Celebrations: June 28

June 27, 2012


Bridget and William Spaulding of Mequon are the parents of McKenna Christine Spaulding, born May 23, 2012, at Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls. She was 8 pounds and 20 inches long. She joins brother Jacob, 3, and sister Riley, 2.


Samuel Huxley of Mequon graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He also was awarded membership in Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society.

Emily Williams of Fox Point earned her bachelor's degree cum laude in English and French from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., in May.

The following graduates earned bachelor's degrees, or other degrees as noted, from Lakeland College in Sheboygan in May: from Brown Deer, Nicole Dykstra, master's degree in business administration, Linda Anderson, accounting with honors, and Sharon Anderson, business management; from Mequon, Kathryn Koch, biology with honors; and from Thiensville, Anthony Faller, exercise science and sports studies.

The following graduates earned bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in May: from Glendale, Philip Kramsky, political science; from Mequon, Jordan Rennicke, biology, Spanish, manga cum laude; from Shorewood, Madeline Edgar, biology, summa cum laude; and from Thiensville, Whitney Boehme, biology, summa cum laude, and Ryan Hock, biochemistry, biology.

Ethan Brotzman of Glendale made the spring semester dean's list at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Alyssa Swan of Bayside and Danielle Levings of Mequon made the spring semester dean's list at Iowa State University in Ames.

Emily Stolz of Mequon made the spring semester dean's list at Hope College in Holland, Mich.

Rebecca Skelton of Glendale and Andrea Gomoll of Whitefish Bay were recognized for academic achievement during the annual Honors Day convocation at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in May.


U.S. Army Spc. Kimberlee A. Kautzer has returned from a one-year deployment in Afghanistan with the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion out of Green Bay. Kautzer is a 2001 honors graduate of Brown Deer High School and a 2005 honors graduate of Gustavus Adolfus College. The daughter of Gloria Kautzer of Brown Deer and John and Brenda Kautzer of St. Charles, Mo., Kautzer lives with her husband, Sean Higgins, in Las Cruces, N.M.


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 Mary T. Kellner of Mequon. Kellner, president and director of the Kelben Foundation, earned the Life Achievement Award, only the 12th ever awarded. Kellner and her husband Ted have made significant contributions to helping children overcome economic and education disparities. Among their contributions to UWM are the Kellner Professorship in Early Childhood Education, the School of Education Kellner Scholarship and the Lubar School of Business Kellner Scholarship. After completing her master's degree in educational psychology in 1978, Kellner worked as a counselor in the Mequon-Thiensville and Grafton schools, helping establish a model program to help other counselors identify early warning signs for students using drugs and alcohol. As president of the Next Door Foundation, she helped develop Books for Kids, a program that puts books into the hands of Milwaukee children. Through the "I Have a Dream" project, she and her husband are sponsoring scholarships for all students in the Clarke Street School first grade of 2008 who graduate from high school ready for college. The Kellners are also leading a campaign to expand the Milwaukee College Preparatory Academy, a school chartered by UWM. Kellner earned her doctorate in leadership for the advancement of learning at Cardinal Stritch University.

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