Tag Archives: Personal Finance

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SoHE News & Events: January 18-24

Collins Quoted on ABC News | WSJ features textile collection Associate Professor Collins Speaks to ABC News on the Government Shutdown In a recent ABC News article, Associate Professor J. Michael Collins was quoted on the government shutdown’s impact on people who rely on food and housing programs and those living paycheck-to-paycheck. Collins studies consumer decision-making with […]

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SoHE News & Events: January 4-10

Cliff Robb Speaks on the Cost of Borrowing In a recently published Journal Sentinel article, Associate Professor Cliff Robb talks about the increased interest rates in 2019. He cautions students about the heightened rates on federal student loans as well as private loans from lenders. He ends his interview by advising anyone who is borrowing money to […]

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SoHE News and Events: November 9-15

Wagner Discusses New AAP Guidelines  |Robb’s Student Loan Paper Published + | Alter Exhibit Extended  |  Financial Life Skills Meets the Daily Cardinal   Dr. Amy Wagner on WPR and new AAP Guidance “Helping children learn to regulate their behavior and emotions starts with adults who are able to regulate their own behavior and emotions,” […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 15-21

CFS Director Collins Quoted in NYT Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security, Dr. J. Michael Collins, was quoted in a recent New York Times article titled 6 College-Money Lessons You Didn’t Learn in High School. Among advice from other experts, Collins suggests students create a spending plan in order to prevent excess […]

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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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Kim Sponem, 2018 Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award Winner

Kim Sponem (’90) is committed to improving the financial well-being of families and cares deeply about her community at all levels: professional, local, and national. As CEO and President of one of the largest credit unions in Wisconsin since 2002, Sponem has received numerous awards for her leadership and community engagement. She regularly encourages women to […]

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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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Consumer Science

Mission Based on a strong core focus on family well-being, consumer behavior, sustainability and ethical leadership, we offer Personal Finance and Retailing and Consumer Behavior, two highly related majors that prepare students for careers in business or public service. Our work is designed to have high impact on solving real societal problems related to families’ […]

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Badger$ense Peer Educators

Badger$ense Peer Educators are undergraduates from any major who have an interest in helping their fellow students learn personal finance concepts. They: assist instructors by leading small student groups in the Badger$ense Financial Life Skills for-credit courses, offer one-on-one consultations with current UW students on basic financial questions (note: these consultations are currently available only to students […]

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Financial Life Skills Receives Recognition

2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award: Organization The Financial Life Skills Program in the School of Human Ecology was one of 15 individuals, businesses, and organizations selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy for the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award. Criteria considered during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the […]

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From Helmand Province to Human Ecology

Marine Corps Veteran Timothy James (TJ) Larson didn’t know he wanted a career in personal finance, he simply thought of himself as a “money nerd who likes helping people.” Larson (BS Personal Finance expected May 2016) was raised in a family where conversations around managing money were part of everyday life. “I grew up setting […]

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Personal Finance

Ranked #2 in the nation by WealthManagement.com! The Personal Finance major is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on financial management and the economic well-being of individuals and families. The program offers two tracks: (1) the Financial Planning concentrations, a CFP Board-Registered program, for careers in financial advising, coaching, and wealth management, or (2) the Consumer Finance […]

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PF Student Life

Student Organizations Connect with other students while developing your professional resume through an on-campus organization. Financial Occupations Club for University Students (FOCUS) provides career development, improves financial literacy on campus, offers counseling and intervention to fellow students and the surrounding community, and promotes the financial planning process. Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U) recognizes and encourages […]

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PF Coursework & Careers

SoHE’s Personal Finance major is a Bachelor of Science program registered with the Certified Financial Planner® Board of Standards. Our coursework is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on financial management and the economic well being of individuals and families. Students can take one of two tracks: the more traditional Financial Planning Concentration for careers in counseling, […]

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Personal Finance Advisory Board

Members of the Personal Finance Advisory Board (PFAB) provide advice, counsel, and support to the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology Personal Finance degree program, its leadership, and its students. Representing the diversity in functional areas within the financial services industry, members are leaders in their field. They have been selected to serve because of their […]

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MJS: SoHE, Shim, and Critical Thinking

(Reposted from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, September 13, 2014) – It is perhaps the least understood school on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. And yet it aims to be the hub of problem-solving for some of the most basic issues of life — how to mindfully raise a child, how to design products and spaces […]

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Majors

This is Where You Belong At the School of Human Ecology, we combine science, creativity, and curiosity to formulate new solutions to some of life’s oldest problems. Our dedication to academic excellence is matched by a strong sense of leadership, service, and enthusiasm for making the world a better place. Above all, we understand that […]

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Alum Makes a Difference

The SoHE’s renamed Michael Axelrod Collaborative Learning Hall recognizes a wonderfully generous gift from Michael Axelrod (BS ’93, Consumer Science). Axelrod started his wealth management career while still a junior in the School of Human Ecology (then Family Resources and Consumer Sciences). Working with the School’s internship coordinator, he secured a highly competitive collegiate internship […]