Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Robin Vos - Quote of the Day

By Jeff Simpson

Continually, time after time after time, you have embarrassed the state of Wisconsin, said Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington. Seated just feet from him were the targets of his fury: Kevin Reilly, University of Wisconsin System President, and David Ward, interim chancellor of UW-Madison.

I wonder if these people would agree?

 There are more than 400,000 UW-Madison alumni living around the world. UW alumni or faculty have been awarded 17 Nobel Prizes and 26 Pulitzer Prizes. More than 1,050 UW-Madison alumni serve as CEOs and nearly 16,000 hold an executive management position. Following is a compilation of notable and famous alumni in a variety of fields.

Arts and Entertainment

  • Jim Abrahams (x’66), filmmaker, founder of Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Mason Adams (‘40, MA ’41), Emmy Award-winning TV actor (“Lou Grant”)
  • Don Ameche (x’31), actor (“Cocoon”)
  • Iris Apfel (’43), fashion icon
  • Andrew Bergman (MA’66, PhD ’70), film director/producer and writer (“It Could Happen to You,” “Blazing Saddles”)
  • Chester Biscardi (’70, MA’72, MMusic’74), composer
  • Jerry Bock (’48), co-composer of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Fiorello”
  • Phyllis Bramson (MA’64), artist
  • Carol Helen Buele (’69, MFA’72), Emmy Award-winning costume designer (“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”)
  • Stephen Burrows (’84), actor, film director
  • Dale Chihuly (MS’67), glass artist (“Mendota Wall” in the Kohl Center)
  • Joan Cusack (’84), actress (“Working Girl,” “In & Out,” “Grosse Pointe Blank”)
  • Lee De Boer (’74), HBO mogul
  • Andre DeShields (’70), Emmy award-winning actor (“I Dream of Jeanie”), Broadway actor (“The Full Monty”), director
  • August Derleth (’30), author
  • Howard Dratch (’67), filmmaker
  • Michael Feldman (’70), host of public radio show “Whad’Ya Know?”
  • Sandy Fellman (MFA’75), photographer
  • Kit Reuter Foss (’79, MA’82), opera singer
  • W. Jerome “Jerry” Frautschi (’56), donor of $205 million to create Madison’s Overture Center
  • Zona Gale (1895, MA 1899), author
  • Erica Gruen (MS’75), former president and CEO, Food Network
  • Uta Hagen (x’41, honorary doctorate ’00), Broadway actress and acting teacher
  • Jane Hammond (MFA’77), artist
  • Lorraine Hansberry (x’52), playwright, author (“Raisin in the Sun”)
  • Kevin Henkes (x’83), children’s book author
  • bell hooks (MA’76), cultural critic, author, poet
  • Frieda High (a.k.a. Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis) (MFA’71), artist, scholar, educator
  • Mary Hinkson (’46, MS’47), dancer, dance teacher
  • Jim Hirsch (’69) Hollywood screenwriter and producer (“The Incredible Hulk” and “Rome”)
  • Lee Hoiby (’47), composer
  • Mac Huff (’77), choral arranger
  • William Immerman (’59), film studio executive
  • Jane Kaczmarek (‘79), actress (“Malcolm in the Middle”)
  • Ben Karlin (’93), executive producer (“The Daily Show”)
  • Rocco Landesman (’69), Chair, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Sherrie Levine (MFA’72), artist
  • Steve Levitan (’84), TV writer and executive producer
  • Truman Lowe (MFA’73), sculptor; Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 2008
  • Michael Mann (’65), filmmaker (“Public Enemies,” “The Insider,” “The Last of the Mohicans”)
  • Fredric March (’20), actor (“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”)
  • Steve Marmel (’88), comedian, writer, TV producer
  • Steve Miller (x’67), rock singer
  • Thomas L. Miller (’62), TV writer/producer (“Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Bosom Buddies,” “Perfect Strangers”)
  • Walter Mirisch (’42), producer (“The Magnificent Seven,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “West Side Story,” “The Apartment”)
  • Linda Montano (MFA’69), artist
  • Erroll Morris (’69), movie, cable TV, and documentary producer (“The Thin Blue Line,” “Mr. Death” and others)
  • Bruce Nauman (’64), artist
  • Tracy Nelson (’67), country singer
  • Joyce Carol Oates (MA’61), novelist
  • Zorba Paster (’69), public radio host (“On Your Health”)
  • Meinhart Raabe (’37), actor (“The Wizard of Oz”)
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (’18), Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Yearling”
  • Gena (Virginia) Rowlands (x’51), actress
  • Neil Sandstadt (MFA’75), designer
  • Richard Schickel (’55), Time film critic
  • Michael Schultz (’61), actor, director, filmmaker
  • Al Schwartz (’53), retired TV producer, longtime producer and director of the Golden Globe Awards and American Music Awards
  • Ben Sidran (’67), jazz pianist
  • Boz Skaggs (William Royce, x’66), rock singer
  • Sue Solie (MFA’82), designer
  • Richard Steiner (’68), co-producer, Broadway musicals
  • Peter Straub (’65), gothic author, Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 2009
  • Susan Straub (’66), founder of New York City non-profit “Read to Me,” Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 2009
  • John Szarkowski (’48), photographer, director emeritus of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Peter Tiboris (’70, MS’74), conductor and founder of Mid America Productions
  • Daniel J. Travanti (’63), Emmy Award-winning actor (“Hill Street Blues”)
  • Butch Vig (’80), music producer of bands Nirvana, Garbage
  • James Watrous (’31, MA’33, PhD’39), painter of Memorial Union’s Paul Bunyan murals
  • Eudora Welty (’29), Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
  • Michael Wilmington (x’68), Chicago Tribune film critic
  • Tom Wopat (x’74), TV actor (“The Dukes of Hazzard”), Broadway and movie actor and singer
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (x1890), architect
  • David (’70) and Jerry (’72) Zucker, movie producers (“Airplane,” “Naked Gun”)


  • Alan Ameche (’56), 1954 Heisman trophy winner (football)
  • Kenneth Behring (’51), former owner, Seattle Seahawks
  • Steven Bornstein (’74), president and CEO, National Football League
  • Ron Dayne (x’00), 1999 Heisman trophy winner (football)
  • Harold “Bud” Foster (’30), longtime UW basketball coach
  • Suzy Favor Hamilton (’91), track star, competed in 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics
  • Eric Heiden (x’81), Olympic speed skater
  • Phil Hellmuth Jr. (x’86), professional poker player, youngest winner of the World Series of Poker
  • Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch (x’45), UW football star
  • Beau Hoopman (’03), gold medalist, rowing, 2004 Olympics
  • D. Wayne Lukas (’57, MS’60), thoroughbred horse trainer
  • Buddy Melges (’51), America’s Cup skipper
  • Eric Mueller (’94), silver medalist, rowing, 1996 Olympics
  • Carly Piper (x’05), gold medalist, swimming, 2004 Olympics
  • George Poage (‘03), African-American medal winner in track in 1904 Olympics
  • Allan “Bud” Selig (’56), commissioner, Major League Baseball; chairman, Selig Executive Leasing Corp.; former owner, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Judith Sweet (’69), first woman president of National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Al Toon (’95), Badger wide-receiver turned businessman
  • Professional football: Tom Burke, Lamar Campbell, Ron Dayne, Terrell Fletcher, Aaron Gibson, Donald Hayes, Cecil Martin, Chris McIntosh, Pete Monty, Bobby Myers, Joe Panos, Cory Raymer, Michael Roan, Tarek Saleh, Mike Schneck, Tony Simmons, Jason Suttle, Mark Tauscher, Donnel Thompson, Mike Thompson, Troy Vincent, Jerry Wunsch
  • Professional hockey: Chris Chelios, Tony Granato, Dany Heatley, Sean Hill, Curtis Joseph, Scott Mellanby, Brian Rafalski, Paul Ranheim, Steve Reinprecht, Barry Richter, Mike Richter, Gary Suter, Dave Tanabe
  • Men’s professional basketball: Michael Finley
  • Women’s professional basketball: Keisha Anderson, Robin Threatt, Katie Voigt
  • Professional volleyball: Kelly Kennedy, Colleen Neels


  • Carol Bartz (’71), chair, president and CEO of Yahoo! Inc.
  • Kenneth Behring (’51), former owner, Seattle Seahawks
  • Oscar C. Boldt (’48), chair, Boldt Group
  • G. (George) Steve Burrill (’66), CEO, Burrill & Co.
  • Jerome A. Chazen (’48), Chazen Capital Partners, former CEO, Liz Claiborne Inc.
  • C.K. Chow (’72), CEO, MTR Corp.; former CEO, GKN, London
  • Paul J. Collins (’58), vice chair, Citigroup, London
  • Susan A. Davis (’68), chair and CEO, Susan Davis International (public relations), Washington, D.C.
  • Kenny Dichter (’90), CEO, MarquisJet, 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient
  • Marshall Erdman (’48), architect and builder, protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright (x’1890)
  • Thomas Falk (’80), president and CEO, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • David W. Grainger (’50), senior chairman, W.W. Grainger Inc., Lake Forest, Ill.
  • Elzie Higginbottom (’65), chair and CEO, East Lake Management
  • Hugh Jones (’85), president and CEO, Travelocity Global
  • Aaron Kennedy (MBA’89), founder, chair and president, Noodles and Co.
  • Kenji Kitatani (MA’78, PhD’81), president, Tokyo Dome Enterprises Corp.
  • Kay Smith Koplovitz (’67), founder, USA Network
  • Erick Laine (’55), chair, former president and CEO, Alcas Corp.
  • Joan Lappin (’64), chair, Gramercy Capital Management
  • Michael Levin (’72), founder and CEO, e-STEEL Corp.
  • Sheldon (’51, LLB’53) and Marianne (x’54) Lubar, UW Board of Regents President ’97-’98, former assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Sheldon), Philanthropists; Distinguished Alumni Award winners 2008
  • John P. Morgridge (’55), chairman, Cisco Systems, San Jose, Calif.
  • David Nicholas (’83), president and CEO, the Nicholas Co.
  • Arthur C. Nielsen Sr. (’18), founder, A.C. Nielsen Co.
  • Arthur C. Nielsen Jr. (’41), former chair emeritus, A.C. Nielsen Co.; former director, Dun & Bradstreet
  • Bill Nygren (MS’81), mutual fund analyst and manager
  • Tadashi Okamura (MBA’73), president and CEO, Toshiba Corp.
  • Steven Pogorzelski (’83), former president, Monster North America
  • Tom Pyle (MBA’63), chair and president, Pyle Group; former chair and CEO, Rayovac Corp.
  • Lee R. Raymond (’60), chairman and CEO, Exxon-Mobil, Irving, Texas
  • John Rowe (’67, JD’70), president and CEO, Exelon Corp.
  • Bob Schlicht (’73), president, M&I Bank
  • Toni Sikes (MS’83), founder, president and CEO, Guild.com
  • Carol Skornicka (’62, MS’64, JD’77), senior vice president, Midwest Express Airlines
  • Joan Edelman Spero (’66), president, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Peter Tong (MA’65), high-tech entrepreneur; president, Mandarin Management Partners
  • Charlie Trotter (’82), chef and owner of Charlie Trotter’s restaurant, Chicago
  • Scott Vandersanden (EMBA’00), president, AT&T Wisconsin
  • Peter Weil (’70, JD’74) Los Angeles-based Attorney, Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 2009
  • William B. Winter (’51), president and CEO, Becor Western
  • Duane Zitzner (’70), executive vice president, Hewlett-Packard; president, Hewlett Packard Personal Systems Group


  • Ann Amore (’69, MA’76), president, Rosemont College, Pennsylvania
  • Marjorie Pfankuch Bakken (’58), former president, Wheelock College, Massachusetts
  • Roland Barden (MS ’66, PhD ‘69), president, Moorhead State University, Minnesota
  • Daniel Bernstine (MLaws ‘75), president, Portland State University, Oregon
  • Elizabeth Burmaster (’76, MS’84), president, Nicolet College, Wisconsin; former state superintendent of schools
  • Mickey Burnim (PhD ‘77), chancellor, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina
  • Joanne Creighton (’64), president, Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts
  • Pat (Pascal) De Luca (PhD’80), president, Marycrest International University
  • Joanne Disch (’68), Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota; Distinguished Alumni Award winner 2008
  • Phillip Dubois (MS’74, PhD’78), president, University of Wyoming
  • Michael Engh (PhD’87), president, Santa Clara University, California
  • Lesley Hallick (PhD’72), president, Pacific University, Oregon
  • Peter Hoff (’66), president, University of Maine, Orono
  • Robert Ivany (MA’76, PhD’80), president, University of St. Thomas, Texas
  • Jolene Koester (MA’72), president, California State University-Northridge
  • Ryan LaHurd (PhD ’73), former president, Lenoir-Rhyne College, North Carolina
  • Dianne Lynch (’79, MA’86), president, Stephens College, Missouri)
  • Carolyn “Biddy” Martin (PhD’85), chancellor, UW-Madison
  • Alan Merten (’63, PhD’70), president, George Mason University, Virginia
  • Kathryn Mohrman (MA’69), former president, Colorado College
  • Pornchai Mongkhonvanit (MBA’83), president, Siam University, Thailand
  • John E. Murray (JD’59), chancellor, Duquesne University, Pennsylvania
  • Kitt Saunders-Nordeen (MS’66, PhD’77), first UW Women’s Athletic Director
  • Mark Nordenberg (JD’73), chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Thomas Patton (’71, MS’73, PhD’75), president, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Susan Resneck Pierce (PhD ’72), former president, University of Puget Sound, Washington
  • Richard Peck (MS’62, PhD’65), former president, University of New Mexico
  • Harry Peterson (PhD ’77), former president, Western State College, Colorado
  • Paul Risser (MS’65, PhD’67), former president, Miami University, Ohio; president, Oregon State University
  • Patrick Schloss (PhD’79), president, Valdosta State University, Georgia
  • John Strauss (’59), president, Harvey Mudd College, California
  • Frederick Jackson Turner (1884, MA 1888), historian who devised the “frontier thesis” about the American West
  • David Ward (MS ‘62, PhD ‘63), former chancellor, UW-Madison
  • Helen C. White (PhD ‘24), pioneering English professor at UW-Madison
  • John Wiley (MS ‘65, PhD’69), former chancellor, UW-Madison
  • Linda Wilson (PhD ’62), former president, Radcliffe College, Massachusetts
  • James Wright (MS ‘66, PhD ’69), former president, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

Government and Politics

  • U.S. Vice President: Dick Cheney (PhDx’68)
  • U.S. Senators: Herb Kohl (’56), Wisconsin; Russ Feingold (’75), Wisconsin. Former: Jon Blair Hunter (’64, MS’66), West Virginia; Robert Marion La Follette Jr. (x’17), Wisconsin; Charles Robb (’61), Virginia.
  • U.S Representatives: Tammy Baldwin (JD’89), Wisconsin; Tom Barrett (BA’76, JD’80), Wisconsin; Marcy Kaptur (’68), Ohio; David Obey (BA’76, JD’80), Wisconsin; F. James Sensenbrenner (JD’68), Wisconsin. Former: Bob Kastenmeier (LLB’52), Wisconsin; Mark Green (JD’87), Wisconsin; Scott Klug (MBA’90), Wisconsin; M. Bob Carr (’65, JD’68), Michigan.
  • Governors: James Doyle (’67), Wisconsin. Former Governors: Lee Dreyfus (’49, MA’52, PhD’58), Wisconsin; Phillip Fox La Follette (LLB’22), Wisconsin; Richard Lamm (’57), Colorado; Patrick Lucey (’46), Wisconsin; Russell Peterson (’38, PhD’42), Delaware; Tommy Thompson (’63, JD’66), Wisconsin.
  • Mayors: Dave Cieslewicz (’81), Madison; Laura Miller (’80), Dallas, Texas. Former Mayors: Sue Bauman (’65, JD’81, MS’81), Madison; John Norquist (’71, M’88), Milwaukee; Paul Soglin (’66, JD’72), Madison; Sergio Fajardo Valderrama (MA’81, PhD’84), Medellín, Colombia.
  • Others: Iajuddin Ahmed (MS’58, PhD’62), president of Bangladesh
  • Thomas Barnett (’84), Pentagon adviser, senior strategic researcher, Naval War College
  • Charlene Barshefsky (’72), former U.S. trade representative
  • Jodie (Joan) Zeldes Bernstein (’48), former director, Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Cecil Blake (PhD’76), chief government spokesperson, minister of information and broadcasting, Sierra Leone
  • Lynne Vincent Cheney (PhD’70), spouse of vice president Dick Cheney (PhDx’68); former head, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Florence Chenoweth (MS’70, PhD’86), former minister of Agriculture in Liberia
  • Piyabutr Cholvijarn (’72), vice minister of education, Thailand
  • Ada Deer (’57), former head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Lawrence Eagleburger (’52, MS’57), former Secretary of State, diplomat
  • Abdel Rahman Hamad (MS’72, PhD’75), Palestinian minister of housing
  • JoAnn Jones (’82, MS’83, JD’87), former president, Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Richard Jones (MS’76, PhD’80), former ambassador to Lebanon
  • Robert M. La Follette (1879), former Wisconsin governor and congressman, leader of Progressive movement
  • John Lange (’71, JD’75), former ambassador to Botswana
  • Jon Leibowitz (’80), chair, Federal Trade Commission
  • Patrick Lucey (’46), former U.S. ambassador to Mexico
  • Doris Meissner (’63, MA’69), former head, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Gaylord Nelson (LLB ’42), former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator; founder of Earth Day
  • Vel Phillips (LLB’51), first woman and African-American elected to Milwaukee’s Common Council, first African-American judge in Wisconsin, and first woman and African-American to serve as Wisconsin’s secretary of state
  • Joy Newberger Picus (’51), former Los Angeles city council member
  • Conchita Poncini-Jimenez (MS’64), president, Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on the Status of Women
  • Rafael Rangel-Sostman (MS’67, PhD’73), president, National Council of Lifelong Education and Workforce Development, a cabinet position in Mexico’s national government
  • Daniel Speckhard (’80, MA’82, MS’83), former ambassador to the Republic of Belarus
  • Tommy Thompson (’63, JD’66), former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Hung-mao Tien (MA’66, PhD’69), minister of foreign affairs, Taiwan
  • Frances Ulmer (’69, JD’72), former lieutenant governor, Alaska
  • Jean Wilkowski (’44), former ambassador, Distinguished Alumni Award winner 2009
  • Yeshey Zimba (’75, MA’76), prime minister, Bhutan

Journalism and Media

  • Stephen E. Ambrose (’57, PhD’63), author, biographer, historian
  • Avi (Edward Wortis) (’59, MA’62), children’s author; Newbery Medal winner
  • Lowell Bergman (’66), former “60 Minutes” producer; Pulitzer Prize winner as New York Times journalist
  • Deborah Blum (MA’82), author; Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Walt Bogdanich (’75), “60 Minutes” producer, New York Times investigative editor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 2009
  • Steven Bornstein (’74), chair, GO.com; former head of ABC Sports
  • Rita Braver (’70), national reporter, CBS News
  • William Broad (MA’77), Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, New York Times
  • Jane Brody (MS’63), health columnist, New York Times
  • Christopher Bury (MA’77), correspondent and backup anchor for ABC News’ “Nightline”
  • Kelly Cobiella (’93), CBS Evening News correspondent
  • John Darnton (’67), Pulitzer Prize winner and writer for New York Times
  • William Evjue (x’1906), founder of The Capital Times
  • John Geddes (MA’76), co-managing editor, New York Times
  • Peter Greenberg (’72), chief travel correspondent, Travel Channel; travel editor, “Today”
  • Jeff Greenfield (’64), news analyst, CNN
  • Ina Jaffe (’72), NPR correspondent
  • Carrie Johnson (MA’96), NPR justice correspondent
  • Haynes Johnson (MS’56), author and journalist; former columnist, Washington Post; Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Kay Koplovitz (’67), former president and CEO, USA network
  • Belle Case La Follette (1879, LLB 1885), journalist, Progressive movement leader
  • Dale Lang (’55), former chair, Lang Communications (publishes Working Woman)
  • Harriett Goldhor Lerner (’66), psychologist, author
  • David Maraniss (x’71), Pulitzer Prize-winning associate editor, Washington Post; author
  • Bruce (Rudy) Martzke (’64), sports columnist, USA Today
  • Patricia McConnell (’81, MS’84, PhD’88), co-host, “Calling All Pets,” Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Robert D. McFadden (’60), Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, New York Times
  • Karl E. Meyer (’51), editor, World Policy Journal; former reporter, member of editorial board, New York Times
  • Edwin Newman (’40), author, journalist
  • Eric Newhouse (’67), Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Pongsak Payakvichien (MA’71), Thai newspaper-journalism pioneer
  • R. David Pittle (MS’65, PhD’69), senior vice president of technical policy, Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports
  • Steven Raymer (’67, MA’71), former director, National Geographic Society News Service
  • Rhonda Wolter Rowland (’84), former CNN correspondent
  • Richard Schickel (’55), book author; former movie critic, Time/Life
  • Anthony Shadid (’90), journalist, Washington Post; Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Leonard Shapiro (’68), sports columnist, Washington Post
  • William Siemering (’56, MS’60), a founder of National Public Radio, creator of “All Things Considered”
  • Robert Sims (MA’71), former executive vice president, National Geographic Society
  • Steven Smith (’72), CEO, Journal Communications, Milwaukee
  • Alair Townsend (MS ’64), vice president and publisher, Crain’s New York Business
  • Greta Van Susteren (’76), attorney, CNN legal analyst
  • M. Mitchell Waldrop (PhD’75, MA’77), author, public affairs specialist, National Science Foundation
  • Patricia K. Wells (MA ’72), cookbook editor and author; restaurant critic; former food editor, International Herald Tribune
  • Michael Wilmington (x’68), movie critic, Chicago Tribune
  • Jonathan Wolman (’72), chief editorial-page editor, Denver Post; former executive editor and vice president, Associated Press
  • David Zweifel (’62), editor, Capital Times, Madison


  • Shirley Abrahamson (SJD’62), chief justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • William Bablitch (’63, JD’68), former justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Ann Walsh Bradley (JD’76), justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Louis Butler (JD’77), first African-American Wisconsin Supreme Court justice
  • William Callow (’43), LLB’48), retired Wisconsin Supreme Court justice
  • Barbara B. Crabb (’60, LLB’62), chief U.S. district judge, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Judith Dobkin (’65), prosecuting attorney, Chicago Justice Department Strike Force
  • James Doyle (’67), former attorney general, State of Wisconsin
  • Nathan S. Heffernan (’42, LLB’48), chief justice (retired), Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Richard B. Lowe III (’64), justice, New York Supreme Court
  • David T. Prosser Jr. (JD’68), justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Donald W. Steinmetz (’49, JD’51), former justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Greta Van Susteren (’76), attorney and CNN legal analyst
  • JB Van Hollen (JD’90), attorney general, State of Wisconsin
  • Jon P. Wilcox (JD’65), justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Nonprofit Leaders

  • Paula Bonner (MS’78), president and CEO, Wisconsin Alumni Association
  • Josh Bycel (’93), founder, OneKidOneWorld, 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient
  • Kaleem Caire (’00) and Lisa Peyton-Caire (’96, MS’99), co-founders, Next Generation Education Foundation, 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients
  • Abigail David, (’96, MS’98), director, Helping Hands Center, 2009 Forward under 40 award recipient
  • Clayt Freed (’97), founder and director, Progressive Voter Network, 2009 Forward under 40 award recipient
  • Shihoko Fujiwara (’03), coordinator with the Polaris Project, non-profit organization that combats human trafficking; 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient
  • Matthew Geck (’92, MD’96), founder, SpineHope, 2009 Forward under 40 award recipient
  • James Kass (’91), founder, Youth Speaks, 2008 Forward under 40 award recipient
  • Janet Olson (’92), founder, Basic Animal Rescue Training, 2008 Forward under 40 award recipient
  • Ben Schumaker (’03, MS’06), founder, The Memory Project, 2008 Forward under 40 award recipient
  • Kathy Dwyer Southern (BBA’68, MA’72), president and CEO, Capitol Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Zoe Timms (’97), director, Women’s Education Program, 2009 Forward under 40 award recipient
  • Neil Willenson (’92), CEO and founder, One Heartland, 2009 Forward under 40 award recipient


  • Fay Ajzenberg-Selove (MS’49, PhD’52), physicist; recipient of 2007 National Medal of Science
  • Ethel K. Allen (’28, MS’30), co-author of the “encyclopedia” of the role of legumes in nitrogen fixation
  • John Bardeen (’28, MS’29), winner, two Nobel Prizes in physics
  • Günter Blobel (PhD ’67), winner, 1999 Nobel Prize in medicine; head of cell biology lab at Rockefeller University in Manhattan
  • Laurel Clark (’83, MD’87), astronaut, space shuttle Columbia
  • Raymond Damadian (’56), inventor, Magnetic Resonance Imager for diagnosis
  • Hector DeLuca (MS’53, PhD’55), UW faculty, pioneer in synthesizing Vitamin D
  • Carl Djerassi (PhD’45), chemist, Stanford University professor; “father of the birth control pill”; novelist; playwright
  • James Dumesic (’71), discovered process for turning biomass into hydrogen
  • Conrad Elvehjem (’23, MS’24, PhD’27), former UW professor and president; discovered cure for pellagra
  • Jack St. Clair Kilby (MS’50), physicist; inventor; winner, Nobel Prize in physics
  • Charles Lindbergh (x’24), aviator who completed the first solo trans-Atlantic flight
  • Karl Paul Link (’22, MS’23, PhD’25), discovered blood thinner dicumerol
  • Jim Lovell (x’50), astronaut, Apollo 13 mission
  • Alan MacDiarmid (MS’52, PhD’53), professor, University of Pennsylvania; winner, Nobel Prize in chemistry
  • Abraham Maslow (’30, MA’31), psychologist, devised “hierarchy of needs” theory
  • Karl Menninger (’14, MS’15), psychiatrist; founder, Menninger Clinic
  • John Muir (x1863), naturalist, father of national park system
  • John Allen Paulos (’67, PhD’74), mathematician, author of 1989 bestseller, Innumeracy
  • George Schaller (MS’57, PhD’62), animal behaviorist
  • Brewster Shaw (’68, MS’69), astronaut, space shuttle Columbia; former director, Space Shuttle Operations, NASA,
  • Linnea Smith (’81, MD’84), founder and medical director of Yanomono Medical Clinic in Peru; Distinguished Alumni Award Winner 2008
  • Fredrick J. Stare (’31, MS’33, PhD’34), founder of Harvard’s department of nutrition
  • Harry Steenbock (MS’10, PhD’16), professor, discovered and patented Vitamin D irradiation method
  • Stephen Turner (’91), founder and chief technology officer of Pacific Biosciences; Distinguished Alumni Award winner 2008


  1. Does voss really know what an ass he is ??????

  2. He knows and is proud of it. This little vermin has a modicum of power and he's going to use it to bully anybody and everybody. He has made himself "KING" of the Assembly and wants his subjects to kiss his ring and the rest of us are supposed to kiss his a**! I am sick of this mouth piece calling down the GAB and in essence telling the retired judges that make up the GAB board that they are liars and pawns. This phony little boy needs more than a beer poured on his head to make him see the error of his ways. Racine County should be ashamed to have this fool speak for them.

  3. What about the 10s of thousand of current UW system students and their parents that this bully is minimizing their current education and therefore the ultimate degrees.

    At a future job interview: What you have a degree from a University of Wisconsin campus. Your governor and his legislators don't even respect it's worth. Why should we when there are so many other fine choices candidates for the job.

  4. No, Robin Vos, YOU (and your clown-car posse) are an embarrassment to our state.

  5. BREAKING NEWS: Bart Simpson uncovers two year old news about tax dollars being hoarded by UW System.

    I am eagerly awaiting your post about a more recent topic - say Tammy Baldwin and her corrupt cover up....

  6. Robin Vos just had it wrong. Time after time the state Republicans have embarrassed the people of Wisconsin. My 5 kids went through the UW-Milwaukee system. They are doing very well thanks to the educational system in the state. My husband works out of state just to have a job, now. He had well over 6 years of school and training for his job. I am so thankful that our kids are all grown and through all of their schooling and they all have decent jobs. I just worry about what the system is going to be like when all is said and done. I worry about my grandson who will be starting kindergarten this year and our future grandchildren. We always stressed to our kids that education is very important. My husband and I volunteered many hours in our schools to make sure the kids had a great school experience when growing up and this state is making a travesty out of the whole system. Very disappointing.

  7. At the risk of invoking Godwin's Law too early in this thread, has anyone else noticed Speaker Vos's remarks are beginning to sound similar character to those made by Roland Feisler?

  8. Educated Badgers are a menace to the regime.

  9. Haha! Homer Stupid just trashed the splash page of this similarly stupid blog with his copy & paste lists.

    Well done, Homer! As a writer you're a great shoe salesman.

    1. Why spend time on this blog if it is so stupid? Robin Vos was out of line to say what he said. I can't believe the lack of civility in government today. Instead it is like a lynch mob waiting to pounce on ANY ONE who opposes the regime.

  10. May God forgive my son. He is an embarrassment to me. Sincerely, Margie