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Finding balance in a busy life

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Melissa Guth, like many UW-Madison students, has to strike a balance between being a full-time student and her other commitments. Unlike most other students, Guth’s other main commitment is to her eight kids. Getting her social work degree has been her family's shared goal. “If you really want to do something, you can do it,” Guth says. “I’m proof positive of that.”

Top Stories

Fourth year of MIU brings stability, success

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The fourth-year project report on the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates says that it has added $40 million annually to UW’s base budget in support of quality undergraduate experiences. It's added faculty capacity, deepened the Wisconsin Experience and added need-based aid. Related: Chancellor Blank discusses MIU's importance.

UW-Madison to offer flexible non-credit certificate

UW-Madison will be joining UW System’s UW Flexible Option program and offering a non-credit certificate in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counseling. Related: Other Board of Regents news, including a visit from Gov. Scott Walker and President Kevin Reilly's farewell.

Campus mourns Nelson Mandela

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As the UW-Madison campus community remembers Nelson Mandela, who died last week at age 95, faculty and students with strong connections to the man and his country shared their reflections with Inside UW.

You are invited

The newly elected Classified Staff Executive Committee invites campus to a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Union South/Varsity II.

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Around Campus

Student debt levels below national average

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Undergraduate student loan debt at UW-Madison continues to be below the national, state and UW System averages, according to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Average debt for a UW undergraduate is $26,625. The national average is $29,400.

System provides legal guidance for holiday displays

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As the holiday season approaches, questions naturally arise about displaying Christmas trees and other holiday decorations on campus. The UW System legal office is providing guidance intended to clarify what types of holiday displays are permissible on university property.

L&S recounts a remarkable year

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The College of Letters & Science takes a look back on some of the people, places, discoveries and events that helped define the college and its successes during the past year.

Inside Info

Coaching can help get personal finances on track

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UW-Extension family living educators based throughout Wisconsin currently provide financial education workshops and financial training. Financial coaching is a natural complement to these programs, and can help individuals strengthen their financial future.  

Buzz

Video: Star Tracker trains its eye on comet

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In a 5-minute rocket flight, you need to point your telescope at your target ASAP. The Astronomy Department-led team that perfected the Star Tracker just used it to grab data on Comet ISON.

Milestones

Library staff honored for achievements

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Academic, classified and student staff at the libraries were honored with Library Staff Service Awards. The awards recognize achievement, creativity, working relationships and contributions to a rich learning environment.

In the Media

The next civil rights fight

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Isthmus profiles Gloria Ladson-Billings, a UW-Madison education professor and assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs. In the interview, she says ensuring that all children get an equal chance at a quality education is the next chapter for the civil rights movement.

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