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Kicking off careers

Photo: Students at career fair

Graduation is years away for many students, but it’s never too early to think about what comes next. Starting in fall 2015, Career Kickstart will offer a head start for thinking beyond the diploma. The program at Ogg Residence Hall, available to students who have completed their first year, will provide tools for those eager to work on career preparation. It will offer on-site academic and career advising; access to employers, alumni and resources on campus; information on how to land an internship or job; and resume and interview preparation.

Top Stories

Andersen leaving; Alvarez launches coaching search

Photo: Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen informed the Wisconsin football team Wednesday that he was taking the head coaching job at Oregon State University. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez immediately started a national search for a new coach, and chancellor Rebecca Blank thanked Andersen for his service.

Professor to track foxes on campus this winter

Photo: Fox on UW campus

As many as 17 foxes were roaming the campus this spring, but it's possible only a handful of them have survived in the urban environment, says UW Associate Professor David Drake. He and a team of students hope to start monitoring the activity of foxes on campus next month.  

Blank sends holiday greetings to campus community

Screenshot: Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Bucky

Chancellor Rebecca Blank thanked the UW community for a successful year and wished everyone a happy holiday season in a video released earlier this week. The message was inspirational, but ended with a gentle scolding of Bucky Badger, whom she caught in a heinous holiday act.

Discover the Fluno Center

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Around Campus

Sign-up under way for Aldo Leopold-themed MOOC

Photo: Aldo Leopold

UW-Madison will launch a MOOC called "The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation" on Jan. 26. The free online course will focus on wildlife management and hunting as a part of conservation and the importance of ethics in hunter choices.

Rec Sports now offers monthly membership rates

Stair stepper

As the temperatures outside decrease, your workouts don’t have to. Rec Sports has restructured membership prices from a semester rate to a monthly rate. With this new structure, memberships for the colder months can be purchased so you only pay for months you use the facilities.

UW System libraries unite to improve user experience

Photo: Memorial Library stacks

Using library resources throughout the UW System is about to get easier. After nearly two years of intensive work, libraries around the system will soon migrate to a unified library services platform (LSP). The LSP migration, designed for greater user efficiency, will begin Jan. 20 and be complete Feb. 9.

Campus Initiatives

HR Design project wants to know what you think

Logo: HR Design project

The HR Design project is looking for input from the campus community on perceptions and knowledge of HR Design, and where faculty and staff are getting information about it. To give your feedback, take this five-minute survey.

Inside Info

Giving your skin a holiday glow can be challenging

Cold and windy weather, amped up stress and less sleep during the holiday season conspire to zap your skin of its glow. But UW Health Transformations aestheticians and surgeons have tips for healthy holiday skin. Tops on the list: Stay hydrated.


Qu named professor for industry-academic partnership

Photo: Deyang Qu

Deyang Qu has been named the first Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research, a collaborative appointment among Johnson Controls, UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Energy Institute. The partnership aims to advance research of energy storage technologies.

In the Media

Smoking rate lower but not low enough, Fiore says

Photo: Snuffed-out cigarette

UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention director Michael Fiore tells the Wisconsin Radio Network efforts to help adult smokers quit and prevent kids from lighting up in the first place are paying off. The adult smoking rate in Wisconsin has dropped to about 18 percent, Fiore says.

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