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Big Apple Badgers: The Chazens

Photo: Jerry and Simona Chazen cutting ribbon on museum addition

UW–Madison alumni Jerry and Simona Chazen, generous benefactors of the Chazen Museum of Art, were a couple of jazz-loving undergraduates when they first met here. After graduation, in a classic case of UW networking, Jerry's first roommate — who had married a woman whose name would become synonymous with fashion — called him in New York and said, “Let’s start a company.” Jerry and Simona Chazen are the latest in our series of Big Apple Badgers.

Top Stories

UW-Madison ranked 1st in Peace Corps volunteers

Photo: Laura Linde with Peace Corps group

UW-Madison ranks 1st among large schools on the Peace Corps 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 87 Badgers currently serving worldwide. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 3,239 alumni from UW-Madison have traveled abroad as volunteers.

Panczenko, art museum’s director and curator, to retire

Photo: Russell Panczenko

Russell Panczenko, director of the Chazen Museum of Art, will retire June 30 after 33 years. As director and chief curator, Panczenko grew the museum's holdings through acquisitions and gifts to more than 21,000 objects — making it the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin.

Neoliberalism, Authoritarianism, Fascism: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?

Political theorist Wendy Brown maps the emergence of rightwing politics. It is an attempt to orient in disorienting times. Thurs., March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Around Campus

Training teaches survival in shooting incidents

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UWPD is conducting several Active Shooter Response training presentations for students, faculty and staff. The instructors are exper-ienced law enforcement trainers whose goal is to share tactics and techniques that can and will help you survive an active shooter incident. The next session is March 30.

Brighouse book makes big questions accessible

Photo: Harry Brighouse

What should the aims of a university be? What are its obligations to the public? These and other questions are probed in a book of essays co-edited by philosophy Professor Harry Brighouse. Their accessible approach makes the essays useful tools for faculty and administrators, says Brighouse in this Q&A.  

Campus Initiatives

Groups are meeting about IT decision making

Photo: Woman typing on laptop computer

Four advisory groups are seeking to engage campus in the process of revamping inform-ation technology governance. The groups are compiling a campuswide inventory of IT services, updating a process for collecting and analyzing IT spending, and refining a cybersecurity threat protection policy.

Inside Info

What would you do with a surprisingly large tax refund?

Image: Closeup of income tax refund check

If you are fortunate enough to be getting an income tax refund this year, you might not need any suggestions for how to spend it. But J. Michael Collins, director of UW-Madison's Center for Financial Security, makes a pitch for saving, not spending, an unexpectedly large refund — with one major exception.


Daunting challenges couldn’t hold back UW runner

Photo: Eric Brown II running on track

One UW competitor at the Big Ten indoor track meet Saturday had experienced obstacles that could have held back a less determined ath-lete. Eric Brown II overcame bullying in grade school and asthma in high school to make the Wisconsin team. “Nothing matters when you’re running,” he says. “It’s just freedom.”

Special Events at the Wisconsin School of Business

Join NPR’s Yuki Noguchi and WSB faculty in panel discussions on navigating the current political environment. March 6 and 8.


Adobe services offered free for personal use

Graphic: Adobe logo

UW-Madison faculty and staff can now access Adobe Creative Cloud with a breadth of Adobe services at no cost, both at home and at work. Creative Cloud is Adobe’s suite of graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, and cloud services, including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.


Bird Bear to lead diversity programs in SoE

Photo: Aaron Bird Bear

Aaron Bird Bear has been appointed assistant dean for student diversity programs in the School of Education. Bird Bear will be responsible for leadership around recruiting, supporting and retaining underrepresented students, while also serving as the school's multicultural/disadvantaged coordinator.


Distinguished teaching awards to be presented March 16

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A dozen faculty members will be honored as the university's 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients in a March 16 ceremony at the Fluno Center. Register now so you can congratulate them in person!

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