18 Academics and Scholarship
2 Fun Facts Departments and Majors
3 Welcome Faculty and Faculty Scholarship
Human Ecology Committees
4 Overview Facilities and Centers
Mission and Principles Gallery of Design
History Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
Leadership and Administration Ruth Ketterer Harris Library
Centers and Institutes
10 Students Preschool Laboratories
Tuition and Living Expenses 46 Alumni and Donor Interests
Financial Aid SoHE Alumni
Service Learning Board of Visitors
Student Clubs Budget
Impact of Private Support
SoHE Fun Facts
• The School’s annual budget is over $7.7 million.
• This year, the faculty brought in over $700,000 in new research grant awards.
• The School’s private restricted endowments stand at about $10 million. The $10 million includes $4 mil-
lion where income is allocated to scholarships.
• The School has the second highest percentage of minority students (more than one in 10) on campus.
• Fall 2001 undergraduate enrollment totaled 964 — up from 831 a year earlier. Graduate enrollment in
Fall 2001 was 106.
• The School has an enviable student retention record. At semester end, more than 95 percent of under-
graduate students are eligible to either graduate or continue their studies.
• Students are active in about a dozen clubs. Many offer career development opportunities, as well as
community service, networking, and socializing.
• The School is home to five academic departments:
o Consumer Science
o Environment, Textiles and Design
o Family and Consumer Communications
o Human Development and Family Studies
o Interdisciplinary Studies
• The School is home to The Gallery of Design, which hosts several exhibitions annually by professional,
faculty, and student artists and designers.
• The School houses the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, which contains 12,000 textiles and cos-
tumes, making it one of the largest university textile collections in the United States; and it is valued at
• Inventory of School facilities:
o Human Ecology Building
o Human Development and Family Studies Building
o Linden Drive Preschool Laboratory
o Bethany Preschool Laboratory
• The two Preschool locations serve 121 infants and toddlers. A total of 21 teachers and two adminis-
trators have a combined 125 years of experience at the Preschool. This figure is especially impressive
given the fact that the second Preschool Laboratory (at Bethany United Methodist Church on
Madison’s near west side) has been in existence for only three years.
Welcome to personal learning for global job opportunities and professional enrichment. Welcome to a
community-oriented school within a great university. Welcome to the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Through internships, small-group and one-on-one learning, SoHE prepares students to step into jobs
in retailing buying, marketing, and management; personal finance; business and consumer affairs; family and
consumer communications; apparel, textile, and interior design; human services, intervention, prevention, and
early childhood education; and continuing adult education. Students find excellent job prospects in fields wide
open to qualified candidates who can apply arts and sciences skills in a changing world.
Such has been the case, since the School was established almost a century ago. The first graduate, Sa-
rah Augusta Sutherland, worked as an educator in a Milwaukee high school. Since then, alumni have created
careers for themselves in education, outreach, design, communications, management, and many other arenas
around the globe.
We recognize the interdependence of individuals, groups and families within their social, psychological,
economic, designed and cultural environments. The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand
these complex relationships in order to enhance the quality of people’s lives and their environments through in-
terdisciplinary research, creative innovation, teaching, learning and outreach.
Values and Operating Principles
• We are deeply committed to enhancing development of students.
• We prepare graduates to assume leadership positions in their personal, civic and professional lives.
• We value the complementary relationships of professional and liberal arts education.
• We believe that teaching, research, creative innovation and outreach are enhanced when they are inte-
• We recognize that all members of the School contribute to its mission.
• We are committed to creating a supportive working and learning environment.
• We value our long history as part of the land grant mission of this university and the contribution of the
home economics profession to our current mission.
• We are caretakers of unique university assets including care facilities for children and a collection of his-
toric textiles that directly contribute to the implementation of our mission and are important to the com-
• We view the university as a community and value our many and diverse connections with other
units, departments and disciplines in our programs, research and outreach.
• We believe our endeavors must extend beyond the university into the various public, private, for
profit, not for profit and professional communities to which we are related.
The UW-Madison School of Human Ecology traces its history back almost a century, to 1903, when
the Wisconsin state legislature established a University Department of Domestic Science. Since then, the unit has
changed its name several times — to the Department of Home Economics in 1909, the School of Home Eco-
nomics in 1951, School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences in 1973, and, finally, the School of Hu-
man Ecology in 1996.
The School’s focus has changed over the years, too, growing to encompass textile arts and design, inte-
rior design, consumer sciences, retailing, consumer education, consumer journalism, and family studies and hu-
man development over the life span. Students today take a wide array of courses, including many interdiscipli-
nary offerings in fields as diverse as art, journalism, chemistry, landscape architecture, engineering and women’s
Administrative and Facility Timeline
1903: Wisconsin State Legislature establishes a University Department of Domestic Science.
1904: Professor Caroline Hunt and Instructor Ellen Huntington begin teaching 34 students, who take a broad
range of courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as dietetics and food analysis.
1909: The Department joins the College of Agriculture, and Professor Abby Marlat arrives to lead it.
1914: The Home Economics Department moves into a new building with the University Extension.
1926: The Department establishes a cooperative nursery school.
1939: Professor Francis Zuill appointed Director to carry on Marlat’s work.
1951: The department officially becomes the School of Home Economics.
1961: Professor Josephine Staab serves as Associate Dean following Professor Zuill’s retirement.
1965: Professor Rita Youmans appoionted Associate Dean.
1968: Professor Louise Young named Associate Dean. The School is renamed the School of Family Resources
and Consumer Sciences.
1969: Professor William Marshall appointed Associate Dean.
1973: Professor Rose Marie Chioni named Associate Dean. The School becomes autonomous from the Col-
lege of Agriculture.
1974: Elizabeth Simpson named the first dean of the independent School.
1985: Hamilton McCubbin succeeds Dean Simpson.
1996: The School is again renamed — the School of Human Ecology.
1999: Three SoHE faculty (Inge Bretherton, Robin Douthitt and Dave Riley) are named Bascom professors.
1999: Professor Robin Douthitt appointed Interim Dean.
2001: Professor Robin Douthitt named permanent dean.
Current Administrative Staff
Robin Douthitt, Dean
Joy Dohr, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
John Merrill, Associate Dean for Outreach
Linda Dicks, Assistant Dean of Administration
Bruce Hellmich, Assistant Dean, Human Resources/Grants Administration
Chava Hudson, Interim Editor
Doris Green, Public Relations Specialist
Judy Ederer, Confidential Assistant to the Dean
Julie Anderson, Program Assistant
Gera Bodley, Program Assistant
Connie Bonk, Program Assistant
Gloria McCord, Financial Specialist
Ethel Herbrand, Payroll/Benefits Specialist
Lisa Humphrey, Facility Manager
William McGraw, Learning Technology Coordinator
Student Academic Affairs
Anthony Johnson, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs
Marjorie Pfeifer, Student Advisor
Annette McDaniel, Associate Advisor
Sheila Etheridge, Program Assistant
Debra McFarlane, Program Assistant
Diversity and Equity Services
Elton Crim, Director
Anna Rabin, Associate Student Services Coordinator
Shelly Wissink, Associate Student Services Coordinator
In Fall 2001, the number of full- and part-time undergraduate students enrolled totaled 964, up from 831 in Fall
2000, 722 in 1997 and 604 in 1996 — a 60% increase in the past five years and an increase of 16% in the last
year alone. Undergraduate majors experiencing the most growth in recent years include Consumer Science, Hu-
man Ecology, Retailing, and Textile and Apparel Design.
Undergraduate Enrollment, Fall Semester
Number of Students
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
The total number of graduate students in the School was 106 in Fall 2001, a number that has
changed little in recent years. This brings the total number of graduate and undergraduate students to
More than one fourth of the graduate students are international students; 12.5% are minority stu-
dents. The Fall 2001 freshman class includes 10.6% minority representation. Just over one quarter of
both undergraduate and graduate students are men.
Once students enter SoHE, they receive one-on-one support, contributing to their academic suc-
cess. Less than 20 students per year are dismissed for academic reasons, and more than 95% either
graduate or remain eligible to continue in their academic programs from one year to the next.
Tuition and Fees
In addition to the tuition and fees listed below, undergraduate students generally spend about $8,500 an-
nually for such expenses as books, supplies, room and board, clothing, travel and recreation.
Annual Full-time Undergraduate Student Expenses for 2001-2002
Wisconsin Resident Non-Wisconsin Resident
Fees and tuition $ 4,089 $16,149
Annual Full-time Graduate Student Expenses for 2001-2002
Wisconsin Resident Non-Wisconsin Resident
Fees and tuition $ 6,361 $20,500
Source: Office of the Registrar
Single graduate students can apply for residence hall or apartment-style living in University Housing
(monthly rates vary from approximately $250 to $350). Graduate students with families, spouses, or domestic
partners may rent University Student Apartments, an affordable community rich in diversity, which offers
childcare services and bus routes to campus. Monthly rentals range from approximately $525 for a one-bed-
room apartment to $750 for a three-bedroom apartment or $900 for a three-bedroom townhouse. There are
many off-campus apartments and houses for rent near the university.
The UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Services assists students whose personal and family
resources are inadequate to cover the cost of attendance involved in attending the University. The office
offers counseling to students to help them manage their money effectively, debt management counseling,
and information on such other potential sources of financial assistance as University and non-University
scholarships, and UW and off-campus employment. The office also provides small short-term loans for
emergencies. Financial aid available through the Office of Student Financial Services consists of loans,
grants, and work-study assistance. Funds for these aid programs come from the federal government, the
state, and the University.
Graduate fellowships and scholarships are offered to incoming students based on academic merit.
Teaching, research, and project assistantships are available to qualified students on a competitive basis.
Advanced Opportunity Fellowships are available for students of color and educationally disadvantaged
non-minority students at any stage of graduate study. University fellowship holders and assistantship holders
(with a 33 1/3% or more award) also receive tuition remission and comprehensive insurance coverage.
At SoHE, students have many opportunities for experiential learning. In fact, an Interdisciplinary
Studies course focuses entirely on this topic. Students interested in early childhood education will be interested
in SoHE’s Preschool Laboratory, and three internship programs also provide hands-on experience to comple-
ment classroom learning. In 2000-2001, 63 students held consumer science internships, 43 students held inte-
rior design internships, 14 students held retail internships, and 35 Human Development and Family Studies stu-
dents held human services or education-related internships. Another 21 students participated in field experience
in retailing. Events such as the annual Lands’ End Retail Career Fair and Lecture provide additional opportuni-
ties for students to know the players and issues of their chosen professions. The 2001 lecturer was Harrison
Miller, vice president and general manager of platform services for Amazon.com. In addition, human services in-
ternships enable students to apply research concepts and theories to directly benefit individuals, families, and
SoHE students have a number of school organizations from which to choose. Some of these are:
• Kappa Omicron Nu is a national home economics honor organization that encourages scholastic
achievement, leadership, and research.
• Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honorary professional organization that recognizes and pro-
motes the development of scholarship and leadership, advances and promotes home economics, and establishes
and strengthens friendships.
• The American Society of Interior Design (ASID) contributes to the understanding of the part this
profession plays in the field of design, our culture, and our economy, as well as the satisfaction it offers as
• The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is a national organization
of dyers and chemists in the textile industry and is designed to: 1) promote increased knowledge of the
application of dyes and chemicals, 2) encourage research work on chemical processes and materials, and
3) establish channels to interchange professional knowledge among members.
• The Consumer Science Student Association/Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (CSSA/
SOCAP) is open to all students interested in careers that serve consumer interests in business, govern-
ment and the nonprofit sector.
• The Wisconsin Association for Family and Consumer Sciences is the state arm of the American
Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), one of the oldest professional societies in the
United States. Founded in 1909, its purpose is to improve the quality and standards of individual and
family life through programs that educate, influence public policy, disseminate information and publish re-
search findings. The student chapter echoes these themes in preparing students to enter the field.
• The Retail Club seeks to promote and investigate the diversity of retail career options through campus
events featuring industry professionals. Members learn how internships help to advance professional develop-
ment even before graduation and permanent placement.
• Rho Mu Sigma is an honorary retailing society open to all students with a 3.0 GPA or better and a
professional interest in retailing. The organization promotes scholarship, professional development, and
community involvement through guest lectures, executive briefings, field trips, and community projects.
• The Council on Family Relations, an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations
(NCFR), is interested in the study of families and family-oriented issues.
• The HDFS Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is an official UW student organization that ad-
vocates for graduate student interests, provides mentoring for new HDFS graduate students, nominates
students for departmental and school committees, and aids the department in recruiting and retaining
dedicated and diverse students.
• A new Peer Financial Counseling Service aims to educate students across campus on debt management
and other personal finance issues.
Academics and Scholarship
Departments and Majors
The School offers five undergraduate degrees (departments) with eight majors:
Major: Consumer Science (including Personal
Finance and Consumer Affairs)
Environment, Textiles and Design
Major: Textile and Apparel Design
Major: Interior Design
Family and Consumer Communications
Major: Family and Consumer Journalism
Human Development and Family Studies
Major: Human Development and Family Studies
(with Child Development and
Family Studies programs)
Major: Human Ecology
Major: Family and Consumer Education
All five departments offer graduate programs. Approximately two dozen graduate students re-
ceive SoHE degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies through the Continuing Adult Vocational Education program.
The Human Development and Family Studies graduate program enrolls about 50 students annually and provides
opportunities for advanced study and research on human development and families across the life span. The de-
partment prepares masters and doctoral students for careers in research, teaching, and outreach. Regardless of
whether graduates work in academic or applied settings, they are prepared for a life of scholarship and service.
In 2001, the following students earned graduate degrees:
Myoung-hee Kim: “A Measure of Conspicuous Consumption Propensity: CCP Scale Development and
Sun-Young Jeong: ”An Integrated Model of Philanthropic Behavior: Attitudes, Motivations, and Demographic
Jonsoog Kim: ”Child Labor and Household Time Allocation in U.S. Family Farm Households.”
Environment, Textiles and Design
Chainda Aue-Apaikul: “Architectural Appearance for a Student Center at a Multicultural University”
Lesley Hayman-Sager: “A New Life for Old Buildings”
Andrea Kolasinski: “Articulated Habiliments” Exhibition
Iwan Kuntjono: “Fashion Center in Madison: A Case Study of Transparency and Adaptability as Vehicles
of Engagement in Design”
Human Development and Family Studies
Han, Ching Yun: “Chinese Immigrant Mothers: Child Care as a Medium for Education and Biculturalism in Their
San Juan, Robert: “3-Year-Olds’ Representations of Mother-Child Attachment Within the Child Care Context”
Treis, Diane: “Religiosity and Parenting: Exploring the Link”
Branden, Teresa: “Neighborhood Influences on Adolescent Delinquency: A Study of Chicago Youth”
Leung, Yuen-Wa (Rita): “Resource, Role, Family Support and Circumplex Model Predictors of Marital
Satisfaction in Hong Kong Couples”
Park, Jennifer: “Facilitating Factors and Potential Barriers to Youth Volunteerism”
Yang, Nou: “The Bicultural Competency of Hmong Adolescent Girls: Negotiating Gender Messages in
the Home Context”
Barnard, Wendy Miedel: “Parent Involvement in Early Education: Influence on Long-Term Academic
Miller, William: “Work Spillover into Family Life for Male and Female Executives”
Jun, Hey Jung: “Productive Role Activity and Mental and Physical Health Among Older Adults”
Weaver, Ruth: “The Habitat of Licensed Child Care Providers: The Influences of Caregiver, Contextual,
and Group Characteristics on Quality of Care”
Faculty Fall 2001
Cynthia Jasper, Professor, Chair Roberta Riportella-Muller, Associate
Rima Apple, Professor Professor
Judi Bartfeld, Assistant Professor Lydia Zepeda, Professor
Karen Goebel, Professor Marla Handy, Lecturer
Michael Gutter, Assistant Professor Betty Hurd, Lecturer
Karen Holden, Professor Joan Kinney, Lecturer
Ann Hoyt, Professor Judy Pasch, Lecturer
Paula Kantor, Assistant Professor Thomas Towell, Lecturer
Letecia Moye, Assistant Professor Jeanan Yasiri, Senior Lecturer
Angel Skram, Program Assistant Patricia Mapp, Outreach Specialist
Environment, Textiles and Design
Majid Sarmadi, Professor, Chair John Merrill, Professor
Jennifer Angus, Assistant Professor Roberto Rengel, Assistant
Virginia Boyd, Professor Professor
Sonya Clark, Assistant Professor Diane Sheehan, Professor
Joy Dohr, Professor Suzanne Scott, Senior Lecturer
Wei Dong, Professor Marian Lichtenwalner, Senior
Beverly Gordon, Professor Lecturer
Michael Hunt, Professor Anna Stevens, Senior Lecturer
Family and Consumer Communications
Suzanne Pingree, Professor, Chair Donald Stanley, Associate Lecturer
Jacqueline Bush Hitchon, Associate Professor Jacob Stockinger, Lecturer
Human Development and Family Studies
William Aquilino, Professor, Chair Linda Roberts, Associate Professor
Betty Black, Professor Stephen Small, Professor
Karen Bogenschneider, Professor Lynet Uttal, Assistant Professor
Kerry Bolger, Assistant Professor Shepherd Zeldin, Assistant Professor
Inge Bretherton, Professor Laurie McLeod, Lecturer
Jeffery Lewis, Assistant Professor Jill Steinberg, Senior Lecturer/
Nadine Marks, Associate Professor Assistant Faculty Associate
Julie Poehlmann, Assistant Professor Daniel Ott, Faculty Associate
David Riley, Professor Jane Weier, Program Assistant
Wendy Way, Professor, Chair Terry Gibson, Professor
Rima Apple, Professor Boyd Rossing, Professor
Chére Gibson, Professor Mary Young, Program Assistant
Almost 20 additional faculty and academic staff members from around campus hold shared appoint-
ments with SoHE, demonstrating both interdisciplinary study and effective use of academic budget dollars. The
faculty and staff who held shared appointments in 2001 were:
Diane Adams Hui-Fen Lin
Marianne Bloch Margaret Nellis
Sandra Briesath Mary Ellen Post
Marion Brown Gary Price
Shannon Davis Arthur Reynolds
Robert Enright Janet Spratlin
Patricia Herman Deborah Vandell
Carol Keintz Lisa Vondra
Jeff Lackney Amy Welk
Recent Faculty Scholarship
Recent faculty scholarship and outreach have garnered many awards for SoHE faculty, but, more im-
portant, have provided useful information to students, scholars, and the people of Wisconsin — toward the im-
provement and enrichment of their career and home environments and quality of life.
Department of Consumer Science
Rima Apple completed a three-month appointment last spring as a visiting professor at the University of
Melbourne, where she collaborated with Janet McCalman in the department of history and philosophy of
science. She also organized an international conference, “Women’s Bodies/Women’s History,” in
Melbourne, last summer. The conference stimulated cross-cultural women’s studies and the history of work.
Apple is now working on a history of SoHE in preparation for the School’s centennial in 2003.
Judi Bartfeld recently completed work on the Institute for Research on Poverty’s longitudinal evaluation of
Wisconsin’s welfare-related child support reforms (with principal investigators Daniel R. Meyer and Maria
Cancian). She coauthored two chapters of this project, examining the role of child support and gaps in the child
support system for welfare recipients in Wisconsin.
Bartfeld developed a website to provide information about tax credits for limited-income
families. The site is designed as a resource to Extension educators, service providers, and others who
come in contact with limited-income families and provides information about three underused tax credits:
the federal earned income credit, the Wisconsin earned income credit, and the Wisconsin Homestead
Finally, Bartfeld has received a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health and
Family Services (DHFS) for research on hunger and food security. Her research will support the anti-hun-
ger efforts of DHFS and the Wisconsin Food Security Consortium. The grant is administered through the
Institute for Research on Poverty and involves collaborations with UW-Extension and the Wisconsin
Community Action Program.
Ann Hoyt received a grant from the NCB Development Corporation to support the development of op-
erations training materials for natural food retail cooperatives. The proposed program contains four parts: tech-
nical training and operations materials; a train-the-trainer” program; member/customer service training; and
training for supervisors. The program is a partnership among the UWCC, the NCB Development Corporation,
natural foods wholesalers, and natural foods retail cooperatives.Professor Hoyt also serves as president of the
UW Credit Union, and she presented a keynote address, “Up a Creek With a Paddle,” at a 2001 ACE Insti-
tute, Cooperative Education for Effective Governance in Puerto Rico.
Cynthia Jasper and Karen Goebel are conducting research on a project entitled “Family Business
Viability in Economically Vulnerable Communities,” funded by the Agricultural Experiment Station,
U.S. Department of Agriculture. The project has examined in more detail than ever before not only the
economic impact of family businesses but also the relationships among the family, the business and the
community. It has received the Northeastern Regional Agricultural Experimentation Directors Re-
search Award for Excellence.
Professor Jasper was awarded a grant to develop an innovative course for Summer 2001 entitled
“Women & Philanthropy: Theory and Practice.” The course examined social and cultural values, expecta-
tions, and gender differences in philanthropic behavior and studied the unique characteristics of women donors.
It also investigated the social, historical, psychological, and cultural context of philanthropic behavior.
Paula Kantor designed a research project in collaboration with Oxfam (India) Trust in Lucknow. She is
collaborating on a project to study the dynamics of urban poverty, examining vulnerability to crisis events
among residents of urban slum settlements. The aims are to determine which households are best able to
avoid and adapt to crises and why, how different households respond to crises they experience, and the
intra-household gender effects of responses to crisis. She secured Ford Foundation funding and began the
three-year project with fieldwork in India from July 2001 – February 2002.
Letecia N. Moye presented a paper, “Differences in the Importance of Environmental Dimensions across
Shopping Scenarios and Shopping Orientation Groups” at the annual meeting of the International Textile
and Apparel Association in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also presented a retailing lecture to UW-Madison alumni at
Target Corporate Headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn.
Roberta Riportella-Muller chaired the Extension-based Creating Health Group Advisory Committee, a
joint project of Cooperative Extension and Wisconsin Public Television. A women’s health initiative was
piloted in eight Wisconsin counties in 2000, to expand the reach of WPT’s women’s health educational
television programming. This included a series of TV shows surrounded by Cooperative Extension locally
supported discussion groups, a website (http://www.wpt.org/creatinghealth/resource/index.cfm), and in-
teractive TV (Web-TV).
Professor Riportella-Muller aided collaboration between the USDA and Health Care Financing
Administration to develop an outreach initiative for Medicare beneficiaries in all U.S. counties. An educa-
tional curriculum was created and mailed to county offices. Though many county offices have been fo-
cused on young children and families, this curriculum may ease the transition for counties to working
with families of all ages. Professor Riportella-Muller manages the grant for the development of training
materials and the project evaluation, which includes a web-based tool.
Department of Environment, Textiles and Design
Sonya Clark presented a solo exhibit, “Couples, Duples, and Dopplegangers” at the Anderson Gallery
in Birmingham, Mich., in 2001. Her Beaded Prayers Project grew to include over 1,200 participants and
traveled to Canada, India, and Scotland. Professor Clark presented lectures and workshops in Pencuik,
Scotland; Pune, India; Kumasi, Ghana; Canberra, Australia; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Baltimore and
Brooklandville, Md.; Detroit, Mich.; Penland, N.C.; and at many locations around Wisconsin.
Beverly Gordon received a grant from the UW-System Institute of Global Studies and another from the
UW-Madison International Institute to fund innovative curricular initiatives. She is developing a course,
Global Perspectives on Design and Culture, to be taught in different forms at UW-Madison and UW-
Stevens Point, with web-based visual database accessed from students on both campuses.
Professor Gordon is also working with four students on an article about a successful class experi-
ence. Six of seven students enrolled in a fall 2000 seminar, Researching Textiles, gave presentations of
their semester projects at the national conference of the “Ars Textrina” organization and have the option
of publishing their papers in the Ars Textrina journal.
Michael Hunt’s most significant accomplishments related to collaborative projects with environmental
design programs in China. He received funding from the Graduate School and SoHE to conduct a study
entitled “Retirement Housing in the U.S. and China.” The purpose of the project is to learn how the de-
sign of multi-generational housing and housing for older people in China fosters social interaction and a
sense of community among residents. Hunt also has continued efforts to establish an education and re-
search collaboration between ETD and similar departments in China.
Roberto Rengel completed and submitted the manuscript for his book, Shaping Interior Space, under
contract with Fairchild Books. In the spring of 2001, he worked with three graduate students on develop-
ing a “Buildings for People” exhibition in the Gallery of Design. The students created hypothetical de-
signs, transforming three Madison landmarks (part of the School of Human Ecology building, part of the
UW-Madison Memorial Union, and a site near Madison’s State Capitol and new Overture Arts District)
as part of their work toward an M.S. degree in interior environments.
Professor Rengel authored a correspondence CEU course, “Programming Aesthetics,” for the American
Society of Interior Designers, and he performed accreditation visits on behalf of FIDER (Federation of Interior
Design Educators Council) to interior design programs in Texas and California.
Majid Sarmadi’s research is in collaboration with the faculty and staff of College of Engineering. He and his
colleagues were awarded the patent: “Sealing Roller System for Surface Treatment Gas Reactors, P97115US.
Professor Sarmadi taught one three-credit course at Lands’ End in Dodgeville. In addition, he hosted in his lab
about 70 minority students from the PEOPLE program (Pre-college Enrollment Opportunity Program for
Learning Excellence). Professor Sarmadi also wrote the curriculum for the physical science portion of the
PEOPLE program and trained seven TAs and eight high school teachers.
Suzanne Scott developed two project collaborations for students in interior design studio courses with
students in another department and another major within ETD. Students in a Design Fundamentals II
class teamed with students in a Landscape Architecture design studio course. The LA students developed
a plan for an outdoor social gathering space for University Housing, and the ID students designed an en-
vironmental sculpture for the setting. Students in an Interior Design I class teamed with students in a tex-
tile design course to develop a remodeling plan for the main lounge in Union South. As advisor to the
Student Chapter ASID, Scott also organized a service project to redesign the interior of the Madison
Hostel International. About a dozen students worked on the project with Scott and three practitioners (all
Anna Stevens spearheaded the development of the Textile and Apparel Design’s Pre-TAD enrollment
management program. She also designed patterns for garments for premature infants who do not survive,
as part of a Textile and Apparel Design Student Association service project. Working with Senior Lec-
turer Marian Lichtenwalner, Stevens designed the patterns, which student volunteers followed to create
outfits for Meriter Hospital’s Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program. It helps grieving parents cope with
miscarriages and deaths at birth. Parents use the outfits as burial garments or keep them as mementos.
Department of Family and Consumer Communications
The Family and Consumer Communications Department is working on research and outreach with
the Dane County Farmers’ Market. This work is both for research preeminence (Professor Hitchon’s
Hatch grant experiments with Farmers’ Market web site brand vs. social equity marketing strategies) and
updating the Wisconsin Idea with strong collaborative efforts to help farmers use the World Wide Web ef-
fectively. The Department maintains an educational site and help farmers build sites.
Jacqueline Hitchon is collecting data on the effects of digital manipulation of magazines on people’s satisfac-
tion with their own bodies, and perceptions of the models and ads.
Suzanne Pingree is working on a team that is delivering breast cancer CHESS (Comprehensive Health
Enhancement Support System) to rural and urban underserved women. She also is collecting data on measuring
science literacy for advanced cancer patients and their family caregivers as they use the World Wide Web.
Human Development and Family Studies
William Aquilino, department chair, received funding from the Graduate School to study the impact of child-
hood experiences on the transition to adulthood and young adult well-being. Current research projects include
an exploration of the long-term consequences of multiple family disruptions during childhood and a study of
change in parents’ attitudes toward the economic support of sons and daughters as they move from adolescence
into young adulthood. Professor Aquilino also participated in preparing the third wave of data collection for the
longitudinal National Survey of Families and Households.
Betty Black contributed to the department in teaching and service, as well as working on several papers
and a textbook — all while continuing her battle against cancer.
Karen Bogenschneider has finished a book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Fami-
lies and What Professionals Can Do, to be published by Erlbaum in 2002. Professor Bogenschneider also
serves as Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars, which recently received a three-
year $800,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The institute aims to connect research and
policymaking and to promote a family perspective in research, policy, and practice. One initiative is to dissemi-
nate the family impact model to other states. Currently the institute is providing technical assistance to 12 other
states and the District of Columbia.
Kerry Bolger received a new three-year grant from the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, which will support her research on bullying, victimization, and delinquency
among abused and neglected children. She also wrote an invited review chapter on vulnerability and resil-
ience among maltreated children, and presented findings from her research at the national meeting of the
Society for Research in Child Development.
Inge Bretherton has written a chapter providing the history, development, administration, directions, and valid-
ity of the “MacArthur Story Stem Battery,” a story completion task for preschoolers that taps their understand-
ing of family relations and moral rules. She developed this task shortly after her arrival at the UW-Madison, to-
gether with colleagues at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. This task is now being used in
Britain, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, France and Italy, as well as in the United States.
Jeffrey Lewis received a $287,000 grant for three years from the Department of Education, Office of Educa-
tional Research and Improvement. He is working with a local elementary school to develop a proposal to ad-
dress the gap in academic achievement between African American and white children in the Madison Metropoli-
tan Public Schools. The study will examine social and affective aspects of teaching and learning for African
American children. Professor Lewis also presented a paper “Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Imperi-
alism: Competing Childhoods in a Mixtec Community,” at the Spencer Foundation Advanced Studies Institute
meeting on Education and Globalization, in Chicago.
Nadine Marks has participated in the instrument development and fielding of a third wave of data for the
National Survey of Families and Households. This includes particularly valuable information from midlife
and older adults about their health, well-being, and family lives and is funded by the National Institute on
Child Health and Development and the National Institute on Aging. She also collaborated in writing a
major interdisciplinary program of projects proposed to the National Institute on Aging to re-interview
the respondents to the 1995 National Survey of Midlife in the United States.
Julie Poehlmann received a $145,000 grant for two years from the National Institute of Mental Health
to study Risk and Resilience in Children of Incarcerated Mothers. In addition, she presented a study,
“The Interaction of Maternal and Infant Vulnerabilities on Infant-Mother Attachment,” at the 7th World
Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, held in Montreal, Quebec.
Dave Riley has two major outreach projects. The first delivers a parenting instruction program to about
90,000 Wisconsin families per year. An experimental field trial showed that parents receiving the program
have beliefs significantly less like those of child abusing parents, as compared to parents not receiving the
program, and they also report striking their children significantly less often. The program is delivered in
both English and Spanish, and is also used in 15 other states and Britain. The second project is the Early
Childhood Excellence Initiative, for which Professor Riley received a $1.5 million, two-year grant (and a
recent continuation of $250,000). His staff provide technical assistance to child care programs across the
state that serve primarily low-income families. The programs range from Menominee Tribal Child Care in
northern Wisconsin to Spanish-speaking classrooms in Milwaukee. Research staff have collected observa-
tional data in over 300 classrooms, using an experimental design to evaluate improvements in quality of
Linda Roberts has been active in campus efforts to address the negative educational, health and social
consequences of a “culture of drinking” among undergraduates. In a joint effort between the College of
Letters and Sciences and the School of Human Ecology, Professor Roberts has developed a new multi-
disciplinary course, “Alcohol: Behavior, Culture and Science” designed specifically to enhance the fresh-
man learning experience. In addition, Professor Roberts has been selected as a UW-Madison Teaching
Stephen Small helped develop the Hmong Family Strengthening Project in Eau Claire, Wis., to support and
promote the adoption of research-based family strengthening approaches in the Hmong community. The project
involves a collaboration with the Eau Claire Family Resource Center, County Cooperative Extension, the Eau
Claire School District and the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. The targeted audience is Hmong families
with children in grades 6 through 8. This project has been funded by a two-year grant from the Federal Sub-
stance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Professor Small also was appointed to
the National Academy of Sciences Study Committee on School Violence. It was commissioned by Congress
and is analyzing the recent increase in the incidence of lethal violence in rural and suburban schools.
Lynet Uttal’s new book, Making Care Work: Employed Mothers in the New Childcare Market, will be
available August 2002 from Rutgers University Press. She has received a grant of $2,500 from the American
Sociological Association for the Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy to help fund her
Latino Family Childcare Provider Project. In addition, Professor Uttal was invited to speak on a plenary session
about “What Parents Want and Children Need” at a national conference focused on Early Care and Education:
Crafting a Working Families Agenda, sponsored by Scholars, Artists and Writers for Social Justice in Washing-
ton, D.C. She was elected to a three-year term on the Carework Steering Committee of the Carework Net-
work, a national group of researchers, policy makers, and advocates who focus on problems of carework
across various domains, such as family, labor relations, and health care. Professor Uttal also developed and
taught the first graduate course in the department on Racial Ethnic Families.
Shepherd Zeldin co-edited a special issue, titled “Promoting Adolescent Development in Community
Context: Challenges to Scholars, Nonprofit Managers, and Higher Education,” of the journal, Applied
Developmental Science. It provided a framework and a series of articles on integrating research and prac-
tice-based information to understand adolescent development. He also completed research on youth in
policy roles and the effects on adults and organizations. This research was published by the National 4-H
Council in a report, “Youth in Decision-Making: A Study of the Effects of Youth on Adults and
Organizations. In addition, Professor Zeldin has been invited by the Society for Research on Child Devel-
opment (i.e., SRCD Policy Reports) and Brandeis University (i.e., the Handbook on Community Youth
Development) to submit articles based on these data. He has received grants from the Kellogg Founda-
tion and National 4-H Council to continue directing a four-state (13 sites) demonstration and research
project in which adolescents serve as community philanthropists and fund youth-led programs.
Chère Gibson and John Gugerty from the Center on Education and Work received a three-year grant from the
U.S. Department of Education to design, deliver and evaluate a distance education program to prepare college
staff to institute summer college preparation experiences for individuals with disabilities who have enrolled but
have not yet begun college. Professor Gibson also was selected as the evaluator of the $ 1.2 million dollar four-
year Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education awarded to the UW System Administration. En-
titled “Reach Out,” the grant will deliver educational opportunities to migrant workers and their families through
the placement of technology where they live and work. Project partners include the United Migrant Opportunity
Services and the Mid West Food Processors.
Terry Gibson is Professor, Program Leader, and Assistant Dean for Program Development and Evaluation in
the Cooperative Extension Division of UW-Extension, in addition to his duties as a faculty member with
the School of Human Ecology. He provided leadership for the development of the “Excellence in Non-
profit Leadership and Management” certificate program, which has enrolled more than 400 students
throughout the United States. Professor Gibson also serves as principle investigator for the Southern
Child Welfare Training Partnership, which provides continuing professional development for child welfare
workers in Southern Wisconsin.
Boyd Rossing developed a website titled “Community Building: Learning Our Ways,” (http://
www.uwex.edu/ces/flp/community_building/) which aids people seeking to support community building
initiatives in localities by providing: 1) an organized set of annotated links to sites that offer ideas, strate-
gies, how to’s and other information, and 2) resources to support community building. He chaired the
Seminar Planning Committee for Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program’s Leadership and Community Seminar
and three presentations during Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program Seminar: “Reflection and Action Groups:
Practicing Dialogue and Action Learning,” “Community Building and the Collaboration Approach,” and “Lead-
ership for Community Renewal.”
Wendy Way received the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2000 Leader Award
for career contributions to scholarship and service in the field of family and consumer sciences. She
served for the third year as a member of a team developing the family sciences curriculum for Zayed Uni-
versity, a new higher education institution for national women with two campuses in Abu Dhabi and
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Middle East). And, Professor Way completed data analysis and the final re-
port for a study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the role of the single parent African Ameri-
can Family in preparing young women of color for work. She presented results at several conferences, including
the American Educational Research Association meeting in New Orleans, La.
Human Ecology Standing Committees
General Faculty Committee
Chairs Administration Committee
Academic Planning Council
Graduate Program Council
Undergraduate Program Council
Faculty, Staff Diversity, Equity and Awards Committee
Undergraduate Student Awards and Affairs Committee
Committee on Academic Staff Issues
Outreach Planning Committee
Facilities and Centers
Gallery of Design
In 2001, the Gallery of Design provided a venue for a wide variety of exhibitions, including both profes-
sional and student work:
• “Evolving Jewish Ceremonial Art,” an exhibition of contemporary Judaica, featured ritual objects made
for spring ceremonies including Passover, Purim, Shabat, and weddings. It was co-sponsored by the Center for
Jewish Studies. Nationally recognized artists working in metal, textiles, ceramics, and wood created the items on
• “‘Brides’ Course’ or Professional Training?” an exhibition of archival photos and historic artifacts tracing
the School’s inception and development. The exhibit, coordinated by Professor Rima Apple, also served as a
prelude to the School’s upcoming Centennial in 2003 and coincided with the Women’s Studies Program 25th
• “Design 2001” was a juried student design exhibition featuring apparel, textile and interior design.
• “Articulated Habiliments” were newly created Victorian-style garments by Andrea Kolasinski. The gar-
ments, embellished with embroidery, bead work and surface design, told the story of the women who might
have worn them.
• “Pixels and Textiles” paired close-up digital photographs of objects from the Helen Louise Allen Textile
Collection with the objects themselves. This close look at the stitches and structures of the objects offered view-
ers a new appreciation of the maker’s expertise.
Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is an integral part of SoHE’s academic program. It features
12,000 textiles and costumes representing countless eras, places, and techniques, making it one of the largest
university textile collections in the United States. Valued at $2.5 million, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collec-
tion is an outstanding resource for scholars, designers, students, and members of the community.
A privately funded Image Database Project is documenting many pieces digitally, making them available
worldwide via the Internet. Soon scholars around the globe will be able to access the pieces electronically for
use in teaching and research.
Ruth Ketterer Harris Library
Named for the first curator of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, the Ruth Ketterer Harris
Library contains more than 4,000 books, pamphlets, and journals. The library is catalogued in the UW-
Madison’s electronic library system.
Centers and Institutes
• The Center for Excellence in Family Studies, established in 1990, involves academic departments
across the UW-Madison. The Center’s mission is to advance scholarly research and disseminate information on
families throughout the world.
• The Center for Retailing Studies is funded by corporate grants to the Consumer Science Department, to
advance research and collaboration in retailing and consumer science between the business sector and the
School. It serves as a resource library for faculty and retailing students and provides support for scholarships
and students activities, such as the Retail Club and the annual Lands’ End Lecture, which featured in 2001
Harrison Miller, vice president at Amazon.com.
• The UW Arts Institute, created in 1998, is an intercollege unit of the College of Letters and Sci-
ence, the School of Education and the School of Human Ecology. Governed by the arts faculty and staff,
its mission is to develop, promote and administer interdisciplinary artist residencies, fellowships and awards,
public programming, and outreach activities for the benefit of the university and the public.
SoHE operates the UW-Madison Preschool Laboratories as part of its educational and research
program. The two locations have a combined annual budget of approximately $880,000 and offer pro-
gramming for children up to age 5 during the school year, as well as programming for children 6-9 during
the summer. The campus facility near the School of Human Ecology’s main building serves 55 students,
age 2-9 years. The near west side location in the Bethany United Methodist Church building serves 58 students,
age 6 weeks to 9 years.
Jacquelyn Leckwee, Campus Site (Linden Street) Instructional Program Manager
Kristen Krystofiak, Senior Instructional Specialist
Patricia Moeser, Senior Instructional Specialist
Susan Sprecher, Senior Instructional Specialist
Terri Hoffman, Instructional Specialist
Angela Larson, Instructional Specialist
Maria Hudson, Associate Instructional Specialist
Anne Saloma, Associate Instructional Specialist
Sandra Smith, Associate Instructional Specialist
Jill Riley, Bethany Site Instructional Program Manager
Elizabeth Caul, Senior Instructional Specialist
Kathleen Dahl, Instructor Specialist
Nancy Esser, Associate Instructor Specialist
Cassandra Feist, Instructional Specialist
Malika Guend, Associate Instructor Specialist
Victoria Karlov, Instructional Specialist
Maria Lenerz, Associate Instructor Specialist
Joann Laufenberg, Instructional Specialist
Doreen McDonald, Associate Instructor Specialist
Mary Pierick, Instructional Specialist
Laura Feist, Associate Instructional Specialist
Ricci Keown, Associate Instructional Specialist
Mikol Neils, Associate Instructional Specialist
Alumni and Donor Interests
Since 1861, the Wisconsin Alumni Association has served all the alumni of UW-Madison, includ-
ing those of the Schools of Home Economics, Family Resources and Consumer Science, and Human
Ecology. SoHE has almost 10,000 alumni around the globe.
Board of Visitors
The current roster of SoHE’s Board of Visitors represents an exceptional list of outstanding profession-
als, committed to the future growth and development of the School. Each member brings valuable knowledge
and experience to enhance the continuation of SoHE’s mission and goals.
Mary K. Berge, SoHE alumna, is a clothing consultant for the Carlisle Collection of Fine Women’s Apparel.
She has been an active member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and is a member of the Bascom Hill Soci-
ety. Berge also has led many charitable and development events for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations,
such as the Attic Angels Association, Edgewood High School, the Madison Art League and the United Way
Head Start Program.
Nancy Bruce, SoHE alumna, is a former nursery school teacher and an active volunteer in such organi-
zations as the Winnetka Auxiliary of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Auxiliary of the Evanston
and Glenbrook Hospital, and the Nutrition for Optimal Health Association. A serious textile collector,
Mrs. Bruce’s particular interest is in antique American quilts. Her investment in the educational mission
of the School and the University is reflected in her endowment of the School’s Gallery of Design, which
was opened to the public in 1990.
Sharon Devenish, SoHE alumna, is president of Devenish Associates, Inc., a facility design and manage-
ment firm providing interior space planning, interior design, and facility management services to several Fortune
500 corporations, major medical facilities, and financial institutions. Devenish is a member of various profes-
sional organizations, president of the Wisconsin Institute of Business Designers, and is certified by the National
Council of Interior Design
Lauranita T. Dugas, a UW-Madison alumna, retired in 1989, after working in the field of early child-
hood education in Chicago, where she invested 25 years in the Chicago Child Care Society as a supervising
teacher. She also worked for Head Start and the Institute for Juvenile Research. Ms. Dugas currently serves as
an educational consultant at Harold Washington College for the Child Development Associate Training Project.
Roxy Heyse, a SoHE alumna, believes the purpose of volunteering is to improve the quality of life for all
ages in health, education, music, art and the environment. She has served as president of the Mequon
Thiensville Library League for nine years, during which time the Frank L. Weyenberg Library was built.
The Heyses donated the Children’s Porch of this library. Fundraising has also been a big part of the Heyses’
lives. She has served as co-chairman of the Symphony Ball, Zoo Ball, Haggerty Museum Ball, and Milwaukee
Symphony Style Show, to name a few. The Heyses have given a professorship to the UW-Madison Journalism
School, as well as scholarships to the Journalism School and the School of Human Ecology. Their daughters
(graduates of UW-Madison) are members of the Bascom Hill Society along with their parents. Heyse earned
her degree in merchandising and textiles from Milwaukee Downer College (now Lawrence University).
Gilda Hudson-Winfield, a UW-Madison alumna, is a former Big 10 Champion in Track and Field. She
now serves on the University’s Athletic Board and recently was appointed as an associate director of the
Wisconsin Alumni Association. Having earned a juris doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago, she is
a practicing attorney and founder of a minority-owned law firm in downtown Chicago. She provides legal
services in several areas including family law.
Jennifer Klise, 1990 UW-Madison alumna, is senior merchandise manager at Target Direct, which oper-
ates four web sites supporting the store and the corporation’s catalog brands. She is the newest member
of the School’s Board of Visitors.
Tony Landretti earned his baccalaureate in Consumer Science in 1989. Now a division manager for the
Campbell Soup Company in Phoenix, Arizona, he heads Safeway, a national grocery chain. Landretti
credits his success to SoHE faculty and his involvement as a student in the Society of Consumer Affairs
Professionals. This involvement led to his first job out of college in consumer affairs at Quaker Oats in
Chicago. Later as a distribution manager for Gatorade, Landretti moved to Kansas City and then Dallas,
where he developed a custom palette to distribute products that is now used on a national level. Return-
ing to sales, Landretti then moved to Denver before taking his current position with the Campbell Soup
Susan Lubar, UW-Madison alumna, is first vice president-investments at Salomon Smith Barney in
Madison, Wisconsin. She also serves on the boards of the UW Research Park and the Madison Affiliate
of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She maintains an active membership in Cabinet 99
(UW-Madison Alumni Association), Mendota Gridiron Club, Bascom Hill Society, Langer Society,
TEMPO-Madison, International Women’s Forum-Madison, and Vantage Point.
B. Ann Neviaser, SoHE alumna, has been the consumer advocate on the Wisconsin Savings & Loan Re-
view Board for seven years. She has served as a public member of the Wisconsin Medical Examining
Board and is presently chair of that board, appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson. Neviaser has
served nine years on the Dane County Board, highlighted by being the first woman to chair the Finance
Karon Ohm-Ehlert received her bachelor’s degree at the UW-Madison, where she majored in Con-
sumer Science. She recalls, “I was able to get a great business background with marketing/communica-
tions thrown in.” Ohm-Ehlert used this background to purchase and grow a dental practice with her hus-
band. This included returning to school to become a registered dental hygienist, as well as planning and
building an office building to house the practice. Immediately after college, Ohm-Ehlert worked as public
relations secretary and then international coordinator in her father’s company, Brady Marketing Group.
She had always planned to return to the company and did so in 1999, following her father’s death. In
January 2000, Ohm-Ehlert became Chairman of Brady Marketing.
Judith Pyle is vice chairman of The Pyle Group, a financial services and investment company. She is also
vice chairman of Georgette Klinger, Inc., the group of exclusive skin care and beauty services salons pur-
chased by The Pyle Group in 1998. Pyle serves on several boards: Alliant Energy Corporation; Uniek,
Inc.; Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance; Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Dane County; Vompetitive Wisconsin, Inc;
and Children’s Theater of Madison; White House Endowment Fund in Washington, D.C.; United Way of
Dane County Foundation; Elvehjem Museum of Art Council; St. Mary’s Development Council; and The
Madison Art Center Foundation. Pyle received her undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts degrees from
the UC-Los Angeles and completed advanced management programs at the University of Virginia and
Debra (Deb) Schroeder is vice president of Branch and Volunteer Development at Aid Association for
Lutherans (AAL), headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is responsible for the vision and strategy to
mobilize and train 35,000 AAL member volunteers in branches nationwide. Schroeder co-founded Volun-
teers in Service to Appleton (VISTA) and has held leadership positions in many other community and
professional organizations, such as United Way, Tri-County Women in Management, Northeast Wisconsin
Families with Children from China, and the Peace Center for the Blind. She earned a degree in rural soci-
ology from UW-Madison and prior to joining AAL worked as a 4-H and Youth Development Agent.
Charles R. Thomas, assistant professor of education at National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois,
has many years of experience in education — both within academe and in the field. He previously served
as superintendent of North Chicago Public Schools. Professor Thomas received his undergraduate degree
from the School of Education at UW-Madison and over the years has supported its student scholarships,
athletics, and academic programs. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern Uni-
versity. Honors and awards include the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the
Distinguished Service Award of the American Association of School Administrators, the National Alli-
ance of Black School Educators’ Hall of Fame, and being named to the Top 100 School Executives in
North America by Executive Educator.
Artha Jean Towell, SoHE alumna, is the vice president of Seabury Corporation, builder of fine family
homes. Towell has taught high school home economics and biology and has been extremely active in the
University, serving as president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and on the Athletic Board for six
years. Through her six-year association with the Southern Wisconsin Health Planning Council, Towell
was appointed to the Governor’s Health Policy Council and served in three administrations. She has
taken courses at the UW-Madison in health care planning and has been a member of the board of the Vis-
iting Nurse Service. In 1990 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UW-Madison.
Carol Vanderpool, SoHE alumna and Bascom Hill Society member, runs a CD company with husband
Tom, who received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from UW-Madison. OneDisk.com
creates CDs for client companies, offering testing, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping. Clients in-
clude People PC, Vanguard, Prudential, and the School of Human Ecology, which asked OneDisk to cre-
ate a minority student recruitment CD. The small, round CD features the School’s thumbprint logo and
audio along with visual images and text. OneDisk also can create CDs in other shapes, including hearts,
business cards, and other designs.
Jeanan Yasiri-Coon, administrator of service initiatives at Dean Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin, devel-
ops programs to improve processes, provide access to appointments, and aid medically underserved popula-
tions. The “Community Care Program” helps uninsured patients find resources to meet medical expenses. In
1998 it received the Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Award and Yasiri-Coon received the Dane County/
City of Madison Public Health Leadership Award. She serves on the state’s Public Health Advisory Forum and
Uncompensated Care Panel. Yasiri-Coon co-authored Tackling the Uninsured Puzzle: Collaborating for
Community Care (2001) and Putting the Patient First: Upfront with Advocacy and Community Service
(1997). She holds a M.Sc. in Consumer Science from the UW-Madison and is now a senior lecturer in the De-
partment. Previously she worked for the NBC television affiliate in Madison. Yasiri-Coon is an on-air volunteer
for Wisconsin Public Television and a member of the Downtown Madison Rotary Chapter.
2000-2001 Expenditures by Category
General Program Operations $5,606,897 (64%)
Other State Funds $ 89,492 (1%)
Revolving-Auxiliaries $1,423,424 (16.3% — primarily Preschool)
Revolving-General $ 57,126 (0.7%)
Federal $ 665,499 (7.6%)
Gifts & Endowments $ 911,766 (10.4%)
(Percentages do not total 100% due to averaging.)
Impact of Private Support
Over the past half dozen years, the School has received more than $3 million in private support. Gifts
from alumni and friends support more than 20 scholarships, offering awards to more than 70 students annually.
In 1998, generous donors funded the School’s first Bascom professorship. SoHE currently has three Bascom
Professors: faculty members Inge Bretherton, Robin Douthitt and Dave Riley were named Bascom Professors in
Private support also enabled the School to open its first infant care center. And, contributions continue
to support the programs of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, including lectures and the Image Database
Project. Donations have helped to fund the annual retailing lecture series and to underwrite campus stays by vis-
iting artists and other professionals.
SoHE’s giving history includes the remarkable donation of Elizabeth Metz (M.S., Home Economics,
1935), who willed about $490,000 to the School in 2000. Metz taught high school following her graduation
from what was then the School of Home Economics and her career in vocational education lasted until her re-
tirement in 1966. Metz’s gift enabled the School to undertake an architectural feasibility plan to replace and
renovate SoHE’s buildings.Other friends and alumni will help the School realize this vision.
The School has completed a facilities master plan to identify space components for a new building and
renovation of the existing Human Ecology building. The new building will include state-of-the-art preschool fa-
cilities and will serve as a research center to facilitate interdepartmental as well as cross-college collaborations in
early childhood development. This new space also will enhance research and outreach encompassing the
broader human development and family life span topics addressed by Human Development and Family Studies
faculty. New facilities for the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Gallery of Design would improve
storage facilities and public access to these unique school resources.
The academic marketplace has become increasingly competitive. Those institutions that are most successful
in recruiting and retaining top faculty are able to offer professorships or chairs that recognize the faculty member
and provide extra funding for research projects, graduate assistants, or equipment. Endowments that create fac-
ulty professorships and chairs will enable the School to enhance an area of existing academic strength or create
new scholarly initiatives.
Faculty positions are endowed at the following levels:
• Distinguished Faculty Chair — $1 million plus
• Professorship — $750,000 plus
• Faculty Scholar — $500,000 plus
SoHE also seeks to attract the brightest students, both for undergraduate and graduate study. As
educational costs continue to climb, the School needs to offer graduate assistantships and fellowships, as well
as undergraduate scholarships that will enable students to begin and complete their studies at the UW-Madi-
son. Support for students is generally funded at the following levels:
• Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship — $250,000 (plus WARF supplement)
• Undergraduate Tuition Scholarships (Wisconsin resident) — $100,000
• Undergraduate Research Awards — $100,000
Within the area of student support the School has identified several specific priorities:
• Undergraduate scholarships designated for recruiting and supporting the School’s initiative on
• Graduate fellowships needed for new doctoral programs in Consumer Science, Design Studies, and
Human Development and Family Studies.
• Scholarships to acknowledge and encourage community involvementvia internships and community
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection features some 11,000 textiles and costumes repre-
senting countless eras, places and techniques. It’s an invaluable resource for the School’s faculty and
students, as well as designers, historians, sociologists and cultural anthropologists around the world. An
endowment of $2 million would support additional staffing for collection research, conservation and preserva-
tion, and outreach activities, including the publication of exhibition guides.
The Gallery of Design serves as a showcase for the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and contem-
porary textile artists, as well as both undergraduate and graduate work. The Gallery also provides students with
an opportunity to learn exhibition design and installation skills. Exhibitions are done in collaboration with the
Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and other departments on campus. An endowment of $1 million would
support hiring a full-time executive director to coordinate the exhibition schedule and expand outreach activities
including guest lecturers and visiting artists.
Dean’s Development Fund
The Development Fund provides discretionary dollars that give the School the flexibility to re-
spond to various opportunities and needs as they arise. Such funds are typically used to develop new ini-
tiatives; support special opportunities for faculty, staff and students; and enhance the technological infra-
structure of the School. A recent example of this type of funding is the investment made to pilot a Digital
Studio for an advanced Interior Design course using wireless computer technology in computer-aided de-
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