Category Archives: Retail & Consumer Behavior

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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SoHE News and Events: March 16 – March 22

Campus features YMA wins | Flanigan talks national Walkout Day | Collins wins Kohl’s funding SoHE’s TFD and R&CB students YMA scholarship wins capture campus attention SoHE students wins in the 2018 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund are featured in the UW News article Trent-setters: Badgers win big (again and again) in national fashion and design competition. […]

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SoHE News and Stories: December 22 – January 3 2018

Consumers Set the Tone | New Years Resolutions | Bright Ideas for 2018 Consumer Science Assistant Professor Dee Warmath’s keen perspectives on the collision between high consumer confidence and retail store closings can be heard in this interview on Wisconsin Public Radio     Is it that time of year again? New Years Resolutions come […]

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Student Story: Quality, Value, Service

On December 6th, 2017, three associates came from Lands’ End Corporate Headquarters to speak to the students in Retail Leadership Symposium. Adrienne Bestul, Megan Lazarte, and Richard Swazink shared their knowledge and expertise, the values and goals of their company, and the ways in which students can get involved. Storied History & Culture Centered on […]

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Student Story: Rebranding with Walgreens

In nearly every community in America, you can count on finding a Walgreens store on the corner. The company is one of America’s largest pharmacy, health, and beauty retailers, helping people lead happy and healthy lives. With more than 8,000 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin […]

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Student Story: How we created a designer Badger bag

Student team, pictured left to right; Morgan Szabo, Lena Krubeck, Jenna Tipple, Summer Stewart, Jenna Byrne, Danielle DiFerdinando, Elizabeth Wanzer, Zoe Jalil, Brianna Chin, Kendra Trost, Whitney Wnuk. A group of ten students at the University of Wisconsin Madison collaborated with New York designer Danielle DiFerdinando of Danielle Nicole Handbags to develop an exclusive Wisconsin […]

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Student Story: Welcoming ULTA Beauty to Campus

On October 25, 2017, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Maria Salcedo (VP of Corporate Strategy) and Sean Taylor (Director of Talent Acquisition from ULTA Beauty to share the vision, values, and employment opportunities of the company. ULTA is the newest corporate partner of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing. Here are two student groups’ reflections […]

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Student Story: How to Turn Discount into Value

The Retail Leadership Symposium class at SoHE welcomed speakers from Ross stores on November 15, 2017. These presenters included University of Wisconsin-Madison alum Aaron Glasser, Divisional Merchandise Manager, and Bert Stewart, College Recruiter. They both shared insights of working within an off-price retailer. Ross’ focus is not so much discount as it is value, so […]

Student Story: How Personal Branding Shapes Your Career

    Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Branding Can my actions affect my personal brand? Of course they can! Think of your favorite celebrities and why they are your favorite. You could like them because of their loveable personality, charitable donations, and impressive work. On the other hand, other people may be selfish, and unfriendly. […]

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Linda Ahlers joins WFAA Board of Directors

Human ecology will once again have an alumni ambassador and advocate on the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors. Alumna Linda L. Ahlers (Retailing ‘72) was elected to UW-Madison’s official fundraising and gift-receiving organization board. The retired president of Marshall Field’s is serving a first three-year term. “Something that I enjoy and have experience […]

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Nagler’s 2017 Exec-in-Residence Recap

SoHE alumna Lorna Nagler (Retailing ’78) served as fall 2017’s Alumni Executive in Residence for the Kohl’s Center for Retailing. Throughout the semester, Nagler traveled back-and-forth from her Florida home to UW-Madison to share her industry expertise and work individually with Retailing and Consumer Behavior (RCB) students. “My one-on-one time with the students was so […]

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Student Story: Words of Wisdom from a Retail Executive

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) On Wednesday November 8th, the Retail Leadership Symposium had the incredible opportunity to hear from an incredibly distinguished School of Human Ecology alumna and 100 Women honoree, Lorna Nagler (Retailing, ’78). Ms. Nagler has been the President of Lane Bryant and Bealls Department Stores, as well as CEO of Christopher […]

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Student Story: The Kwik Trip Way

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On October 11th, John McHugh, the Director of Corporate Communications at Kwik Trip, stopped by Retail Leadership Symposium to shed light on the operations of his company. Mr. McHugh has been with Kwik Trip for the past thirteen years, and worked to uphold the company’s legacy of outstanding customer […]

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Student Story: Trend at its Finest

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On October 4th, the Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed Melody Wright, Chief Operating Officer of Von Maur. Alongside her was Amy Rotert, Vice President of Stores and Security, and Gayle Haun, Director of Human Resources. Melody began working with Von Maur in 1996, holding various leadership positions before earning […]

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Student Story: Innovation is Key for Hy-Vee

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium The Best in the Midwest? On Wednesday September 27th, 2017 the Retail Leadership Symposium class was given the privilege of sharing an hour and a half with representatives from the Midwest grocer, Hy-Vee. Jamie Franck (District Vice President), Jan Nichols (Verona Rd Store Director), Matt May (Whitney Way Store […]

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SoHE News and Stories: October 20-26

#MeToo Campaign | SoHE Class Aims to Give Kenyan Women Entrepreneur Opportunities Consumer Science Faculty Christine Whelan Featured on NBC 15 News Christine Whelan, a SoHE consumer science faculty, was featured on the 10pm NBC 15 news about the “Me Too” movement. The campaign works to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault. Watch the […]

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Student Story: Re-Thinking Retail

Consumer Science 250: Retail Leadership Symposium On September 20th, the Retail Leadership Symposium Class welcomed guest speaker Colin Rouser, Senior Campus Recruiter, for Target Corporation. Colin shared with us his knowledge and insights about Target as a company and the actions they are taking to adjust their retail strategies and keep up with the ever-changing […]

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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 […]

Julia Preston, SoHE student and creator of Angelic NYC

HDFS Student Julia Presten Soars High

When NYC native Julia Presten was in high school she founded ANGELIC NYC, a clothing company with a positive message and that donates to nonprofits. Today, Julia’s company is continuing to grow and she is looking forward to her junior year at UW-Madison this fall. With ANGELIC top of mind, Julia started off at SoHE […]

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Millennials, Gen X & Boomers: Adjusting for Intergenerational Management

A few years ago, I was asked to speak to the leadership of a large national company that employs primarily newly graduated college students. The leadership was continually challenged by the seemingly unfathomable (unreasonable) needs and wants of their millennial teams. At the time I had not done much study on the subject, but was […]

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Top 5 Retail Trends for the Future

Semester in Review Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Liz Hanson, Taylor Hedl, Amy Grisa, Makayla Hansen, Rita Haney, and Matt Goulette Throughout this semester in the Retail Leadership Symposium, we chatted with retail companies and professionals dedicated to leading the future of the industry. Here are five of the top trends we discussed: 1. […]

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Product Development Strategies in Retailing Course Connects with Industry

The Consumer Science course, Product Development Strategies in Retail, connected with industry in many ways this semester. The course is arranged in four modules: market trend analysis, assortment planning strategies, sourcing and production strategies and branding strategies. Students presenting Trend / Inspiration boards:               Class field trip to Lands’ End […]