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Reflecting the Wisconsin Idea

Lynet Uttal

Lynet Uttal

Director, Asian American Studies Program

The Wisconsin Idea expands what counts as “scholarship” and supports my work to address real needs of Latino immigrant families in Madison as well as lead service learning courses to Honduras and Mexico.

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Isaac Groshek

Isaac Groshek

Construction/Design Sub-group Leader, El Salvador Project Engineers Without Borders University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Wisconsin Idea harmonizes perfectly with the fundamental goal of Engineers Without Borders — to improve the lives of individuals though sustainable engineering projects using strategic, global partnerships.

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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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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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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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Charles L. Cohen

Charles L. Cohen

Professor of History and Religious Studies

No other school in my ken comes close to UW-Madison in making the link between academic and civil society fundamental to its institutional mission.

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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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Mary Harris

Mary Harris

Madison

Because "the useful arts" concept impacted me greatly, I wrote a cookbook with a friend, since we both have allergic kids. In print for over 15 years now, the book has reached thousands, and we consistently give written permission to share, free of charge, any of the information with other parents and caregivers. Thanks, UW–Madison!

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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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Clifton E. Barber

Clifton E. Barber

Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension, School of Human Ecology

I feel that my scholarly efforts and activities are most worthwhile when I can discern their impacts on individuals, families, and communities in our great state.

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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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