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May 2016 Issue 2

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Warhawks head to the College World Series

UW-Whitewater will open NCAA Division III championship play on Friday, May 27, when it takes on La Roche College. First pitch is set for 7:45 p.m. at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.


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PHOTOS: Hired before graduation

A photographic celebration of our Warhawk graduates as they enter the workforce.

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PHOTOS: Spring commencement

See the special moments from commencement as we congratulated our newest Warhawk alumni and thanked all the people who inspired and supported them.

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Janesville Gazette story...

New, lower price for 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.


PHOTOS: Commissioning ceremony

Five UW-Whitewater graduating seniors were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a military ceremony preceding commencement.

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Metals and jewelry student forms art with meaning

Creating objects in copper, brass and sterling silver as an art student, JJ Thomson learns more about his learning disability — and shares his journey with others.


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Track and field athletes to compete in outdoor championships

Twelve members of the Warhawk men's and women's track and field teams qualified in 11 events at the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships, May 26-28, at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.


Warhawk tennis opens individual tournament play

This year's NCAA Division III tennis championships are underway in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


UW-Whitewater partners with alumni on Janesville Business Challenge

Alumni Quint and Rishy Studer are welcoming entrepreneurs to participate in an open competition to start a new business in the city of Janesville. The winner will receive $25,000 in startup cash and an estimated $25,200 in reduced rent, including a rent-free first year, bringing the total prize to more than $50,000.


Class notes


Sue Minzlaff, associate director in the Department of Financial Aid at UW-Milwaukee, has been named the president of the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Minzlaff received a BBA in office administration. Read more...

Lalia Rach, who received an MBA, was named as keynote speaker at the MGM Resorts Foundation’s 10th annual Women’s Leadership Conference, to be held August 7-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more...



Wind River Financial, a Madison-based electronic payments solution company, has selected Mike Carow to be its president and CEO. Carow graduated with a BBA in financial planning. Read more...



Scott Lauber, who received a BBA in accounting, was named executive vice president and CFO of Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group and Wisconsin Electric. Read more...



The Viroqua Area School District Board of Education has hired Kehl Arnson to be its district administrator. Arnson received a BSE in English education with a minor in sociology. Read more...

Class notes (continued)


The Waunakee Tribune profiled Kelly Tourdot, who received a BBA in general management, for her role as vice president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. Read more...



Tracey Turzinski, who received a BBA in accounting, has joined Crestmark Bank’s West Division as vice president and senior underwriter, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read more...



Tubelite Inc. promoted Cheol Ro, who received an MBA in finance, to operations manager of its Walker, Michigan, facility. Read more...



William Coleman was named program director at Milwaukee-based Safe & Sound, an organization that seeks to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods. Coleman received a B.A. in sociology–criminal justice. Read more...

Heather Harwood has been named senior shopper insights manager in the consumer products division of Plymouth, Wisconsin-based Sargento Foods Inc. Harwood received a BBA in general business. Read more...

Alumnus winner in World Beer Cup

Christ Christon '03, who received a B.A. in geography and is co-owner and head brewer at Second Salem Brewery Co., was awarded a bronze medal in the American Style Amber/Red Ale category for Second Salem’s Beast of Bray Road amber ale at the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 6. Nearly 2,000 breweries from 55 countries entered beer in the biannual competition, which takes place the the Beer Association’s craft brewers conference.


Innovators’ Showcase celebrates student and faculty entrepreneurs

Student entrepreneur, violinist and pianist Jocelyn Kopac talks about her experience as founder and CEO of Candid Brilliance Music at the Innovators' Showcase at the Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation Center on Wednesday, May 4. Kopac was mentored in the Launch Pad program and is a prizewinner in the Business Plan Competition.


Class notes (continued)


Jonathan T. Amon, who graduated with a B.M. in music education, earned a Doctor of Music Arts in saxophone performance from Boston University.


Steve Martin, who received his BBA in financial planning and an M.S in business education in 2004, has been named coach of the Germantown boys basketball team. Read more...



Michelle EauClaire Kopier was named a Rising Star for 2016 as part of Folio:'s annual Top Women in Media Awards. EauClaire-Kopier, who is editor and associate publisher for the OEM Off-Highway global brand, published by AC Business Media of Fort Atkinson, received a B.A in Spanish with a minor in English writing. Read more...



Nathan Peters, who graduated with a BBA in finance, was named vice president of commercial banking at Wisconsin Bank & Trust’s Greenfield banking center. Read more...



Andrew G. Lowe, who received a B.S. in journalism with a minor in coaching, made the opening day roster for the Frontier League’s Windy City ThunderBolts. Read more...


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Ruth C. (Zimmerman) Plyer, BSE


Walter P. Smiley, B.E.


Charles Chapin Rust, B.S.


William H. Howell, Attended 1961-62
David Francis Veith, B.E., MST ’70


Barbara A. Bierkness, B.E., MST ’74


Gerald Arneson, BBA


Bruce R. Kelly , B.E., MST ’73
Eleanor (Kaufman) Vien, B.E.


Richard Louis Beard, BBA


Mark L. Hartlaub, B.A.
Timothy Oliver Hering, MEPD


David Albert Knutson, MEPD


Jason Collins, B.A.


Charles “Tuck” Green
Department of Sociology, 1976-2002

In memory of Chancellor Emeritus James R. Connor

James R. Connor, the former chancellor who served for 17 years and was widely respected and admired by faculty, students and the community alike, died May 8.


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Service dog inspired to dance

On occasion, Victor, a service dog belonging to UW-Whitewater student Elizabeth Fideler, sheds his harness for an impromptu pas de deux with dance professor Barbara Grubel in the dance studio following a rehearsal of sit-down (in wheelchairs) and stand-up dancers.

“He’s been watching us practice all semester,” Grubel said. “When he finally had the chance, he wanted to dance, too.”

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