Friday, December 19, 2014

Sarah Fallon (History, '10), National History Day, State Coordinator (Wisconsin)

SK: I came to UW Madison as a transfer student. I originally went to a community college in Rockford Illinois where is my hometown. And I started out there as a journalism major, worked on the student newspaper as an editor for a couple of years, got some experience doing that. And realized that my true passion was history, and always has been. I studied early American history for the most part and have continued to also work with educational policy. 

LW: And what do you do? Can you explain a little bit what you’re doing now?

SK: I originally started working at the Wisconsin Historical Society with a program called National History Day. I started as a volunteer when I was a student here and I just volunteered for the State Contest as a judge. I was able to come in and meet with students and evaluate their work. I enjoyed it so much even though I didn’t know anything about the program. When the position came up a year later, and I was a senior here, I applied and was offered the position as Assistant Coordinator for the program.

National History Day is a program for our students in sixth through twelfth grade to do their own historical research projects. I get to travel around the state, introduce students to the project, help them do their research, and then help them execute the project and then go through a competitive cycle. So it’s an exciting position to be able to work with students from all around Wisconsin and it’s a national program with about a half a million students that participate each year. There are nine thousand in Wisconsin so quite a bit of students. I proceeded to work at the Historical Museum for a little while to fill in my time right after I graduated. Then when a position opened up again here at the Historical Society I decided to work with our press along with History Day. I worked on the press with educational publications. So I was able to work with a text book and other things for younger students. Just recently I’ve been able to bump up to History Day full-time and I’m currently the State Coordinator for the program. So looking forward to a new year of History Day. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eric Ogi, UW-Madison (Religious Studies, '11), Harvard Divinity School (Master of Divinity, '17 expected)

EO: My name is Eric Ogi and I was Religious Studies major. I graduated from UW-Madison in 2011. My background is that I came from a small, rural town in southeastern Wisconsin about 50 minutes north of Milwaukee.

My father and my grandfather are both veterinarians so I come from, socioeconomically, a more upper middle class background - they both own their own businesses – my grandpa moved to Wisconsin and started the business in the 50’s. My dad went to college and became a veterinarian, worked with my grandpa and took that over.

When I came to Madison it was like a whole new world – it was almost like culture shock. I remember coming here and being overwhelmed by the big buildings and wide streets and the people from 100+ countries and speaking different languages.

My sophomore year I started to take some Religious Studies classes and realized for the first time I was excited about what I was studying. Someone once said something along the lines of “Education is not the fitting of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” and for the first time that was true for me. Instead of just making it through the next exam or making it to the end of college I was actually excited about what I was doing and what I was studying and I actually wanted to read my text books.

Kind of inadvertently, through a friend I was studying with for a class on the New Testament, I met a Muslim student on campus and also Religious Studies major. Through that we ended up taking a few more classes together and formed a friendship of getting coffee together, going to a concert together. So it really opened up this world because before moving to Madison I had never met anyone who was Jewish or Muslim or from another faith tradition and so that was completely new to me. Seeing how she lived out her faith and the Jewish people I met – how they lived out their faith encouraged me to really seek that out more.

LW: How do you think you see yourself using your
Religious Studies major skills professionally? This can be from your internships and jobs while in college, now, and moving ahead in the ministry how do you see yourself using your RS skills?

EO: Well, the first thing that comes to mind with Religious Studies…

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brontë Mansfield. Art History and English Double Major. Beinecke Scholar.

Brontë Mansfield has English roots – genetically and academically. Her grandparents are 100% English and her name is Bronte, after all (after the famous English literary sisters). Brontë’s brother’s name is also Dash (after Dashiell Hammett, a well-known American author). Her mother was a literature/creative writing major in college and her family often hunkers down in the same room to read together when they are all in the same geographical spot.

She has thick blonde hair that is cut with stylish blunt bangs, and she is thoughtful, comfortable and animated (although she tells me when we first greet each other that she is exhausted. She missed her first cup of coffee of the day. I will learn later how jam-packed her days really are and how coffee comes in handy).

Brontë will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Arts double major in Art History and English. She has aspirations to become a professor and/or a curator. Her work as a student at The Chazen Museum of Art (since stumbling upon the newly renovated museum on campus her freshman year) has prepped, primed, and solidified for her the work she aspires to do professionally. Brontë describes here:

Brontë: “I was walking up and down State Street giving out my resume and I happened to wander into The Chazen. This was before school started and this was before my freshman year. They really want to get someone early, train them, and have them for a while. So, it was this combination where I had no experience, just unbridled enthusiasm. I was hired as a mater and framer.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Wisconsin Historical Society is offering a spring internship with National History Day in Wisconsin

This is a great opportunity that has just become available!

The Wisconsin Historical Society is offering a spring internship with National History Day in Wisconsin. This internship is ideal for students in History 506, but enrollment is not required. Applicants should have a strong interest in working with middle and high school aged students and be able to work at least 15 hours a week (with some weekend commitments). See the position description for detailed information on the internship.

Applications are due by December 11th at 5pm. All questions and materials should be directed to NHD State Coordinator Sarah Fallon at

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

UW-Madison Office of Undergraduate Advising Hiring Multimedia Intern! Deadline to Apply: December 19, 2014

Do you want to build your portfolio and earn credit?

The Office of Undergraduate Advising is looking for a creative storyteller who can assist with the promotion of the spring football game in April 2015. This year part of the proceeds raised from ticket sales will go towards supporting Undergraduate Advising at UW-Madison.

Interested students should meet the following requirements:

Minimum sophomore standing
Minimum 3.0 GPA
Able to commit 5-10 hours/week (hours are flexible)
Background and interest in multimedia storytelling.
Experience creating and editing videos
Creativity and a sense of humor!

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 19th, 2014 by 5:00 PM. Please see the internship posting for more details and instructions.

The internship posting can be found on Buckynet: ID 86408

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

International Internship Program November Info Sessions

Wednesday, November 19th from 4-5:30p.m. in 260 Bascom Hall
International Internship Returnee Panel and Getting Started Session:
A panel of international internship returnees can tell you about their professional experiences from all over the world and answer questions for prospective students. An IIP Advisor will attend the event to help interested students start their search after the panel. 
You will have a chance to hear about the different opportunities available, ask specific questions to the panelist and advisor, and find out about course credit and scholarships. (See attached poster)
Wednesday, November 19th from 12-1p.m. in 54 Bascom Hall
Funding your International Internship Webinar
The International Internship Program (IIP) will be streaming the Beyond Fellowships: Funding Your International Internship Webinar put on by Cultural Vistas. Come watch this informational webinar to learn about the variety of funding and resources for students. They will cover creating proposals, using online fundraising tools, resources & testimonials and have a Q&A. The IIP advisor will attend to answer UW-Madison specific questions. 
Thursday, November 20th  from 12-1p.m. in 54 Bascom Hall
Washington, D.C. Semester in International Affairs Info Session
Come find out how to intern in an internationally focused organization in Washington, D.C. while earning credits at UW-Madison. 
Friday, November 21st from 10:30-11:30a.m. in 120 Middleton Building
International Careers: find your path
Explore how to understand and build an international career with L&S Career Services, the Language Institute and IIP. We’ll talk about what an international career means, how to network and explore and how to market your international skills.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Global Health Field Course Fair

Global Health Field Course Fair
5-7 pm
Wed., Nov. 12, 2014
Union South's Varsity Hall III

Snacks will be provided

Are you pre-health? Or not pre-health, but still interested in improving the well-being of people, non-human animals, or the environment as a whole? 
Come to this fair to meet leaders of field courses associated with the undergraduate Certificate in Global Health. 

 Taking place in communities around the world in 2015 and January 2016, these courses show you firsthand how health is affected not just by clinical medical providers but also by folks like agronomists, teachers, social workers, engineers, and -- perhaps most importantly -- community members with a strong desire to improve their own lives. 

While some field courses do require that you have had one of the certificate's classroom-based courses, others do not. A list of next year's courses is here:

Applications for most courses will open on or shortly after November 19, 2014.