[{"id":22876,"headline":"Employees recognized with Administrative Improvement Awards","externalUrl":null,"description":"Three teams and one individual have been chosen to receive the University of Wisconsin-Madison\u2019s 2014 Administrative Improvement Award.","pubDate":"2014/05/20 06:10:00 -0500","thumb_url":"/story_images/8714/thumb/Bazzell_Darrell13_2718.JPG","content":"\u003Cp\u003EThree teams and one individual have been chosen to receive the University of Wisconsin-Madison\u2019s 2014 Administrative Improvement Award.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe award recognizes exceptional performance in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration. Emphasis is given to outstanding work that results in improved efficiency, increased revenue channels, cost savings or improved service delivery.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8712\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8712/medium/Blank_Rebecca_port13_6682.jpg?1400537475\" alt=\"Rebecca Blank\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ERebecca Blank\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cThe excellent work of the employees selected for this prestigious award exemplifies what can be achieved through innovative approaches and a commitment to continuous improvement,\u201d Chancellor Rebecca Blank says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EVice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell adds, \u201cThe hard work, innovative ideas and dedication of employees like our award winners enable UW-Madison to provide a high level of service to our students, campus community and the public.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8714\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8714/medium/Bazzell_Darrell13_2718.JPG?1400538041\" alt=\"Darrell Bazzell\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EDarrell Bazzell\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe award recipients will be honored at a June 4 ceremony at Union South. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. The campus community is invited to attend.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ERecipients of the 2014 Administrative Improvement Award are:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ECommon Scholarship Application Team:\u003C/strong\u003E Mary Hillstrom, Olivia Chu, Ed O\u2019Connor-Giles, Keith Brown, and Sandi Arendalkowski of the Office of Student Financial Aid; Alison Rice, College of Letters and Science; Todd Friske, Carol Gosenheimer and Bob Mayville of the Division of Information Technology (DoIT).\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBefore the Common Scholarship Application was launched in 2009, UW-Madison did not have a central location where current and potential students could find information about all scholarship opportunities on campus. This led some parents and students to believe there were few scholarships available, and sometimes scholarship money was not awarded because no qualified applications were submitted.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EUnder the Common Scholarship Application, submitted applications increased 37 percent from 2011 to 2012 and another 25 percent from 2012 to 2013. Submissions in 2014 are running well ahead of 2013 applications. In addition, the number of campus academic departments using the service has grown from 30 percent to 79 percent in the last two years.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cThe Common Scholarship Application provides services to students in a way that is considered a campus model of how such services should be provided,\u201d Steve Hahn, interim vice provost for enrollment management, wrote in his letter nominating the team.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ESchool of Social Work Admissions Team:\u003C/strong\u003E Tracy Schroepfer, Valerie Timler and Bret Huisenga of the School of Social Work.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe School of Social Work Full-Time Master of Social Work Program had been experiencing problems with its student application and review process, resulting in the loss of excellent applicants to other universities. Feedback indicated applicants were frustrated by how difficult and cumbersome the application process was. A team was formed to develop an online admission process, and a two-year plan was designed to adopt a paperless, online, database-driven application, review and student confirmation process.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_quote_1400537596305\" class=\"inline-content pull_quote left\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"quote\"\u003E\u201cThe hard work, innovative ideas and dedication of employees like our award winners enable UW-Madison to provide a high level of service to our students, campus community and the public.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"quotee\"\u003EDarrell Bazzell\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn 2013-14, 351 applications were received and 279 were reviewed by 13 reviewers in less than two months. Reviewers averaged 22 applications each at a pace approximately three times faster than in previous years. The faster turnaround for acceptance or denial notifications gave accepted applicants more than a month before the April 15 deadline to find funding and make their decisions.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENominator Jan Greenberg, director of the School of Social Work, wrote, \u201cThe new database system will allow the School of Social Work to conduct a more detailed, broader and data-driven review of its application process and applicant pools on a yearly and longitudinal basis.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EFinancial Aid e-Refund Team: \u003C/strong\u003ENapaporn (Tip) Vandall, Chris Savard, Denise Berge, John Carien, Joan Easley and Bobby Hart of the Bursar\u2019s Office; Dave Marty and Somrudee Winichakul of DoIT.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EPaper checks had been the mode for delivering more than $116 million in tuition account refunds annually. Due to the cost of paper check refunding, the Bursar\u2019s Office would process refunds daily at the beginning of each term, but only twice a week during the rest of the year, creating a delay of 7 to 10 days for students to receive checks. Incorrect mailing addresses and mail delays caused problems for many students. The implementation team researched pros and cons of options for online refunds and developed a plan for communicating with students about the new system.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESince implementation of the e-Refund system in January, 44.7 percent of spring refunds totaling $26.8 million have been processed electronically. The Bursar\u2019s Office reported receiving 100 percent positive feedback from students. In the first three months of implementation, stop-pay requests and re-issuing of refund checks decreased 24 percent. The number of bad checks returned by the Post Office for bad addresses dropped by 18.1 percent.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EEnrollment in the e-Refund system is expected to reach up to 80 percent of eligible students at the end of two years. A 28 percent reduction in cost per refund is estimated at 75 percent enrollment in e-Refund.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cThe e-Refund team deserves credit for implementing a process that increased service to students, saves money and reduces staff time,\u201d wrote Bursar Cathie Easter in her nomination letter. \u201cIt\u2019s a win-win-win process improvement.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EJacquelyn Irving, Bradley Learning Community: \u003C/strong\u003EIrving, a program director at the Bradley Learning Community, had primary responsibility for producing a brochure that informs incoming students of Bradley\u2019s benefits, and took the lead in creating assessment efforts to improve programs and services. She also arranged listening sessions for students, created a new position description for peer mentors and initiated improvements in the peer-mentor selection process.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe Bradley Learning Community is a residence hall for first-year students that promotes a successful transition from high school to college life and encourages collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe year before Irving\u2019s arrival at Bradley, only 67 of 246 residents listed Bradley as their first choice of a residence hall. As a result, students who did not want to be there were placed in the hall, hardly an optimal situation for a learning community.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOver the past three years, the first-choice numbers have improved to 204, 278 and 220 residents. Surveys show that the percentage of residents who felt faculty had gotten to know them increased from 17 percent in 2008 to 60 percent in 2013.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cJackie has played an integral role in measurably improving resident satisfaction with the Bradley Learning Community and in transforming it from a program on the brink of extinction to a model for other learning communities, both on and off campus,\u201d wrote nominator Susan Brantly, professor of Scandinavian Studies and faculty director at the Bradley Learning Community.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003E\u00a0\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":22769,"headline":"Five classified staff members honored for excellence","externalUrl":null,"description":"Five members of UW-Madison\u2019s classified staff have been named recipients of the 2014 Classified Employee Recognition Awards.","pubDate":"2014/04/24 06:06:00 -0500","thumb_url":"/story_images/8541/thumb/Schlotthauer_Robert_port14_3429.JPG","content":"\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8541\" class=\"inline-content photo span\" style=\"width: 550px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"/story_images/8541/full_width/Schlotthauer_Robert_port14_3429.JPG?1398180132\" alt=\"Robert Schlotthauer\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ERobert Schlotthauer, mortician in the School of Medicine and Public Health Body Donor Program at UW-Madison, works in the Bardeen Medical Laboratories Building. Schlotthauer is one of the recipients of a 2014 Classified Employee Recognition Award.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhotos: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"byline\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/span\u003E\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFive members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison\u2019s classified staff have been named recipients of the 2014 Classified Employee Recognition Awards.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMark Walters, director of classified human resources,\u00a0says the evaluation committee\u2019s task for selecting five recipients among a pool of more than 60 nominees was difficult.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cThe number of nominations really speaks to the volume of wonderful employees we have on campus,\u201d Walters says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe recipients will be honored by Chancellor Rebecca Blank at a reception on Thursday, May 15 at Olin House.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThese are this year's winners:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ESue Martin-Zernicke, university services program associate, Department of Chemistry\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8536\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8536/medium/Martin-Zernicke_Susan_hs14_3386.JPG?1398179616\" alt=\"Sue Martin-Zernicke\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ESue Martin-Zernicke\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn his nomination, Lloyd Smith, professor of chemistry and director of the Genome Center of Wisconsin, says that Martin-Zernicke\u2019s job responsibilities include coordinating faculty recruiting visits, teaching assistant assignments, graduate recruiting events and organizing the diversity action plan meeting. But, Smith adds that she goes well beyond her core job responsibilities.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cSue deliberately works to ensure that the department is not just running smoothly, but that many facets of the chemistry department, both large and small, and the faculty, staff and students are successful in their careers and personal lives,\u201d Smith says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EDennis Reece, Martin-Zernicke\u2019s supervisor, says she takes on additional responsibilities \u201cwith enthusiasm and works well under pressure.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cSue goes beyond the pale when it comes to reliability, dedication, professionalism, and knowledge to get the job done,\u201d he adds.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMartin-Zernicke says she was honored when she read the nomination by her colleagues, faculty and graduate students.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cTheir kind words mean I am doing my job well ... a goal I've always set for myself,\u201d she says. \u201cMy position affords me the opportunity to work with amazing graduate students, brilliant and dedicated faculty and supportive peers and supervisors. I consider them friends as well as co-workers and I can truthfully say that I love my job.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ERay Michels, cheesemaker, the Center for Dairy Research\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8537\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8537/medium/Michels_Ray_hs14_2872.JPG?1398179659\" alt=\"Ray Michels\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ERay Michels\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EJohn Jaeggi, a research at the Center for Dairy Research who submitted the nomination, says that Michels is the center\u2019s resident butter-making expert, and has worked hard to obtain Pasteurizer Operator Certification, extensive safety and sanitation training, and most recently a Wisconsin cheesemaker\u2019s license.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cRay is vital in running numerous pieces of equipment necessary to manufacture a wide array of cheeses,\u201d Jaeggi says. \u201cThis skill set is unique \u2013 there is no one in the cheese industry with experience in the operation of the wide variety of equipment used to make processed and natural cheeses.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMichels has been working in Babcock Hall since 1977, first for the dairy plant, and now for the Center for Dairy Research. He says his coworkers are like a family away from home.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cGetting the award to me is kind of a reflection of the people you work with,\u201d Michels says. \u201cIf they were not hard workers and didn't care it would be hard for me to do the same.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMichels says he gets the satisfaction just from seeing a job well done.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cIt's like any job you do, big or small, or any project you work on, when you finish and step back and see what you have accomplished, and it worked out the way you wanted it to, that in itself makes you feel good,\u201d he says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ERobert Schlotthauer, mortician, School of Medicine and Public Health\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8538\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8538/medium/Schlotthauer_Robert_hs14_3023.JPG?1398179709\" alt=\"Robert Schlotthauer\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ERobert Schlotthauer\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe ability to help families in their time of need following a loved one\u2019s death is the most satisfying part of his job, Schlotthauer says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cMany individuals across the state of Wisconsin have chosen to donate their body to science after death in order to benefit the training of various medical professionals including doctors, nurses, physician assistants and physical therapists,\u201d Schlotthauer says. \u201cKnowing that the tasks I perform in my position are helping to further the medical education of future physicians and other medical professionals is very rewarding.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EDr. Karen Krabbenhoft, director of the Body Donor Program, says Schlotthauer has contributed many illustrations to the anatomy course books that have been used by students for decades. He has also built strong ties with other institutions for which he provides material for anatomy and health-related courses, and has represented UW\u2013Madison well across the state by providing consolation to grieving families.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cWe have received abundant communication in the form of letters, phone calls and email messages from families around the state expressing their appreciation for Bob\u2019s high standards and caring attitude,\u201d she says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESchlotthauer, who has worked for the Body Donation Program for the last 34 years, called receiving the award \u201cthe highest level of recognition I have received in my career and it is truly an honor.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cThis recognition by my colleagues is so meaningful because it tells me that they appreciate the dedication I have to this position and the students we serve,\u201d Schlotthauer says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EElizabeth Tuschen, program assistant supervisor, School of Medicine and Public Health\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8539\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8539/medium/Tuschen_Elizabeth_hs14_3339.JPG?1398179753\" alt=\"Elizabeth Tuschen\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EElizabeth Tuschen\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETuschen says she finds it rewarding to work for an institution that challenges employees to put their best efforts forward.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cI'm so appreciative of the university for creating this award category and to the Classified Employee Recognition Award selection committee for recognizing my work and the efforts of other classified staff,\u201d Tuschen says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EChristine Seibert, associate dean for medical education and Tuschen\u2019s supervisor for more than a decade, says the best example of her outstanding work performance occurred when the academic staff member who was leading the school\u2019s accreditation left just a month before the project\u2019s completion.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cWithout hesitation, Elizabeth stepped up to the plate and learned this complicated process from scratch, commandeering a team of staff to complete what was easily months of work in less than four weeks,\u201d Seibert writes. \u201cShe remained positive during a very stressful time, never complained and actually seemed to thrive and excel as the deadline got closer.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETuschen says she finds most satisfying the vibrant and dynamic work environment that comes from working with people from all levels of their careers, from students to long-standing faculty members.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cThe dedication and creativity in my department is truly unparalleled and has shaped the way I approach my work,\u201d she says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EHarry Webne-Behrman, training officer, Office of Human Resource Development\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8540\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8540/medium/Webne-Behrman_Harry_hs14_2624.JPG?1398179801\" alt=\"Harry Webne-Behrman\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EHarry Webne-Behrman\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBob Lavigna, assistant vice chancellor for human resources, says Webne-Behrman has played a leadership role in the Office of Human Resources efforts to engage the campus community, particularly in heading up the collaboration and engagement strategy for the HR Design project.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cUnder Harry\u2019s strategic leadership, this engagement strategy has been at the core of our efforts to communicate about, and discuss, the new HR system,\u201d Lavigna says. \u201cThis collaborative process enabled us to ultimately obtain endorsements of our plan from all campus stakeholders, including senior leadership and our shared governance bodies.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFor Webne-Behrman, it feels good to know that his colleagues feel positively about his work. Working with \u201ccolleagues who bring a great deal of intelligence, creativity, and dedication to addressing critical workplace and professional development needs across this campus\u201d makes his job most satisfying.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cI enjoy teaching the skills needed so we may all collaborate effectively in this work, and I also appreciate having the opportunity to facilitate meaningful conversations regarding some of the key policy issues we face as a campus,\u201d Webne-Behrman says. \u201cBut the most satisfying element is that I get to work with wonderful colleagues in ongoing learning communities, various projects (large and small), and in teaching situations that continue to energize me and improve my skills.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":22726,"headline":"Academic Staff Excellence Awards recognize nine outstanding professionals","externalUrl":null,"description":"Nine members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison\u2019s academic staff are receiving recognition for their achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.","pubDate":"2014/04/10 06:34:00 -0500","thumb_url":"/story_images/8489/thumb/Haynes_Lynn_Lab14_0971.jpg","content":"\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8489\" class=\"inline-content photo span\" style=\"width: 550px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"/story_images/8489/full_width/Haynes_Lynn_Lab14_0971.jpg?1397071074\" alt=\"Lynn Haynes in the lab\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ELynn Haynes, distinguished researcher in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine and Public Health, works her lab. Haynes is one of nine recipients of the 2014 Academic Staff Awards.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhotos: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"byline\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/span\u003E\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENine members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison\u2019s academic staff are receiving recognition for their achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cWe depend upon academic staff to have a vision that extends well beyond their own departments \u2013 a vision that enables them to see opportunities for collaboration and innovation,\u201d says Chancellor Rebecca Blank. \u201cThese awards celebrate not only extraordinary work but the gift of joyful, compassionate, caring colleagues.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe Academic Staff Assembly will honor recipients of the 2014 Academic Staff Excellence Awards at its meeting on Monday, April 14. They will also be honored at a reception with the chancellor on Wednesday, April 23 at the Fluno Center.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe recipients are:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EChristine Seibert, associate dean for medical education in the School of Medicine and Public Health\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EChancellor\u2019s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching\u00a0 \u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8486\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8486/medium/Seibert_8072-2.jpg?1397070635\" alt=\"Christine Seibert\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EChristine Seibert\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn addition to practicing general internal medicine at UW Health and serving as an attending physician at UW Hospital and Clinics, Seibert is a valued educator and advisor for students, residents and junior faculty.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAs associate dean, Seibert has built exemplary education programs while continuing to teach in the classroom and at the bedside. She oversees an educational team that develops, implements, and evaluates the school\u2019s entire medical student curriculum. She has played a key role in transforming the curriculum and serving as a principal or co-investigator on several institutional and federal grants.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENationally, Seibert has served on several education committees for the Association of American Medical Colleges and develops test materials for the United States Medical Licensing Exam.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cShe goes beyond the curriculum,\u201d says fellow Excellence in Teaching Award winner Bennett Vogelman. \u201cShe models great interpersonal skills at the bedside, showing empathy and compassion. In fact, she shows these characteristics not just to patients and families but everyone on her team. In summary, Christine Seibert does it all.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EMarcel W\u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003E\u00fc\u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003Eethrich, \u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003Esenior scientist\u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003E in the Department of Pediatrics\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EChancellor\u2019s Award\u00a0for Excellence in Research \u2014 Independent Investigator \u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8488\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8488/medium/Wuethrich_Marcel_hs14_0861.jpg?1397070870\" alt=\"Marcel W\u00fcethrich\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EMarcel W\u00fcethrich\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EW\u00fcethrich\u2019s work focuses on the basic immunological question of how pathogenic fungi and human pathogens are sensed by the immune system to protect the host. His contribution to the work of his department includes both his own outstanding scientific work and his service as a colleague, teacher and mentor.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe quality of W\u00fcethrich\u2019s mentoring is clear in the letters of support from several former students. This support extends to the leader of his lab.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cI often turn to Marcel when key experiments or assays need problem solving,\u201d says Bruce Klein, professor of pediatrics, internal medicine, and medical microbiology and immunology. \u201cHis steady hand at the bench and sharp mind often clarify my and others\u2019 ideas.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EW\u00fcethrich thrives in this mutually beneficial environment.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cI work at the cutting edge of science along with a national and international community of collaborators and colleagues,\u201d he says. \u201cI also enjoy educating and mentoring trainees at any level of their research career.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ELynn Haynes\u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003E, distinguished researcher in the Department of Surgery\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EChancellor\u2019s Award\u00a0for Excellence in Research \u2014 Critical Support \u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8483\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8483/medium/Haynes_Lynn_hs14_0800.jpg?1397070317\" alt=\"Lynn Haynes\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ELynn Haynes\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHaynes spends the majority of her time researching transplant immunology in the labs of Dixon Kaufman and William Burlingham. Additionally, she serves as research operations director for the Department of Surgery.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cIt is incredibly rewarding to know that the work I do may help someone in their research endeavors or that the research we do may help a patient maintain their transplanted organ for a longer period of time,\u201d she says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn both roles, she relishes the ability to solve problems. She helps other investigators within the department do their work more efficiently through operations management; she works with students at all levels of training \u2013 from undergraduates to post-doctoral fellows and surgery residents \u2013 to solve research problems.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cHer teaching is simply outstanding,\u201d says lab leader William Burlingham. \u201cShe understands the importance of carefullab technique, but does not neglect the conceptual side, so that individuals training with her know what they are doing and why they are doing it.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EFran Breit, Program Manager III for Wisconsin Careers in the Center on Education and Work\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EChancellor\u2019s Award for Excellence in Service to the University\u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8480\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8480/medium/Breit_Fran_hs14_0815.jpg?1397069986\" alt=\"Fran Breit\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EFran Breit\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFran Breit describes her work as \u201ca career of careers.\u201d As the Center on Education and Work (CEW) expanded, she managed projects including the first CD-ROM-based career information system in the country, and \u2013 after the advent of the internet \u2013 career development websites WISCareers and CareerLocker, which allow students to set educational and career goals, develop class plans, and put together resumes. She also spearheaded work on CEW\u2019s first international project, eCareers, a web-based education and career guidance portal for students in Singapore.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBreit also contributed to shared governance, serving terms on the Academic Staff Assembly, the Committee on Academic Staff Issues, the University Ridge Oversight Committee, the Athletic Board Finance Committee, and the Academic Planning Council.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESet to retire in June, Breit considers herself lucky to have found a job so early in her career that provided her with so much joy and satisfaction. To her, the most rewarding part of her work was creating products that \u201chelped so many people in very profound ways.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EPaul Evans, director of University Housing\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EWisconsin Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Leadership: College, School or the Larger University Community Level\u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8482\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8482/medium/Evans_Paul_hs14_0848.jpg?1397070196\" alt=\"Paul Evans\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EPaul Evans\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENo one in elementary school tells the class that they want to lead university housing. Evans planned to be a dentist. But in 1978, he began \u201cwhat quickly became, and has remained, a love affair with University Housing and UW-Madison.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EEvans has held six positions with Housing during almost 36 years on campus, serving as director since 1998. He plans to retire at the end of the academic year.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EDuring his career, Evans has particularly enjoyed the satisfaction of shepherding many major projects, such as the rebuilding of Ogg Hall and Gordon Commons, from idea to design to completion.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EUnder his leadership, Housing has both followed national trends and established its own, promoting student success through the integration of academic, extracurricular and residence life.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cEverything revolves around students,\u201d says Evans. \u201cIt is their enthusiasm for what they are doing, and for the adventures that are in front of them. Their excitement at being Badgers is infectious.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EMatt Sanders\u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003E, executive director of the Department of Chemistry\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EWAA Award for Excellence in Leadership\u00a0 \u2014 Individual Unit Level\u00a0 \u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8485\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8485/medium/Sanders_Matt_hs14_6866.jpg?1397070515\" alt=\"Matt Sanders\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EMatt Sanders\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESanders has served as the administrative head of his department since the position\u2019s creation in 1996. He brings stability amidst transition, allowing academic leaders to maintain active scholarship.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cMatt has been a strong partner for six chairs and has increased the effectiveness of each substantially,\u201d says former chair Fleming Crim. \u201cHe has emerged as the leader of all the senior staff in the department.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn 2013, while welcoming a new department chair, the department lost its academic department manager, two key classified staff members and the building superintendent. Sanders steered the department toward calmer waters \u2013 all while recovering from a serious accident.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cI get to interact with the talented faculty, staff and graduate student scholars who are the heart of this highly-ranked graduate program,\u201d says Sanders. \u201cThe intelligence, creativity and drive of my faculty colleagues constantly impresses me. The knowledge and dedication of the staff help to keep it a pleasant place to work. In particular, I enjoy watching the graduate students grow as they progress through the program.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EChristine DeSmet, faculty associate in the Division of Continuing Studies\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003ERobert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach\u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8481\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8481/medium/DeSmet_Christine_hs14_0769.jpg?1397070098\" alt=\"Christine DeSmet\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EChristine DeSmet\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EDeSmet\u2019s nominators note that she has \u201csingle-handedly created the brand\u201d of the Continuing Studies creative writing program. Thanks to retreats such as the Writers\u2019 Institute, now in its 25th year, and the summer Write-by-the-Lake Writer\u2019s Workshop \u0026amp; Retreat, the program has won awards and gained national prominence.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EDeSmet\u2019s outreach has touched thousands of adult students in Wisconsin and beyond. Her students have published books and short stories, optioned scripts, and enjoyed successes in national contests and at film festivals. Her online courses take the UW-Madison campus around the world, helping writers in countries including Armenia, Canada, England, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Norway.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cI\u2019m humbled and proud when I witness the successes of my adult students,\u201d says DeSmet. \u201cSome live in areas that lack sufficient writing classes. Some have been told in the past they can\u2019t write; I love proving that they can. The students are ecstatic when they finish or sell their short story, novel, or screenplay. So am I.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EJean Petersen, \u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003Estudent services coordinator in the Department of Genetics\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EMartha Casey Award for Dedication to Excellence \u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8484\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8484/medium/Petersen_Jean_hs14_1102.jpg?1397070423\" alt=\"Jean Petersen\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EJean Petersen\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EPetersen considers herself \u201cthe bridge to the richness of the genetics department.\u201d She advises both undergraduates and graduates in academics and, often, life. She spurs them to think about careers and sort out strategies and opportunities in the face of unexpected challenges.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAt all levels, Petersen has encouraged a healthy environment for student-faculty interaction, building a community where everyone can thrive. Genetics majors want to be involved as leaders in CALS. Faculty want to be involved as mentors, not just teachers. Petersen also \u201ckeeps the family together,\u201d maintaining close relationships with department alumni. This synergy makes the department successful.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOn campus and at national events, Petersen\u2019s dedication to recruiting has particularly encouraged underrepresented minorities to pursue opportunities in genetics and other areas of the sciences.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cWatching students grow as they pursue opportunities at UW-Madison is what I enjoy most,\u201d says Petersen. \u201cThrough these experiences, students discover their passion: the most critical component of success.\u00a0 I learn something new every day; typically, this learning comes from the students.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EJane Terpstra\u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003E, \u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003Edirector and instructor of Distance Education Professional Development in the Division of Continuing Studies\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003EAnn Wallace Career Achievement Award\u00a0 \u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8487\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8487/medium/Terpstra_Jane_hs14_0874.jpg?1397070766\" alt=\"Jane Terpstra\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EJane Terpstra\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBefore coming to Continuing Studies, Terpstra\u2019s impressive resume included teaching experience from the K-12 level through higher education, as well as instructional design and program management of academic technology units.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EShe used the knowledge, skills, and natural leadership developed throughout her career to make a major impact in her final working years, retiring in 2013.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETerpstra\u2019s service to UW-Madison extended across campus, with several terms as a representative to the Academic Staff Assembly. She was also a member of four DoIT advisory and planning committees, the Committee on Academic Staff Issues in both the School of Education and Continuing Studies, and many others.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cJane made significant contributions in distance education, changing not only the field, but also UW-Madison\u2019s place in the field,\u201d says Narra Cox, chair of Professional Development \u0026amp; Applied Studies. \u201cShe has been a pioneer in the field of distance education \u2013 being an early adopter, advocate, and promoter of the use of technology for effective teaching. Her DEPD legacy is a commitment to learner-centered excellence in service to adult learners throughout the world.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u00a0\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":22580,"headline":"Nathan Whitehorn a 2014 'Young Star' in astrophysics","externalUrl":null,"description":"Nathan Whitehorn, a postdoctoral researcher on the IceCube project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named a \u201cYoung Star\u201d by the Division of Astrophysics of the American Physical Society (APS).","pubDate":"2014/02/21 06:32:00 -0600","thumb_url":"/story_images/8261/thumb/DSC_0369.JPG","content":"\u003Cp\u003ENathan Whitehorn, a postdoctoral researcher on the \u003Ca href=\"http://icecube.wisc.edu/\"\u003EIceCube\u003C/a\u003E project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named a \u201cYoung Star\u201d by the Division of Astrophysics of the \u003Ca href=\"http://www.aps.org/\"\u003EAmerican Physical Society\u003C/a\u003E (APS).\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8261\" class=\"inline-content photo left\" style=\"width: 280px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8261/medium/DSC_0369.JPG?1392932228\" alt=\"Nathan Whitehorn\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ENathan Whitehorn is shown at the South Pole.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThis award recognizes unique, high-impact contributions by division members early in their careers. Whitehorn will give a talk as part of the 2014 Early Career Recognition Lectures at a special session of the April 2014 APS meeting.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"It has been a great privilege to be able to work with the members of IceCube, and especially the group at UW-Madison, on this tremendously exciting discovery,\" Whitehorn says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWhitehorn joined the IceCube Collaboration in September 2007, when he started working with Professor Francis Halzen, of the Wisconsin IceCube Astrophysics Center.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHe has been an active member of the collaboration ever since, and has led two of the most important studies published so far.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHis thesis research resulted in a paper, published in Nature in April 2012. He was also one of the lead researchers of a second paper, this time published in Science, which presented the first evidence of a flux of astrophysical neutrinos.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWhitehorn\u2019s contributions to IceCube go beyond the scientific results. He has been an enthusiastic member of the team, improving IceCube analysis tools and techniques, which are being used by many other studies within the collaboration.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHe has also engaged the youngest researchers in IceCube, helping them navigate through the complex data and software of a cubic-kilometer detector, such as IceCube.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWhitehorn will be leaving Madison at the end of February. He will be continuing his research at the University of California, Berkeley, as a postdoctoral associate, working with Professor Bill Holzapfel and Professor Adrian Lee on the South Pole Telescope and POLARBEAR experiments.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u00a0\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":22498,"headline":"Nominations sought for Classified Employee Recognition Awards","externalUrl":null,"description":"Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Classified Employee Recognition Award, an annual program that rewards exemplary performance from classified staff at the University of Wisconsin\u2013Madison.","pubDate":"2014/02/04 05:47:00 -0600","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003ENominations are being sought for the 2014 Classified Employee Recognition Award, an annual program that rewards exemplary performance from classified staff at the University of Wisconsin\u2013Madison.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAll permanent classified employees who have worked at UW\u2013Madison for at least three years are eligible for nomination.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ECandidates are evaluated on a variety of factors, including success at promoting excellence within the work unit, performing well under pressure, developing innovative solutions to everyday problems and participating in public service activities outside normal work responsibilities.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ELast year\u2019s winners included a locksmith from Facilities Planning and Management, a university services program associate from the College of Letters and Science, and a building manager from UW Law School. \u003Ca href=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/21642\"\u003EClick here\u003C/a\u003E for stories about last year\u2019s winners.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe deadline for submitting nominations is March 14.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EA committee will review the nominations and choose the winners. CERA recipients receive a commemorative plaque, paid registration to an employee development program of their choice and a cash award. The winners will also be honored for their achievements at a special spring ceremony\u00a0hosted by the chancellor at Olin House.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EVisit\u00a0\u003Ca href=\"https://www.ohr.wisc.edu/cera/\"\u003Ehttps://www.ohr.wisc.edu/cera/\u003C/a\u003E\u00a0to make a nomination.\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":22461,"headline":"UW-Madison service and celebrations honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.","externalUrl":null,"description":"A University of Wisconsin-Madison staff member is one of the recipients of this year's City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards. ","pubDate":"2014/01/16 14:20:00 -0600","thumb_url":"/story_images/8100/thumb/www.ncore.ou.jpg","content":"\u003Cp\u003EA University of Wisconsin-Madison staff member is one of the recipients of this year's City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_8100\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/8100/medium/www.ncore.ou.jpg?1389904995\" alt=\"Hazel Symonette\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EHazel Symonette\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHazel Symonette, founder and director of the Student Success Institute and program development and assessment specialist in the Division of Student Life, will receive the award during Madison's 29th annual City-County Observance on Monday, Jan. 20, one of the many activities taking place in celebration of King's life and work.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"Dr. Hazel Symonette is a truly deserving recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award,\" says Mayor Paul Soglin. \"Her decades of work on the UW campus and throughout the city has made an invaluable impact on the lives of students who without her assistance and guidance, would be at risk of dropping out. Her work is nationally known and valued and Madison is very fortunate to have her as a professional and caring volunteer and mentor.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESymonette has used her background in social justice and her long history on campus and at UW System to develop, evaluate and improve success opportunities for all. She has spearheaded a number of important initiatives that have made the work of UW-Madison more accessible to community members, including the Information Technology Academy, a group that works to provide pre-college education and technology access and training for students in Madison public schools.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe celebration takes place at the Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St. The evening begins with a Freedom Songs Sing-In, from 5-5:30 p.m. in the Overture Center's Rotunda.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAt 6 p.m., the City-County Observance begins in the Capitol Theater. Former United Nations ambassador Andrew J. Young, colleague and friend to Dr. King, will give the keynote address. Mayor Paul Soglin and County Executive Joe Parisi will present City and County King Humanitarian awards. The celebration also includes a call to action and a performance by the MLK Community Choir.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOther events taking place on and off campus encourage participants to celebrate and collaborate while enjoying \"a day on, not a day off.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOn Friday, Jan. 17, the celebrations begin with the 27th Annual Free Community Dinner, honoring Dr. King's spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood. The event takes place on the second floor of Gordon Commons, 770 W. Dayton St., from 4:30-7 p.m. Kobussen Buses will provide free shuttles to and from the dinner, with pickups are scheduled at the YWCA, 101 E Mifflin Street (departing at 5:45 p.m.) and Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Ave. (departing at 5:55 p.m.).\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOn Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day begins as the Morgridge Center for Public Service sponsors a day of science and service for local middle and high school youth, held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMore than 300 students have already registered for this free day of service and science, encouraging students to become involved in their community and learn about science, technology, engineering, math and medical educational and career options. Sessions in 2013 included Bioethics Poetry Slam, Exploring the Nanoworld, Playsquads (gaming+learning+society), Teaming with Microbes, What's Eating My Food? and Groundwater: Go with the Flow!\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe event is held in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Madison and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Town Center. To learn more or sign up, visit the Urban League's website.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMadison Metro buses will follow alternate schedules on Monday, Jan. 20. Campus routes 80 and 84 follow weekday recess schedules, while most major city routes follow Saturday schedules. In addition, all standing paratransit rides are canceled. Maps of all bus detours and updated bus schedules are available at http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/. For more information, contact Metro at 608-266-4466 or mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com.\u003Cbr /\u003E\u003Cbr /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":22352,"headline":"Mercile Lee, student advocate and mentor, retires with honor","externalUrl":null,"description":"Her gracious exterior hides a backbone strengthened by years of fighting the effects of segregation in her native Virginia. She learned to combat inequality by following her parents\u2019 example: solving problems with thoughtful, dignified solutions that assisted other people at the same time.","pubDate":"2013/11/29 09:01:00 -0600","thumb_url":"/story_images/7970/thumb/Lee_Mercile_hs13_9313.JPG","content":"\u003Cp\u003EAs Mercile Lee prepares to leave Bascom Hall for the last time as an administrator, she has eschewed recognition for her many years of dedication to the Chancellor\u2019s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EA small woman with a mild, pleasant demeanor that recalls her Southern origins, she would rather the spotlight remain on her students than herself.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_7970\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 180px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/7970/medium/Lee_Mercile_hs13_9313.JPG?1385737606\" alt=\"Mercile Lee\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EMercile Lee\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"byline\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/span\u003E\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHer gracious exterior hides a backbone strengthened by years of fighting the effects of segregation in her native Virginia. She learned to combat inequality by following her parents\u2019 example: solving problems with thoughtful, dignified solutions that assisted other people at the same time.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cWe do the work we do not because of the public recognition we receive, but because of personal commitment,\u201d said Lee recently. \u201cIt isn\u2019t about me. It is about focusing on opportunities to help others develop to their fullest.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAs she transitions into retirement from her role as assistant vice provost for academic affairs, Lee has been named the recipient of the 2013 Manfred E. Swarsensky Humanitarian Service Award from the Madison Downtown Rotary Club. The award, established in 1982 to honor a respected Madison rabbi, identifies individuals who have, through their voluntary efforts, made a particularly outstanding contribution to the humanitarian service in the greater Madison community.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAlong with the award, the Madison Rotary Foundation presented $2,500 to an agency of the recipient\u2019s choice. Lee selected the Chancellor\u2019s Scholarship Program.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIt\u2019s a fitting tribute to a woman whose life has exemplified the Rotary motto: \u201cService Above Self.\u201d For nearly 30 years, she has devoted her life to making sure that the students of her scholarship programs know that they are welcome, valued and encouraged at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"Each time we take pride in these scholars' achievements, we celebrate Mercile's determination and compassion,\" says Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr.\u00a0\"Finding the right students was only the beginning of her involvement in their lives; for many alumni, that involvement continues. With her quiet strength, Mercile has\u00a0helped them recognize their own capabilities.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThroughout her academic career, Lee found herself amidst history. As a student at Virginia Union University, a historically black university in Richmond, she guided a visiting Martin Luther King, Jr. on campus and began a friendship with the civil rights leader. The first in her family to attend graduate school (at Connecticut\u2019s Hartford Seminary), she was also the first faculty member of color at Ottawa University, in Kansas, eventually chairing its Division of Education and Psychology.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_quote_1385737687120\" class=\"inline-content pull_quote left\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"quote\"\u003E\u201cThe challenge now is to maintain the support of these numbers, provide the experiences that we feel are important and to endow the program.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"quotee\"\u003EMercile Lee\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAt UW-Madison, Lee founded the Chancellors and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs in 1984 to serve students from underrepresented minority and disadvantaged backgrounds.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cI knew that something had to be done to increase the number and retention of ethnic minority students on campus,\u201d said Lee, in 1998. \u201cThe university needed to reflect the diversity of talents, abilities and backgrounds within and among ethnic minority groups that occurred quite naturally with the majority student population. The challenge now is to maintain the support of these numbers, provide the experiences that we feel are important and to endow the program.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAt the time she made those statements, the program had met its annual goals of having at least 25 students enroll each year, with a total of 107 scholars. Today, the Chancellor\u2019s and Powers-Knapp programs have created educational opportunities for over 1860 undergraduates, with 120 new scholars arriving on campus this past fall. Graduation rates typically exceed those of UW-Madison\u2019s general student population. More than half of the program\u2019s graduates have pursued graduate or professional degrees.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cMercile has institutionalized a philosophy of tough but unconditional love, combining an unyielding belief in an individual\u2019s potential and their ability to achieve the unexpected,\u201d says Dominic Ledesma, the programs\u2019 associate director. \u201cIt\u2019s about having high expectations, not letting them settle for anything less than their best.\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn May, more than 250 former scholars paid tribute to Lee at a gathering celebrating her retirement. Many of them referred to her as a kind of \u201cmother,\u201d exemplifying the personal pride she took in each student\u2019s life.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cThe Swarsensky Award selection committee members were careful in distinguishing a nominee\u2019s professional accomplishments from their volunteer services,\u201d writes Rotary president Renee Moe.\u00a0\u201cIt is noted, however, that the \u2018above and beyond\u2019 accomplishments Mercile achieved within her professional position qualified as volunteer work. As one of her colleagues states, \u2018It took back-breaking leadership, comprehensive knowledge of the university\u2019s capacity and incredible caring and nurturing of students outside normal work hours.\u2019\u201d\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EYears ago, Lee honored one of her own mentors by helping to create the Madison and Dane County Martin Luther King Coalition. And in January of this year, she became one of two recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award during the celebration she helped bring to life in 1985.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ELee\u2019s legacy will endure.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u201cMy parents exemplified service leadership and instilled in each of their 12 children the moral responsibility to help those in need,\u201d said Lee, in her acceptance speech for the King award. \u201cWe were challenged to develop our own potential and give back regardless of how little or much we had. I still hear my mother singing, \u2018If I can help somebody along the way, then my living will not be in vain.\u2019\u201d\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":21642,"headline":"Five UW staff receive Classified Employee Recognition Awards","externalUrl":null,"description":"Five members of UW-Madison\u2019s classified staff have been named recipients of the 2013 Classified Employee Recognition Awards.","pubDate":"2013/04/03 06:00:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_5419\" class=\"inline-content photo span\" style=\"width: 600px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/5419/original/Crawford_UW_Locksmith13_7327.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Crawford\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EChris Crawford, locksmith at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, rebuilds a door lock at a workbench inside the Physical Plant Locksmith Shop on March 29, 2013.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFive members of UW-Madison\u0026rsquo;s classified staff have been named recipients of the 2013 Classified Employee Recognition Awards.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMark Walters, director of classified human resources, says sifting out five recipients from the many worthy nominees is always a challenge. \u0026ldquo;It really speaks to the wonderful employees we have on the campus,\u0026rdquo; he says.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe honorees, who will be honored at a ceremony on May 1 at Olin House, are:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EChristopher Crawford, locksmith, Facilities Planning and Management (FP\u0026amp;M)\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ECrawford says he gets the greatest satisfaction in his job by making sure his customers have both access and security.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_5409\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/5409/original/Crawford_Chris_hs13_6744-1.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Crawford\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EChristopher Crawford\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;What they need is full security, and what they want is to flow through their facility freely,\u0026rdquo; Crawford says. \u0026ldquo;Trying to put equal focus on both security and convenience is sometimes a tricky task. When I am able to do this, the customers are happy, which makes me happy.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETim Croy, a fellow locksmith, writes in his nomination submission that Crawford is a good role model for his coworkers and that the positive attitude he demonstrates reflects well on the team.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Chris encourages his colleagues through leading by example, and is willing to provide the assistance required in order for them to succeed,\u0026rdquo; Croy writes.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ECrawford worked with the FP\u0026amp;M\u0026rsquo;s electrical shop to implement new lockout/tagout procedures, which disable equipment to protect workers during maintenance activities, and he designed a new process for checking out keys at the lock shop.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;On a daily basis, Chris emphasizes service and efficiency, and is constantly driving our team to improve our reputation,\u0026rdquo; Croy writes.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ECrawford says he\u0026rsquo;s humbled to be named a recipient of the award: \u0026ldquo;The university is made up of a lot of really hard-working individuals, and it means a lot to have been selected from this group.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EJosh Cutler, building manager and pay and benefit specialist advanced, UW Law School\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ECutler says he wasn\u0026rsquo;t expecting to be selected for recognition.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_5411\" class=\"inline-content photo left\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/5411/original/Cutler_Josh_hs13_6935-1.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Cutler\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EJosh Cutler\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;It was a real shock to me that I won the award,\u0026rdquo; he says. \u0026ldquo;I am sure that there are many people on campus who work hard every day to make their school and departments run the best they can. I am humbled to think that my coworkers thought this highly of me to nominate me, and I thank them with all my heart.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ECutler\u0026rsquo;s nominators say that from the time he joined the Law School in 2005 as a financial specialist 3, Cutler has taken on and mastered new responsibilities with aplomb, and he handled the school\u0026rsquo;s business transactions, payroll duties and building management without complaint when staffing levels were low.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;I can honestly say he did the work of three people for an extended period of time,\u0026rdquo; writes Bethany Pluymers, associate dean for administration at the Law School. \u0026ldquo;I couldn\u0026rsquo;t ask for a better right hand, and I sure hope I never have to look for one.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;In his time doing double and even triple duty, [Cutler] not only handled all the work accurately and efficiently, he also introduced innovations, such as training for faculty in the use of the increasing number of online tools available to them,\u0026rdquo; writes R. Alta Charo, law professor. \u0026ldquo;This has all been extraordinary, but what makes it unique is the good humor and generosity of spirit with which he had taken on these tasks.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETo Cutler, the best thing about his job is the variety of tasks he gets to tackle day to day.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;There is always a new challenge that keeps it fresh,\u0026rdquo; he says. \u0026ldquo;I really like and respect the people I work closely with on an everyday basis here in the Law School and across the campus community.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EShoko Miyagi, training officer senior, Facilities Planning and Management (FP\u0026amp;M)\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMiyagi says she feels fortunate to have a job where she can practice her passion \u0026mdash; the communication skills that build relationships.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_5413\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/5413/original/Miyagi_Shoko_hs13_6764-1.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Miyagi\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EShoko Miyago\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;The biggest \u0026lsquo;aha\u0026rsquo; comes to me when I get to connect with the real person behind the rough persona,\u0026rdquo; Miyagi says. \u0026ldquo;We discover that we share similar values, even in frustrating situations. I can change the world around me, one connection at a time.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMiyagi organizes new employee orientation workshops for her division. Becky Guelig, Custodial Services program supervisor, notes that during her talks, Miyagi compares FP\u0026amp;M to the roots of a tree.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;She explains that while the rest of the campus is metaphorically the tree, the services that FP\u0026amp;M provides are that of the roots that ensure the tree stays upright and growing,\u0026rdquo; Guelig writes in the nomination document. \u0026ldquo;In many ways, Shoko embodies this metaphor with the work she does. She is always there to help provide support and encouragement to everyone she encounters to help them grow and be better.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMiyagi has brought an innovative approach through her skill-building workshops on proactive communication, teaching participants how to use communication to address diversity issues and conflict transformation, and to create an inclusive work environment.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;We see clearly how the things she teaches us makes us better employees and competitive,\u0026rdquo; writes Guelig.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EA native of Okinawa, Japan, Miyagi says the award has a special meaning for her. \u0026ldquo;I am far away from home.\u0026nbsp;This acknowledgement reassures me that what I do matters \u0026mdash; I matter here,\u0026rdquo; she says.\u0026nbsp;\u0026ldquo;And that to me feels like home.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ELinda Row, university services program associate, College of Letters and Science\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESandra Arfa, English as a Second Language (ESL) director, says Lee \u0026mdash; as Linda Row is known to her coworkers \u0026mdash; is the \u0026ldquo;public face, and voice and email\u0026rdquo; of the program.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_5415\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/5415/original/Row_Linda_hs13_7237-1.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Row\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ELinda Row\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ERow juggles multiple tasks, from finding classroom space, to teaching staff how to use the copy machine, to helping students register for classes. She also instituted an efficient sign-up method for the SPEAK test, an oral test required of prospective international TAs, and improved the transmission of test scores to departments and students. She made the record-keeping system at the program user-friendly, and redesigned forms and memos to make them easier to follow.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EUntil a part-time position was filled recently, Row was the sole support worker for a program that includes nearly 1,000 international students, a variety of classes and a staff of 50 people, Arfa writes in the nomination submission.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;While the quantity of work that Lee accomplishes is quite stunning, it is the patience and kindness she exhibits that stand out,\u0026rdquo; Arfa explains. \u0026ldquo;She is always gracious to the many students who flock to the office with questions, always ready to help staff with problems and concerns, and is simply there for all of us, whatever we may need.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETo Row, the most satisfying part of her job is being \u0026ldquo;part of a program that makes such a genuine effort to help students succeed.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Receiving [the award] means that the people I work with in the UW-Madison\u0026rsquo;s outstanding ESL program appreciate the work I do and took the time and effort to propose me for the award,\u0026rdquo; Row says. \u0026ldquo;I\u0026rsquo;m humbled and grateful for the appreciation they have shown.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EWilliam Zimmerman, IS supervisor 2, Repair and Departmental Support (RaDS), Division of Information Technology (DoIT)\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Bill\u0026rsquo;s work and leadership has been instrumental in creating a group that not only provides an outstanding technology service for the campus community, but also does so with a level of customer service and positive approach that is remarkable,\u0026rdquo; writes Brandon Bernier, director of user services at DoIT, in nominating Zimmerman.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_5417\" class=\"inline-content photo left\" style=\"width: 200px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/5417/original/Zimmerman_William_hs13_7180-1.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Zimmerman\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EPhoto: William Zimmerman\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBernier describes the RaDS group as being in \u0026ldquo;disarray\u0026rdquo; before Zimmerman took over. With Zimmerman\u0026rsquo;s direction, Bernier writes, \u0026ldquo;they have revamped the repair area to have a strong customer-service focus, which has led to faster resolutions, increased customer-service scores and less equipment being returned for issues.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;[H]is area has become a cost model that allowed campus to leverage technology services for a smaller cost than what the department would\u0026rsquo;ve incurred by hiring their own staff, thus returning more money back to the academic and research areas of the university,\u0026rdquo; Bernier writes.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;The exemplary customer-service and troubleshooting skills that [the] RaDS staff provides under Bill\u0026rsquo;s tutelage is a model to emulate,\u0026rdquo; writes John Krogman, chief operating officer, in support of the nomination. \u0026ldquo;He instills high standards among his staff and yet provides a supportive and engaging work environment.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EZimmerman says the award \u0026ldquo;reflects the dedication, passion and desire we have as a team to provide the best possible IT support service for our campus customers. Without our team, this award would not be possible.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;The most satisfying part of my job is working with and leading this outstanding team of experts who ensure a safe and reliable computing environment for our diverse campus customers.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20985,"headline":"Four honored as UW-Madison\u2019s 2012 Outstanding Women of Color ","externalUrl":null,"description":"Four women deeply rooted in the community through social justice work, service, research and community building have been named recipients of UW-Madison\u2019s Outstanding Women of Color Awards.","pubDate":"2012/09/04 06:00:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003EFour women deeply rooted in the community through social justice work, service, research and community building have been named recipients of UW-Madison\u0026rsquo;s Outstanding Women of Color Awards.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThey are associate surgery professor \u003Ca href=\"http://www.surgery.wisc.edu/profile/jacquelynn-arbuckle\"\u003EJacquelynn Dawn Arbuckle\u003C/a\u003E; law professor \u003Ca href=\"http://law.wisc.edu/profiles/tlbrito@wisc.edu\"\u003ETonya Lynn Brito\u003C/a\u003E; \u003Ca href=\"http://experts.news.wisc.edu/experts/326\"\u003EDawn Bryant Crim,\u003C/a\u003E associate dean for external relations at the School of Education; and Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions graduate fellow \u003Ca href=\"http://lisar.lss.wisc.edu/\"\u003ERohany Nayan\u003C/a\u003E.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe selection committee also identified Brito and Arbuckle as UW-Madison\u0026rsquo;s nominees for the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe campus\u0026rsquo; Outstanding Women of Color Awards were established to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women of color.\u0026nbsp; This year\u0026rsquo;s recipients will be honored at a reception on Monday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Each year the committee is delighted to find women of color who are doing tremendous work on the campus and in the community,\u0026rdquo; says Ruby Paredes, assistant vice provost for diversity and climate.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHere is more on this year\u0026rsquo;s recipients:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EJacquelynn Dawn Arbuckle\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_4203\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 130px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/4203/original/jacquelynn_d_arbuckle_md_profile.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Jacquelynn Arbuckle\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EArbuckle\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003EArbuckle is a lecturer and surgical instructor active in the Department of Surgery\u0026rsquo;s Women and Surgery Club, where she advises, mentors, and offers support to current and future female surgeons. She has implemented diversity initiatives at the institutional level and served as a mentor. Now working to develop the Native American Health Office as part of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, she continues to reach out by introducing pre-college American Indian students from Wisconsin to health professions.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EArbuckle has led efforts in diversity at the racial and gender levels, according to Herbert Chen, MD, chairman of the Division of General Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Through Dr. Arbuckle's efforts the number of women in our faculty and residency has grown to the point where women comprise over half of our surgical trainees in our residency programs and one-third of our faculty members in general surgery,\u0026rdquo; Chen said.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ETanya Lynn Brito\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_4201\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 130px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/4201/original/brito_profile_resize.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Tanya Brito\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EBrito\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBrito joined the Law School faculty in 1997, and embodies the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea through her contributions to social justice, community service, scholarly research and writing on issues of race and poverty.\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003EShe has been devoted to social justice and community service through family law and three non-profit agencies; the Center for Family Policy and Practice, WORT 89.9 FM and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, serving as state and national policy advocate for families with respect to welfare programs, fatherhood initiatives and child support.\u0026nbsp; Brito also has been the on-air host for \u0026ldquo;A Public Affair\u0026rdquo; at WORT 89.9 since 2007.\u0026nbsp; She has also provided pro bono advocacy for families before the United States Supreme Court.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003EAt the Law School, she has worked to reform fundamental curriculum and foster an inclusive and supportive environment for diversity in the Law School, serving on a half-dozen working committees. \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EDawn Bryant Crim\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_4199\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 130px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/4199/original/Crim_Dawn_hs09_0420.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Dawn Crim\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ECrim\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003ECrim is described by one nominator as \u0026ldquo;a woman of integrity who is a wonderful role model for young women regardless of their race or ethnicity.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003E\u0026ldquo;She has readily volunteered to serve as a speaker and workshop leader for a variety of community organizations that serve young women of color, including co-founding the Madison Network of Black Professionals,\u0026rdquo; says education professor Gloria Ladson-Billings.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003ENominator Annette Miller notes Crim\u0026rsquo;s\u0026nbsp; \u0026ldquo;unwavering commitment to advancing the agenda of women; particularly women of color.\u0026rdquo; She adds: What is truly phenomenal about Dawn is the way she accomplishes her agenda. It is seamless and quiet without a lot of pomp and circumstance.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003EValyncia Rapheal, a graduate student and athlete, has been mentored by Crim for seven years. \u0026ldquo;Now, as a second-year law student and first-year Ph.D. student, I owe much of my current success to the mentorship and support of Mrs. Crim,\u0026rdquo; she says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ERohany Nayan\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_4197\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 130px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/4197/original/nayan.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Rohany Nayan\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ENayan\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003ENayan is dedicated to forging long-term understanding among Jews, Christians and Muslims. She is heralded for her work as a Morgridge Graduate Fellow at the Lubar Institute, says Charles Cohen, Lubar Institute director. Nayan combines broad linguistic skills with exposure to cultures across the globe and is an effective mediator and engaging educator.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"Default\"\u003E\u0026ldquo;She has advanced the cause of improving inter religious understanding both on and off campus more effectively than anyone else I know or can imagine,\u0026rdquo; Cohen said.\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENayan is director of LISAR\u0026rsquo;s Community Forum, which brings together adults from the greater Madison area to discuss and learn about each other\u0026rsquo;s traditions.\u0026nbsp; Her reputation for knowledge, tact and insight on how to improve interfaith relations has mushroomed into outreach engagements ranging from school districts and across campuses across the state to St. Mary\u0026rsquo;s Hospital and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to churches of all denominations throughout the region.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFor a list of past UW-Madison and UW System honorees, \u003Ca href=\"http://diversity.wisc.edu/\"\u003Eclick here\u003C/a\u003E.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20907,"headline":"UW-Madison wins Historical Society award","externalUrl":null,"description":"The Wisconsin Historical Society has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison a 2012 Historic Restoration Award for the exterior rehabilitation work on North Hall and South Hall.","pubDate":"2012/07/31 06:00:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/\"\u003EThe Wisconsin Historical Society\u003C/a\u003E has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison a 2012 Historic Restoration Award for the exterior rehabilitation work on North Hall and South Hall.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_4121\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 280px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/4121/original/South_Hall_stonework11_0507.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: South Hall renovation\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EWorking from a lift-platform, construction workers repair damaged stonework and deteriorating mortar on the exterior of South Hall. The restorative work includes replacement of windowpanes and repair of damaged stones and door headers of historic North and South Halls.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EJeff Miller\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAs part of the project, specially trained construction crews replaced mortar, fixed damaged stonework and repaired and re-glazed windows in the two buildings that date to the middle of the 19th century. Masons who worked on the buildings had to pass rigorous training programs before they were allowed to work on the buildings.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENon-historic Portland cement, which had been used for previous repairs and was damaging the buildings, was removed and replaced with lime putty mortar that matched the color and texture of the original mortar. Salvaged sandstone from St. Raphael's Cathedral was an exact match for these buildings and was used when necessary.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EGary Brown, director of planning and landscape architecture, will accept this award on behalf of the university and the project team (Owen Landsverk, fo the state Department of Administration and Laura Davis, of Isthmus Architecture) who facilitated the renovation of these historic buildings on campus.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EA panel of judges from the Wisconsin Historical Society deemed the pair of projects as ample evidence of the university's commitment to excellence and authenticity in the restoration and renovation of historic buildings.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20803,"headline":"UW-Madison\u2019s Mitchell named young professional of the year","externalUrl":null,"description":"Everett Mitchell has a simple - and compelling - reason for why he gives so much of his time doing community service work. ","pubDate":"2012/06/20 14:11:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003EEverett Mitchell has a simple \u0026#8212; and compelling \u0026#8212; reason for why he gives so much of his time doing community service work.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"Because somebody gave it to me,\" he says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3977\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 171px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3977/original/mitchell.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Everett Mitchell\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EMitchell\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EGrowing up in inner-city Fort Worth, Texas, Mitchell, now the University of Wisconsin-Madison's director of community relations, says the reason he made to college and in to a career was because of people who took time out to help him get ahead.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"I'm successful today because along the way I always had people who just took time,\" says Everett, who was recently named \"Young Professional of the Year\" by the Urban League of Madison. \"I figure that I'm responsible for giving that back to others. Some of them aren't even alive any more, but they sowed a lot of time in to me. I respect that and need to give that back.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn his role for UW-Madison, Mitchell represents UW-Madison to local units of government, and develops relationships with local leaders and organizations.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe Urban League of Madison gives the award each year to a young professional who is making a difference in the lives of others through community service, a commitment to diversity and demonstrated leadership potential.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"What's unique about Everett is that at a young age he appears to have found his calling,\" says Mark Richardson, vice president of economic and workforce development for the Urban League of Greater Madison. \"His education and skill sets have afforded him many different opportunities, this community is fortunate that he is so invested. It's that kind of commitment that makes a real difference in people's lives.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETommie Jones, a close friend of Mitchell's and customer communications coordinator in the Income, Sales and Excise Tax Division of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, says he nominated Mitchell for the award because the work Mitchell does on social justice, education, and youth and families mirrors the work of the Urban League.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"Everett is one of the most hardworking individuals that I know, and he finds time to make an impact in every organization he's involved in \u0026#8212; it's not small or intangible,\" Jones says. \"And every day he does it with a smile. That's just who he is.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EDuring the eight years he's spent in Madison, Mitchell has been involved with a number of community service groups including 100 Black Men of Madison, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Big Brothers, Schools of Hope, United Way, the Madison Homeless Housing Consortium and the Dane County Criminal Justice Planning Group.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMitchell came to UW-Madison in May from the Dane County district attorney's office. Before that, he spent six years as associate director of the Madison-Area Urban Ministry, where he worked to help people prepare for lives outside prison, as well as with restorative justice programs for ex-offenders.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMitchell also serves as pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church on the east side of Madison, where his wife, Mankah Mitchell, a UW-Madison doctoral student, helps him in work with young women.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHe has a bachelor's degree in religion and mathematics from Morehouse College, a master of divinity and a master of theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMitchell says it was humbling to be recognized for his work, but adds that he doesn't do it alone.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"Any kind of work you do, when you're transforming people's lives, you work with people who are just as committed as you are,\" he says. \"You don't do this work by yourself.\"\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20692,"headline":"Five named winners of Classified Employee Recognition Awards","externalUrl":null,"description":"Five members of UW-Madison\u2019s classified staff have been chosen to receive 2012 Classified Employee Recognition Awards.","pubDate":"2012/05/17 06:05:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3825\" class=\"inline-content photo span\" style=\"width: 550px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3825/original/Hansen_Michael12_6358_--small.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Michael Hansen\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EMichael Hansen, restoration project coordinator at the UW Arboretum, removes invasive plants from surrounding native species. Hansen is one of five recipients of a 2012 Classified Employee Recognition Award.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhotos: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFive members of UW-Madison\u0026rsquo;s classified staff have been chosen to receive 2012 Classified Employee Recognition Awards.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMark Walters, director of classified human resources, says the nomination committee was challenged in choosing winners this year because of the quality of those nominated.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;All of the employees nominated were deserving but the committee could only select five,\u0026rdquo; Walters says. \u0026ldquo;Those employees who were ultimately selected can be held up as excellent examples of individuals going above and beyond their normal job responsibilities.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHere are the five employees who will be honored at a reception this summer:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3831\" class=\"inline-content photo right\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3831/original/Ellmann_Rosana_hs12_6310.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Rosana Perez-Ellmann\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EPerez-Ellmann\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ERosana Perez-Ellmann, Academic Department Manager, Department of Chemistry, College of Letters and Science\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ERosana Perez-Ellmann joined the chemistry department about three years ago following a stint in a senior management position at Lands End.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;In that short period of time she has transformed our business office and, indeed, our entire methodology in terms of personnel evaluation throughout the department,\u0026rdquo; James Weisshaar, department chair, said in the award nomination.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;She has the entire operation running very smoothly and she is developing a \u0026lsquo;farm team\u0026rsquo; of excellent workers who can move into higher positions as they open up. She raises the level of everyone\u0026rsquo;s game \u0026ndash; faculty and staff alike,\u0026rdquo; Weishaar added.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Absolutely outstanding,\u0026rdquo; \u0026ldquo;fantastic,\u0026rdquo; and \u0026ldquo;exceptional\u0026rdquo; are words that have been used to describe Perez-Ellmann\u0026rsquo;s job performance. She thinks deeply about how to enhance the department\u0026rsquo;s performance in all areas involving faculty, students and staff.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;She leads by example and by her outcome-based management ideas. She makes everyone around her a better worker by demonstrating her commitment to excellence every day, in every situation,\u0026rdquo; said Weisshaar.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EShe is credited with leading the way toward creation of the department\u0026rsquo;s new board of directors \u0026ndash; a group of highly successful business people from companies most interested in the department\u0026rsquo;s graduates. She has made creative contributions to the department\u0026rsquo;s outreach and fundraising efforts.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EProfessor Robert Hamers said Perez-Ellmann is an out-of-the-box thinker who has transformed the department by substantially increasing efficiency, productivity and the level of service provided, while improving the overall climate throughout the department.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EShe serves on the Campus Climate and Diversity Committee and on a review committee for hiring department administrators across campus. She is also a volunteer on her department\u0026rsquo;s Partners in Giving team.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOff campus, she has been active in the Madison schools, working with them to develop technology grants, and she has organized an event to obtain winter hats and mittens for school children who need them.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3827\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3827/original/Hansen_Michael12_6391.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Micha\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EHansen\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EMichael Hansen, Restoration Project Coordinator, UW Arboretum, Graduate School\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMichael Hansen combines his professional and thoughtful way of working with staff, students and volunteers with his deep knowledge of restoration ecology and land management practices to get crucial work done collaboratively.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMark Wegener, assistant director of the Arboretum, says Hansen approaches his own learning and extensive on-the-land teaching with a belief that questions and curiosity are integral to practicing ecology.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;He has substantially increased our capacity to manage 1,700 acres of UW Arboretum lands in Madison and at our other properties around the state,\u0026rdquo; Wegener said in his nomination of Hansen.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHansen is creative in coordinating with colleagues and volunteers to manage the land effectively. He is never too busy to teach others and his advocacy for greater collaboration with neighbors and conservation organizations is significant.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHe was a co-author of the Arboretum\u0026rsquo;s first-ever application for an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team, which was successful. Thanks in large part to his leadership on submitting a new application, the Arboretum will host another AmeriCorps NCCC team this year.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHansen initiated and supervises the Habitat Restoration Team, a volunteer crew that removes invasive plants, prepares areas for prescribed burns, sows native plant seeds, improves firebreaks and more. Nearly 270 people have volunteered\u0026nbsp; and contributed more than 2,000 hours of service.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Michael makes volunteering a good experience for people,\u0026rdquo; said Wegener. \u0026ldquo;He trains people to do the job at hand, explains why it matters, and willingly shares his deep knowledge of restoration and ecology with them.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EA student volunteer said Hansen is a superb ambassador who makes values volunteers.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHansen serves on the board and committees of the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council and he participates in private ecological restoration projects.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;The land itself, as well as the people who care for, learn from, and are inspired by it, are all enriched by Michael Hansen\u0026rsquo;s exemplary work at the Arboretum,\u0026rdquo; said Wegener.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3829\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3829/original/Legler_Teresa_hs12_6298.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Teresa Legler\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ELegler\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ETeresa Legler, Medical Program Assistant Senior, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, School of Medicine and Public Health\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ETeresa Legler\u0026rsquo;s daily duties include constant and effective communications with patients, family members, referring physicians and co-workers. Her caring and positive attitude brings comfort to ill patients and their families.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;She represents and promotes the overall excellent reputation of the cardiothoracic surgery program and promotes excellence by demonstrating an impeccable work ethic,\u0026rdquo; said Dr. Takushi Kohmoto, her nominator.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Whether she is helping a patient, organizing a consult or operation, or implementing an improvement in the division, she consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty,\u0026rdquo; added Kohmoto.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHer co-workers appreciate her collegiality and her genuine personal concern for their job satisfaction and growth, as well as her receptiveness to suggestions and her initiative in implementing improvements.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EShe is always up for new challenges and last summer when her division was tasked with the development of a Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program, she expressed interest in it.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EShe was chosen to assist the high-profile program because of her extensive knowledge of UW Hospital and Clinics and her compassionate and effective approach working with families of sick children.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ELegler plays an important role in facilitating post-doctoral training within the division and serves as an administrator for the Cardiothoracic Residency Program. She independently manages resident interviews, reviews, meetings and graduation components of the program.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EShe creates a personal handmade memory book for each graduating resident. It includes photos and quotes that highlight their unique Madison experience.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026nbsp;\u0026ldquo;She has the keen ability to switch gears and readjust at a moment\u0026rsquo;s notice in the ever-changing world of CT, without losing productivity,\u0026rdquo; said Kathleen Smith, program manager for cardiothoracic surgery.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ELegler has been a certified medical assistant and emergency medical technician for 30 years, and the skills and instincts she developed in those roles provide her with a unique knowledge among other members of her department\u0026rsquo;s support staff.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3833\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3833/original/Richgels_Rose_hs12_6408.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Rosanne Richgels\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ERichgels\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ERosanne Richgels, University Services Program Assistant 3, Department of Engineering Professional Development, College of Engineering\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ERosanne Richgels provides an example for others to follow \u0026ldquo;in how to recreate and effectively deliver support services to learners and instructors in these new strategically vital online learning environments,\u0026rdquo; said Phil O\u0026rsquo;Leary, chair of Engineering Professional Development.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Her direct work with students and her efforts behind the scenes have played a pioneering, critical role in launching the first two web-based graduate degree programs for the College of Engineering and the university,\u0026rdquo; O\u0026rsquo;Leary added in Richgels\u0026rsquo; award nomination.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn 1988, she took on the challenge of developing and supporting the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) degree program and in 2003 she leveraged her experience to support the new Master of Engineering in Engineering Engine Systems (MEES) degree program.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Today she continues to support the MEPP program and several EPD program directors in the development and coordination of engineering continuing education opportunities, including short courses and certificate programs,\u0026rdquo; said O\u0026rsquo;Leary.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ERichgels has been an integral player in establishing the reputation of UW-Madison and the College of Engineering as one of the best providers of world-class graduate distance education, which was recognized early this year by U.S. News \u0026amp; World Report.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHer central front-line position demands flexibility and responsiveness to meet the changing, often unpredictable needs of students and faculty.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWayne Pferdehirt, director of Graduate Engineering Distance Degree Programs, says Richgels sets the bar for the quality of service to students, faculty, alumni and fellow staff that will enable UW-Madison to grow its online degrees and courses while maintaining its well-deserved national reputation for excellence.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026nbsp;\u0026ldquo;As the university expands its online education programs, Rose provides a model of capable, committed, proactive service to students studying at a distance and faculty teaching from anywhere their travels take them,\u0026rdquo; said Jeffrey Russell, vice provost for lifelong learning and dean of continuing studies.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3835\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3835/original/Savoy_Jeff_hs12_6425.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Jeff Savoy\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ESavoy\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EJeff Savoy, Information Services Consultant Confidential, Office of Campus Information Security, Department of Information Technology\u003C/strong\u003E\u003Cem\u003E \u003C/em\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003E\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EJeff Savoy\u0026rsquo;s work is highly regarded and he has an excellent reputation in his field \u0026ndash; digital forensics.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Jeff is a vital partner in much that we do, from investigating sensitive personnel matters, responding to public records requests, instituting litigation holds, testifying at hearings, resolving computer breech situations to providing us with training on a variety of computer-related issues,\u0026rdquo; wrote Lisa Rutherford, director of the Office of Administrative Legal Services, in her nomination of Savoy.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Jeff has been described as priceless, and I could not agree more,\u0026rdquo; said Rutherford. \u0026ldquo;I am extremely grateful that he continues to share his talents with the UW-Madison community.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESavoy\u0026rsquo;s skills as an in-house forensic expert have been extremely valuable in successfully handling numerous sensitive matters on behalf of the university. Years ago, his work on a computer hacking case targeting the computer systems of the university and several major California companies became the foundation for student discipline and criminal prosecution.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Jeff is always professional, helpful and quick to respond to any request for assistance,\u0026rdquo; noted Jim Lowe, chief information security officer in the Office of the Chief Information Officer.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;People who work with Jeff regularly say that we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber working at the university,\u0026rdquo; Lowe added.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EUW Police Detective Doug Scheller, who specializes in computer forensics and Internet-related crimes, says Savoy has developed a keen awareness of the intricacies involved in balancing university interests, legal and privacy issues, and protecting the rights of UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;He has a remarkable ability to explain and help others understand the many very technical issues that arise in our investigations,\u0026rdquo; Scheller said.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EScheller says Savoy also shows remarkable poise, is a willing listener, and is very patient and persistent.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;He has repeatedly demonstrated his loyalty and professionalism working for the university and is a treasured asset of this fine school,\u0026rdquo; said Scheller.\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20627,"headline":" UW staff member receives award from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault","externalUrl":null,"description":"For her dedication to ending sexual violence, Carmen Hotvedt, a Violence Prevention Specialist for University Health Services at UW-Madison, will be honored with a 2012 Voices of Courage Award from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA). ","pubDate":"2012/05/03 05:09:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003EFor her dedication to ending sexual violence, Carmen Hotvedt, a violence prevention specialist for University Health Services at UW-Madison, has been honored with a 2012 Voices of Courage Award from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA).\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3727\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 190px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3727/original/Hotvedt_Carmen_hs07_1390.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Carmen Hotvedt\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EHotvedt\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EEach year WCASA, in partnership with 46 sexual assault service providers throughout the state, formally recognizes and honors the outstanding work of Wisconsin individuals and organizations that work tirelessly to stop sexual violence. The Annual Voices of Courage Awards are given in eight categories, and Hotvedt will be honored for her work under the category of Prevention Educations.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIt was through her leadership skills at UW-Madison that Hotvedt earned this award. By successfully securing a Department of Justice grant, she was able to develop \u003Ca href=\"http://evoc.wisc.edu/home/evoc\"\u003E\u0026ldquo;EVOC\u0026rdquo; (End Violence on Campus)\u003C/a\u003E. This campus wide prevention program is a formalization of partnerships among 20 campus and community organizations to address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking on campus.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHotvedt\u0026rsquo;s influence on campus can also be seen outside of her work with EVOC. She fosters a listening environment for survivors of sexual violence by working closely with law enforcement, campus disciplinary officers, hearing panel members and student organizations to ensure victims\u0026rsquo; stories are heard and perpetrators are held accountable.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOff campus, Hotvedt willingly provides her expertise to statewide agencies and coalitions. She also works closely with community partners to assure seamless and transparent services to victims of abuse.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cem\u003E\u0026ndash; By Kylie Peterson\u003C/em\u003E\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20531,"headline":"UW-Madison honors Academic Staff Excellence Award winners","externalUrl":null,"description":"Eight University of Wisconsin-Madison professionals have been honored with the 2012 Academic Staff Excellence Awards in recognition of their achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.","pubDate":"2012/04/10 06:05:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3615\" class=\"inline-content photo span\" style=\"width: 550px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3615/original/velden550px.jpg\" alt=\"Photo: Christopher Velden\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EChristopher Velden, senior scientist in the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured with the rooftop array of satellite dishes atop the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science Building.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: \u003Ca href=\"mailto:photos@news.wisc.edu\"\u003EBryce Richter\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EEight University of Wisconsin-Madison professionals have been honored with the 2012 Academic Staff Excellence Awards in recognition of their achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWinners were recognized by the Academic Staff Assembly on April 9 and will attend a reception with Interim Chancellor David Ward later in the month.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Academic staff members make vital contributions to research, teaching, outreach and administration at UW-Madison, and the university is well served by their work,\u0026rdquo; Ward says. \u0026ldquo;I want to congratulate the winners and thank them, as well as all academic staff, for their service and dedication to the university.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe winners are:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3617\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3617/original/Barnard_Erlin_hs12_3722.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Erlin Barnard\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EBarnard\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EErlin Barnard, faculty associate, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, Chancellor\u0026rsquo;s Award for Excellence in Service to the University\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EUW-Madison offers instruction in more than 80 languages, and Erlin Barnard has worked to raise the level of teaching in a dozen of some of the less commonly taught ones, including Thai, Indonesian, Hmong, Persian, Urdu and Pashto.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHer greatest achievement, her nominators say, is the way she has professionalized the field of teaching less commonly taught languages. She has fostered training for teaching assistants and lecturers of languages for which there are often few available teaching materials, as well as helped form instructional goals, student assessment plans and program evaluations.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Thanks to Dr. Barnard\u0026rsquo;s work, the teachers are improving the national profile of UW-Madison,\u0026rdquo; says Ellen Rafferty, professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia. \u0026ldquo;She is a careful and knowledgeable scholar and an exacting, persistent, yet gentle mentor who guides the professional development of the language teachers in a respectful manner.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3619\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3619/original/SKnight2012a.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Susan Knight\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EKnight\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ESusan Knight, assistant faculty associate and outreach specialist for the Center for Limnology, Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ELeading outreach efforts for the Trout Lake Station, a field station for the Center for Limnology, Knight works with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to support research and public education on aquatic plants in northern Wisconsin, particularly invasive ones that threaten the health of the state\u0026rsquo;s lakes.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFor the past two years, Knight has juggled her outreach duties while serving as interim director of the station. In addition to working with local residents, Knight coordinates hands-on limnology experiences \u0026ndash; whether that means conducting formal workshops, leading elementary and middle school students in an exercise or getting in a boat with a novice biologist who just wants to learn more about lakes. She\u0026rsquo;s known for her ability to make science fun and use a sense of humor to communicate complicated ecological concepts.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;She provides a friendly, highly informative face of UW-Madison to residents of Vilas, Oneida and neighboring counties far from Madison,\u0026rdquo; writes Steve Carpenter, director of the Center for Limnology.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3621\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3621/original/Lokuta_Andrew_hs12_3379.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Andrew Lokuta\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003ELokuta\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EAndrew Lokuta, associate faculty associate School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Neuroscience, Chancellor\u0026rsquo;s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFor undergraduate student Sabine Knoppke-Wetzel, Andrew Lokuta sparked an educational awakening, much like the one she experienced as a child when watching Bill Nye the Science Guy.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;I often see students like me, who fall in to the rhythm of class work and forget that learning isn\u0026rsquo;t just about getting ready for the exam,\u0026rdquo; Knoppke-Wetzel says. \u0026ldquo;Dr. Lokuta reminded many of us to remember our childhood curiosity, and to encourage it.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMuch of Lokuta\u0026rsquo;s teaching has been in Physiology 335, a requirement for many undergraduate and graduate students, and over his career, Lokuta has taught more than 11,400 students. His creative, entertaining and enthusiastic teaching style is infectious, prompting his students to question themselves and those around them. Along the way, he\u0026rsquo;s become a leading national teacher of physiology in both lecture and laboratory settings.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Dr. Lokuta is strongly committed to teaching conceptual and critical thinking, while he makes certain that students have a strong knowledge base on which they can build their careers,\u0026rdquo; say Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. and Vice Provost for Teaching \u0026amp; Learning Aaron Brower.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3623\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3623/original/Nancy_McDermott_hs12_3699.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Nancy McDermott\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EMcDermott\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ENancy McDermott, director of the Social Science Computing Cooperative, WAA Award for Excellence in Leadership: Individual Unit Level\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EResearch, teaching and learning in the social sciences depend heavily on a way to run complicated statistics, and at UW-Madison, that means using the services of the Social Science Computing Cooperative. The cooperative, under McDermott\u0026rsquo;s direction, provides critical support to 20 research agencies, departments and schools across campus.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThose who work with McDermott say she has an ability to easily embrace and manage change. By keeping the cooperative at the forefront of technology, she has helped UW-Madison faculty, staff and students remain leaders in their areas of research.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026nbsp;\u0026ldquo;The SSCC is unmatched as a computing environment for social science research and training in both the facilities it makes available and the support it provides,\u0026rdquo; says Adam Gamoran, director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. \u0026ldquo;My productivity as a researcher has long been boosted by the SSCC environment, and I know this is the case for my students and colleagues as well.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3625\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3625/original/McGee_Seth_hs12_3734.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Seth McGee\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EMcGee\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ESeth McGee, laboratory manager, Biocore (Biology Core Curriculum), Martha Casey Award for Dedication to Excellence\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFew people on campus can boast that they\u0026rsquo;ve had the opportunity to teach students such broad ranging skills as how to wield a flame thrower during a controlled prairie burn, view glowing worms with a florescence microscope,\u0026nbsp;or\u0026nbsp;send them out to collect more than 1,000 water bottles\u0026nbsp;to serve as growing containers\u0026nbsp;for a plant genetics unit.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBut McGee\u0026nbsp;does these types of things every day in\u0026nbsp;the name of\u0026nbsp;student learning as lab manager for Biocore, an honors\u0026nbsp;biology\u0026nbsp;program that provides a broad background for students interested in any area of biological science.\u0026nbsp;Making science fun is a priority for McGee, and his dedication to science inquiry and the Wisconsin Idea extends into Biocore\u0026rsquo;s outreach program, designed to enrich science education in rural Wisconsin communities.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn Biocore lab courses, students are expected to ask questions, design experiments and think critically about scientific data \u0026ndash; none of those things are possible without McGee\u0026rsquo;s positive, can-do attitude and laboratory savvy.\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;His role and influence have elevated our lab courses to a gold standard,\u0026rdquo; says Janet Batzli, Biocore associate director.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3627\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3627/original/Pfatteicher_Sarah_hs12_3431.JPG\" alt=\"Photo Sarah Pfatteicher\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EPfatteicher\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ESarah Pfatteicher, interim associate dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Undergraduate Program, WAA Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Leadership: College, School or the Larger University Community Level\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn a short time, Pfatteicher has gained a strong reputation as a creative, natural leader.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWhen it came time for the CALS curriculum to have its first overhaul in 25 years, Pfatteicher was tabbed to lead the project. The new structure streamlines the coursework from 74 curricular paths to 23 and makes academic standards more clear, all while still giving students flexibility to achieve their educational goals, say Robert O. Ray, professor emeritus of forest and wildlife ecology, and Daniel M. Schaefer, chair of the Department of Animal Science.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EPfatteicher has completed a body of scholarly work while serving in leadership roles, and in addition to her work at CALS, she has been an important contributor to university projects as varied as reaccreditation and emergency response planning.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Sarah is a person who goes above and beyond the call to consistently find the best solution to issues involving undergrads at this university and is essential to our core mission in education,\u0026rdquo; says Nick Balster, associate professor of soil science.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3629\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3629/original/Velden_Chris_hs12_3414.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Christopher Velden\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EVelden\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EChristopher Velden, senior scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, Chancellor\u0026rsquo;s Award for Excellence in Research: Independent Investigator\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHurricanes can be devastating \u0026ndash; and deadly -- in their unpredictability. But analysis techniques developed by Velden and his team from the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison have allowed forecasters to improve the accuracy of predicting land-falling hurricanes, saving lives by allowing people to better prepare for such storms.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn his three decades of work at the university, Velden and research teams he\u0026rsquo;s led have bolstered UW-Madison\u0026rsquo;s global reputation in satellite weather analysis, in particular by developing innovative ways to describe hurricanes and their environments, says Steven Ackerman, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences. National and international leaders in environmental remote sensing have praised his work, including his extensive publication record.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Many scientists do well in a few areas, while few excel across the board,\u0026rdquo; says Jeffrey D. Hawkins of the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, Calif. \u0026ldquo;He has participated in more than 10 field programs around the globe, illustrating his thirst to truly understand what the atmosphere is trying to tell us via multiple airborne/satellite campaigns.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3631\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 125px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3631/original/Xiao-Lin_Wu_hs12_3396.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Xiao-Lin Wu\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EWu\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EXiao-Lin (Nick) Wu, computational geneticist and associate researcher, Department of Dairy Science, Chancellor\u0026rsquo;s Award for Excellence in Research: Critical Research Support\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWu, who came to the university as post-doctoral associate in 2005, is key to making the UW-Madison dairy animal genetics group highly productive.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIn addition to carrying out his own research, Wu provides computational and statistical support to more than 60 graduate students, post-doctoral students and visiting scientists, and offers technical assistance to more than a dozen faculty members in a range of departments.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWu is known among his colleagues for being conscientious, bringing a strong work ethic and not being afraid to take on new problems. When George Shook, professor emeritus of dairy science, asked for help with a genetics study, Wu responded not only with a straightforward data analysis, but data analyzed by three methods. He followed up with a draft manuscript, Shook says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;We cannot overstate Dr. Wu\u0026rsquo;s contributions to the UW Department of Dairy Science, because our programs would not be as successful and productive without his excellent support,\u0026rdquo; says Daniel Gianola, Sewall Wright Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics.\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20368,"headline":"Bazzell receives Jefferson Award","externalUrl":null,"description":"As vice chancellor for administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Darrell Bazzell\u2019s work days are long. Still, he makes time for giving back to the community by volunteering. For his work outside of work, Bazzell was named February\u2019s Jefferson Award Winner by WKOW Channel 27.","pubDate":"2012/02/28 06:06:00 -0600","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003EAs vice chancellor for administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Darrell Bazzell\u0026rsquo;s work days are long.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EStill, he makes time for giving back to the community by volunteering. For his work outside of work, Bazzell was named February\u0026rsquo;s Jefferson Award Winner by WKOW Channel 27.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cdiv id=\"story_image_3385\" class=\"inline-content photo right\" style=\"width: 275px;\"\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/story_images/3385/original/Budget_forum11_6895.JPG\" alt=\"Photo: Darrell Bazzell\" /\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"mainCaption\"\u003EBazzell\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp class=\"photoByLine\"\u003EPhoto: Bryce Richter\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/div\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;I see my purpose in life as being of service,\u0026rdquo; Bazzell says. \u0026ldquo;If you\u0026rsquo;re really going to commit to a life of service, it has to extend to your personal life.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EJefferson Awards are a national recognition system honoring community and public service in the United States. They are presented both nationally and locally and were started in 1972 to create a major prize for public service.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBazzell is on the board for the Urban League, United Way, president of Gathering Waters and president of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Board. Bazzell was nominated for the award by Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFor 15 years, Bazzell has volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Dane County.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;It\u0026rsquo;s been one of the constants in my life,\u0026rdquo; Bazzell says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBazzell has served as a mentor to Lateef and Rasheed Cameron for the past six years.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMany days, they play basketball. But on days when Bazzell is especially busy, he tries to include the boys in whatever he\u0026rsquo;s doing, even if that\u0026rsquo;s something as simple as going to pay a bill.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;It\u0026rsquo;s a lot easier than people think,\u0026rdquo; Bazzell says of volunteering. \u0026nbsp;\u0026ldquo;It\u0026rsquo;s very rewarding -- not just to the person you\u0026rsquo;re working with.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20304,"headline":"Outstanding Women of Color Award nomination due April 18","externalUrl":null,"description":"The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity is accepting nominations for the 2011-2012 UW-Madison\u2019s Outstanding Women of Color Awards. The deadline for nominations is April 18.","pubDate":"2012/02/09 05:55:00 -0600","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003EThe \u003Ca href=\"http://www.provost.wisc.edu/climate.htm\"\u003EOffice of the Vice Provost for Diversity\u003C/a\u003E is accepting nominations for the 2011-2012 UW-Madison\u0026rsquo;s Outstanding Women of Color Awards. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 18.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards\u003Cstrong\u003E \u003C/strong\u003Erecognize members of the faculty, staff in the classified or academic (instructional or non-instructional) systems, UW-Madison students (undergraduate, graduate or post-baccalaureate students in the professional schools), and women of color in the greater Madison community, who have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cul\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003ESocial justice, activism and advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged, marginalized populations;\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003ECommunity service;\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003EScholarly research, writing, speaking and/or teaching on race, ethnicity and indigeneity in U.S. society; and\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003ECommunity building on- or off-campus for an inclusive and respectful environment.\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003C/ul\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EHere's how to prepare a nomination packet, which should include:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cul\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003EA letter of nomination;\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003ETwo additional letters of support from the nominee\u0026rsquo;s colleagues (student, staff, faculty and/or community member);\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003EThe nominee\u0026rsquo;s updated curriculum vitae. \u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESend the nomination packet in print or electronic format (preferred) by Monday, April 18, to Jane Dymond, executive assistant to the vice provost for diversity and climate, 109 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison WI 53706, \u003Ca href=\"mailto:jdymond@provost.wisc.edu\"\u003Ejdymond@provost.wisc.edu\u003C/a\u003E.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003C/ul\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EThe UW System award\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFrom this year\u0026rsquo;s awardees, the selection committee will nominate one Outstanding Woman of Color as the UW-Madison recipient of the UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award.\u0026nbsp; This recipient will be a woman of color who has:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cul\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003EWorked in the areas of women\u0026rsquo;s studies scholarship and activism, especially as they have served to improve the status and climate for women, particularly women of color.\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003EAdvocated for women, particularly women of color.\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003EConsistently demonstrated the ability to rally diverse forces together to advance the agenda of women, particularly that of women of color. \u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003ECreated positive changes at the institutional level, i.e., curriculum development and infusion, receiving grants, and mentoring women; and\u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003Cli\u003EDemonstrated an understanding of the interplay of family and community and culture in the lives of women of color. \u003C/li\u003E\r\n\u003C/ul\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe names of the 2011-12 Outstanding Women of Color will be announced by May 1.\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20234,"headline":"Nominations sought for Classified Employee Recognition Awards","externalUrl":null,"description":"Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Classified Employee Recognition Awards (CERA). ","pubDate":"2012/01/24 06:01:00 -0600","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003ENominations are being accepted for the 2012 Classified Employee Recognition Awards (CERA).\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENominated candidates are evaluated based on a variety of key factors, including success at promoting excellence within the work unit, performing well under pressure, developing innovative solutions to everyday problems and participating in public service activities outside normal work responsibilities.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFor example, David Sandra, a university program associate in Student Financial Services, was nominated for his contagiously positive attitude and his commitment to public service.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAnd, Deena Patterson, horticultural technician at research greenhouses in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, was nominated for her innovative spirit, like developing the department\u0026rsquo;s website and devising a different method of adding pesticides that decreases harm to plants.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESandra and Patterson are two recent winners of the Classified Employee Recognition Award, given to recognize classified employees who do an outstanding job for the university community. \u003Ca href=\"http://www.news.wisc.edu/19363\"\u003EClick here for more examples of last year's winners.\u003C/a\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, March 5.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EA committee will review the nominations and make the final decision about who should receive the awards. CERA recipients will receive a commemorative plaque, paid registration to an employee development program of their choice and a cash award. These individuals will also be highlighted in Inside UW-Madison, and will be honored for their achievements at a special spring ceremony.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EVisit \u003Ca href=\"https://www.ohr.wisc.edu/cera/\"\u003Ehttps://www.ohr.wisc.edu/cera/\u003C/a\u003E today to make a nomination.\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":20055,"headline":"Kristi Thorson wins Athena Award for Young Professionals","externalUrl":null,"description":"Kristi Thorson, director of external relations for the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the Athena Award for Young Professionals. ","pubDate":"2011/11/22 06:00:00 -0600","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003EKristi Thorson, director of external relations for the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded\u0026nbsp;the Athena Award for Young Professionals.\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThis award is given to an emerging leader, age 25 to 40, who serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally and provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community.\u0026nbsp;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EPreviously assistant director of state relations in the chancellor\u0026rsquo;s office, Thorson has more than 10 years of experience in communications and policymaking.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EShe has been involved with the Wisconsin Idea Project, and has been a visionary for other programs to improve communications between UW employees and students and the state legislature. In her current role with the School of Veterinary Medicine, she develops, implements and plans fundraising programs to engage alumni, businesses and clients of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThorson serves on the board of directors for the McFarland Youth Center, the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society, and has actively participated in the Wisconsin Women Leadership Symposium the past three years.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026ldquo;Kristi has been a tremendous addition to our advancement group and to the SVM,\u0026rdquo; says Mark Markel, Vilas Distinguished Service professor and associate dean for advancement. \u0026ldquo;She clearly has excelled in her field over many years and serves as an important role model for young women in the community.\u0026nbsp; This award rightly acknowledges her many strengths and contributions to the Madison community.\u0026rdquo;\u003C/p\u003E"},{"id":19550,"headline":"UW-Madison's Gutierrez, dictionary project win regent excellence awards","externalUrl":"http://www.wisconsin.edu/news/2011/r110708.htm","description":"","pubDate":"2011/07/08 12:33:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":""},{"id":19406,"headline":"Multicultural Student Center presents first McDowell Alumni Achievement Award","externalUrl":null,"description":"Candace and Charles McDowell have been named as the inaugural recipients of an award named in their honor - the McDowell Alumni Achievement Award. ","pubDate":"2011/05/13 16:29:00 -0500","thumb_url":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003ECandace and Charles McDowell have been named as the inaugural recipients of an award named in their honor \u0026#8212; the McDowell Alumni Achievement Award.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe University of Wisconsin-Madison \u003Ca href=\"http://msc.wisc.edu/msc/\"\u003EMulticultural Student Center \u003C/a\u003Ecelebrated graduation by honoring more than 100 students and presenting the McDowells with the award.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"The McDowells have provided us dynamic examples of leadership, service, and commitment to excellence and community that will serve as a blueprint for evaluating future recipients,\" says MSC interim director Donte Hilliard.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ECandace McDowell, after 10 years of working in admissions, became the founding director of the Multicultural Student Center and led the organization for its first 22 years of existence. Charles McDowell served as president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association from 2003-04.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EDuring her tenure as director, the MSC has served approximately 500,000 students and helped to establish its pivotal campus role as a social justice education center and gathering place.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBoth are UW-Madison graduates who grew up in Milwaukee and attended Rufus King High School.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBoth have been board members of UW-Madison's African American Alumni Association. Charles McDowell served as the group's president during the 1990s. Candace McDowell is founding director of the MSC, which opened its doors in the fall of 1988. She retired in 2010. Charles McDowell currently serves as executive director of human resources for Madison College.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"This year, the MSC staff decided that in addition to student, and staff recognition, that it was equally important that we recognize the contributions, and achievements of alumni; the ones who came before; the ancestors and elders, upon whose shoulders we stand; the ones who paved the way and blazed the trails that we tread upon,\" Hilliard says.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003ENow a decade-old tradition, the MSC also honored more than 50 spring graduates representing programs and departments across the campus.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\"There is an added element of successfully completing a degree at UW-Madison for multicultural students,\" Hilliard said. \"We are saluting the supporting relationships and friendships formed here in the center and most importantly these students contribution to making higher education at this university and society at large a more inclusive place.\"\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOrganizational Awards in Multicultural Leadership:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EEmerging Leader Award: Jasmine Savoy for her work with the Multicultural Council, ASM, and the Posse Scholars.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EEstablished Leader Award: Steve Pereira for his work with Lambda Theta Phi, Intercultural Dialogues and in the community.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBehind the Scenes Award: Alida Cardos Whaley for her work with MEChA and the Housing Diversity Squad.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOutstanding Faculty/Staff Award: Ruby Paredes for her long-time campus diversity work.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOutstanding New Program: Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., for their Latino Leaders in Education.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOutstanding Established Program: La Mujer Latina Conference.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOrganization Demonstrating Excellence in Social Justice: MEChA, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan!\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EOutstanding Student Organization Award: Filipino American Student Organization (FASO)\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWisconsin Experience Award: UW-Madison junior Saengthong Douangdara.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EInstitute for Social Justice and Transformative Leadership Award: Sheltreese McCoy.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMSC Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Award: Zina Knox.\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIndividual Multicultural Leadership Award winners and their majors included:\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EIrfaan Abid, biology; Nneka Adaeze Akubeze, sociology; Jair Alvarez, international studies; Cara Aronson, consumer science-consumer affairs; Omar Arreola, sociology and Chican@/Latin@ studies certificate, European studies certificate, leadership certificate; Alexis Beecham, rehabilitation psychology; Kasandra Bellamy, social welfare; Alida Cardos Whaley, Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies; Amanda Cheung, fine arts; Kimberly Cho, fine art; Sabrina Collins, political science; Salman Dar, neurobiology; Kelsey Van Ert, sociology; Nancy Galvez, social work and certificate in gender-women's studies;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EMarquez Guzman, economics and psychology; Brandon Johnson, community and nonprofit leadership; Martenzie Johnson, journalism and mass communication; Zina Knox, multicultural education; Ashley Lee, community and environmental sociology, environmental studies; Mintuyen Mai, sociology, languages and cultures of Asia, Southeast Asian and certificate in Asian- American studies; Sheltreese McCoy, graduate studies in educational leadership policy analysis in higher education; Raymond McCurty-Smith, marketing, management and human resources; Erica McKinney, social welfare and sociology; Johnice Miller, biology; Shanelia Milton, English;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EJoylynne Moore, rehabilitation psychology; Ayobami Olugbemiga, political science; Camea Osborn, English; Allisya Otto, social work \u0026amp; Spanish; Jessica Pan, international studies and French; Trisha Pedone, biology; Steve Pereira, political science; Sabrina Pinnix, personal finance; Molly Rivera, journalism and mass communication; Gayle Smaller, African American studies and theater; Sofia Snow, social work; Tiffany Sommerville, rehabilitation psychology; Tosha Songolo, international studies and African studies certificate; LaVaisha Terry, social welfare; Jasmine Timmons, women's studies;\u003C/p\u003E\r\n\u003Cp\u003EKimanh Truong, English literature and certificate in teaching English as a second language; Ashley Umberger, sociology and African studies certificate; Karla Chavez Vargas, political science, Spanish and LACIS; Ashlin Ware, social welfare; Jerrod Walker, legal studies and English honors; Ben Young, Spanish; Hiba Zakai, education leadership policy analysis.\u003C/p\u003E"}]