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Our town

Photo: Tree-lined trail through Arboretum in fall

UW-Madison is located in what is regularly rated among the most livable cities in the nation. But how would you prove it to a potential resident — perhaps someone interviewing for a job at the university, or thinking of applying for admission? Now, you can point them to, a new UW-produced website full of seasonal suggestions and irresistible imagery. Although it's directed at curious outsiders, we think you will enjoy it just as much. Related: Madison shines in the summer.

Top Stories

Military historian Hall headed for Washington

Photo: John Hall

Military history Professor John Hall will be working for the U.S. Defense Department as a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hall’s work at the Pentagon will be highly classified, but he plans to bring his experience back to the classroom when he returns to the UW.

New program helps international students acclimate

Photo: Alfred Sunaryo and Hussein Alkhayat planning scavenger hunt route

The International Student Summer Institute allows first-year international students to arrive several weeks early and take an academic reading and writing class for non-native English speakers. Students from nine countries are participating. Related: Welcoming students from underrepresented backgrounds.  

Third Thursdays at the Pyle Center

This Thursday, Aug. 17, from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on the Rooftop Terrace at the Pyle Center.

Around Campus

Video: Sign language class makes good use of summer

Photo: Students sitting around table, signing

There’s plenty of interaction, but absolutely no talking in one class at UW-Madison this summer — Communication Sciences and Disorders 424: Sign Language I. Despite a few bumps along the way, like calling a roommate a machine, one student described it as a "beautiful mode of communication."

Sparkling wine from Kewaunee best in taste-off

Photo: Wine glasses with red and white wines on a cart

Nineteen wineries presented 93 wines at the first “Wine is Wisconsin” competition. The goal, says organizer Nick Smith of the Department of Food Science, is to foster continuous improvement in the state wine industry. The wines were judged by food writers, restaurateurs, wine experts and retailers.

Insurance program called a center of excellence

Photo: Professor Joan Schmit accepting award

The Wisconsin School of Business’s Risk and Insurance Department has been designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence. Only 20 institutions worldwide received the industry honor, which is based on courses, research available to students, and graduate statistics.

Astronomy video game wins national honor

Graphic: Cover of video game At Play in the Cosmos

“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at UW–Madison, is the winner of the Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award. The game is designed to introduce non-science majors to astronomy, from basic physics through cosmology.

Outside UW

Command College prepares grads for leadership roles

Photo: Group portrait of Command College graduating class

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Command College serves law enforcement employees from around the state, preparing them for leadership roles. Members of the 2017 graduating class represent police departments, sheriff’s offices and state agencies.

Make the most out of Canvas

Teaching Effectively in Canvas workshops from Aug. 21-31 help instructors free up time and increase student-learning.


Vosters named director of student-athlete recruitment

Photo: Kat Vosters

Katherine Vosters will become the UW's new director of student-athlete recruitment. Vosters has spent eight years working with the UW men's basketball team, serving as director of basketball operations for the last three seasons. She is a UW-Madison graduate.

In Memoriam

Wunderlin embodied University Housing’s values

Photo: Bob Wunderlin

Longtime University Apartments carpenter Bob Wunderlin passed away unexpectedly at work July 19 at the age of 60. Colleagues remember Wunderlin as an amazing staff member who embodied University Housing’s Core Values of care, optimism, creativity, excellence, respect, integrity and stewardship.

Phyllis Leckrone was educator, ‘band mom’

Photo: Mike & Phyllis Leckrone

Phyllis Bechtold Leckrone, 81, wife of UW Marching Band director Mike Leckrone and "band mom" to thousands of student musicians, died Aug. 8. A dedicated educator, Leckrone taught in the Middleton-Cross Plains school district for more than 25 years.

In the Media

Street will close, but ‘Crazylegs’ will live on

Photo: Peter B in front of Crazylegs street sign

The Cap Times recalls how radio hosts Peter B (pictured at left) and Steve the Homer True got the city to name a street "Crazylegs Lane" after UW legend Elroy Hirsch. Soon, the one-block street will be closed, but the name will be preserved in the plaza that will replace it.

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