Gloria Wenman

Urban & Regional Planning
Graduate College, UI

Gloria Wenman is a Master's Candidate in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Enrolling in graduate school after working for many years in psychiatric research she is learning how to address policy issues that may alleviate the problems faced by many. By understanding both sides of issues she hopes to help people resolve differences. Education can lead to many opportunities but it can also open the mind so that discussions can be had. She has also served for 25 years in the Army National Guard, deploying twice to Egypt in support of the Multinational Force and Observers peace keeping mission. This is of particular note due to the project she brings to the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy. Ms. Wenman hopes to generate ideas that will lead to accomplishing a long standing goal of bringing recycling and composting to the Army National Guard. The military throws away a staggering amount of recyclable and compostable materials at 3 pounds per capita per day. By participating in the Obermann Graduate Institute, she hopes to gain insight into methods of engaging personnel within her military unit to actively recycle and compost. Even though the military is a ‘top-down’ organization, sometimes significant changes at the local level can be utilized and adopted by the entirety and mandated for all.