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September 2016 Issue 1

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Watch as the new class of Warhawks runs onto the field at Perkins Stadium to kick off the new academic year. The Hawk Squad, marching band, color guard, spirit program, athletic teams, faculty and staff, and cannon blasts all punctuate this UW-Whitewater tradition.

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PHOTOS: Painting Warhawk Drive

New students bond and form connections in this fun and meaningful rite of passage.

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PHOTOS: Move-in Day

Remember this day, Warhawk alums? The anxious excitement, the anticipation, all the emotions of saying goodbye and starting a new chapter? Move-in Day 2016 was no exception.

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Warhawk football off to 2-0 start to season

With wins over the The College of New Jersey and Belhaven, the Warhawks extended their home winning streak to 26 games. Next up, UW-Whitewater hosts Morningside at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Now offering $200 discount for alumni trip

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.


Upcoming events






Class of 1966 Reunion



Warhawk Marching Band Reunion



Trip to Poland and Prague

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VIDEO: The power of education

Southeast Asian refugee Mary Htoo chronicles her journey to becoming a UW-Whitewater student, and her dreams to use the power of education to help others.

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Class notes


Ross Kinzler, who graduated with a B.S. in journalism and political science, was inducted into the 2016 Recreational Vehicle/Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame. Kinzler recently retired as executive director of the Wisconsin Manufactured Housing Association. Read more...


Maqsood Mamawala, who graduated with an MBA in international marketing, launched Stonehill Match 2 Market, a consulting firm for market-driven sales teams in the financial sector.


Jennifer Cady, who received a BBA in human resources management, completed her Certified Benefits Professional certification, a multi-year process, though WorldatWork.


Cameron Yazdani has been hired as president of Creative Metal Products, an 80-person metal fabrication and manufacturing company based in Neenah. Yazdani received a BBA in computer end-user technology.



Tony Ellis, who received a BBA in computer/end-user technology, has joined Whitewater-based Toppers Pizza as its first-ever vice president of information technology. Read more...


MSA Professional Services of Baraboo has hired Nicole Kruschel as a funding assistant. Kruschel received a BSE in elementary education-elementary/middle. Read more...

Class notes (continued)


Douglas Kiel, who graduated with a B.A. in American Indian studies and received the UW-Whitewater Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award in 2016, has begun a new position as assistant professor in the Department of History at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University.


Nathan Warnke, who received an MBA in marketing, has opened Rockhound Brewing Co., a brewpub located on the site of the former Lane’s Bakery on Park Street in Madison. Read more...


Ben Farley, who graduated with a BBA in general management, was named head football coach at Brookfield East. Read more...


Matt Glaeser, who received a BBA in marketing-direct and internet, was promoted to vice president, digital integration and data at Los Angeles-based Palisades Media Group.


Lindsey Van Ess, who received a BBA in marketing and a B.S. in journalism-advertising, was promoted to commercial underwriter at Sheboygan-based Acuity. Read more...


Nathan Byers, who received a BBA in accounting and earned his MBA in 2009, has created a wealth advisory practice for young professionals called JBC Wealth Advisors, a subsidiary of Madison-based Johnson Block and Company, Inc.

Samantha Ley, who graduated with a B.M. in 2016, is featured in an article about her new role as Mauston High School’s choir and music director. Ley is one of the 411 initially licensed teachers who graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2016 — 13.7% of the 3,002 who graduated statewide. No other Wisconsin institution graduates more initially licensed teachers than UW-Whitewater.


Distinguished Alumni Awards nominations

We are calling on all alumni and friends to help us identify those outstanding graduates who deserve recognition. Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards are due Oct. 31.


Class notes (continued)


Greg Reinhard, who received a B.S. in history and played on the Warhawk baseball team when it won the NCAA Division III national championship, announced plans for the GRB Academy, which he founded, to build a new baseball and softball training facility in DeForest, Illinois. Read more...


Tara Rhein, who received a BBA in general business, has been promoted to marketing manager at Nashville-based Atlantic Natural Foods. Read more...


Michele Peetz, who earned an M.S. in business education has been hired as a lecturer in management at UW-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics.


Tim Vial, who earned a B.S. in integrated science/business, was promoted to COO of Kids Safari Learning Center in Cottage Grove.



Melissa Karis was promoted to audit manager at Vrakas CPAs + Advisors. Karis earned a BBA and MPA in accounting. Read more...


Wauwatosa-based WaterStone Bank has appointed Kyle Mertz, who received a BBA in accounting and finance, to the position of controller. Read more...


Class notes (continued)


Paul Rothering has been promoted to audit manager at Vrakas CPAs + Advisors. Rothering earned a BBA and an MPA in accounting. Read more...


Rob Schoner, who graduated with B.A. in political science and sociology, has been hired as the Hamilton School District’s varsity wrestling coach in Sussex. Read more...


Jeanette Berard, who received a BSE in elementary education-elementary/middle, was hired as the recreation supervisor of the Des Plaines Park District. Berard will be responsible for the Creative Corners Preschool program, Early Childhood classes, the Spanish Preschool programs, the Teen Center Des Plaines, summer camps, and the Administrative and Leisure Center facility, including the Des Plaines Teen Center and the Health Club. Read more...


Mallory Walsh, who received an M.S. in special education, has been promoted to executive director of 24 Hours of Booty, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based organization for integrating community cancer fundraising and cycling to engage communities in support of cancer survivorship and navigation programs. Read more...


Zach Cropsey has joined Crafts, Inc., a roofing and architectural sheetmetal contractor, as estimator/project manager in its Manitowoc office. Cropsey received a BBA in finance. Read more...


Melinda Johnson, who received a BBA and an MPA in accounting, has been promoted to senior accountant in the firm's tax department. Read more...


Derek Post has been promoted to commercial staff underwriter at Sheboygan-based Acuity. Read more...


Nicole Gabriel has been promoted to senior accountant in the audit department of Vrakas CPAs + Advisors. Gabriel received a BBA and an MPA in accounting. Read more...


Brian Holman, who received a B.S. in media arts and game development, has founded a game design company, Lexxicon Studios.


Mareike Miller, who received a BBA in general management and an MBA and played in the national championship wheelchair basketball program, is featured in an article about wheelchair lacrosse. Read more...



Jake Prosen, who received a B.A. in journalism, joined the Baraboo News Republic as a reporter. Read more...


Jacob Whitlock, who received a BBA in accounting, joined Brookfield-based Vrakas CPAs + Advisors as a staff accountant. Read more...


Select name for full obituary


Elizabeth J. “Betty” Cullen, B.E.


Thomas J. Bouziane,
  attended 1966-1967


Susan A. “Suzi” (Shaw) Bovre,
  attended 1970-1971


Jerome Mallett, B.S.
Dale Nick Stettler, BSE


Richard G. Pettibone, B.M.


Stephanie Jo (Davis) Luengen, BBA


William George Burwitz, M.S.
John R. Spiegelhoff, B.A.


Spencer M. Twining,
   Attended 2013-2016


Robert “Bobby Don” Colbert,
  associate professor of counselor
  education, 1987-1994

Jean Jessie (Telford) Hermsen,
  secretary to President Robert C.
  Williams, 1946-1949

Max Fielding Taylor, art professor,

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From the classroom

On the first day of class in Anthropology 218, Associate Professor Jo Burkholder tells students about her grandmother Grace, who left to teach in Saudi Arabia and inspired Burkholder with a sense of adventure and of being able to live in another culture. Burkholder began her college career studying biology and eventually changed to anthropology. Her advice to students on the first day of class: be aware. Photo by Craig Schreiner


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