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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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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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Bruce Christiansen

Bruce Christiansen

Professor, Pathobiological Sciences

The Wisconsin Idea is also a persuasive reminder to remain both a learner and a teacher regardless of the setting.

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Rachel Watters

Rachel Watters

Director, Wisconsin TechSearch, Wendt Commons

Knowing that Wisconsin companies use our services to research and develop new products and compete in the global marketplace inspires us to offer the best service we can, every day.

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Jean M. Bahr

Jean M. Bahr

Professor, Department of Geoscience

As a UW-Madison faculty member, the Wisconsin Idea has provided me with a host of opportunities to participate in collaborative water resources projects involving local, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and the public.

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Dave Riley

Dave Riley

Professor

I like to ask new professors, "How does a university's mission change if it is a PUBLIC university in a DEMOCRACY?" The shortest answer is, you invent "The Wisconsin Idea."

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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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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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Wally Graeber

Wally Graeber

Wisconsin Idea Fellow

The Wisconsin Idea Fellowship along with support from the Morgridge Family has allowed Slow Food UW interns like myself to improve access to fresh, healthy produce to children in South Madison.

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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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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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