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Why cities around Wisconsin are feeling the heat

Bekah McBride,  InsideUW | September 8, 2021

Understanding Wisconsin’s urban heat islands and how to mitigate their health impacts on the urban population is the focus of the new collective, Wisconsin Heat Health Network, which began thanks to the efforts of University of Wisconsin-Madison UniverCity Year leadership.

Waunakee has much to gain from Ho-Chunk Partnership

Letter from the Waunakee Tribune Editor, Roberta Baumann | July 29, 2021

Village of Waunakee leaders partnered with the Ho-Chunk Nation through a UniverCity Year project in 2020-21. The collaboration produced a Land Acknowledgment statement to honor the history of the land, plus proposals for educational programs about the Ho-Chunk culture, art installations and environmental stewardship projects.

Waunakee considers statement to acknowledge Ho-Chunk land, future actions

Roberta Baumann, Waunakee Tribune | July 22, 2021

Waunakee village staff presented the village board with a report summarizing the past year and a half of work with the UniverCity Year program and the UW Nelson Institute School of Environmental Studies, along with the statement at the board’s July 19 meeting. A student group involved in the work drafted a number of ways to honor and recognize the Ho-Chunk land Waunakee is on and celebrate and honor the Nation’s history, said Todd Schmidt, village administrator.

Farmer attitudes toward nitrate contamination of ground water

CALS News, UW-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences | April 14, 2021

A new report by Professor Bret Shaw summarizes the results of a survey taken by farmers in Wisconsin’s Pepin County, one of 25 projects initiated through UniverCity Year Pepin County.

UniverCity Year partners with Egg Harbor to eliminate single-use plastics, Nelson undergrad spearheads the project

Janel Hutchison, Door County Pulse | April 9, 2021

In UCY’s partnership with Egg Harbor, a key goal is to eliminate single-use plastics within the village — something that Egg Harbor sees as essential to protecting the health of its Lake Michigan coastline, as well as encouraging sustainable living for its residents and visitors.

These UW-Madison students solve problems across the state

Paul Fanlund, The Capital Times | March 19, 2021

UW-Madison’s UniverCity Year program leverages the expertise and energy of students to solve problems and improve communities throughout Wisconsin, including Adams County just north of Wisconsin Dells.

UniverCity Year Adams County and UW-Madison Engineering students partner on teacher recruitment project

UW-Madison School of Engineering | March 8, 2021

Students in UW-Madison’s Industrial Systems Engineering course Management of Continuous Process Improvement took on a project during the fall 2020 semester to improve teacher retention and recruitment in Adams County.

“In class, we don’t talk about how these tools can be applied to a school district,” says Baily Benck, who graduated in December 2020. “Our project really forced us to establish that deep understanding of the tools we learned and developed, and how to use and apply them to a little bit less traditional situation.”

UniverCity Year project aims to recognize native inhabitants of Waunakee

Waunakee Times | February 23, 2021

Representatives from the Ho-Chunk Nation, UW-Madison and the Village of Waunakee recently kicked off their three-year collaboration with UW’s UniverCity Alliance to improve cultural responsiveness, social justice, inclusion and civility within the community.

UniverCity Alliance partners with more communities across Wisconsin

NBC15 News | February 22, 2021

UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance recently announced they will be pairing up with Racine County, Marathon County, the Village of Waunakee, and Milwaukee going into 2021.

UniverCity Year lecturer Tom Landgraf Joins Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity

UW-Madison Business School | January 28, 2021

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) invited Graaskamp Center Senior Lecturer Tom Landgraf to serve on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity. The commission was tasked with tapping local perspectives on long-term, recent and future economic challenges facing rural Wisconsin people, communities and businesses. To learn more about the commission and to hear from the other commissioners, see Governor Ever’s press release.

Racine County is new UniverCity Year partner

Racine County Eye | February 19, 2021

In collaboration with UW-Madison’s UniverCity Year program, Racine County will focus on building a stronger, more resilient community and addressing racial disparities. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will also serve as a higher education partner with Racine County and UniverCity Year.

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Green County and UniverCity Year Partner to Launch Teen Intervention Program
UW-Madison program to partner with Wisconsin Rapids on community projects

Wisconsin Rapids City Times | July 18, 2020
UniverCity Year (UCY), a program aimed at finding practical solutions to community-based challenges, will partner with the city of Wisconsin Rapids on a wide range of community-based projects.

The City of Monona receives on-the-ground support to work toward a more sustainable, livable future

EPIC-N | July 8, 2020
University of Wisconsin-Madison’s inaugural UniverCity Year program integrates university courses—administration, faculty, students—to assess, audit, and complete 30 recreation, transportation, housing, and digital connectivity projects.

Co-director of UniverCity Alliance awarded WARF Named Professorship

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies | June 4, 2020
This award honors faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors.

University of Wisconsin-Madison program partners with local communities to foster growth, resilience, and sustainability

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies | May 29, 2020
The beginning of 2020 is off to a strong start for UniverCity Alliance.

Artists find ways to help families get through coronavirus pandemic

Global Health Institute | April 22, 2020
The Giant Snorflaggle, resplendent in a fantastic top hat, wings to fly and a pointed tail, is on the job to help children understand the coronavirus pandemic.

Nelson Institute celebrates 50 years, supports UCY Green County

WKOW | April 22, 2020
The Nelson Institute has been the driving force behind a number of influential programs, including UniverCity Year.

UniverCity Year award finalist

Epic-N | April 16, 2020
The UniverCity Year program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the 2020 Outstanding Program Award finalists.

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s EPIC program helps local, state, and national campaign to combat COVID-19

Epic-N | April 16, 2020
Researchers, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities design a communications campaign and a behavior survey to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Local artist creates free downloadable coloring pages to help keep kids busy at home

Channel 3000 | April 15, 2020
A local artist teamed up with staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison to create coloring pages for kids that deal with topics related to COVID-19.

Winners of Distinguished Teaching Awards discuss community engagement, social justice in classroom

The Badger Herald | April 10, 2020
UW honored 13 professors with Distinguished Teaching Awards

2020 UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards

UW-Madison | April 7, 2020
Andrea Hicks wins Excellence in Community-Based Learning teaching award.

Jonathan Patz: Reason for hope against the novel coronavirus

Wisconsin State Journal | April 3, 2020
Despite the grim headlines about the escalating health, economic and social toll of COVID-19, recent news from California provides reason for hope.

Taking survey can help thwart COVID-19, spread Wisconsin Idea

UW-Madison | March 20, 2020
In a fast-moving response to COVID-19, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are joining forces to help slow the spread of the disease. And they need your help.

Taking survey can help thwart COVID-19, spread Wisconsin Idea

Global Health Institute, UW-Madison | March 20, 2020
Take a 20-minute survey and ask your friends to do the same. What do you know about social distancing? What are you willing to do? What motivates you?

A new path

Door County Pulse | March 12, 2020
The Village of Egg Harbor is developing plans for a multi-jurisdictional recreational trail in conjunction with the UniverCity Year program.

Egg Harbor gets boost from UniverCity Year program

Door County Pulse | Jan. 24, 2020
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has selected the Village of Egg Harbor as one of seven communities with which to collaborate on planning infrastructure projects.

UW–Madison UniverCity Year program partners with Wisconsin Rapids, Adams County

Wisconsin Rapids City Times | Jan. 17, 2020
This year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison program, UniverCity Year plans to make a greater impact across the state by partnering with seven communities at the same time.

University of Wisconsin chooses Egg Harbor for improvement partnership

Green Bay Press-Gazette | Jan. 17, 2020
A University of Wisconsin-Madison program selected the village of Egg Harbor for a partnership that helps the locality address pressing issues.

Egg Harbor joins UW-Madison program

Door County Daily News | Jan. 15, 2020
The Village of Egg Harbor will take part in an expanded UW-Madison program that brings students, faculty and community leaders together to help local governments address important needs.

UniverCity Year program seeks faculty partners

UW-Madison | Dec. 17, 2019
UniverCity Year expects to make a greater impact across the state by partnering with seven communities at the same time.

Turning the page on the politics of resentment

The Capital Times | Dec. 13, 2019
Seven locations in Wisconsin seek advice from students and faculty at the state’s flagship public university in Madison.

Symposium examines community engagement

Marquette Wire | Nov. 19, 2019
Marquette hosted a community engagement symposium called “Six Pathways to Public Engagement” Nov. 12 in the Alumni Memorial Union.

UniverCity Year selected as finalist for economic development award

The Monroe Times | Sept. 8, 2019
The UniverCity Year program has been selected as a finalist for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s Economic Development Initiative award.

Pepin County, UW–Madison team up for latest ‘UniverCity’ collaboration

UW-Madison | August 29, 2019
On Aug. 28, Pepin County and the University of Wisconsin–Madison showcased their collaboration in Durand, the county seat along the Chippewa River.

Gavin Luter radio interview about UniverCity Year Pepin County

Reel Country 1430 AM | August 28, 2019
Gavin Luter discusses UniverCity Year Pepin County with Brian Winnekins.

Maria Nelson radio interview about UniverCity Year Pepin County

Reel Country 1430 AM | August 28, 2019
Maria Nelson discusses the UniverCity Year Pepin County with Brian Winnekins.

UW-Madison & Pepin Co. team up for “UniverCity Year” program

WEAU | August 28, 2019
An information session was held in Durand for people to learn more about the “UniverCity Year” program, which is three-year partnership between UW- Madison and Pepin County.

Community event to celebrate the UW–Madison and Pepin County UniverCity Year partnership

WEAU | August 23, 2019
Pepin County and the UniverCity Year program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invite community members to attend an information session and celebration on August 28, 2019.

Green County, UniverCity partnership wins award

The Monroe Times | July 10, 2019
he University of Wisconsin Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank presented the UniverCity Year program and its partners, including Green County, with a Community-University Partnership Award June 26 for their collaborative efforts to address community challenges while exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea of expanding education and outreach beyond the classroom.

UW–Madison honors outstanding community-university partnerships

UW-Madison | July 1, 2019
A joint effort to strengthen communities in rural Green County, a collaboration to reduce cancer among black women and a partnership to improve health literacy are among the winners of the 2019 Community-University Partnership Awards.

Network brings together universities, cities for innovation

Government Technology | June 21, 2019
The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network works with communities to generate high-tech solutions.

Partner with UW-Madison on projects in your county

Wisconsin Counties | June 2019
UniverCity Year is seeking a new local government partner for the 2019-2022 academic years.

The Wisconsin Idea gets back to its roots

Wisconsin School News | June-July 2019
One defining characteristic of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the history of the “Wisconsin Idea.”

CEE capstone projects capture $10,000 awards

College of Engineering | June 10, 2019
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering won an Engineering Education Award for a UCY project.

Cap Times’ Evjue Foundation gives $1.8 million to area nonpofits and UW-Madison

The Cap Times | June 5, 2019
The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, has awarded a $5,000 grant to UniverCity Year.

UniverCity projects highlight opportunity

The Monroe Times | May 28, 2019
As University of Wisconsin seniors look to wrap up their final projects to graduate within the scope of the UniverCity Alliance with Green County, officials are considering how the different viewpoints can help bolster development in their municipalities.

UniverCity Year, Green County celebrate year of community building

UW-Madison | April 26, 2019
This celebration marked the end of the second year of this three-year partnership between UW–Madison and Green County and featured flash-talks from UW–Madison students…

Reimagining rural spaces: WSB students design affordable housing in UniverCity Alliance

Wisconsin School of Business | April 16, 2019
Tom Landgraf has a message for his capstone real estate students: Get out of the classroom.

Promoting health and well-being in Monticello through public open space design

Post Messenger Recorder | April 11, 2019
Promoting community well-being through the design of public open spaces is the focus of a new integrated research-teaching-service project in the Village of Monticello.

UniverCity program blends student research with local government challenges

Wisconsin Public Radio | April 4, 2019
A University of Wisconsin-Madison program that connects students and faculty with local governments to solve problems is going outside of the Madison area for the first time.

UniverCity Year program to partner with Pepin County

UW-Madison | Feb. 20, 2019
Pepin County is the latest partner for the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s UniverCity Year program, which brings faculty, students, and community members together to improve the sustainability, resilience, and general wellbeing of Wisconsin’s communities.

Gavin Luter of UW-Madison discusses partnership with Pepin County

WRDN, Reel Country 1430 | Feb.12, 2019
UniverCity Alliance Director, Gavin Luter discusses the new UniverCity Year partnership with Brian Winnekins of WRDN in Durand, Wis.

Know Your Madisonian: Academia gets real

Wisconsin State Journal | Jan. 5, 2019
As director of the UniverCity Alliance at UW-Madison, Gavin Luter tries to bridge the gap between academia and the “real world.”

Increasing breastfeeding in Green County

WEKZ | Dec.12, 2018
Masters of Public Health students joined Mike Zweifel on WEKZ’s “To the Point” radio program to discuss their project.

Starting a cooperative for farmers in Green County

WEKZ | Dec. 3, 2018
Executive Director Courtney Berner joined Mike Zweifel on WEKZ’s “To the Point” radio program to discuss her students’ projects.

Addressing rural teacher isolation

WEKZ | Dec. 2018
Graduate student Katie McCabe joined Mike Zweifel on WEKZ’s “To the Point” radio program to discuss her project with teachers in Juda.

Juda School partners with UW to reduce carbon footprint

Fox 47 | Dec. 6, 2018
High school students in Juda have partnered with University of Wisconsin engineering students to help implement green energy solutions.

UW–Madison engineering students design sustainable system for rural school

UW-Madison | Dec. 6, 2018
A team from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proposing a renewable energy system to help offset Juda School’s energy expenses by 25 percent.

Energizing impact

College of Engineering | Dec. 3, 2018
UW-Madison engineering students design sustainable system for rural school.

Students design renewable energy system for Juda School

WEKZ | Nov. 13, 2018
Engineering students join Mike Zweifel on WEKZ’s “To the Point” radio program to discuss their renewable energy project with Juda School.

Suman Banerjee named Distinguished Member of ACM

UW-Madison | Nov. 12, 2018
UniverCity Alliance board member Suman Banerjee was recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery for his Outstanding Scientific Contribution to Computing.

Making the Wisconsin Idea Local

Wisconsin Idea Seminar | Oct. 30, 2018
Gavin Luter describes the UniverCity Year and explores the heart of the Wisconsin Idea in this Wisconsin Idea Seminar at UW-Madison.

UniverCity Year to the point

WEKZ | Oct. 1, 2018
Gavin Luter, UniverCity Alliance director, joins Mike Zweifel on WEKZ’s “To the Point” radio program to discuss the UniverCity Year partnership with Green County.

Project putting UW resources to work for local communities

Wisconsin Public Radio | Sept. 6, 2018
The UniverCity Alliance project is starting its third year trying to connect local communities to the brainpower of UW-Madison. We talk to the director of the program about what they’ve accomplished and what the project will look like in this next year.

UniverCity Year program, Green County partnership to offer ‘real world’ experiences for students

The Badger Herald | Sept. 4, 2018
As another year closes on the UniverCity Year program, a new partnership between Green County and the University of Wisconsin was announced as a way to find practical solutions to community based-issues.

UW–Madison, Green County launch UniverCity partnership

UW-Madison | August 16, 2018
Finding practical solutions to community-based challenges is at the heart of a new three-year partnership between Green County and the UniverCity Year program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison that will kick off Aug. 21 with a gala event at the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center.

Is Green County ready for the human spark plug (PDF download)

The Monroe Times | July 27, 2018
Rebecca Ryan will return to Green County to offer her compelling insights and help kick off the Green County UniverCity Year program.

Local Gov Matters podcast features UniverCity Year

The Wheeler Report | June 27, 2018
Gwyn Guenther, president of Wheeler Reports, talks with Gavin Luter, UniverCity Year director and Monona Mayor Mary O’Connor.

Eight projects win Baldwin grants

UW-Madison | June 12, 2018
The subjects of the eight projects selected for grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment are varied, but all will help the university contribute knowledge and resources across the state.

UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance names Gavin Luter as director

Global Health Institute | June 6, 2018
Gavin Luter has been named director of the UniverCity Alliance at UW-Madison, which connects students and educators with communities to solve local challenges.

In second year, UniverCity has students, faculty seek solutions to Dane County problems

UW-Madison | May 15, 2018
In its second year, UW–Madison’s UniverCity Year program directed 305 students and 16 faculty members across 11 departments to come up with ways to address Dane County’s housing gap, improve economic development, and protect its water quality.

Aspen Institute recognizes UniverCity Year-related course with 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Award

Wisconsin School of Business | May 8, 2018
Jaime Luque, an assistant professor in WSB’s Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, has been named a 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Award winner by The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program for an assignment addressing affordable housing in the Madison area.

UniverCity Year partners with Green County

UW-Madison | April 4, 2018
The UW–Madison program, aimed at improving the sustainability, resilience and livability of Wisconsin communities, will work with the south central Wisconsin county for the 2018-19 academic year.

Wisconsin Idea in action

The Cap Times | October 14, 2017
In a one-year partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dane County will attempt to harness the university’s resources by working with students and professors to develop possible solutions in four challenging areas the county faces.

Putting UW brainpower to work for Dane County

The Cap Times | October 5, 2017
For more than a century, our state has been guided by something called the “Wisconsin Idea.”

Welcome to Monona: Small-town charm with Madison right next door

Isthmus | July 27, 2017
In moving forward, Monona has taken full advantage of the brainpower at UW-Madison.

Dane County board passes UniverCity Alliance to collaborate with students

WKOW TV | July 13, 2017
UW-Madison students could soon be shaping local policies and helping with county projects after a bill passed Thursday night.

UniverCity Year celebrates yearlong partnership with Monona

UW-Madison | May 9, 2017
It’s called the UniverCity Year program, but it’s really an extension of the Wisconsin Idea.

UniverCity Year celebrates first year at UW-Madison

WKOW TV | May 3, 2017
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is celebrating a milestone with one of its new programs.

UniverCity Alliance: Providing resources and saving money for Wisconsin cities

UW-Madison | January 19, 2017
The UniverCity Alliance aims to connect education, service and research on campus with cities to further the practice of sustainability.

New UW program pairs students with city staff to finish improvement projects

WKOW TV | October 19, 2016
A new, pilot program at UW-Madison is giving the city of Monona some help on improvement projects that were put on the back burner.

UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance helps Wisconsin communities innovate, grow

UW-Madison | September 19, 2016
This fall, the city of Monona will serve as a living lecture hall for many students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, thanks to a new program aimed at strengthening the connection between the university and communities across the state.

UW partnership will connect classes, community

The Badger Herald | September 15, 2016
The UniverCity Alliance launched a partnership with the city of Monona Wednesday at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to engage students in the city’s developmental projects.

Students, faculty kick off year-long partnership with city of Monona

The Daily Cardinal | September 15, 2016
UW-Madison kicked off a new program aiming to connect the campus community with the needs of cities in Wisconsin with a meeting Wednesday night at the Leopold Nature Center in Monona.

Focus on Dane County: UW-Madison, Monona to collaborate on city project

Wisconsin State Journal | February 5, 2016
A new partnership with UW-Madison promises to deliver Monona officials a wealth of information on how to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure, housing and amenities.

Monona, UW-Madison partner on first ‘UniverCity Year’ project

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies | January 21, 2016
A new UW-Madison initiative to help boost urban sustainability in Wisconsin has landed its first partner: the city of Monona.