Student Involvement

Stout Council on Family Relations

The Stout Council on Family Relations is a student affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations, providing leadership, volunteer, and networking opportunities for HDFS majors. Check out the link above to see what HDFS majors Erika Werner and Betsy Hundt have to say about their experiences with this student organization.


Students in Dr. Susan Wolfgram’s HDFS 456, Abuse and the Family, course are actively involved in domestic violence awareness projects each semester.

Bridge to Hope fundraiser

Bridge to Hope: Arielle Christianson, Kate Marks, Brittany Vrieze, Samantha Johnson and Jane Peasley.


Dunn County Jail Fall 2012

Dunn County Jail: Ethan Young, Jenna Bednark, Wynonna Isham, Karissa Tanner and Jen Olander.

Dunn County Jail  Fall 2012

Dunn County Jail: John Sholund, Ashley Doering, Shelby Hagedorn, Meagan Krause, Megan Carr and Emily Newberger.

Transition Center

Transitions Center in Eau Claire for ex-offenders: (Back row) Kathleen Kjenslee (front row - kneeling) Sydney Hartman, Ethan Henry, Kelsey Wunderlich, Molly Crabb and McKenzie Roach.

New Richmond HS

New Richmond High School: Panhia Xiong, Kim Sampson, Emma Granquist, Kelli Schindler, Whitney Odland and Royce Libby.

River Falls HS

River Falls High School: Jessica Nelson, Lindsey Meteraud and Teresa Swoboda.


hdfs marketing group
The Human Development and Family Studies Marketing Group at the 2012 Career Valley in Eau Claire, Wis.: (l-r) John Sholund, Jeanne Maurer, Laura Hanson, Kelli Kistner, and Trisha Libansky. The group is comprised of enthusiastic students who work with the program director to promote the HDFS program at campus and off-campus settings. These students spoke with middle-school and high school students about the educational and career options available through HDFS.


What Our Students Say:


The Human Development and Family Studies program has been an exciting and interesting experience. I learned to love the way my family is and understand why we all are the way we are. This program has helped me develop better communication skills and a better understanding of diversity. We all have a history and our past makes us who we are.

John Sholund


The program has prepared me not only for my career as a school counselor, but also to be a good parent, and to be a positive member of society. It has taught me the importance of reaching out and helping those individuals in vulnerable populations. You are not just a number in this program. Professors treat you like a professional who will be a great help to the family science field.

Jared Fern


I chose the HDFS program because I wanted a career that was personally fulfilling and meaningful, as well as something that would help the greater good. I feel very at home in the HDFS  program — the small class sizes, frequent group projects and class activities have helped me to get to know my professors and fellow classmates well. The material that I am learning in my classes is not only interesting, but also relevant to my life, and the lives of the people around me. This program has helped me learn so much about myself and I have really seen myself grow.

Greta Hau


I chose HDFS because I knew I wanted to help and work with people, especially children, but wasn’t quite sure exactly what I wanted to do. HDFS has so many possibilities from working with the young to the elderly. The classes are a lot of fun because you learn so much that you can apply to your own daily life. I believe everyone can find their fit in this program.

Trisha Libansky


I had chosen HDFS as a major because of how it is structured to be a program of counseling that can be used in almost any counseling profession. The classes, professors and experiences are my favorite parts of this major. Not all majors at Stout have their students go into the community and apply what you’ve learned throughout your college career. HDFS does a great job with that. Other students should consider this major if they have a desire to be in the helping profession.

Josh Sales


Making sure that my mother’s needs get met inspired my passion to improve the quality of life for those in late adulthood. I chose UW-Stout because of its smaller size,  meaning more interaction with the teachers. The HDFS program has prepared me to work with individuals and families at all stages of life, and I have never seen anyone work as hard as this faculty does to prepare us to be the best we can be at helping others.

Cheryl Fricke