Students, professor honored at Excellence in Education banquet

By University Communications
May 14, 2015
Anne Kerber, who received the UW-Stout Educator of the Year award, talks with students in one of her speech classes.

Photo: Anne Kerber received the UW-Stout Educator of the Year award.

University of Wisconsin-Stout Assistant Professor Anne Kerber was honored recently with the 2014-15 Educator of the Year award at the 52nd annual Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education banquet.

The top 25 graduating undergraduate students also were honored at the banquet.Kerber, in her third year teaching speech courses in the communication studies, foreign languages and performing arts department, was selected by the undergraduate student population to receive the award.

"I was particularly honored to receive this award because it was voted on by the students, and I've had the opportunity to work with tremendous students during my time here at Stout —they inspire me too with their fascinating and diverse range of interests," she said.Kerber was surprised and humbled at the honor. "I was surprised because I primarily teach public speaking, which is a course that many students are afraid to take. Yet, I am blessed to be able to do what I love every single day: Helping students find their voices and begin to advocate for their ideas with broader audiences," she said.

"I am humbled because there are so many excellent educators at UW-Stout who are providing students with outstanding learning opportunities. I am fortunate to have colleagues who inspire me, which encourages me to continue developing my skills as an educator," Kerber said.

Kerber defined great educators as individuals who are passionate about teaching. "That enthusiasm translates into how they interact with students in their classrooms. Additionally, great educators are willing to invest their time, energy and mentorship to help students learn and develop. They also seek out opportunities to continually enhance their strategies for teaching and engaging their students.

"Finally, many of the great educators I know have a good sense of humor," she said.Jerry Kapus, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences said, "Anne is an innovative and collaborative educator who always puts the success of her students first. Her contributions to her students and UW-Stout are greatly valued."The top 25 graduating undergraduate students were selected based on grade-point average.

UW-Stout Top 25 Graduates
(Name, hometown, major)

Robin Bergeron, Chippewa Falls, psychology

Connor Binder, Racine, game design and development

Christina Dawson, Germantown, hotel restaurant and tourism

Morgan Denny, Luck, applied science

Pamela Gehant, Barron, applied science

Jessica Gilbertson, Fall Creek, early childhood education

Kelsy-Ann Hayes, Sturgeon Bay, cross-media graphics management

Duachaka Her, Schofield, entertainment design

Maryann Hundt, Bangor, family and consumer sciences education

Amanda Johnson, Andover, Minn., business administration

Jace Johnson, Hortonville, professional communication and emerging media

Isabel Lexen, Frederic, human development and family studies

Victoria Mansfield, Green Bay, applied math and computer science

Katherine Marotz, Marshfield, art, art education

Melissa Meister, Chetek, health wellness and fitness

William Meshak, Onalaska, information and communication technologies

Megan Moss, Cumberland, psychology

Amanda Nordman, Cottage Grove, Minn., entertainment design

Marlee Redmann, Boyceville, applied math and computer science;game design and development

David Rudolph, La Crosse, management

Thomas Schaefer, Oregon, information and communication technologies

Riley Schultz, Faribault, Minn., plastics engineering

William Tuite, Cochrane, professional communication and emerging media

Frances Van Eyck, Menomonee Falls, graphic design and interactive media

Joshua Voigt, Casco, manufacturing engineering