Community Service Programs

Community service and outreach to schools and the community are major initiatives at UW-Madison. This section highlights just a few of the many comunity service programs sponsored by UW-Madison in 1996.

90. Earth Partnership Program
Sponsored by the Arboretum, the Earth Partnership Program aims to increase awareness of the natural world and explore the idea that human beings can have a positive relationship with nature through restoration of native biological communities. The program includes teacher training, work with school children of all ages, community action projects and family workshops. Earth Partnership for Schools also provides training institutes for teachers.

  • Workshop Training: 48 teachers, 8 schools
  • Special Earth Partnership Tours: approximately 2,350 students
  • Earth Partnership Staff Inservice: more than 200 teachers

    91. Student Presented Interactive Chemistry Experience
    The Department of Chemistry, Institute for Chemical Education, sponsors SPICE, an outreach program designed to encourage children's interest in science and chemistry. SPICE volunteers present a series of chemical demonstrations based on a common theme, which stimulates enthusiasm and excitement in the audience. SPICE volunteers portray science as an interesting, exciting and integral part of society.

  • Fall 1996: 870 students
  • Summer 1996: 725 students
  • Spring 1996: 3,930 students

    92. Family And Community Town Suppers
    UW-Madison's University Health Services and the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources program aims to promote family involvement, bridge society's separation of race and class, and provide a fresh, new avenue for involvement in key community issues. Each FACTS meeting is developed around a current issue of interest to the community in which it is held. Topics include the drinking age, the death penalty and land use. FACTS events feature a panel of several people who are knowledgeable about the issue and have opposing views. Elected officials and legislators most often serve as panel members.

  • 1995-1996: approximately 1,200 individuals

    93. Morgridge Center
    The Morgridge Center serves as a clearinghouse for UW-Madison students to do one-on- one tutoring with Madison area K-12 students, including the Wright Middle School. The center places UW-Madison students in volunteer settings around Dane County.

  • Fall 1996: approximately 1,000 placements
  • Spring 1996: approximately 1,000 placements

    94. UW-Marshfield Ag Research Station
    The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' station introduces students to dairy farming in Wisconsin. The station also provides teachers and parents with an opportunity to learn about UW-Madison and dairy research.

    95. International Reach
    Sponsored by the Dean of Students and International Student and Scholar Services, International Reach brings international students, scholars and spouses into K-12 classrooms in Madison and other participating schools to enrich the study of international cultures and enhance global understanding.

  • Fall 1996: 11 Madison schools, and schools in Verona, Merrimac, Cambridge, Oregon, Mount Horeb and Edgerton

    96. English 309
    English 309 in the Department of English connects university students with elementary and secondary student writers. UW-Madison students read the high school students' writing and return letters of assessment, and in turn, share their own writing with elementary and high school students. The program aims to prepare teachers, as well as provide a connection between the university and K-12 schools.

    97. Kemp Natural Resources Station
    Located in Oneida County, the heart of Wisconsin's northwoods, Kemp Natural Resources Station is a UW-Madison facility dedicated to research, instruction and outreach programs in the management, conservation and preservation of natural resources. Kemp's 135 acres support some of the last remnants of old-growth forests in the Lake States, making Kemp an exceptional research and educational facility. The station provides a comprehensive program of natural resource education for youth. Multidisciplinary activities using hands-on techniques enhance participants' awareness and understanding of natural resource issues. The goal is to foster resource stewardship among today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.

  • Fall 1996: 100 participants
  • Spring 1996: 185 participants

    98. Biological Systems Engineering
    Professor Richard Straub, Department of Agricultural Engineering, provides approximately 60 diesel engines to be used in high school technical courses. Professor Straub also provides two days of training to high school FFA teams in agricultural mechanics.

  • Spring 1996: 75 students

    99. UW-Madison Arts Outreach Program
    The Arts Outreach Program manages three School of Music faculty ensembles for educational events and concerts. These esembles include the Pro Arte String Quartet, Wisconsin Brass Quintet and the Wingra Woodwind Quintet.

  • Fall 1996: 597 students
  • Spring 1996: 867 students
  • Fall 1995: 257 students

    100. School Psychology Field Program
    Graduate students in School Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology are placed in field sites in schools in Madison and the surrounding area. Students spend two days per week in an elementary school for one semester and two days per week in a high school for one semester. School psychologists at field sites and university faculty collaborate to provide supervision.

  • Fall 1996: 5 schools
  • Fall 1995: 6 schools