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Blackboard jungle

Photo: Library Mall

The academic year is over, but that’s not stopping the campus community from writing on blackboards. In mid-May, the city of Madison installed three boards and a supply of chalk near Library Mall to gather suggestions for upcoming reconstruction projects. The city is collaborating with UW-Madison to design plans for Library Mall and the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street.

Top Stories

Regents approve pay plan request, discuss budget

Photo: Kevin Reilly

The UW System Board of Regents unanimously approved a resolution directing System President Kevin Reilly to request a salary increase for all UW System employees no less than that provided all other state employees for each year of the 2013-15 biennium. Related: Regents discuss budget, reserve funds.

Unprecedented naming honor for Hector DeLuca

Photo: Hector DeLuca

Three UW-Madison buildings and a campus complex will be named after renowned biochemist Hector F. DeLuca. The Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Complex will consist of the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemistry Building, the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building, and the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemistry Addition.

Bugher to retire from University Research Park

Photo: Mark Bugher

Mark Bugher, who helped to mold UW-Madison’s University Research Park into an economic and technology transfer force admired nationally, plans to retire in October. Bugher has directed the park, which has 126 companies providing 3,600 jobs, since 1999.

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Around Campus

Rouse among Community Partnership Award winners

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Mary Rouse will receive the first LaMarr Billups Community-University Engagement Award for outstanding contributions to campus-community partnership initiatives. Rouse is one of several honorees who will be recognized at the Community-University Partnership Awards on Wednesday.

New signs to encourage lake safety

Photo: Sign

New signs have been installed along the Lake Mendota shoreline on the UW-Madison campus in an effort to draw more attention to lake safety. Signs had already existed, but the more than 20 new ones are an added safety measure following the drownings of a recent graduate and a student last summer.

Campus Initiatives

Online + face-to-face = blended learning

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Blended learning gets talked about a lot in today’s educational circles. But what is it? And why is everyone talking about it? More than 20 people spent a week learning about how to develop their own approaches at the Blending Learning in Summer Session.

Inside Info

Get Growing: Starting a Garden

Photo: Gardening girl

Growing a garden has many benefits beyond delicious, fresh produce. The act of gardening can help relieve stress, it can be fun and rewarding, and it is a great way to get the whole family active, according to a recent installment of UW Health's Growing Up Healthy blog.

Buzz

Sparks of innovation fly at T & L symposium

Photo: exhibitor talking to visitors at symposium

The UW Teaching and Learning Symposium theme, Sparking Innovation: Ideas to Impact, drew dozens of high-tech ideas. But some of the best energy came from the mash-up where those new technologies met teaching methods deeply rooted in learning.

Milestones

Round-up: Hilmes, Warner, Petersen, Haines

Michele Hilmes to study broadcasting in the U.K.; Beth Warner named associate registrar for academic services; Greta Petersen to be associate registrar for student services; First-year center welcomes new assistants; Accounting Services makes Rusty Haines director of disbursements. 

In Memoriam

Miran known for State Lab IT contributions

Photo: David Elliot Miran

David Elliott Miran, 65, an employee of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene for 37 years, passed away May 21, at UW Hospital. He retired in February 2009 as deputy director of the WSLH Division of Information Technology, according to Channel3000.com.

In the Media

Mosquito conditions usher in swatting season

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UW-Madison entomologist Phil Pelliterri says conditions are right for a bumper crop of mosquitoes this year. A combination of the March snow melt and June rains provide just what the pests need to thrive once the weather warms up.

Events

Workplace Workouts promote fitness, wellness

The Workplace Workouts program is a wellness initiative that brings fitness beyond RecSports' facilities and into convenient locations for faculty and staff.

MOOCs workshop with European flavor next week

The European MOOCs in Global Context Workshop June 19-20 is designed to engender discussion and debate about the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) phenomenon from a European perspective.

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