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June 2016

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Warhawk alumnus reaches summit of Mount Everest, makes history

Jeffrey Glasbrenner ’98 discovered wheelchair basketball at UW-Whitewater and found mentors and coaches who pushed him to succeed. He is a three-time Paralympian and Ironman competitior. His latest personal challenge took him to the top of the world.



Professor wins UW Regents award

Since she arrived at UW-Whitewater in 1995, Professor Susan Huss-Lederman has focused her academic expertise on students who bear the weight of being "the first."


VIDEO: Making a Splash

Watch as communication major Elizabeth Fideler finds a welcoming home at UW-Whitewater, overcomes challenges and lives her passion for swimming.

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Counselor Ed. Program wins UW Regents award

Established in 1967, the Counselor Education Program has prepared more than 1,370 professionally trained counselors, with the vast majority working in the state of Wisconsin.


Warhawks selected

in MLB draft

Pitchers Lake Bachar (above) and Austin Jones were taken 144th and 794th, respectively, in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.

Bachar to the San Diego Padres...
Jones to the Chicago Cubs...

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Golf outings

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Homecoming and Class of 1966 Reunion

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Alumni trip

Pride of Poland and Prague

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Scene from Grandchildren's University

Brothers Blake, 9, and Evan, 11, Harris of South Elgin, Illinois, work with their grandparents Joann and Jerry Jazak, in a UW-Whitewater science lab as part of Grandchildren's University on Friday, June 24, 2016, in the process of creating a glow stick.

The Jazaks are alumni from the class of 1970 and live in Cary, Illinois. They met as freshmen at UW-Whitewater and have been married 45 years. Grandchildren's University is an annual two-day program of fun and educational activities for children and their grandparents.

Breaking ground on the Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center

An addition to the campus has been set in motion, thanks to a generous donation from alumnus Byron R. "Chris" Chrisman '59, in honor of his late wife, Mary Poppe Chrisman '57.


Class notes


Betsy Smith, who graduated with an MST in accounting, has been promoted to vice president of finance at Menomonee Falls-based Association Acumen. Read more...



Dean Van Galen, chancellor of UW-River Falls, was the featured speaker at Conversations of the Valley, a public-affairs luncheon series sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Foundation. Van Galen, who received a B.S. in chemistry with a minor in mathematics, spoke on “America’s Public Universities: A Good Investment or No Longer Worth the Cost?” Read more...



Indiana University Bloomington has named Lori Reesor as its new dean of students. Reesor received a BBA in general management.



Todd W. Sobrilsky, who graduated with an MEPD in professional development, has been hired as associate principal and athletic director at Waukesha South High School. Read more...

Class notes (continued)


Jim Stowell, who attended from 1991 to 1992, was featured in Agri-View for his role as chairman of the 2016 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, to be held in Walworth County. Read more...



Steve Wattles, who received a B.A. in speech/communication, is founder of St. George Academy, a new college preparatory high school that will open in the fall of 2016 in St. George, Utah. Read more...



Allison Thielen, who received a B.S. in biology with a minor in geography, is returning as program manager to the Racine-based Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network. Read more...



Chris Alexander, who graduated with a BBA in finance, was promoted to manager of commercial underwriting at Acuity Insurance’s corporate headquarters in Sheboygan. Read more...


Bill Marklein, who received an M.S. in communication, spoke on “Emotional Intelligence: The Normal for Success In and Outside of the Workplace” at a Business After Hours event for the Sheboygan County Chamber. Read more...

Thirty-one wedding rings and counting

Dan Roekle ’00 started ring-finding as a hobby, searching for people's precious items that had been lost for years. To date, he has found and returned dozens of rings and is the winner of the NBC15 Making a Difference award.

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Warhawks gather in Denver

On May 20, alumni Larry Mueller ’72 and Mary Kay Mueller ’73, hosted a gathering at their home in Denver for UW-Whitewater alumni living in Colorado. Chancellor Beverly Kopper and her husband Pete Hill, as well as head football coach Kevin Bullis, had the opportunity to connect with alumni, share recent successes and talk about the future plans for the university.

Class notes (continued)


Michael Gouvian, who received a B.S. in print journalism, with minors in Spanish and media arts and game development, was named managing editor of the Milton Courier. Earlier this year the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation named Gouvian, then the sports editor, a “Future Headliner.” Read more...

Kathryn “Katka” Showers-Curtis, who received a B.A. in an individually designed major that included women’s studies and English writing, has been awarded a Fulbright Student Study/Research Grant for the 2016-17 academic year. Showers-Curtis is a graduate student in linguistics theory and typology at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Read more...



Steve Morris, who earned a BSE in physical education with a minor in athletic coaching education, is featured in an article about the minor league football team the Racine Threat. Morris, who was wide receiver for the Warhawks from 2010 to 2013 and went on to play for the Oakland Raiders in 2015, is returning to his former position on the Threat. Read more...

Cassie Steiner, who graduated with a B.A. in biology, was featured in an article in Walworth County Today for her community outreach. Read more...


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Margaret Baird Birk B.E., MEPD ’79


Doris M. (Peterson) Barry B.E.


Elizabeth J. “Betty”
(Duesler) Schubert
B.E., MSE ’72


William John Cnare
Attended 1961-1962


Jacqueline S. (Miller) Webb B.E.


Ralph W. Mackie B.S.


Donald Erwin Krahn
Attended 1965-1967


David W. Kopf B.A., MEPD ’82


Kevin W. Bien BBA


Myna Ione Hughes Gibbens
Attended 1967-1976


David O. Thiel MST


Max Peter Lofstrom Mallory B.A.

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Alumni Trip to Poland and Prague

Explore the majesty of old world castles and cathedrals, experience centuries of history and fall in love with Poland and the Czech Republic. The tour is April 6-14, 2017.



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