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Curtain goes down, for now

Photo: Union Theater

The Wisconsin Union Theater is celebrating as it prepares for an intermission — two years of renovation that will enable it to raise the curtain on a new chapter in its rich history. Shown here is the Margaret Webster Shakespeare Company arriving in 1949 for a performance of "The Taming of the Shrew.” Theater staff members are preparing for two farewell events, a Curtain Down Party on Saturday, May 12, and a gala event on Thursday, May 31.

Top Stories

Bazzell: Enjoy ice cream for employee appreciation

Photo: Babcock Ice Cream

Vice Chancellor for Administration Darrell Bazzell is encouraging all employees to enjoy a free scoop of Babcock Ice Cream beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

What makes a great commencement speech?

Sarah Jedd

Last week, Carol Bartz was announced as commencement speaker. Sarah Jedd, who teaches speech composition and public speaking, talks with Inside UW about great speeches, the mistakes speakers can make, and why Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres and Barbara Bush did such a memorable job addressing graduates.

UW Family Gardening Day

On Saturday, May 12, head to the D.C. Smith Greenhouse to sow seeds, transplant seedlings, take home a 4-pack of herbs, and talk with master gardeners for tips on flowers, fruits, vegetables and turf.

Around Campus

Jazzin’ benefit supports campus child care

Jan Wheaton

Enjoy an evening of great jazz music and support campus early childhood care and educational programs at the 15th annual Jazzin’ benefit on Thursday, May 31. Jan Wheaton and the Jan Wheaton Quintet will perform.

Union South wins state design award, Best in Show

Union South

The state's construction industry named Union South Best in Show of the 30 top projects in Wisconsin, recognizing it for “elegant design, student involvement, and multi-purpose, unique spaces.”

Graduate School fills two key associate dean posts

Two veteran UW-Madison faculty have been named to associate dean positions in the Graduate School. Steve Ackerman has been named as the new associate dean for the physical sciences, and Daniel Lee Kleinman was appointed associate dean for social sciences.

Inside Info

Turf specialists offer help for greener lawn care

Doug Soldat

The university's turf experts are getting a lot questions about how to grow a healthy lawn with minimal risk to the environment and human health, says Doug Soldat, a soil scientist and UW-Extension turf specialist.


Prepare for the new WiscCal — sign up for training

The WiscCal team is planning to move your calendar event data to the new WiscCal calendar service the weekend of June 2 and 3. The old WiscCal calendar and its clients will be retired on Saturday, June 2, and the new WiscCal calendar will move to production on Monday, June 4.


UWPD receives state accreditation

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) board has voted to award the University of Wisconsin–Madison Police Department law enforcement accreditation on the state level.

In Memoriam

Soil scientist Jaya Iyer dies at 78

Photo: Jaya Iyer

Professor emerita Jaya Iyer, instructor and advisor to soil science students for nearly 40 years and a consultant to Midwest tree nurseries, died on May 2 at age 78. Funeral services are scheduled on Saturday, May 12.

In the Media

When will the Hawkcam chicks learn to fly? Soon.

The Hawkcam chicks may leave the nest by the end of May, according to Mark Berres, a UW ornithologist. "About 45 days is all it takes for them to fledge — to leave the nest for good," said Berres, who puts the date around June 3.


Ride to Farm seeks cyclists, pledges


Dozens of cyclists will be riding through the rolling hills of rural Dane and Green counties on Saturday, June 2, in support of the next generation of farmers. The university's School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers is recruiting riders and pledges for its ninth annual Ride to Farm fundraiser.

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