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They did it!

Family and friends cheered on thousands of graduating students in a series of five spring commencement ceremonies held this past weekend in the Kohl Center. Our slideshow captures some of the best memories. Related: View social media wrap-ups and Share the Moment photos.

Top Stories

Tracking the vampire in myth, culture and politics

Photo: Tomislav Longinovic

Tomislav Longinovic, a professor of Slavic languages, uses the vampire legend as a lens through which to view culture and politics in his native Yugoslavia. His work has grown into a semi-annual course on the vampire myth that fills 300 seats within 10 minutes of the start of registration.

Emeriti to see change in parking program

Parking garage

In an effort to meet diverse parking and transportation needs, Transportation Services is changing a few of its programs, including offering a new parking plan for those with emeriti status.

More strategic purchasing recommended

Logo: Administrative Excellence

Recommendations from Administrative Excellence work groups will provide a new strategic purchasing direction for the university and save nearly $14 million over five years, according to estimates from the project.

Free tech tips from DoIT

Need help with a tech device? Schedule a free, one-hour consulting appointment at Teach Me How to DoIT on May 23 at the DoIT Tech Store.

Around Campus

Finalists named for Human Ecology dean

Three finalists have been selected in the search for a dean of the School of Human Ecology. They are Jeanne M. Hogarth, Laurie Kramer and Soyeon Shim.

HR design teams seek campus input

HR Design

HR Design phase 2 work teams last week released preliminary recommendations and are looking for feedback from employees across campus; one way to participate includes a webchat at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.  

Reminder: Jazzin’ benefits campus child care

Support campus child care resources and honor early childhood educators while enjoying a night of jazz at the 15th annual Jazzin' fundraiser on Thursday, May 31.

Online library searching just got better

Searching the UW Libraries’ online catalog just got better and easier. The UW Libraries officially launched the new library catalog on Monday, replacing the nearly 15-year-old MadCat with a catalog featuring a sleek new interface.

Inside Info

Living on your own? Extend your food dollars

Photo: Grocery Bag

Living on your own in your first home or apartment can be exciting. But chances are your paycheck may not go very far. Food is a necessary part of your budget, but it's also one expense that allows you some flexibility, says Gayle Coleman of Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs.


Commencement the way it was in 1929

Commencement 1929

It's commencement, Jazz Age style. Check out this UW-Madison Archives video to see what it was like for graduates marching across the stage at Camp Randall in 1929.

Webcam will chronicle Titan Arum bloom

Big Bucky, a Titan Arum Corpse Flower in Birge Hall is preparing to bloom in late May or early June. Watch a Botany Department webcam to track its progress. As you may recall, the flower produces a repulsive, "rotting-fish-with-burnt-sugar" scent that attracts curious onlookers.


Legendary chemistry instructor Reich to retire

There is a stack of notecards on Ieva Reich's desk in the Daniels Chemistry Building. The cards do not contain equations or formulas. Reich, the soon-to-be retired instructor in the Department of Chemistry, used notecards in each of her classes over her 42 year career to learn the names of students in her Chemistry lecture.

Becky Evans, dedicated childcare teacher, retires

To show appreciation for her dedication to teaching at University Houses Preschool, a retirement celebration will be hosted honoring Becky Evans’ 28-year career. All families who know and have been touched by Evans’ work over the years are invited to celebrate.


Isthmus Jazz Festival at the Memorial Union

Logo: Jazz Fest

The fest features more than a dozen performances on June 1-2 at the Memorial Union, all of them free.


Marking our first year

With this issue, Inside UW marks the end of its first full academic year on campus. Thanks to all of our readers and contributors! We'll return with a weekly edition through the summer starting on Tuesday, June 5. Send your ideas to

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