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The voice of the campus

Classified staff meeting

Shared governance gives representation to academic staff, classified staff, faculty and students – who are all taking part in making significant decisions concerning the operation of the university. Says Gail Geiger, an art history professor who serves on the University Committee: “I believe in shared governance. Collaboration and consensus are the only way to make things work.”

Top Stories

Campus mourns the death of librarian Edith Dixon

Edith "Edie" Dixon was known as quiet, but her colleagues are remembering the huge impact she made after more than 25 years in library services. Dixon, 62, a senior academic librarian at Memorial Library, died Jan. 16 after an incident on Lake Street near Mendota Court.

UW makes commitments to low-income students

The White House

UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank attended a White House summit of university presidents last week with a set of initiatives to strengthen the university’s commitment to making college accessible to low-income students, and helping those students succeed.  

Ethics@Discovery Event

Join Paul Appelbaum, M.D. from Columbia University for a presentation, Informed Consent for Whole Genome Sequencing, Wed. Jan 29. from noon-1 p.m.

Around Campus

Chancellor: Responding to animal research critics

Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says researchers know their responsibility to the animals and understand such research must have high scientific value to humans and other animals. She adds: "We will continue to stand by our researchers, and the animal care staff and veterinarians.  The work they do is important."

Campus alcohol service policy takes effect

Sarah Van Orman

Online training and an electronic permit process are among the changes accompanying the new campus policy on the service of alcohol at UW-Madison events, which takes effect at the start of the spring semester, says Sarah Van Orman, executive director of University Health Services.

Go Big Read seeks titles for 2014-15

Go Big Read logo

What does it mean to serve? Who is compelled to serve and why? And in what ways does it affect those who serve? For the 2014-15 year of Go Big Read, the selection committee for UW-Madison's common-reading program is seeking a fiction or non-fiction book that fits this theme of service.

UHS online course in dealing with troubled students

UHS logo

University Health Services is offering an online course called "At-Risk for University Faculty and Staff" to help build skills in interacting effectively with students experiencing psychological distress who might be at risk for suicide.

Outside UW

La Follette, lawmakers partner on class

Capitol dome

A bipartisan professional development class designed for staff of the Wisconsin Assembly was offered this month by the La Follette School of Public Affairs.The short course, which featured about 25 in-class hours and 10 outside-class work hours, was taught by eight La Follette faculty in a range of policy areas.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Sidney Nagel: The Life and Death of a Drop, Wed., Jan 22. 7 p.m., Discovery Building.


Richard Davis welcomed as NEA Jazz Master

Richard Davis

Music Professor Richard Davis last week received the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters award, considered the highest honor for a living jazz musician, during a ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York. This site captures facts about his career, audio interviews and a video.      


Hazel Symonette receives King Humanitarian Award

Hazel Symonette

Hazel Symonette, founder and director of the Student Success Institute and program development and assessment specialist in the Division of Student Life, received one of the City-County Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards during Madison's annual City-County Observance on Monday.

Brower to be interim head of UW Colleges and Extension

Aaron Brower

Aaron Brower has agreed to serve as interim chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, effective Feb. 15, subject to approval by the Board of Regents. He was previously the vice provost for teaching and learning at UW-Madison, where he is also on the faculty.  

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