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Graduation preparation

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With just days to go before the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s spring Commencement ceremonies, everyone’s got something to plan. For the staff and students behind this year’s big move to Camp Randall Stadium, the process has gone on for months. Inside UW-Madison takes a look at the thorough planning efforts that will culminate in new graduation traditions on Saturday, May 17.

Top Stories

Go Big Read selects “I Am Malala” for 2014-15

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The Taliban thought bullets would silence Malala Yousafzai. But instead they made her voice stronger, and today the teenager from Pakistan is known worldwide as a transformative advocate who embodies the power of education for girls. Her book is the next Go Big Read selection.

New competition pool to be built at SERF

Photo: swimmer in Natatorium pool

A new $26 million competition swimming pool will be included in the renovation of the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF). The 50-meter pool will include a platform diving tower, have a minimum of 1,500 spectator seats, and be able to accommodate WIAA events.

Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Arboretum Visitor Center. Choose from hundreds of species and get advice from experts.

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Around Campus

Wisconsin Badgers say ‘You Can Play’

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UW Athletics is joining hundreds of colleges, professional teams, high schools and other sports organizations in the “You Can Play” project. “You Can Play” is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

Student memorial set Friday at the Carillon

Carillon Tower

The Division of Student Life will remember UW-Madison students who passed away during the summer and 2013-14 academic year during a brief ceremony on Friday, May 9 at 1 p.m. at the Carillon Tower. Carilloneur Lyle Anderson will perform individual musical selections.

Lifesaving Station advises caution in the water

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As the weather begins to get warmer, the UW Lifesaving Station is reminding people of the lake’s potential dangers and encouraging all of those enjoying the water to use caution. Read these tips for staying safe.

Outside UW

Program matches doctors with rural communities

Photo: Dave Hubbard in doctor's office

For some people, moving away from their small hometown is the ultimate goal. Dave Hubbard wanted the complete opposite. In his search for the perfect career in family medicine, the physician from southwestern Wisconsin wanted to return to his roots.

Inside Info

Spring cleaning: Ways to make room for what matters

Shilagh Mirgain

Spring cleaning our homes can provide a liberating feeling. UW Health psychologist Shilagh Mirgain says that doing a little spring cleaning of our lives can make room for more of the things that bring us joy, health, and overall well-being.

Discovery Challenge Research Symposium

Fleming Crim keynote on NSF, free lunch & grad students/postdocs looking for collaborators. RSVP by May 14. 11:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 21, Discovery building.

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Buzz

Chancellor praises student accomplishments

Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank was among those who recognized more than 100 UW-Madison winners of academic honors at this week's Undergraduate Awards ceremony. Related: In her blog, the chancellor says, "To this group of top students: I can’t wait to see what you do to make this world a better place."

Milestones

Law librarian Cindy May honored

Cindy May

UW Law School librarian Cindy May has received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin. The award honors May for more than 40 years of outstanding service to the group, law libraries and the legal community.

In Memoriam

Former professor, administrator Robert Clodius dies

Photo: Robert Clodius

Former professor and administrator Robert Clodius, who served the UW as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs in the 1960s, died in Rockford, Ill. Clodius was a professor of agricultural economics and retired in 1990.

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