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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-Platteville students continue projects with local nature preserve

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Platteville | 0 comments

UW-Platteville students continue projects with local nature preserve

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement (PACCE) program is funding a student research project to naturally clean algae infested ponds and lakes at both Gooseberry Hill and Lake Joy. Students participating in this research are in the Fundamentals of Biological Investigation class and Invertebrate Zoology class, taught by Dr. Becky Doyle-Morin. The class will be working in cooperation with Gooseberry Hill to reduce its nuisance algae infestation. The students are working to...

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UW-Eau Claire economics graduate chosen to present research on Capitol Hill

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire economics graduate chosen to present research on Capitol Hill

EAU CLAIRE — Research on food insecurity in Eau Claire and the barriers low-income residents face in gaining access to and preparing healthy food will be on display April 28 as part of Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Laurelyn Sandkamp, a 2013 economics graduate from Lake Geneva, is one out of 60 presenters chosen from more than 600 applications to present her research to top decision-makers in the nation’s capital. Sandkamp began working on the project titled “Nutritional Agency Constraints Among Food Insecure Residents of...

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UW-Stout working on water: Federal grant to support student research into lake pollution

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Tourism, UW-Stout | 0 comments

UW-Stout working on water: Federal grant to support student research into lake pollution

Menomonie, Wis. — How about this for a summer job? Spend eight weeks studying the problem of phosphorous pollution in Menomonie-area lakes. The job pays $500 a week, with a transportation allowance, housing and meals at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Plus, the job includes a mentor to help with getting into graduate school. It’s not too good to be true. A $282,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow 10 undergraduates to take part in a new program called LAKES REU, which stands for Linking Applied Knowledge in...

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UW-Parkside: Strong partnership builds new web presence for Town of Somers

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Online Learning, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Tourism, UW-Parkside | 1 comment

UW-Parkside: Strong partnership builds new web presence for Town of Somers

SOMERS – When web visitors access www.somers.org they find a well-designed, easy-to-navigate site that conveys important information about the town of Somers, a community of more than 10,000 residents in the southeast corner of Wisconsin, and home to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Not long ago, those same visitors may have been challenged to find information and the information they did find was not always up to date. What happened? “Ten years ago, smaller towns did not view the internet as a primary communication tool,” said...

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UW-Stevens Point graduates turn internships into jobs at Skyward

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Stevens Point | 0 comments

UW-Stevens Point graduates turn internships into jobs at Skyward

It’s a common paradox for college graduates – getting a job requires experience, but how do you get experience without a job? Thanks to a partnership with Skyward, Inc., students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are gaining both. An educational software company based in Stevens Point, Skyward currently employs more than 400 people, 145 of which are UW-Stevens Point alumni. But while Skyward has long recruited interns from computer information systems, it recently began collaborating with the School of Business and Economics to...

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Fellowships, student loan forgiveness programs part of new Nurses for Wisconsin initiative

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee | 0 comments

Fellowships, student loan forgiveness programs part of new Nurses for Wisconsin initiative

EAU CLAIRE — Four University of Wisconsin System nursing programs are offering new fellowship and loan forgiveness programs to encourage nurses to pursue doctoral degrees or postdoctoral training and assume nurse educator positions in Wisconsin. The overall goal is to address the nursing faculty shortage. The $3.2 million Nurses for Wisconsin initiative — funded through a UW System incentive grant program — comes in response to predictions that Wisconsin could see a shortage of 20,000 nurses by 2035. A current shortage of nurse educators...

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Makerspace is part clubhouse, part business incubator and all workshop

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, UW-Madison | 0 comments

Makerspace is part clubhouse, part business incubator and all workshop

At Sector67, a “makerspace” on Madison’s East Side, you never know what will walk through the orange door. Today, a UW-Madison student wants to mold foam and plastic into a custom-fit back for a backpack. “How thick?” asks the makerspace’s director, Chris Meyer. The student curls up his thumb near his forefinger. Instinctively bringing his own “maker” attitude to bear, Meyer lasers in on the practicalities. “Do you want to mold the plastic and foam together?” It’s just another unpredictable afternoon at Sector67, the...

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Meeting a regional health care demand: 100% of UW-L physician assistant grads employed

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Healthcare, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

Meeting a regional health care demand: 100% of UW-L physician assistant grads employed

Forbes Magazine has consistently named physician assistant studies the single best master’s degree because of the favorable outlook for salary and long-term employment of physician assistants (PAs). Talk to local hospitals or UW-La Crosse (UW-L) Career Services professionals, and you’ll see why. “Frankly, these students, once they get their materials in place and learn how to identify positions, they don’t need me,” says Tim Tritch, interim director of UW-L’s Career Services. “They have employers seeking them out.” Physician...

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VIDEO: UWO, partners cut ribbon for Rosendale Dairy biodigester

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Energy, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW Oshkosh | 0 comments

VIDEO: UWO, partners cut ribbon for Rosendale Dairy biodigester

Temperatures in the single digits didn’t faze University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and UW Oshkosh Foundation leaders and project partners from cutting the ribbon on a new, 1.4 megawatt biodigester at Rosendale Dairy in Pickett on Dec. 11. About 100 guests — project partners and supporters — gathered at the state’s largest dairy farm to inaugurate the new renewable energy plant and research facility — the culmination of approximately two to three years of collaboration, planning, engineering and...

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Marshfield Clinic, UW-Stevens Point collaborate on mammogram research

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Collaboration, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Stronger Communities, UW-Stevens Point | 0 comments

Marshfield Clinic, UW-Stevens Point collaborate on mammogram research

Missed mammograms represent missed opportunities for early breast cancer diagnosis, a study involving Marshfield Clinic and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center showed. The two organizations have partnered since 2010 to discover what causes missed mammograms. Women who undergo annual mammograms and are diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely to have earlier-stage disease at diagnosis than women who aren’t examined yearly, the study found. It was led by Adedayo Onitilo, M.D.,...

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