University of Wisconsin-Parkside students Vanessa Hope, Jairo Guerrero, Sierra West and Adam Voss are examples of students currently preparing for future leadership roles at the Somers campus. Meanwhile, K-12 teachers preparing for school can get a head start at Chiwaukee Academy.
Friends and family gathered at UW-Parkside’s Wyllie Hall recently to celebrate Vanessa Hope. The senior pre-pharmacy major was honored as a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow.
Called “an inspiring student leader” by Chancellor Debbie Ford, Hope was praised for finding solutions to community challenges. She helped create Active Minds, a student-run mental health awareness group whose goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Her work in the Pre-Health Club, another student organization that participates in events like Make a Difference Day and serves meals at area homeless shelters, contributed to Hope’s selection.
Hope was among the 162 students nationwide honored as Newman Fellows by Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility.
UW-Parkside physics major Jairo Guerrero is conducting water quality research in New Hampshire this summer. Through a Greater Research Opportunities fellowship from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Guerrero is assisting the U.S. Geological Survey studying uranium concentrations in private wells there.
Speaking prior to his departure, Guerrero said the fellowship allows him to, “dedicate more time to research programs that interest me like finding methods to purify drinking water from arsenic contamination.”
Guerrero spent summer 2010 working on a UW-Parkside project at a village in Cambodia where the primary water source had arsenic contamination. Last summer, he interned at UW-Madison studying organic chemistry.
His ultimate career goal is to conduct research on nuclear energy to discover an environmentally friendly source of power.
UW-Parkside students Sierra West and Adam Voss recently had very public stand out moments. Both were selected as Selig Scholars by the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation and were honored during an on-field ceremony on June 29.
“It was a pretty surreal feeling being on the field next to some of the players and being recognized by the fans,” said West, a 2012 honors graduate pursuing an MBA, who went on to say the on-field experience was one she will never forget.
Voss, who serves in the Brewers clubhouse as a batboy, received the Michael J. Bonan Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the Bonan family to honor Michael Bonan, a former Brewers batboy who died in 2008 at the age of 22. Voss said he had the honor of meeting the Bonans.
Voss, a fitness management major, hopes to use his UW-Parkside degree to change clubhouse jobs. His ambition is to become “a trainer with a professional team, if not the Brewers themselves.”
Area K-12 educators still have time to register for Chiwaukee Academy, which runs Aug. 13-17. A collaboration between UW-Parkside, Carthage College and the Racine and Kenosha unified school districts, the academy offers standards-based instruction in computers and technology, science, math, professional development and reading/language arts. Attendees can earn up to two college credits.
Racine and Kenosha educators can have their registration fees paid by their districts. Racine educators can call John Surendonk at (262) 631-7087; Kenosha teachers should contact Jennifer Navaro at (262) 359-6195 for details.
More information about Chiwaukee Academy is available at www.uwp.edu keyword Chiwaukee, or by calling (262) 595-2753.