Gear up to cheer for your award-winning colleagues

2015 UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor's Awards logoYou have the opportunity to learn about UW Colleges and UW-Extension colleagues’ extraordinary work through the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards event Sept. 17 at The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison. The program starts at 2 p.m. and lasts about an hour, with a reception following.

Please register now for the free program and reception. Registration is requested by Sept 3 so that name tags, seating and refreshments are prepared for all participants.

This year Chancellor Cathy Sandeen will present awards to 79 people, as awardees include several teams. Categories include Career Award, Award for Excellence, Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, Friend and Advocate Award, Wisconsin Idea Award. Awardees are listed here.


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UW-Extension preps for 2015 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Heidi Johnson and John Shutske of UW-Extension and DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel

Heidi Johnson and John Shutske of UW-Extension and DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel












Save the dates – Aug. 25 to 27 – for Farm Technology Days at Statz Bros., Inc.,in Sun Prairie. Whether your relationship with agriculture is part of your job, your hobby or limited to what’s on your dinner plate and what’s wrong with your lawn, this event is for you and your family. Your participation also is a way to support your UW-Extension colleagues who have been involved for months or more.

You’ll find more than 100 UW-Extension experts in the Progress Pavilion and Education Station. They’ll be available to help not only farmers but anyone who wants to talk with weed, insect, soil, plant and farm wildlife experts; get free on-the-spot testing of well water; and find activities for youth, UW-Extension publications and information on counseling and adaptive equipment for farmers with a disability or chronic illness.

Dane County UW-Extension Crop and Soils Agent Heidi Johnson is executive secretary of the planning committee this year, and John Shutske is coordinating a new feature at the event, the Innovation Square, which is showcasing new technologies such as remote sensing of plant health. Shutske is associate dean for extension and outreach in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension program director within Cooperative Extension. Matt Glewen, who was an agriculture agent in Calumet County for more than 30 years, is general manager of Farm Technology Days.

UW-Extension Provost and Vice Chancellor Aaron Brower will be at Farm Tech Days by 9 a.m. Tuesday for the opening ceremony, which includes remarks by Johnson, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Ben Brancel, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen will be at Farm Tech Days Wednesday, touring with UW-Madison CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch.

Members of the 2015 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days host family include Zach Statz, Austin Statz and Tia Statz

Zach Statz, Austin Statz and Tia Statz

The youngest generation of the three-generation Statz Bros. farm operation includes the children of Joe and Lisa Statz: Zach, 24, who’s in charge of the milking parlor; Austin, 21, who runs the chopper and helps with manure management; and Tia, 18, who’s starting her freshman year at UW-River Falls this fall.

Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 25-26, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Admission is $6.

Find information at:

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Profile: Mary Crave

Mary Crave in Mozambique

Mary Crave in Mozambique













Current positions: Mary Crave is a program development and evaluation specialist in UW-Extension’s Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning Division and member of the Leadership Circle of the UW-Madison 4W Initiative (For Women, for Well-being, for Wisconsin and for the World).

Recent achievements (as part of UW-Extension/UW-Madison partnerships):

Frequent flyer fact: Crave has traveled to Africa 34 times, mostly since the late 1990s.

Quote: “We’re not going there to save people. We’re working in partnership.”

How she did that: Through networks she was first tapped as a volunteer and then as a consultant on youth leadership and food security issues. Programs are funded through organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With National 4-H Council she trained adult leaders in Tanzania and Ghana on the 4-H model. Maintaining those relationships led to partnering on the two UW-Madison projects in Ghana.

2-way benefits: Crave worked as a Cooperative Extension Family Living Program educator in Grant and Marathon counties, developing skills that have served her well since in helping partners develop programs that engage local voices and using experiential teaching methods. In exchange, she says, she’s a better teacher, uses more participatory programming methods and has a greater appreciation of diversity and working with people who have limited resources.

Experiences she wouldn’t want to repeat: Nearly running out of gas. In the middle of a forest. In Rwanda. When they were lost. At night. In the rain. With a flat tire. With no cellphone service. And later in the week having another flat tire and also getting stuck in a hotel elevator.

Lessons learned: “I’ve gotten used to getting by with limited resources, I remind myself that things rarely go as planned, and I always carry granola bars.”

Watch a video: 4-H improves young lives in Ghana

Read more: 4-H key to improving young lives in Ghana

Contact Crave:; 608-262-6677



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Watch Town Hall on UW Colleges budget decisions

UW Colleges campus regions mapChancellor Cathy Sandeen presented a brief overview of the UW Colleges round 2 budget decisions during a Town Hall July 23, 2015, at The Pyle Center in Madison. The recorded session now is available for viewing here (see “UWC Town Hall” and note that you may have to click on the “Flash” option if you do not have Silverlight installed on your computer).

The Town Hall provided an opportunity for UW Colleges faculty and staff to ask questions about the regional leadership approach announced earlier in the week. Also responding to questions were Provost Greg Lampe and UW Colleges and UW-Extension Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Steve Wildeck. Participants also asked questions by email, which were addressed as time allowed during the hour-long Town Hall. All questions and comments also later were shared with the three leaders.

Here are links to documents related to the round 2 decisions:

Round 2 Decisions (July 21, 2015)

News release


In addition, here is a link to the round 1 decisions announced earlier:

Round 1 Decisions (May 15, 2015)

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How to master the art of resiliency

snapping a pencil in half out of stress

Drinking massive amounts of caffeine, hanging out with toxic people and ruminating about whatever is stressing you out are not the best ways to deal with stress. You can find better ideas through “Stress or Success: Thriving in a Chaotic World,” a presentation by the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program.



A recording of the webinar and the handouts, as well as other resources, are posted at:

The content includes:

To access LifeMatters, call 1-800-634-6433 or visit Click on the log in and enter the company password (for all state employees): SOWI

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Coaching follows congrats for UW Leadership Development Program graduates

Rosemary Potter, Cathy Sandeen, Ray Cross

Rosemary Potter, Cathy Sandeen, Ray Cross











UW System President Ray Cross and Chancellor Cathy Sandeen congratulated recipients of the UW Leadership Development Program certificate during a brief ceremony and reception at The Pyle Center in Madison on July 14, 2015.  Rosemary Potter, director of UW Leadership Programs at UW-Extension’s Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning Division, encouraged the graduates to stay in touch with each other and noted that all who had earned the certificate would have access to a coach for further work on leadership development or assistance with a specific organizational challenge.

UW Leadership Development program graduates















Pictured are, in the front row from left, Chancellor Sandeen and Mary Luebke; second row, Jean Salzer, Rosemary Potter and Tammy Herbst-Koel; third row, Robin Beeman, Wendi Steinberg, Mario Babicic, Kelly Haag, Marisa Melby and Autumn Anfang; and back row, Jamie Kuenzi, Michael Priem, Darrin S. Smith, Elizabeth Freuh, Richard Thomas, Steven Mohar and Christopher Dziekan. Graduates not pictured are Stephanie Kutz and Jeff Pozorski. Many participants in the recent program were from UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison.

Program registration information is posted here.

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Share news about UW HELP’s teleconference pilot program for UW applicants

UW HELP logoHigh school seniors and those who help them apply to college can access a new Student LiveLines service, piloted this summer by the University of Wisconsin Higher Education Location Program – better known as UW HELP. UW HELP provides assistance and support to students who are applying to the 26 UW System campuses.

Through the new Student LiveLines service, UW HELP is offering free 30-minute teleconferences that will address common issues with the UW System application for admission. The presenters also will respond to participants’ questions about the application and admission process.

Registration is required. Students and their families should register for only one of the sessions (all Central Standard Time) by emailing their name, high school and phone number to and noting the session chosen:

The UW HELP office was founded in the early days of the merging of the UW System campuses. It is part of the UW-Extension Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning Division. UW HELP’s role is to assist people in educational transition access their UW System education. They accomplish this through publications, outreach, advising and a variety of electronic services. The application for admission serves 200,000 students each year. See for details.

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