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2014 Outstanding Achievement Award

Karlyn Crowley is director of the Cassandra Voss Center and a Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Norbert College. She has been at the College since 2002 and helped to start Women’s and Gender Studies program at the College. Karlyn has a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and B.A. in English and Women’s Studies awarded with honors from Earlham College.

Dr. Crowley is a rare leader, one who is able to navigate multiple areas of higher education, having an impact at the local, state, and national levels. Arriving at St. Nobert College over 12 years ago, Karlyn worked tirelessly to found Women’s and Gender Studies (WMGS) in 2005 and continues to oversee that discipline. She is an excellent teacher who asks her students to grapple with difficult documentaries and activities that push them to engage with their demanding content. She is a scholar in this area too writing a number of books and articles including Feminism's New Age: Gender, Appropriation, and the Afterlife of Essentialism which explores the relationship between feminism and New Age culture.

Nationally, she has long been involved in the National Women’s Studies Association, the flagship organization for Gender Studies nationally, and was a board member from 2005-2010. She continues to publish widely on gender and popular culture and has recently joined the Girl w/Pen Blog: Bridging Feminist Research and Popular Culture where she has a monthly column. She now also advises Re:Gender (formerly National Council for Research on Women).

On a community level, Karlyn is a well-known advocate for women and girls. She is closely connected with major organizations such as the Greater Green Bay Women’s Fund and the Girl Scouts. She bridges what can sometimes be a “public vs. private” divide between colleges, by forming coalitions and presenting with colleagues in the University of Wisconsin system as well as at other private institutions such as Lawrence University and Beloit College.

Karlyn has moved the needle forward in advancing women in higher education and so we honor her with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award.

2013 Award Winner

Kaylen Betzig, Vice President of Administrative Services at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) overseeing Facilities, Information Technology, and Financial Services, has won the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL). 

Prior to joining the staff of WCTC she was employed at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) for a eighteen years, serving in various capacities including the Director of Institutional Advancement and the Vice President of Learning Support.  In this capacity she was responsible for the successful 2002 $17.5 million dollar referendum campaign adding needed facilities at both the Central and Monroe Campuses of BTC. 

Kaylen holds a B.S degree from UW-Platteville in Criminal Justice, M.S. degree in Higher Education Administration from the UW-Madison and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from UW-Madison in Higher Education. She has presented at numerous conferences regarding accreditation, student outcome assessment, program evaluation, strategic and referendum planning. Her research interests are in student outcome assessment in two-year institutions and strategic planning for higher education. Kaylen has received the Administrator of the Year presented by the Blackhawk Technical staff in 1995, 1997, 2000, and 2003. In 2003 she also received the Greater Beloit Area Zonta Club award in business, and was the recipient of the 2004 International Chair Academy Leadership Award. Facilities, Information Technology, and Financial Services.  Prior to joining the staff of WCTC she was employed at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) for a eighteen years, serving in various capacities including the Director of Institutional Advancement and the Vice President of Learning Support.  In this capacity she was responsible for the successful 2002 $17.5 million dollar referendum campaign adding needed facilities at both the Central and Monroe Campuses of BTC. 

 

2011 Award Winner

JULIE FURST-BOWE

Furst-Bowe had served as provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., since 2005. In her role as the chief academic officer for the campus, she supervised the academic colleges and the following units: Enrollment Services, Student Services, International Education, Stout Online and the Discovery Center: Applied Research, Economic Development and Technology Transfer.

After joining UWS as a faculty member in 1990, Furst-Bowe progressed through the administrative ranks as chair of the Department of Communications, Education and Training; associate vice chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs; and assistant chancellor, Assessment and Continuous Improvement.

She provided leadership to the nationally recognized quality improvement program at UW-Stout and served as a senior examiner for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program. UW-Stout was the first higher education institution to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She currently serves as higher education chair for the American Society for Quality and is providing leadership to STEM education initiatives on a nationwide basis. Furst-Bowe is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in quality higher education and has authored several articles and a book on this topic, Quality and Performance Excellence in Higher Education. She recently edited a book on advancing STEM education and is an editor of the International Journal of Excellence in Education. She is a founding board member of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education. She also has served on the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence and Sacred Heart Hospital Board of Directors. She has served as a quality improvement consultant for numerous colleges and universities and is currently under contract to provide consulting services to Singapore's Ministry of Education, Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University in Dubai and Ahlia University in Bahrain. She was recently selected as a Fulbright Scholar and assigned to work with a new university in Azerbaijan through the Fulbright program.

Furst-Bowe earned an Ed.D. in work, family and community education in 1995 from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she also achieved a professional certificate in human resource development during the same year. She earned a master of science in media technology from UW-Stout in 1986. The Chippewa Falls, Wis., native graduated magna cum laude from UW-Eau Claire in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Dr. Bowe is currently is the chancellor of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

2010 Award Winner

LEONA VANDEVUSSE

Dr. Leona VandeVusse, director of the nurse-midwifery program at Marquette University, has won the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL).   

Dr. VandeVusse’s nominators praised her pioneering leadership in nursing education, practice, and service, noting that her work has directly improved the climate of nursing practice in the State of Wisconsin and has impacted the health of countless women and children throughout the world.  She has served as a mentor to students and faculty colleagues alike, and her graduates have started new practices in rural and urban underserved areas, thus improving access to healthcare for women and families.  She is a founder and leader of Project BEYOND, an initiative to increase recruitment and retention of nursing students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds, and her online curriculum in nurse-midwifery education has brought education in the practice to students far and wide.  

“Dr. VandeVusse exemplifies the spirit of excellence that WWHEL strives to foster throughout higher education in Wisconsin,” said Mary Oling-Sisay, vice president of student affairs and dean of students at St. Norbert College and the current WWHEL state president. 

2009 Award Winner

PATRICIA FOSTER

Patricia Foster, director of the Patricia A. Doyle Women's Center at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is being honored with the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership Outstanding Achievement Award.

Patricia Foster began her career at UWP as director of multicultural services in 2000. Her responsibilities grew to include the director of the women's center and pre-college programs, and a liaison for the UWP Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning Alliance to the UW System Inclusivity Initiative. Foster also works with non-traditional students on campus. During her career in the UW System, Patricia Foster not only proved to be an excellent administrator, but also has continually strived to improve the climate and opportunities for all women. She exemplifies the spirit of excellence that WWHEL endeavors to foster throughout higher education in the state of Wisconsin.

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