Kathy Lomax leaves a positive legacy at UW-Platteville

March 15, 2013

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Kathy Lomax

 

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Kathy Lomax has left a lasting impression on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She moved to Platteville to join her husband Joe, the first African-American faculty member at UW-Platteville in the early 1970s. Six years later she was enrolled as a non-traditional student. She received an undergraduate degree in business administration in 1980 and a master’s in counselor education in 1985.

After 18.5 years of service to the university she decided to retire on Dec. 31, 2012. Her greatest motivation early in life came from her family, mother and the church.

While completing her undergraduate degree, Lomax was employed as a limited term employee in the Multicultural Educational Center and upon graduation accepted the position as director. “I had enjoyable interaction with the students, seeing them grow and develop into professionals,” said Lomax. “I recently had the opportunity to see that come full circle with students who have returned.”

In 1985, Lomax took an unpaid leave of absence from her position at UW-Platteville to accept a paid internship as a minority business trainee at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. in the Division of Student Affairs. The one-year trainee position transitioned into her being hired as an administrative manager in the departments of Nuclear Studies and Human Service Studies.

She worked at Cornell University for eight years before returning to UW-Platteville in 1993 as director in the Office of Sponsored Programs. As director, she was responsible for assisting faculty, staff, students and administrators with grants and contracts for the university.

Lomax fondly remembers the interaction she had with faculty members during her time as director in the Office of Sponsored Programs. “I am very proud that I helped and there were some successes,” she said. “That was rewarding.”

She was a member of the UW System Grant Administrators’ group, the Society of Research Administrators, the Council of Undergraduate Research, National Council of University Research Administrators and attended local, state and national meetings. Over the years she has become known for her knowledge of federal, state, UW System and internal funding. Her interaction with faculty assisted them in the development of grant proposals, attending to request for proposal guidelines, and making sure that budgets comply with federal, state and UW System guidelines.

Kathy Lomax is presented with the Black Student Union Distinguished Alumni Award.

 

Lomax has also contributed to various campus committees through her service on several academic staff, faculty and classified search and screens as well as being chair of the Academic Staff Senate and all of their standing committees – Elections and Appointments; Professional Development and Personnel Commission. In her position as director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, she served ex-officio on the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects; Animal Care and Use Committee; Academic Institutional Research Committee and liaison to the Improvement of Learning Committee.

Lomax was a member of the UW-Platteville Foundation Board of Directors for six years. She served on the membership and orientation committee as part of her duties with the Foundation board.

She was honored to be the first recipient of the UW-System Woman of Color representing UW-Platteville in 1994.

She has been involved in two Readers theater productions and has shared her experience of living in Platteville with college students and given presentations regarding her life-long learning experiences in the UW-Platteville Women’s Center.

In 2011 she shared a personal history as well as an historical presentation on famous African-American women to the Platteville Church Women United on their celebration of Martin Luther King Day and in 2012 she was asked to co- present the opening poem, “39 Years is Too Short,” at the Martin Luther King Celebration in Dubuque, Iowa.

Lomax currently serves on the Platteville Thrift Shop Board of Directors, is a member of the St. Luke United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and the St. Luke Singers Family Choir.

Contact: Kathy Lomax, lomax@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

 

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