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August 2016

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Roof built underground puts safety to the test

UW-Whitewater faculty and students are exploring how three different working postures that roofers employ — kneeling, bending and side-sitting — affect postural instability and fatigue. What they learn could provide important safety cues for the residential construction industry.


Football season is approaching

Returning starting quarterback Chris Nelson, right, and freshman Merrick Gentile are side-by-side in a drill as Warhawk Football pre-season camp is underway at Perkins Stadium on Aug. 15.
Photo by Craig Schreiner.

The Warhawks will play six regular-season home games this year, starting at noon on Saturday, Sept. 3, vs. The College of New Jersey.

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The science behind #Phelpsface

David Havas, assistant professor of psychology, says facial expressions impact our bodies.


PHOTOS: Warhawk Send-off

We welcomed the newest members of the Warhawk family with games, food and live music on the shores of Lake Monona on Aug. 9 in Olin Park in Madison.

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Upcoming events



State of the University Address

10:30 a.m. Young Auditorium






Class of 1966 Reunion



Warhawk Marching Band Reunion



Trip to Poland and Prague

Class notes

Three-time Paralympian Becca Murray, who received a BSE in special education in 2014, was featured in the WPR series “Wisconsin’s Road to Rio” for her role on the Team USA basketball team.

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Bob Natzke, who earned a B.S. in business administration, was inducted as a class of 2016 member of the Merrill Baseball Hall of Fame. Read more...



Robert Severance, who received a BBA in accounting, retired as professor of accounting from Texas State University.



Jim Snyder, who received a BSE in distributive education-comprehensive, produces newsletter for the 440th Air Wing Alumni Association, the Brian Muha/Run for the Race Club, and the Buckeye Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers. The ASMC's newsletter has received four Distinguished Newsletter designations from the society’s national office. Read more...



San Diego-based NuVasive Inc. has appointed Mike O’Halleran, who received a BBA in finance, to its board of directors. Read more...



Union Savings Bank has promoted Mary K. Vogel to senior vice president. Vogel received a BBA in marketing. Read more...

Class notes (continued)


Jim Lindenberg, who received a BBA in management, discusses his latest venture, Master Z’s, Wisconsin’s largest home leisure retailer. Read more...



William T. Lutzen, who earned a BBA in accounting, has been named vice president of television and broadcast distribution at Major League Football, Inc. Read more...


Don Vruwink, who earned an MST in history and has taught for 40 years in the Milton School District, won the 43rd Assembly District primary. Read more...



Carol Aspinwall, who earned an M.S. in vocational/general, received the UW-Madison Student Personnel Association’s Excellence in Higher Education Administration Award. Read more...


Scott Behnke, who earned a BBA in accounting and, in 1990, an MAT in business education, has returned to UW-Whitewater as its financial literacy coordinator. Read more...


Bruce Dall, who earned a BBA in accounting, was named interim president of Detroit-based MotorCity Casino Hotel. Read more...


Catherine Turner joined the engineering and environmental firm Fehr Graham as a senior health and safety specialist. Turner, who earned a BSE in occupational safety, will be based in the firm's Plymouth office. Read more...

Kathleen O’Leary, who received a B.A. in speech, radio, TV and film in 1986, was the feature of an article on her role as the first woman CEO of the Wisconsin State Fair, which is celebrating its 165th year.


Stephanie Neumeier, who studied biology and ecology at UW-Whitewater from 2010 to 2013, competed at the World Flying Disc Federation’s World Ultimate Championships in London as a member of the Denmark National Mixed Team.


Class notes (continued)


Vance Dalzin, who received a BSE in social studies-history, was named superintendent of the Oakfield School District. Read more...

Lona Ebert, who graduated with a BBA in accounting, has been promoted to director of retirement planning at Bronfman E.L. Rothschild. Read more...


Steve Mortensen, who received a BBA in finance, joined DeKalb, Illinois-based Resource Bank, N.A. as a commercial and agricultural advisor. Read more...

Mark Rogers, who received a BBA in accounting, was the first corporate runner in the Isle Casino Beat the Elite Challenge at the Quad-City Times Bix 7 road race. Robinson serves as the CFO of Genesis Health System in Davenport, Iowa. Read more...



Steve Nimmo, who graduated with a B.A. in speech-public relations, accepted a position as program lead for the Service Management Office at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.



Charles Seils, who received a BSE in business education, has been named athletic director at Madison West.

Class notes (continued)


Peggy Varilla, who graduated with a B.A. in social work, has become the broker/owner of Nested Real Estate. Read more...



Jody Landish was featured in a Q&A about her role as the School District of Waukesha’s new assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. Landish received a BSE in physical education. Read more...


Thomas Klawitter, who received an MEPD in professional development and pitched one season with the Minnesota Twins and six other seasons in the minor leagues, was hired as a pitching coach with the UW-Whitewater athletics program. Read more...



Mark Aleckson, who earned a BBA in finance, was appointed to the Lake Villa (Illinois) school board. Read more...


Sonja A. Kipper, who received a BSE in art education and an MEPD in professional development and art education in 1992, is a retired art teacher and stained-glass artist who recently completed a project with students at Whitewater Middle School. Read more...



Paul Manriquez, who earned a BSE elementary education-elementary/middle, was hired as principal of Pecatonica High School.


ElectriCities of Raleigh, North Carolina, has named Matthew E. Schull as its COO. Schull received an MBA in finance. Read more...



Jason Kasmarick, who earned a BSE in social studies-history, is the new Whitefish Bay Athletics and Activities Director. Read more...


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Donald Edward Erickson, B.Ed.


Lorna A. (Erickson) Nelson, B.E.

1970, 1974

Mark Fortney Peterson, BBA, MBA


Jan Kathleen (Held) Vano, BSE


Michael Douglas Knipp, BSE


Christopher Quinn, B.A.


Rendell P. Hanel, BBA


Lynn A. Cunningham, custodian, 2007-2016

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PHOTOS: Language and culture at the fair

Our international students found a great opportunity to practice their English and learn about a proud Wisconsin tradition during a field trip to the Rock County 4-H Fair.

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