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December 2016

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Holiday Greetings and Happy New Year, Warhawks!

As 2016 comes to a close, we celebrate all that makes UW-Whitewater such a special place to live, learn and work.

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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: Winter Commencement

More than 800 students moved the tassels on their mortarboard caps during the winter commencement ceremony. Despite the snowfall and cold temperatures outside, family and friends packed the Kachel Fieldhouse to see their graduates receive diplomas.

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Warhawk Rugby wins national championship

UW-Whitewater won the 2016 USA Rugby Men's Division II National Championship, after defeating Furman University 29-13 in Greenville, South Carolina.


PHOTOS: Warhawk Wrestling home meet

The wrestling team defeated UW-Stevens Point 32-18 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference dual at Kachel Gymnasium.

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PHOTOS: Women's basketball vs. Carroll

The women's basketball team defeated Carroll University 65-43 on Dec. 13.

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PHOTOS: "Public Enemy"

The Theatre/Dance department presented Henrik Ibsen's "Public Enemy" in Barnett Theatre at Greenhill Center of the Arts.

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PHOTOS: Gala Holiday Concert

The Music Department showcased its vocal and instrumental talent at this annual holiday tradition.

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Class notes


John A. Boyajian, who received a BBA in marketing and economics, was one of 50 people selected as a master Kansas City Barbeque Society judge for the Sam’s Club National Barbecue Championship finals in Bentonville, Arkansas. Read more...



Barbara Hickman, who received an MST in elementary education, was the commencement speaker at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point winter commencement. Read more...



Kal Keitel, who received a BBA in 1980, was named regional vice president for Human Resources, serving more than 3,500 hospital and support services employees, at Baptist Health Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky. Read more...


Steve Fernan, who received a B.S. in social welfare and an M.S. in 1986, is retiring after 26 years with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a bureau director with the Student Services Team.



Kathleen R. (Mckibben) Levandoski, who received a BSE in special education with a minor in coaching, was named an honoree of the Indiana Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. Read more...

Class notes (continued)


Eric Hoessel, who received a B.S. in psychology, has been promoted to vice president of sales at Mirixa Corporation, based in Reston, Virginia. Read more...



Michael Bridenhagen, who received a BBA, has been tapped to develop and lead the inside sales and customer service team at Wausau-based Linetec. Read more...



Debra J. Johnson, who received a B.A. in social welfare, joined Green Bay-based LIVE 54218 as the farm-to-school coordinator. Read more...



Christine Fenske, who received a BBA in accounting, was promoted to market leader of the New York region of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause.



Stanley Blakney, who received a BSE in occupational safety, has been hired as chief operating officer of Goss International, based in Durham, North Carolina. Read more...

Aspiring teachers bond through personal challenges, excitement for education

Adelaida Sisk and Rocio Aburto are two out of nearly 900 nontraditional students age 25 or older at UW-Whitewater who are on a quest to pursue their goals and dreams while balancing other facets of life.


PHOTOS: Social Work class visits Fairhaven

Students from Assistant Professor Kristi Law's Intro to Social Work class visited residents at Fairhaven retirement community to wrap and decorate candy bars as simple gifts for the holidays.

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Class notes (continued)


Lindsay (Tomasovich) Lau, who received a B.S. in integrated science business, has been promoted to director of sales for Brown Deer-based TAPCO.


Bryan Weichelt, who received an MBA, was promoted to project scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, part of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.


Coby D. Skonord, who received a BBA in accounting and finance, is featured in an article about his role as founder of the Milwaukee-based tech startup Ideawake, touting the apprenticeship model of learning — training through direct action rather than abstract instruction. Read more...


Maxx Lebiecki, who received a B.S. in communication, has been named a “20 Under 30” honoree by International Association of Exhibitions and Events. Lebiecki is a trade-show account executive with the Milwaukee-based the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Read more...



Terrell Walter, who received a BBA in general business and an MBA, is a project manager at Milwaukee-based Royal Capital Group and a graduate of the Associates in Commercial Real Estate program. Read more...


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Mabel Ferdon, B.E.



Joyce E. (Harris) Davidson, B.E.



Michael H. Gurrie,
  Attended 1957-1960


Richard A. Lewis, B.E.



Carol A. (Brook) Grulich, BBA



David Walter Adamany,
  political science, 1965-1967

Roy John Haas,
  Hyland Hall lead custodian, 2004-2016


Scott Rudie 1998 to Glenda Ruder

Ellzabethe K. Croy 2015
  to Caleb G. Hanson 2016

Janalyn Bump 2008 to Scott Hegge

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