Fall 2009

Above: Stephen Wittman. Below: Vicky Harris.

Program and People News

ASC Communications Manager Stephen Wittman has retired as of September 30, 2009. “It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to work at a world-class university like the UW–Madison,” said Wittman. “Little did I realize when I began working as a Publications Editor with the UW Sea Grant staff in August 1979 that it was the start of a 30-year engagement. I wish continued success to the program and all the best for all of you.” Wittman and Art Director Tina Yao have been recognized with an award of excellence in environmental communications for their 2008 report, Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region. The national award was one of ten presented by Global Environmental Communications, LLC., an organization that supports professional environmental communicators.

Kathy Schmitt Kline, Science Writer, had two special deliveries in two days. One was delivered to her doorstep—the first copy of the book, People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Kline co-authored the book with WDNR’s Ron Bruch and Sea Grant’s Fred Binkowski. The next day she delivered her son, Oskar Louis, born July 22, 2009. Congratulations on both deliveries!

Water Quality and Habitat Specialist Vicky Harris received a mid-career award from the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Program in June 2009 at a networking meeting held in Alexandria Bay, New York. Vicky was one of two outreach specialists from the seven-state Great Lakes Region to receive the competitive, peer-reviewed award that recognizes outstanding service to the region. Vicky has been with Sea Grant since 1999, and she is based at UW–Green Bay.

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