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John Zeratsky

Human Ecologist for Life: John Zeratsky

John Zeratsky (Family and Consumer Journalism ’05) is an Author and Technology Designer in Milwaukee, WI. “My work with SoHE is an opportunity” After he graduated in 2005, John Zeratsky cut his professional teeth as a technology designer at YouTube and Google, and eventually found his way to Google Ventures. It was there where he […]

J Michael Collins

CFS’s Five-Year Focus on Vulnerable Populations

Collaboration with the U.S. Social Security Administration supports work led by J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Associate Professor in Consumer Science. It’s not uncommon today to hear reports of a looming retirement crisis for the population at large. But what lies ahead for our most vulnerable? As […]

Sydney Sua

Human Ecologist for Life: Sydney Sua

Sydney Sua (Textile and Apparel Design ’14) is a Content Strategist for Google in San Francisco, CA. “I want other students to have the experience I had” Sydney Sua’s journey from graduating with a degree in textile fashion to working with Google, is not one you hear often. It began with an internship that turned […]

Carol Sapoznik

Human Ecologist for Life: Carol Sapoznik

Carol Sapoznik (Interior Design ’69) is the Owner of Olive Connection in Brookline, MA. Sapoznik is also the recipient of the 2017 Human Ecology Distinguished Alumni Award. “I’m still learning and discovering every day” For Carol Sapoznik, whether it was meeting with students at a major retailing conference in New York City or participating in […]

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Textile Tuesday: Carpet Fragment

Carpet fragment, United States of America, 1880-1889, jute, approx. 2”x4” Samantha Barris a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Interior Architecture. This semester, I have been investigating the recent history and current practices of textile production and design, as well as looking at sustainability. A visit to the Helen Louise Allen […]

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Wild Turnips for White Corn Project

Building Tribal Food Sovereignty on the Fort Peck Reservation Using Oral History and Digitally Mapped Trade Networks Indigenous food sovereignty is about more than just getting healthy, local food into urban Native centers and onto reservations. Indigenous food sovereignty works to rebuild and strengthen communities’ relationships to the land. For centuries, settler colonialism disrupted the […]

Jennifer Gaddis

Tune in: The Skinny on School Lunch with SoHE’s Prof Gaddis on HBO

The episode was released May 10 and can still be seen on HBO. Watch the teaser here.  Jennifer Gaddis was featured on this week’s episode of Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas on HBO. Gaddis, Assistant Professor in Civil Society and Community Studies, has conducted interviews with a number of sites, including Minneapolis Public Schools, to bring light […]

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SoHE News & Events: May 3-9

Hartley Fellowship | Jackson & Commencement | Textile Video |Papp Honored| Expert Robb| Lussier Nomination Hartley Receives H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship Congratulations to HDFS Associate Professor Sigan Hartley, one of 11 UW-Madison faculty who received a 2019 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship. The award recognizes faculty up to six years past their first promotion to a […]

Kristy Burkholder

Burkholder Inducted as UW Teaching Fellow

Congratulations to Kristy Burkholder, PhD, HDFS Faculty Associate, who was inducted into the UW-Madison Teaching Academy as a Teaching Fellow.  The Inductee Ceremony was held on April 8, 2019.  “It’s been an honor and a professional pleasure to have learned from and taught with Kristy over these recent several years,” states her nominator, Michael Maguire, […]

Textile Tuesday Beaded Dress from 20s

Textile Tuesday: Roaring 20s Beaded Dress

Dress, North America, 1920-1929, embroidery, tambour work, 40 x 23 in. Allison Gorniakis graduating this week from the Textile and Fashion Design program in the School of Human Ecology. For this week’s Textile Tuesday, graduating senior Allison Gorniak takes a fresh approach to a silk “flapper” dress, using creative writing to imagine the meaning of […]

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Textile Tuesday: Peruvian Bag

Woven bag, alpaca, Peru, 1930s, 6x6in Molly Burki is a second year student in the School of Human Ecology studying Textiles and Fashion Design. While exploring the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, a small woven bag, about the size of my palm, caught my interest. The design is delicate but complex, a weaving filled with […]

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Textile Tuesday: Peruvian Armlets

Armlets, Peru, 1900-1968, 12 x 7 in. Maddie Boxer is a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. I was drawn to this textile because of the bold designs against the black fabric. This armlet was produced in the early to mid-twentieth century in Peru, and is 12 […]

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SoHE News & Events: April 12-18

In Anticipation of Threads 2019 In a few weeks, the Madison Masonic Center will be hosting one of SoHE’s most beloved events Threads: Fashion Show. Threads is a yearly fashion show that showcases Textile and Fashion Design students’ various projects from the school year. Dubbing Helen Louise Allen as the ‘Point of Muse’ for students, […]

Puppet Gloves for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Finger Puppet Gloves

Puppet Glove, Denmark, 1968, 8 in. x 8 in. Alissa Donovan is a 3rd-year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Textiles enrich our daily lives in many ways, and have been doing so since the beginning of civilization. Textiles have served as protection, beauty, practicality, and art. Possibly the […]

Nancy Wong

The Psychology of Shopping

By Robert Chappell for Badger Vibes, celebrating the diverse UW Experience, a partnership with Madison 365 for content creation — March 28, 2019 You’ve surely enjoyed a bit of people-watching at the mall. Nancy Wong takes it to another level, though. Wong is the chair of the Department of Consumer Science at UW–Madison’s School of Human […]

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The Dark Horse that is SoHE: Day of the Badger

What. A. Day. The School of Human Ecology (SoHE) had a truly remarkable day on April 9. Nancy Nicholas Hall was filled with energy and excitement, our alumni and friends online from around the country shared their love for our School, and SoHE was the talk of campus and the Foundation for a majority of […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 29- April 4

Flanagan’s Expertise on Youth and Politics | Feng Shui = Harmony notes Wei Dong  Connie Flanagan, associate dean of SoHE, was quoted in a Wisconsin Watch article about young voters and politics. Flanagan touches some of the reason why young voter turn out rates are much lower compared to other age groups. When young voters […]

Day of Badger

Day of the Badger is Tuesday!

Join us on Tuesday (4/9) by making your gift to “Human Ecology” at www.sohe.wisc.edu/dayofthebadger, wear red to celebrate your Badger pride, and stay connected by sharing a favorite memory or two about #SoHE.  $10,000 is on the line for the School of Human Ecology, and we need your help!  Carol Sapoznik ’69 has set a […]

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Textile Tuesday: Helen In Thread

Happy Birthday Helen Louise Allen! Professor Allen spent her life teaching, traveling, and collecting the thousands of textiles in her legacy collection—a sample of which can be seen from now until April 14 in both the Design Gallery and Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Allen’s initial gift of 4,000 pieces, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Child’s Headpiece from China

Hat featuring embroidery and applique, silk and cotton, China, late nineteenth century, 7x11x8in. By Katie Larson, a third-year student in the School of Human Ecology. This colorful headpiece contains many culturally symbolic details significant to the history of late nineteenth-century China. I was drawn initially to this item by its unique appearance. In my experience […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 22-28

Robb Gives Financial Advice | Halpern-Meekin on WPR Robb Gives Financial Advice to Graduating Students Cliff Robb gives financial advice to graduating students on how to save money in a recent Herald Times article. He advises many of those who are starting entry-level positions in altruistic fields to look into different resources available like federal […]

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Textile Tuesday: Silver Foil Dress

Dress, silver foil, Reynolds Metals Company, United States, 1968, 37×28″ By Gretchen Meyer, a second-year student in SoHE, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. While browsing through the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, I was in love with so many of the pieces. When I came across this stunning dress – a beautiful, glittery silver shift […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 15-21

Fairbanks Work Brings Enrichment to Public Transportation |  Robb comments on Passion vs. Profit | Wong Reflects on Savings and Spending |   Assistant Professor Marianne Fairbanks was selected by the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority to create a new art bus wrap, connecting weaving, math and technology. Zigs Zags, Zags Zig, “… pays homage […]

Roxanne Etta

HDFS Grad Student Etta Joins Bouchet Society

Congratulations are in order for Roxanne Etta, graduate student in Human Development and Family Studies for induction into the prestigious Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. According to the UW-Madison Graduate School announcement, individuals were selected for […]