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Alumni Spotlight: Catching up with Kate Link, BS ’12

Four years after graduating with a degree in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) and earning a masters from Ball State, Kate is back on campus at the McBurney Disability Resource Center as an Accommodations Specialist. Part of her role involves coordinating services for UW-Madison students with disabilities, including ADHD, autism, head injuries, and health, […]

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Partners in Giving is almost over!

Partners in Giving Ends November 30!   As of November 13, we are at 21% of our goal of 70 SoHE staff participating. That means 15 people have pledged gifts – thank you! Make your gift to your favorite charities at: No amount is too small – the collective strength of many employees pays off. You […]

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SoHE’s first Alumna-in-Residence Gives Students Insight into Workplace Design Industry

by Lisa Johnson, junior, Interior Architecture     Workplace design has gone through some major transformations within the past decade. SoHE’s alumni-in-residence, Candice Balobeck (1988, Interior Design), got the opportunity to share her experience at Cisco Systems with some Interior Architecture students. She is currently a Workplace Solutions Design Manager working in San Jose, California/Silicon […]

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Student Blog: My Summer Interior Architecture Internship

A great experience that included working on campus building design Lisa Johnson, a junior majoring in Interior Design, completed a summer internship at the Madison-based design firm KEE Architecture. Lisa worked on multiple projects, including one that involved remodeling a UW-Madison sorority house. Internships are valuable experiences that allow students to practice their applied-learning skills in […]

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Bridget Coffing, SoHE alumna & McDonald’s Chief Communications Officer, shares advice with campus corporate partners

Bridget Coffing (BS 1976, Consumer & Family Journalism) addressed the crowd at the UW-Madison Corporate Open House last month as the event’s keynote speaker. The open house was a day-long event designed to create opportunities for companies to connect with campus units and departments and explore potential collaborations and industry partnerships. Bridget was happy to […]

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Career Ecology 2017 | Featured Alumni

For students looking to register for the Career Ecology event, please click here. For alumni looking to register for the Career Ecology event, please click here. Here are some of the amazing alumni who were part of this year’s Career Ecology, which took place on Feb 22. Abby Studinger (2014) HDFS, Dietetics (2016) Master of […]

Recent SoHE graduate Kelly McCamley

SoHE Spotlight | Recent Graduate Kelly McCamley

We caught up with recent graduate Kelly McCamley (BS ’15, Retail) before she embarks on an adventure in her new career at Kohl’s Corporation. Instead of choosing to relax these last few weeks before her debut in the “real world,” she is sharing her love and knowledge of the retail industry with middle schoolers as […]

Alumni Menu of Options

1)  Stay Connected! Update your contact info (and get a chance to win a cute miniature Memorial Union Terrace chair!)   2) Connect With Students Participate in Mock interviews Join the LinkedIn School of Human Ecology Student & Alumni Group Be a Guest Lecturer for a SoHE course Host an internship or hire a SoHE graduate Host a “Visit […]

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Inaugural SoHE Scavenger Hunt!

Inaugural SoHE Scavenger Hunt Inside SoHE Take an artistic picture in the Men’s or Women’s 1st floor bathroom Capture your team tanning on the 3rd floor outdoor terrace Perform a short interpretive dance in front of the 100 Women Wall (video it!) Make a hand “W” outside in front of SoHE and take a photo […]

Brian Kachinsky, CS alum, '04

Alum Leaves His (Tire) Mark on Current Students

When Brian Kachinsky (Consumer Science, ’04) rolled into The Link with one of his trusty BMX bikes, I knew it would be a good day. “I have things for Show and Tell,” he pointed out with a big smile. Since graduation, Brian’s main career has been competing as a professional freestyle BMX rider, earning a […]

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Thank A Badger Day a Caffeinated Success

by Kate Dalebroux, HDFS major, Class of 2015 During Badger Pride Month, Student Campaign Representatives for the Look Forward student philanthropy campaign have been organizing fun activities to help students understand the importance of giving back to the university. It is a time when we motivate students to contribute the way our alumni have to […]

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SoHE Spotlight: Catching up with alumna Kari Temkin

Kari’s professional journey has truly come full circle. After taking her first service learning course while majoring in Community & Nonprofit Leadership, she knew she wanted to work for the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Now, 8 years later, she does! Housed in the Red Gym, the Morgridge Center for Public Service connects campus and […]

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School of Human Ecology Students win YMA Scholarships

Young Menswear Association (YMA) has announced their 2015 Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) recipients, and University of WIsconsin-Madison students are once again among the winners: Lauren Wellenstein – Retail Megan Donovan – Retail Dvorah Elster – Textiles and Fashion Design Anastasia Janson – Retail Lauren Smyczek – Textiles and Fashion Design Madalyn Manzeck – Textiles and […]

Vikki Salmela

Creativity Jumps Out of the Box

by Vikki Salmela, (BS ’80), owner and designer, Polka Dot Studio During my visit this summer to SoHE, I saw the incredible positive changes since I graduated that highlighted the alternative paths so many alumni, including myself, have faced during our careers: rocky roads, insta drop-offs, u-turns, blocked intersections . . . all leading to […]

Julia Mack

Concept Design for Students and for Clients

by Julia Mack (BS ’85), NYC-based interior designer for residential and commercial spaces and owner of Julia Mack Design, LLC It was second semester of my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I was suddenly bit by the design bug. Winter hangs on in the Mid-West making spring slow to arrive but I […]

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Meet Our 2014 BNE Speakers & Panelists

Friday, October 24, 2014 | Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall For event schedule, please see details at bottom of page Thanks to everyone who attended our 2014 Badger Networking Event!   Kick-Off Speakers: Adrian Reif & Matt D’Amour, co-founders of Yumbutter After fueling much of his life with “peanut butter”, in 2008, Adrian Reif (left) held […]