Alumni Stories

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2016 SoHE Alumni Award Winners

The School of Human Ecology Alumni Awards honor the tremendous achievements of SoHE students post-graduation. From early-career entrepreneurs to renowned scholars, the recipients of the annual School of Human Ecology Distinguished Alumni Award, Early-Career Award and Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award exemplify the indelible mark SoHE alums make across diverse fields and communities. Together their achievements cross boundaries and solve problems when others give up.  A […]

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2016 Distinguished Alumni Winner: Elizabeth Schar

It has been said that human ecologists have been quietly and humbly changing the world for centuries. Because of Elizabeth Holloway Schar’s (BS ’75 Family and Consumer Journalism) many and varied contributions that continue to affect the lives of others, this year’s awards committee has recognized her as the 2016 School of Human Ecology Distinguished […]

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Stacy Igel Receives 2016 Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award

SoHE is proud to announce Stacy Igel (BS ’99 Retail) as the 2016 recipient of the Wisconsin Idea Alumni award. Change by Design From the moment Stacy Igel stepped onto the UW-Madison campus she knew this school is where she belonged. Entrepreneurship runs in her veins, and what better place to push boundaries than in […]

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Kari Temkin Awarded 2016 Early Career Alumni Award

Badger Kari Temkin (BS ‘09, Double Major: Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Women’s Studies) has been awarded the School of Human Ecology 2016 Early Career Alumni Award. Kari’s experiences as an undergrad at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology propelled her into a life of public service. In her current position as the Badger Volunteers […]

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New Hockey Coach Sets Goal at SoHE

  On July 13, Granato read to children in the SoHE Preschool Lab on chameleons and crocodiles. New Hockey Coach Comes Back to the Badgers & SoHE The new men’s hockey coach, Tony Granato, has returned to UW-Madison and the School of Human Ecology to finish his Human Development and Family Studies degree. Granato played […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Emily Ostertag Working to Design New SERF Building

Who better to help design the UW-Madison South East Recreational, or the SERF, than former UW-Madison swimmer and SoHE alumna Emily Ostertag (’06, ’08)? Eight years after finishing her masters in Interior Architecture at SoHE, Emily gets to work with her firm, HOK, to combine her passion for swimming, design and her alma mater in a”dream project.” […]

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SoHE Student Megan Donovan Awarded Another Scholarship For Retail Excellence

It was only a few months ago when Megan Donovan earned a $10,000 award from Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship that supports students seeking fashion industry professions. Now, the Retail and Consumer Behavior grad has been recognized by Natural Insight for her ongoing focus on using technology to enhance in-store execution and consumer experiences. In May, Natural Insight, a […]

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CNPL Alum Biked All 30 Baseball Parks for a Cause

Last season, CNPL alum Matt Stoltz (’14) integrated his passions for baseball, biking, and helping under-served youth through a ride of a lifetime. Stoltz biked more than 11,700 miles to all 30 Major League ballparks, raising $36,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Mentoring Program. The money raised along the way came through private donations, […]

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One Year Later with Elizabeth Doyle, SoHE’s Truman Scholarship Recipient

In addition to $30,000 toward graduate education, the coveted Truman award has given UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Doyle experiences that are positively impacting her life, education, and hometown of Verona, WI. In spring 2015, CNPL major Elizabeth Doyle received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for undergraduates planning careers in public service leadership. Just a month after the […]

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Thanks, Badgers!

Thanks badgers for making Thank a Badger Day a great success! Throughout campus there were 13 locations of students thanking badger alumni for their gifts to our school. When students wrote a post card to say thank you, they would get a free coffee. Five gallons of coffee and over 150 post cards later, SoHE […]

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SoHE Stories: Feb. 19-25

Check out what’s happening in SoHE this week! What’s on the Menu This Week? Join us on February 26th in an interactive workshop around dance and social activism. Dianne Brakarsh will be hosting a workshop focused on why dancing makes you smarter for our Science Cafe. This week is featuring our very own Roberto Rengal […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Catching up with Kate Link, BS ’12

Four years after graduating with a degree in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) and earning a masters from Ball State, Kate is back on campus at the McBurney Disability Resource Center as an Accommodations Specialist. Part of her role involves coordinating services for UW-Madison students with disabilities, including ADHD, autism, head injuries, and health, […]

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SoHE’s Outstanding Seniors Awards

What makes you stand out as an individual? Here at the School of Human Ecology, we promote individuality, creativity, and other outstanding qualities that drive success. Michaela Brause is one of these students. Every year, the school selects an outstanding graduating senior from each department to be recognized for the Rosalie Amlie Morton award. As a […]

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Red, White and Indigo Blue: Sustainable Art in America

Story by UW-Madison student Danielle Syse, member of T3 team It’s a distinctive aroma, fresh and fermenting. Its ripeness describes a life becoming more rich in potentiality as the indigo slowly and naturally processes into a wood-lash lye, a strong alkaline solution from residue powder left after the burning of wood. Finalizing into an indigo […]

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SoHE Stories: November 7 – 13

Check out how SoHE’s been making the news! Click the following links below for more information on our top stories this week.   EcoWell Skill Share Workshop: Rescheduled for next Friday, same time, same location RESCHEDULED – EcoWell Skill Share workshop will be led by SoHE’s Director of Consumer Finance, Linda Lepe. It will focus on the […]

Fairbanks’ Research Featured on Big 10 Network

With over 52 million subscribers–yes, you read that correctly–over 52 million subscribers and being ranked top 12 in the most popular programs on advertising-supported cable networking, our very own Marianne Fairbanks is being feature on the Big 10 Network. Fairbanks is an Assistant Professor at SoHE and is quickly being known across campus and the […]

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SoHE Stories: October 16 – 23

SoHE made the news this week! Click to read the stories. Adult Recess: Ideas for a Playful Work Environment Who said recess is only for kids? SoHE’s own, Kim Lombardi, explores the research behind taking breaks, along with ways to integrate play into your workday. In this exciting workshop, SoHE faculty and staff will learn how to create a “professionally playful” […]

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Texturia Wisconsin

I had an epiphany when I moved to Madison and saw the Wisconsin prairie for the first time. A prairie was not a field of a few kinds of tall grass, which I had imagined it to be from the book and TV series Little House on the Prairie. The prairie, I discovered, was full […]

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Bridget Coffing, SoHE alumna & McDonald’s Chief Communications Officer, shares advice with campus corporate partners

Bridget Coffing (BS 1976, Consumer & Family Journalism) addressed the crowd at the UW-Madison Corporate Open House last month as the event’s keynote speaker. The open house was a day-long event designed to create opportunities for companies to connect with campus units and departments and explore potential collaborations and industry partnerships. Bridget was happy to […]

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For the week of July 31- August 7th, 2015 Check out what’s been happening within SoHE this week!   Weaving Together Science and Art Into Endless Possibilities Solar Textiles have never been explored before until now with the help of Marianne Fairbanks, assistant professor of design studies here at SoHE, along with the collaboration of […]

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SoHE Spotlight | Recent Graduate Kelly McCamley

We caught up with recent graduate Kelly McCamley (BS ’15, Retail) before she embarks on an adventure in her new career at Kohl’s Corporation. Instead of choosing to relax these last few weeks before her debut in the “real world,” she is sharing her love and knowledge of the retail industry with middle schoolers as […]

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For the Week of May 8-15, 2015 Check out what’s been going on within SoHE this week!   Chinese Feng Shui and Brush Painting Summer Course Professor Wei Dong will be teaching a free course Tuesday/Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm in Nancy Nicholas Hall on Feng Shui Culture and his knowledge of Chinese Brush Painting. More info […]

Alumni Menu of Options

1)  Stay Connected! Update your contact info (and get a chance to win a cute miniature Memorial Union Terrace chair!)   2) Connect With Students Participate in Mock interviews Join the LinkedIn School of Human Ecology Student & Alumni Group Be a Guest Lecturer for a SoHE course Host an internship or hire a SoHE graduate Host a “Visit […]

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To…Well, a lot, really.

Written by: Brett Eby, CNPL graduate (BS 2014) teaching English at TopWay school in Brazil The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, has long been a favorite book and movie of mine.  While it is a wholly fictional book, the messages conveyed within its’ pages are perfectly applicable to life here on Earth.  […]