UW-Stevens Point, faculty and staff recognized for excellence and achievement

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and its faculty and staff have been recognized for achievement and excellence.

The UW-Stevens Point Helen R. Godfrey University Child Learning and Care Center (UCLCC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which has accredited it since 1988. Based on 10 researched standards, the accreditation recognizes and promotes high quality learning environments. UCLCC cares for and educates school-age children and encourages all areas of growth with developmentally appropriate practices. The five-year accreditation was achieved through extensive self-study, a quality improvement process and site visits by association assessors. UW-Stevens Point received the Campus Prevention Network (CPN) Seal of Prevention for its online prevention and wellness programs. Only 12% of colleges and universities in the country deserve recognition. The seal stands for the highest standard for online prevention education on the topics of sexual assault, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, diversity and inclusion. UW-Stevens Point students participate in online training throughout the year aimed at creating a safe and inclusive campus community. Valerie Cisler, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, published her latest book, Functional Skills for Pianists, published by Oxford University Press, NY. UW-Stevens Point is featured prominently on the book’s author page, and a favorable review was published in the national publication Piano Magazine. Dan Isermann, director of the Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UW-Stevens Point, has been inducted into the Hall of Excellence of the Fisheries Management Section of the American Fisheries Society. The award recognizes professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of fisheries management. He was also named an American Fisheries Society Fellow, awarded to society members who have made outstanding or meritorious contributions to the diversity of areas of the American Fisheries Society, including leadership, research, conservation and mentoring. Brenda Lackey, associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Natural Resources, won the 2022 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Fellow Award, the highest honor in the field for an individual member. The award recognizes professional success in leading the interpreting profession through training, mentoring, writing, frontline interpreting and management, while providing strong support for NAI. Lackey leads the NAI Student Pipeline Task Force and is co-leader of the Heritage Interpretation Definition Project and the Heritage Interpretation Standards for Academic Curriculum. She has presented 17 different sessions at national NAI conferences and was a member of the NAI Board of Directors for several years. She is an example of the interpreting profession and at the same time a mentor for hundreds of students. Robert Rosenfield, Professor of Biology, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, a research facility and non-profit organization based in Duluth, Minnesota Understanding the Cooper’s Hawk in North America. Rosenfield has used observatory data when working with students on research papers and documenting migratory patterns for hawks. Mark Speirs, UWSP’s Small Business Development Center, won the Diverse Business Champion Award at the Wisconsin Marketplace Conference for his dedication to helping underrepresented entrepreneurs and the strong relationships he has with various regional and statewide small business charities.

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