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Reflecting the Wisconsin Idea

Lynn Tarnoff

Lynn Tarnoff

Director, School of the Arts at Rhinelander

The Wisconsin Idea continues to be realized in the annual, one-week rural arts program known as School of the Arts at Rhinelander. In its 48th year, the importance of a supportive environment that enables people to grow as artists and express themselves in the arts is still obvious.

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Emily Auerbach

Emily Auerbach

Professor of English

Whether I'm teaching literature in retirement centers or libraries, interviewing faculty for Wisconsin Public Radio's University of the Air, or helping adults near the poverty level move from homelessness to UW-Madison degrees through the UW Odyssey Project, I feel my entire job embodies the Wisconsin Idea — and I love it.

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Joe Lauer

Joe Lauer

Agronomist, UW–Madison

Being able to choose the right seeds of corn, soybeans, forages, oats, barley, and winter wheat for a specific location and set of growing conditions adds millions of dollars to the rural economy.

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Jason Bittner

Jason Bittner

Deputy Director, National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education

For me the Wisconsin Idea is simple – the university provides a rich resource to policymakers, business owners, and residents of the state.

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Todd Allen

Todd Allen

Director, Center for Material Science of Nuclear Fuels, Idaho National Laboratory

I was introduced to the Wisconsin Idea when given the opportunity to participate in the Wisconsin Idea Seminar, an excellent one-week trip of introduction to the State. In response, I decided to connect to local high school students interested in science and technology by creating the Capital Science & Engineering Fair.

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Consuelo Lopez Springfield

Consuelo Lopez Springfield

Assistant Dean, Center for Academic Excellence

Currently, I'm designing a new course on "Latinos in the Upper Midwest and Canada" that sprang, in a large part, from seeing the diversity within Wisconsin's communities — its rural, urban and prison populations. It has helped me on my academic journey.

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Sheila Leary

Sheila Leary

Director, The University of Wisconsin Press

The University of Wisconsin Press has embodied the Wisconsin Idea for 75 years, publishing books and journals for Wisconsin and the world. We both document the heritage, culture, and environment of Wisconsin and bring a wide range of scholarship, creative writing, and teaching materials to a global audience.

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Linda Baumann

Linda Baumann

Emerita Professor of Nursing

The Wisconsin Idea has encouraged me to work throughout rural Wisconsin as well as internationally, and to see the benefits to the world of strong linkages between the university and local and global communities.

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Anna Emmerich

Anna Emmerich

Undergraduate, Wausau

I have worked with the PEOPLE Prep Program and as homework help for the center. Firsthand, I have seen how the partnership with the university really helps academic enrichment ... and relationship building to help low-income children.

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Robin Ryan

Robin Ryan

Director of Correctional Services, ARC Community Services, Inc.

ARC Community Services, Inc. hosts a free medical clinic for female halfway house clients who have no insurance.... The clinic is an excellent example of the Wisconsin Idea in practice ─ providing clients much-needed medical care and exposing students to the needs of patients in the community.

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Sharon Younkin

Sharon Younkin

Director of Community Service Programs, School of Medicine and Public Health

I am proud to uphold UW–Madison’s tradition of respectful knowledge exchange in service to the common good.

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