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Rural roots

Photo: Gard family with young Greg Gard

With UW hoops season a little over a week away, the Mil-waukee Journal Sentinel produced an endearing portrait of men's basketball head coach Greg Gard's rural Wisconsin upbringing — where showing hogs and fixing tractors were part of growing up in a tight-knit, hardworking farm family. "That’s why I always thought that recruits that had a back-ground in farming or military ... (really developed) a work ethic," he said. "There’s no trophy for doing the chores."

Top Stories

Blank responds to Camp Randall incident

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank released a statement Sunday in response to an incident at the UW-Nebraska game. A person was seen wearing a costume "that for many of us evoked images of lynchings of African-Americans," Blank said. She explained the university's response to the "hateful message."  

Committee narrows WID search to 5 candidates

Photo: Discovery Building

Five finalists have been selected by a search committee for director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Each of them will make a public presentation, outlining his or her vision for the position. Details regarding time and location of the presentations will be available on the OVCRGE website.

Native November campus events span the month

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A wide variety of events are part of Native November this month. Among the activities: indigenous cooking workshops, and present-ations about current issues involving the Native American community, beginning with "Survive and Thrive as an Indigenous Student" at 5 p.m. today at Dejope Residence Hall.

Crossroads of Ideas:
Political Fact-Checking

Join Lucas Graves for an exploration into the virtues and limits of political fact-checking. Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Matthew Desmond talk will be live streamed

Photo: Matthew Desmond

Couldn't get tickets to see the author of this year's Go Big Read selection? You can watch Matthew Desmond discuss his book "Evicted" via live stream tonight at 7 on the GBR website, or at a number of viewing locations including College Library, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and several local libraries.

‘Vote ambassadors’ help hundreds register

Photo: Polling booth with voter

Three UW-Madison students have spent the past year focusing their efforts on ensuring the right to vote extends to all citizens. They are participating in the Vote Everywhere campaign, a nonpartisan, experiential program that recruits, trains and supports over 100 student leaders at 42 universities across the country.

Gordon Dining & Event Center to host campaign event

Photo: American flags

Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will hold an event today at Gordon Dining & Event Center. Gordon will remain open for food service, and previously scheduled activities will go on as planned. UW policy allows candidates and parties to rent university facilities for one on-campus political event each election.

Outside UW

Rural residency program expanding in Belleville

Photo: Stethoscope

Two new resident positions will be added each year for four years by the School of Medicine and Public Health at the UW Health Belleville Clinic. They are part of an effort to improve health care in underserved areas of the state and to better understand and eliminate health disparities in rural areas.

Introducing...

New faculty focus: Alejandra Ros Pilarz

Photo: Alejandra Ros Pilarz

Upon graduating from college, Alejandra Ros Pilarz' first job was coaching parents on ways they could support their young children’s early literacy development and school readiness. Drawn to UW-Madison by the reputation of the School of Social Work, she is a runner who likes solving puzzles and traveling.

Milestones

Damodaran named to Owen R. Fennema Professorship

Photo: Srinivasan Damodaran

Srinivasan Damodaran has been named the first recipient of the Owen R. Fennema Professorship in Food Chemistry. His research interests include protein-water interactions, melting and freezing of foods, and biode-gradable polymers. Fennema was a professor of food science from 1960 until 1996.

Events

University League dinner to raise funds for scholarships

Graphic: University League logo

The University League, a nonprofit volunteer organization that gave $154,424 in student scholarships this year from annual giving and endowment funds, is having a fundraising dinner at Nakoma Golf Club Nov. 12. Delight Quartet, a barbershop foursome, will perform. Reservations are due by Nov. 4. (Repeating due to bad link last week.)

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