Alumni Notes

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  • David Schmitt ’59

    David Schmitt BS ’59 with a degree in chemical engineering died on January 17, 2020 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

  • Jim Ciha ’78

    Jim Ciha ’78 submitted his 25th Colorado 14er this past August by hiking to the top of Mount Princeton, 14,197 feet. There are about 55 Colorado 14ers (peaks 14,000 feet or higher) and that means many more adventures for Jim in the future. Jim lives in Grand Junction, CO.

  • Dr. Angela Dassow Wins Wildlife Award from the Animal Welfare Institute

    Dr. Angela Dassow, assistant professor of biology at Carthage College, recently won the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award from the Animal Welfare Institute for her work in passively tracking the locations of packs of wild gray wolves in central Wisconsin through acoustic monitoring of their howls.

  • Named Maryland’s Top 100 Women: Martha James-Hassan

    Dr. Martha James-Hassan (BS-Kinesiology, ’93) was named to the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland for 2020.

  • Celebrating the life of William “Bill” Vaitl

    William Ludwig Vaitl…transfer from Milwaukee Extension, studied Agronomy, was House Presidents Council Chairman and on the Agricultural Student Council, also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He loved his university years and he will be greatly missed.

  • Laurie Jinkins makes history in Washington state: Laurie Jinkins, Todd Jinkins

    Laurie Jinkins ’85, MA ’87, made history when she was sworn in as Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives in January 2020. She is Washington’s first woman Speaker, as well as first lesbian Speaker.

  • UW Graduate Releases Video Lecture Set with The Teaching Company’s Great Courses series: James Pfrehm

    Recently, The Teaching company–one of the largest providers of high-end educational content–published my video lectures set “Learning German: A journey through language and culture” within their Great Courses series.

  • 2019 Innovative Campaign to Forward Mission Award: Mark Ray

    Each year, Homeland Security Today honors shining stars in the community who are making their own unique, invaluable contributions to advance the mission of keeping America safer from myriad threats. Mark Ray is driven by the credo that a public works department is a critical cog in the homeland security apparatus, working in tandem with police and fire on multi-incident preparedness, mitigation and response.

  • Zausch/Lofton Wedding: Nicholas William Zausch and Mikayla Claire Zausch

    Nicholas W. Zausch, Class of 2015, and Mikayla C. Lofton, Class of 2015, celebrated their marriage on February 8, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI. They live in Chicago, IL where Nicholas is a probate attorney and Mikayla is an advancement director.

  • People of Weather Ready Nation: Mark Ray

    NOAA’s Weather–Ready Nation initiative is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. In People of Weather–Ready Nation, we sit down with some of the people responsible for building a Weather­Ready Nation. We recently talked to Mark Ray, Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Crystal, MN.