College of Liberal Arts and Education names award winners for 2012-13 academic year

September 4, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty and staff are deeply dedicated to the university and its mission, striving for excellence in all that they do.

UW-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education recognized the following faculty and staff members for their pursuit of excellence at an LAE Award Recognition Reception held in the Nohr Gallery.

Outstanding Academic Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Gates, professor and chair of UW-Platteville’s Department of Psychology, received the LAE Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. The award is given annually to recognize those faculty members who make critical contributions to the educational environment of students. Gates is known for her creative advising style that is individualized to meet each student's unique needs.

“It is such an honor to receive this award. I truly love academic advising; it’s one of my favorite parts of my job. I feel fortunate to be recognized for this critical aspect of teaching,” Gates said.

“Students deserve to have top notch academic advising,” Gates noted. “I want my advisees to look back upon their experiences with me and feel as though I worked my hardest to help them succeed academically and professionally.”

Dr. Joan Riedle, professor in the Department of Psychology, nominated Gates for the award.

“Dr. Gates has a tremendous mastery of academic requirements, is a highly responsive listener and is deeply dedicated to the success of each student,” Riedle said.

Gates received $500, a plaque and a place on the College of LAE’s Outstanding Academic Advisor Award plaque.

Gates was also selected as the All-Campus Outstanding Academic Advisor. She will receive an additional $500 from the Provost, a special plaque and will be recognized at the Chancellor’s Convocation.

Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Joan Riedle, professor of psychology, received the LAE Teaching Excellence Award. The award is given annually to a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and a commitment to the department, college and university.

“I am very honored,” said Riedle, who has taught at UW-Platteville for 33 years. “I work with an awesome and dedicated group of professionals, and it was a pleasure to have my contributions recognized by my peers.”

Dr. Elizabeth Gates, Department of Psychology chair, nominated Riedle for the award.

“Dr. Riedle is a well-respected, highly conscientious faculty member who is extremely deserving of this award,” noted Gates. “She receives outstanding student evaluations and has a reputation of being a challenging yet fair and supportive professor. I feel very grateful to work with Dr. Riedle as a colleague and have her serve as my mentor and model.”

Riedle received a $750 professional development grant and a plaque.

Outstanding Service Award

Linda Doser, instructor in the School of Education, received the LAE Outstanding Service Award. The award is given annually to recognize those individuals who have provided outstanding service at the program, departmental, college and/or university level.

“It is always rewarding to be recognized by your peers,” Doser said. “I am so happy to be working with students who plan on teaching. I enjoy the chance to share with them what I have learned as a result of my years of teaching young children.”

Doser coordinated the early childhood-elementary education program, team-taught, directed the professional development school off-site at the Mineral Point School District, co-wrote PACCE grants and has completed community outreach that resulted in more than 170 pre-student teaching placements each year. She taught early childhood in the public school system for many years, retiring in 2004. She has taught in UW-Platteville's School of Education since that time.

Dr. Karen Stinson, director of the School of Education, and Dr. Rea Kirk, professor in the School of Education, nominated Doser for the award.

“In addition to her excellent teaching, Linda goes well above and beyond in advising students both formally and informally,” Stinson and Kirk noted. “Her students consistently report that she is very accessible, positive and has a great sense of humor. She is always willing to help with projects, including implementing new state-mandated lesson plans. She provided the leadership for the early childhood-elementary education team in many ways,” they added.

Doser received a $750 professional development grant and a plaque.

The College of LAE will recognize the following emeritus, alumni and friends of the College of LAE at its homecoming recognition banquet on Fri., Oct. 4.

Excellence in Professional Development Award

Dr. Daniel Leitch, assistant professor in the School of Education, will receive the LAE Excellence in Professional Development Award. The award is given annually to recognize those tenured or tenure-track faculty or academic staff members who accomplish excellence in professional development activities such as research, writing or involvement in professional organizations, performances or artistic productions. Leitch teaches primarily in the inclusion program.

“The award brings to mind how blessed I am to work at UW-Platteville with such talented students, support staff, colleagues and administrators,” said Leitch. “I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm that students bring to the classroom. The most important part of my work with students is to establish a relationship of reciprocity through which we can learn from each other.”

Dr. Karen Stinson, director of the School of Education, nominated Leitch for the award.

“Dr. Leitch is a wonderful representative of professional development for LAE and is a model of scholarly activity for peers,” said Stinson. “This current year, Dan is presenting ‘Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities’ in the Ukraine as part of his Fulbright Scholar Award. Earlier this year, he presented ‘Creating Technology-Based Adult Learning Communities for the Teaching Excellence Center.’”

“Dr. Leitch has four major presentations and three peer reviewed journal publications,” Stinson added. “He is always willing to help other faculty with their own development in international education and presenting. He demonstrates his commitment to lifelong learning and is now acquiring language skills in Mandarin and in Ukrainian.”

Leitch will receive a $750 professional development grant and a plaque at the homecoming LAE recognition banquet on Fri., Oct. 4.

Arts and Letters Hall of Fame

Thomas Hickey, associate professor of English at UW-Platteville from 1963 to 2005, will receive the LAE Arts and Letters Hall of Fame Award. The award is given annually to recognize and honor faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and friends who have contributed to arts and letters.

“Receiving the LAE Arts and Letters Hall of Fame Award is a great honor that I never expected,” Hickey said. “I have truly enjoyed remaining connected with the university.”

“I have many fond memories of teaching,” Hickey added. “I especially enjoyed the interplay of intellectual ideas between faculty members and students. I was always impressed with the enthusiasm that faculty members had for their subject matter and how quickly that enthusiasm spread to the students and positively influenced their desire to learn.”

Dan Fairchild, professor of music in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, nominated Hickey for the award.

“LAE continues to be the recipient of Tom's passionate love for our college. In my 43 years of friendship with Tom, I have witnessed far more support for this college than I can write,” said Fairchild.

Hickey is one of the founding members of the Platteville Chorale and established the Thomas Hickey Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre Awards. In addition, he supported the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival and participated in numerous campus and community theatre productions and musicals. He continues to support the College of LAE, the Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards contest and festival, the creative arts, and the Rountree Ensemble and Steinway piano funds. Hickey received the 1990 LAE Teaching Excellence Award and the 2010 LAE Friends of the College Award.

Hickey will receive a plaque and be honored at the homecoming LAE recognition banquet on Fri., Oct. 4, and will be invited to ride in the homecoming parade and attend the football game the following day. There will also be a plaque with his biography and his line drawing added to the permanent Arts and Letters Hall of Fame display in Doudna Hall.

Distinguished Educator Award

Jennifer Montana Newendyke will receive the LAE Distinguished Educator Award. The award is given annually to recognize alumni who exhibit excellence in their careers. Montana Newendyke earned a Bachelor of Science in geography and a minor in environmental science in 2002 as well as her teacher certification in middle level education in 2005, all from UW-Platteville.

“I was very surprised and honored by the award,” said Montana Newendyke. “I have always been a strong advocate of UW-Platteville. The university holds a special place in my heart.”

“I especially liked the variety of programming that the university offered,” she added. “I changed my career pathway after my Bachelor of Science in geography and was glad the university offered a middle level teaching program so I could return to further my education. I also liked the exceptional faculty. There were three faculty members in particular, Rich Waugh, Bill McBeth, and Dave Braun y Harycki, who were instrumental to my success as a student. They provided me with support, encouragement and a variety of opportunities to take my learning beyond the classroom. My education provided me with knowledge and skills in the content areas as well as an example of a welcoming environment in the classroom and on campus that I now create for my students and staff.”

April White Feiden, English lecturer, Department of Humanities, nominated Montana Newendyke for the award.

“Jennifer has demonstrated a constant and consistent ethic when working toward her educational and career goals,” said White Feiden. “In 2011, she became system director for CareerTEC, which provides career and technical education to five school districts in Freeport, Illinois, and she has exceeded her superintendents’ expectations.”

“Jennifer dedicates herself to her career with a genuine wholeheartedness, and it shows in her accomplishments,” White Feiden noted. “Her positive attitude, devotedness and gentle spirit in career and life are an inspiration to her friends and coworkers, and she has set a great precedent for UW-Platteville students and alumni.”

Montana Newendyke will receive a plaque and be honored at the homecoming LAE recognition banquet on Fri., Oct. 4, and will be invited to ride in the homecoming parade and attend the football game the following day.

Professional Achievement Award

Rex Reed will receive the Professional Achievement Award. Reed earned a Bachelor of Science in English in 1973 and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in 1974 from UW-Platteville. He returned in August 2012 as an assistant professor in criminal justice after retiring with 20 years of service with the state of Nevada, where his last position was administrator of the Offender Management Division in the Nevada Department of Corrections. His wife Deborah is also a graduate of UW-Platteville.

“Frankly, I am very surprised and happy about receiving the award, but at the same time, I am humbled,” said Reed. “I have received the alumni newsletters over the years and read the impressive accomplishments of the others who have earned the same recognition. To find myself in that group is a high honor.”

“I could not have achieved what I did over the years without those teachers who gave their time to prepare me for life,” Reed continued. “I am not talking about just training me for a career. Instead, I am talking about those teachers who encouraged me to think, to wrestle with ideas and to want more than just a passing grade. Following their examples is important to me.”

Deborah Rice, an instructor and advisor in the Department of Criminal Justice and LAE alumni president, nominated Reed for the award.

“Rex's sense of community, leadership, outstanding scholarship and successful career all reveal why he is an excellent candidate for the LAE Professional Achievement Award,” said Rice.

Reed's history of public service includes his work as a police officer in Colorado; his work for Nevada's Department of Corrections, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Public Utilities Commission, Department of Prisons and Public Service Commission; as well as his work for the Colorado Center for Public Policy Initiatives, the Wisconsin Institute, Wisconsin governor's Energy Task Force and the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Reed will receive a plaque and be honored at the homecoming LAE recognition banquet on Fri., Oct. 4, and will be invited to ride in the homecoming parade and attend the football game the following day.

Friend of the College Award

Amanda Coorough will receive the Friend of the College Award. Coorough will accept the award on behalf of the social work staff at Richland County Health and Human Services, where she has been a social worker since 2011. Coorough and RCHHS have been supporters of the UW-Platteville psychology department, accepting UW-Platteville students for social work internships and providing them with exemplary supervision, individualized learning goals and experiential learning plans.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the LAE Friend of the College Award for both myself and Richland County Health and Human Services,” said Coorough. “I am a graduate of UW-Stout in psychology and to see that there continues to be a strong commitment to education and programming in the field of psychology and social work is rewarding. Supporting UW-Platteville students allows me the opportunity to give back to those who helped me receive my education and experience, in an agency that wholeheartedly embraces the growth and development of human service professionals. The connection with the students has been reward in itself, so to receive recognition for what seems like good professional contribution to my career field is beyond exciting.”

“UW-Platteville students are top of the line professionals and treat their internship like a job experience,” Coorough added. “The responsibility, accountability, and high level of performance in the job set them apart without question. All of the interns our agency has had the pleasure of working with have been top of their class, high-achieving students who are very involved in the community. Each student has added to the richness of our unit's character, and helped us renew our own sense of pride in our profession.”

Dr. Elizabeth Gates, Department of Psychology chair, nominated Coorough for the award.

“I am extremely thankful for the relationship the psychology department has developed with Amanda and RCHHS over the past decade. Our students have benefitted greatly from her support of the program; she is well-deserving of the Friend of the College Award,” said Gates.

Coorough will receive a plaque and be honored at the homecoming LAE recognition banquet on Fri., Oct. 4, and will be invited to ride in the homecoming parade and attend the football game the following day.

Friend of the College Award

First English Lutheran Church will also receive the Friend of the College Award.

“First English Lutheran Church is thankful to receive the Friend of the College Award,” said Pastor Michael Short. “We work hard to welcome students and faculty and others who are members of faith-based groups on campus. It’s an opportunity to have a caring, safe gathering place for people to have conversations about faith, no matter where they are in their life.”

“The church and the university have collaborated for many years. It has been a rewarding, mutually beneficial partnership,” Short added.

Dr. Rea Kirk, professor in the School of Education, nominated First English Lutheran Church for the award because it provides Muslim students, faculty and staff a place to worship; has been a Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement community partner; and has provided space for campus organizations, music recitals, as well as fraternity and sorority meetings and events. Kirk also cited the church's support of Table Talk, a Wednesday evening dinner and conversation that is open to students of all religions and focuses on the study of other religions.

“I have personally attended and was deeply touched at the sensitivity of the group,” said Kirk. “They wanted to be sure that I felt absolutely comfortable and welcome at any time in their church.”

Short will receive a plaque and be honored at the homecoming LAE recognition banquet on Fri., Oct. 4, and will be invited to ride in the homecoming parade and attend the football game the following day.

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Throop, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-1151, throope@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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