SPRING | SUMMER 2021
PARKSIDE WELCOMES WILLIE JUDE II
Willie Jude II joins UW-Parkside as the new Vice Chancellor for Advancement, and will serve as a member of the chancellor's cabinet while also leading the Development & Alumni Relations and University Communications teams.
Jude brings a dynamic background in university leadership to UW-Parkside. Most recently, he served as vice president for student affairs and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Fisk University. In previous roles as executive director of philanthropy at Lincoln University and as associate athletics director for advancement at North Carolina Central University, Jude led staff, volunteer foundations, and the campus community in raising funds and creating partnerships to advance student success. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and he holds a bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master of education from Washington State University.
PARKSIDE HOSTS COVID TESTING
Through a partnership between the University of Wisconsin System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UW-Parkside has served as a free COVID-19 “rapid-results” testing site for community residents, through much of the fall and spring. This community service is in addition to a regular testing schedule for Parkside’s residential students and faculty/staff working on campus. As of March, UW System had conducted more than 1 million COVID tests, with Parkside conducting 9,000 student, faculty, and staff tests.
PIKE RIVER RESTORATION
Through the hard work of UW-Parkside faculty and students along with the leadership of Kenosha County Executive and UW-Parkside alum Jim Kreuser (’83, ’86), a portion of the Pike River winding through Petrifying Springs Park is on the mend. UW-Parkside students are collaborating with Kenosha County to conduct water sampling that has aided water quality monitoring by the county and the Department of Natural Resources. This partnership between the university and local, state, and federal partners has resulted in the removal of more than 525 tons of sediment and 368 pounds of phosphorous and stabilization of the stream. The university has monitored positive changes in the Pike River, with short-term data showing 55 percent reduction in phosphorus and 44 percent reduction in nitrogen.
KENNEDY CENTER SUCCESS
For the fifth consecutive year, UW-Parkside Theatre Arts won the Lighting Design Excellence Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), Region 3. Theatre student Jessica Baker snagged the award for the second time in three years for her lighting design of Romeo and Juliet. She goes on to compete in the national award selection. The Kennedy Center Festival is a celebration of the future of the American theatre with student artists and faculty from across a five-state region. This year the festival was held virtually due to the pandemic.
NEWMAN CIVIC FELLOWSHIP
UW-Parkside junior Alisson Anguiano Salas has been named a 2021-2022 Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program for student leaders, offering variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Salas, a double major in English and Political Science, has been active throughout her time at Parkside, including serving as the current president of Latinos Unidos, vice-president of the Mock Trial Association, and a member of Racine’s League of United Latin American Citizens and the Student Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
NATIONAL SHORE SALES COMPETITION
Senior Business Management major Chandler Spiewak is the champion of the 2021 National Shore Sales Competition. Spiewak bested 87 other students from around the world, many from well-known institutions like Kansas, Penn State, Temple, and Florida State. He was voted by industry judges as the best student at the competition and received a prize of $1,500. This national achievement adds to the UW-Parkside Sales program's growing record of success in sales competitions for undergraduate and graduate students.