MEET YOUR STAFF: REGGIE BROWN

Reggie Brown 

Title:  Payroll & Benefits Specialist – Advanced

Department: Human Resources & Diversity

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Where are you originally from?

Right here! I’m a “townie”

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

The diversity of our community, and the many employees and students I have come to know over the years.  I am fortunate to have worked in several departments on campus, and have had wonderful supervisors to guide and support me along the way.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Are grandchildren a hobby? Besides spending time with them, I enjoy yard work, baking, and going to the movies.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I collect Hallmark ornaments, and have hundreds of them.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

It is incredible how fast the years go by.  Keep busy, work hard, and give it all you’ve got.

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:    Red Lobster 

Favorite vacation spot:   San Diego, CA.

Early bird or night owl?   Definitely a night owl

One thing you cannot live without:    Family

Favorite quote:    “Live simply, so that others may simply live.” -Unknown

MEET YOUR STAFF: BRITTNEY MCLEOD

Brittney McLeod – (Major : B.B.A in Human Resources Management; Spanish minor)

Title: HR Student Payroll Assistant

Department: Human Resources & Diversity

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Where are you originally from? Mequon, Wisconsin

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

I love being given the autonomy to learn, make decisions, take on projects, and develop as a leader without being punished for mistakes along the way.  It’s also nice to have colleagues that are very insightful and knowledgeable. Many of them have gone through similar experiences as a UW-Whitewater undergraduate.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, shopping, and traveling to new places.

What are some interesting facts about yourself?

-My best friend and I started our own business in college; an online boutique.

-I own over 100 pairs of shoes.

-I started school a year early, so I will graduate college at the age of 21.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

My advice is to live each day of college to the fullest-get involved, network, and take risks that put you outside your comfort zone.  Take advantage of every opportunity provided for you as an undergraduate student.  College is a once in a life-time experience, and it will be over before you know it.

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:    Benihana Restaurant

Least Favorite School Subject:    Biology

Favorite UW-Whitewater Course:     Business Law

Favorite vacation spot:    Orlando, Florida

Early bird or night owl?    I’m most productive in the afternoon.

One thing you cannot live without:     Family

Favorite quote:     “Dare to dream.” –Unknown, but said often by my Father

Meet Your Staff : Aimee Arnold

Aimee Arnold – (Upper Iowa University, ’13 M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration;  ’01 B.S. in Public Administration)

Title:  Director

Department:  Budget Planning & Analysis

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Where are you originally from?

Madison, WI

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

Being able to be involved in so many aspects of the university community

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Hanging out with my kiddo, dogs, & bird

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I have over 100 shades of nail polish.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

Be present and pay attention.

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:   Salvatore’s Tomato Pies (best pizza ever!)

Least Favorite School Subject:    Mathematics

Favorite vacation spot:  Dominican Republic

Early bird or night owl?  Night owl

One thing you cannot live without:  Coffee

Favorite quote:     “Just keep swimming” – Dory, Finding Nemo

 

Meet Your Faculty & Staff : Chief Matt Kiederlen

Matt Kiederlen – (Western Illinois University, ’09 M.A. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Judson University, ’05 B.A. in Leadership and Management)

Title:  Chief of Police, Director

Department:  Police Services

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Where are you originally from?

Chicago, IL

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

I love the variety I experience in my job, people never cease to surprise me!

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I keep chickens and I bake bread.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I have been married to the same great lady since 1988, I have six children and so far, five grandchildren.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

Find something that interests you and pursue it.  Don’t be afraid to make a change if it doesn’t seem to fit – life is short, you need to enjoy your career.

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:    Screaming Tuna, (Milwaukee, WI)

Least Favorite School Subject:    English and Algebra

Favorite UW-Whitewater Course:     Never taken a class here but my favorite one to present is New Student Seminar.

Favorite vacation spot:    Hawaii

Early bird or night owl?    Night Owl.

One thing you cannot live without:     My family.

Favorite quote:     “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”  – General George S. Patton

 

 

Meet Your Faculty & Staff : Craig Schreiner

Craig Schreiner –  ( Northern Illinois University ’78, B.S. in Journalism)

Title:  University Photographer

Department:  Marketing & Media Relations

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Where are you originally from?

I grew up on a farm in northern Illinois, just south of Monroe, Wis.

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

The energy of the students, commitment of the staff to the students and the sense of community, even family.  This place is all about what is possible.

What are your hobbies outside of work? 

I try to be present for my family as much as I can.  We love the outdoors.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I was a staff photographer at several newspapers, including 16 years at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.  I photographed two Super Bowls and two Rose Bowls along with a lot of other news, features and sports.  I teach photojournalism at Madison Area Technical College in the spring semester.  I drew on my journalism experience and my farm background to publish a book, One Small Farm.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

Your professors are your most important resource for knowledge, insight, internships, jobs, advice.  Get to know your professors.  If you are good at something in your life, chances are you had a good teacher.

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:    Maharaja Indian Restaurant, 6713 Odana Rd., Madison.  Order a mango lassi with your meal.

Least Favorite School Subject:    I don’t have the math gene.

Favorite UW-Whitewater Course:    —    I like being in any class to photograph the moments of discovery that happen and those professors who are artists at teaching.

Favorite vacation spot:  One of our best family vacations was Washington DC, with day trips to Assateague Island National Seashore on the Maryland coast and Williamsburg, VA.

  Early bird or night owl?    Both.  My best thoughts and ideas come in the early morning and I am in front of the Charlie Rose show on PBS a lot of nights.

One thing you cannot live without:    One definition of love is to always want the best for someone else.  I have a wife like that.

Favorite quote:    “Keep in flight.”  -John H. White, (Photojournalist, Chicago)

Meet Your Staff : Angela Stuckey

Angela Stuckey (pronounced Stew-Key)  – (UW-Whitewater Alumna ’15, M.B.A.  in Finance/HR;   ’02 B.S.E. in Elementary Education)

Title: Payroll & Benefits Specialist Advanced /  Adjunct Instructor

Departments:  Human Resources & Diversity / First Year Experience

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Where are you originally from? 

Janesville, WI

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater? 

I love the collaboration along with the conducive environments that are created for all learners.

What are your hobbies outside of work? 

I like to go “junkin” and find things to re-purpose.  My fiancé and I resell vintage items and own an online consignment auction called Wise Owl Auctions.  I also love Zumba, running and traveling.        

What is an interesting fact about yourself? 

My career path is beyond what I ever imagined.  I was actually a teacher for a few years after I graduated in 2002.  My teaching experience included teaching grades 4-8, 1st/2nd grade summer reading program, and also being a Center Director for La Petite Academy in Madison, WI.              

What advice can you give to students about their college career? 

Take in the whole college experience, have fun, and go outside your comfort zone.  You will learn the most from the courses that challenge you.  After college, your path might be different than what you imagined or expected, be prepared for the unexpected.        

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:  My momma’s kitchen. I have dinner and game night with my family every Tuesday night.   

Least Favorite School Subject:    History

Favorite UW-Whitewater Course:     Accounting and my New Student Seminar class this semester

Favorite vacation spot:  This is tough one since I enjoy exploring new places and I don’t usually visit the same vacation spot twice.  Thus far, the coolest place I have been is Sydney, Australia. 

Early bird or night owl?  Night owl

One thing you cannot live without:  Coffee and water    

Favorite quote:  I have so many that I love but I guess my absolute favorite is,    “In this world where you can be anything, be yourself.” ~ Unknown

 

Meet Your Faculty & Staff: Dr. Chandra Waring

Dr. Chandra D. L.  Waring – (University of Connecticut  ’13, Ph.D. in Sociology)

Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology

Department: Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology

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Where are you originally from?

I grew up on military bases in Germany and Georgia until I was 12, then my family moved to New London, Connecticut. I’m very much an East Coast woman!

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

I love the courses I teach, I deeply enjoy how engaged our students are and faculty/staff and administrators are very kind, fun and down-to-earth. The campus is also beautiful; it’s lovely to work in such an aesthetically pleasing environment!

What are your hobbies outside of work?

My favorite hobbies are painting and traveling! I also like to crochet, go to concerts and plays, check out new restaurants and enjoy nature through walking and hiking. I love watching movies, too (I teach a film course).

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I’ve taught students who are now in the NBA and NFL.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

I would say take courses that will make you a well-rounded, informed and interesting person. I took courses that had nothing to do with my major but that were interesting and helped me think in new ways. Also, take advantage of all the wonderful clubs, organizations and intramurals that are available to you. You’ll meet fun, active people, which will enrich your college experience.   

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant: Parkside 23 (Brookfield, WI)

Least Favorite School Subject:  Statistics

Favorite UW-Whitewater Course:  I really can’t choose!

Favorite vacation spot:  Miami, Florida

Early bird or night owl?   Early bird

One thing you cannot live without:  Music

Favorite quote:  “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.” (Chinese Proverb)

Meet Your Staff: Kristine Zaballos

Kristine Zaballos – (UW-Madison ’86, B.A. in International Studies, French Area Studies)

Title:  Writer/Editor

Department:  University Marketing and Media Relations

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Where are you originally from?

Wisconsin, born and bred! But I’ve also lived in Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, and Norway as well as Boston and Seattle.

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

The fact that everyone is super-focused on students, on making the university the best experience possible for them.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Digging in the dirt, co-managing the Whitewater City Market, picking up trash, mentoring people to help them get where they dream of going.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I’m an outgoing introvert. I love people, I’m comfortable with people, but I’d rather be watching that party than be part of it.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

That thing can you say, with full confidence, “I rock at this”? That’s your sweet spot. Pay attention to when that happens and do more of it.

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:  In Madison, I love Sardine.

Least Favorite School Subject:  Anything rote, like keyboarding. Pretty much loved everything else, because I’m curious about everything.

Favorite UW-Whitewater Course:  No answer.

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere I can walk for miles.

Early bird or night owl?  Both!

One thing you cannot live without:  Solitude.

Favorite quote:    “Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.” —Napoleon

Meet Your Staff : Amy Loose

Amy Loose – (Major : B.B.A. in Human Resources Management, Minor: Psychology )

Title: HR Student Assistant

Department:  Human Resources & Diversity

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Where are you originally from?

DeForest, WI (DeForest Area High School)

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

The learning experiences and colleagues

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Spending time with family and friends, intramural sports, Society for HR Management, Camping, Snowmobiling, and Working out.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I only wear one contact lens.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

Have a plan and take advantage of the opportunities given to you.

Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:   Red Robin

Least Favorite School Subject:    Biology

Favorite UW-Whitewater Courses:  Abnormal Psychology & Personality Psychology

Favorite vacation spot:    Holland, Michigan

Early bird or night owl?   Early Bird

One thing you cannot live without:     My memories & experiences

Favorite quote:     ““You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William W. Purkey

Meet Your Staff: Phoua Khang

Phoua Khang – (Major : B.B.A. in Human Resources Management)

Title:  HR Payroll Assistant

Department:  Human Resources & Diversity

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Where are you originally from?

I was born in Thailand and lived in Refugee Camps until the age of 10.  From there, I came to Eau Claire, WI.  My family and I settled in the Wausau area, where I graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

What do you enjoy most about being an employee at UW-Whitewater?

The flexibility of work, autonomy of decision-making, and the support from staff.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I like to spend time with my family (10 siblings), graphic design, biking, cooking, and trying new restaurants.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I am fluent in three languages; conversational in five.

What advice can you give to students about their college career?

 Work hard early!  The beginning sets the mode for future success.

 Fast facts:

Favorite restaurant:    The Journey (Madison, WI)

Least Favorite School Subject:    Chemistry

Favorite UW-Whitewater Course:     World of the Arts

Favorite vacation spot:    New Jersey, USA.

Early bird or night owl?    Night Owl

One thing you cannot live without:     My MacBook Pro

Favorite quote:     “Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” – E.V.