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Commencement 2015

Photo: Graduate's cap says #ONEGOAL

For the second year in a row, UW-Madison’s main commencement ceremony took place outdoors at Camp Randall Stadium. “You notice it’s not raining?” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank, who had maintained confidence in the weather throughout the preceding week of wet forecasts. “The director of the National Weather Service is a three-time UW alum, so he came through.” Approximately 5,800 bachelor’s, master’s and law students celebrated on the field, with 41,300 family members and friends in the stands. Video: Watch Katie Couric's speech. Slideshow: Images from the big day.

Top Stories

System launches waste hotline and website

Photo: Cellphone in caller's hand

The UW System is launching a new phone hotline and website for the anonymous reporting of waste, unethical activity and misconduct. In a video message, System President Ray Cross says the initiative by the Board of Regents aims to make it simple for university employees to "do the right thing."

Six faculty members receive WARF professorships

Graphic: WARF logo

Six members of the faculty, representing paleoanthropology, psychology, art, biochemistry, computer sciences and Scandinavian studies, have been appointed to WARF named professorships. The appointments include $75,000 in research support over five years.

Third Thursdays at the Pyle Center

Featuring the Grand Opening of our new courtyard. Join us on Thursday, May 21, 4-7 p.m. for good music, delicious food and great lake view!

Around Campus

Workshop shares perspectives on disability

Graphic: Wheelchair assistance sign

What makes a person disabled? “We assume that a certain kind of body can go up a stairway. So we build stairs," says student Elisabeth Miller. "But it’s the stairs that actually disable people.” The “lived experience” of disability was examined in the Disability Studies/Disability Activism workshop.

City, university boost Greenbush home renovations

Photo: Home in Vilas neighborhood

A new program to help people buy and renovate homes in the Greenbush Neighborhood south of campus will be discussed at a meeting Thursday at HotelRED. The program offers $80,000 to $100,000 to potential homeowners who will restore a rental property and live in the home.

Outside UW

Video: Singing in chorus helps Alzheimer’s patients

Photo: Elderly men singing

Dementia may have stolen some memories from the Amazing Grace Choir, but it hasn't taken their music. The chorus began as an outreach project of the UW's Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, stemming from an NYU study of whether singing could improve mood in caregivers and people with memory issues.


Meet UW-Madison’s new dairy herd manager

Photo: Jessica Cederquist

CALS has a new dairy herd manager. Jessica Cederquist is in charge of the college’s 750+ cows and 600+ heifers, which are housed in Arlington, Marshfield and right on campus. Experienced in the dairy business, she plans to be involved in "educating the students that will become the future of our industry."

Accelerate Active Learning!

Enrich the student learning experience, attend the Teaching & Learning Symposium. May 20 and 21 at Union South. Register at the door.


Miskowski named new public television director

Photo: Jon Miskowski

Following a national search, Wisconsin Public Television leadership announced that veteran WPT fundraising executive Jon Miskowski has been selected to lead the station beginning July 1. The search followed the January retirement announcement of longtime director James Steinbach.


Conference to explore changes in distance education

Photo: Students in Wendt Library

Technology has radically transformed the way people learn in the college classroom, in the workplace and in the military. The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference will explore the latest developments and offer state-of-the-art classroom strategies August 11-13.


That’s a wrap!

Graphic: Screen shot of current Inside UW-Madison issue

This is the last issue of Inside UW-Madison for the semester. Now, we shift to a summer schedule. After a two-week hiatus, we will return June 2 with weekly issues every Tuesday through August. Thanks for reading. See you next month!

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