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Reflecting the Wisconsin Idea

Kathy Cramer Walsh

Kathy Cramer Walsh

Associate Professor of Political Science

It is my honor to work at a university that has a deep commitment to serving the public.

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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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Dean Gagnon

Dean Gagnon

Senior Lecturer, UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course

I have the honor of beginning my fifth year as senior lecturer for the Farm and Industry Short Course at Madison.

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Janet Gilmore

Janet Gilmore

Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and the Folklore Program

My twist on the Wisconsin Idea encourages a reverse flow of knowledge from outside the classroom into the classroom, which loops back out again, affording a greater sense of exchange, collective knowledge-building, and social equity between the state’s people and the university.

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Allan Odden

Allan Odden

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

The Wisconsin Idea is alive and thriving even in these tight fiscal times.

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Jill S. Boissonnault

Jill S. Boissonnault

Physical Therapy Program

Some of our students travel as far as Belize and Uganda promoting health and wellness well beyond the borders of the state; the Wisconsin Idea is one that we promote county, state and worldwide!

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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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Wisconsin Beef Farmer

Wisconsin Beef Farmer

Thank you for taking the time to help the “little farmer.” We see and hear so much about how the bigger farms get so much attention, we certainly didn’t think we would matter much.

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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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Bridget Catlin Booske

Bridget Catlin Booske

Senior Scientist, UW Population Health Institute

I am excited to go to work everyday and live out the Wisconsin Idea, taking scientific knowledge and methods and developing and sharing practical and user-friendly tools and resources.

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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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