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Wisconsin’s local communities share common challenges, such as addressing economic downturns, achieving affordable health care, improving education, and providing greater access to educational opportunity. The UW is working in stronger partnership with Wisconsin communities to address these challenges and reinvigorate the Wisconsin Idea for the 21st century.

The UW System’s annual impact on Wisconsin’s economy is estimated to be more than $15 billion. That represents a $15 return for every $1 invested in the UW by state taxpayers.

If the university is successful at providing a robust workforce and supporting vibrant industry clusters, stronger communities will follow. However, the public university must also take an active role in the process:

  • Statewide reach: UW-Extension, which includes offices in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties as well as public television and radio stations, provides unmatched access for businesses, families, and community members of all ages. In addition, all 26 UW campuses offer outreach programs that provide valuable, affordable learning opportunities tailored to their local communities.
  • Campus-community engagement: Faculty and staff across the state provide timely responses to emerging community challenges, especially important in times of economic uncertainty. “Wisconsin Idea Forums” and other public events are bringing together diverse parties to solve complex challenges that directly affect all Wisconsin residents.
  • Civic engagement: The university is equipping students with skills that prepare them for civic involvement – such as forums on civil dialogue – enabling them to serve as engaged members in their community in both public and private sectors.
  • Commitment to diversity: The UW is continuing its mission to support diversity, close the achievement gap, and provide educational access to all regions of the state.
  • Arts and cultural events: UW campuses generate and sponsor arts and cultural events of all kinds, including musical and theatrical performances, visual and fine arts programs, guest speakers, multi-day symposia and festivals, and more. These events – by students and faculty, as well as outside performers and speakers – attract numerous people to campus and surrounding communities, support local businesses, and enrich lives.
  • Science, engineering, and innovation: As engines of invention, UW campuses work with local entrepreneurs to speed innovations to market and create jobs across Wisconsin. UW campuses are also “Destinations for Exploration” where Wisconsinites of all ages can come experience science.

UW-Milwaukee student entrepreneurs could change how athletes compete

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Milwaukee | 0 comments

UW-Milwaukee student entrepreneurs could change how athletes compete

What will a good idea get you? At UW-Milwaukee, maybe your own company. The Student Startup Challenge provides funding and classroom support to help winners develop prototypes, mobile applications and business plans. Four of this year’s winning entries could change the game for athletes. Stoking the pace of speed skating Gaining an edge at the start of a race tops competitive speed skaters’ wish lists. With this in mind, Brent Aussprung redesigned the skate used by professionals so it can deliver power when they need it most. Aussprung has...

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UW-Stout project takes AIM at teacher support, retention through the arts

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Arts, Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Featured, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized, UW-Stout | 0 comments

UW-Stout project takes AIM at teacher support, retention through the arts

Menomonie, Wis. — During the next two years, University of Wisconsin-Stout will launch Arts Integration Menomonie to support teacher candidates and retain early career teachers in the Menomonie school district. AIM is taking direct aim at infusing arts into the curricular and instructional tool belt of city kindergarten through third-grade teachers and in the art education and early childhood education teacher programs at UW-Stout. In the process, AIM will provide extra training and support for young teachers. UW-Stout will partner with the...

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UW-La Crosse lab professionals help meet national demand

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Collaboration, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

UW-La Crosse lab professionals help meet national demand

UW-La Crosse Senior Kayla Kuhn recently accepted a position at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The career prospects for someone in her field — Clinical Laboratory Science — are good, she says. And, as a soon-to-be graduate of UW-L’s program, the outlook is even better. “Classes at UW-L are tough, but they’re tough for a reason,” notes Kuhn. “UW-L’s program has a very strong reputation of preparing students extremely well, so that alone has a significant impact in my career outlook.” UW-L’s Clinical Laboratory...

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Motion Capture at UW-Whitewater

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Arts, Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Whitewater | 0 comments

Motion Capture at UW-Whitewater

From gaming to science to physical therapy, the possibilities are endless for students learning in UW-Whitewater’s motion capture studio.

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UW-Eau Claire music grad strikes a chord: Customer focus cornerstone of business success

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire music grad strikes a chord: Customer focus cornerstone of business success

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Zach Halmstad was a master on the piano keyboard when he graduated as a music major in 2004, but he ultimately found his future career path on a much different type of keyboard. As a sophomore, Halmstad was hired to work in UW-Eau Claire’s Learning and Technology Services by Chip Eckardt, LTS chief information officer, and learned the basics of supporting Macintosh computer operating systems. “I first hired Zach as a student to provide Mac support,” Eckardt said. “At that time there weren’t many students who...

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UW-River Falls testing a regional sustainable beekeeping model

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Uncategorized, UW-River Falls | 0 comments

UW-River Falls testing a regional sustainable beekeeping model

Researchers in the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently received funding from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to test a honey bee management strategy targeted towards maintaining and increasing the number of non-migratory Wisconsin beekeepers. Wisconsin beekeepers produce almost 4.5 million pounds of honey with an estimated value of $9 million. However, honey production is only part of the benefit bees provide to the state.  Pollination services also play a critical...

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Passion project: UWM grad finds sweet spot with Indulgence Chocolatiers

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Arts, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Uncategorized, UW-Milwaukee | 0 comments

Passion project: UWM grad finds sweet spot with Indulgence Chocolatiers

Julie Waterman was backpacking through Europe on her honeymoon when she fell in love a second time. It was outside a Dublin chocolate shop. “I immediately did a double-take, and I thought, ‘I have to go in there,’” she recalled. “And I tried a truffle, and I just thought, ‘Oh my, this is incredible.’” Waterman was a senior at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee when she turned that passion into a business, launching Indulgence Chocolatiers, which has stores in Shorewood and Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. A Wauwatosa...

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Two UW-Stout alumni lead new Boys & Girls Club in Menomonie

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Collaboration, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Communities, Uncategorized, UW-Stout | 0 comments

Two UW-Stout alumni lead new Boys & Girls Club in Menomonie

Menomonie, Wis. — For two University of Wisconsin-Stout alumni, the joys of working with community youth at the new Boys & Girls Club in Menomonie far outnumber the challenges. Ashley DeMuth graduated in 2011 with a B.S. degree in vocational rehabilitation and a concentration in independent living with a focus on social work. She is director of the Club, which opened in October. Josh Sales, a 2012 graduate of the B.S. human development and family studies program in 2012, serves as the Club’s program coordinator. DeMuth, of Colfax,...

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UW-Whitewater receives national recognition for community engagement

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Arts, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Communities, Uncategorized, UW-Whitewater | 0 comments

UW-Whitewater receives national recognition for community engagement

From science exploration and artistic endeavors to entrepreneurship, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to community engagement. In schools, parks, offices, nursing homes, and theaters, our students, faculty and staff members are actively reaching out into the community. These efforts have garnered national recognition. UW-Whitewater is a recipient of the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This designation — bestowed on only 361 colleges and...

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UW-Platteville Sky’s the Limit program to send USB chargers to Sudan

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Engineering, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Platteville | 0 comments

UW-Platteville Sky’s the Limit program to send USB chargers to Sudan

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Kristina Fields, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the curriculum manager for the Sky’s the Limit program, an engineering outreach program for girls in grades 7-12 initiated in 2010 by Tammy Salmon-Stephens, director of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs. Fields works to create hands-on multi-disciplinary science, mathematics and engineering projects for the participants by working directly with UW-Platteville faculty,...

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