The IPO team was saddened to learn that Sandra (“Sandy”) Arfa, former Director of the UW-Madison English as a Second Language program, passed away on May 5, 2022. Sandy was a core member of the UW-NU Partnership team from early in the partnership, lending her expertise to inform the development of academic English writing support at NU, as well as more broadly engaging in teacher training and English language programs in Turkey, South Korea, and Uruguay. The UW-Madison English Department’s remembrance of Sandy’s life can be found here. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 4:30PM at the Vilas Park shelter—all are invited (click here and here for more information).
Karie Pieczynski, Director of the NU Writing Center Program, shared “I will remember Sandy as a support colleague, a life-long learner, a vivacious personality, and a generous spirit”.