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SoHE News and Events: June 15-21

CFS Director Collins Quoted in NYT Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security, Dr. J. Michael Collins, was quoted in a recent New York Times article titled 6 College-Money Lessons You Didn’t Learn in High School. Among advise from other experts, Collins suggests students create a spending plan in order to prevent excess […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 8-14

CSCS Professor Bakken Releases New Book Civil Society and Community Studies Professor Lori Bakken, Ph.D., recently published a book, titled Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth: A Guide to Program Evaluation with Stakeholders and Communities. Bakken pulls from over 25 years worth of experience as an evaluator, educator, and researcher, highlighting the approaches, tools, and techniques that are […]

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The Celebration of 100 Women

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, we celebrated the completion of the building’s 100 Women Wall of Honor. Although beautiful and iconic, the event was not about the physical wall, but focused on the 100 generous donors who have given financial support to our students, faculty, research, and programs. Many of these donors and their families […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 1-7

Burgess-Hull Wins Award | TFD Student Receives AATCC Award | Warmath on Cool Credit Cards Albert Burgess-Hull Wins Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Travel Award Graduate student Albert Burgess-Hull, M.S. was selected for the Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Travel Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Resources Program. With this award, Burgess-Hull will be attending the 2018 […]

Flower Power: Threads from the 1960s on Display Until July 27th

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is housed right across from the Ruth Davis Design Gallery on the first floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall. Every 10-12 weeks, the displays in the large windows are rotated out and a new textiles are unveiled. On May 7, floral prints from the 1960s were displayed. Helen Louise Allen Textile […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

The Translation Project

The Translation Project

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 4,908 out of 43,820 UW Madison students sought help from University Health Services for mental illness, which led to a 2.2 increase of client visits. The growing number of students struggling with mental health inspired The Translation Project, a visual campaign focusing on creating a dialogue about mental illness and […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 18 – 24

Whelan’s Advice for New Graduates | Kirkorian Publishes Article on Toddlers and Media Professor Whelan Shares Insight on Post-Graduation Questions In a recent interview with channel 3 news, Clinical Professor Christine Whelan, Ph.D. explains the big questions new graduates should be asking themselves. She discusses the pressures of finding one “perfect job,” and instead urges […]

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Enhancing Jail Visits through Interdisciplinary Intervention

In the United States today, roughly 1 in 25 children has a parent behind bars. Millions of children visit their mother and father in prison each year. Understanding that parent-child visits have the potential to lead to increased behavior problems and anxiety in children, an interdisciplinary team of faculty is setting out to change that. […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 4 – 10

Assoc. Prof. Bakken publishes book | Fashion show award winners |   Associate Professor Lori Baaken Publishes New Book CNPL Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Lori Bakken, M.S., Ph.D., published her new book, Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth: A Guide to Program Evaluation with Stakeholders and Communities. It’s described as highlighting “the approaches, tools, and techniques that […]

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Dean Shim’s Travels

Throughout the state and around the world, Dean Soyeon Shim is a frequent traveler for SoHE. She attends conferences, gathers with alumni, connects with students, presents research, and spends time with her family. Here she calls out a few highlights from 2017-2018. Follow Dean Shim on Twitter at @uwdeanshim

Centers of Excellence

Leading from the Center(s)

The SoHE Centers of Excellence play a unique role in our work. As hubs for scholarship, education, and  outreach, they build bridges across departments, campus, and communities. They empower our faculty and students to think broadly, act strategically, and create meaningful change in the world. Center for Child and Family Well-Being Working with researchers, policymakers, […]

Design Thinking

Students Discuss Living the Good Life With Design Thinking

SoHE’s Design Thinking initiative is evolving our school’s culture and curriculum. Through it, we are equipping UW-Madison students with the skills and tools to solve both simple and complex problems in a way that improves people’s lives and well-being. In other words, teaching them how to find answers the human ecology way. This five-step process […]

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SoHE and the Study of HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. — Dalai Lama In 2011, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution declaring the pursuit of happiness “a fundamental human goal” and urging countries to factor happiness into their measures of national well-being. While happiness may be a fundamental goal, it can also be elusive. […]

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100+ Years: SoHE & the Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea first sparked to life in 1914. That was the year federal funding established Cooperative Extension at UW-Madison. The same funding expanded home economics education—the field of study that became the seed of today’s human ecology. The goal of that 1914 initiative was to bring health and development research into Wisconsin farmhouses, and […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 27 – May 3

SoHE Professor Julie Poehlmann-Tynan Receives UW2020 Grant Julie Poehlmann-Tynan was awarded a UW2020 grant for her project Improving Outcomes for Incarcerated Parents and their Children through Enhanced Jail Visits. UW2020 is a research funding program that promotes highly innovative research at UW-Madison over the next 5 years. The goal of the program is to support research projects that are high-risk, high-impact, […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 20 – 26

Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award winner | Locals team up to help Kenyan girls SoHE student wins Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergrad Award Taylor Gilbertson is the recipient of this year’s Morgridge Center for Public Service Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award that recognizes students who have made the community a priority during their […]

Your Four Years At SOHE

Making the Most of Your Time As a Student

As SoHE’s Director of Career and Leadership Development, Alicia Hazen is an expert on coaching student from school to career. In a Q&A, she provides insights on how students can best navigate their time here at SoHE, how to make the most out of working with advisers, and getting an early start on the job search process. Read on […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 13 – 19

Whelan answers “Does weather affect mood?” | New preschool interactive graphic   Whelan interviewed about the impact of recent snowstorms on mood Snow in spring has been frustrating. Madison News 3 TV interviewed Dr. Christine Whelan about how April snow showers impact people’s happiness. Watch the story and listen to what SoHE’s “expert in happiness” […]

Growing Stronger Together Conference

Register Now: Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits Event

Join us in celebrating the 24th annual Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits conference at the University of Wisconsin Madison, recently awarded “Best Nonprofit Conference” by everyaction.com! This conference will give you the tools necessary to grow your nonprofit. Hear from some of the best fundraisers, grant writers, and community leaders in the Midwest. The conference […]

2018 Threads Fashion Show Advertisement: Tangled

Free Faculty/Staff Passes to Threads Fashion Show

In support of the Textile and Design Studies students and all of the students planning the UW Threads Fashion Show, Dean Shim will be sponsoring a pass for all faculty and staff to attend the fashion show free of charge. Show Details Threads: Tangled Sunday, April 29th Masonic Center 301 Wisconsin Avenue Showtimes: 4:00pm & […]

Alumni Award winner Ann Neviaser

Ann Neviaser, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Widely recognized by an assortment of titles, B. Ann Neviaser (‘85) is first and foremost the President of Neviaser Investments, Inc., a company that owns and operates commercial real estate. As well as being managing partner of the DoubleTree Hotels in Madison and Milwaukee, she maintains a variety of roles within the community. Far from […]

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Albert “Al” Toon, Jr., 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Since graduating from the School of Human Ecology, Albert “Al” Toon (’95; pictured second from right) has had many notable accomplishments. Between an outstanding career in the NFL, his successful entrepreneurial endeavors, and being a devoted husband and father, Toon has always found time to give back to his community. [Adapted from the nomination statement] […]

Kim Sponem

Kim Sponem, 2018 Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award Winner

Kim Sponem (’90) is committed to improving the financial well-being of families and cares deeply about her community at all levels: professional, local, and national. As CEO and President of one of the largest credit unions in Wisconsin since 2002, Sponem has received numerous awards for her leadership and community engagement. She regularly encourages women to […]