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Swam dunk

A campus wouldn’t be a campus without bricks and mortar, but at UW-Madison, we also place great value on outdoor spaces — those spots where nature has dibs. One-third of our main campus, in fact, is dedicated to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Other parts of the main campus and university property also host spots where creatures of all kinds can make themselves at home. Jeff Miller, senior photographer in University Communications, has captured some of them in this collection of photos.  

Top Stories

Nicholas family provides $50 million for scholarships

Photo: Ab and Nancy Nicholas

Ab and Nancy Nicholas have committed $50 million to inspire other donors to create undergraduate and athletic scholarships and graduate fellowships for UW-Madison students. The donation, a one-to-one matching fund, is the second-largest household gift in the university’s history.

Resolution seeks to remove budget’s tenure proposal

Capitol dome

Faculty members packed an auditorium last Tuesday as the Faculty Senate approved a resolution seeking to remove language relating to tenure and shared governance from the state budget. Related: Academic Staff Assembly to hold special meeting tomorrow; State Journal op-ed by Chancellor Blank.

Global humanities consortium meets at UW-Madison

Photo: Jill Lepore

What counts, and why we count, are complex questions that neither software nor equations nor modeling can adequately explain. That was one of arguments presented at the 2015 meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, hosted this year by UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, June 18, from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

HR Design goes into effect July 1

Logo: HR Design

On July 1, HR Design begins to be implemented, initiating a host of new campuswide personnel programs and policies developed to meet the needs of a 21st century world-class public university. HR Design is perhaps the most comprehensive human resources system overhaul in UW history.

Association helps answer retirement questions

Photo: Retirees on bikes

Retirement is a big decision. When should you retire? What are the steps you need to take? What comes next? There are a lot of questions to ask, and the UW–Madison Retirement Association is there to help. Its goal is to promote the interests, health and welfare of its members through activities and information.

UW announces Baldwin Endowment grant winners

Banner and Lincoln

Linguistics Professor Monica Macaulay has been working with the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin for 17 years on language preservation projects. Her project, Menominee Language Texts for Teachers, is among those to be funded by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.

Outside UW

Military Kids University offers fun — and understanding

Photo: Heather and Baylee Kelly

It isn’t easy when 9-year-old Baylee Kelly’s dad is gone for long periods of time. “I miss him,” Baylee says. “I feel sad.” When your dad is in the service, you get used to it. “It’s still hard,” Baylee says. But one thing that’s made it easier is Military Kids University, held on campus this past weekend.

Campus Initiatives

Administrative award recipients recognized

Photo: Winners of Administrative Improvement Awards

Winners of the 2015 Administrative Improvement Awards were recognized June 8 in a ceremony at Union South. The awards went to three teams and one individual for their excellence in administrative roles supporting student services, research, academics, outreach or administration.

Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic

Watch former Badgers and NHL stars at the Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic, Friday, June 26. Be a part of this fun night benefiting the UW Health Burn Center. Tickets.


Awards honor range, diversity of creative arts

Photo: Arts award winner

UW-Madison’s annual Awards in the Creative Arts were presented recently at the Fredric March Play Circle. The recipients of this year’s awards, presented by the Arts Institute, showcase innovative performance and research that forges links between seemingly disparate fields and cultures.  

In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Kliebard passes away at age 84

Professor Emeritus Herbert Kliebard, a longtime faculty member in the School of Education, passed away Monday, June 8. He was a highly regarded scholar in curriculum planning, the history of education, and on the educational reformer John Dewey. Kliebard joined the faculty in 1963.

In the Media

Rouse reflects on connecting campus and community

Photo: Mary Rouse

Former Morgridge Center Director Mary Rouse, retiring from the latest of her many roles with UW-Madison, talks to the Cap Times about "taking down the drawbridge and connecting campus and community." It's not so much about the university coming in to help, she says, but sitting down as equals.

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