There is no question that we are facing extremely difficult times — but it is at times like these that we often see the best of humanity emerge. Many of you have expressed concern for friends, neighbors, and even strangers who are struggling right now. How is the university helping frontline workers who have been impacted by the virus? What support systems are available for students who are financially impacted by this crisis?

Join fellow UW alumni and friends online for a special livestream with two UW leaders who are at the heart of these questions. The talks will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. Each speaker will give opening remarks followed by a Q & A session with the audience via live chat. The program will begin with Barbara Pinekenstein and conclude with Derek Kindle.

Barbara Pinekenstein ’73, DNP, RN-BC, FAAN, is a clinical professor in the School of Nursing. She is also the Richard E. Sinaiko Professor in Health Care Leadership. Pinekenstein brings extensive health care and leadership experience as a chief nursing officer and vice president of informatics. Her areas of interest include health care system leadership, workforce, innovation, and health care policy. She presents nationally and internationally on a variety of leadership topics, including leadership development, mentoring, and fatigue.

Pinekenstein will talk about the challenges faced by medical professionals during the pandemic and how community support is changing the game.

Derek Kindle is the vice provost of enrollment management and the acting director of student financial aid at UW–Madison. He is active in several national higher education organizations and has been tapped as an expert for national higher education reviews aimed at understanding student financial issues and improving accessibility. His special interests are in strategic enrollment plans that expand access and improve retention and graduation rates while leveraging institutional resources.

Kindle will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on students and the formation of the Emergency Student Support Fund.


A recording of this livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.