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Reflecting the Wisconsin Idea

Carolyn Kallenborn

Carolyn Kallenborn

Assistant Professor, Design Studies Department

The Wisconsin Idea reminds me that I need to use my knowledge, research, art, talents, passions and ideas to enrich people’s lives and to make meaningful work.

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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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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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Alfonso Morales

Alfonso Morales

Assistant professor, urban and regional planning

When I moved to Wisconsin I knew I was joining a university great for scholarship, but intent on realizing practical goals that make a difference in people's lives, locally and globally. The idea has no borders, nor do we, its practitioners.

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Jerlando F. L. Jackson

Jerlando F. L. Jackson

Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education

The challenge to be of service to the spaces beyond the walls of this great university—whether through empowering underrepresented groups in STEM-related fields or exploring workplace policy issues to confront glass ceiling effects for women and people of color—is what makes it exciting for me to come to work every day.

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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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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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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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John Krippinger

John Krippinger

Kenya Irrigation Group Leader Engineers Without Borders, UW–Madison

The Wisconsin Idea was exemplified during my trip to Kenya to implement an irrigation project with Engineers Without Borders when a community member told us, “The fact that you came here all the way from the United States to work with us says that you really do want us to grow and develop.”

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Douglas Maynard

Douglas Maynard

Professor of Sociology

To me, the Wisconsin Idea involves the proposition that the knowledge we gain as scholars and teachers does not make us elite members of the society who only talk to selected others.

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