September 3, 2015

SAFER, SMARTER SENIORS: BECOME A PARTNER IN PREVENTION

Guests:  Mary Stamstad, RSVP Dane County and State Triad Coordinator;  Beverly Maddress, Citizen Advocate, Triad;  Lori Wirth, Madison Fire Department, and Kimberly Hazen, Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin



What you don’t know can hurt you. To provide seniors with the knowledge they need to feel safer and more secure in their communities, RSVP’s Dane County and State TRIAD programs will present a Crime Prevention and Safety Conference & Expo on Friday, September 18, at the American Family Center.  On this program, Mary Stamstad, Beverly Maddrell, Lori Wirth and Kimberly Hazen share highlights of topics to be covered at the all-day Conference including hoarding, financial management, identity theft and adult bullying.

For more information on the Conference or TRIAD, go to rsvpdane.org or triadofwisconsin.org, or contact Mary Stamstad at mstamstad@rsvpdane.org. Phone 608-441-7897.

August 27, 2015

SCOTT FLANAGAN, PRESIDENT OF EDGEWOOD COLLEGE

Guest: Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College



After one year in the leadership role of Edgewood College, Dr. Scott Flanagan reflects on what is was like to move into the presidency and how he is continuing to honor the past while meeting the educational needs of today and tomorrow. 

Maintaining a liberal arts foundation is one of the four essential characteristics of Edgewood College. That plus creating engaged learners, providing them with excellent teaching and including the broader community in the scope of their educational environment are core objectives that define an Edgewood College education. On this program, Scott Flanagan shares why these are important to achieve student success today.

August 20, 2015

BOO & PETIE, TOO! RETURN FOR A VISIT

Guests: Boo Mortenson and Petie Rudy, hosts of Boo & Petie, Too Saturdays on WTDY




Boo & Petie, Too! Life As We Live It - was a Saturday morning staple at 10:00 a.m. on AM 1670 WTDY for 16 years. Now they returned to the 10:00 a.m. slot on AM 1550 WHIT as guests on All About Living. This amazing duo brought many a smile to their listeners’ s faces and introduced their audience to a vast array of remarkable guests during their years on the air. What are some of their favorite memories? What is happening in their lives now? You will laugh and learn as you listen once again to Boo Mortenson and Petie Rudy this Saturday morning.

August 14, 2015

TEACHING THE TEACHERS: ADVANCING ACADEMIC SUCCESS FOR ALL

Guest:  Julie Underwood, Retiring Dean of School of Education, UW Madison



Enrich lives, transform communities and better the world: That is the commitment the School of Education at UW-Madison has made in this rapidly shifting educational landscape. Grounded in the belief that a high-quality public education for all is vital to our contemporary democratic society, the School of Education continues to put evidence-based research and innovation into practice.


On this program, Julie Underwood, who is stepping aside after ten years as Dean of the UW School of Education, will share her perspective on education today including the importance of teacher preparedness, the role of testing, and how the Wisconsin Idea is working with school systems to close the achievement gap.

August 7, 2015

A RAINBOW OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY TRAUMA

A RAINBOW OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY TRAUMA
Guest:  Sharyl Kato, LPC, Child & Family Therapist, Director, The Rainbow Project, Inc. - Clinical Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Public Health, UW Madison



Trauma can come in many forms. Community violence, grief or loss, natural disasters, child maltreatment, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, and adjustment to life transitions can all cause trauma and affect children and families in a variety of ways. Typical behaviors exhibited are often long term and life changing. They include depression, anxiety and relationship challenges; violent actions toward others or to themselves; passive withdrawal in social situations, and difficulty adjusting to daycare or school settings. 

On this program, Sharyl Kato talks about The Rainbow Project's in-depth intervention work with children and families when trauma has disrupted their lives. For more information, go to www.therainbowproject.net.


July 31, 2015

MAYOR PAUL SOGLIN: A MAN WITH A MISSION

Guest:  Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin



While the challenges are many, Mayor Paul Soglin seems to be applying his age and wisdom with vigor in this third chapter of his saga as Mayor of Madison. On this program, Mayor Soglin speaks out on the most pressing issues he is facing - including the lack of rules of behavior for the homeless population downtown. Hear his approach to addressing the problem plus his enthusiasm for pursuing other goals such as high-speed fiber throughout the city, a rapid transit bus system with advance ticket sales and train station-like platforms, and a PR campaign to close the divide and tell the story of Madison to the rest of the state. It’s all in a day’s work for Madison’s dedicated Mayor.

July 23, 2015

HOW TO AVOID CONSUMER FRAUD

Guest:  Kimberly Hazen, Southwest Regional Director, Wisconsin Better Business Bureau



Have you ever been scammed - been a victim of fraud? On this program, Kimberly Hazen describes the magnitude of the problem. Over 50% of fraud victims are senior citizens, but everyone is at risk. Learn the characteristics of scam victims, the sophisticated tactics scammers use to persuade their victims, the current, most prevalent scams, and how to prevent them.

Here are websites to research possible scams and help make your wishes known:

Better Business Bureau scam information: www.bbb.org/scam-stopper
Remove name from telemarketing list: www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222
Remove name from unwanted mail list: www.dmachoice.org
Free annual credit report: www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228
Information on charities: www.give.org

July 16, 2015

OUR MADISON PLAN: FROM VISION TO REALITY

GUEST: Rev. Dr. Alex Gee, Founder and CEO, Justified Anger Coalition



Education, economic development, incarceration, family and community wellness, and leadership capacity and development: These are the five work groups that will take on the goals established in “Our Madison Plan” - a detailed vision for racial progress in Madison which evolved from the “Justified Anger” essay by the Rev. Dr. Alex Gee which appeared in The Capital Times December 2013 and grew out of an earlier “Race to Equity” report by the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families. That report measured startling differences between whites and blacks in Dane County from academic achievement to incarceration rates.

On this program, the Rev. Dr. Alex Gee describes what has happened since the article first appeared, what “Our Madison Plan” is designed to accomplish, the breadth of community support and leadership that has stepped forward, and how the “Plan” is structured to be successful and sustainable.


July 9, 2015

CELEBRATE AMERICA'S HERITAGE: THE CONSTITUTION AND THE SUPREME COURT

Guests:  Richard Leffler, Editor Emeritus of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution; Jerry Thain, retired professor, UW Law School and First Amendment scholar



The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court…are the opening words of Article III of the U.S. Constitution.  On this 4th of July program, Richard Leffler, Editor Emeritus of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and Jerry Thain, retired professor at UW Law School and First Amendment scholar, take us back to the Founding Fathers and their vision which led to the adoption of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They give us a legal overview of recent Supreme Court decisions, why the Court selects the cases it does, and how opinions are assigned. A thoughtful discussion on our nation’s 239th birthday!

July 1, 2015

ONE CITY LEARNING CENTERS: A NEW VISION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Guests:  Kaleem Caire, Founder, CEO and Marlo Mielke, Director, One City Learning Centers




The evidence is clear.  During the first three years of life, a child born into a low-income family hears 30 million fewer words than a child born into a well-off family.  If a child can’t read well by the time he/she is in 3rd grade, the child is four times less likely to graduate from high school by age 19 than one who can.  And if the child happens to be poor, he/she is six times less likely to graduate.  This kind of achievement gap is real in Dane County, and a new program is underway to prevent it in the first place. 

One City Learning Centers, a reorganized venture that has emerged from the struggling Child Development Inc. Center on Madison’s south side, is poised to address the early childhood education needs of low to moderate-income families.  The CDI South Madison site is the home of the first One City Learning Center with a vision in place to expand it to other neighborhoods.  

On this program, Kaleem Caire, CEO and Marlo Mielke, Director of the Center scheduled to open this September for children ages 2-5, share the plans for this Center and why it is structured to be academically successful and financially sustainable.  Mandatory parental involvement is just one of the requirements.  

For more information, call 608-268-8004 or contact the One City Learning Center, 2012 Fisher Ave., Madison, WI 53713.  Soon to be introduced: www.onecityearlylearning.org.