Author Archives: Mary Beth Collins

What is the CommNS?

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, or the “CommNS”, is a hub for faculty, students, and community partners to collaborate on research, practice, and evaluation that examines and advances the well-being of communities, as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors. The CommNS builds capacity and knowledge in community and nonprofit studies through the […]

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It’s been almost a year since the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the “CommNS”) began an exciting collaboration with other leaders in the “third sector” in Wisconsin.  The “third sector” is a term used to describe the range of organizations, actors, and change agents in society which are not in the business nor governmental/public […]

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SoHE Centers take part in Food and the Wisconsin Idea Network

SoHE’s long history of applied human ecology scholarship has always focused on the interconnectedness of key issues in our society with the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Doing this work at UW-Madison offers the incredible opportunity to have an almost unlimited multidisciplinary scope in our ways of looking at problems.  From our place within […]

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SoHE Professional Skills Courses

A new graduate program hosted by SoHE and complementary to our Centers of Excellence work, the School of Human Ecology Applied Master’s Program, was launched at the beginning of this academic year.  The program lets students customize their own course of study based on their professional goals. The goal is to provide a thoughtful balance […]

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SoHE Centers of Excellence Host Event Aimed at Planning in Madison

Recently, the Centers of Excellence hosted a fun, exciting, and impactful day of collaboration aimed at shaping a stronger, more connected future for Madison’s neighborhoods. The UW-Madison School of Human Ecology (“SoHE”) Centers of Excellence focus on applied, multi-disciplinary, community-based research and scholarship — often looking at issues through the lens of individual, family, and […]

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SoHE Centers, the City of Madison, and the Environmental Design Research Association – converging this month!

A fun, exciting, and impactful day of collaboration among the School of Human Ecology Centers of Excellence, the City of Madison, and the Environmental Design Research Association (“EDRA”) is about to go down in Madison on May 31st! This collaboration came about when EDRA announced that its Annual Conference would take place in 2017 in […]

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Tips for Successful NIH Grant Writing: A Discussion with SoHE Faculty

Every semester, the CORE (“Centers Outreach, Research, and Engagement”) Support Team puts on a series of Open House events and panel discussions that provide SoHE faculty, staff, students, SoHE Center Affiliates, and guests with opportunities to learn about topics and strategies relevant to their work. Our Spring 2017 Open House series kicks off on March […]

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Guadalajara Scholars Explore and Connect in Wisconsin

The CommNS, located within our SoHE Centers of Excellence, hosted a delegation from Guadalajara as part of the year-long collaborative project “Connecting Landscapes.” “Connecting Landscapes” hosted by our very own CommNS with key contributions from UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute, the Earth Partnerships Program at the UW Arboretum, and the Global Health Institute, is a formalization and […]

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Planning A Statewide Prenatal to Five Initiative

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, in collaboration with the UW-Madison School of Education, the College of Letters and Science, and School of Medicine and Public Health, UW System and Extension colleagues, and statewide community partners, is currently in the planning phases of an exciting statewide “Prenatal […]

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SoHE Centers of Excellence: Grand Challenges

It is a privilege and honor to support the work of our UW School of Human Ecology Centers of Excellence. I often say to colleagues at SoHE: “do you know how lucky we are to be able to to work on the real issues we work on around here?!” As SoHE’s strategic plan and our […]

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Centers of Excellence Spring into Action

The University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Human Ecology’s Centers of Excellence are off to a wonderful start in 2016. We have been steadily developing our strategic plans and infrastructure over the past two years. 2016 marks a new point in this process – we are fully positioned to take our School of Human […]

Call for Nominations: Strengthening Families & Households

2015 COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT AWARD: Strengthening Families & Households Deadline: April 29, 2015 The Outreach Planning Council (OPC) invites nominations for the 2015 Community Outreach and Engagement Award. The award carries a professional development grant of $1000 for faculty/staff and $500 for graduate students. In the spirit of the funding source (the Meta Schroeder […]

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Family Voices: Engaging Families, Community, and University to Strengthen Capacities and Opportunities

Family Voices originated in 2002 as a School of Human Ecology (SoHE) funded outreach effort to build a continuing relationship of the School with African American families in South Madison. A community-based coordinator, Stan Woodard, convened monthly dinners engaging African American parents and grandparents and others in the Black community concerned for families. These forums […]

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Farmers Market Impact Metric Released for First Season of Testing

The Farmers Market Project Grounded at SoHE was designed to analyze the impact of farmers markets in communities nationwide and is moving forward thanks in part to the collaboration between the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (formerly Center for Nonprofits), in the School of Human Ecology, and the Farmer’s Market Coalition. Researchers at the […]

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Reflecting on the Oneida Integrated Food System Progress

The partnership that emerged last summer between UW Urban Planning Faculty Member and SoHE CommNS Affiliate Alfonso Morales and the Oneida Tribe has been evolving significantly throughout the past few months. With support from two USDA Grants, Community and Regional Food Systems project and the “Indicators for Impact” project, and the UW-Madison Center for Community […]

Research and Funding

Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment: Pre-proposal due date January 26 2015   Please see message below from Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sarah Mangelsdorf regarding the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment funding opportunity, for which pre-proposals are due in the Dean’s Office on January 26th.  Last year, I was able to provide support to many […]

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A Partnership: Oneida and the CommNS

In the summer of 2014, a collaborative effort was formed between University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member Alfonso Morales (Urban and Regional Planning and the School of Human Ecology) and the Oneida Tribe, making it possible to advance two different projects for the tribe – a Food Systems Plan for the Nation, and a Food Center Building […]