Northland Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program was awarded $10,000 from Wells Fargo Community Leadership Academy for the 2019-2020 school year. The Northland Foundation was selected to receive the grant, which will help 50 ninth grade students and 14 volunteer adult mentors from Duluth and Superior participate in the Foundation’s nine-month-long leadership learning program, at no charge to their families.
Each school year, approximately 50 students from Duluth and Superior participate together with adults from the two cities who volunteer as mentors. In a series of interactive workshops September through May, they hone their communication, teamwork, and leadership abilities. The year culminates with the young people putting their skills to work selecting, planning, and implementing a daylong service project to benefit a local nonprofit. Some examples of past projects include Harbor House in Superior, the Lake Superior Zoo, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and community members. They represent, through their personal and professional accomplishments, the lasting value of the university and the Alumni Association.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni of UW-Superior whose success serves as an inspiration for current and prospective students. This year’s recipient is Eryca Card. Card graduated from UW-Superior in 2000, double majoring in elementary education and psychology and minoring in elementary education-science and criminal justice. She is currently a sixth-grade science teacher at Elkhorn Area Middle School. She also serves as the preschool-eighth-grade Project Lead The Way (PLTW) coordinator for the Elkhorn Area School District, and is a master teacher and training success manager for PLTW. In addition to her teaching position, she also is an advisor for her school’s STEM Club, sits on the AVID Instructional Team, is a member of the school’s grading committee, and is a coach for the seventh and eighth grade Fluid Power Teams, which have won awards in the last two years of competition.
Pamela Adie is the recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award, which is presented to alumni of UW-Superior who have graduated within the last 15 years and are under the age of 40. They will also have had significant accomplishments in one or more of the following categories: Professional Achievement, Published Research, Innovation, or Creativity in Profession, Community Engagement, Global or Intercultural Experience, Personal Achievement, and Demonstrates and Supports UW-Superior’s Vision, Mission and Goals. Adie earned her undergraduate degree in business administration, with concentrations in finance and management, from UW-Superior in 2006. She has also earned a Master of Business Administration and a master’s degree in non-profit management. Adie currently serves as the executive director at The Equality Hub. She is also a photographer, an LGBT rights advocate, a writer and a filmmaker. In her just-released feature documentary film, “Under The Rainbow,” which is Nigeria’s first lesbian-focused documentary Adie shows what it is to be homosexual in an unforgivingly homophobic society like Nigeria.
The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to a person who is not an alumni of UW-Superior, whose success serves as an inspiration for current and prospective students. This year’s recipient is Tom Bergh. A lifelong Hermantown resident, and a 1979 graduate of Hermantown High School, Bergh was appointed as UW-Superior’s alumni director in August 2001. Over the next 16 years, Bergh worked with the Alumni Association to build connections with alumni and students. This included organizing an average of 30 national events annually, creating 21 alumni chapters nationally and internationally, and creating an alumni worldwide travel program. Bergh was also charged with overseeing the Hall of Fame Induction process in collaboration with the Athletics Department. He took part in creating a nationwide board of directors for the Alumni Association, connecting students with alumni through networking events and in the classroom, and coordinating UW-Superior’s legislative advocacy efforts to encourage support for UW-Superior’s building projects and overall budget. In 2017, Bergh was appointed to the position of development officer for the UW-Superior Foundation, working to obtain major gift support from alumni and businesses.
William “Pope” Wright, Jr., is the recipient of the James Rainaldo Mentor Award. This award recognizes current and retired UW-Superior faculty or staff members who have touched the lives of current and former UW-Superior students in a unique and significant way. Professor, artist and mentor to a countless number of students at UW-Superior, Wright passed away on July 22, 2015. He began teaching at UW-Superior in 1971, and was a member of the campus community for 44 years. Wright was also the first Black Student Union faculty advisor and Indian Student advisor on campus and the first African-American professor at the university. In 1983, he was named the director of the Minority Affairs Office, and was known for always finding time for students of all backgrounds and cultures. He is survived by his wife Sandra, who was a dedicated educator as well. In November, UW-Superior’s Multicultural Center was formally named for Wright.
The Dean of the Swenson College of Science & Engineering (SCSE) at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), Dr. Wendy Reed, is being included in a new effort to develop more inclusive institutional cultures and support the rise of STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds to leadership roles at colleges and universities. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning at University of Wisconsin-Madison are leading this effort. It’s being offered through the Aspire Alliance backed by the National Science Foundation.
Dean Reed is one of 20 fellows and as part of the new leadership academy will gain executive insight for today’s increasingly complex higher ed environment. She will also focus on building the skills necessary to influence institutional transformation in her current leadership position. The Academy asks each participant to work on a tangible project in collaboration with their university’s leaders in order to apply their skills and improve institutional cultures.
Hermantown Elementary School has been validated as a Minnesota School of Excellence (SOE) by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). This prestigious honor was awarded to Hermantown Elementary School for its commitment to modern teaching and learning. Hermantown Elementary School is part of Hermantown Community Schools and serves 760 students in grades K-4.
University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Kat Werchouski, Assistant Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the recipient of the Women of Color in Education Award. “I do what I do for others, not for recognition, but for the betterment of our students, staff, faculty, and community members,” said Werchouski. “This is usually done behind the scenes and very quietly. Though I enjoy what I have the privilege of doing every day, and the results for others, I don’t ever put myself on the consideration list. It is great for the work itself, and what it stands for, to be recognized and celebrated.” The Women of Color in Education Award is given annually to faculty, staff, students or community members to recognize their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the UW System as well as communities across the state.
- Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, announces scholarships awarded by the College of Human Sciences and affiliated academic units to undergraduate students for the 2019-20 academic year. Ashley Castleman of Duluth, who is studying Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, received the Edalene Stohr Brown Scholarship. Presley Eldien of Duluth, who is studying Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, received the Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show Merchandising Scholarship. Shiloh Schlauderaff of Grand Rapids, who is studying Event Management, received the Frances Salsbury Zbornik Endowment Scholarship in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management and the Stewart L. Burger Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Scholarship.
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Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau is pleased to announce Jamee Hansen is the Bayfield Apple Festival Queen. Every year, the Bayfield Apple Festival Queen or King is chosen from local orchard families. Coronation of the Apple Festival Queen will take place Oct. 5 at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion at 7 p.m. Hansen, a Bayfield High School senior, plays basketball and softball. She plans to become a flight attendant after graduation with long-term goals to work in the law enforcement industry. Hansen's grandfather, Jim Erickson, established the Bayfield Apple Festival in 1961. As the founding father of the Bayfield Apple Festival and an orchard owner, Erickson has never missed the event's parade.