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.

They are:

  • Lecturer
  • 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.

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