UW-Rock County presented its Kaplan Award to three faculty members for the 2017-18 school year.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to students made by UW College’s faculty and instructional or noninstructional academic staff. The three were nominated for the award by their peers.
- Thomas Hall
- of the UW-Rock County Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Astronomy Department, who was honored for his enthusiastic, cheerful commitment to students.
Hall has worked full time as a quality engineer and manager at MedPlast, Amerock and Parker Pen. He began teaching in 2015 at UW-Rock County in the collaborative engineering program with UW-Platteville. He is a member of the Melody Maker Quartet and helps sell his wife’s children’s books in his spare time.
- Senior lecturer
- John Klinger
- of the same department, who was cited for his outside-of-class assistance to students and contributions to local government.
Klinger worked as a mechanical engineer at IBM and Lexmark. He taught at Penn State for three years and moved to Janesville in 2010 to begin teaching at UW-Rock County. He is known for recruiting engineering students to build model ballot boxes for use in the February 2018 election.
- Assistant professor
- Nate Maddux
- of the UW-Rock County World Languages Department, who is known for engaging students both inside and outside of class.
Maddux, who started at UW-Rock County in 2016, teaches courses on the cultures and civilizations of Latin America, focusing on Mexico and Mexican history in Wisconsin. He connects in-class instruction with field trips to expose students to real-world political and social issues. He supervises student clubs such as Latinos Unidos and the Student Alliance and is active in the community.