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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 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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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, […]

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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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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 […]

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APLUS Project: Research on Young Adult Maturity & Growth

Wave 4 of the first scientific, longitudinal study of young adults’ changing financial knowledge and practices was released in May 2017. The APLUS (Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students) project culminates eight years of research by SoHE’s Dean Soyeon Shim, PhD, who founded the study and now serves as co-principal investigator along with […]

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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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SoHE News & Stories: May 25 – June 1

Check out what’s happening at SoHE this week! Professor Duncan Shares Research Results Catching the attention of the New York Times, HDFS associate professor Dr. Larissa Duncan recently released results from her research on the potential benefits of mindful childbirth classes for expectant mothers. Many first-time parents experience labor-related anxiety and fears of postpartum depression […]

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Postpartum Depression May Be Prevented When Mindfulness Is Part of Childbirth Education

A new study from researchers at UW-Madison and University of California-San Francisco shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms both during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. This rigorous new study comparing mainstream childbirth education with childbirth education including mindfulness skills points to the benefits […]

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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. […]

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 […]

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Talking Strategy, Quality, and Humor with Duluth Trading Company

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Ava Buechel, Maggie Boyle, Sydney Blixt, Allyson Bartelme, Randi Armstrong, and Arialis Aranda Retail Rockstar CEO and President of local retailer Duluth Trading Company, Stephanie Pugliese presented to the Retail Leadership Symposium on April 26, 2017. Stephanie has a long history in the retail industry, starting at […]

The Most Trusted Retailer

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Meghan Clemens, Griffin Claes, Audrey Chuah, Sammi Cheng, Eric Cero, and Lizzie Carollo The School of Human Ecology welcomed Lee Culpepper, the Vice President of Public Affairs, from Walmart to the Retail Leadership Symposium class on April 19, 2017.  Mr. Culpepper has 30 years of political and […]

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Talking Change with Colony Brands

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Alexander Elias, Caroline Duffy, Meggie Donley, Janelle Davies, Haley Coulthart, and Rebecca Cohn This April, the students in the CS 250 Retail Leadership Symposium course had the unique opportunity to hear Jessica Polfer (Talent Acquisition Manager) and Ivy Kobbervig (Senior Organizational Development Manager) from Colony Brands speak […]

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SoHE News & Stories: April 22 – April 28

SoHE Student Carlini Wins Coveted Sullivan Award Last week, SoHE student and UW athlete Lauren Carlini was named the 2017 AAU James E. Sullivan Award winner, an honor that is given to the most outstanding U.S. amateur athlete who also demonstrates premier leadership, character and sportsmanship. She is the first UW student-athlete to win the […]

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SoHE’s Busse, Christens and Collins Receive GHI Awards

UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) has just announced its 2017 award winners, and SoHE is well represented: Brian Christens  and Heidi Busse, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, are collaborating with Michel Wattiaus (CALS) on a project to bring more milk to rural Ethiopia. Mary Beth Collins in the […]

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Acquisitions and Taking Action

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Bailey Fischer, Alicia Godoy, Sophie Gentine, Chad Hendricks, Mikayla Elliott, Thomas Feustel, and Alexis Falci    “If Costco and Whole Foods were to have a baby, who would be their offspring?” HINT: The cousin of Trader Joe’s! That’s right, Roundy’s! Roundy’s was welcomed to the world in […]

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Prenatal to Five Summit: Register Now

Early is the Answer: Prenatal to five is key to unlock disparities for Wisconsin’s children Madison, WI — On June 2, 2017 Wisconsin’s first statewide Prenatal-to-Five Summit will bring together practitioners, early childhood professionals, scholars, and community members to focus on a critical question: “How can we ensure all Wisconsin children thrive?” The event – […]

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Off Price On Top

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Nick Knoche, Seungyeon (Linda) Kang, Carianna Juliano, Cullen Jozwiakowski, Andrew Jones, Taylor Johnson, Matthew Isaac, Ellie Hoffmann-Avina, and Adriana Hernandez After the Retail Symposium class met with Ross Store’s Alyssa Upton (District Manager) and Chanel Horton (Store Manager) on March 15, 2017, there was a huge take […]

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Retailing Students Get Inside Look Into Home and Housewares Industry

Students in the Retailing & Consumer Behavior major had the unique opportunity to attend the annual International Home + Housewares trade show in Chicago on March 20, 2017. Along with over 50 students from universities across the country, this group networked with CEOs, vendors, inventors, and buyers. Discussions flourished about the future talent of the home and […]

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SoHE Welcomes the New Store in Town

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students: Sadie Kvistad, Alina Benun, Carly Lanzkowsky, David Lee, Drew Manchester, Greg Marcus, Iman Madison, Jingjing Li, Sidd Sridher, Taylor Kuehn, Kelsey Kominowski & Tony (Haoyang) Li SoHE welcomed guest speaker Lauren Corwin (Recruiting Manager) from Von Maur department stores to speak in the Retail Leadership Symposium class […]

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Blain’s Farm & Fleet: Leading the Retailing Industry with Family Values

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Riley Nilsen, Nia Newton, Sean Naumann, Sophia Nabi, Daniel Mosch, Angie Morrow, Jason Molus, Isabel Miranda, Delaney Mielke, Maggie McNeil, and Ellie Martin On March 1, 2017, the Retail Leadership Symposium welcomed Blain’s Farm & Fleet to our class, specifically the owner of the company herself, Jane […]

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Executive Order 13780: Textiles from Countries Affected by the Immigration Ban

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection’s newest showcase features pieces from six different countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The exhibition, titled Executive Order 13780: Textiles from Countries Affected by the Immigration Ban, aims to honor the rich cultures of the peoples directly impacted by the travel ban proposed by President Donald Trump. The […]

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New School Grocery: Tech, Trends and Talent

Retail Leadership Symposium (Consumer Science 250) By Students Kelsey Pulera,Winnie Nyakaru, Emily O’Neill, Sul Hee Park, Robin Peeters, Lili Peich, Amanda Percarpio, Demitra Philosophos, Cassandra Piette, Rachel Piltser, Vladimir Predko, Maheen Quraishi The Retail Leadership Symposium class welcomed speakers from four companies in the grocery business to share their insights and expertise on subjects from tech […]