9th ANNUAL Alumni and COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
OCTOBER 12, 2023
Student Center Ballroom
Celebrate Building Community and Inspiring Success at the UW-Parkside CNHS Alumni and Community Event presented by Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Joining us will be UW-Parkside alumna and keynote speaker, Linda Ham ‘82, NASA JSC’s Human Landing System Government Task Agreement Integrator. Ms. Ham will update us on NASA Johnson Space Center’s mission to return humans to the Moon’s surface and she will discuss what and who inspired her as she pioneered a path for women engineers in the space program.
We will also be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH). Former UW-Parkside RUSCH students will share their impact on the community and what inspires them. It is also an exciting time for CNHS as we award our 2023 scholarship recipients; continuing the goal of Building Community and Inspiring Success.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER | FROM PARKSIDE TO NASA!
Human Landing System Government Task Agreement Integrator
Johnson Space Center, NASA
During her NASA career, Linda Hautzinger-Ham has been a trailblazer. She pioneered a path for women engineers through her roles as the first female Propulsion Officer in NASA’s Mission Control Center, first female Systems Division Section Head, first and only female Manager of Space Shuttle Program Integration and Manager of Space Shuttle Program Launch Integration and, perhaps her proudest achievement, first female Flight Director – the Leader of Mission Control.
Linda has served as the Flight Director on fourteen Space Shuttle missions during launch, orbit, and re-entry mission phases. Thereafter, she managed Space Shuttle Program integration for the multibillion-dollar national program, which employed 19,000 contractor and civil service employees.
Linda earned three NASA medals for exceptional service, numerous awards, and two NASA fellowships. She served as a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) for over 20 years of her career.
Notably, Linda received a special appointment to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and served to expand the utilization of clean energy across the nation. Linda founded the Technology Collaboration Center and serves on the Board of Directors. She chaired the Federal Laboratories Group within the Innovative Research Interchange and was an active member of the Federal Laboratory Consortium.
Currently, Linda leads NASA Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) Technology Infusion and JSC’s efforts to collaborate with industry in developing America’s Human Lander System, which will return humans to the Moon’s surface. She has built coalitions with commercial partners, universities, and U.S. government agencies; pioneering innovative techniques to collaborate with strategic partners worldwide.
Linda holds a M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA from Rice University receiving the Jones Scholar Award, a B.S. in Applied Science, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. She received Parkside’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2020 and three awards upon graduation.
Linda has two sons. She is a pilot, skydiver, SCUBA diver, avid runner, awarded bodybuilder, and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and fitness.
RUSCH'S TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
It has been ten years since the inception of Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health RUSCH!
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Dr. Emmanuel Otu
Welcome to this ninth Annual CNHS Alumni and Community Event presented by Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. In the past academic year we proposed, guided through the governance process, sought and received the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents authorization to implement a new Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant. In Fall 2024, we plan to implement a Radiologic Science concentration within the Bachelor of Science degree program in Applied Health Sciences. In spring/summer 2026, the number of Master of Science degree programs in CNHS will rise to eight, compared to just one in fall 2012 (+700%). The Medical Laboratory Sciences concentration, within the Applied Health Sciences bachelor's degree, started in spring 2019, received ‘Initial Accreditation’ by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). We continue to develop new programs that serve the region.
Our students continue to attain great success. Students interested in health professions continue to attain acceptance rates (of 89%) to medical school, more than twice the national average. Equally, our students place very well into graduate schools or employment within their fields.
We are very proud of the accomplishments and contributions that our alumni add to our campus and in our communities. I hope this event will continue to be one of your many return visits. I am personally grateful to the CNHS Advisory Board, for their vision to gather alumni and the community to celebrate the many accomplishments in the college. I am equally grateful for their guidance and support of the college for the past ten years.
Alumni, thank you for joining us from more than fifty years ago or just last year. All of your interactions are priceless to current CNHS students, faculty, staff, Advisory Board and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
James L. Stephens, PE
Advisory Board President
Welcome to our 2023 CNHS Community Event!
This is our Ninth Annual Alumni and Community Event. Once again, with considerable pride, we can get together at this year’s event to share the many accomplishments of our university.
With about sixty (60) majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates, the College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) provides our students a strong academic foundation for meeting the highest scientific and technological challenges. All of Parkside’s stakeholders benefit from the school’s emphasis on experiential learning in many programs. Our stakeholders include students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the business community here in Southeast Wisconsin.
We have a full agenda today! Please take advantage of all aspects of today’s schedule of events. We all intend to enjoy today’s social and networking opportunities with fellow students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university.
Please join us for our fascinating and timely presentation from our keynote speaker. Our keynote speaker is Linda Ham. Ms. Ham is a 1982 UW-Parkside alumna. She is the NASA ISC’s Human Landing System Government Task Agreement Integrator. Ms. Ham will update us on the NASA Johnson Space Center’s mission to return humans to the moon’s surface. She will also discuss who inspired her as she pioneered a path for women engineers in the space program.
We will also celebrate the ten-year anniversary of RUSCH (Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health). Former UW-Parkside RUSCH students will share their experiences and their impact on our community.
Also, during our event, we plan to recognize our exceptional students with scholarship awards. These scholarship awards are available thanks to donations primarily from our alumni. The need for financial support through our scholarship funds has never been greater. Please consider a gift to our scholarship fund, so that our students can continue to pursue their career ambitions through a degree at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
We can also proudly announce that we have new academic programs in CNHS. This includes our new master of science degree in Physician Assistant proposed to start in May 2025. We are making solid progress toward implementing this degree.
We all should be immensely proud of our accomplishments at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Let us all enjoy a wonderful day together!
A special thanks to our hosts, the CNHS Advisory Board, who is delighted to create an event where all engage in conversations about experiences at Parkside, and after. The memories and experiences shared are always a reason to celebrate.