UW-Parkside 50 Year Anniversary Yearbook

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Innovative students and faculty from across the state were at UW-Parkside for the 2018 Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium. Participants showcased their scientific research and competed for numerous awards.

Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium

FALL CONVOCATION AUGUST 28, 2018 The Fall 2018 Convocation kicked off the 50 Year Celebration for the Faculty and Staff. University retirees and legislators joined the breakfast festivities to start the new academic year. Faculty and Staff Awards and gifts for retiring staff were presented. A panel of Parkside alumnae shared stories of their times on campus and what the 50 Year celebration means to them.

2018 FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS Armani Peterson Advising Excellence Award Amy Chostner University Staff Award Dale Lovejoy University Staff Award Paige Barreto Academic Staff Distinguished Service Award Helen Rosenberg Faculty Distinguished Service Award Peggy James Diversity Award Theresa Castor Community Engaged Learning and Research Award Paul Mohazzabi Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award Lisa Kornetsky Stella C. Gray Teaching Excellence Award Adrienne Viramontes Stella C. Gray Teaching Excellence Award


On August 28, the UW-Parkside learning community rededicated the Dr. Anna Maria Williams Nature Trail, commemorating her work, life, and legacy of invaluable contributions to the university and the community.




September 16, 1968, the first students attended UW-Parkside classes. Students, faculty, staff and alumni – some from the very first year – celebrated the occasion in Wyllie Hall, named in honor of UW-Parkside’s first chancellor, Irvin G. Wyllie.





REGENTS REDISCOVER UW-PARKSIDE From the time the University of Wisconsin Regents set foot on campus for the October Regents meeting October 3-5, they had the opportunity to interact with UW-Parkside students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners. Wednesday evening, Dr. Lesley Heins Walker, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, welcomed guests from across the state including UW System chancellors and provosts to the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Guests enjoyed student tours in the new Digital Design and Fabrication Lab, the Fireside Theatre Scenic Studio, and the Frances Bedford Concert Hall. Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Jody Sekas talked about how the Digital Design and Fabrication Lab assists theatre arts students with set design. Art professors Trenton Baylor and Carey Watters explained how product concept and creation is a key element of the student experience in the lab.

in graduation rates, retention rates, the number of graduates, and the diversity of the student body. Vice Chancellor Menke shared the results of integrated financial planning at UW-Parkside. Menke gave the Capital Planning and Budget Committee a progress update on the Wyllie Hall infrastructure project.

UW Regent Michael Grebe spent time talking with staff and alumni on the set of the UW-Parkside Theatre radio play “War of the Worlds.”

A panel of UW-Parkside female science students and faculty representatives shared their perspectives on the importance of UW-Parkside offering opportunities for undergraduate research to females and what can be done to grow the number of females pursuing innovations in science.

Thursday’s agenda included committee and full board meetings. Provost Rob Ducoffe addressed the Education Committee and Vice Chancellor Scott Menke made presentations to the Business and Finance Committee and the Capital Planning and Budget Committee. In Provost Ducoffe’s presentation entitled: “Recommitting to our Vision: Renewing an Academic Plan to Lead UW-Parkside to 2020,” he shared recent improvements

Physics major Chloe Calderon, molecular biology and bioinformatics major Bianca Ruffolo, biological sciences major Cassie Van Hoof, and psychology and computer science major Salina Servantez were joined by professors Sylvia Beyer, psychology; Pirooz Mohazzabi, physics; Traci Lee, biological sciences; and Daryl Sauer, chemistry.

Van Hoof has already filed a U.S. patent application for her research idea, Purrfect Pal, a botanical extract spray to redirect feline aggression and anxiety. She applauded the significant representation of women and diversity in upper-level classes at UW-Parkside. “It’s really important to have people to look up to,” she said. Calderon expects to graduate next spring at age 19 with four published papers to her credit. “That’s enough for a faculty member to get tenure,” noted Dr. Mohazzabi. “You can always do 100 times more than you think you can, and here at UW-Parkside, I’ve had an incredible amount of opportunities,” said Calderon, who also has been actively engaged in sharing her experience with high school students, especially girls, to encourage more participation in STEM fields. Sales Lab, the Cyber Security Lab, SEG Center, and Institute for Professional Educator Development in the Molinaro Hall Innovation Corridor. Friday, UW-Parkside physics major Siva Shankar was introduced to the Regents by UW System President Ray Cross in the Student Spotlight. Shankar told the audience that while UW-Parkside was not his first choice it turned out to be his best choice. “I took a chance,” Shankar said. “I decided to come to a school that I didn’t necessarily even want to come to originally and a school that wasn’t at the top of my list. I am so unbelievably glad that I chose Parkside.”

During the full board session Thursday, community partners from SC Johnson, CNH Industrial, Snap-on Incorporated, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Building our Future, and Higher Expectations shared perspectives on the value of connections with UW-Parkside. Brian French, head of Human Resources, NAFTA Region at CNH Industrial said the CNH Industrial executive team was looking to create more substantial relationships with universities in the region. “What really got our attention was (UW-Parkside) coming to us and saying ‘we can help you,’” French said. Thursday, UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford joined three other UW System chancellors to discuss how a $25-million funding request for capacity-building initiatives across the state would expand the talent pipeline in high-demand fields. Thursday evening, Regents and UW leadership had the opportunity to tour the SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab in Greenquist Hall, along with the App Factory, Impact

UW-Parkside Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin updated the Regents on recent changes in Ranger Athletics highlighted by UW-Parkside joining the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Gavin also presented an overview of NCAA Division II athletics and the value to student-athletes in Wisconsin. UW-Parkside is the only NCAA Division II college or university in Wisconsin.


Bold Beginnings

CELEBRATE THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE We are pleased to serve as the honorary Co-Chairs of the 50 Years Gala in celebration of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The economic, social, and educational landscape of our communities has been transformed by the mission and work of the university. Through exceptional scholarship opportunities, strong community and business engagement, and decades of student success, we have witnessed great impact and advancement in the surrounding communities. UW-Parkside is recruiting and graduating diverse students ready to make a difference; more than 60 percent of all UW-Parkside alumni and current student base reside in Racine and Kenosha Counties. This impact will be celebrated throughout 2018-19 and at the 50 Years Gala, the highest profile community event we will host in the anniversary year. Through sponsorship, your organization has a once-in-a-century opportunity to show your support for high quality, public four year education in Southeastern Wisconsin. Join our 350 event guests, 27,000 alumni, more than 400 faculty and staff, and countless supporters in our area and beyond in the support and commitment for continued growth of our region. Moreover, your support of this unique event will ensure that more students have access to a UW-Parkside education. Your sponsorship will support a critical opportunity; the Future Focus Fund is our key scholarship initiative to sustain access and affordability at UW-Parkside. Please join as we celebrate the bold beginnings and the future focus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside! Sincerely,


Mr. Nicholas T. Pinchuk Chairman and CEO Snap-on Incorporated Honorary Co-Chair, 50 Years Gala

Mr. Jim Popp President and CEO Johnson Financial Group Honorary Co-Chair, 50 Years Gala


EMERITUS BOARD Mr. William Althaus

Mr. Jerold P. Franke

Mr. Frank Morrone

Mr. Gerald L. Schwallier

The Honorable Peter W. Barca

Mr. Paul Gergen

Mrs. Heidi Mullane

Mr. Rudy Scuglik

Mr. Thomas L. Beck

Mr. Marion F. Gregory

Mrs. JoAnn D. Murtha

Mr. James D. Spielmann

Mr. Neil F. Guttormsen

Mrs. Sara Neubauer

Mrs. Lydia C. Spottswood

Mr. Michael P. Haubrich

Mr. Warren F. Olsen

Dr. Paul G. Spottswood

Mrs. Saundra R. Herre

Mr. Howard C. Olson

Mr. Charles Talbert

Mrs. Debra Hertzberg

Mr. Karl Ostby

Mr. John W. Knuteson

Mr. Andrew S. Palmen

Mr. Carmelo D. Tenuta, P.T.

Mrs. Gayle P. Kosterman

Ms. Rita Petretti

Mr. Jess S. Levin

Mrs. Rita Picken

Mr. Christian A. Lie

Mr. A. Scott Radwill

Mr. John J. Maurer

Ms. Gloria T. Ramirez

Mr. S. John May

Dr. Michael J. Reese

Mr. Roger R. Mayer

Mr. Gerald Rezny

Mr. Gary A. Meier

Ms. Barbara Riley

Mr. Stephen C. Mills

Mr. J. David Rowland

Mr. Michael F. Montemurro

Mr. Vincent I. Ruffolo

Mr. Robert Branen Mr. Raymond J. Camosy Mr. Remo E. Camosy Mr. Roger Caron Mrs. Elynor Chemerow Mr. Eric P. Christophersen Mr. Wesley A. Coleman Mr. Robert A. Cornog Mr. Bruce D. Coventry Mr. Alfred De Simone Mr. Rodger L. DeRose Mr. Ronald K. Espe Mr. Michael J. Falbo Mr. James R. Filipek

Mr. Ralph Tenuta Mr. Thomas G. Tenuta Mr. Robert J. Toeppe Mr. Dennis M. Troha Mr. Robert O. Walker Mr. John C. Wavro Dr. Joan A. Wilk Mr. Robert Wright

October 12, 2018

Program 5:30

Cocktails and Hors d’ouevres Jazz Ensemble

Opening Remarks Mr. John Jaraczewski Assistant Chancellor


Mr. Tim Mahone UW-Parkside Foundation Board President Mr. Michael Bond Manager of Supplier Diversity, Snap-On Incorporated Mr. Jim Popp President and CEO, Johnson Financial Group



Dr. James Kinchen Director, The Voices of Parkside Ms. Rebekah Kowalski, ‘97 Vice President - Client Workforce Solutions, ManpowerGroup


Mr. Terrill Taylor UW-Parkside Student Dr. Bryan Lewis Assistant Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences Director of Pre-Health Programs Dr. Deborah Ford Chancellor

Tonight’s 50 Years Gala celebrates 50 years of student success with proceeds benefiting the newly established Future Focus Scholarship Fund. Recognizing the critical role of scholarships in student success and college completion, the Future Focus Scholarship will support students with the greatest financial need. Scholarships will be awarded beginning in 2019-20, and a portion of the funds will be endowed in the UW-Parkside Foundation to provide scholarship support for years to come. Future Focus Scholarships will ensure that UW-Parkside remains excellent as well as accessible for students, as our region demands more highly skilled and innovative graduates than ever before.

FOUNDING DONORS Andrea and Orendorff

Voices of Parkside Voices of Parkside is UW-Parkside’s select chamber choir, and is open by audition to all students who qualify for an elite singing experience. It specializes in the refined performance of art, folk, and popular music especially suited to smaller ensembles. In addition to regular concerts, the group functions as the “singing ambassadors” of the university. Voices of Parkside has performed several works with orchestra including the Racine Symphony. Voices of Parkside has performed for the Annual State Convention of Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. Every three years, the ensemble joins the Master Singers in performances of Handel’s Messiah complete with orchestra, a 25 year Southeast Wisconsin tradition. In September of 2015, Voices of Parkside traveled to Kerala, India as guests of Mahatma Gandhi University to sing for the International Seminar on Science of Music. Members of this group are now eagerly looking forward to engaging a historic choral exchange that will have them performing with choral students from Jianghan University here and then in Wuhan, China at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. This evening’s perfomers: Catherine Brooks Tyjohnna Gardner Kalyn Harewood Morgan Haefer Julia Jones Sam Landmark Kyle Lipp Anna Maerzke Christian Ott David Zapp

Dr. James Kinchen Director

Marini Manufacturing


Petretti Realty

Aurora Health Care

Really Resourceful Group, LLC

Barth Storage

Snap-on Incorporated

CNH Industrial Foundation


Community State Bank

Zoe Outreach Ministries

David Insurance Agency

Michael and Doris Beam

Educators Credit Union

Alan and Martha Biland


Susan Boland

Froedtert Health

Dominic and Rosemary Cariello

Hampton Inn and Suites

Brad and Anita Crews

Johnson Financial Group

Karla and Randy Krehbiel

Kane Communications Group

Emily Lawrence & Steve Reynolds

Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Inc.

Timothy T. Mahone

Leeward Business Advisors

Heidi Skatrud & Tim Harty

UW-PARKSIDE CELEBRATES A HALF CENTURY OF STUDENT SUCCESS ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISING TOPS $1 MILLION The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foundation hosted the 50 Years Gala on Friday, October 12, celebrating the university’s 50th anniversary and raising funds for a new need-based scholarship.

Scholarship is a shared vision of the foundation to establish the single largest fund specifically addressing student need. We’re investing in our students so they are better prepared for all the opportunities to come.”

UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford told the crowd of nearly 300: “Nothing makes me more proud as a leader than when people in our community recognize the strength and vibrancy of this campus. They believe in our students and graduates so powerfully that they step forward to make a significant investment in their success.”

Johnson Financial Group and Snap-on Incorporated supported the 50 Years Gala as Anniversary Sponsors with company leaders Jim Popp and Nicholas Pinchuk serving as honorary co-chairs of the event. Foxconn and Kenosha Area Business Alliance provided additional lead sponsorships.

Alumni and friends of the university gathered in the UWParkside Student Center Ballroom for the university’s premier 50th anniversary event. Proceeds from the 50 Years Gala will help establish the Future Focus Scholarship. Tim Mahone, president of the UW-Parkside Foundation Board of Directors called the establishment of the Future Focus Scholarship a bold goal that would make a lasting impact on student success for decades to come. “The foundation,” Mahone said, “is committed to providing access to high-quality education for the students and families of southeastern Wisconsin. The Future Focus

“Support from the community is a testament to relationships developed over the past half century,” said John Jaraczewski, UW-Parkside assistant chancellor for University Advancement. “UW-Parkside graduates provide the talent and leadership companies and organizations need to sustain their own legacies of success.” Michael Bond, supplier diversity manager for Snap-on Incorporated, said his company’s support for education is in its fabric. “We are proud to have supported Parkside through the decades … and Snap-on is proud to be one of the first supporters of the Future Focus Fund,” Bond said. “The Future Focus Fund will be there as a resource to meet the needs of hard-working students.”

Popp, who serves as president and chief executive officer at Johnson Financial Group, said the values and the purpose of UW-Parkside align with those of his company. “For 50 years, UW-Parkside has invested in the growth, the health and the well-being of our communities and the people who live here,” Popp said. “All of us at Johnson Financial Group are proud to be partners with UW-Parkside and we look forward to the next 50.” The gala featured many perspectives on UW-Parkside’s past, present, and future. Alumna Rebekah Kowalski, a 1997 graduate now employed as vice president of client workforce solutions at ManpowerGroup, remarked on her experience and the impact of UW-Parkside faculty from numerous academic disciplines. “All of them were world-class and they challenged me to think about things differently,” she said. “They challenged me to think about myself differently and they challenged me in ways that I had never anticipated.” Terrill Taylor, a biological sciences major from Racine, shared the ways in which UW-Parkside faculty have encouraged him to succeed. He said the first years at UW-Parkside were challenging – academically, emotionally and socially – partly because of his own expectations. “I thought, because I am the only African American in my science classes that my peers and my professors wouldn’t take me seriously,” Taylor said. “I was hesitant to ask questions. I was insecure because I didn’t want others to think that I didn’t know what I was talking about.” Rather than give up, Taylor sought advice and guidance from UW-Parkside faculty. “The professors at Parkside are truly amazing,” Taylor said. “I experienced nothing but support and care, and I always see their willingness to help whenever I need it.”

Taylor called Lewis the person who helped him believe in himself. Taylor is not the only student Lewis has influenced. “When I first came to UW-Parkside in the summer of 2000 we had approximately 150 students in the pre-health program,” Lewis said. “Now we have well over 700.” Over the past 17 years, 130 UW-Parkside students have applied to medical school and 116 have been accepted. “That is a 90 percent acceptance rate,” Lewis said. “The national acceptance rate for students across medical schools in this country last year was 41.3 percent – UWParkside’s success rate is 90 percent.” Chancellor Ford concluded the event by announcing anniversary fundraising progress, including a gift from Kathryn and Charles Heide Sr. of Somers, establishing the C.P. and Anna Heide Endowed Scholarship. “The Heide family’s generous support will ensure that our university continues to be a transformational place for more and more students, far into our future,” Ford said.

Taylor’s success in the highly competitive and highly successful UW-Parkside pre-med program includes acceptance in the UW RUSCH program (Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health) at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

In addition to the Future Focus Scholarship and the Heide Endowed Scholarship, donors to UW-Parkside and the UWParkside Foundation have committed more than $1 million in new gifts in honor of the university’s 50th anniversary.

During the RUSCH internship, Taylor studied with Dr. Tracy Downs, who is also African American. “It was awesome building that relationship with him and being taken under his wing,” Taylor said. “This is just one of the opportunities I have been able to experience at UW-Parkside.”

“Tonight, we’ve raised more than $300,000 for the Future Focus Scholarship,” Ford said, “and we are still accepting investments in student success. Think of how many UWParkside students will have their futures changed thanks to you. Truly, we have much to celebrate.”

Taylor is a scholarship recipient and acknowledged the importance of financial support. “It really makes me happy to see you here tonight,” he told the audience, “taking time out of your lives to help students across our campus get the support that they need to be successful.” Taylor introduced Dr. Bryan Lewis, associate dean in the UW-Parkside College of Natural and Health Sciences.


Outstanding Graduate Award Winners:

Grusha Ahluwalia

Elliott Crifasi

Siva Shankar

Management Information Systems

Computer Science


Keynote Speaker Dr. Alan S. Yeung Foxconn


Outstanding Graduate Award Winners:

Chancellor’s Award Winner:

Terrill Taylor

Marley Uran

Brenna Eaves

Biological Sciences


Graphic Design


Chancellor’s Award Winner:

MAY 18, 2019

Julia Alberth Biological Sciences

Outstanding Graduate Award Winners:

Nicholas Bielski

Chloe Calderon

Anna Cotto

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics


Political Science

Keynote Speaker Dr. Thomas Krummel Stanford University

Outstanding Graduate Award Winners:

Bryan Malek Jr.

Bianca Ruffolo

Justin Van Ee

Liberal Studies

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

Environmental Studies and Mathematics




PARKSIDE DAY ENGAGES COMMUNITY, RAISES FUNDS FOR FUTURE FOCUS SCHOLARSHIP On Tuesday, April 30, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside hosted “Parkside Day,” a 24-hour challenge for alumni and community members to give to and engage with the university. “We chose to offer a challenge day as part of UW-Parkside’s 50 Years Celebration, and the community responded with so much enthusiasm,” said J. Thomas (Tom) Krimmel, associate chancellor for university development and alumni relations and a UW-Parkside class of 1972 graduate. “We didn’t know what to expect since it was UW-Parkside’s first giving day, but it was so successful that we plan to make it an annual event.” Throughout the day, supporters also engaged with the university on social networks and on campus. Parkside Day featured a Parkside trivia contest and multiple social media challenges. Notably, the Parkside Day video was viewed by more than 14,000 people on Facebook. Parkside Day’s main focus was encouraging individuals to make online donations, which totaled more than $33,000 from more than 170 donors in the 24-hour period. “This was well beyond our initial goal of 100 Parkside Day donors, which speaks to the commitment of our alumni and other community members to benefiting UW-Parkside. We saw many alumni excited to get involved and ‘pay it forward’ for future students,” Krimmel noted. The funds raised primarily benefit the Future Focus Scholarship, which was created by the UW-Parkside Foundation in 2018 to provide need-based support to UW-Parkside students. UW-Parkside Foundation board members provided matching funds as an incentive for donations to the Future Focus Scholarship on Parkside Day. “Local corporations like our anniversary sponsors Snap-on Incorporated and Johnson Financial Group led the way in investing in the Future Focus Scholarship at the 50 Years Gala. Parkside Day was an opportunity to ask the whole community to join us in supporting students,” says Emily Lawrence, president of the UWParkside Foundation. “The UW-Parkside Foundation board is committed to providing raising funds that make a critical difference for UW-Parkside students, and we thank donors for partnering with us to carry out this mission.”

AL GUSKIN DAY MAY 2, 2019 Former UW-Parkside Chancellor Honored in Dedication Ceremony On Thursday, May 2, people flocked to the Bedford Concert Hall not to hear a concert, but to welcome back UW-Parkside’s second chancellor, Dr. Alan Guskin. Former Chancellor Guskin was on campus as part of a dedication celebration for the new Alan E. Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement. During the ceremony, UW-Parkside students, faculty, and staff took the opportunity to honor Dr. Guskin for his legacy of leadership and stewardship of community connections at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Dr. Rob Ducoffe, provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs took a moment to speak as the university honored Dr. Guskin. “As we conclude UW-Parkside’s 50 Years Celebration and look forward to the future and the milestones that will define our next 50 years, it’s fitting that we take one more look back to celebrate the vision and energy of our university’s bold beginnings,” said Ducoffe. Those bold beginnings were the theme of a panel event earlier in the day. Dr. Guskin spoke about a “young institution looking to define itself,” as well as community engagement, and how UW-Parkside would provide vital higher education opportunities to students from this region and local communities. Appearing on the panel alongside Dr. Guskin was Esther Letven, who began her career as Guskin’s executive assistant and later became associate vice chancellor for extended services. Tom Krimmel, former director of development and alumni relations while Guskin

was chancellor, who has returned to the university as associate chancellor, also appeared on the panel. Even though the itinerary only had Guskin speaking a few minutes, he spoke at length about UW-Parkside’s history and his involvement, much to the delight and adoration of the listeners. “The most prominent thing I remember is the shock in the community, for the merger,” recalled Guskin, thinking back on the merger between former University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin State University institutions, when he got his start at UW-Parkside. “It was a major issue for the campus. All of a sudden, based on a lot of politics, and probably a lot of fighting… the legislature and the government said, ‘a pox on all your houses, you’re joining together in one system.’” The result of this merger is the University of Wisconsin System that we know today, which UW-Parkside is a part of. During the panel, Guskin waxed nostalgic about the community response to the event and what challenges this brought. “I was chosen [to be chancellor], I was 38 years old at the time, and I had been an acting president for a year, a provost at a private university, Clark University. I think I was chosen because of my youth and energy, and I figured they needed someone to redo the university’s mission. And so the whole notion for me was, how do we figure this out? How do we make lemonade from these lemons?” The answer, he said, was to think back to the roots of the university. To take the virtues of this new entity, which was different from what people expected, and make it important, viable, and distinctive. The goal was to focus on the community. Guskin recalled that in the ‘70s, a majority of Kenosha and Racine area high school graduates attended UWParkside. Yet, community engagement wasn’t a thing then. “The university was thought to have a wall around it,” he added. “Even though the university served the community, the community was like a client.” The notion of the university and the community coming together was rather new. So, how did Guskin manage to engage with the community? What would draw people in?

Ultimately, the message was clear. UW-Parkside was going to be an undergraduate university with a highquality faculty, offering high-quality education, and was going to care about the students. “I believed that the future of the university was going to be based on that, if we were going to be successful,” said Guskin. The former chancellor then touched on myriad programs, initiatives, and attractions that UW-Parkside adopted over the years, which attracted students and community members to the campus: cultural weekends, overseen by Rita Tallent (for whom the arts building is named); the UW-Parkside library; the family practice residency with the Medical College of Wisconsin, the thriving nursing program, and much more. UW-Parkside students put their learning into action in a variety of ways. Students complete internships, fieldwork, and clinical placements. They also engage with the university and community through many unique campus events. By supporting programs that engage students in pressing community issues and substantial work, the new Center for Community and Business Engagement will help faculty and staff, and community partners and employers prepare graduates who are active citizens and leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. “This work is a key element of UW-Parkside’s role as an institution of higher education, creating well-rounded

and community-minded citizens, as well as our role as a talent provider for our region and beyond,” stated Dr. Ducoffe. “We continue to build on the foundation of community engagement laid by Chancellor Guskin and other leaders of UW-Parkside throughout its history.”


Visitors representing international academic partners from around the globe spent a few days on campus in May. Universities from Russia, India, and Italy participated in a ceremonial tree planting and were recognized during the spring commencement. During their visit, they met with mayors from Kenosha and Racine.

TRADITIONS OF EXCELLENCE/ ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS MAY 17, 2019 On Friday, May 17, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside celebrated the accomplishments of its graduates and welcomed alumni back to campus with the Traditions of Excellence Distinguished Alumni Awards event. The university honored seven alumni in the categories of Achievement and Service, recognizing alumni who excel in their chosen field and/or perform exemplary service to the community. More than 120 Parkside juniors and seniors received achievement awards at the event.

UW-PARKSIDE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD FOR SERVICE Sabrina Morgan 2003 B.A. – College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies Promise Coordinator, Gateway Technical College Gina M. Schueneman, D.O. 1998 B.S. – College of Natural and Health Sciences Vice Chair Family Medicine- Osteopathic Family Medicine Program Director & Osteopathic; Director of Medical Education, Advocate/Aurora Illinois Masonic Medical Center Craig Young 1976 B.S. – College of Business, Economics, and Computing Executive Director, Inspiring Service

UW-PARKSIDE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Dr. Rhonda Brock-Servais 1990 B.A. – College of Arts and Humanities Professor of English, Longwood University Randy Bryant 1980 B.S. – College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies Foundation President & Chief Executive Officer, Ten Chimneys Foundation Dr. Corinne D. Engelman 1995 B.S. – College of Natural and Health Sciences Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair, Department of Population; Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison David P. Hale 1980 B.S. – College of Business, Economics, and Computing Professor and Director of the Infrastructure Systems Center of Excellence, University of Alabama









UW Regents Academic Staff Award Winners Currently directed by Anna Stadick, the UW-Parkside Library creates a welcoming and enriching environment to support academic excellence and student success. As campus persistence and graduation rates continue to improve to historic levels, the library has been an essential part of this success. In the last three years, visits to the library have increased 13 percent, average visits per student are up 15 percent, and study room reservations have grown 18 percent. The library recently opened the Guttormsen Family Literacy Lab to support teacher development programs and serve as a childhood literacy resource. Through observing best practices and focusing on demonstrated student needs, library staff have added individual study spaces, presentation spaces, modern and accessible furniture, and technology-equipped study rooms. The library has received two National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants, allowing it to promote literacy for people of all ages. In 2015, the library received one gold award and two silver awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for its work on the first Big Read. In 2017-18, the library was recognized with the Wisconsin Library Association’s Library of the Year award. Fourteen librarians and library staff have authored conference presentations or contributed to scholarly publications over the past four years.

The 1968 Study Room








Men’s Sports Coach - Record/Finish at GLIAC Championships


Cross Country:Thomas Breitbach - 6th/12 Teams Soccer: Jason Zitzke - 9-7-1, 7-4-1 GLIAC Basketball: Luke Reigel - 16-12, 13-7 GLIAC (GLIAC North Division Champions) Wrestling: Corey VanGroll - 6-5 Indoor Track & Field: Thomas Breitbach 6th/8 Teams Baseball: Daniel Esposito - 10-34-1 Outdoor Track & Field: Thomas Breitbach 7th/9 Teams Golf: Mark Olsen - 10th/11 Teams Women’s Sports Coach - Record/Finish at GLIAC Championships


Cross Country: Thomas Breitbach - 7th/11 Teams Soccer: Brittany Nikolic - 6-10-2 Volleyball: Leigh Barea - 8-21 Basketball: Jen Conely - 12-15 Indoor Track & Field: Thomas Breitbach 9th/10 Teams Softball: Kristin Ortman - 8-44 Outdoor Track & Field: Thomas Breitbach 10th/11 Teams


UW-Parkside Joins GLIAC As of July 1, 2018, UW-Parkside Athletics is an official member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The move was originally announced in September of 2017 when Chancellor Debbie Ford and Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin accepted an invitation from GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar and Dr. Donald Bachand, the president of Saginaw Valley State University and chair of the GLIAC Presidents Council. The invitation was extended with unanimous support from GLIAC membership.


Chancellor Ford describes upcoming competition in the GLIAC as “a new era for Ranger Athletics.” Ford said she is confident the GLIAC association will continue to advance the student-athlete experience at UW-Parkside. “Athletic competition at UW-Parkside and at the NCAA Division II level is about bringing new and valuable life experiences to our studentathletes,” Ford said. “I am confident that other members of the GLIAC share our commitment to student success and engaging our studentathletes with the community. The GLIAC also provides a great opportunity for our studentathletes to compete with programs in closer proximity to our campus. We look forward to a long and valued partnership with other members of the GLIAC.”

”Joining the GLIAC officially marks the beginning of new opportunities for UW-Parkside Athletics, in a conference that geographically, institutionally, and athletically aligns perfectly with our mission at UW-Parkside,” Gavin said. “Commissioner Dunbar and leaders from around the conference have welcomed us with such positive support and collegiality. Our student-athletes and teams will compete among the nation’s best, and we are excited and motivated by that opportunity and challenge.”


The GLIAC features 12 member institutions from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin, sponsoring 21 NCAA Division II sports. Founded in 1972, the GLIAC has developed into one of the most nationally competitive athletic conferences, both on the field and in the classroom. “The GLIAC is extremely excited to welcome the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to the membership and we look forward to the Rangers beginning competition this fall,” Dunbar said. “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Chancellor Ford, Andrew Gavin, and the entire athletics department throughout this process. UW-Parkside is an institution that fits the conference geographically, academically and competitively. I am eager to watch Ranger Athletics student-athletes compete and become an influential part of our league for years to come.” Beginning in 2018-19, the conference will consist of Ashland University (Ashland, OH), Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI), Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI), Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI), Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, MI), Michigan Tech University (Houghton, MI), Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI), Northwood University (Midland, MI), Purdue University Northwest (Hammond and Westville, IN), Saginaw Valley State University (Saginaw, MI), Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), and UW-Parkside. Parkside sponsors 15 sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, indoor/outdoor track and field, and cross country. The Rangers will compete as an independent in wrestling, which is no longer a GLIAC sponsored sport.













BIG IDEA WINNERS UW-Parkside is proud to announce chemistry majors Sam Rozzoni and Mya Peterson have been named the 2019 UWParkside Big Idea award for their project titled “Novel Nutrition Supplements for Physical and Cognitive Enhancement in The Aging Population.� As a result of this achievement, they will receive funding for their research and an invitation to represent UW-Parkside and present at the statewide WiSys Big Idea Challenge on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northwestern Mutual and Cream City Labs in Milwaukee.








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