Professor Sybil Robinson’s 1971 Acting Class Reunites for a Zoom Reading: Liz Fentress, Paul Niebauer, Suzanne Sturn, K.C. Kelly

Liz (Bussey) Fentress (B.A., Communication Arts and Theatre, 1974), Br. Paul Vincent Niebauer (B.S.E., Education and Theatre & Drama, 1975), Suzanne Sturn (B.A., Theatre & Drama, 1974; M.A., Theatre & Drama, 1976), and K.C. Kelly, four Wisconsin natives, met in Professor Sybil Robinson’s acting class in 1971, the last year Theatre & Drama was in Bascom Hall before moving to the then-brand-new Communication Arts Building.

UW Grad appointed to the Minnesota District Court: Laura Pietan

1991 Grad (BA Social Work) Laura Pietan (formerly Hanson) was appointed to the District Trial Court in January, 2019 in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Remembering James Raymond Paradiso, ’67

Born in Chicago, IL to Loretta (Pullano) and James Paradiso Sr., James (Jim) Raymond Paradiso, age 75, passed away on Monday, March 16th, 2020, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Remembering Wayne Roger Jahns: Alumni Passes Away at 88 Years old

Wayne Roger Jahns, born to William and Josephine Jahns in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 20, 1932, passed away at his home in Morristown, NJ on July 24, 2020 from natural causes.

Sterling Hall Bombing 50 years ago, from David Joseph Marcou, BA-’73-History

August 2020 saw the 50th anniversary of UW’s Sterling Hall Bombing, which I was on-campus for in 1970, working just-before semester for the football team.

Constance F. Aranosian, 90

Constance Frances (Connie) Aranosian, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully in Glastonbury CT on June 9th, 2020 at the age of 90.

Brenda Mizenko JBA ’96 selected to serve on the 2020-2021 South Dakota Math/Science Leadership Cohort

Brenda Mizenko was selected for the 2020-2021 South Dakota Math and Science Leadership Cohort. This a selective and competitive leadership program sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education. She will work with other teachers statewide to establish more STEM opportunities throughout South Dakota, look at different research based practices, explore challenges and opportunities in K-12 STEM education, and work on other projects as well.

Ryle A. Sonduck, Class of ’49

Ryle Sonduck, BA 1949, died on May 16, 2020 in Encinitas, CA. She was born in Wausau, WI and graduated Wausau High School in 1941. She earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 and her MS in Education from USC in 1968.

Sharon Maidenberg ’99 named executive director at The Contemporary Austin

After 20 years in the bay area, and 13 at the helm of Headlands Center for the Arts, Maidenberg is relocating to Austin, TX where she will assume the post of executive director and CEO of The Contemporary Austin.

John Knoebel–Lifelong LGBTQ Activist honored

John Knoebel 1969, a pioneer member of the New York Gay Liberation Front (1969-72), served as a leading presenter of LGBTQ history in this year’s 24-hour worldwide GlobalPride webcast June 27, 2020—a 50th anniversary virtual celebration of the first Gay Pride March in which he participated.