Four UWM at Waukesha Colleagues Receive Kaplan Awards

Award recognizes outstanding contributions
By UWM at Waukesha

Ada Duffey
             Ada Duffey

Amanuel Teweldemedhi
  Amanuel Teweldemedhi

Four UWM at Waukesha colleagues were chosen to receive an Arthur M. Kaplan Award for the 2017/18 academic year. They include: Ada Duffey (Business/Economics), Asif Habib (Chemistry), Connie Humann (Student Affairs), and Amanuel Teweldemedhi (Mathematics). The announcement was made by Dr. Cathy Sandeen, UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor, who noted that “our students and our institution are made stronger” by their efforts.


Assistant Professor of Business, Ada Duffey is described as a “devoted teacher and mentor to students, bringing energy and enthusiasm to every project she undertakes along with her business experience.” Spending many hours outside of class to help students understand class materials, Duffey is “extremely approachable” and serves as a mentor to many students. Her work with Immersion Excursion as well as the 50th anniversary of the Field Station was also cited.

Professor of Chemistry, Asif Habib is recognized as an instructor who “cares deeply about students and the success of his colleagues, which then impacts students.” Professor Habib worked with STEM faculty to integrate course topics across disciplines and encouraged his colleagues to get involved in student research projects. In addition, his efforts to teach an Organic Chemistry Laboratory course “have provided students with a learning environment grounded in sustainable and green, modern chemistry.”

Academic advisor, Connie Humann provides a “welcoming vibe to all the people she deals with each and every day.” Described as “incredibly competent and kind”, she provides a “winning presence in the important role of advising students.”  Humann also completed all necessary training to provide a new “one stop shop” approach to Student Affairs. She also advises a new club on campus that serves to empower women. One of the club’s initiatives included leaving uplifting messages in various places on campus to boost everyone’s spirits.

Amanuel Teweldemedhi, Associate Professor of Mathematics, is recognized for his devotion to improving the “educational architecture” of the UWM at Waukesha campus by his “commitment to improving the day-to-day education of students both in and out of the classroom.” Some examples of Professor Teweldemedhi’s commitment include: “volunteering as a math tutor, teaching Calculus III at Brookfield Central High School, and teaching ACT Prep classes for students from Milwaukee Public Schools and UWM at Waukesha’s College Prep Program.”

The Arthur M. Kaplan Award program was established to recognize outstanding contributions made to education by UW Colleges faculty and academic staff. It pays tribute to the positive spirit that Provost and Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Arthur M. Kaplan contributed to enhance education at the UW Colleges. Each Kaplan award is for $250.

UWM at Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. The campus offers freshman and sophomore level classes in more than 250 majors, along with affordable tuition and small class sizes 



Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications