2004 Scott Greer Awards

Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs

Pamela Fendt

Pamela Fendt is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Economic Development at UWM where she has worked since completing her Masters degree in Urban Studies in 1996. The Center's two main activities are conducting applied policy research and providing technical assistance to community-based organizations involved in economic development activities. Pam works with numerous community groups where she seeks to interpret W-2 data and policy developments for advocates and for local and state policymakers. In addition to ongoing W-2 projects, Pam is working with several groups that are seeking to address Milwaukee's problems with unemployment and racial segregation. Pam's most recent research will soon be published by the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. She also has had her research published by the UWM Center for Economic Development and in the professional journal, Health and Social Work.

Pam's research is also frequently quoted on national media including ABC World News Tonight, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning Sun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Newsday, Newsweek, and several other newspapers and radio.

In 2004 she received the Academic Staff Regents Award in Excellence; in 2002 the Public Service Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and in 2000 she received the President's Award from the Northeast Milwaukee Industrial Development Corporation.

Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions

Darlene Weis

Darlene Weis, who received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Marquette University in 1964 and her Ph.D. in Urban Social Institutions from UWM in 1988, is an Associate Professor at Marquette University.

While a professor at Marquette, current projects require Dr. Weis to spend time working abroad. In 2000, Dr. Weis has served on the America International Health Alliance (AIHA), Primary Health Care (PHC), Nursing Steering Committee for Russia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The committee has conducted workshops on clinical nursing skills in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Since 2002 Dr. Weis has also served as a member representing the PHC Nursing Steering Committee for the AIHA conducting a project with the Republic of Georgia. In partnership with the Milwaukee Health Training Consortium (MIHTC), the purpose is to provide retraining of the physician and nurses, to upgrade their clinical skills and to move the health system into a family primary health care system. During this time she has also served on the Board of Directors for The Ranch, a rehabilitation center for handicapped and developmentally disabled located in Menomonee Falls, WI. She has also served on numerous boards and committees in Wisconsin including the position of Chairperson on the Board of Health for the City of Greenfield, WI from 1989-1999, and a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing from 1982-1983.

For her outstanding dedication and hard work she has received several honors and awards including the Community Service Award, City of Greenfield, WI, 1991 and 1999; Outstanding Nursing Scholar - Sigma Theta Tau International-Delta Gamma, Milwaukee, WI, 1993; Faculty Development Award for Research Presentation at Nursing Conference in Seoul, Korea and Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, 1989. Dr. Weis has also been published in numerous professional journals and presented papers at more that 50 conferences both at home and abroad.