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CommNS Threads: Shannon Sparks, Civil Society and Community Studies

The aim of CommNS Threads is to introduce the community to our affiliates, thus broadening their understanding of community engaged work. Welcome to our first installment featuring Shannon Sparks, Assistant Professor in Civil Society & Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology and in the American Indian Studies Program. Shannon recently was awarded one […]

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SoHE News & Events

Back to School welcomes alumni to NNH SoHE’s signature alumni event returned Last Friday, SoHE’s signature alumni event, Back to School, welcomed over 100 attendees to Nancy Nicholas Hall, including the ultimate Badger–Bucky! SoHE alumni and friends attended hands-on workshops lead by faculty as well as a mindfulness lecture by Dr. Larissa Duncan. Check out […]

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Emily Parrott: Grad student Spotlight

SoHE HDFS graduate student Emily Parrott has been awarded UW-Madison’s prestigious Institute for Research on Poverty Dissertation Fellowship. Through the award, Emily is provided with a year of funding to work on her Ph.D. dissertation, which she is using to broaden the understanding of first-generation college students and their social capital investments post-graduation. As a […]

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Golf outing raises $20K for SoHE student internships

The first annual SoHE Golf Scramble took place on September 11 and exceeded expectations by raising $20,000 for SoHE student internships at local non-profits, including The Playing Field. More than 100 SoHE alumni, friends and staff attended the event at Maple Bluff Country Club, which was hosted by SoHE alum and UW Men’s Hockey coach […]

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SoHE News and Stories: September 4 – September 10

Papp radio interview | Ann Hoyt healthcare reform lecture HDFS Professor Lauren Papp Interviewed on WTMJ Radio On August 29, WTMJ Radio interviewed SoHE professor Lauren Papp on ‘helicopter parenting.’ This style of parenting is characterized by a close and engaged relationship, but additionally reflects too much intrustion or involvement on the side of the […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 28 – September 3

Check out what’s going on in SoHE this week! HDFS Professor Raison Interviewed on MDMA as PTSD Treatment SoHE Professor Dr. Charles Raison was interviewed by Channel 3 news on his research regarding MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a possible treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration has referred […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 21 – August 27

Interior Architecture Program Granted Full Accreditation SoHE’s Interior Architecture program received full accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation last week. This status remains effective for the next six years, guaranteeing that plenty of future badgers will have the opportunity to major in this program.

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Project 72 Features SoHE Supporters and Alumni

The updated Project 72 website is now live and highlights three new stories on SoHE alumni and partners. Developing Delavan SoHE alumna and BoV member Deb Alder (Home Economics, ’77) and husband Jeff Scherer outline their redevelopment projects in the town of Delavan in Walworth County. Read the full story.   4-H Leadership Alumna Deb […]

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SoHE News and Stories: July 31 – August 6

Take a look at SoHE in the news this week! A look at Fairbanks solar textiles SoHE Assistant Professor Marianne Fairbanks was highlighted in a Wisconsin Life article talking about her pursuit to create solar power textiles. She is working with Chemistry Professor Trisha Andrews on the project. Read more about the project here. Financial […]

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Student Blog: Slow Food Turtle Island

This summer, Civil Society and Community Research graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the Catherine K. […]

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Student Blog: Attending the Weaving Lab

For the second summer in a row, SoHE professor Marianne Fairbanks has taken over the Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and transformed it into the Weaving Lab: Plain Cloth Productions. Community members are welcome to come and learn the basics of this ancient art form. As a dedicated member of the SoHE family, […]

Bobette Heller

Congratulations and Bravo!

Humble, modest, tenacious, hard-working, dedicated, creative, smart, trustworthy, generous. These words only begin to describe our colleague, friend and alumna Bobette Heller. And she is gonna be really, really mad at me for writing this post but it’s a risk worth taking — she would never make a public announcement…but I would. You see, Bobette […]

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SoHE Grad Gives Tips on Landing Dream Job

Lisa Johnson (’17), an Interior Architecture major, has made big moves since graduating this past May. Just months after getting her degree, Lisa now lives and works in New York City at a successful design firm called ICRAVE. Finding a steady job after graduation is a stressful prospect for many students, so Lisa filled us […]

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Faculty Led Study Abroad: Trends in Europe

Click photo to view presentation A study abroad program took sixteen SoHE students through three cities in Europe this summer. Prior to leaving, students were required to complete two weeks of online coursework on trend theory and principles to prepare for their hands-on learning experience abroad. Dr. Nancy Murray, Faculty Associate in Retailing & Consumer […]

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Student Blog: Trenton, North Dakota

This summer, Civil Society and Community Research graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the Catherine K. […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 30 – July 6

Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week! Sparks Honored with Community-University Partnership Award SoHE Assistant Professor Shannon Sparks, PhD., was honored with a Community-University partnership award for her work with the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health. The Consortium, founded in 2008, was created to increase capacity in Milwaukee to address cancer health disparities for […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 23 – June 29

Take a look at what’s happening in SoHE this week! CommNS Affiliate’s Research Aids Local Farmers Markets CommNS Affiliate and Urban and Regional Planning Professor Alfonso Morales has been collecting data on the economic impact of community farmers markets with graduate student Lauren Suerth. After having already worked with nine farmers markets in three regions by 2015, the […]

Poplar, Fort Peck Reservation, Montana

Student Blog: Fort Peck, Montana

This summer, Civil Society and Community Studies graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the Catherine K. […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 16 – June 22

Check out what’s happening in SoHE this week! Professor Bakken Speaks to Nonprofit Struggles In an article by the Capital Times, SoHE Professor Lori Bakken was quoted speaking to the difficulties many nonprofits experience when communicating with funders and the community. The story focuses on the Justified Anger Coalition that is currently lead by Reverend […]

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Student Blog: Denver, Colorado

Image by Johnny at Bad Winds Studios This summer, Civil Society and Community Studies graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time […]

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SoHE Alumnus Honored by NBC NEWS with First #Pride30

Photo courtesy of Steven R Dewberry “Pride is a semblance of the courage that it took for people to stand up for themselves. All of it stems from the nightclub brawls that trans women were fighting in New York City on Christopher Street.”  –Anaré Holmes Anaré Holmes (’10), an alumnus of the School of Human […]

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Christensen Wins Design Challenge

SoHE Interior Architecture student Courtney Christensen was recently announced as one of the first place winners of the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge 2017. Christensen won the commercial design category with her re-imagining of the UW Credit Union. In regards to the project, Christensen said: “For the UW Credit Union E-Commerce Center project my classmates and […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 8 – June 15

Check out what’s happening at SoHE – just an average week in Nancy Nicholas Hall! Assistant Professor Litzelman Receives Baldwin Mini-Grant Assistant Professor Kristin Litzelman was selected to receive one of ten mini-grants from the Baldwin endowment. This competitive grant program aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in small-scale projects. Litzelman was awarded the grant […]

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Student Blog: My first stop working with Native communities

This summer, Civil Society and Community Studies graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the […]