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Alumni honored at awards banquet

Jodie Woodruff Former nontraditional education student Jodie Woodruff '02 was honored as this year's Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Professional Studies. Jodie is the director of the nation's first free standing entrepreneurship center for a public high school at The MET School in Providence, Rhode Island. Jodie shared her success story in ECE 262: Programs for Children and Families, then rode in the Homecoming parade before accepting her award at the Alumni Awards Banquet.

Jim AndersonSchool of Business & Economics alum and associate lecturer Jim Anderson '89 also earned the UW-Stevens Point Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday. Jim is the president of Ellis Stone Construction Company where he is responsible for overall management, leadership and strategic development. View Photos

Falkinham Football Office Suite unveiled

Falkiham Football Office SuiteKen Falkinham '68 came to play football at UW-Stevens Point in a 1953 Oldsmobile convertible ... he quit four days later. Coach Duaine Counsell called him and asked him to return to the team and his life was forever changed. At Homecoming, the Pointers unveiled the new Falkinham Football Office Suite thanks to alumni Ken '68 and Sandy '69 Falkinham. View Photos | Watch VideoView Photos

Homecoming and Pink Week Recap

Pink GameWhat a weekend! Homecoming 2014 was a huge success as the Pointers football team defeated No. 5 North Central, 34-27, in front of 3,370 fans at the Homecoming and Pink Game. UW-Stevens Point also raised $50,623 for cancer charities, including the Joanne A. Suomi Memorial Fund, the Circle of Friends Foundation and the Breast Cancer Family Foundation.

The entire Homecoming week was full of fun activities, including Pink Week games, Office Decorating Contest (Communicative Disorders | Education | Business & Economics), pep rally, picnic and parade.

Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Hall of Fame Congratulations to the 2014 UW-Stevens Point Athletics Hall of Fame Class that was inducted Sept. 27! Cody Koenig, Jenna Mitchler, Sheila Miech, Karen (Guckenberger) Mulligan, Paul Schmitt, Josh Iserloth, Noah Eschenbauch and Dennis Tierney. Read More

Zimmerman throws no-hitter for Nationals

Jordan ZimmermannFormer UW-Stevens Point baseball star Jordan Zimmermann made national news on Sunday, Sept. 28, throwing the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history, leading his team to a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. Washington Post Story | Audio of the Final Out | Video

Video: SBE students intern in China

China Internship Get a whole new perspective on studying abroad from Dan Hafenbredl '14, who filmed this video during the School of Business & Economics trip to Beijing, Guilin and Shanghai this past summer. Watch Video

Students bring healthy changes to Cook Islands

Cook Islands Health promotion/wellness students spent time this summer on the island of Rarotonga, collaborating with the country’s ministry of health, working on projects and campaigns to educate people on smoking prevention, men’s health, mental health, nutrition and wellness. Read More

Students learn importance of culture in health care

Health and CultureTo extubate or not to extubate? That was the question posed to students by guest speaker Dr. Kathleen Culhane-Pera from West Side Community Health Services who shared a medical case story of a 72-year-old Hmong woman and discussed why it is important to understand different cultures when working in health care. Read More

Point in Common: Why do we educate?

Point in Common Why do we educate? Author and Professor Harry Brighouse, Ph.D. from UW-Madison will speak at Sentry Theater on Monday, Oct. 13 as part of the free Point in Common Community Speaker Series. Brighouse will share how we should educate children so that they can have a flourishing life, and will contribute to others having flourishing lives. Free Registration

IA and Graphic Design Alumni Show

Alumni Show Alumni from the Division of Interior Architecture and the Department of Art & Design showcased some recent work in the Agnes Jones Gallery. The show is on display through Oct. 6. View Photos

Facebook Fun!

Sallie Scovill Get to know CPS faculty/staff and new students on the College of Professional Studies Facebook page with two new features: Faculty/Staff Friday and Freshman Fresh Faces on Mondays. If you or someone you know would like to be featured, email

Marty's Message

One of the best parts of being the dean is the opportunity to get to know so many outstanding alumni. In the past two weeks I’ve had the pleasure to host and visit several of our outstanding alumni. Some who have gone on to lead large businesses or organizations, others have risen to the top of their professions and many have made major contributions to society. They are each highly accomplished; and they each attribute their accomplishments, at least in part, to UW-Stevens Point and to one or more of the professors, advisers, or mentors who helped them along the way. 
For Jodie Woodruf '02 (education), CPS’s outstanding alumnus this year, it was Professor Dayle Upham and adviser Maggie Beeber who understood what Jodie needed as an older nontraditional student, and took the time to guide and mentor her.
For Sandy '69 (education) and Ken Falkinham ’68, who met while attending UW-Stevens Point, it was Coach Duaine Counsell who made the impact when he convinced Ken to come back to UWSP after he withdrew early during his freshman year. 
For Keith Anderson '85 (business administration), COO of the third largest home building company in the U.S, NVR Inc., it was his involvement on the football team and with Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America), that engaged him; and for Eric Burke '92 (physical education), it was what he learned through involvement on the UWSP wrestling team that helped his success as a principal at Port Washington High School.
These are great examples of how your influence as faculty and staff can help shape our students' lives and contribute to successful careers.
Be sure to read the Monday Message stories about Jodie, and about Ken and Sandi to see how their stories have inspired our students and how they have given back to UW-Stevens Point.

Marty Loy,
CPS Dean

Upcoming Events

Oct. 13
​"Advising and Mentoring"
New Faculty & Staff Seminar Series
SCI D223
8-9:20 a.m.

Oct. 13
"Why do we educate?"
Point in Common
Sentry Theater
7 p.m.
Free Registration

Alumni: Where are they now?

Alumni Maps
Find out where CPS alumni are and what they are doing with their degrees on the new interactive alumni maps! Alumni can now tell us what's new and connect with other Pointers around the world by adding information to one of our alumni maps! CPS alumni maps are separated by program. View Alumni Maps

Snapshots of Gratitude


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, students are able to make their goals and dreams a reality. But don’t take our word for it ... read what our students have to say in our Snapshots of Gratitude. View Photos

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