Alumni News

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SoHE News: Sep 11–17

Addo featured in MarketWatch, Raison on psychedelics’ “narrative intervention” therapeutic promise, Hartley on autism and bullying, CommNS’ Washington Mandela fellows event today, and more.

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SoHE News: Sep 4–10

Gaddis in The Atlantic on overlooked frontline workers in school reopenings, Carter op-eds in Washington Post and Cap Times, Sarmadi on mask safety and care on WPR, and more.

Scenes from the municipal market in Tucuru, Guatemala. Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before. With the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women, women's groups in the area have learned to produce shampoo in bigger batches and in different varieties—such as aloe, cacao, avocado and honey—and sell them in local markets. The Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women is working to advance advance gender equality and economic empowerment of women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. In Guatemala, the programme started in 2015, with funding from Norway and Sweden, supporting rural women to develop a range of skills, from sustainable agricultural practices to marketing organic shampoo and learning solar engineering. With better knowledge of their own rights and access to skills, credit and income, women participants can make more decisions within their homes and participate in municipal spaces.

SoHE News: Aug 14–20

Angus opens a new show in Pittsburgh, Huambachano discusses Indigenous food sovereignty, Litzelman on the cancer caregiver burden, Whelan on back-to-school shopping changes, highlights from Human Ecology MS 2020 grads, and more.

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Human Ecology MS Grads Assess Mindfulness App, COVID-19 Adaptations

Three Human Ecology Applied Master’s students graduated this summer, their capstone projects investigating childcare and child services COVID-19 adaptations and the effectiveness of a meditation app for young people.

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Human Ecology Master’s & CNPL Graduate Jessica Fischer Joins GlobalGiving This Summer

The newly minted SoHE MS alum was hired last month by the DC-based global crowdfunding organization for her skills and experience in transformative nonprofit operations.

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Thomas & Wong Present to Hundreds of Alumni in UW Now Livestream

Dr. Alvin Thomas discussed Black men’s mental health and Dr. Nancy Wong the future of consumer behavior in two virtual discussions, hosted by Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, that drew hundreds of alumni audience members in recent weeks.

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SoHE News: June 5-11

• Addo on the racial wealth disparity in the stock market rebound
• Remembering Mark Anthony Rolo
• Awards to SoHE faculty from Global Health Institute and Baldwin Wisconsin Idea
• Personal finance online degree written up in On Wisconsin magazine, and more.

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SoHE News: May 8-14

Soyeon profiled in Madison Magazine, Addo on America’s “subaltern middle class,” CNPL major profiled in Chicago Tribune, O’Brien anticipates a very different retail future, and more.

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SoHE News: Apr 17–23

Image: Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form. View past issues of news and events here. Congratulations! CNPL major wins outstanding returning student award “I want people to know […]

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SoHE News & Events: Feb 21–27

Halpern-Meekin gives TV interview on single-child families | McInnes highlights heritage marker at SoHE in Cap Times | Addo’s joint open letter on student debt | Mace and Greendeer in prominent Crafts magazine | Gaddis cited by fellow scholars in Aeon | Hark’s work on display at Chazen | Huambachano to present at 2020 Global Health Symposium | Poehlmann-Tynan webinar for foster parents

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Innovation in Teaching & Celebrating Donors: Transforming the Second Floor

Details on construction to run February through August 2020 Innovation Lab: Fostering tomorrow’s breakthroughs A successful learning environment for innovation fosters creativity and brings together groups of students and faculty to collaborate, exchange ideas, feel engaged, and be a part of a team. Starting February 2020 construction on the new Innovation Lab will begin, transforming […]

Now Open: Nominations for SoHE’s 2020 Alumni Awards

Know a great alum who deserves some recognition? Nominate them!

Brenda Baker and Bird Ross, co-founders of Wisconsin Artists Forward Fund and local artists themselves, flank Jennifer Angus and Dakota Mace at the awards reception for the inaugural Forward Art Prize, which Angus and Mace have been awarded for 2019.

Two SoHE Women Artists Win Inaugural Forward Art Prize

Professor Jennifer Angus and Design MFA alum Dakota Mace each earn recognition as outstanding women artists of Wisconsin.

Lesley Sager, faculty associate in design studies, talks with undergraduate student Laurel Pierskalla during Design Studies 341 in the UW-Madison Makerspace

SoHE Helps Launch New Accelerated MS in Design + Innovation

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s new degree option responds to student interest, faculty expertise, and employer needs.

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Karon Ohm: “Learning Is Making Mistakes”

SoHE’s 2019 Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award winner learns by doing—and she encourages others to do so, too.

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Rebecca Brown: Because of SoHE, “I Solve Problems in a More Holistic Way”

SoHE’s 2019 Early Career Alumni Award winner credits her SoHE Master’s degree with helping her serve clients better.

Dorothy O'Brien

Dorothy O’Brien: “Appreciate SoHE’s Curious Community”

SoHE’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award honed her desire for learning at UW—and has applied that in her life ever since.

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Linda Ahlers: SoHE Helped Me “See a Bigger World”

SoHE’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner rose through the retail ranks, spurred by her studies at UW–Madison.

Bill Antonie

Human Ecologist for Life: Bill Antonie

Bill Antonie (Consumer Science ’90) is the owner of The Curve in Madison, WI. “It’s all about relationships and how you treat people” Antonie grew up in the restaurant business and took over running The Curve from his parents after he graduated, then purchased the family business when his dad died in 1998. The Curve […]

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 […]

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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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 […]