Megan Knight (center) and Lauren Jorgensen (right), with their faculty mentor (Leann Tigges), received a Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for 2018-19. The title of their project is “Food and Health Inequities in Wisconsin.”

Archibald Haller

Arch Haller passed away on January 24, 2018. He was a long-time faculty member in the both Sociology and Rural Sociology. Haller earned a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1954. Bill Sewell served as Haller’s mentor and doctoral adviser during his graduate studies at Wisconsin and they went on to collaborate in several studies related to social stratification, developing what is frequently referred to as “Status Attainment Processes.” Arch also conducted research in Brazil for several decades. Numerous Brazilian students came to Wisconsin to study with Haller. Haller was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a past president of the Rural Sociological Society. In 2007, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences from Ohio State University.

Laura Schlachter is a recipient of the National Service and Civic Engagement Research award

Congratulations to Laura Schlachter, recipient of the National Service and Civic Engagement Research award. This award will fund her dissertation research “Reevaluating the Workplace-Civic Engagement Relationship”. She will build on existing research, address gaps in knowledge, and explore innovative ideas and methodological approaches to this developing field. Laura’s research will analyze how participatory forms of workplace organizations can be a strategy to increase civic engagement and will be a resource to practitioners and policymakers who are reorganizing work to create economic opportunity in disadvantaged communities. It will contribute to the broader conversation of redesigning civic infrastructure to reinvigorate American democracy.