L&S Honors Program Staff Members

Sabine Gross, Director and Professor of German

Sabine Gross is the Griebsch Bascom Professor of German and a faculty affiliate in Theatre Studies and Visual Culture Studies. She was born in Germany and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her Ph.D. work focused on the process of reading, which has remained an enduring interest. Being a faculty member at the UW-Madison has allowed her to combine her passion for teaching with a broad and active research agenda. She is the recipient of a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, has published numerous books and articles, hosted national and international research workshops and conferences, and is fascinated by the human capacity for learning and our experience of time. She has produced and directed numerous German-language plays with UW-Madison students for acclaimed public performances and taught workshops on using theater in the language classroom.

Matt Kohlstedt, Associate Director of Administrative Services

Matt joined the Honors Program in 2013. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he taught courses on Sports and Society, Knowledge and Power in American Empire, and Americans Abroad in Fiction and Film. Prior to working at UW-Madison, he worked at Epic Systems in Verona, WI. He has also worked in university development and online advertising. He lives in Madison with his wife, son, and daughter.

Sara Stephenson, Associate Director of Advising Services

Sara joined the Honors Program in March 2019. She is a proud UW-Madison alumna who explored many majors in the College of Letters & Science before deciding on her major. As a SOAR peer advisor, she developed an interest in helping students transition to college and find their academic path. After earning her Master’s in Education from UW-La Crosse, she returned to Madison and has been an advisor since 2007, first in the Wisconsin School of Business and later with Cross-College Advising Service. Outside of work, Sara can often be found reading, knitting, and enjoying time with her two young children.

Erin Warner, Program Administrator

Erin joined the Honors Program in 2015. Erin enjoys helping to run the day to day operations of the Honors Program and getting to interact with the students, faculty, and staff that are part of the Program. Prior to working in the Honors Program, Erin worked for the State of Wisconsin in a variety of administrative roles. Erin is a proud UW-Madison alum who also holds a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University. Outside of work Erin enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outdoors with her family and pets, and cheering for her daughter and son in their various sports.

Aimee Drolet, Academic Advisor

Aimee joined the Honors Program in December 2018. Aimee obtained both her BS and her MS from UW-Madison. She has over a decade of experience in social science research on the UW-Madison campus, and has also worked for the School of Education in outreach and teaching assistant roles. After earning her MS in Counseling Psychology, Aimee worked for over 6 years as an advocate for justice-involved adults, youth and families with the State Public Defender. She is passionate about many things, including social justice and issues of access and retention for underrepresented students. Outside of work, Aimee can be found running or coaching Girls on the Run, or running errands with her blended family of 4 daughters.

Christine Evans, Academic Advisor

Christine has been an advisor for the Honors Program since January 2019. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in German and mathematics, was part of the Campus Honors Program, and played trombone in the marching band. Christine then taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany before moving to Madison to pursue her MA and PhD in German linguistics. In addition to conducting and presenting research, Christine taught German courses and mentored fellow language instructors. Christine also advised L&S students as a graduate intern with L&S Academic Advising Services. Off campus, she enjoys visiting friends near and far and slowly improving her trivia and volleyball skills.

Lisa Blum, Academic Advisor

Lisa joined the Honors Program in April 2019. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, majoring in Psychology and Family Studies. She has her MS in Education from Indiana University – Bloomington, where she worked as an academic advisor for eight years. Lisa also worked in her other area of interest: cognitive testing and Alzheimer’s research, for a combined total of eight years. Just prior to joining the Honors Program she was a research coordinator at UW-Madison. Outside of work Lisa enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles, exploring the great outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

AJ Carver, Speech and Debate Team Coach

Alexander “A.J.” Carver coaches the University of Wisconsin–Madison Speech and Debate team. Before coaching at UW, AJ taught introductory statistics and critical thinking classes and coached debate at SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea. Before SolBridge, AJ was the head debate coach of the Hunan Normal University English debate team in Changsha, China, and an Excellence in Speech and Debate Scholar at the University of Alaska–Anchorage. AJ has a master’s degree from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a BS from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Daphne Wang, Peer Advisor

Daphne began working with the Honors Program as a SOAR peer advisor in June 2019. She is a senior finishing up her degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her years here, she has been involved in working in the Audiology clinic and in conducting research in the Voice and Swallow Clinics at the UW-Hospital. She is currently working on her senior thesis investigating swallow recovery patterns in stroke patients. In her free time, she enjoys reading at the Madison Public Library and trying out different crock pot recipes.

Emily Janicik, Peer Advisor

Emily began working with the Honors Program in the summer of 2019 as a SOAR Peer Advisor. She is a junior studying Economics and German, and pursuing Comprehensive Honors. On campus, Emily is an editor at the Wisconsin International Review Magazine, a member of UW-Swim Club and Wisconsin Exploration Club, and is conducting German research as a Welton Apprentice. She also works with the PEOPLE Program and at Camp Randall with athletes. In her free time, she loves finding new coffee shops and exploring Madison.

Barb Rasmussen, Peer Advisor

Barb began working with the Honors Program in the Summer of 2019 as a SOAR Peer Advisor. She is a Junior studying Political Science and Communication Arts (Rhetoric Track) and pursuing a certificate in French. On campus, Barb is very active in the WUD Film Commitee, serving as the Engagement and Special Programming associate director and the committee Summer Coordinator. She also works as a projectionist at the Marquee theater. When she’s not at the movies, Barb enjoys hanging out at the Terrace and collecting yellow things.

Julia Lucey-Arneberg, Office Assistant

Julia has been an office assistant since Spring 2018. She is beginning her junior year with honors in the liberal arts studying international studies, with a certificate in political economy, economics, and philosophy. Although Julia does not interact on a day-to-day basis with students, she loves being able to assist in any way possible. She is a member of the UW Swim Club, UW DECA, and can be found in the main office snacking.

McKenzie Maccaux, Office Assistant

McKenzie began working with the Honors Program in Fall of 2018. She is currently a Sophomore studying English Literature and Philosophy and pursuing a certificate in French. Outside of her classes, she participates in the Writing Fellows program, serves as Co-President of the First Generation English Major Club (First GEMS), and as Co-President of the Madison Undergraduate Society for English (MUSE). She is also a member of the executive board for the Literati Undergraduate Writing Conference each spring. In her free time, she has been known to write album reviews for Emmie Magazine and attend Philosophy Club meetings.