The University of Wisconsin System gave two of its coveted awards to UW-Whitewater in 2016. Susan Huss-Lederman - a professor of languages and literatures known for championing first-generation, underrepresented and international students - won the Teaching Excellence Award. The Counselor Education Program - which has prepared more than 1,370 professionals working in schools, hospitals and communities - won the Teaching Excellence Award for academic programs and departments.
Ozalle Toms - an assistant professor of special education who is helping prepare the next generation of teachers to effectively teach and work with students and families who come from diverse backgrounds - won the Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award from UW System.
Wheels to Whitewater, a program that welcomes underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged high school students to campus, won the Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action's 2015 Ann Lydecker Diversity Educational Award. During the "Wheels" program, students learn about the admissions process, financial aid, academic support and advising, and then participate in an interactive panel composed of current UW-Whitewater students.
Sam Lukach, a communication major who built a business designing custom TV mounts, won first place at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization national conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
For the sixth consecutive year, UW-Whitewater was listed among the top workplaces in the region by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No other public university or state agency has made the list in that time. The Top Workplaces list ranks public and private organizations based on employee surveys about company direction, pay and benefits, management, work/life balance and career opportunities.
UW-Whitewater received recognition from the American Institute of Physics as one of the top physics-degree-granting institutions in the United States. Current students are designing technology with 3-D printers, building a robotic hand, creating object-recognition software for drones, and exploring the Milky Way galaxy using NASA equipment.