Public humanities project to bring cultural center to camp for veterans and first responders

Now in its third year, nonprofit Wisconsin Hero Outdoors has partnered with Lakewood WWV Camp in Lake Geneva to create a cultural retreat that gives the veteran and first responder community a space of their own. Graduate student Nick Harnish, a Public Humanities Scholar with the UW–Madison Center for the Humanities, is leading a project to renovate a lighthouse at the camp, turning it into a cultural center.

Revival of Ojibwe Winter Games an opportunity for community-university collaboration

Friendship is the first word that comes to Wayne Minogiizhig Valliere’s mind when asked about a partnership between UW–Madison and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

“It’s a really good collaboration between the university and our students,” said Valliere, an Ojibwe language and culture instructor, and former artist-in-residence at UW–Madison.

The partnership he’s talking about includes a series of projects with the Lac du Flambeau public schools: bringing back the traditional Ojibwe Winter Games, building birchbark canoes, and inspiring similar projects across the state.

New position to support graduate students on campus

The Graduate School and Dean of Students Office are excited to announce a new shared position to support graduate students. Elaine Goetz-Berman is now serving as the Graduate Student Assistance Specialist, located in the Dean of Students Office. Her work will include providing graduate student support and assistance, acting as an advocate on behalf of graduate students, and providing outreach and assistance to the faculty and staff who support UW graduate students.