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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 28, 2002

CONTACT: Erik Christianson
echristianson@uwsa.edu
(608) 262-5061

Four University of Wisconsin System professors earn
Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Awards

2002 Underkofler recipients
(from left) Barbara Swan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Alliant Energy; Underkofler award winners James Ferris, associate faculty associate, UW-Madison; Wayne Weber, assistant professor of biology, UW-Platteville; Ronald Wallace, professor of English, UW-Madison; Mark Zidon, professor of agricultural education,UW-Platteville, and Cora Marrett, UW System Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. (Photos by Jay Salvo)

MADISON - Four University of Wisconsin System professors have been awarded the 2002 Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Awards. The annual awards go to four outstanding teachers from UW System campuses located within the Alliant service area.

This year's recipients are:

  • James Ferris, Associate Faculty Associate, Communication Arts, UW-Madison
  • Ronald Wallace, Professor, English, UW-Madison
  • Wayne Weber, Assistant Professor, Biology, UW-Platteville
  • Mark Zidon, Professor, Agricultural Education, UW-Platteville

The awards program represents a partnership that began in 1991 between the UW System and the Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) Foundation (now part of Alliant Energy). That year, Erroll Davis, CEO of WPL Holdings and a UW System regent at the time, created the awards as a way to recognize and reward outstanding teachers in the UW System.

Cora Marrett
Cora Marrett, UW System Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, presents the 2002 Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Awards at an October ceremony in Madison.

The awards are given in honor of James R. Underkofler, a long-time senior executive with the company, who retired in 1990. The awards pay tribute to Underkofler's enduring interest in encouraging and promoting undergraduate teaching excellence.

The awards program is administered by the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development. A UW System committee composed of faculty and teaching academic staff selects the finalists from candidates nominated by eligible institutions.

UW System Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Cora Marrett presented this year's awards at a ceremony in Madison on Thursday, October 17.

 

 

Barbara Swan and James Ferris
Barbara Swan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Alliant Energy, presents an Underkofler Excellence in Teaching award to associate faculty associate James Ferris of UW-Madison.

Cora Marrett and Wayne Weber
Cora Marrett, UW System Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, presents an Underkofler Excellence in Teaching award to UW-Platteville assistant professor of biology Wayne Weber.
Barbara Swan and Mark Zidon
Agricultural Education professor Mark Zidon, of UW-Platteville, accepts a 2002 Underkofler Excellence in Teaching award from Barbara Swan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Alliant Energy.
Ronald Wallace
Ronald Wallace, a professor of English at UW-Madison, accepts his 2002 Underkofler Excellence in Teaching award at an October ceremony.

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