of Waukesha. Read more...


Jessica (Hancock) Sudbrink, who received a BFA in theatre – performance emphasis, has launched Sudbrink Performance Academy in Waukesha.


Jaimie P. Marton, who received a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology, graduated from Law Enforcement Academy at Blackhawk Technical College and was hired as a deputy with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. Read more...


Daniel Bickett, who graduated with a BBA in finance and received an MSE in professional development and recreation in 2012, was named volunteer assistant coach for the Wisconsin Badgers men’s tennis team. Read more...


Collin Price, who received a B.A. in sociology – criminal justice, was featured in an article about his role as the youngest member of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s leadership team. Read more...


Brittney Mitchell, who graduated with a BBA in marketing, joined MSA Professional Services in Baraboo as a funding specialist. Read more...

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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.


VIDEO: Who’s on First Violin?

Faculty members Benjamin Whitcomb and Christopher Ramaekers put a musical spin on Abbott and Costello’s famous comedy routine.

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Joyce Renetta (Pfefferkorn) Lawton, B.Ed.


Betty Rose Davis, B.E.


Raymond R. Wagener, B.Ed.


Gwendolyn D. Gerber, B.Ed.


William Bertram, B.Ed.


Robert W. Demrow, B.E.


Wayne A. Wolfgram, B.E.


Terry Charles Stekelberg, B.E.


Michael R. Ullrich, B.S.


Sally J. Michalko, BSE


Catherine G. (Campion) Negus, attended 1984-1987


Marcie L. Fischer, B.A.


Abigail Conner, attended 2016
Ryan Timothy Gellings,
 attended 2013-2016

Adam C. Johnson , attended 2016


Charles "Chuck" Graham,
 dean of the College of Arts
 and Communication, 1963-1971

Don Ross, Philosophy and
 Religious Studies Department,

Lorene B. Simpkin,
 office manager, 1969-1996


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