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Road trip: Commuters share stories


Many campus employees, like UW Hospital and Clinics registered nurse Carol Leitinger (pictured) negotiate a hefty commute to get to Madison each day, by van pool, bus or car. Some say they cherish the ride to Madison from their far-flung homes as a time to get some work done, gather their thoughts and plan their day. A 2010 survey showed 9 percent of campus employees live 26 miles or more from the university.

Top Stories

Why I Give: A lifetime of experiences inspires philanthropy

Karen Pridham, emerita professor of nursing, points to formative experiences on campus and a scholarship that enabled her career as reasons why she and her husband, Walt, support UW-Madison. Faculty and staff members can join their colleagues making a difference through UW Foundation's Giving From Within program.

Class of 2012 gift will honor Wisconsin Idea

UW-Madison's long tradition of service to the state is being celebrated with a new plaque honoring the Wisconsin Idea, a gift from the Class of 2012 that will be dedicated by class officers and university officials on Wednesday, May 9.

An ‘Amazing’ victory for UW couple

Throughout “The Amazing Race,” Maj. Dave Brown Jr. and his wife Rachel dominated the competition. On Sunday night, once again, they were the frontrunners, reaching the finish line -- twice -- with smiles on their faces.

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Around Campus

Tips by the bushel: Family Gardening Day is May 12

Photo: Gardening

Whether you've got the greenest thumb on the block or you're turning soil for the first time this year, you'll find bushels of ideas for growing a great garden at UW Family Gardening Day on Saurday, May 12, on campus.

Jordan’s skills embrace education, art

Many recognize undergraduate advisor Jerry Jordan’s enthusiasm as a recruitment and retention specialist at the School of Education. Fewer know of his prospects as a professional portrait artist. In his spare time, Jordan paints and sells his work and is preparing an August gallery exhibition.

Deaf-communication pioneer to receive honorary degree

Photo: Rob Engelke

On May 18, Rob Engelke, chief executive officer of Ultratec, Inc., will receive an honorary doctorate at a commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center. Engelke was cited for creating extraordinary advances enabling deaf and hard-of-hearing people to communicate via telephone.

Inside Info

Donate to Community Blanket and Diaper Drive

The average baby can go through 7,500 diapers in a year, and for some families, the cost may be overwhelming. The UW Health departments of obstetrics and gynecology and midwifery hope to ease these financial burdens with a community blanket and diaper drive now through May 31.


Kung honored by American Academy of Microbiology

Ching Kung

Ching Kung, professor of genetics and microbiology, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He is one of 80 new fellows elected by peers for their scientific work and contributions to advance the study of microbiology.

Teaching Academy honors new inductees

The university's Teaching Academy is proud to announce the induction of 26 new members; 16 Fellows and 10 Future Faculty Partners. 

In the Media

Dairy industry raising funds for Babcock Hall upgrade

The dairy industry is swiftly raising millions of dollars to pay at least half the estimated $32 million cost of renovating and expanding the 60-year-old dairy plant because Babcock Hall (pictured) is outdated, according to an April 29 story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Susan Lampert Smith: On fathers and fishing season

UW Health science writer Susan Lampert Smith reminisces about her late father John Lampert (pictured, at left) and a 65 year tradition for the opening of fishing season.

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