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Digging in

Photo: Ben Futa

One spans more than 1,000 acres, the other less than 3 — and both have new curators. Ben Futa (above, moving flats of annuals) and David Stevens embrace the mission of public gardens. “What I like the most about the public garden setting is connecting people with plants,” says Futa, the new curator at Allen Centennial Gardens. For Stevens, the most pressing need is finding a way to make the vast Longenecker Horticultural Gardens collection in the UW Arboretum easily accessible to visitors.

Top Stories

Regents to review budget cuts across UW System

Van Hise Hall

On Thursday, the Board of Regents will finalize campus budget reductions, including a $60 million cut for UW-Madison, which is shouldering 42 percent of the overall System cut. Related: Chancellor Blank statement on Joint Finance wrap-up.

Strong investments allow WRS contribution rates to drop

Photo: coin jar labeled "Retirement"

Contribution rates for most Wisconsin Retirement System employers and employees will decrease slightly for 2016, the Department of Employee Trust Funds has announced. Why? While many complex factors affect the rates, the decrease is primarily due to investment gains over the past five years.

Summer arts on campus

Explore the variety of arts featured on and around campus this summer. Featuring exhibitions, live music, festivals, and more.

Around Campus

Time capsule entombed under Bascom Hall floor

Photo: Display of time capsule objects

Objects representing UW-Madison circa 2015 were boxed and buried in a time capsule last week under the new floor in the center of Bascom Hall. The contents included a Wisconsin map, brochures on animal research, a “Welcome, Students” button, a coffee mug, and a cardboard-cutout Bucky Badger.

New names for campus units reflect enhanced missions

Photo: International flags

The Division of International Studies will now be known as The International Division, and its International Institute is now the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). Meanwhile, the Department of Family Medicine has been renamed the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Outside UW

Startup aims to boost well-being of educators, students

Photo: Ilana Nankin

Concerned with the stress levels she observed in young educators and colleagues, doctoral student Ilana Nankin started Breathe For Change. Thanks to her hard work, its initial group of 200 teachers is learning how to manage social and emotional well-being through yoga and mindfulness.

Introducing...

Q&A: Zumbrunnen becomes new Chadbourne director

Photo: John Zumbrunnen

Longtime political science Professor John Zumbrunnen is eager to take on the challenge of directing the Chadbourne Residential College (CRC). He hopes to meet students where they live, work and play in order to break down barriers and encourage participation as citizens and fellow scholars.

Buzz

Changes to DoIT Help Desk hours take effect

DoIT Help Desk personnel have determined that reducing support services by a few hours per day due to recent budget reductions will not significantly impact service to campus. Fewer than two percent of its contacts are made during the early morning and late night hours being eliminated.

Milestones

Sweeney to retire as VC for University Relations

Photo: Vince Sweeney

Vince Sweeney, who has served as vice chancellor for university relations since 2009, has announced his plans to retire from UW-Madison to pursue other professional opportunities, including the formation of a new consulting business. Charles Hoslet will serve as interim vice chancellor.  

In Memoriam

Planner Bob Hendricks helped shape campus

Photo: Bob Hendricks

Robert "Bob" Hendricks died at his home in De Pere June 22. Hendricks began his career in the Department of Planning and Construction and ultimately served as Assistant Director for Planning — a role in which he helped shape the layout of the UW-Madison campus as it appears today.

Events

UW to host Bucks preseason game at Kohl Center

Illustration: Milwaukee Bucks logo

The Milwaukee Bucks will return to UW-Madison this fall, first for a week of training camp from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, and then for a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 20 — the first full-team appearance by the Bucks in Madison since a 1999 exhibition game.

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