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Dr. Saleh Alnaeli, Dr. Dubear Kroening and Christina Marty have been named Kaplan Award recipients for 2016-17.

This award recognizes individuals for significant and innovative improvement in instruction and/or service to students. Recipients receive a $250 grant from the university, which is matched by the UW-Fox Valley Foundation. The award honors Arthur M. Kaplan, who retired in 1993 as vice chancellor of the UW Colleges.

Dr. Saleh Alnaeli, computer science professor, was recognized for his mentorship of students and collaboration with colleagues in conducting undergraduate research. Under his leadership, UWFox students have the opportunity to attend professional association meetings as well as present and publish their research findings at the freshman and sophomore level.

Dr. Dubear Kroening, biological sciences professor, received an award for engaging students in applied learning both in and out of the classroom. He uses videos and animations to help students visualize complex processes and provides students with opportunities for research, public presentations and internships.

Christina Marty, English lecturer and Writing Pad coordinator, was selected for her numerous contributions to the campus including leadership of the UWFox Writing Pad and for serving as a valued resource for faculty. During her time as coordinator, the physical space of the writing center was redesigned to enhance the learning environment and provide a welcoming atmosphere for students seeking help.

“These Kaplan Award recipients demonstrate very clearly our commitment to student engagement and co-curricular success,” said Martin Rudd, UW Colleges regional executive officer and dean. “Students presenting at international professional conferences or becoming an integral and contributing member of an undergraduate research team in their first or second year of college are just two examples of what makes UWFox a terrific campus to begin a college education.”

UW-Fox Valley is part of the UW System and one of the 14 freshman/sophomore campuses of the UW Colleges. UWFox offers an Associate of Arts and Science Degree, the foundation to a bachelor’s degree and specialized professional and occupational degrees. 


Laurie Krasin