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This Bud’s for us

Photo: Bud Selig and Rebecca Blank

A national figure long in the limelight as Major League Baseball commissioner, Bud Selig could have chosen anywhere to share the lessons of his life and career. He chose here. Selig is being welcomed to campus this week as he prepares to write his memoirs and co-teach a class in the History Department on baseball and American society. It’s a homecoming for Selig, a 1956 UW graduate who has given back since then by endowing scholarships and faculty chairs. Now, after making an indelible mark on the world of professional sports, Bud becomes a Badger once again.

Top Stories

Committee action on UW budget expected next month

Capitol dome

Latest word is that the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee is expected to take up the UW System budget in late May. The committee will propose and vote on amendments, and then approve the full budget bill as amended. It will go next before the Assembly and Senate for passage, probably by mid-June.

Hahn named to lead enrollment management

Photo: Steve Hahn

Steve Hahn, assistant dean for admissions and academic services of the Graduate School, will become the new vice provost for enrollment management. Hahn has served as interim vice provost since June 2013. He first joined UW–Madison in 2003 as chief information officer for the Grad School.

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Around Campus

Classified staff will receive election ballots

Photo: Pen marking ballot

In the second election ever for the Classified Staff Congress, the ballot has been finalized and permanent members of the classified staff will receive them at their home addresses next week. They will have until May 25 to get them postmarked and returned. There are 104 candidates competing for 70 seats.

Volunteers sought to help recycle at move-out

Photo: Volunteer putting lamp in truck

As more than 7,400 students prepare to move out of the residence halls, University Housing is asking for volunteers to help residents and their families repurpose or recycle items they no longer need. Students, faculty and staff can help reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills as a result of move-out.

Ice Cream Social to mark end of academic year

Photo: Ice cream being scooped into dish

As we get closer to winding up the semester, Chancellor Rebecca Blank is inviting all faculty and staff to "gather on Bascom Hill, celebrate the close of another academic year, and sample a little bit of summer." The annual Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social is set for Tuesday, May 5.

Campus Initiatives

Campus financial controls initiative enters new phase

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A campuswide initiative aimed at ensuring effective financial stewardship at UW-Madison is entering a new phase. Staff across campus are becoming more involved in the Financial Internal Controls Initiative. The first six projects will cover areas such as cash handling, revenue and internal billing.

Noon @ the Niche

Bring your lunch to Discovery at noon on May 6 to hear Michelle Ciucci & Cindi Kelm-Nelson discuss how an animal model can help us understand Parkinson disease.


Bright minds ‘cross-pollinate’ at Discovery Challenge

Graphic: WARF logo

Detecting cancer cells in real time. A safer nuclear reactor. New methods for vaccinating bats, predicting rain in Ethiopia and protecting the Internet from natural disasters. Dubbed a “primordial soup of ideas,” the fourth annual WARF Discovery Challenge recently attracted more than 85 presenters.

In the Media

D2P poised to hatch first few companies

Xconomy reports that UW-Madison's Discovery to Product accelerator program is starting to churn out its first few companies. “We still have a ways to go with some of these projects," says director John Biondi. But a few are just about ready to launch.


Memorial for Garissa attack victims this afternoon

Photo: Lit candle in the dark

An interfaith memorial on Bascom Hill at 12:30 p.m. Thursday will pay tribute to the 147 students killed by heavily armed militants at Garissa University College in Kenya on April 2. Ibrahim Saeed, president of the Islamic Center of Madison, and Pastor David Mngodo will offer prayers and blessings.

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