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Table of Contents

2 From the Chancellor 3 News & Notes 6  The New Panther Experience

14  Growing with the Community

16  2010 UWM Alumni Association Awards

21  Career Questions 22  New UWMAA Board Members

24  Panther Sports News 26  Class notes 28  Resler & Carlson: The holes in the wall gang and other reminiscences

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Chancellor: Carlos E. Santiago Executive Director of the UWM Alumni Association and Director of Alumni Relations: Andrea Simpson Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Communications: Tom Luljak (’95) Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations: Patricia Borger Director of Communications and Media Relations: Laura Porfilio Glawe (’89) Editor: Nancy A. Mack (’71) Associate Editor: Angela McManaman (’00, ’08) Assistant Editor: Laura L. Hunt Design: Ellen Homb (’82), Alyssa Coe (’07), 2-Story Creative Photography: UWM Photographic Services: Pete Amland, Peter Jakubowski (’07), Alan Magayne-Roshak (’72) UWM TODAY is published three times a year for alumni and other friends of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Send correspondence and address changes to: UWM TODAY, Alumni House, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413 Phone: address changes 414-906-4667; all other inquiries 414-906-4662. ISSN: 1550-9583 Not printed at taxpayer expense. On the cover: Sophomore Camille Ridgeway stands in front of her new home. Cambridge Commons opened this fall and offers 700 more student beds on the east side of the Milwaukee River. Photography by James Schnepf.

from the chancellor Farewell to UWM As I am sure many of you have read, seen or heard, I have resigned the chancellorship of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and have accepted the chief executive officer position for the Hispanic College Fund in Washington, D.C., starting in October. On first glance, it may seem to be an unusual move. I have, after all, spent the last 30 years of my professional life in higher education. For those three decades I have been the predictable professor, from assistant to associate to full professor, always mindful of the teaching, research and service necessary to reach the next level. My administrative responsibilities grew commensurately, too. From department chair to associate provost to interim provost to provost and vice president for academic affairs to chancellor, one could say that my career has been truly linear. But now all that stops. I have helped build universities. Now is the time to build something new and different – a private, nonprofit organization that seeks to provide opportunities to the segment of the population that severely lags all other major demographic groups in the percentage of individuals who have a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. I do this with mixed emotions because my academic career to date has been remarkable, especially these last six years at UWM. There are so many people here in Wisconsin to thank: • The faculty, staff and students who implemented and accomplished so much. • The community members and, especially, the alumni who helped us work toward creating a university that less and less resembled the UWM with which they grew up. • The elected officials from both sides of the political aisle and especially from the top – Gov. Jim Doyle, Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Scott Walker. They all stepped forward to support our initiatives. • The Greater Milwaukee nonprofit foundations and corporations, and their top executives, who supported our visions and made major investments in our programs. And what of the future of UWM? I have absolutely no doubt that UWM will continue to move forward. In reality, what we have done in the past six years has been taking reasonable steps toward reaching the ideals that were set out for this University many years ago through its mission statements. We have strengthened academic degree programs at all levels. I am especially proud of the two new academic schools we have added, in public health and freshwater sciences, and how we have grown the number of available doctoral degrees from 20 to 30 during these six years. To go from 10 to 20 doctoral degrees here at UWM had taken 33 years. Our research expenditures have gone from $36 million the year I arrived to $68 million for the most recently completed year – an 89 percent increase. We have moved and will continue to move from being a university that does research to a research university. We have kept the doors of the University open to all qualified and deserving students, and we have improved their ability to succeed once they enrolled here through Access to Success. There will continue to be physical signs of our progress throughout the metro area thanks to the unprecedented $240 million in state support for the UW–Milwaukee Initiative. We will see the University expand internally and at new sites where the people of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin need us to grow most. And we will make continuing progress through partnerships with other universities, government agencies and area industries. There have been so many of these; the most recent ones include the new Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin led by the Medical College of Wisconsin, the recent memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, new graduate student fellowship funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Industry & University Cooperative Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Marquette and UWM. There truly are 30 years’ work ahead to build out what has been started in the past six years, just as my six years were an extension of what was started by Nancy Zimpher, John Schroeder and all my predecessors back to J. Martin Klotsche. I thank you for whatever you have done to support UWM during my tenure, and I wish you well in the years to come.

—Carlos E. Santiago Chancellor

News & Notes New doctoral programs for UWM

Freshwater Sciences and Technology The programs in freshwater sciences will build on the long-standing strength of UWM research programs in freshwater sciences and technology, says Mark Harris, acting dean of UWM’s new School of Freshwater Sciences. The focus of both the doctoral and master’s programs will be to explore and discover promising concepts and methods for sustainable and equitable use of freshwater resources worldwide. The doctoral program is focused on developing the next generation of

water scientists. The master’s program will include both a thesis track and a professional track, allowing graduates to continue into additional graduate studies or join the work force. For more information on both freshwater sciences programs, go to freshwater/for_students/. Sociology The doctorate in Sociology, housed in the College of Letters and Science, will build on the Department of Sociology’s strong existing master’s program, established in 1964. “Graduates of UWM’s Sociology master’s program consistently are accepted into premier doctoral programs around the country,” says Rodney Swain, associate dean of the College of Letters and Science. “Due to

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The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents formally approved two new doctoral programs at its June meeting, bringing the total number of doctoral programs at UWM to 31. The board approved doctorates in Sociology and Freshwater Sciences and Technology, as well as an M.S. in Freshwater Sciences and Technology.

their advanced quantitative skills, these students are also highly sought after by major corporations.” In surveys in 2007 and 2009, master’s students indicated a strong interest in pursuing their doctoral studies at UWM if a Ph.D. program were available. For more information on the Ph.D. in Sociology, visit sociology/.

Extreme Makeover: Panther Edition For several years, members of the UWM community have been asking for a more modern mascot and logo to represent the “Milwaukee Panthers” – as the university’s 15 Division 1 athletic teams are sometimes called. Finally enters Pounce, a new and improved panther mascot with striking good looks and intimidating muscles, sure to scare away all the competitors. Two years ago, UWM Bookstore Director Erik Hemming came to the realization that Pounce, who had relieved previous mascot Victor E. Panther of his duties in 2007, needed a makeover. “UWM didn’t have an iconic logo or letter to identify with. We needed to polish school spirit, with a fun and simple expression of UWM and Milwaukee,” says Hemming. He stresses that the new Pounce isn’t “replacing” the old marks of UWM, just adding to the collection of identification. Pounce’s big debut occurred in mid-August, as new students arrived on campus. Spirit wear featuring him can now be seen at the UWM Bookstore. As the bookstore always promotes, all spirit wear and UWM gear is made sweatshop-free. Clothing and accessories start at around $10 and go up from there.

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EPA head visits UWM EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and UWM Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago shake hands after signing a “memorandum of understanding” to partner on water technology research.

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa P. Jackson, visited UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences during a visit to Milwaukee in August to meet with local leaders and scientists involved in water innovation and conservation efforts. Jackson also signed a “memorandum of understanding” between the EPA and UWM to partner on water technology research and development. The agreement will focus on collaborative work in freshwater engineering for a three- to five-year period. The EPA is interested in engaging its partners to help find new strategies for improving water quality, such as cost-effective solutions to water pollution from overflows of combined storm and sanitary sewers, and working cooperatively to bring innovative, sustainable technologies to market.

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News & Notes New doctoral programs for UWM

Freshwater Sciences and Technology The programs in freshwater sciences will build on the long-standing strength of UWM research programs in freshwater sciences and technology, says Mark Harris, acting dean of UWM’s new School of Freshwater Sciences. The focus of both the doctoral and master’s programs will be to explore and discover promising concepts and methods for sustainable and equitable use of freshwater resources worldwide. The doctoral program is focused on developing the next generation of

water scientists. The master’s program will include both a thesis track and a professional track, allowing graduates to continue into additional graduate studies or join the work force. For more information on both freshwater sciences programs, go to freshwater/for_students/. Sociology The doctorate in Sociology, housed in the College of Letters and Science, will build on the Department of Sociology’s strong existing master’s program, established in 1964. “Graduates of UWM’s Sociology master’s program consistently are accepted into premier doctoral programs around the country,” says Rodney Swain, associate dean of the College of Letters and Science. “Due to

Peter Jakubowski ’07

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents formally approved two new doctoral programs at its June meeting, bringing the total number of doctoral programs at UWM to 31. The board approved doctorates in Sociology and Freshwater Sciences and Technology, as well as an M.S. in Freshwater Sciences and Technology.

their advanced quantitative skills, these students are also highly sought after by major corporations.” In surveys in 2007 and 2009, master’s students indicated a strong interest in pursuing their doctoral studies at UWM if a Ph.D. program were available. For more information on the Ph.D. in Sociology, visit sociology/.

Extreme Makeover: Panther Edition For several years, members of the UWM community have been asking for a more modern mascot and logo to represent the “Milwaukee Panthers” – as the university’s 15 Division 1 athletic teams are sometimes called. Finally enters Pounce, a new and improved panther mascot with striking good looks and intimidating muscles, sure to scare away all the competitors. Two years ago, UWM Bookstore Director Erik Hemming came to the realization that Pounce, who had relieved previous mascot Victor E. Panther of his duties in 2007, needed a makeover. “UWM didn’t have an iconic logo or letter to identify with. We needed to polish school spirit, with a fun and simple expression of UWM and Milwaukee,” says Hemming. He stresses that the new Pounce isn’t “replacing” the old marks of UWM, just adding to the collection of identification. Pounce’s big debut occurred in mid-August, as new students arrived on campus. Spirit wear featuring him can now be seen at the UWM Bookstore. As the bookstore always promotes, all spirit wear and UWM gear is made sweatshop-free. Clothing and accessories start at around $10 and go up from there.

Brian Slawson

EPA head visits UWM EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and UWM Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago shake hands after signing a “memorandum of understanding” to partner on water technology research.

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa P. Jackson, visited UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences during a visit to Milwaukee in August to meet with local leaders and scientists involved in water innovation and conservation efforts. Jackson also signed a “memorandum of understanding” between the EPA and UWM to partner on water technology research and development. The agreement will focus on collaborative work in freshwater engineering for a three- to five-year period. The EPA is interested in engaging its partners to help find new strategies for improving water quality, such as cost-effective solutions to water pollution from overflows of combined storm and sanitary sewers, and working cooperatively to bring innovative, sustainable technologies to market.

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Fine Arts Quartet celebrates 65 years with free performances In honor of the Fine Arts Quartet’s 65th anniversary season, all Fine Arts Quartet concerts held on the UWM campus will be free and open to the public. Regular-season dates include Nov. 14, Feb. 6 and March 6. In addition, the Fine Arts Quartet will play four Summer Evenings of Music concerts. Check for concert times and programs. Also new this year and in honor of this special anniversary, Stephen Basson, former Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principal bassoonist, will host preconcert talks beginning at 2 p.m. In addition, Saturday rehearsals will be open to the public on Nov. 13, Feb. 5 and March 5. Reserved seats are available, but walk-ups are welcome as well. Contact the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at 414-229-4308 for more information about free tickets. Founded in Chicago in 1946 and based at UWM since 1963, the Fine Arts Quartet is one of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today. For more about the quartet, visit or

The Fine Arts Quartet (from left): Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, Wolfgang Laufer and Nicolò Eugelmi

Block receives honorary architecture degree

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Bruce T. Block, prominent real estate attorney and founding chair of the UWM Real Estate Foundation, received an Honorary Doctor of Architecture degree from UWM at the Spring Commencement Ceremonies. Block has been a practicing lawyer at one of Milwaukee’s major law firms, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., since 1979. He carries the highest peer review rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory for legal liability and ethical standards. Block played a vital role in ensuring that some of Milwaukee’s most complex real estate developments were successfully completed. Through his legal expertise, he has helped create the physical environment of Milwaukee and improved the real estate development climate in the city. Some of his recent projects include the redevelopment of the awardwinning Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, the development of UWM’s RiverView Residence Hall and the downtown RiverWalk system in Milwaukee. Well known in the business community, Block is considered a knowledgeable and practical lawyer with the ability and relationships to overcome obstacles in real estate development. As president of the Wisconsin Preservation Fund, Block works to support the historic preservation of Milwaukee’s landmark buildings. He has also extended support to UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP), where he initiated four scholarships as well as created the Urban Edge Award. This award is offered to an international urban designer who is brought to UWM to work with SARUP students. As founding chair of the UWM Real Estate Foundation, Block used his professional expertise and creativity to move forward RiverView and Cambridge Commons without any state funds. His efforts have helped create a residential university setting for nearly 1,200 more UWM students – an environment that may not have been provided otherwise.

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PanTher EXPERIENCE By Angela McManaman

Five years ago incoming freshman Jon Tingley was one of more than 800 UW–Milwaukee students looking for a place to live on campus. After visits to UW–Madison and UWM, he decided to trade small-town living in Merrimac, Wis. (pop. 500), for college life in Milwaukee. But decision-making too close to the universityhousing deadline left Tingley and a high-school friend scrambling to find off-campus housing, learn to cook and get familiar with the Milwaukee County Transit System in just a few weeks. “The years 2005 and 2006 were perfect storms,” recalls UWM Associate Director of Housing Kelly Johnson. “We were well overbooked in 2005. We were overbooked again in 2006, but incoming students were not canceling in the numbers we expected.” So Johnson and University Housing Director Scott Peak did what their office has done nearly every year since 1998: Send rejection notices to students who had applied to live in UWM’s Sandburg Halls of Residence, Purin Hall and Kenilworth Square Apartments. But they did so in greater numbers than ever before. In 2006 alone, University Housing sent a record 600 rejection letters. “It became clear one of our most pressing institutional needs was more student housing,” says David Gilbert, president of the UWM Real Estate Foundation (UWMRF). “We were happy that university housing was in high demand,” adds Johnson. “But we didn’t want that reputation to persist. Not having enough student housing was beginning to get in the way of our academic mission.”

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Sophomore Political Science major Camille Ridgeway grew up on Milwaukee’s East Side, from the home she shared with her dad and little sister to her freshman-year abode in UWM’s RiverView Hall and her very latest address: 2323 N. Cambridge Ave.

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Peter Jakubowski ‘07

Six weeks before Cambridge Commons’ Grand Opening, University Housing personnel took in the view from the residence’s courtyard, before it was verdant with green grass and native Wisconsin plants. From left are Associate Director of Housing Kelly Johnson; Residential Program Manager Randall Logan and Hassan AlYagoub (the very first residents of Cambridge Commons); and University Housing Director Scott Peak. As enrollment continued rising, particularly among first-year students, UWM faced a pair of roadblocks increasingly common to state schools: a growing list of state construction requests and a limited amount of state bonding authority to fund them. Real-time results: The UWM Real Estate Foundation Established in 2005 as an arm of the UWM Foundation, the UWMRF pursued concurrent and urgent studenthousing priorities: To identify locations for additional student residences, and create an efficient financing structure and planning process so the University could approach real-estate investments and construction projects with greater flexibility. “Our real estate foundation is part of a national trend to pursue publicprivate partnerships as government funds decrease as a percentage of a university’s overall budget,” Gilbert says. For concrete examples of this publicprivate progress, head to the stretch of Milwaukee’s North Avenue between Cambridge Avenue and Commerce Street. On the west side of the river stands the 500-bed RiverView Hall, completed in just 20 months and open since January 2008. Months later the UWMRF requested development

proposals for a second residence – on the east side of the river. It took 24 months to review proposals, negotiate acquisition of the property, develop building plans and make eco-minded accommodations to the building and landscape plans. As for Jon Tingley (’10 BA Journalism and Media Communication), he eventually made it into university housing. Weeks ago he moved into campus digs at Minnesota State University, where he’s parlaying his experiences as a first-generation college student into a master’s program in student counseling – and working as a graduate hall director. “I wasn’t around campus enough to really build a social life and that was hard,” he says. “It would have made a big difference meeting other first-year and first-generation students as I was going through that. The connection to instant friends and university programs and services is so much easier when you live on campus.” For the class of 2010 and beyond the housing forecast is very different. The 3,700-3,800 first-year students who arrived at UWM this August had 4,300 beds across five residences to call “home.” Nearly 70 percent of first-year students apply for university housing, which leaves a surplus of rooms to

accommodate sophomores, graduate and international students who choose to live on campus in growing numbers. Yet living, working and studying, insist all involved, isn’t all there is to the on-campus experience. “‘Dorm’ implies that you live in a place and that’s all you do there – like old-school, barracks-style housing,” Johnson explains. “‘Residence hall’ is a title that sounds more vibrant and reminds people this is more than just a living space. These residences are places where we’re building communities that support educational experiences.” Maintaining a ‘main campus’ connection Saudi Arabian citizen Hassan AlYagoub is a Mechanical Engineering major who understands community building. In 2009 he connected with his new neighbors via a kayaking trip down the Milwaukee River and a bowling event, both sponsored by University Housing his first two weeks at UWM. The events acquainted him, ASAP, to the students he’d be serving as a RiverView resident assistant. He first attended UWM in 2005 as an English as a Second Language student. Over three years at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, AlYagoub maintained a “B” average and several downtown apartments. In 2008 he decided to transfer to UWM, looking to immerse himself in a smaller community within a larger campus. “I didn’t leave any chance for boredom,” says AlYagoub, who’s been seen in RiverView’s common area playing table tennis, on the green playing soccer and attending Saudi Student Club meetings. It’s his job to connect with students from all backgrounds and make the most of what’s here in Milwaukee, he says. For AlYagoub, this means indulging in some of the Middle Eastern restaurants near UWM when he’s craving Halal food, or walking to Whole Foods for “two for $5” pizza slices. Like most campus-dwellers, though, AlYagoub finds “relationships” to be the primary appeal of residence life. He’s proud to have friends from Germany, Argentina and Nigeria, and recalls a night last semester when a RiverView neighbor surprised him with

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a Halal meal during finals. The meal, the connections, the 24/7 shuttle that runs between the “South Campus” residences and Kenwood campus have made an impact. “My grades have gone up to a 4.0 average,” says AlYagoub. “Obviously, campus housing can be very helpful to students during the transition to college life,” agrees Norris Health Center Counseling Director Paul Dupont. “The fewer things students have to learn about and manage their first months on campus, the more time and effort they can put toward academic development and building a social network.” Weeks ago AlYagoub moved into a coveted sophomore-style suite to serve as a Cambridge Commons resident assistant (RA). After a solid freshman year in RiverView, Political Science sophomore Camille Ridgeway also is enjoying life in Cambridge Commons, and the influx of new faces. “RiverView is like the suburbs of UWM,” Ridgeway says. “Everybody gets to know each other and by the end of the year, you know everybody’s name. Having Cambridge here is just going to make things more interesting – a faster pace of life.”

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Sandburg Halls of Residence Nearly 2,800 students live in four Sandburg Towers, which are connected by the two-story Sandburg Commons. Residents say they like the close community that arises from the original buildings’ 70s-era floor plan: Eight three-room suites per floor. Suites are not co-ed, but a typical layout alternates men-only and women-only suites, with multiple suites sharing one “common” area. East Tower, completed in 2000, features apartment-style suites. RAs say Sandburg is great for first- and second-year students.

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Kenilworth Square Apartments Apartment-style accommodations (individual kitchen and bathroom in each unit instead of shared facilities on each floor) house the square’s 330 residents. Residents must be 22 or older, or have junior, senior or graduate student status. Kenilworth, says Johnson, provides a “vibrant, international, more hip environment” that draws students from Israel, Japan, India, Germany, Greece and Dodgeville, Wis.


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Putting Cambridge in context Cambridge Commons opened Aug. 28, providing another 700 student beds, and some unique residential features that make the building truly one-of-a-kind. Accommodations include two-bedroom suites for sophomores and juniors, with a full kitchen and bathroom, soundproof presentation rooms with IMac computers and audio equipment, lounge area with fireplace, and a dining hall and coffee shop that feature local produce and sustainably harvested coffees through partnerships with the Badgerland Produce Co-op and Alterra Coffee Roasters. At press time Cambridge Commons was under review to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED gold-certified rating. If approved, it may be the first UW System residence to receive the gold rating for energy savings, efficient use of water, low carbon emissions and an architectural and landscape design that blends as seamlessly and safely as possible with the area’s natural resources and landmarks. Solar panels, a green roof and underwater cisterns are among the eco-features that round out the building’s “green” profile. Reflecting the ecological ethos that’s making environmentalism and

Associate University Housing Director Kelly Johnson refuses to name a favorite residence hall among the University’s five student residences. Instead, Johnson focuses on the distinctive qualities of each one. “Every residence hall has its own personality.” For a brief introduction to the buildings our students call “home,” keep reading.


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• Two million-plus transactions recorded at residence-hall security stations, including more than 28,000 guests visiting nearly 3,700 different UWM students

• 4,300 student residents living among five residence halls

• 375-person staff • 250 student staff • 1 full-time elevator operator

Peter Jakubowski ‘07

(at Sandburg)

sustainability popular degree offerings among this generation of college students, students on the southern end of campus make the East Bank Trails along the Milwaukee River a hiking, biking and running destination that they consider part of the urban-living experience. “We have a unique thing in Milwaukee – a natural river in the heart of a major city,” says Milwaukee River Work Group Director Ann Brummitt, adding that in its recent past, “a lot of people thought the [Cambridge Commons] area was a prime spot for condominiums.” Years of anxiety over the fate of “Hometown parcel,” as the acreage was known before its UWM incarnation, came to a promising if uncertain close when the University optioned the property through Mandel Group Inc. With protective zoning restrictions still 24 months from becoming mandatory for anyone developing that riverside area, Brummitt says she was pleased that “a generation of kids could learn to live with

and care about the river.” But it wasn’t clear what kind of environmental accommodations the University would make to preserve the river and its trails from the cumulative effects of 700 new neighbors. During two years of consultation with the UWMRF, river advocates and leaders at the Urban Ecology Center lobbied to lower the building’s height so that it couldn’t be seen from the trails. Then the building was moved back from the bluff overlooking the trails, where plans had first located it. After Brummitt and others suggested making the riverfront the building’s courtyard, Cambridge plans took on a different shape – more of an L-shaped orientation – for an open courtyard bordered by the building on three sides. The riverfront forest is the courtyard’s fourth “wall.” “Protective zoning went into effect May 10 of this year,” Brummitt says. “The University didn’t have to do any of this… but by building this residence in a river context, students have

an opportunity to live in a beautiful place that provides a real learning opportunity.” This learning will continue through a new Living Learning Community (LLC) of students who will live and work out of Cambridge Commons under Associate Professor Tim Ehlinger. Since the first LLCs moved into UWM residence halls in 2008, students with similar interests have had the opportunity to bond academically and socially through a mix of on- and off-campus learning experiences. Thirteen LLCs are in place this semester. Ehlinger’s will be the first to deal exclusively with issues related to sustainability and the environment. His LLC students will be part of a popular biological sciences course that enrolls more than 300 students yearly. Other students in the course will be engaged in service learning at places like Growing Power or Milwaukee County Parks, but LLC students will make Cambridge’s LEED certification process the focus of their coursework – including a close look at the University’s partnerships within the wider Milwaukee community that support urban sustainability. “We’ll look at the ‘people’ aspect of sustainable living – what it takes to be a sustainable community,” Ehlinger explains. “Many students come to Milwaukee for the urban experience. Cities are where the new struggles and opportunities for sustainability are taking place and Cambridge Commons has a lot of

Hassan AlYagoub (bottom row, second from left) relaxes in Channel Lounge in the Sandburg Halls of Residence with a group of first-year students he advised during a summer assignment in UWM’s largest residence.

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data to capture that’s relevant to urban sustainability issues.” Like transportation issues – one of the hallmark considerations of sustainable living in an urban context. UWM-branded, fuel-efficient vehicles ferry students from Kenilworth, Cambridge and RiverView 24/7. The wait averages between 10 and 15 minutes when classes are in session, including waiting for the shuttle’s arrival plus travel time. Students can track shuttles via GPS technology that displays their whereabouts on screens in the residence halls. “Residents riding the shuttle from RiverView and Cambridge may find it takes less time to arrive to class, about 15 minutes, than waiting for an elevator in Sandburg during the busy times of day,” says Peak. There’s no need for speed when it comes to law-enforcement transportation. Teams of officers are dispatched nightly to RiverView, Cambridge and Kenilworth, where they work in eight-hour shifts. All residence halls feature 24/7 building security, plus locked entrances. B.O.S.S. (Be On the Safe Side) escort vans stop at all three residences during their free, on-demand routes from Kenwood Campus – UWM’s Upper East Side “headquarters” – to

destinations across the East Side. This leaves University Housing staff free to address a more persistent challenge to student safety in the residence halls: alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA). “Wisconsin drinking culture is something we’re dealing with in the residence halls,” Johnson says. In addition to a full-time staff person providing outreach and education related to AODA, student employees receive special training and support on AODA issues from the Norris Health Center. It may not be possible to stop drinking behaviors altogether, experts say, but much can be done to reinforce safe drinking habits and offer support resources. Counselors, for example, are available to work closely with a small population of repeat binge-drinkers to address issues of alcohol abuse before the consequences get too severe. On the lighter side of student life, the University Housing “Virtual House Party” is among the more popular residence-life programs, with as many as 800 students attending the annual three-night event. Red plastic cups (filled with root beer), blaring Top-40 music and a mock emergency room are among the props and real-world scenarios at the event.

“We think this work is life-saving,” Johnson says, “and it is events like the house party that prove to students we really are paying attention, we know what’s going on.” To be sure that students know what’s going on, and who they’re living with, Johnson’s office coordinates scores of additional events every semester. There’s an annual Brewers outing that packs hundreds of new residents into buses and out to the stadium. Speed-meet events, seminars on dating and sexuality, and a residence-hall film fest are among the semester-by-semester offerings that get interested students out of their rooms and enmeshed in campus life. Moving down south. . . to the East Side Spending three years in Sandburg Halls of Residence, including two as an RA, made the high-school-to-college transition much easier for Education senior Justin Golownia. “It gave me a level of independence that I really needed,” says the Kettle Moraine, Wis., native. “I have a vision impairment, so this was a way for me to have access to all the academic support and services I needed, but still be on my own.” After living in what he says can be a


• 80 construction jobs on RiverView site; 120 construction jobs on Cambridge Commons site

• 1 full-time residential staff person, each, in RiverView Hall and Cambridge Commons

• 11 student staff in RiverView; Peter Jakubowski ‘07

16 student staff in Cambridge Commons

• 1 acre of brownfield redeveloped on RiverView site; 4 acres of brownfield redeveloped on Cambridge Commons site

RiverView Hall, as seen from the east side of the Milwaukee River. This view is accessible from a small footpath that leads from the Cambridge Commons courtyard to the trails via a three- or four-minute walk.






Purin Hall

Photos courtesy of Lisa Ridgely

A close-knit community of 50 students, many of them juniors and sophomores, fills this small, square apartment building on the corner of Downer Avenue and Kenwood Boulevard. As a converted apartment building, Purin apartments are all-inclusive. The small population helps students stay connected despite limited space for common-area activities.

then & now Saad Ali Akbar Khan and Lisa Ridgely met in the Sandburg Halls of Residence in 1997. Since then they’ve come and gone from Milwaukee, with extended stays in San Francisco, Roswell in New Mexico, Los Angeles, London and Islamabad. Through it all they’ve stayed in touch with Milwaukee, with each other and with a wide circle of other friends they met in university housing. Gr






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RiverView “More rambunctious, in a good way,” says Johnson. Ample common spaces, shared kitchens and a student population of 475 gives the riverside residence an intimate and “more traditional” universityhousing atmosphere.

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“fishbowl” kind of environment with new college students, he now appreciates living with the older and international student population that resides in Kenilworth. As student staff there, he coordinates regular restaurant outings and relaxed walking trips around the East Side to acquaint students with Milwaukee. Kenilworth wasn’t open for tenants in 1997 when Saad Ali Akbar Khan made a one-semester detour to UWM on his way from UW–Madison to a California university. Two weeks into his stay in Sandburg’s North Tower, Akbar Khan (’01 BS International Studies, ’08 MS Nonprofit Management and Leadership) made the decision to stay in Milwaukee. After years living abroad as the child of Pakistani diplomats – a 10-year circuit took him from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain to Brussels to Toronto – he says he felt at home within the diverse student population at UWM and instantly connected to campus life via his Sandburg address. “Being literally right there all the time, eating meals with the same people every day – but without the stress of making meals yourself – getting to class in three minutes, volunteering on campus,” says Akbar Khan. “I could do it all because I lived on campus, and it’s how I met some of my best friends.” “At a time when students are losing some sense of regular contact with the people who have been closest to them,” says Norris Health Center’s Dupont, “on-campus living offers opportunities to meet others going through the same experiences and build a social support network. This network can help any student deal successfully with the stress of a transition to college life.” “Living in Sandburg really encouraged me to be social,” agrees Lisa Ridgely (’02 BA Journalism and Mass Communication). “Sure, you could stay in your room all the time if you wanted but there were so many events and opportunities to do things with the friends you make in that setting – almost instantly. I can’t imagine what college would’ve been like without that experience.” Then she turned to Akbar Khan, who returned to Milwaukee in early August after spending a year in graduate school at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The two had met during Akbar Khan’s first week at UWM, while volunteering for the B.O.S.S. program. “Can you?” she asked. The two were silent for a few seconds, then both began laughing. Minutes later, they were planning a party to celebrate Akbar Khan’s graduation from LSE. Ridgely hasn’t missed any of her friend’s graduation parties.








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Growing with the community By Brad Stratton Kenilworth Square, RiverView and Cambridge Commons residence halls represented UWM’s first steps off the Kenwood campus in the 21st century. In the coming years UWM will extend its reach into the community, thanks to the UW–Milwaukee Initiative and the UWM Campus Master Plan. Campus expansion will greatly enhance student, faculty and staff access to state-of-the-art research facilities, resources and partners. Here is an overview.

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1 School of Freshwater Sciences Research Building To house the first School of Freshwater Sciences in the United States, UWM will construct a fourstory, 100,000-square-foot addition to the south side of the existing Great Lakes WATER Institute building at the eastern terminus of Greenfield Avenue in Milwaukee. The one-story southeast section of the existing institute complex that houses office and meeting space will be demolished to accommodate the new structure. A majority of the investment will be made in new construction that provides the greatest amount of state-of-the-art lab space and offices while retaining research activities best suited for the existing building.





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2 Reed Street Yards The UWM Real Estate Foundation and the Milwaukee Water Council intend to seek funding to develop a site at the Reed Street Yards in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley for a publicprivate facility. It will house academic applied research labs, conference space, business interests (including a business accelerator) and the Water Council offices. The City of Milwaukee has designated the Reed Street Yards as a tax incremental financing district to help fund redevelopment and encourage private development in freshwater-related research and industry. The joint university-business building could break ground as early as mid-2011. Fundraising for that construction, coordinated through the Real Estate Foundation, is already under way. 3




3 Cambridge Commons Residence Hall Opened for the fall 2010 semester, Cambridge Commons is the second residence hall constructed through the UWM Real Estate Foundation. It is located on the corner of Cambridge Avenue and North Avenue, and on the east bank of the Milwaukee River. This 700-bed facility includes approximately 200 sophomore beds and street-level retail space accessible to those in the building and also to those who live and work in the neighborhood. It was built to U.S. Green Building Council standards and includes two green roofs. The first tenants of Cambridge Commons were the UWM Foundation and its two affiliate organizations, the Real Estate Foundation and Research Foundation.


4 RiverView Residence Hall Constructed with private funds gathered through the UWM Real Estate Foundation, RiverView opened in January 2008. It is designed for about 500 mostly first-year students and was built on the west bank of the Milwaukee River at the intersection of North Avenue and Commerce Street. In addition to being served by a 24-hour transportation system linking it to the nearby UWM campus, the building has a cafeteria, coffee shop, convenience store, fitness rooms, classrooms and laundry. Large and small markets and shops are within easy walking distance. Each suite features air conditioning, high-speed Internet, cable television, large walkthrough closets and a vanity separate from the bathroom. 5 Public, Community and Clinical Health Facility UWM announced in August 2010 it is working with managers of The Brewery on a plan to restore the former manufacturing building at the historic Pabst Brewery site in downtown Milwaukee and convert it into the new home for the School of Public Health. The project will create a 50,000-squarefoot facility shared by UWM and other community partners, including the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department. In addition, the site allows for growth and expansion over time. Under the plan, part of the cost of the new facility will be funded by a $10 million gift the University received from the late Milwaukee philanthropist Joseph J. Zilber. 6 Innovation Park The UWM Real Estate Foundation is seeking to acquire and redevelop a parcel of land on the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa to be a graduate-level engineering campus. The



site is north of Watertown Plank Road and east of Highway 45. UWM wants to develop in this area because of its close proximity to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center – the hub of clinical research in Southeastern Wisconsin, with outstanding institutions such as the Medical College of Wisconsin (the largest academic research entity in Southeastern Wisconsin and secondlargest in the state), Children’s Research Institute and the Blood Research Institute. Also nearby is the Milwaukee County Research Park.

for research core facilities and labs, instructional space, public collaborative space, and office and office-support space, and the UWM Physics Department will be a primary occupant. 9 Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Campus UWM is moving forward on a plan to purchase the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Campus. Directly adjacent to UWM’s 92-acre East Side Milwaukee campus, the property is nearly 11 acres with seven buildings that have 828,000 gross square feet of space. Among the buildings is a five-story parking structure with 788 parking spaces. The recently completed UWM Campus Master Plan outlines a variety of potential uses for the Columbia St. Mary’s property, including student services and academic/ instructional space. The opportunity for UWM to acquire the property results primarily from the October 2010 opening of the expanded Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee about one mile south of the UWM campus. The hospital campus adjacent to UWM is expected to be vacant by the end of 2010.

7 Kenilworth Square The Kenilworth Building has come a long way since its 1914 origins as a Ford Motor Co. assembly facility. Although the State of Wisconsin acquired it for UWM from the U.S. government in 1970, it wasn’t until the new century that renovations occurred which transformed it into its current form. The original 1914 east side of the building is now home to Peck School of the Arts studios, offices and performance and gallery spaces. The 1945 western addition is home to university housing for graduate students, visiting faculty, older undergraduates and university guests. Retail and restaurant space on the building’s first floor complete this multifaceted facility.

10 New Research Vessel To allow more expansive Great Lakes research than ever before, UWM is seeking to raise $20 million in private support to build a new floating laboratory for freshwater research. The replacement for the R.V. Neeskay, built to be a tug-transport for the U.S. Army during the Korean War, will have state-of-the-art navigation, propulsion, communications and handling. It will allow for year-round operation for science teams of up to 14 members (in addition to the ship’s crew) and have an operational range that includes all five Great Lakes. The new vessel will help develop the next generation of freshwater scientists.

8 Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center The center will be developed in three phases along the north side of Kenwood Boulevard between Maryland Avenue and Cramer Street. The first phase, at the northwest corner of Kenwood and Maryland, will have a north and south building. The north building will be constructed first with $75 million of UW–Milwaukee Initiative funds and will be the largest-ever investment in a single building in UWM history. It will have about 93,000 square feet of usable space




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UWM Alumni Association Awards

A dozen alumni of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements in their careers or civic involvement have been named recipients of the 2010 UWM Alumni Association awards. They were honored at the association’s Annual Awards Reception in May. Distinguished Alumnus winners also were recognized during Spring Commencement ceremonies. “Through their distinctive career accomplishments and community leadership, these UWM alumni are credited with an impressive list of important contributions,” said Andrea Simpson, executive director of the UWMAA. “We are proud to recognize them as part of our growing worldwide network of over 140,000 UWM alumni.”

Distinguished Alumnus Awards The Distinguished Alumnus Award celebrates outstanding UWM graduates whose professional achievements and commitment to the community bring honor to the university. Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Field of Urban Planning and Business Geoffrey Hurtado, ’86 MBA, ’76 MUP, ’74 BS Architectural Studies Geoffrey Hurtado is one of Wisconsin’s quiet heroes who has worked diligently and effectively for the past 30 years to improve the economic and social environment of the city and state. Professionally, he has been involved at the highest level in both the public and private sectors. He has served in leadership positions with the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, the former MECCA (Milwaukee Exposition Convention Center and Arena) and the Milwaukee County Parks Department, and is currently a senior vice president for Irgens Development Partners LLC. Through a combination of education and experience, Hurtado has achieved

an expertise in mediation and project management that has also helped him in an impressive list of professional and civic pursuits. He has dedicated a great deal of time to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Forum, and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). “He is the professional lubricant who eases the trickiest of administrative mechanisms and enables the projects or tasks, however complex, to be completed,” says a nominator. Hurtado has also demonstrated great commitment to promoting UWM and the Urban Planning program, including scholarship support and service on the board of the Urban Planning Alumni Chapter. As adjunct faculty, he has brought real-world experiences and insight into the classroom. “Because of his extensive professional network, students have been able to connect to local real estate and development professionals in ways unmatched in other departments and universities,” notes one of his nominators. In addition to an array of national and local professional associations, Hurtado has also dedicated time and resources to numerous social causes, including Sojourner Family Peace Center and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and he has served on the UWM Alumni Association Board of Trustees.

Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Field of Health Sciences Marlene Heinrich Lugg, DrPH, ’60 BS L&S Marlene Lugg has contributed to the advancement of public health on the local, state and international levels. Currently an adjunct professor and Curriculum Committee chair at West Coast University in Los Angeles, she is chair of the Immunization Coalition of Los Angeles County and a member of the California Immunization Coalition Board and three Centers for Disease Control (CDC) working groups. She is a member of Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society. Lugg served as founding director of the Western Australian State Center for Health Statistics and Planning. There, she developed 16 major statewide data systems, the state’s 25-year hospital plan, and medical record linkage and deduplication projects which are models for today’s immunization and other registries worldwide. She was named the first female Fellow of the Australian College for Health Service Executives. Lugg returned to the United States in 1983 to become director of the Health Information Systems program at UCLA, where her work included research in injury control.

From 1988-2009, Lugg worked in different positions with Kaiser PermanenteSouthern California, Panorama City and Pasadena, Calif., specializing in the areas of immunization and health information systems. Her work there on improving adolescent immunization rates received a 2001 American Association of Health Plans Innovations in Immunizations Award. She continues to work part-time for Kaiser as a research scientist and coinvestigator of the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink Project. As a dedicated volunteer, she has traveled throughout the U.S. training trainers and leaders for the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Field of Medicine and Public Health Patrick E. McBride, M.D., ’76 BA Zoology Patrick E. McBride is a professor in the departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, and associate dean of students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He also is associate director of preventive cardiology at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. McBride was nominated for his accomplishments in three key areas of academic medicine: education, research and clinical care. Dr. James Stein of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who nominated McBride for membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society, said of his work: “Dr. McBride is widely recognized as one of the leading experts on preventive cardiology in the United States…. The inpatient and outpatient preventive cardiology programs that he built are among

the top in the country. He continues to be one of the most recognized specialists in the United States and widely is regarded as one of the best physicians on faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.” McBride’s primary area of research is quality of care. He led the development of a statewide teaching program on cardiovascular risk factors for physicians, nurses, dieticians and physician’s assistants. He is an investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, including a Women’s Health Initiative trial, a study of cardiovascular disease in people with Type 1 diabetes and a study of the effects of quitting smoking on vascular disease. He has served on several national and scientific advisory boards on cholesterol education and tobacco research and education, and has been honored for his teaching with 12 local and national teaching awards. Among the teaching honors are a Young Alumnus Award for Teaching from UWM in 1987, The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians Educator of the Year Award and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Award for innovation in family medicine. He received the Distinguished Education Award from UW–Madison in 2000. McBride is active in the community and with professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the MEDIC Grace Church Homeless Shelter Medical Clinic, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Habitat for Humanity. Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Field of Art and Design

ing the Milwaukee Art Museum). Internationally, her work has been part of the Art in the Embassies program of the U.S. State Department. Serr’s subjects include landscapes, still lifes and figurative studies. She generally works on a series of paintings and prints that share a common subject or theme, but are expressed in different media. Examples of recent work include “Leaves and Branches,” a landscape series, and “India,” a series of monotypes. She is known for her rich use of color and strong composition. “From her densely textured paintings to her light-handed ink drawings and beautifully colored monotypes, Jan consistently delivers quality work,” said Tory Folliard, Milwaukee gallery owner, in a nomination letter. In addition to painting, Serr also pursues natural landscaping and the piano. Trained as a classical musician, she has a long-standing interest in chamber music, from early music to contemporary composition. She has commissioned new music that has enriched Milwaukee’s cultural life, including works by Kamran Ince (“Flight Box,” for the opening of the Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum), Judd Greenstein and Russell Platt. At UWM, Serr studied with John Colt and Schomer Lichtner. Serr has taught at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario.

Jan Serr, ’68 MFA Art, ’66 BFA Art Jan Serr creates paintings, works on paper, prints and artistmade books. Her work has been shown in more than 20 solo exhibitions and is in major private, public and corporate collections in the United States and Canada (includ-

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Peck School of the Arts GOLD Awards The GOLD Award recognizes recent graduates who have achieved a measure of success in their field, bringing credit to themselves and to the university.

School of Architecture and Urban Planning David Ciepluch, ’01 MUP, ’82 BA L&S David Ciepluch’s devotion to promoting energy efficiency has helped protect the environment of Southeastern Wisconsin and improve the community. An energy efficiency project strategist for We Energies, Ciepluch is responsible for assisting in the company’s energy initiatives and supporting state-sponsored energy programs. But the effects of his conservation activities go far beyond his job description, comprising most of his remarkable record of civic involvement, say nominators. Because of Ciepluch’s encouragement, We Energies was one of the first in the industry to measure its sustainability performance through the Global Reporting Initiative. Off the job, Ciepluch is active in restoration efforts in the Menomonee River Valley, where each spring he leads a team of up to 100 volunteers in trash pickup and tree planting. Another of his volunteer projects is the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, where he helped create a Turnkey Renovation Program which purchases vacant and blighted foreclosed homes, renovates them to a superior energy efficiency standard, and then sells them to new buyers at an affordable price. “David converts talk into action [and is] literally not afraid to get his own hands dirty,” says one nominator.

Mary Cochran, ’05 MFA Dance Mary Cochran has performed and taught on every continent except Antarctica. Cochran’s professional dance career began at 18 as a member of Nikolais Dance Theatre from 1981-83 and continued as a soloist with highly regarded Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1984-96. “On the national and international landscape of contemporary dance, Cochran is an active performer, teacher, advocate and guide to the aspirations for the next generation of dancers and choreographers,” says Ed Burgess, chair of the Department of Dance in UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. During 1998 and 1999, Cochran was the director of Taylor 2, creating and implementing innovative outreach programs around the country. She then taught at numerous colleges and conservatories. Shortly after graduating with her MFA, Cochran was named chair and artistic director of the Department of Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. There, Cochran has launched collaborative projects between Barnard and NYC cultural institutions such as Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, Symphony Space, WAX, the Brooklyn Museum and Dance New Amsterdam. Nominations cite Cochran for “perpetuating the training of a new generation of performers and choreographers in contemporary dance.” She also continues to perform, and has been described as “a star, indeed” and “blithe spirit, weaver of magic, quintessential muse” in the Taylor repertory. Cochran also dances in highly theatrical works by Sara Hook, and creates and presents her own movement-based monologues.

College of Engineering & Applied Science Suzanne Caulfield, ’07 PhD Engineering, ’00 MS Engineering Suzanne Caulfield is a success story who has continued to work with and support the university long after graduation. In addition, she has made major research contributions that have established her as a top-notch researcher with an international reputation. As a professional mechanical engineer, Caulfield has continued the research she began while working on her doctoral degree at UWM. This work has led to new advancements in technology for her employer, Briggs & Stratton. From 1997-99 she was an analysis engineer at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, Wis., before joining Briggs & Stratton, where she is a research engineer in the Engineering Mechanics Group. Besides scholarly contributions, Caulfield has worked to enhance UWM’s instructional program. Over the years she has worked at Briggs & Stratton, she has donated equipment and testing facilities for many senior design projects. She has also taught basic courses in thermodynamics and numerical methods at UWM, and her teaching evaluations are among the top-rated in the department. Caulfield’s career is a testament to the high level of education that UWM provides, according to one of her nominators.

College of Health Sciences

School of Information Studies

College of Letters and Science

Heidi L. Plach, ’09 MS, ’00 BS Occupational Therapy Cited for her “passion to make a difference,” Heidi Plach has served the needs of children and adults with serious mental illness for the past 10 years, working as an occupational therapist and “above and beyond” as a volunteer. Last fall, she completed a study, “Addressing the needs of young veterans across the occupational performance areas of self-care, leisure and productivity,” as part of her master’s thesis work. The research led to Plach’s connection with UWM student veterans and area veterans’ groups, and appointment to a UWM task force addressing the needs of UWM student veterans. “She is considered a role model for occupational therapy (OT) students as an advocate and activist in promoting respect, support and full opportunities for veterans and persons living with the effects of mental illness and substance use disorders,” said one nominator. Prior to her research on veterans, Plach was cited for her work with the Day One treatment program and innovative programs she developed for Our Space, a drop-in center to assist adults with mental health needs. Plach is described as being “mature beyond her years in her insight and awareness of others’ pain in living with mental illness in the family. Her feedback is on target and compassionate.” In addition, her ability to design meaningful learning opportunities for OT students working with children and adults with psychiatric disabilities led to a full-time teaching position with UWM’s OT program, where she is now employed.

William J. Kopycki, ’00 MLIS William J. Kopycki is the field director for the Cairo, Egypt, office of the Library of Congress, responsible for acquiring materials from many different countries and cultures in the Arab world. He also works collaboratively with libraries and institutions in the region, and serves as a consultant to research institutions around the world. In addition, he is active in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA). “This is the first time a graduate of the School of Information Studies has managed to achieve such a high-ranking professional position in the Library of Congress, which is the world’s premier research library,” wrote Mohammed M. Aman, professor of information studies at UWM, in his nomination letter. While at UWM, Kopycki was involved in helping establish the School of Information Studies’ distance education program, serving as coordinator in its early years. “His work in this position helped establish the program and put it on track for the success that it currently enjoys,” wrote Dean Johannes Britz in his nomination letter. Kopycki, who speaks fluent Arabic and reads Persian, Turkish and Kurdish as well, is involved in numerous international conferences and workshops focusing on technology, digitization of library materials and the use of remote learning. He wrote the entry on libraries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, published in 2009.

Perfecta “Pita” Lacenski, ’03 BA Political Science/ Philosophy Perfecta Lacenski possesses a rare combination of academic achievement, cultural understanding and volunteer service, in combination with an intensely caring personal nature. After earning her double bachelor’s degrees, she served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. Lacenski developed and managed a variety of projects, including construction of a village well – something desperately needed by the residents. Other projects completed during her Niger assignment included acquiring loans for a village women’s group, participating in AIDS awareness and prevention activities, and supervising a girls’ scholarship program. (An article by Lacenski on her work in Niger appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of UWM Today – www4.uwm. edu/news/publications/uwm_today/.) After leaving the Peace Corps, Lacenski joined Congreso de Latinos Unidos in Philadelphia as a primary client manager trainer and special projects coordinator. Congreso is a nationally recognized, community-based, nonprofit organization aimed at strengthening Latino communities through social, economic, education and health services. Now she is working toward master’s degrees in governmental administration and social work at the University of Pennsylvania. “To have reached this level of altruism and personal resolve just a few short years after completing her undergraduate degrees is truly remarkable,” wrote one nominator.

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GOLD Awards – continued

College of Nursing

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Beth R. Peterman, ’00 MS Nursing, ’74 BS Nursing Beth R. Peterman, clinical assistant professor and nursing center director at UWM, works to provide health care to uninsured and underinsured residents of Milwaukee through the College of Nursing’s House of Peace Community Nursing Center. The center, one of two the College of Nursing runs, serves as a model for nursemanaged health care facilities around the country and throughout the world, and provides learning opportunities for UWM nursing students. “Beth is committed to providing direct health care to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Milwaukee, especially those who live in the neighborhood around the House of Peace,” wrote Anne Banda, administrative director of the Institute for Urban Health Partnerships, in nominating Peterman. “On a daily basis, Beth touches the lives of so many people who have no place else to turn.” “The House of Peace Community Nursing Center has received special recognition by the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as the state organizations for creative and culturally relevant approaches to outreach and education services for minority, low-income women,” wrote Jean BellCalvin, nursing center director at the UWM Silver Spring Community Nursing Center. Peterman’s research and writing focus on management of hypertension in community settings. In addition to her work with the nursing center, Peterman is active with the Milwaukee Center for Independence (New Health Services) and DayStar (home and shelter for abused women), and has served in a volunteer capacity for other organizations.

Cathleen Pollock, ’00 MSW, ’97 BS Social Work Recognition by your peers always is very meaningful, and Cathleen Pollock has known that honor several times. In 2007, Pollock received the Wisconsin School Social Worker of the Year award for her continuous contributions to the field, awarded by the Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA). She also received the School Social Worker of the Year award, presented by Milwaukee Public Schools, for her work at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. In the nomination for that honor, Pollock’s supervisors said, “She goes above and beyond the usual school social work expectations and is creative in her approach with students and families.” In her work at Wheatley, Pollock used mentoring groups for boys and girls to provide positive role models, linked with community agencies to provide an ongoing community clothing bank within the school, and connected school families with mental health, addiction and other community programs. Now working at MPS’s 81st St. School, Pollock also provides field placement to graduate students in social work at UWM, serves as a mentor for new MPS school social workers and presents workshops for colleagues. She also advocated for the advancement of school social work by serving as a board member of WSSWA for over a decade. In fall 2009, Pollock was named MPS liaison to UWM’s school social work program. In this role, she assists in identifying field instructors and coordinates a monthly seminar for graduate students to introduce them to MPS.

Honor Exemplary Alumni The UWM Alumni Association proudly serves as a dynamic link connecting alumni to the University and its students while fostering academic excellence through Alumni Association awards. Nominees must have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements in their careers or civic involvement since graduating from UWM. Nominations for GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) awards and the Distinguished Alumnus awards are being accepted through Dec. 1, 2010. To request nomination forms, contact Erin Harrass,, or visit our website,, and click on “Awards.”

Career Questions By Cindy Petrites, Alumni Career Counselor

Should I go back to school?

What kind of job do you want? Graduate school can help you refine or advance in your path, but it rarely provides clarity in itself. Not having career clarity also tends to make it harder to finish graduate school. If you don’t know what you want, it’s harder to tolerate the sacrifices of time, money and opportunity you must make to get there. Figure out what you want to do, or at least a range of possibilities, and then pursue graduate school if it will benefit you. If you have a particular dream job in mind, find out what credentials you need to land that particular job by scanning the big job boards for jobs with that title (no matter what the geographical location). Check out the websites of professional associations relevant to your field to learn about necessary credentials. Also, how many jobs of that type exist in the geographical location where you want to live? Five? Or 5,000? If you know that jobs in your target field and location are scarce, you can prepare for the competition or for a move, if necessary, to where the jobs are. What school will help you get the job you want? All degrees are not created equal. Some schools provide more support to their graduates in finding a job or to students seeking internships or other experiences that help build pre-graduation work experience and employer relationships.

Also, prestige can be a factor. If you know where you want to work, think about who works there. Does the company you want to work for often hire graduates from the school where you plan to study, or recruit from there? Todd Nilson, a recruiter and the founder of Milwaukee JobCamp, says that many employers tend to look at certain schools when hiring. “Employers tend to gravitate to schools they know and respect. Many times, that preference is based upon schools attended by individuals who are top performers at that company.” If you choose a school whose reputation is less known, you may face a disadvantage when competing with candidates from more familiar academic backgrounds. What happens to graduates from the schools you’re considering? Most schools will highlight on their websites alumni with the most exciting career outcomes. It’s important to talk to the schools that interest you to find out how alumni stay in touch and gain access to each other, if networking will be important to you. Also, ask to talk to alumni of your target school or program – be prepared to offer your contact information and have them contact you – or look for graduate-student organizations at the school to obtain current students’ perspectives. Also, check – through sources like LinkedIn and alumni career networks when available – to find out what a range of graduates actually do with their degrees. You may be surprised at the breadth of possibilities.

Peter Jakubowski ’08

When career dissatisfaction or unemployment strike, it’s a natural question. Many people go back to school thinking that it will automatically enhance their profile. But while a graduate degree, certificate or other credential can be a great option, it’s not for everyone. Here are some points to consider as you decide.

Alumni Career Counselor Cindy Petrites answers your career questions.

journey. UWM’s Office of Adult and Returning Student Services (OARSS) can help you choose the best options for your goals and lifestyle. Visit oarss. or contact the office at or 414-229-5932. If you need help with career direction, contact the Career Development Center to make a free career counseling appointment at 414-229-4487.

To submit a question for Career Questions, please send an e-mail with the subject line “Career Questions” to More information on UWM alumni career services is available on the Web at www4.

Graduate studies at UWM UWM offers a wide variety of possibilities – online, hybrid and in person – for those considering a return to school to brush up on skills or embark on a whole new career

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NEW UWMAA BOARD MEMBERS UWMAA Board of Trustees 2010-11 The UWM Alumni Association has elected four new members to its Board of Trustees for terms in 2010-11. The board is the policymaking body of the UWMAA and monitors adherence to that policy to meet the mission of the UWMAA and the changing needs of its membership. New board members include: Brett P. Belden, a patent attorney with the law firm of Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee. Belden received his bachelor’s degree from UWM in 2005 with a double major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. George P. Hinton, chief administrative officer of Aurora Sinai Medical Center and Mid/East Market Leadership Team, part of Aurora Health Care. Hinton graduated from UWM in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Rosalee Patrick, a transaction analyst and customer transaction coordinator. Patrick received her bachelor’s degree from UWM in 1991 with a concentration in Economics. Michael Wolaver, owner and founder of Magellan Promotions LLC, a company that provides promotional products, corporate gifts, apparel and awards. Wolaver received his MBA from UWM in 2003. The UWMAA Board of Trustees has also appointed leadership for the coming term: Lawrence J. Schnuck continues as president. Schnuck is a senior principal at the design firm of Kahler Slater, where he leads the Higher Education team. The team focuses on college and university campuses in the areas of medical, nursing, dental and health sciences education. Schnuck received his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from UWM in 1978 and his

Master of Architecture degree with honors in 1986. Allyson Nemec has been named vice president. Nemec is owner and president of Quorum Architects Inc. in Milwaukee. She graduated with a master’s degree in Architecture in 1990. Ellen Suttner is the board secretary. Suttner is a senior manager for business development with the Revere Group in its Milwaukee office. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UWM in 1991. Filippo Carini will serve as board treasurer. Carini is deeply involved with UWM, having also served on the Athletic Board. Currently, he is the chief administrative officer for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UWM in 1988 with a focus in Accounting and Finance.

Spotlight: Board President Lawrence Schnuck By Jimmy Lemke ‘10 When UWM alumnus Lawrence Schnuck was selected to take over as president of the UWM Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees, he gladly accepted and stepped into the role without hesitation. “I have always been a strong proponent of giving back to my community and university,” Schnuck says. “I have been involved at the University for many years, and this was a natural for me. This is an exciting time to be a graduate of UW–Milwaukee.” Schnuck is the 21st person to serve as president of the UWMAA Board of Trustees, an entity that has served the university since 1967. As board president, Schnuck acts as an ambassador for UWM to its considerable alumni base. With over

140,000 alumni, the UWMAA is a bridge from the alumni to UWM, fostering continued Panther Pride among its members. Schnuck is one of the most active members, taking part in many of the events that the UWMAA puts on each year. “There continues to be a lot going on, both on campus and within the community,” Schnuck says. “The recent completion of a new Master Plan provides a road map for the future growth of the University. Chancellor [Carlos E.] Santiago has a strong vision for the institution that holds numerous possibilities for the success of the University, the region and the State of Wisconsin.” Schnuck, a native of Kenosha, graduated from UWM with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies in 1977 and his Master of Architecture degree with honors in 1986. So what does he think about the direction of his alma mater? “This is an exciting time to be an alumnus of UWM,” he says. “The University has continued to evolve and

transform from its inception in 1956. The vision and goals for the future of UWM coming out of the Master Plan are exciting.” Schnuck should know something about the physical state of the school. He is a senior principal at the design firm of Kahler Slater, where he leads the Higher Education team. The team focuses on college and university campuses in the areas of medical, nursing, dental and health sciences education. Schnuck has been a member of the UWMAA board for seven years, and began his service as president in summer 2009. He sees a bright future for his alma mater. “UWM’s continued growth in outreach and research demonstrates the strong commitment to the school by the University of Wisconsin System. UW–Milwaukee’s positive impact on the city, Southeastern Wisconsin and the state is huge; as UWM grows and strengthens the reputation of the University, the value of all our degrees grows with it.”

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By Kevin J. O’Connor, Associate Athletic Director–Communications

Gathered at the event announcing the Nicholas Family Foundation gift were (from left) UWM Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago, incoming Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendant Gregory Thornton, men’s basketball coach Rob Jeter, women’s basketball coach Sandy Botham and David Nicholas, president and chief investment officer of Nicholas Company Inc.

Nicholas funds basketball youth camps The Nicholas Family Foundation underwrote funding for 100 scholarships to allow Milwaukee Public School (MPS) students to attend boys’ and girls’ basketball camps at UWM this summer. UWM alumnus David Nicholas (’87 MS Finance) and his wife Lori are longtime supporters of UWM and its athletics program. The gift gave MPS students in grades 3-8 the opportunity to attend day camps and a special “Day With Dad” event in June. All camps were held in the Klotsche Center and directed by UWM men’s basketball coach Rob Jeter and UWM women’s basketball coach Sandy Botham. “Rob and Sandy have done a great job with community involvement, and I can’t wait to have these young kids in the program and with the coaches,” Nicholas said at an event announcing the gift. “I know these coaches will provide a great program for these kids and will teach them a lot more than basketball.” For Jeter and Botham, the support of the Nicholas family

has been vital to their programs’ continued growth. This now extends to assisting the coaches with opportunities in the community, something crucial for both programs. In fact, the two programs shared the Horizon League’s Community Outreach Award this year. “The Nicholas family has always been very generous with support for our program and is also extremely active in a positive way with our community,” said Jeter. “This is a perfect way to combine that support with our continued goal of being a very active partner in Milwaukee.” “This is a great way to help UWM athletics and UWM basketball become even more involved in our community,” Botham added. “We are thankful for all of the support the Nicholas family has provided for our program over the years and it’s very nice that some of their support can be used to provide opportunities for deserving students from the Milwaukee Public Schools.”

highest grade-point average on the swimming and diving team. Waldhart has also been honored with the New Direction Scholarship awarded by the College of Letters and Science and the Oscar and Augusta Schlegle Academic/ Community Scholarship. The eight-time Dean’s List honoree plans to attend medical school at Michigan State this fall, working in osteopathic medicine. Along with being a three-year StudentAthlete Advisory Committee member and a representative on the NCAA Recertification Student Committee, Waldhart has spent numerous hours volunteering in the community. He has assisted the Walker’s Point Community Clinic as a social worker and a Spanish translator and communicator. Waldhart also volunteers as a UWM Athletics Department tutor and has participated in organizing the Panther Prowl in each of the last four years. “Jeremy is an outstanding individual whom I couldn’t be happier for in receiving this honor,” UWM swimming and diving coach Erica Janssen said. “He has brought the entire team to a new level over his fouryear career at Milwaukee. “His leadership as a captain and as a talented swimmer helped the men win their first championship in 10 years. He is going to continue making huge waves in his life as he moves on from college swimming to medical school this fall.” Jackie Kondratko of Valparaiso’s women’s soccer team was named the league’s female honoree. “We are exceptionally proud of what Jeremy and Jackie have accomplished in their collegiate careers as individuals and as members of successful teams,” Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone said. “While student-athletes so often get praised for their work on the court or on the field, the Coleman Award also recognizes athletes for their character and tireless efforts in the classroom and community. These two individuals exemplify what our four platforms are all about, and we wish them well in their future endeavors.”

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Swimmer Waldhart wins league’s Coleman Award UWM swimmer Jeremy Waldhart has been named the male recipient of the Horizon League’s 2009-10 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor. Waldhart becomes the eighth Panther to garner the Coleman Award and the sixth male recipient. In the last six years, UWM male student-athletes have collected four honors, including a string of three straight from 2005-07. The senior was a two-time captain of the Milwaukee men’s swimming and diving program, leading his squad to a Horizon League championship in 2010. He holds six Panther swimming records and two Klotsche Natatorium Pool records. The Horizon League’s highest individual honor, the Coleman Award is presented annually to the league’s top male and female studentathletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the league and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Candidates must be seniors who have exhausted their eligibility and were participants on the varsity level in a league-sponsored sport. In addition, nominees must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. Waldhart qualified for and competed in the 2009 U.S. Open Championships and the 2009 USA AT&T Short Course National Championships. The West Bend, Wis., native has been honored with the Milwaukee Swimming and Diving Coach’s Award all four years of his collegiate career, and earned the prestigious Panther Senior Athlete Award at the annual Student-Athlete Awards Reception. The Pre-Med Biology graduate was recently named a member of the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Men’s Team, the only Horizon League student-athlete to earn that recognition. He is a four-time winner of the UWM Faculty Athletic Representative’s Award, given annually to the individual with the

UWM adds another Women’s All-Sports Award to the hoard of league honors amassed in the last several years.

UWM Wins Fifth Straight League Women’s All-Sports Award UWM won four women’s team league titles en route to claiming its fifth straight Horizon League Women’s All-Sports Award. The strong performance on the women’s side, in addition to four more league crowns on the men’s side, left UWM just short of its sixth McCafferty Trophy, the league’s all-sports award. Milwaukee finished with 51 total points, just one-half point behind Butler University. The women’s sports award is the ninth in the last 10 years for UWM, which claimed women’s league crowns in indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer and volleyball. UWM won the McCafferty Trophy a year ago, adding to titles it won in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006. This year, UWM collected 27 points in women’s sports, outdistancing Butler’s 23. The Panthers, who have also won three Men’s All-Sports awards, finished second in the men’s award race with 24 points. Baseball, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field claimed men’s league titles this past year. The McCafferty Trophy is awarded annually by the Horizon League to a member institution compiling the greatest number of performance points, based on their finish in the League’s 19 championship sports. The award is named in honor of James J. McCafferty, who served as the conference’s first commissioner from 1979-80.

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ClassNotes 1960s Gary Hollman (’69 BBA), CPA, JD, attorney with Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren in Milwaukee, has received the 2010-11 WICPA (Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants) Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments within the CPA profession. 1970s Karen R. Jackson (’74 PhD) has been appointed executive director of human resources for Milwaukee Public Schools. Jackson previously was the director of human resources for Milwaukee County government, D.C. Public Schools and the Wauwatosa (WI) School District.

Randy S. Nelson (’74 BBA), a partner in the Milwaukee law firm of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, has been reappointed to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Business Planning Committee for the 2010-11 college year.

Margaret Rozga (’75 PhD, ’71 MA) is the author of “200 Nights and One Day,” recognized by The Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee as an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry for 2009. Rozga currently is a professor of English at UW–Waukesha.

1980s Richard Remiker (’81 BBA) has been named president of the Equipment Finance Group of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, a $52 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Robert A. Birmingham (’75 MA) has published “Spirits of Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscapes of Madison and the Four Lakes,” a comprehensive survey of the earthworks of prehistoric moundbuilding cultures in a rich area of effigy-mound construction.

Eugene Rubenzer (’75 BFA) received the Best Actor award in the 2010 Milwaukee 48 Hour Film Project, part of an international competition in which teams have 48 hours to produce a film around a given character, prop and line of dialogue. Rubenzer starred in “Cleaning House.”

Jim Koleas (’82 MS, ’71 BA) is completing a two-and-a-half-year liaison with Milwaukee Public Schools as project coordinator for the Futures First Initiative, a U.S. Department of Labor Youth Offender Gang Reduction grant.

Robert Kowalski (’75 BS) retired after 18 years with the Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Probationers and Parolees.

Denis Kitchen (’68 BS), underground comics pioneer and now the head of a comics empire (, has had a collection of his comics, covers and illustrations published by Dark Horse Books. “The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen” is a comprehensive career overview, with some 200 illustrations, most unseen since their publication in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Gloria McGrath (’76 BS) was honored with the Wisconsin Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Award for 2009-10. Beth Harwood (’78 MA) has joined the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans as vice president–educational programs/ content management. This is a newly developed position that oversees the development of educational programs, platforms and services. The foundation is based in Brookfield, Wis.

Bill Wertz (’82 MS), partner at Baker Tilly, has been appointed market leader for the Greater Milwaukee area. In this role, he will drive local new business development activities, including marketing, events, sponsorships, participation in professional membership organizations and community involvement. Anna Marie Santiago (’84 PhD, ’78 MA) will hold the inaugural Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professorship in Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signs legislation creating the Lions Club license plate. Ed Hida (’72 MS) and Heidi Hida (’74 MS, ’59 BS), members of the West Allis Central Lions Club, initiated legislation to create a special Lions Club license plate and played a major role in its eventual passage in both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature. Funds raised will benefit the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Alan Magayne-Roshak (’72 BA) won Second Place in the Features and Illustrations category at the June symposium of the University Photographers Association of America hosted by Ferris State University for his photo of four architecture grad students and one undergrad who conceived and constructed an interior wall partition at the leasing office of The Hide House in Milwaukee. The project was part of work they did for a SARUP studio led by Kyle Talbott.

Brian F. Larson (’78 BBA) has received the 2010 Golden Award from AIA Wisconsin, the state society of The American Institute of Architects. The Golden Award is the highest honor AIA Wisconsin can bestow on a member architect.

Steve Meyerson (’86 MS, ’80 BBA), is a Certified Public Accountant based in Mequon, Wis. His articles on current tax rules have been published on numerous websites, including the Reader’s Digest online edition.

1990s Molly Gribb (’93 PhD, ’88 MS) is the new head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. Thomas Margetta (’94 BS) was named the 2009 City of Boca Raton (FL) Police Department
Employee of the Year.

Carson Singer (’99 BS) received a master’s degree in Educational/ Administrative Leadership in May 2010 from Montana State University–Bozeman. She is the new principal at Spotted Eagle High School, an MPS Partnership School. Peg Palmer (’99 MSW, ’97 BS Social Work), executive director of Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services, has been named Literacy Advocate of the Year by Wisconsin Literacy, a statewide coalition of literacy organizations created to promote literacy through resource development, referrals, training and advocacy. The award is given to an outstanding administrator, donor or business partner who has done the most to raise awareness and funding for literacy. 2000s Kristen Kehl (’03 BFA) has received her MS in Occupational Therapy from UW–Madison. She returned to Milwaukee in June to complete two clinical internships at Froedert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Aaron Martin (’03 BBA) has been promoted to partner with Milwaukeebased Corporate Technology Solutions Inc. (CTS). In his new role, Martin will be part of the core team actively managing the day-to-day operations of CTS. In addition, he will continue to work on developing software for clients, and providing mentorship and input into the internal recruiting processes.

Brett J. Seese (’04 BA) was recently promoted to senior consultant at Vitech Systems Group, a leading provider of software and solutions to investment, pension and health plan administrators. Erik Amoroso (’05 BS) graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in May and will be entering his residency training in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Kimberly Greene (’05 BBA) has been promoted to account executive at Ron Sonntag Public Relations Inc. in Milwaukee. Brian Daniel Anderson (’06 BA) has earned his JD with high distinction from the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. After sitting for the Ohio Bar Exam, Anderson will serve as a judicial law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda from August 2010-August 2011. Scott D. Wollenberg (’06 MBA) was promoted to the newly created position of vice president of global engineering at Modine Manufacturing Company, a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions with world headquarters in Racine, Wis. Carla Klinger (’07 BA) is the Frenchto-English translator of the newly released “Eloik, Nightmare Fighter” fantasy series for young adults. Tammy J. Ladwig (’07 PhD) is coprincipal investigator on a National Science Foundation Noyce grant for $1.4 million to assist those desiring a license with possible financial support of $10,000. Aaron Klug (’09 BS) has been hired by Community Living Solutions LLC of Neenah, Wis., as an associate AIA project designer. Klug will assist in developing master plans for senior living communities from initial sketch to final presentation. He also will head the implementation of Revit and other technologies at the firm, as well as prepare computer-illustrated graphics of projects for client meetings.

Correction Mick Day, professor of geography at UWM, writes: “The Spring 2010 issue of UWM Today contains an error which I ask that you correct. On page 11 [‘Service in the City’] you state that Joe Rath graduated from UWM in 2000 with a master’s degree in Biological Sciences, which is incorrect. His master’s degree was in Geography; I should know – I was his major advisor!” We stand corrected, and thank Dr. Day for pointing out the error.

Student center, scholarship honor Kulwicki Memorabilia from NASCAR racing champion Alan Kulwicki (’77) and its new home, the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Student Center at UWM, were unveiled Rebecca Ann Sirek puts the finishing touch on the at a public display of memorabilia in the Alan Kulwicki dedication in Memorial Student Center. May. The new space, designated for UWM engineering students, is in the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) Building. The student center, along with a scholarship fund, was established last fall with a gift from Thelma H. Kulwicki, the late racer’s stepmother, who also donated the memorabilia, some of which comes from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Kelsey Bauer, a UWM junior, is the first recipient of the Kulwicki Scholarship. Bauer will receive $8,000 for the 2010-11 academic year. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is very involved in latemodel stock car racing. Like Kulwicki, Bauer believes her engineering degree will make her a better driver. The display is being curated and designed by alumna Rebecca Ann Sirek, who interned as an archivist at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Kelsey Bauer, the first recipient of the Alan Kulwicki graduated Kulwicki scholarship. from UWM with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Greenfield native received a UWM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992, the year he won the Winston Cup Series title by the closest margin in the series history – beating Bill Elliott by 10 points. Less than a year later, he died in a plane crash. He was the first college graduate to win stock car racing’s premier title, now called the Sprint Cup Series.

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James Lowder (’99 MA) is the editor of three recently released books: “Family Games, The 100 Best” (Green Ronin Publishing), “The Best of All Flesh” (Elder Signs) and “Curse of the Full Moon” (Ulysses Press).

Kelley Hinton (’04 MLIS), associate professor of political science at UW–Waukesha, has been named an Arthur M. Kaplan Fellow for 200910. The Kaplan award program was established to recognize outstanding contributions to education by UW Colleges faculty and academic staff. Fellows are named from each of the 13 UW Colleges campuses annually.

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Scott D. Thomas (’94 MS, ’92 BS) is working in the wedding industry and recently launched Flippin’ Fun Fotobooks ( Thomas also started the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of Wedding Professionals, and received the association’s leadership award in September 2009.

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The holes in the wall gang and other reminiscences Written by Jerry Resler ’68 Illustrated by Stuart Carlson ’78

As a 1968 graduate of UWM, I’m pleased to see how my alma mater continues to grow and expand. Even the old Downer College buildings almost look as in shape today as some of the young runners and cyclists on nearby Lake Drive. It wasn’t quite that way when I was there in the 1960s. Even during a, shall we say, less than physically obsessed era when the only time students even gave a thought to running was to catch a bus, and a six-pack was something they drank, many parts of the campus, especially the Downer buildings, weren’t as fit as the collective study body. Which in hindsight wasn’t saying much considering that 45 years ago no one had ever heard of cholesterol and if they had to would probably have guessed that transfat was a train line in Bulgaria. The old Baker Fieldhouse comes quickly to mind. Baker had an indoor dirt track – yeah, you read that right, dirt as in the stuff where folks normally plant corn and potatoes. And the outrun, the space at the end of the track to allow runners to slow down after hitting the finish line, was so short the school had to tie mattresses to the wall. The last thing officials wanted was macho sprinters plunging head first into a hard wall and waking up two days later wondering if they had really pledged their mom’s old sorority or if it was just a bad dream. Not long ago, I checked out UWM’s photo archive ( digilib/uwmphoto/index.cfm) and one picture really brought back fond memories – the one showing Baker being razed. Yeah, I’m sure some UWM athletes have nothing but fond memories of the joint

but I suspect a few of them were guys who overshot the mattresses. Now, I must be honest. The campus had its good points. When I arrived in 1964, UWM could boast of a beautiful new $2.3 million addition to the Student Union along with Bolton Hall, a new eight-story classroom building. The Fine Arts Music Center had been built in 1962 and four years later the $4 million Fine Arts addition was built. Lapham Hall, which housed the science labs and classrooms just down the street at Maryland Avenue and Kenwood Boulevard, was also relatively new at the time, built in 1961. These structures provided a nice contrast with the much older, but distinguished Downer buildings on the north end of campus. From the outside, the distinctive reddish-brick buildings with terra cotta trim were worthy of any respectable college campus. The most impressive in my opinion was Merrill Hall with its picturesque castle-like tower and that intriguing solar clock above the main

entrance. I still carry warm memories of the grand lecture hall in Merrill, with its stately Old World wooden beams and plastered walls. Whenever I skipped class there, I truly felt like such a knave. But the interior of many of the other Downer buildings was another story, as in one penned by Stephen King after the author experienced a sleepless, acid reflux night brought on by three chili dogs with onions and an extra-large bag of Doritos. Fellow alum Stuart Carlson, whose hilarious illustration accompanies this column, recalled that someone – presumably students and not underpaid, untenured faculty – had punched numerous holes in the walls of another Downer building, Holton Hall, where he took classes. Since these were, after all, art students, it shouldn’t be surprising that the walls were adorned with drawings and assorted graffiti. You know, the usual stuff: “For a good time, call the Registrar’s Office and ask for Alma Mater.” When the piles of snow just outside Holton’s less-than-airtight doors started melting in spring, Carlson says, the water would run into the basement classrooms. The instructors seemed unfazed, perhaps because some of those holes helped drain off the water. Kimberly Hall, the Downer building where I spent much of my time since it housed the Journalism Department, wasn’t any better. Someone once told me she thought Kimberly was haunted. Silly girl.

A small world for UWM pulsar-hunters

Jerry Resler (left) and Stuart Carlson are both graduates of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and former longtime colleagues at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Resler (’68 BS Mass Communication) and Carlson (’78 BFA Art) both took buyouts from the Journal Sentinel in 2008, Resler as an editorial writer and Carlson as the paper’s editorial cartoonist. They recently launched their own humor consulting business, Humordocs. For more details, they suggest you visit their website,

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Alan Magayne-Roshak ’72

Even homeless spirits could easily have found better accommodations than Kimberly. As it turns out, Kimberly eventually did have a date with the wrecker’s ball despite a gallant effort to save it by some students and a journalism professor. Despite its flaws, brought on by years of neglected major maintenance, to some of us, losing Kimberly was like losing an old friend – an unshaven, unkempt, undeodorized friend who bummed cigarettes and money from you – but a friend nonetheless. The same fate also befell UWM’s downtown Civic Center Campus at Sixth and State streets. But in that case, it was an act of civility, since it was one of the very few examples in the United States of the widely scorned architectural style known as Gulag Revival. Rumor has it that the Civic Center Campus even gave J. Edgar Hoover the shivers. As you read in this issue’s cover story, more than 4,000 students are now housed in UWM’s five residence halls. Back in the ’60s, the closest most of us came to living on campus was when some inebriated student tumbled into the shrubs around Mitchell Hall after closing the Tuxedo bar and woke up the next morning wondering if he had really signed up with the CIA at that campus job fair the day before or it was just a bad dream. But in spite of all that, I must confess that for four impressionable years, UWM’s campus was like a second home to me, one I never grew tired of returning to each day. Baker Fieldhouse and all.

When Jeff Anderson (’82 BS Zoology) signed up for a science research experience for high school teachers at UWM, he had no clue that it would put him at the center of an astronomical discovery that made headlines worldwide. Anderson, a Citywide District Mentor Teacher with Milwaukee UWM alum Jeff Anderson (center) views the newly Public Schools, joined a unique discovered pulsar with Rachel Rosen (foreground), pulsar-hunting effort called the a scientist at the Green Banks Telescope (GBT) in UWM Arecibo Remote Control West Virginia. Center (ARCC). ARCC brings local high school students and teachers together with UWM students and faculty in remotely operating the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico – the world’s largest radio telescope – from the campus Physics Building. Led by Xavier Siemens, UWM assistant professor of physics, the group collects and analyzes data derived from the radio telescope in the hopes of finding pulsars –rapidly spinning neutron stars that emit lighthouse-like beams of radio waves. “I was teaching biology at Riverside University High School at the time I found out about [ARCC], but I thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up,” says Anderson. Because of his ARCC involvement, he spent part of this summer in an educational program for teachers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in West Virginia. Timing is everything. While he was at NRAO in August, a previously unknown pulsar was found in our galaxy. Even more exciting for Anderson was the fact that the new pulsar was discovered by members of a computer-sharing program created at UWM, called Einstein@Home. Based at UWM in the U.S. and at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Germany, Einstein@Home harnesses idle time on a half-million computers belonging to ordinary citizen volunteers to acquire the collective computer power necessary to sift through telescope data and detect rare events in space, says Siemens, also a principal investigator for the program. The information was immediately sent to NRAO for confirmation, allowing Anderson to be among the first to participate in follow-up observations.

Class of 1960 celebrates its golden reunion

UWM’s Class of 1960 celebrated its 50-Year Reunion May 14-16. Classmates and their guests enjoyed reminiscing during a Friday evening reception held at the Alumni House and at Saturday’s luncheon in the UWM Union’s Wisconsin Room. Later that Saturday, members of the class were recognized at the UWMAA’s Annual Awards Ceremony. The reunion culminated with members of the Class of 1960 leading the processional for the 2010 graduates at the Spring Commencement ceremonies held at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Class members attending the reunion were inducted into the Golden Society of Alumni, established by the Alumni Association to provide a way for 50-yearplus graduates to stay connected to the University and each other.

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SI X TH ANNUAL Certified 5K run/walk on the UWM campus and in Upper Lake Park

10:00 am


Join us to make strides for UWM student scholarships and alumni programs.

Alumni Association and Foundation P.O. Box 413 Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413


UWM Today - Fall 2010  
UWM Today - Fall 2010  

The Alumni Magazine of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee