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Alvarez names two new staffers



Aug. 4, 2011

MADISON, Wis. -- Walter Dickey, recently retired from a lengthy career as a member of the faculty of the UW-Madison Law School, has been named senior associate athletic director at UW-Madison and will serve as a member of the athletic department's senior staff, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced Thursday.

Dickey's new duties include the following: oversight of compliance, liaison to the UW Athletic Board, legal affairs/risk management, NCAA athletics certification, external government relations and the Big Ten Sports Management Committee.

"Walter's knowledge of, and experience with, our department, our campus the Big Ten Conference and with the legal world will be a tremendous asset to UW Athletics," Alvarez said.

Dickey was a faculty member of the UW-Madison Law School from 1976 until his retirement earlier this summer. He was Evjue-Bascom Professor from 1997-2007, when he was awarded the George H. Young Chair. He has served as the faculty director of the Remington Center for Research, Education and Service in Criminal Justice since 1975. Now staffed by 17 full time clinical faculty, the Center includes projects in Restorative Justice, Appeals, Legal Assistance to the Institutionalized, Prosecution, Defense, Innocence, Family Law and Economic Justice. The Center has provided thousands of law students with the opportunity to provide service, do research and gain experience in criminal justice.

Dickey led the then Division of Corrections from 1983 to 1987 and in an earlier leave of absence from the Law School drafted its Administrative Rules. He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1989 and chaired the Governor's Task Force on Sentencing and Corrections which reported in December 1996. He was a member of the Executive Sessions on Sentencing and Corrections, sponsored by the US Dept. of Justice. He chaired the UW-Madison Athletic Board from 2005-11, and had been a member since 2003. He served as the UW-Madison Faculty Representative to the Big Ten, WCHA, and NCAA.

Alvarez also announced that Mike Cerniglia, the director of operations for the UW men's hockey program for the past six seasons, has been promoted to the position of assistant to the athletic director. Cerniglia will begin his new post on August 9.

"I'm pleased to be able to add Mike in this administrative role," Alvarez said. "He is a former Badger student-athlete who brings a variety of talents to this new role and has done an outstanding job with our men's hockey program."

Cerniglia will assist with departmental communication, budgetary management, daily administrative operations and special projects. He will play a key role in overseeing the department's student-athlete discipline policy as well as helping with administration of the men's and women's hockey programs and the transition of the men's program into the Big Ten Conference.

Cerniglia was a four-time letterwinner with the Badger men's hockey team between 1996-01. He was a member of various student-athlete advisory boards while he was playing hockey for UW. He was also honored with a community involvement award by the National W Club in 2001.

As a Deputy Sheriff with the Dane County Sheriff's Office from 2001-04, Cerniglia volunteered his time to work with programs such as Shop with a Cop and the Dane County Holiday Toy Tour.

Cerniglia is a 2001 graduate of Wisconsin, with a bachelor's degree in communication arts.

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