Division of Continuing Studies Recognition and Awards

The Division of Continuing Studies implemented the Recognition and Awards program to foster a positive, high performing, and engaging work environment and to recognize employees who demonstrate outstanding dedication to the core values and mission of our organization. We are proud to award and introduce our 2014 charter recipients, and look forward to discovering who will stand out in an already exemplary crowd in the future.

The program and nomination process are based on current best practices from other organizations like ourselves, as well as input from the professional development committee, the dean's advisory committee, and a number of other division staff members. The awards selection committee consists of members of the academic staff, classified staff, and faculty. Winners will then be asked to serve on this committee the year following their recognition.

Please join us in congratulating these staff members on their accomplishments, and thank them for their service and dedication to lifelong learning.

Outstanding Service to Learners Award

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional direct service to lifelong learners, be it by program creation, teaching, advising, counseling, online course development, customer service, or other means.

Additional criteria may include:

  • Outstanding performance: nominee consistently exceeds the expectations of the position and demonstrates a passion for providing high quality programs and services
  • Creativity and innovation: demonstrates an innovative approach that improves the quality of our offerings
  • Collaboration: across the division, campus, and community, builds partnerships to promote the division mission
  • Professional interactions: nominee consistently interacts in a way that creates a welcoming and respectful learning environment by working positively with all other employees, learners, and partners

Congratulations to our inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Service to Learners Award!

Sunshine JansenSunshine Jansen
University Services Program Associate, Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program

Sunshine was selected as this year's recipient for the Outstanding Service to Learners Award because her professionalism, initiative, and personal warmth create a positive experience for students, partners, and colleagues. Sunshine is always willing to go beyond the scope of her position to ensure everyone involved in the CPM Program has a positive experience.

“Sunshine is often the first point of contact for those with questions about the CPM Program. Her personable and reassuring manner as she explains complex information and answers multiple questions provides the encouragement an adult learner may need to commit to the CPM Program. This enables access to educational opportunities for many who have been away from formal education and may otherwise be intimidated by the UW … The CPM Program staffing model changed considerably soon after Sunshine was hired 3 years ago, requiring a higher level of responsibility from her position. This downsizing of CPM absolutely would not have succeeded had it not been for the above-and-beyond nature of Sunshine’s support.”

Outstanding Support for Learning Award

This award recognizes an individual that provides the services that support the mission of the division — those who consistently go above and beyond expectations to ensure a positive experience for anyone who interacts with Continuing Studies. Program coordinators, accounting services, marketing personnel, administrative, and all support staff are all eligible.

Additional criteria may include:

  • Professional, welcoming attitude: nominee promotes Continuing Studies by creating and maintaining a welcoming, helpful, and professional attitude when dealing with students, staff, and members of the public
  • Innovation: initiates or recommends innovative ideas to improve efficiency and service, either internally or externally
  • Exceptional performance: consistently promotes an atmosphere of excellence and engagement in him/herself and colleagues

Congratulations to our inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Support for Learning Award!

Kyle SchwochKyle Schwoch
Financial Program Supervisor, Administration

Kyle was selected as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Support for Learning Award because of his hard work and dedication to the division.

“Kyle Schwoch walks the walk and talks the talk of the division’s core value of creating a welcoming and respectful learning environment for our learners, partners, and ourselves. His ‘can do attitude’ and cheerful willingness to help wherever needed — from purchasing issues to moving furniture — is well known and valued by his peers. By assisting others in a non-judgmental, friendly manner, he encourages others to give their best and helps to create a positive work environment. He is also appreciated for his knowledge of business services as well as his patience in helping others to manage the complexities of campus policies and procedures. He has built relationships with other offices on campus to better manage the day-to-day operations of Continuing Studies, improving our effectiveness."

Recognition and Congratulations

Besides our yearly awards, noteworthy events happen every day here at Continuing Studies, including awards from the UW campus and outside associations. We acknowledge these accomplishments here, and congratulate our faculty and staff for their achievements.

Vanika Mock has been recognized by the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association with the 2014 Wisconsin Charter Champion Award in recognition and appreciation for her strong support of public charter schools.

Chelcy Bowles has been named the 2014 recipient of the Van Hise Outreach Teaching award. The committee recognized Chelcy as an exceptional teacher, developer of important programs that reach adult learners, a highly productive scholar, and, in short – an outstanding example of the Wisconsin Idea in action.

Laurie Scheer has received the 2014 James T. Tiedge Memorial Award from the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, which honors distinguished alumni from every college and school who represent the heart, soul, and spirit of Marquette.

Christine DeSmet was honored at a Chancellor’s reception for the Academic Staff awards, receiving the Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach. She has also just released Book 2 of her Fudge Shop Mystery Series, Hot Fudge Frame-Up, with New American Library/Penguin Press.

Merikay Payne had 3 art pieces featured in the Wisconsin History Symposium exhibit, People and the Land of Wisconsin, at UW-Platteville. She is also a featured artist of Fitchburg's Agora Art Fair, highlighted on the posters and front page of the art fair website.

Suzanna Waters Castillo was unanimously approved for the Distinguished Prefix by the Academic Staff Distinguished Prefix Review Committee, a distinction shared by less than a dozen others on campus.

Emily Auerbach, director of The Odyssey Project, was recently selected as one of Madison YWCA’s Women of Distinction.

Kerrie Louis of the marketing department won 2 ADDY awards. These are awards given annually by the American Advertising Federation for outstanding marketing communications in a variety of industries and channels. She won for web design and copywriting for a digital medium.

Kyle Henderson, digital manager of the marketing department, won 2 MAMA awards from the Madison Area Music Association, a program that supports youth music in the greater Madison area and strengthens and engages the music community as a whole. He was awarded for Male Vocalist of the Year and Blues Album of the Year.

Want to know more about the faculty and staff of the Continuing Studies Division?

Call or email, and make a plan to come for a visit; we love introducing lifelong learners to the UW-Madison.

UW-Madison Continuing Studies, 21 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 262-1156
Email: info@dcs.wisc.edu
Home page: continuingstudies@wisc.edu»

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