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Linda Lepe

A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things. –Grace Hopper In my family, teaching is the family business. My father, uncle, aunt, brother, cousins and in-laws are all educators. I was destined to become an educator myself and went about […]

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SoHE News & Events: Dec 20–Jan 9

Speaking events by Keeler, Dilworth-Bart, and Whelan | New research from Kirkorian and Raison | Collins, Robb, Kirkorian, Gaddis, Papp, Angus, Olive, Lepe, and Flanagan in the news

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SoHE News & Events: Nov 28–Dec 5

SoHE faculty give holiday shopping season trends and tips | Duncan launches new study on Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting | Raison on rebooting your PM hours | Carter discusses an odd new feature on wealthy diners’ plates | New research: Horowitz on Indigenous mineral rights in the Russian Arctic

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SoHE News & Events: Nov 15–21

Research: Youth involvement in Madison planning process | Teaching Poverty 101 workshop opens applications | Forbes notes SoHE’s Badger$ense program | Research: SoHE grad student publishes on increasing minority participation in cancer clinical trials | Grad student interviews Menominee forester for Edge Effects | Research: Spouse and caregiver roles and recognition | Badger Herald features Hartley’s Down Syndrome-Alzheimer’s research | Angus show a “wondrous environment”—plus, “Bugsgiving”! | Feedback survey for Day of the Dead Community Altar Project

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SoHE News and Events: November 9-15

Wagner Discusses New AAP Guidelines  |Robb’s Student Loan Paper Published + | Alter Exhibit Extended  |  Financial Life Skills Meets the Daily Cardinal   Dr. Amy Wagner on WPR and new AAP Guidance “Helping children learn to regulate their behavior and emotions starts with adults who are able to regulate their own behavior and emotions,” […]

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Badger$ense Financial Life Skills Courses

The Badger$ense Financial Life Skills coursework is comprised of two one-credit classes that furnish undergraduate students the knowledge and tools they need to successfully manage their personal finances during and after college. These are blended courses, with multimedia lectures online and practical application exercises in class. Badger$ense Financial Life Skills utilizes Badger$ense Peer Coaches alongside […]

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Financial Life Skills Receives Recognition

2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award: Organization The Financial Life Skills Program in the School of Human Ecology was one of 15 individuals, businesses, and organizations selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy for the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award. Criteria considered during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the […]

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Badger$ense Financial Life Skills

Mission: To empower students in defining and pursuing their life goals through evidence-based instruction in household and personal financial management. The Badger$ense Financial Life Skills program (formerly known as Financial Life Skills), as part of the Wisconsin Financial Capabilities Initiative, started in 2014 to provide students across UW with unique and innovative opportunities to learn about managing […]

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The Money-Saving ¢our$e for All UW-Students

This article is by Meg McMahon, a UW-Madison senior and member of the communications Think Tank Team at the School of Human Ecology. Meg has not taken the Financial Life Skills course, but thinks she should. A “Real Life” Money Course for All UW Students What started out as a small pilot course at SoHE […]

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SoHE News & Stories: April 11-15

Celebrate undergraduate achievement at the Undergraduate Symposium, Thursday, April 14, at Union South from noon – 6 p.m. More than 540 students including several SoHE students – will be a part of the day with talks, posters sessions, displays, film, and performance workshops representing their accomplishments in the arts, service, and research. See the full […]

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From Helmand Province to Human Ecology

Marine Corps Veteran Timothy James (TJ) Larson didn’t know he wanted a career in personal finance, he simply thought of himself as a “money nerd who likes helping people.” Larson (BS Personal Finance expected May 2016) was raised in a family where conversations around managing money were part of everyday life. “I grew up setting […]

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SoHE Stories: November 7 – 13

Check out how SoHE’s been making the news! Click the following links below for more information on our top stories this week.   EcoWell Skill Share Workshop: Rescheduled for next Friday, same time, same location RESCHEDULED – EcoWell Skill Share workshop will be led by SoHE’s Director of Consumer Finance, Linda Lepe. It will focus on the […]

Welcome new Director of Consumer Finance and Financial Planning

After conducting a national search, Professor Nancy Wong announced Linda Lepe as the new Director of Consumer Finance and Financial Planning in the Department of Consumer Science. Lepe’s experience in the financial services arena, coupled with her passion for teaching makes her a great fit for the program to become a magnet for students interested in helping […]

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Personal Finance Advisory Board

Members of the Personal Finance Advisory Board (PFAB) provide advice, counsel, and support to the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology Personal Finance degree program, its leadership, and its students. Representing the diversity in functional areas within the financial services industry, members are leaders in their field. They have been selected to serve because of their […]

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Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign Wins Award

Governor Scott Walker announced today that The Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign, an initiative spear-headed by Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, and the UW-Extension Family Living Program has been named a recipient of a Governor’s Financial Literacy Award 2017.  Olive holds a joint appointment in the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security and UW-Extension Family Living […]