Education reporter Marta Jewson won first-place in the New Orleans Press Club’s investigative category for her stories about how a local charter school board sidestepped the state’s Open Meetings Law during a teachers’ union drive. For her entry, she also won the coveted Alex Waller Memorial Award for best overall writing. Jewson writes for The Lens, New Orleans’ first non-profit newsroom.
Wauwatosa-born Helen Finnegan La Rue, BA ’46 and JD ’49, longtime resident of Park Ridge, Ill., passed away peacefully July 3, 2017, in her home with her beloved Badger husband, Paul H., of 71 years, by her side.
Not all heroes wear capes, but scientist and alumna Dr. Kristin Aquilino (BS ’05) recently received one along with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s “Species in the Spotlight Hero Award” for her work helping to save the endangered white abalone.
Robert O’Meara, Journalism ’48, worked for the Associated Press as a writer, reporter and editor for 39 years, but also pursued art as his second career. At 94, he is having a retrospective of his artwork at the Milwaukee Catholic Home Residence, 2462 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, where he now lives. Exhibit is on display from June 22 to July 14, 2017.
The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Christine Esche ’09 for a 10-month fellowship project developing an English program in Panama at the Universidad Especializada de las Américas – Panamá. Esche is one of 140 U.S. citizens selected for the 2017-2018 English Language Fellow Program.