Faculty in Focus
Building a just and compassionate world.
Powerful New Teaching Tool
Faculty from the Biological Sciences Department and the Henry Predolin School of Nursing went back to school this summer. The group attended the international Anatomage Table User’s Group Meeting 2017 in San Jose, California to learn more about one of the College’s newest and most sophisticated teaching tools, the Anatomage table.
Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, students and faculty are using an Anatomage table in classes and labs. This piece of equipment allows students to interact with a ‘digital cadaver’ instead of real human cadavers. This amazing piece of technology allows students to view human anatomy and individual structures in 3D, resulting in an unprecedented level of detail.
“The Anatomage will transform our ability to teach pre-Health Science and Nursing students at Edgewood College,” Brenda del Moral, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences said. “Using this digital cadaver allows students to learn all levels of anatomy, from the whole body to microanatomy, and includes 3D investigations of normal and pathological case studies. There is no part of the body that cannot be visualized with the Anatomage, and this makes it a powerful addition to our capacity to teach students human anatomy and pathology. As health care becomes increasingly electronic, the Anatomage gives our students an edge in their academic preparation. We cannot wait to integrate the Anatomage into our curricula.”
Edgewood College is grateful for the significant support of Henry J. Predolin Foundation, whose continuing work on behalf of our students makes a significant impact both in and out of the classroom.
Excellence Both In and Out of the Classroom
Edgewood College men’s golf student-athlete Zach Hentrich had his best year on the golf course, but was just as good in the classroom. Hentrich, the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference individual champion, was named a Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Hentrich, a native of Lancaster, Wis., completed the 2016-17 academic year with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. A Business major, Hentrich has recorded a perfect grade point average in five of his six semesters at Edgewood College, achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.967. In May 2017, he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 first team, becoming just the second Edgewood College honoree in the at-large category in school history.
In April 2017, Hentrich rolled to a five-shot victory in the NACC Championships, shooting 302 over 72 holes to earn NACC Player of the Year honors. He led the league in scoring average and set a school record with a single-season scoring average of 75.1.
An Engaged Campus: Student Voting Earns National Recognition
At the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards ceremony to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Edgewood College received two Best in Class Awards.
The College is recognized for having the highest student voting rate among four-year, private institutions category, as well as within the four-year, small, private institution category. Edgewood College also earned a Silver Seal for achieving a student voting rate between 60 and 69 percent.
More than 30 awards were announced at the event that took place at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored that our students have been recognized for their choice to be civically engaged through our democratic process,” Dr. Kris Mickelson, Dean of the School of Integrative Studies said. “As an institution, we are committed to an education where engaged learning is central to our students’ experience, and civic engagement is one of the hallmarks of that commitment.”
Maribeth Witzel-Behl, Madison’s City Clerk, also played a crucial role in the most recent election by providing an early voting location that students, faculty, staff and voters from the surrounding neighborhoods were able to use, Mickelson said.
DASH Grants Support Students
Edgewood College has received a $131,250 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the College’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates.
We serve students from diverse backgrounds, and a situation that might be a headache for one can be a major financial crisis for another. If a student is already struggling to make ends meet, an unexpected car repair or medical bill might cause that student to withdraw from college.
“No student should have their educational experience derailed by an unexpected short-term financial crisis,” Dr. Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College said. “We appreciate the opportunity to utilize the Dash Emergency Grant to assist low-income students in overcoming those crises, and we are grateful for the investment Great Lakes has made in the success of our students.”
Edgewood College is one of the first four-year colleges to receive a Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes. A combined $7.2 million in grants was awarded to 32 colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
College Awarded $300,000 Grant
Edgewood College is pleased to announce the awarding of a grant of nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The funds will be used to support ongoing efforts to enhance prevention of, awareness of, and the response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus.
In partnership with the Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, UnityPoint Meriter, and the Madison Police Department, Edgewood College will create a Coordinated Community Response Team. This group will enhance mandatory dating violence prevention education for all incoming students; conduct prevention and education programming; provide training for campus safety officers, hearing officers, faculty, and staff; and improve the cultural relevancy of Edgewood College’s response to sexual assault and dating violence for first-generation students, students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students.
The grant covers a three-year timeframe to implement the Coordinated Community Response Team and other related initiatives aimed at making Edgewood College as safe as possible for all students, faculty and staff.
New Leadership for Alumnae
Please welcome these new members of the Alumni Board. The Alumni Board ensures communication and collaboration in support of College endeavors. The members of the Alumni Board are formally appointed. Members meet three times per year and are connected to the College and the Alumni Association through the Alumni Relations Director.
Eric Ballweg ’03, MBA ’07 is Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth-generation construction services company with offices in Madison, and Lakeland, Fla. (far left)
Margaret O’Brien, O.P. ’70, MA ’94 served students for 25 years on the faculty of the School of Education at Edgewood College. (middle left)
Bryan Meddings ’98 is Senior Manager, Trust and Fiduciary Services at Wipfli, an international accounting and consulting firm based in Milwaukee. (middle right)
Hathaway (Terry) Dilba ’99 is co-owner and Director of Promotions at Ale Asylum, a Madison-based regional craft brewery. (far right)
For information about the Alumni Board, please contact Cassie Wickersham ’11, Alumni Relations Director, at 608-663-2309, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Haunty is Hometown Hero
The Wisconsin State Assembly recognized Alex Haunty (seated at center) as a “Hometown Hero” at the Assembly session which began in September.
Haunty was nominated by his State Representative, Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), for his activism in promoting access to the arts for people with disabilities. Haunty began Alex Haunty’s Theater and Arts Fund in November of 2014, a non-profit that uses the proceeds from selling Haunty’s artwork to provide tickets to Broadway performances to young people with cognitive disabilities, many of whom are students in the Cutting Edge program at Edgewood College. Haunty completed the Cutting Edge program in May 2017.
Haunty’s non-profit has raised nearly $50,000 worth of tickets and taken hundreds of young adults to many different performances. As an individual who loves theater and painting and also lives with a cognitive disability, Haunty is passionate about promoting the arts among his peers and his community. In 2016 he was named the ‘Young Philanthropist of the Year’ by the Madison chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
"90 For 90"
Be sure to enjoy our ongoing celebration of the 90th anniversary of Edgewood College.
90 For 90 is an online journal of facts, photos, and other markers of our institutional progress.
We’re sharing these on the website, and on social media. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should take a look!
Visit www.edgewood.edu/90 on your desktop, tablet or phone – it’s a celebration of ‘markers’ of an institution that continues to live the Mission we all embrace.
Please enjoy these inspiring words from faculty, staff, and students as we all celebrate 90 years of Edgewood College.
Women of Edgewood College
The Oscar Rennebohm Library has launched its newest digital collection, Women of Edgewood College. The collection introduces users to the rich, oral histories of a few of our Dominican Sisters and faculty. Video interviews were conducted by John Elliott, Head of Technical Services in the Oscar Rennebohm Library.
The project seeks to preserve the oral histories of the Dominican Sisters who founded and shaped the institution. As the collection grows we will also include histories from alumni, faculty, staff, and Trustees who helped shape the College. Our hope is to preserve and maintain the tradition, mission, and values of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa who enrich our community.
You can access Women of Edgewood College at: library.edgewood.edu/women.
Welcome to the Board!
Four outstanding leaders joined the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2017.
Lauren Lacey is Associate Professor in the English Department and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Ms. Lacey is completing her tenth year serving students at Edgewood College. She teaches courses in contemporary literature, postcolonial fiction, feminist theory, and speculative fiction. (far left)
Kevin O’Driscoll is Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, with Old National Bank. Mr. O’Driscoll has extensive experience in commercial real estate positions with LaSalle Bank and US Bank. He has also served as a developer with McGrath Associates and director of commercial leasing at Urban Land Interests. (middle left)
Mary Schmoeger recently retired after more than thirty years of service in the insurance and manufacturing industries. For the past nineteen years, Ms. Schmoeger held several roles at American Family Insurance, most recently as the President of Personal Lines where she was accountable for property and casualty insurance strategy and performance, claims customer and staff operations, product management, pricing and underwriting services operations. (middle right)
Dave Wittwer has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom), a subsidiary of Telephone & Data Systems Inc., since December 2006. During more than two decades with TDS Telecom, Mr. Wittwer has been an integral member of several key operational initiatives, including the formation TDS Metrocom and numerous corporate acquisitions. (far right)