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2011: The year in images

It’s mission impossible, really. Given the breadth and depth of the people and places that make UW-Madison a one-of-a-kind environment, creating a visual record of the past year is a challenge. Yet, two University Communications photographers were up to the task, and they’ve culled through hundreds of options to present our favorite images. Above, students enter and exit Bascom on the first day of the fall semester.

Top Stories

Your Top 10 stories of the semester

Inside UW-Madison has been publishing twice weekly since Aug. 23 and we've been keeping a running list of our most popular stories of the semester, ranked by your clicks. "Memorial Union set to undergo renovations, upgrades" came in at No. 1. Read the full list.

Degree coordinators help students move forward

Photo: Diploma

Commencement season ramps up the workload in Degree Audit and Diploma Services, part of the Division of Enrollment Management. The services they provide throughout the year help students and alumni calculate – and celebrate – years of hard work.

A semester without snow? Not since 2006, experts say

Has a fall semester has ever gone by without accumulating snow? More importantly, does a snow-free December make the rest of the winter more or less snowy? State and AOS weather experts give us their best forecast.

Show your Bucky Pride!

The Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl. Show your Badger pride with Bucky gear. Get 20% off all Bucky logo items at the DoIT Tech Store.

Around Campus

Teaching the societal side of engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Amy Wendt is helping math and science teachers ask their students a question to get them thinking about careers in engineering: Would you like to help society?

Inside Info

Avoiding winter weight gain

If you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, holiday parties and cold weather can sabotage your good intentions. However, thoughtful planning and exercise can help you stay on track, says Susan Nitzke, UW Extension nutrition specialist and professor emerita of nutritional sciences.    

Buzz

Vast distance education online resource open to all

With more than one mil­lion page vis­its to the Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies online Dis­tance Edu­ca­tion Resource Library so far in 2011, no one can dis­pute that inter­est in online edu­ca­tion is flourishing.

In Memoriam

Thomas Hoover, former registrar, dies at 92

Photo: Thomas Hoover

Co-workers remembered former Registrar Thomas Hoover as a kind and cheery colleague who loved the outdoors and Gummi bears. Initially, he served as assistant to the associate registrar before moving into the associate registrar position and, eventually, Hoover became registrar himself.

Events

UW Mad Gaffers Holiday glass sale

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the sale will be held Dec. 16-18 at the Art Lofts, 111 N. Frances St., with demos and limited opportunities to create your own glass ornament.

Interact

Closing in on finals, Winter Break

This weekend's Commencement ceremonies mark the beginning of the end of the fall semester. As we head into break, Inside UW-Madison will publish weekly, on Tuesdays, returning to our normal schedule on Jan. 24. We'll also take Jan. 3. off.

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