The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater held its Founder’s Day Awards presentation in Hamilton Room at the University Center for the first time in 3 years. During the ceremony, they first celebrated 5 students in attendance by awarding them scholarships and celebrating their academic achievements at their respective colleges. Additionally, the past was honored as five former students received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards.
The five students who received scholarships at this event were McClane Noffke, who attends the College of Arts and Communication, Jackie Carper at the College of Business and Economics, Samantha Adler at the College of Education and Professional Studies, Natalie Shortreed at the College of Integrated Studies, and Abigail Lammers, who is in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This event was also one of the first events where new Acting Chancellor John Chenoweth gave a lecture after former Acting Chancellor Jim Hendrickson resigned, unexpectedly placing Chenoweth in the position.
“This is a special time when we can recognize outstanding alumni and students,” Chenoweth said. “If you want to be inspired, you’ve come to the right place. We all know how special UW-Whitewater is, and it’s special because of its people; people like our laureates today, whose drive for excellence is remarkable. Our reputation as an institution is one of enduring integrity, and it rests on the words and deeds of our faculty, alumni, staff and students, people who truly embody the values that are at the heart of our university.
The Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards are given to alumni who graduated within the last 15 years. The five were Dr Christopher Maniece, Frederick Arndt, Amy Herbst, Howard Marklein and William Lowell. Each had different backgrounds and stories from their time in college, and it showed when they had the opportunity to discuss those circumstances at the ceremony.
Maniece already has four college degrees, including three from UW-Whitewater, and is on track to graduate with his fifth in May 2024. He is currently serving as a school counselor at Jefferson Middle School in Madison with the goal of becoming a principal and possibly a superintendent.
“I cherish relationships,” Maniece said. “My best friend, my parents, my fraternity brothers who are here with me today, my friends and my girlfriend. I believe in fairness and that every student should be ready for college, career and life. community.
Arndt had a path that led him to the Vietnam War after graduation. He was originally unsure if he would make it to UW-Whitewater and struggled to find a specific role, but eventually found that by taking all the English classes he could find, including the creative writing. After the war, Arndt worked in human resources before retiring and established a consulting practice dedicated to leadership and human resources.
“My high school counselor said that, given my test scores, I wasn’t really college material,” Arndt said. “Work hard, think beyond the norm, challenge the status quo, learn continuously, have fun, don’t take yourself too seriously, and do it all with integrity.”
Herbst was the first in her immediate family to attend college, after some of her friends from high school. Originally, she was indecisive, but started taking social work classes and found her calling. Since graduating, she has held several leadership positions, including as recently as 2018, where she served as Vice President, Mental and Behavioral Health at Children’s Wisconsin.
After earning a degree in accounting, Marklein held positions at the Chamber of Commerce in Whitewater and Fort Atkinson. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2010 before being elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.
“I was able to take the opportunities that presented themselves, whether in public service or in business, and make the most of them,” Marklein said.
Lowell originally started at UW-Madison before transferring to UW-Whitewater for the small-school vibe. Since graduating, he has received the UW-Whitewater Excellence Award for Teaching Staff in 2008 and 2017.
The Founder’s Day celebration was just that, but it was for a combination of alumni, current students, and the future of campus. There were many memories shared between those who had attended UW-Whitewater and those who were current students, and the pride of being a Warhawk.