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Cancer Care, Couples and Depression: New Research

Assistant Professor Kristin Litzelman shines light on depression and spouses of cancer patients A new study from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center highlights a troubling disparity in cancer care: the depressed spouses of cancer patients are 33 percent less likely to receive adequate treatment for depression than are patients whose spouses don’t have […]

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J Michael Collins Receives Honor: Romnes Award

Congratulations Dr. J. Michael Collins, Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Associate Professor in Consumer Science for receiving the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships Award. Dr. Collins studies on consumer behavior insights focus primarily on the role of information in consumer decision making, especially for low-income and vulnerable households and serves UW Cooperative Extension as a state specialist in family […]

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SoHE Centers take part in Food and the Wisconsin Idea Network

SoHE’s long history of applied human ecology scholarship has always focused on the interconnectedness of key issues in our society with the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Doing this work at UW-Madison offers the incredible opportunity to have an almost unlimited multidisciplinary scope in our ways of looking at problems.  From our place within […]

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SoHE News and Events: January 19-January 25

Professor Poehlmann-Tynan Cover Story | CNPL Alumna’s Path to Nonprofits | MFA Candidate Awarded Fellowship When Parents are Incarcerated “Surreal…stressful…” When young children visit a parent who is incarcerated the experience may be highly emotional. “It’s great for children to have a positive visit and positive connections with their incarcerated parents. It can reassure them that […]

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SoHE News and Events: January 12-January 18

O’Brien on Tax Cuts and Luxury Retailers Jerry O’Brien Quoted in CNBC Article In an article exploring the potential benefits to luxury retailers from tax reform, Jerry O’Brien, director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing, told CNBC that tax cuts could “result in a bigger gap between luxury retailers and the players,” before adding that […]

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SoHE Professional Skills Courses

A new graduate program hosted by SoHE and complementary to our Centers of Excellence work, the School of Human Ecology Applied Master’s Program (the “Program”), was launched at the beginning of this academic year.  The program lets students customize their own course of study based on their professional goals. The goal is to provide a […]

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Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign Wins Award

Governor Scott Walker announced today that The Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign, an initiative spear-headed by Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, and the UW-Extension Family Living Program has been named a recipient of a Governor’s Financial Literacy Award 2017.  Olive holds a joint appointment in the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security and UW-Extension Family Living […]

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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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Nonprofit Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

The United States’ nonprofit workforce is the third largest, trailing retail and manufacturing with more than 1.4M tax-exempt organizations – or roughly 100x greater than the number of Starbucks in the United States. [1] These organizations are the community backbone, working on issues ranging from human services to the environment, animals, culture and humanities. And, […]

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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 […]

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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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Women, Wellbeing and Thriving: Trends & Transformation in the Consumer Space

  On Wednesday, October 18th, the School of Human Ecology’s 4W Initiative and the Kohl’s Center for Retailing co-hosted SoHE’s 2017 Women In Leadership Panel Event entitled Women, Wellbeing and Thriving: Trends & Transformation in the Consumer Space. Moderated by 4W’s very own Lori DiPrete Brown, four panelists gave attendees insight into the world of […]

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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: November 10 – November 16

Duncan in Mindful Mag | Raison on 10% Happier | Flanigan’s El Mercurio interview Larissa Duncan featured in Mindful Magazine Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being and HDFS Associate Professor, has been listed as a top leader in mindfulness research in the December issue of Mindful magazine. Dr. Duncan is a […]

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Incarcerated Parents & Children: New Book

In the United States today, roughly 1 in 25 children has a parent behind bars. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, and contributors to this book bring a wide array of tools for studying the children of incarcerated adults. Sociologists and demographers apply sophisticated techniques for conducting descriptive and causal analyses, with […]

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HDFS’s Lauren Papp Receives National Research Mentor Award

SoHE’s Vaughan Bascom Professor of Women, Family, and Community, Lauren Papp, is the winner of the 2017 Board on Human Sciences, Inc. (BoHS) Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. The award is part of annual honors presented to national leaders working to advance human sciences in higher education by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as […]

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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 […]