The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will celebrate and honor its graduates on May 12, with the Traditions of Excellence Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Each of the university’s four colleges will honor two alumni in the categories of achievement and service, recognizing alumni who excel in their field or perform exemplary service to the community.

Recipients with ties to Kenosha County are:

Keith G. Bosman, ’00: Bosman served as Mayor of Kenosha for two terms from 2008-2016 and served six terms on the Kenosha City Council from 1988-2001. He is a lifelong resident of Kenosha, graduated from Bradford High School in 1967, and began his post-high school education at the former UW-Kenosha campus. Bosman moved to UW-Parkside in 1968 and then served in the Army National Guard from 1971-1977. In 1993 he returned to UW-Parkside and received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000.

Bosman will receive the Service award from the College of Arts and Humanities.

Kathleen A. Hansen, ’76: Hansen is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, where she has been a faculty member since 1981. She graduated from Bradford High School in 1972 and in 1976 received her bachelor’s degree in English from UW-Parkside with minors in anthropology, political science, and French. Hansen has authored five books and dozens of articles on the role of information technology in newsmaking. Her latest book, Future-Proofing the News: Preserving the First Draft of History was published in 2017.

Hansen will receive the Achievement award from the College of Arts and Humanities.

Sara J. Walker, ’81: Walker is Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager with Associated Private Client & Institutional Services. She joined Associated in 1997 and has more than 30 years of investment management experience. Walker earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Parkside where she double majored in finance and economics and graduated magna cum laude. In the community, she is on the boards of the Milwaukee Public Museum, Tempo Milwaukee, Make a Difference- Wisconsin and the CFA Society of Milwaukee.

Walker will receive the Achievement award from the College of Business, Economics and Computing.

Brian R. Washburn, ’94: Since 2005, Washburn has served as a faculty member in the Physics Department at Kansas State University. His current research falls within the intersection of nonlinear fiber optics, laser physics, and photonic crystal technology. In 2015, Washburn was awarded a patent on his project developing a novel class of lasers based on gas-filled hollow optical fiber. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from UW-Parkside and went on to earn his doctorate at Georgia Tech in 2002.

Washburn will receive the Achievement award from the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Sen. Robert W. Wirch, ’70: Senator Wirch entered elected office as a Kenosha County Board Supervisor, from 1986 to 1994, and served as a member of the State Assembly from 1992 until his election to the State Senate in 1996. During his time in the Senate, Wirch has served on numerous committees, often focusing on labor and natural resources issues. In addition to his legislative work, Wirch holds frequent listening sessions in his district and makes constituent services a priority. He was born and raised in Kenosha, graduated from Bradford High School, and earned his Bachelors of Arts from UW-Parkside in 1970. Wirch served in the Army Reserve from 1965-1971.

Wirch will receive the Service award from the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies.

Award winnersThe 2017 UW-Parkside Traditions of Excellence Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:

College of Arts and Humanities

Achievement: Kathleen A. Hansen, 1976, Minneapolis, formerly of Kenosha County

Service: Keith G. Bosman, 2000, Kenosha

College of Business, Economics, and Computing

Achievement: Sara J. Walker, 1981, Milwaukee, formerly of Kenosha County

Service: Jim Kramer, 1979 and MBA 1990, Racine

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Achievement: Brian R. Washburn, 1994, Manhattan, Kan., formerly of Kenosha County

Service: Susan J. Richardson, 1974, Racine

College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies

Achievement: John Nichols, 1981, Madison

Service: Sen. Robert W. Wirch, 1970, Somers

If you goAward Presentation & Dinner

Friday, May 12 I 5 – 8 p.m.

Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, UW-Parkside

Tickets: $40.00 Adult, $12.00 Children 10 & under. Price includes dinner.

For more information, visit: www.uwp.edu/traditions

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