Two alumni and a former professor from University of Wisconsin-Stout were honored recently at a statewide marketing and business education conference.
The joint conference of the Wisconsin Educators of Business and Information Technology and the Wisconsin Marketing Education Association was held in Fond du Lac.
- Maggie Heck, the WMEA New Teacher of the Year Award. A native of Sun Prairie, Heck teaches at Stoughton High School. She graduated in 2017 from UW-Stout’s marketing and business education program.
- Sean Van Aacken, the Lorraine Missling WEBIT Outstanding Early Career Educator Award. A native of Helenville, he teaches in the Oshkosh School District. He graduated in marketing and business education in 2018 and is a student in UW-Stout’s doctoral program in career and technical education.
- Carol Mooney, with the announcement of the Carol Mooney Award to recognize excellence, dedication and devotion to the marketing education field. Mooney, of Eleva, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Stout in 1980 and 1984, respectively. She was a professor and administrator at UW-Stout for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2015.
Van Aacken led a session at the conference on school-based enterprise and c0-led another on creating new classes and modifying curriculum. He will be hosting a summer academy at Oshkosh West High School on school-based enterprise.
As part of the conferences, professors Debbie Stanislawski and Urs Haltinner presented a research project, “Entrepreneurship Across K-12 Curricula,” with three students, all marketing and business education majors:
- Allison Rigotti, of West Salem, senior
- Tanner Christopherson, of Ellsworth, senior
- Megan Weseli, of Hudson, junior
UW-Stout’s School of Education offers nine undergraduate and five graduate degree programs.
Sean Van Aacken with his Outstanding Early Career Educator Award.
UW-Stout professors Debbie Stanislawski, left, and Urs Haltinner, right, attended a joint statewide business and marketing education conference with seven students. The students, from left, are Tanner Christopherson, Allison Rigotti, Ben Schwartz, Megan Weseli, Oliver Schroedl, Gavin Raph and Timothy Bott.