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On Wisconsin Feature: Allee Willis

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On Wisconsin Magazine, Spring 2019

Last fall I had the pleasure of spending an hour on the phone with University of Wisconsin alumnus Allee Willis for this On Wisconsin magazine feature, published in the Spring 2019 issue. Allee is a two-time Grammy Award winner, Emmy and Tony nominee, and recent inductee in the Songwriters Hall of Fame . . . and she’s also one of the most interesting people I’ve ever spoken with.

Read Allee’s story here.

DIY Career

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On Wisconsin, Winter 2017I love writing for UW-Madison’s On Wisconsin Magazine because I get to talk to so many interesting Badgers who do amazing things. Last fall, I phoned up fellow alumna Jenni Radosevich ’05, a lifelong crafter who turned her love of DIY into a publishing and television career, and is now flipping houses in Milwaukee. Read Jenni’s story here.

Opening UW’s Alumni Park

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Wendy and Alina at the opening of Alumni Park
Alumni Park opening celebration, October 2017

It was such an honor to attend the grand opening of Alumni Park on the UW-Madison campus. Plans for the park, nestled between the Memorial Union and the Red Gym, had been in place long before I worked at the Wisconsin Alumni Association. To see big dreams of an open green space at the edge of Lake Mendota realized filled my big Badger heart with a lot of pride.

I was also privileged to contribute some content to the Alumni Park website. It was so interesting to research fellow alumni like Gaylord Nelson and Jake Wood, and play amateur detective to learn about Badger traditions like U-Rah-Rah.

Supper Clubs and Klezmer Dance

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I’m always honored to write for On Wisconsin magazine (the publication of my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison), so I was twice as proud when I had the chance to contribute two pieces for the Summer 2017 issue.

  • This winter, I had an amazing 90-minute conversation with Rabbi Daniel Brenner ’92 about everything from Mifflin St. and doing improv with Chris Farley, to how he’s helping Jewish youth connect with their faith (and disconnect from their phones), to his passion for trying to keep traditional Jewish dances alive in a totally unique way. Just a super cool guy.
  • In February, I road-tripped up to Green Bay with Wisconsin Alumni Association staffer Kristen where dozens of alumni, many from the Brown County chapter, gathered to learn about the Science of Supper Clubs. The event reminded me of all the things I loved about working at WAA: Badgers swapping stories from the good ol’ days, great food (and beer samples from Wisconsin Brewing Co.), and some lifelong learning on the side.

99 things to do in Madison this summer

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I got 99 problems … but how to enjoy summer in Madison ain’t one!

I had so much fun researching 99 things to do in Madison this summer for the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (and they did an amazing job designing this web page, too).

From old favorites (the Memorial Union, Babcock ice cream and Dane County dog parks) to items still on my bucket list (Allen Centennial Gardens, Movies in the Park and the Monona Community Pool), there’s no excuse to ever be bored in Madison.


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Congratulations, WPS!

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Really proud to be part of the WPS Health Solutions Creative Team that took home SIX Silver ADDY Awards – including a small group health insurance brochure I worked on.

Bravo, guys!

Hot Off the Presses!

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Having worked at UW Health for 18 months, I knew there are some pretty special people who work there. I am proud to have helped tell a few of their stories in this year’s Nursing Annual Report, Reflections 2016: It Takes a Team.

Click here to read the full report, or check out my contributions: