Congratulations to School of Education employees and others we work with who will be honored at the Length of Service Awards ceremony Dec. 9. This year’s ceremony will be virtual, but friends and colleagues are invited to share in the celebration via Microsoft Teams. The ceremony will also be available for viewing later at the same link.
Honorees with ties to the School of Education include:
Stephen R. Wester
Donna Boxhorn, Shared Services
A couple of employees who have been involved with the School of Education shared some of their memories and favorite stories.
DeAnn Huinker’s favorite memories over her 30 years are related to projects she’s directed with classroom and mathematics teachers to help improve their effectiveness in mathematics teaching and learning. Huinker is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research.
“I choose to work at UWM because of its focus on urban education, the strong partnerships with area school districts, support for research and projects, and that it was a doctoral granting institution,” she said.
Donna Boxhorn, University Services program associate in Shared Services, shared a fun story from her time at UWM. Before she started working at the university, she was a student in music therapy and went on to get a degree in Russian language and literature. One of the activities she’s been involved in was the UWM community orchestra. The orchestra performance that deserves honorable, even reverent, attention, she recalled, was the program that included some Edvard Grieg. The cello section was very anxious about a particularly challenging passage. At the final rehearsal, hearing the section fall apart yet again, the director said that those who were nervous should play air cello. Boxhorn’s husband, sitting in the audience, told her later that the audience watched with fascination as every cellist carefully played the exposed passage – in silence.
In his remembrances, Timothy Ehlinger, paid tribute to his mother, a graduate of Milwaukee State Teachers College, a predecessor of UWM. Timothy Ehlinger is associate professor of nursing and William Collins Kohler Chair in Systems Change and Peacebuilding. When he joined the university 30 years ago, he recalled his mother, Margaret Otradovec, walking him through the halls showing him the rooms where she’d taken classes.
Others being honored for long-term service share their stories in a feature on the UWM Report webpage news page Monday and in the awards ceremony itself Wednesday.