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Welcoming moment

Photo: Rebecca Blank shaking hands with student

The Lincoln statue on Bascom Hill is a fixture of UW­–Madison campus tours. A personal greeting from the new chancellor is not. Rebecca Blank’s first days as UW–Madison’s 29th leader will be spent hashing out the many pressing issues the head of a major research and teaching institution must tackle. But on Monday, she took some time to greet high school seniors and their families as they sized up Wisconsin as a potential college destination. Related: Chancellor Blank's web page.

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UW-Madison Day at the State Fair Aug. 7

Photo: little girl dancing with cheerleader

UW-Madison will again have a featured presence at the Wisconsin State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Fairgoers can try hands-on exploration stations, test their athletic skills and experience the "Wonders of Physics." Experts from departments across campus will be on hand.

Heather Daniels named secretary of academic staff

Photo: Heather Daniels

With a long history of both committee work and administrative coordination, Heather Daniels will draw on a wealth of experience as she becomes the new secretary of the academic staff. Daniels will begin her new position on Aug. 1.

Explore the Arts on Campus

Stay connected to UW-Madison art exhibits, theater, dance, film and more.  Your gateway to campus arts activities is

Around Campus

Summer camps keep University Housing hopping

Photo: closeup of staff issuing key to camper

UW–Madison opens its doors to more than 100 residential programs that take place during the summer. That means 15,000 guests ranging from age 8 to 80-plus make their home in University Housing — not to mention nearly 200,000 meals served to the hungry visitors.

Nicholas Hall recognized for green building features

Photo: Inside main entrance to Nancy Nicholas Hall

Nancy Nicholas Hall, the new home of the School of Human Ecology, has received a LEED Gold designation for design innovations, energy and water efficiency, materials use, landscaping and site features to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment.

Federal relations director Rhonda Norsetter retires

Photo: Rhonda Norsetter

Rhonda Norsetter arrived on campus as a student in 1964. Nearly 50 years later, she leaves as one of the most respected federal relations officers in American higher education. Her advocacy has affected nearly every part of the UW-Madison community.


Q&A: Philosophy professor tackles God and science

Painting: God extending finger to ancient man

A Summer Forum course taught by Professor of Philosophy Larry Shapiro asks: Do we have free will? Is God necessary for morality? Can we ever be justified in believing in miracles given our scientific understanding of the world?


Overdue library book may have set a record

Photo: closeup of library book date due

"Selected Papers on Philosophy" by William James must be the kind of book you just can't put down. A UW-Madison alumni couple apparently hung onto it for the past 75 years. Recently, it was returned from a box in their basement to Memorial Library.


SVM looks back over 30 years

Photo: Bernard Easterday

It has been 30 years since the first class enrolled at the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). In the world of veterinary medical schools, the SVM is a relative newcomer — one of the youngest of 28 in the U.S. — and its creation was not inevitable, says former dean Bernard Easterday.

Livny, Zalapa win computing, TRIO awards

Miron Livny is honored for his contributions to the field of core computational technology. And Juan Zalapa has been selected to receive the Council for Opportunity in Education's 2013 National TRIO Achievers award.

In Memoriam

Nursing educator Signe Skott Cooper dies

Photo: Signe Skott Cooper

Signe Skott Cooper, who devoted more than 60 years of her life to nursing education at UW-Madison and within the UW System, culminating in the naming of the future home of the School of Nursing for her, passed away on July 16. "She was one of nursing's greatest national resources," says Dean Katharyn May.


Be a part of ‘Movie Night at Camp Randall’

On Thursday, Aug. 15 the Athletic Department is hosting the first-ever “Movie Night at Camp Randall.” This free event will allow fans to watch a movie on the brand new giant HD video board while sitting on the field or in the stands. Vote for the feature presentation by 4 p.m. Thursday.

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