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Farewell to Vegas

Photo: Vegas being led by honor guard

The UW–Madison Police Department gathered Tuesday for an emotional final goodbye to longtime police horse Vegas, who was euthanized due to a painful, incurable disease. Assistant Chief Kari Sasso (center) worked with Vegas for the past 12 years, often providing crowd control at football games and other large public events on campus. "While Vegas took his work very seriously," said a department statement, "he loved people and was one of the most gentle 1,300 pound creatures you’ve ever met." Related: UW Police remembrance.

Top Stories

Chancellor says tuition cut should be paid for

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank is calling on the state to fully fund the tuition cut for in-state UW students that Gov. Scott Walker proposed Tuesday. Walker is expected to include the idea in his state budget, to be introduced in the coming weeks. Related: Stay up to date on future budget developments affecting the UW.

University Opera takes top national honors

Photo: Dress rehearsal for 'Transformations'

UW-Madison’s University Opera is on a roll. Last year's shows, Transformations and Le Nozze di Figaro, have won 1st and 2nd place awards in the National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition for 2015-16. It is the second year in a row that the Opera has garnered an award from NOA.

Around Campus

Infamous fire helped shape Gibson’s career

Photo: Angela Gibson

In April 1998, the lives of seven people were changed forever when a man poured gasoline on passengers in a Madison Metro bus and lit a match. Remarkably, all seven burn victims survived their injuries. Angela Gibson was just 22 years old and four months into her nursing career when she was called into action.  

Uganda program inspires students to pursue service

Photo: James Ntambi

For the 15th year, James Ntambi (left) and John Ferrick are spending part of their winter break in Uganda with students looking to learn about the health impacts of the country’s agriculture, nutrition, health care and sanitation systems. Ntambi, a biochemistry professor, grew up in a small Ugandan village.

Smeeding: UW best place for his research on poverty

Photo: Tim Smeeding

Tim Smeeding has spent four decades re-searching economic inequality, and generously shares his expertise with groups, nonprofits and government entities, both close to home and around the world. The La Follette School of Public Affairs professor finds UW-Madison a great place for research and public service.

Outside UW

Northwoods Tour preserves family memories

Image: Photo illustration of movie projector

She sat with two parents reliving their baby's first trip home from the hospital. Later, she was viewing a family reunion showing long-departed relatives. Film archivist Amy Sloper was in northern Wisconsin watching home movies, and helping preserve these video memories in a more reliable format.

Milestones

Harris is interim leader of quality improvement

Photo: Darin Harris

Following the retirement of Maury Cotter, Darin Harris has been named interim director of UW-Madison’s Office of Quality Improvement. Harris has been a consultant and facilitator in OQI since 2004. He previously worked for 10 years at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

In Memoriam

Katele remembered for clear-minded writing

Photo: Irene B. Katele

Irene B. Katele, a brilliant teacher and artist who touched the lives of many undergraduate and Law School students at UW-Madison, died Dec. 20. Among her accomplishments was a family history blog that included personal accounts of UW events she experienced during her career.

Nursing student showed passion, commitment

Photo: Brian and Megan Casey

Services will be Sunday in Delaware, Ohio, for a UW-Madison student who died along with her father in a December plane crash. Megan Elizabeth Casey, 19, was a freshman nursing student. "Our faculty saw ... her clear passion and commitment to nursing,” says School of Nursing Dean Linda Scott.

Events

Events to recall UW conservationist Aldo Leopold

Photo: Aldo Leopold

UW-Madison will honor Aldo Leopold’s legacy and connect it to our time with seminars, lectures and workshops from January to June. The series includes classes in visual art and writing inspired by Leopold’s observation of nature, as well as humanities lectures that address his work and influence.

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