UW-Extension’s three governance groups gathered at the Pyle Center March 4, 2014, to recognize UW System President Ray Cross for his service as chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension. He served as chancellor from 2011 until earlier this year when he was selected as the seventh president of the University of Wisconsin System. The resolution was read aloud by the chairs of the Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Council and Classified Staff Council of UW-Extension. The resolution read, in part, “President Cross built effective, trusting relationships with leaders from all walks of life and Extension personnel throughout the state while serving as chancellor and has continued this work as System president.”
Cross said he was honored to have served as chancellor and spoke of the importance of UW-Extension’s mission. “As the university we want to have impact on the human condition in this state. That’s what Extension is all about. You’re the people who drive that home every day.”
Twenty-three students from seven UW Colleges campuses will join undergrads from all over the UW System in showing the results of their research projects at the 11th annual Posters in the Rotunda event on Wednesday, March 12. Posters will be on display on the first floor of the Capitol rotunda from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students and faculty advisors will be on hand to discuss the research.
Native American Effigy Burial Mounds and Plant Communities in Sauk County, Wisconsin, by Harley Soerfass, North Freedom. Faculty advisor: George W. Christiansen III
Tomboys or Princesses? Gender Representation and Stereotyping in “Feminist” Children’s Books by Jessica Castle, Baraboo; Allanri Jooste, Coloma; and Paige Ringelstetter, Pardeeville. Faculty advisor: Emily Leskinen
Treatment of Bedding to Reduce Mastitis in Dairy Cows by Alexander Horkman, De Pere; and Adam Kositzke, Greenville. Faculty advisor: Dubear Kroening
Lithologic and Particle-Size Change of Outwash Sands and Gravels along Flow Paths of the Green Bay Lobe during the Wisconsin Episode Deglaciation, Eastern Wisconsin, by Lillian Lueck, Menasha. Faculty advisor: Beth Johnson
Soil Phosphorus and Fungal Population Analysis on a Newly Restored Creek in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by Alec Hunn, Whitelaw; Amber Rappe, Two Rivers; and Allison Yang, Manitowoc. Faculty advisor: Rebecca Abler
Impacts of Local Land Use on Water Quality of Five Streams in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, by Cody Halvorsen, Manitowoc. Faculty advisor: Rebecca Abler
Fracking Sand by April Teche, Marshfield. Faculty advisor: Caleb Bush
Industrialization and the Environment in China by Matthew Rehlinger, Marshfield. Faculty advisor: Caleb Bush
Road Salt in Wisconsin: Elimination, Moderation or Augmentation by Dylan Kieffer, Marshfield. Faculty advisor: Caleb Bush
Microfossil Community of the Upper Devonian Lime Creek Formation — Rockford, Iowa, location by Dustin Carpenter, Plain. Faculty advisor: Norlene Emerson
Natural Bond Orbital Approach for the Electronic Basis of Hydrogen Bonding by Alexander Davis, Grafton; Andrew Dorst, Germantown; and Gavin Marsh, Menomonee Falls. Faculty advisor: Mohamed Ayoub
Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance in Gut Microbiota by Samantha Below, Waukesha; and Lindsay Finn, Oconomowoc. Faculty advisor: Lori Brock
Ecological Niche Plasticity in Nostoc by Nicholas Bilicki, Milwaukee. Faculty advisor: Suzanne Joneson
Putting the Pieces Together: After an Autism Diagnosis in Wisconsin by Lisa Brady, West Allis. Faculty advisor Jeanne Glowacki
The Effects of Diet on Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Angiogenic Marker by Lindsay Finn, Oconomowoc. Faculty advisor: Lori Brock
Posters in the Rotunda is the annual exposition of undergraduate research that gives legislators and the public a chance to meet the student-researchers and learn about the research process. The event is sponsored by UW System. More information is available here.
Connection to the internet and successful technology adoption will determine whether your community succeeds today and in the future. That’s why the Center for Community Technology Solutions encourages UW-Extension faculty and staff to sign up – at no cost – for the third annual High Speed Boot Camp May 21 to 22 at Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells. In May 2013, participants included the three pictured here: Chris Stark, a community, natural resource and economic development agent in Vilas County; Michael Schiel, an AmeriCorps VISTA coordinator at UW-Stout and Rundi Myklebust of the Menomonie Public Library.
You don’t have to be a “techie”— in fact, it’s better if you’re not. These boot camps are geared toward action, with participants asked to also invite at least one community partner (libraries, community foundations, United Way, local government representative, etc.) or another UW-Extension partner.
The center covers the hotel cost and mileage for out-of-town guests.
Once you complete the Boot Camp, there are Digital Leader project grants available for community-based work and staff ready to assist you. Previous projects include family living agents working with public libraries to help librarians obtain and learn technology their patrons use, community and economic development agents working with county boards to help develop broadband options and plans, and Wisconsin Public Television hosting a train-the-trainer program to help teachers use online learning tools. You can read about other projects here.
To register, contact Karn Litsheim at: Karn.Litsheim@uwex.edu
Shelley King-Curry of UW-Extension and Maa Vue of UW Colleges are nominees from their respective institutions and will receive UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards in October.
Maa Vue is the student executive director of the Multicultural Resource Center at UW-Marathon County, where she is a sophomore who will graduate with an Associate of Arts and Science degree in May 2014. The center serves as a resource for minority student populations and promotes diversity on the Wausau campus and in the local community.
UW-Marathon County Dean and Campus Executive Officer Keith Montgomery wrote a letter of support that described her as an emerging leader and mentor. He also commended her for a program she organized this year: “Maa brought Hmong parents and students together on campus so that the parents of these first-generation students could better understand college life – its academic demands and the value of extra-curricular participation. This has gone a long way to overcome misunderstandings about activity outside of class and prepare the way for greater involvement by Hmong students in campus life.”
Shelley King-Curry is a family living program specialist for the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program and is based at the Extension building in Madison. She is responsible for designing and coordinating training for nearly 200 nutrition colleagues throughout the state. A master teacher, she provides professional development in a well-organized, creative manner. She also serves as a mentor and coach for nutrition colleagues and for those in other program areas, a role she loves and for which she is well-known.
Colleagues also note that she helps others address issues of inclusion. One colleague from the agriculture program area wrote, “Shelley has been there for me when I’ve needed to talk about some difficult issues related to diversity in my program. Her insight and experience helped me see the situations from a new perspective, which enabled me to build a more inclusive statewide program.”
Interim Chancellor Aaron Brower said, “I am very proud to ‘second’ the nominations of Shelley and Maa for this prestigious award. Their stories inspire me, and I look forward to congratulating them at the ceremony.”
The UW System 19th Annual Women of Color in Education Awards will be presented to Vue and King-Curry during an Oct. 18, 2014, ceremony at UW-River Falls.
The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy awarded 2013 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Awards to two UW-Extension family living educators: Susan Taylor of Dane County (left in the photo here by George Althoff) and Kristi Cutts of Winnebago County.
They were among only seven individuals the council recognized during a Feb. 26, 2014, ceremony at the State Capitol. Their selection was based on whether they had demonstrated measurable results, collaborated with partners, implemented innovative strategies and focused efforts on groups in need.
Cutts and Taylor each have a list of accomplishments and partnerships detailed in a news release.
Chancellor Aaron Brower said, “I commend Kristi and Susan for their creative approaches to promoting financial literacy in the state. Their initiative pays off for many of the most vulnerable in their communities.”
2,412: The number of clients provided no-cost, confidential consulting in 2013
1,427: The number of those entrepreneurs who are minority members or women
214: The number of the total who are veterans
$103 million: The amount of capital injected into Wisconsin’s economy by clients in 2013
800-940-7232: The number to call for the center’s Wisconsin Business AnswerLine
Find out more through a news release about the 2013 performance of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is hosted by UW-Extension and funded, in part, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
University of Wisconsin faculty, staff and students generate ideas in their classrooms and labs, but it takes money to reduce risk and turn the idea into a business. UW System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. have each kicked in $1 million to help with the commercialization process for those affiliated with UW institutions other than UW-Madison.
UW-Extension is administering this Ideadvance Seed Fund and invites you to join one of the following free webinars to learn more:
- 10 a.m. March 5
- 11 a.m. March 19
- Noon April 11
UW-Extension’s Idella Yamben will lead the webinar. As the Ideadvance program manager and “New Idea Concierge,” she will be your primary point of contact as you move through the application process and seek additional resources.
To register, please email your name, title, UW System institution and preferred webinar date to Yamben at: firstname.lastname@example.org