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Alumni Updates

Megg Hukill (BSE 1946)

“1969 retirement from Ohio State College of Education having taught Disability in the Classroom and Kinesiology; thence part-time consultant as Coordinator of Rehab. Services at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Cols. Ohio having attained P.T. certification at Medical College of Va. directed by Dr. Frances Hellebrandt and thence M.S. in Rehab. Counseling at Wm.& Mary's Richmond Prof Institute in 1954. Updated follow-up of classmates will be good to receive where at age 86.”

Marilyn Grabin Putz (BS 1954)

“I taught physical education at the high school level for many years in Highland Park, IL, San Mateo, CA, Denver, CO and Madison WI. Later, I earned a Master's in Family & Community Counseling at Northeastern IL Univ. in Chicago, and have become a pet-loss counselor/tech at a local animal hospital. Am active in the dog world, owning, breeding, showing, training, etc., Irish setters.”

Margaretta Goines (BS 1957)

“I have been having a great time teaching children in Harlem to swim. I have been a champion swimmer in my age group from New York State for the last fifteen years. From the Empire State Senior Games and the Long Island Senior Games I have 110 Medals-72 Gold, 31 Silver, and 7 Bronze. In the eight National Senior Games that I have attended, I have fourteen ribbons along with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. My strokes are butterfly, breaststroke and the individual medley. After I retired from teaching physical education and dance in the New York City Public School System in 1995, I went to Riverbank State Park, where I have been in a swim stroke mechanics class for the past fifteen years. There is a photo of me in front of the pool wearing the 13 Gold medals, which I won in two days in 2006 at the Empire State Games and the Long Island Games. I was a dance major at Wisconsin, but I have been a swimmer for seventy years. My Mother made my swimming suit when I was five years old, but she never took me to the pool. I got there by "my own self". Now, at 75 years young, I am a Red Cross certified water safety instructor and a Red Cross certified lifeguard. I have fun. I am a volunteer to the New York City Learn to Swim program and the Harlem Honeys and Bears Youth Swim Team. On Wisconsin!”

Alma W. Brethauer (BSE 1958)

“I taught health and physical education in the Phoenixville Area School District, secondary level for 32 years retiring in 1998. My final 18 years I taught health to sophomores. I was advisor to the largest S.A.D.D. Chapter in the state of PA with 754 students out of a student enrollment of 802 in the Phoenixville Area High School. During my tenure I was president of the local chapter of NEA, Phoenixville Area Education Association, for five years. I received numerous awards during my career including Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Education, Two Thousand Notable American Women, and Who's Who Among America's Teacher's (1996, 2000). I am an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Beta Mu chapter of which I was president for three years. I have been married to the same man, David Henry Brethauer, for 52 years moving to PA in 1964. We have two sons, Peter Lincoln and James Frederic. After our retirement we purchased a 40-foot motor home and have recently closed that chapter in our lives. We have been in all of the states of the USA, all of the providence's and Maritimes of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador and Mexico. We have also traveled overseas.”

Mary Stettler (BSE 1961)

“I... taught high school PE in Wauwatosa and Madison '61-66, stay at home mom until '83 when I finished RN degree, worked as school nurse 1986-2002 (retired), coached golf team 2001-2006 while also being a special-ed paraprofessional until 2008. Now I am retired from every thing.”

Jo Safrit (MS 1962, PhD 1967)

“I completed my BS degree in Physical Education at UNC-Greensboro. Then I moved to Austin, Texas for my first teaching position at UT. However, after 3 years, I realized this was not the best career choice for me, so I moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to obtain my MS and PhD degrees. I shifted my focus to educational measurement. I accepted a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and stayed there for 5 years. I left there as an Associate Professor, and returned to Madison to assume the measurement position in the Department. I taught undergraduate and graduate measurement courses, along with the research design course and the graduate measurement seminar. I had a Measurement Laboratory, and trained doctoral students in Measurement. I eventually received the Henry-Bascom Professorship at UW-Madison. I was the Editor of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and I held many offices in professional organizations. I published extensively in the measurement area. I retired from UW in 1989, and subsequently accepted a position at American University. There I taught statistics and research design courses. I retired from AU in 1998. I now live in Greensboro, NC, and am an active volunteer on the UNCG campus. I serve on three Boards, and I mentor a freshman in the Nursing School. I enjoy traveling, reading, and, walking.”

Barry Kerr (PhD 1967)

“I've been retired since 1991 so have enjoyed a leisurely life with the only application of kinesiology being sailing and cycling, the former I had to sell last year. No professional activities to talk about. Life is good though here on Vancouver Island.”

Richard G. Fenn (BS 1967)

“Was ready to teach at Kenosha Tremper as well as coach (assistant) football, basketball, and baseball. The Navy offered me an opportunity to learn to fly and it was questionable as to whether I was going to be drafted so I went to flight school instead of teaching. Went to Viet Nam as a helicopter pilot and flew over 1000 combat missions, came home and remained in the Navy for 27 years retiring as a Captain. My last duty station was as the Commandant of the NROTC Program at the UW. Retired in 1994, started my own business which I liquidated in 2008 and am now enjoying the leisurely life of retirement and driving a school bus for the Middleton School District. No regrets except in the bottom of my soul I sure would have loved to teach and coach sometime in my life. Currently reside in Madison, WI and enjoy Badger Sports.“

Bernie Van Wormer (BS 1969)

“I worked for a number of years as a YMCA director, and spent the next 20 years as an IRS Agent. I tired of that occupation, and returned to school to pursue a law degree, and joined the Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor at age 50. I just recently retired after 15 years of chasing bad guys, and my wife and I are now happily spending time with our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I credit the UW with getting me off on the right foot.”

Ronald A. Smith (MA 1966, PhD 1969)

“Though I have been retired since 1996 after 28 years on the Kinesiology faculty at Penn State University where I taught sport history courses, I am still active in writing about the history of intercollegiate athletics. This fall I will have a book published by the University of Illinois Press and titled: PAY FOR PLAY: A HISTORY OF BIG-TIME COLLEGE ATHLETIC REFORM. The book traces attempts at college athletic reform from 1855 through the early twenty-first century while analyzing the different roles played by students, faculty, conference, university presidents, the NCAA, the federal legislature, and the Supreme Court. Previously I have published SPORTS AND FREEDOM: THE RISE OF BIG-TIME COLLEGE ATHLETICS (Oxford University Press, 1988); BIG-TIME FOOBALL AT HARVARD, 1905: THE DIARY OF COACH BILL REID (University of Illinois Press, 1994); and PLAY-BY-PLAY: RADIO, TELEVISION, AND BIG-TIME COLLEGE SPORT (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). My education at Wisconsin (and my undergraduate degree in history at Northwestern) with a Masters in history and a Ph.D. in Physical Education (Kinesiology) has been instrumental in a lengthy career at Penn State.”

Joe Blum (BS 1965, MS 1969)

“Monona Grove schools – 30 years – physical ed-middle school; also coached football at high school level [Monona Grove] and middle school basketball –...concluded my football coaching career in italy-1997-as the defensive coordinator for the Italy silver bowl champions of 1997 – the fiuggi lumberjacks – that was American football, not soccer... my source for that position was Mario Russo, former UW football assistant, who was coaching in the league in Bologna...”

Rosemary Aten (PhD 1970)

“I retired from Western Illinois University, Macomb, in 1994, following 12 years as department chair for physical education. In my professional career, I served as Vice President of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; President of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness (an association of AAHPERD); served on numerous committees at WIU and in the community; received honor awards from the professional associations; served as professional consultant in assessment for WIU and Office of Education for Illinois. I have published in the Journal of Research and Development; Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and made over a dozen scholarly presentations. As a loyal supporter of the University of Wisconsin I make regular financial contributions to WAA and the College of Education. In retirement I enjoy playing golf, reading, and active social life. In fact, I live on the #18 tee of the Macomb Country Club.”

Mary Ann Roberton (BSE 1964, PhD 1975)

“I retired in 2005 from Bowling Green State University where I was Director of the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies. I moved back to Madison, WI where I continue my writing and research in motor development. Last spring I co-chaired with Buff Brennan the 100th Anniversary of Lathrop Hall, former home of the Dept. of Physical Education for Women on the UW-Madison campus. We had approximately 140 alumna return for the multi-day celebration.”

John Olson (BS 1978)

“I was recently named the new Girl's Varsity Basketball Head Coach at Sun Prairie High School. The class of 78 is still willing to take on new challenges!”

BethAnn Corwin (BS 1982)

“I have been teaching elementary physical education at Symonds School in Keene, NH for 16 years. My professional focus has been on childhood obesity reduction and implementing comprehensive school wellness (curriculum, programs, practices, health status data collection.) I led school distinct staff, administration and community members in the writing of our Federally required School Wellness Policy, the development of a School Wellness committee for our 13 district schools. Last year, I was granted a leave of absence from my teaching responsibilities in order to help create a district organizational structure to support our work in school wellness. We now have wellness teams in each district school, and many community partners on board to help us work toward healthy, active school environments. Our schools are committed to our role and responsibility in our county's Vision 2020 program, where we are striving to become the Nation's healthiest community by the year 2020. I was the recipient of NHAHPERD's 2009 Teacher of the Year.”

Dan Benson (BS 1982)

“– PE teacher / coach West Chicago H.S. 1983-1987 – PE/ Health Dept Chair / Head Boys Track Coach Homestead H.S., Mequon, WI 1987 - present Totally revamped the 9-12 PE Curriculum going from a traditional 9-12 standard PE track to offering 12 different themed PE courses. We now teach about 40 different units ranging from traditional team sports to scuba fly-fishing and cricket. We are considered a model for choice in PE curriculum. Homestead Track Team - 2010 Div. I State Champions! I still use great stories and quality material from classic UW instructors like George Bauer, Bill Morgan, Kay Peterson, Gordie Staddard, JP Mullen... to name a few! I really lucked out finding a starting job at the time... and although the PE / Education Dept at UW was kind of in transition during the early 80's, I connected with a lot of great people. (esp. in the old cardiac lab)”

Laurie Kleisinger (BS 1987)

“I'm currently using my degree in the area of High School Athletics. I'm coaching Boys and Girls Track and Field. The school I'm currently (the past 6 years) at is in Edwards, CO, which is at an elevation of about 7300 feet. I would love to get any information/advice/etc from other alum and/or staff on athletic training at altitude. If there are any current UW students that need subjects for altitude study, I'm willing to approach my staff and students to see if they'd be interested in participation. I previously coached for 13 years in Wisconsin at Middleton High School, both track and XC, and had teams win state championships in girls and boys XC and girls track. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time coaching, and the opportunities that my UW education has provided.”

Toben F. Nelson (MS 1994)

“A couple of new projects may be of interest to UW Kinesiology alum. I am studying the role of sport in promoting health. I presented the topic of obesity prevention and youth sport at the University of Minnesota Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, Tucker Table seminar series, and at the annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in June 2010 in Minneapolis. I am also working with Youth Determined to Succeed, a community group based in North Minneapolis, who are using athletic and obesity prevention programs to promote health and positive youth development. We have a community collaboration grant to evaluate their program. The program is run by Melvin Anderson, a former NFL player and father of Badger wideout Isaac Anderson. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.” http://sph.umn.edu/faculty1/faculty/name/toben-nelson/

Jonathan August (BS 1994)

“Doing physical therapy at Rikers Island Correctional Facility and in June created August Physical Therapy, P.C. A Physical Therapy Company that focuses on providing rehabilitation services to correctional facilities. I did work for Visiting Nurse Service from 2007-2010 doing homecare physical therapy in Manhattan/NYC.”

Thomas Schumacher (BS 1997)

“I went on after my B.S. in Kinesiology and got my Masters in Physical Therapy (at U.W.). I moved to Colorado and began a career in sports medicine rehab. Now I work as a travel therapist and move around the country for 3-6 months at a time on short term contracts that my recruiter finds for me. I have spent my summer here in Alaska. I love the outdoors so I only agree to contracts that get me to the rivers and mountains for my hiking, fishing and trekking hobbies. I was awarded travel 'PT of the year' for Med Traveler magazine, last year. Its a great way to see the country and meet new people and learn different cultures within the U.S. My patients teach me as much, if not more, than I teach them. I try to enter each new job with an open mind.”

Mary A. Kerschbaum (BS 1997)

“I am currently serving as the Coordinator of Health and P.E. for the Conroe Independent School District in Conroe, TX. Our district serves over 50,000 students at 55 campuses. Prior to interviewing and serving in this position, I taught Elementary Physical Education for CISD at Colin L. Powell Elementary School. I absolutely adored teaching P.E. to Elementary Students and I set up many programs and learning opportunities for my students. I am quite sure that my excellent education experience at UW has opened the door for these awesome positions in my career. Knowing how to teach progressions in Physical Education as well as my background in Adapted Physical Education has prepared me for almost any classroom situation. In my effort to be an example for my students as a Physical Educator, I have personally run 8 marathons and participated in many other running events of shorter distances! I love to cycle and have biked thousands of miles in many states; Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Texas! I have participated in the MS150 for 10 years (a cycling event that raises funds for Multiple Sclerosis). I remember working with people in the adapted lab at UW who had MS and thinking I should do something to help them one day. What an amazing match! I share my love of biking with my students and students in the district by holding assemblies about biking for a lifetime of physical fitness and helping others. I would like to wish all the faculty and students in the program past, present or future continued success in this awesome field of study!”

Andrea Dow (BS 1999)

“The link to my Pilates studio is listed below. Core Concepts also has physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture services available. I have two daughters- Julia 2 1/2 and Eva 9 months.” http://movementcenterpewaukee.com/

Nicole [Long] Uttech (BS 2000)

“I have completed S.P.A.R.K. level 1 training for K-2, 3-6 and middle school. I have also completed the S.P.A.R.K. Institute for Elementary Levels in San Diego. I love the S.P.A.R.K. curriculum, it really boosts MVPA and the kids just love it!”

Andrew Hartzheim (BS 2000)

“Taught PE and health for three years at an inner-city middle school in the Portland Public School district of Oregon. Currently in my eighth year of teaching elementary PE in the Adams 12 Five Star school district, located near Denver, CO. After many years of fundraising I was able to have a climbing wall installed in our gym at the cost of $11,000. I have completed a master's program and have a license in school counseling.”

Timothy Risler (BS 2001)

“I'm still working as a PT/LAT in the outpatient orthopedics/high school world. Our daughter Mallory turned 2 this summer and we are expecting twins in February!!”

Heather [Thompson] Young (BS 2002)

“I am starting my 4th year of teaching physical education and health for Insight School of Wisconsin, an online high school. I have also earned additional teaching licenses in Alternative Education, Broadfield Science, and Biology. On January 6th, I gave birth to my second son, Tony. My oldest son, Ben, turned two in February.”

Kevin Monroe (BS 2002)

“Since 2002 I taught one year at Monona Grove High School, Managed a health club in Waunakee (WI) called Fitness For Success for 4 1/2 years, was a Nutrition & Prevention Specialist for the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Sauk County (WI) for 1 year and 11 months, and today I am the proud owner/personal fitness trainer of our own business (yes I got married on June 12th 2003) - Monroe Real Training LLC. We provide personal fitness training in a person's home or office, and sell functional fitness equipment (Lifeline USA Functional Fitness Equipment) as well! Right now I'm having so much fun helping people, and I love being my own boss! I also love being a mentor! Though, I love learning as well! The best teachers never stop learning!” www.monroerealtraining.com

Suzanne Canney (BS 2002)

“Since graduating, I have gone on to graduate school in physician assistant studies (AZ school of health sciences in Phoenix, 2007). I currently work part-time in orthopedics and full-time in emergency medicine. The PA profession has offered a great deal of flexibility--it is also very interesting. I found my Kinesiology base helped out a lot in grad school. In April I plan to take a leave of absence from work to join Child Family Health International in Quito, Ecuador. I will be volunteering as well as taking intense Spanish courses. I hope to be fluent when I am finished. The Spanish will come in handy in the emergency room. I look forward to hearing about what my fellow alums are up to. Go Badgers!”

Cara Kugle (BS 2003)

“I live in Madison and work at Meriter Hospital as a cardiac sonographer. I have been in my current position for the past 8 years. I also have been trained in vascular ultrasound. I will be getting married October 2, 2010, so that has kept me pretty busy the past year during the planning process. I hope to continue my education at get a Master's in Health Care Management.”

Megan Wagner (BS 2004)

“I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in February of this year. I am currently a doctor of chiropractic, and I practice in Eugene, Oregon. I love my job, and it all started at UW.”

Jordan D. Miller (PhD 2005)

“I am currently an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester w/ joint appointments in Depts. of Surgery and Physiology, and a divisional association with CV Surgery.”

Rachel Loomans (BS 2005)

“I graduated from UW-Medical School in 2009 and I am currently doing a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis.”

Jaclyn Hanson (BS 2006)

“I am starting my third year as the assistant athletic trainer at Knox College. It is a Division 3 school in Galesburg IL. I work with a variety of sports throughout the school year and help manage students and our GA athletic trainer.”

Aimee Mastrangelo (BS 2008)

“Hi! Nice to hear from the Kinesiology Folk every once in a while. Quick update on me: -Currently a student in the UW Physician Assistant program - will graduate in May 2012. -Starting a thesis project on Exercise and its effects on Multiple Sclerosis (kinesiology background is major platform for this idea). -Still active and making a daily trip to the Nat for some "me time." I hope that the current Kines students are loving what they are learning - I know I did!”

William Adams (BS 2009)

“Currently a graduate assistant athletic trainer working at Rockville High School in Vernon, CT and attending the University of Connecticut for my Master's Degree in Exercise Science: specializing in Athletic Training. My Master's Thesis is looking at Secondary School Coaches' Perspectives on the Prevention of Sudden Death in Sport and the Role of an Athletic Trainer in this setting.”

Corrine Boyea (BS 2009)

“I am now attending the Carroll University Physical Therapy program. With the classes I have been taking within the past year, I have found that UW Madison's kinesiology program and courses have really prepared me for the topics that we are covering as well as the style of learning that is required of a graduate program. In Madison, I learned to rely more on myself, and to become my own teacher. And then to ask questions when I'm unsure of something, and not to try and tough it out to be cool, because the only person you're hurting, is yourself. I did my practicum with Tim Gattenby, and I really think it has helped me to be better at interacting with individuals who have disabilities, and has put me above my current classmates and will help with I start my first clinical. I am really proud to say that I attended UW Madison's Kinesiology program.”

Elissa Notbohm (BS 2009)

“Current city: Miami, FL Current position: Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Current school: Florida International University Current sport assignment: Volleyball and swimming/diving Current research topic: Underreporting of concussions among high school football players”

Steven Smith (BS 2009)

“I am very thankful for the great education I received while a Kinesiology student at UW- Madison. Currently I am in my first year at Dr. Scholl's College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and Science studying to receive a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. So far, I have found my classwork in Kinesiology to be very useful during this first year of didactic science coursework, and imagine it being even more useful later during clinical rotations. As a Kinesiology student, I was considering applying to a number of different professional programs including Physical Therapy, Medical School, Physician Assistant School, or going on in various Masters of Science programs. Only after a lot of research and shadowing experience did I find a program that matched both my lifestyle and professional desires. The one message I would like to impart on future and current Kinesiology students is to fight the urge to settle into a profession without doing some extensive research and personal reflection as to what you really want out of a career. The Kinesiology and other clubs do a great job at exposing students to a variety of career options, so to take advantage of those. All in all, I have found that the UW- Madison- Kinesiology program prepares students for a variety of professional career options, and I have am very thankful for what it has allowed me to achieve.”

Joshua Shapiro (BS 2009)

“I'm a current medical student at Rush University in Chicago. I guess an anecdote would be that no blood pressure reading that I've done throughout medical school and while working in clinics has been more difficult than the ones that we did on subjects running on treadmills in kines labs.


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