Andrea M. Reisenauer of Sheboygan has been selected to receive this commencement’s two top student honors. She will receive the Outstanding Student Award as presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, and she was also chosen by a faculty and administrative committee to serve as graduating class speaker. At the Weidner Center ceremony on Dec. 14, Reisenauer will receive her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude with distinction in the major. She completed double majors in English and Spanish and a minor in Humanistic Studies with an emphasis in linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. She worked as a tutor for the Writing Center and as an instructor for the Adult Literacy Center of Green Bay, teaching English skills to Somali immigrants. A published poet, she has had work accepted by several literary journals. Learn more.
Maura Vazquez, a student majoring in art with a minor in Arts and Visual Design, was recognized over the weekend as a 2011 recipient of the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. Presentations were made to 16 recipients in conjunction with the annual women’s studies and LGBQT conferences held jointly in Madison. Vazquez, who is also pursuing a teaching certificate in English as a second language, has been an active volunteer on campus and in the community. She has given her time to campus charity drives, Danz Elementary School, and the Back to School store of the Service League of Green Bay. She has exhibited her artwork widely and received several awards and scholarships. Commented a faculty nominator: “The gracious manner in which Maura opened up her life story in her work… (led to) many productive, open conversations within my classroom as a result of her work regarding immigration, race, and family traditions.” For more on Vazquez and this year’s other honorees.