Office of Multicultural Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Old Main 230
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Vicki Madison and Julianne Raymond (12-02-13)
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning want you to meet:
Vicki Fingalson Madison
Hometown: Ada, Minnesota
Department or Office: Music
What life experiences led you to your current career?: I grew up listening to my sisters sing and my mom teach piano, so I knew I wanted to major in music and be a teacher, but wasn't exactly sure what specific direction that would take. Then in Grad school, I made my opera debut and was hooked! I never looked back and love being able to teach a performance discipline and perform professionally - they feed each other and enhance my ability to be effective at both!
List the classes you teach: Applied Voice; Opera Workshop; Vocal Pedagogy; Vocal Repertoire; English, Italian, German and French Diction
In one sentence what is your advice for students to be successful?: Be vulnerable, and open to new experiences and possibilities.
What is your favorite book?: It's a tie: "A Soprano on Her Head" by Eloise Ristad and "A Mixture of Frailties" by Robertson Davies
What is your favorite hobby or activity outside of work?: Cooking with my husband (I'm the sous chef)
One fun fact about you: I'm a Metal-head. AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica (in that order)
Hometown: Minneapolis, have lived in Duluth for 37 years
Department or Office: Small Business Development Center
Programs/services that you coordinate/provide (only list the names): Administer a US Small Business Administration grant to provide one-to-one counseling and training programs to help people in northwestern Wisconsin start businesses, and invest in them to create jobs that stimulate the economy.
What life experiences led you to your current career?: Grew up in artistic, business-oriented family, first generation college graduate with Bachelor's degree in Journalism, created public relations department at St. Luke's Hospital, followed by 12 years of small business ownership, then MBA program at Carlson School at U of Minnesota, then UW-Superior since 2000.
List the classes you teach: Business planning for entrepreneurs, one-to-one and in small groups.
In one sentence what is your advice for students to be successful?: Seek ways to learn topics you enjoy and explore formats beyond your comfort zone.
What is your favorite hobby or activity outside of work?: Being grandma to two little girls, shopping for antiques and collectibles, gardening.
One fun fact about you: Growing up, I was active in Girl Scouting for 12 years.
If you would like to be featured as a Faculty/Staff Spotlight:The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) are excited to collaborate on the Faculty/Staff Spotlight! Modeled after the Student Spotlight hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this feature will spotlight photos and information about our great faculty and staff. Won't you please consider being part of this Spotlight opportunity?
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University of Wisconsin-Superior is an equal opportunity educator and employer