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Building a better Gordon Commons

Construction is progressing on the Gordon Dining & Event Center, which will open during the fall of 2012. Gone is the traditional cafeteria model, replaced by a marketplace serving up 13 dining venues as well as a convenience store. The center will mainly serve the dining needs of Smith, Ogg, Witte and Sellery residents, but will also be open to faculty and staff.

Top Stories

Five questions: Pharmacy dean sees school’s reputation thrive

The reputation of the School of Pharmacy is growing. Recent U.S. News rankings of graduate programs put UW–Madison’s pharmacy programs fifth among more than 100 — up from ninth. Read an interview with pharmacy Dean Jeanette Roberts.  

#UWRightNow serves up a daylong slice of campus life

#UWRightNow — running from midnight to midnight on Wednesday, April 18 – will showcase the most creative stories about what makes UW-Madison a special place. Submit your tweets, photos, 200-word stories or videos via Twitter at #uwrightnow or email to View complete details.

A dot’s a lot, but the Registry it’s not.

Even if you already have a donor dot on your driver’s license, make sure your wishes are legally authorized. Don’t wait for a trip to the DMV, join one million other organ donors and go online to register today.

Around Campus

Gains marked in engineering grad student diversity

The Graduate Engineering Research Scholars is a program that since 1999 has increased opportunities for talented minority graduate students to study with world-class engineering faculty and achieve their goals.

Mitchell named to community relations role

Everett Mitchell, an assistant Dane County district attorney with a strong track record of community involvement, has been named the university's community relations director. Mitchell will work with local governments and develop strategies to increase the university’s engagement with a range of stakeholders.

Undergraduate Symposium showcases student achievement

The 14th annual Undergraduate Symposium, an event that showcases the achievements, creativity and research of numerous UW-Madison students, will be held Wednesday, April 18.

Inside Info

Runners Education: Proper Hydration

As seen in yesterday's Boston Marathon, hydration plans are a significant part of participating in distance events. While a number of factors can affect hydration, runners can and should begin to practice their routines for hydration to prepare for race day, according to this guide from UW Health Sports Medicine.    


John Witte retires, heads for Kazakhstan university

Photo: John Witte

Kazakhstan is next on John Witte’s agenda. After he retires this summer following 35 years as a professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Witte will head for Astana and become dean of the new School for Humanities and Social Science at Nazarbayev University.

Enyart, Cohen named campus Librarians of the Year

The 2012 Librarians of the Year are Michael Enyart, Director of the Business and Social Science Reference Libraries, and Michael L. Cohen, Interim Head of Cataloging, General Library System.

In the Media

Nicholas Hitchon: Now 56 Up

Throughout his life, electrical and computer engineering professor Nicholas Hitchon (pictured, in 2005) has served as one of the stars of the landmark English TV documentary series Up. The series, which produced a new version every seven years, has now reached 56 Up. Hitchon recently spoke to The Independent.


You’re invited: VIP open house

As Visitor & Information Programs celebrates one year at Union South, the unit invites faculty and staff to stop by its administrative offices to learn more about its programs and services, tour the space, and enjoy cake and refreshments from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.


The curtain rises on the Wisconsin Film Festival

The Wisconsin Film Festival kicks off on April 18, with 150 films spread across eight theaters. What are you looking forward to this year? What's your favorite part of the festival? Share your thoughts.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.