A highlight of UW-Madison School of Human Ecology events and news for alumni.

December 2014's Top Stories

SoHE Alum and Bath Crashers'  Matt Muenster: 21 Questions

What was at the top of TV host Matt Muenster’s Bucky List when he was an interior design student? What does he think of the first floor bathroom of Nancy Nicholas Hall? Why is he a human ecologist? Find the answers to these questions when he gets "crashed" by retail senior Ellen Keesey asking him 21 tough questions.

Giving Tuesday is a great time for You to Share!

As part of today's Giving Tuesday, SoHE is inviting all our alumni to honor the great tradition of Badger generosity by making a gift to the SoHE Annual Fund. Discover what your gift will support in the coming year. 

Past support from alumni and friends has helped your school launch a one-of-a-kind partnership with the Wisconsin Union to create Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace, opening today in Nancy Nicholas Hall.

Center Spotlights

December 6, 3-6 p.m.

The UW-Madison Center for Child and Family Well-being invites you to attend the second annual RePLAY fashion show and educational play event on December 6. The Center, under the leadership of Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, focuses on applied research that furthers the understanding of family issues, and hosts both community and academic events throughout the year. 
Inquiry and Action for Social Change was the theme of the Center for Nonprofits fall event. Close to 100 stakeholders joined Faculty Director Dr. Brian Christens for the conference, engaging in dialogue ranging from Youth Development and Civic Engagement to Program Evaluation and Community Outreach.

What If...there's a better way?

The way we connect with each other, and with our various environments, has a powerful effect on the quality of our lives. At SoHE we take a people-first approach, always asking "What If" there's a better way. Watch SoHE’s new video and imagine,
"What If..."

2014 Alumni Award Winners

Each year the SoHE recognizes alums who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities, their chosen career fields, and the citizens of the state and the nation. This year we honored four alums making a difference for children, families, in their communities and the marketplace. Discover how these recipients used their human ecology degrees to make the world a better place.

Stay Connected

Fill out our short form to let us know what you're up to in life and a chance to win a mini Memorial Union terrace chair.

In the Ruth Davis Design Gallery

Design Studies Portfolio Showcase

Receptions December 5 & 12, 5-7 p.m.

This month, Textiles and Fashion Design and Interior Architecture majors display and present their work in the gallery. Attend the TaFD portfolio reception, Friday, Dec. 5, 5-7 p.m., and the IA portfolio reception, Friday, Dec. 12, 5-7 p.m., with a wearable technology presentation from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women’s Carpets

Opening January 25, 3:30-6 p.m.

Over 60 stunning examples of Afghan textiles are on display January 23-March 1. Beautiful and functional, these works display artistic traditions while showcasing how the women who create them have evolved their art to meet contemporary aspirations, including female empowerment and overcoming poverty. The opening features a 3:30-4:30 p.m., public talk by Connie Duckworth, Founder and CEO of ARZU Studio Hope

Design Thinking Showcase

December 10, 1 p.m.

The importance of going deep and going wide isn't only a reference to Badger football, it describes the student experience at the School of Human Ecology. In a powerful collaboration, faculty in SoHE's Consumer Science partnered with Mechanical Engineering for a senior level capstone course steeped in design thinking. 

Community Health and Well-being by Design

Grand Opening, December 2, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Launched as part of the fast-growing 4W Initiative, the Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace is a collaboration of artists in Mexico, Ecuador and Kenya, students in SoHE's Consumer Strategies and Evaluation class, and the Wisconsin Union. Charged with creating a sustainable retail enterprise, students are immersed in a real-world exercise of pricing, promotion and the "store experience."
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