LAND O' LAKES - Students in the online doctorate program at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point learn the building blocks of educational sustainability from day one.
"Building sustainable practices in our workplaces, in our environment, in the natural world in the schools," said UWSP Director of Sustainability, Joy O'Neil.
During their four-day summer residency at the Conserve School in Land O Lakes, students from each stage of the three-year Ed.D. program come together to connect with classmates and professors in person.
For students just beginning the program, the summer residency marks the first, and one of the few times, they'll meet their classmates. Because the program takes place primarily online, students seldom see each other during the academic year.
Despite their meetings are infrequent, second and third year students know from experience how much knowledge can be passed down in just a few day.
"As new people are coming in it's just adding more experience to the table to these already rich conversations that we already have," said Kim Wahl, a third year student.
The program is only in its third year so this is the first time there have been three groups learning at once.
"One cohort is doing a poster after their first year, so the cohort that's behind them gets to see what they're doing and so they can know what to expect," said O'Neil.
O'Neil has been with the program since the beginning and she says it steadily growing.
"It's becoming a global and national program," said O'Neil. "We do have 17 students for cohort three."
Students in the program say they'll apply sustainability practices to a number of different fields. Newswatch 12 spoke to a few of those students to find out their plans and passions.
"I'm working for a project sponsored by the ministry of education in China. This projects tries to promote green education in Chinese universities," said Jane Li, a second year student.
"I teach in culinary education, and the culinary industry has a lot of challenges it has to face in sustainability," said Branden Lewis, a third year student.
"My research will take place in a Hmong bilingual EL program in the St. Paul public school and how they integrate culturally responsive and relevant practices," said Xee Yang, a third year student.
"I've always wanted to connect people to the outdoors, and so I've really been into environmental sustainability but at this moment in time we need to get beyond environmental sustainability," said Jennifer Ortega, a third year student.
In their three years at UWSP, students learn that sustainability transcends the old adage, "reduce, reuse and recycle."
"That's what sustainability really talks about too, is how we can build communities and support one another," said O'Neil.
Students also gain the tools to affect the change they want to make.
"The core is wanting a better word. That's it, just wanting a better world," said O'Neil.
RHINELANDER - Donations to members of the military will fill the lobbies of local banks soon as part of a care package donation drive.
Rhinelander's Military Support Group kicked off its 19th donation drive this fall, partnering with People's State Bank for the third year.
"We have vets working for us, we have families of vets, a lot of our base is vets, that's just a strong community base for us," said commercial banking specialist Stacy Timm.
Nearly 7,300 items were donated in 2017 and 8,900 items were collected last year.
A brat fry earlier this month, raised just under 700 dollars to help send those donations to veterans and active duty service members.
Support group member LeRoy Eades said donations mostly go to Wisconsin service members who can't make it home for the holidays.
"A lot of them won't be home for Christmas, so this is just a little piece of Christmas we're giving to them," said Eades.
Peoples State will accept donations until Veterans Day on November 11. Donation drop-offs can be found at bank locations in Rhinelander, Wausau, Rib Mountain, Weston, Eagle River, Minocqua and Marathon.
ST. GERMAIN - Few things can ruin a Friday night fish fry in Wisconsin - except maybe a lack of fish.
"A lot of those Lake Erie perch are ending up on the plates of Wisconsin restaurants and Wisconsin suppliers, so when something happens to Lake Erie … then the restaurants and suppliers can feel that," said DNR Fisheries Supervisor David Boyarski.
Faced with a shortage of yellow lake perch, Cathy Kuske, DJ's Northwoods Family Restaurant manager, has found a way to combat the issue.
"When I ask the distributor how much they have, he'll tell me how many cases and I'll order twice as many cases as I normally do, just so we don't run out," said Kuske.
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