College of Liberal Arts and Education recognizes award winners

December 6, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education honored two individuals and a group for their pursuit of excellence at the College of Liberal Arts and Education Award Recognition Reception held on Dec. 4 in the Nohr Gallery.

Excellence in Service Award

Mary Fischer, program associate in the UW-Platteville School of Education, received the Excellence in Service Award. Fischer has worked at the university for 13 years, including nine years in the School of Education. The Excellence in Service Award recognizes a support staff member who exemplifies the tradition of excellence and demonstrates service above and beyond normal duties.

“Mary is very busy, but always takes the time to welcome everyone who comes in our offices with a smile and an offer of help, whether it’s faculty, parents, students or visitors,” said Dr. Karen Stinson, director of UW-Platteville’s School of Education. “Her professionalism and positive attitude make her the perfect recipient of the Excellence in Service Award.”

Excellence in Teamwork Award

The General Education Task Force, a group responsible for the first major revision of the general education curriculum at UW-Platteville in 20 years, received the Excellence in Teamwork Award. This award recognizes excellence in a department, unit, committee or team that has worked to enhance academic life at the college, department or unit level. The group includes faculty members from all three colleges at UW-Platteville: the College of Liberal Arts and Education; the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

“The process of revising the general education curriculum was, at times, a difficult slog,” said Dr. Shane Drefcinski, professor of philosophy and director of general education at UW-Platteville. “I am thankful to the dozens of colleagues serving on the General Education Task Force and University Undergraduate Curriculum Commission for their efforts. We all can look forward to the launching of the new curriculum in fall 2014.”

Academic Staff Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Jodean Grunow, mathematics senior lecturer, received the Academic Staff Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes those working in part-time or full-time academic staff positions who demonstrate excellence in teaching and a commitment to the department, college or university.

“Jodean demonstrates her teaching excellence in the School of Education, Math for Educator courses,” said Stinson. “We consider ourselves fortunate to have her in our education family.”

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth A. Throop, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-1151

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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