Musical staff

Achievements of UW-Stevens Point Students, Faculty, and Staff Recognized

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have been recognized for their excellence and achievements:

  • The voice students were honored by the National Association of Voice Teachers, with seven students qualifying for the national preliminary rounds and one for the semi-formal national round. Chris Eaton, a second-year baritone studying with Professor Susan Bender, music, was among 15 finalists who took part in the national conference this summer. The other students who advanced to the preliminaries were:
  • Megan Griffith, triple freshman; and Connor Darrow, sophomore baritone, studying with Bender
    freshman triple Meredith Johnson; Jaden Richards, freshman hat-trick; second-year tenor Alex Lederer; and Natalie Romanick, third-year soprano, student with Professor Matthew Markham
  • Jax Emmel has won the 2022 Melvin R. Laird Outstanding Artist Award. A dance student and recent graduate, Emmel is an apprentice at Water Street Dance Milwaukee and will use this award to develop and present original choreography that explores the perception of women in the society. It aims to increase the visibility of trans perspectives and foster a more inclusive community in the world of professional dance.
  • Zia Yang, outreach specialist at the Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point, received the US SBDC 40 under 40 award this month. She received the national award for her leadership and ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment. Yang also advises the UW-Stevens Point Hmong and the South East Asian American Club.
  • Associate Professor Jill Stukenberg, English, has written a novel, “News of the Air,” which will be included in the Central Wisconsin Book Festival, Sept. 21-25. The book, which is set in the near future, contains dystopian and ecological elements. It’s about a couple and their daughter who flee to the Northwoods of Wisconsin after a series of eco-terrorism events. They live in peace until two strange children arrive in a canoe. The book is available at the Janke Book Store in Wausau, and through the publisher, Black Lawrence Press.
  • Assistant Dean of the School of Education and Professor Lynda Fernholz and student Emma (Dix) Geiser were honored by the College of Professional Studies (CPS).
  • Fernholz won the 2022 CPS Ethel and Ward Family Faculty Heroes Award for her efforts to increase literacy among children in rural Nicaragua. She goes there to train teachers and has helped establish libraries for women and children. She also helps elementary school children create books to bring to Nicaraguan libraries.
  • Geiser won the student hero award. She founded Operation Sparkle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping high school students with dresses and accessories to ensure a positive prom experience regardless of their financial circumstances.