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Call of duties

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Roughly 5,000 members of UW–Madison’s University Staff play a critical role on campus. They are accountants, nurses, custodians, lab technicians, administrative assistants, locksmiths, electricians, and much more — many of them constantly in motion to wherever their duties take them. The university couldn’t operate without them, and each year five are given University Staff Recognition Awards for their outstanding contributions both on campus and in their communities.

Top Stories

Faculty Senate approves ‘no confidence’ measure

After a lengthy debate at its Monday meeting, the Faculty Senate declared that it had "no confidence" in UW System leadership's commitment to defending the Wisconsin Idea. Related: Reaction from Chancellor Rebecca Blank and President Ray Cross and the Board of Regents.

Senators support cultural competency training

A resolution supporting racial awareness and inclusion professional development for all faculty has passed the Faculty Senate. Chris Walker, associate professor of dance, intro-duced the resolution in response to the campus becoming more diverse and “chal-lenges to sharing space” that have resulted.

Linda Scott will be new nursing dean

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Linda Scott, an associate dean in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been named dean of the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Scott will succeed Katharyn May, who is stepping aside as dean but will remain on the faculty. Related: Open house honoring Dean May this Friday.

Graduation Dinner Celebration

Celebrate at Fluno with our special menu. Each graduate receives a special gift. Reservations required. Contact Eric at 608-441-7159,

Around Campus

Kellett awards recognize mid-career faculty

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Ten members of the faculty have won Kellett Mid-Career Awards. The Kellett awards recognize outstanding faculty seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, each Kellett award provides $60,000 in research funding.

Police arrest suspects in anti-Semitic graffiti

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Madison and UW police have made arrests in connection with several recent incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti on and around campus. Madison Police arrested three individuals; UWPD also arrested one of those three. The suspects are not affiliated with the university.

Campus Initiatives

Zipcar gives you a transportation alternative

Photo: Woman in Zipcar

Driving a car to campus can be a headache. With car sharing, you can choose to leave your wheels at home without giving up access to a vehicle during the workday. Zipcar is UW-Madison’s car-sharing partner. It provides cars for short-term rental by the hour or day with gas and insurance included.


Iraqi family overcomes stereotypes

Photo: Abdul Saed

Abdul Saed, 12, wants to be a policeman when he grows up. An immigrant from Iraq, he is eager to show his new neighbors that he can benefit the community. “Many people think Islam is equal to terrorism, but ‘Islam’ means peaceful,” says Abdul, who participates with his family in the Odyssey Project.  

Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale

Join us Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Choose from hundreds of species and get advice from experts.


Group recognizes two for suicide prevention program

Photo: Valerie Donovan

Valerie Donovan (left), suicide prevention coordinator at University Health Services, and UWPD Officer Barrett Erwin have been honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin. The two designed a program to encourage first-year residence hall students to seek help for mental health issues.

In Memoriam

Carillon bells will pay tribute to students Friday

University of Wisconsin—Madison students who passed away during the summer and this academic year will be remembered during a memorial performance Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at the Carillon Tower. Friends, family, faculty and staff are invited to gather at the tower, located on Observatory Drive.

In the Media

What role for the public in public art?

Photo: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

English Department chair Caroline Levine argues that majority opinion should not be allowed to water down designs for public art. She tells The Capital Times public tastes can evolve to embrace art that was controversial at first, such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Related: Levine speaking tonight.

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