Celebrations: July 12

July 11, 2012


Craig Mattson of Shorewood earned a master's degree in English from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee in May.

The following students made the spring semester honors lists at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: from Fox Point, Samual Odin; from Glendale, Michael Dvorak, Konrad Holtz, Philip Kramsky and Emily Lotz; from Mequon, Carly Caputa, Paul Fix, Hannah Grimm, Ashley Hansen, Emily Mitchen, Jordan Rennicke and Rebekah Rennicke; from Shorewood, Madeline Edgar and Sasha Mazur; from Thiensville, Whitney Boehme, Ryan Hock, Lydia Hynson and Emily Jeanpierre; and from Whitefish Bay, Scott Halperin, Claire Riordan and Hannah Williams.

The following students made the spring semester dean's and president's lists at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design: from Bayside, Margaret Kim; from Brown Deer, Aiesha Anglin; from Mequon, Lauren Howie Laur and Julianna Koch; from Shorewood, Hayley Eichenbaum and Elizabeth Rosa; from Thiensville, Sarah Meadors; and from Whitefish Bay, Emily Porter and Madeleine Schweitzer.

Dana Larsen of Mequon made the spring semester dean's list at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


Lauren Hammer of Shorewood made the spring semester dean's list at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Sara Chars, a 2009 graduate of Nicolet High School, has received the Chuck Porter scholarship from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.


Jeremiah Swisher of Glendale and Terri Hart-Ellis of Whitefish Bay graduated from Partners in Policymaking, a new leadership program from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. The program prepares self-advocates and family members of people with disabilities to work on policies and initiatives supporting participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Sixteen alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements in their careers and civic involvement have been named recipients of the 2012 UWM Alumni Association awards, including Kristin Haglund of Whitefish Bay and Gretchen Mead of Shorewood, winners of Graduate of the Last Decade awards.

Haglund, associate professor of nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, is a nurse practitioner, educator and researcher who focuses on teen pregnancy and violence. She has done extensive research on adolescent sexuality, risk-reduction behaviors and dating violence. In 2010, she was named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to conduct research on the relationship between drinking and sexual involvement among adolescents in England. She earned her doctorate in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her master's degree in nursing and her family nurse practitioner degree from UW-Oshkosh, and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Marquette. Before teaching at Marquette, she worked as a nurse practitioner for the Milwaukee Adolescent Health Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin and as a public health nurse for the city of Milwaukee.

Mead is founder and director of the Victory Garden Initiative, an effort that combines her training as a clinical social worker with her interests in gardening and the environment. Mead, who earned her master's degree in social work from UWM in 2004, is recognized nationally as being in the forefront of the local food movement, educating residents about the benefits of community gardening, mobilizing neighborhoods toward local food production and making possible the creation of numerous garden plots. Mead launched VGI from her own front yard. The fourth annual Victory Garden installation blitz expanded in 2012 from a single Saturday to a week in May, with volunteers installing hundreds of residential gardens. In part, the initiative resulted from Mead's work with patients at Aurora Health Care, where she saw health problems climbing at an alarming rate, especially among those who rely on cheap, overly processed staples and food banks.

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