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Dance camp

Photo: Dancers performing with Marching Band

UW Marching Band Director Michael Leckrone called assoc-iate dance Professor Chris Walker just before the Ohio State game in October to ask if he was interested in presenting choreography at Camp Randall during the halftime show. Walker leaped at the opportunity — creating a 90-second sequence from "The Lion King" to accompany the band before some 80,000 fans. Walker, who had never attended a Badger football game until that Saturday, was impressed with the experience. “It came through the whole stadium, this shared expression of movement and music,” he says.

Top Stories

UW-Madison recognized for support of veterans

Graphic: Student veterans logo

The UW System has presented Veterans Education and Transition to Success (VETS) certification to UW-Madison. The designation recognizes efforts to enhance support of student veterans through critical services, including counseling, a welcoming campus environment, and a voice in university life.

New project could improve weather forecasting

Photo: Weather data collection device

Weather balloons better watch their backs. A new forecasting tool could soon find itself part of the day-to-day operations of the National Weather Service, and UW-Madison has received funding to help put the technology into use. It could fill in the gaps left by twice-a-day weather balloon measurements.

Tudor Dinners

Enjoy fine dining & rich choral presentations by the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison. December 7, 8, 10 & 11 at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your seats.

Around Campus

Cartography led to a sweet spot for Gail Ambrosius

Photo: Gail Ambrosius

From a childhood on a dairy farm to traveling in Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to work with farmers who grow cacao for her fine chocolates, a sense of place permeates everything Gail Ambrosius does. Earning a cartography degree at UW-Madison was an important plot point on her map to success.  

Renovations will transform Wendt Commons

Illustration: Floor plan of Wednt Commons renovations

Renovations to Wendt Commons starting at the end of the month will transform the entire main floor into a makerspace — a sort of high-tech DIY laboratory for engineering students, faculty and staff. And the entire third floor of the building will be converted into modern interactive engineering classrooms.

Outside UW

Farm & Industry Short Course serves Wisconsin farmers

Photo: Short course student examining plant

Mason Spencer grew up in Beaver Dam with no thought of going into farming. But an experience as a milker sparked his passion for agriculture. To learn more about the ag industry without immersing himself in a four-year college degree, Spencer discovered UW-Madison's Farm & Industry Short Course.

Campus Initiatives

UWRAP developing new tools to meet data needs

Photo: hands on computer keyboard

The UW-Madison Reporting & Analytics Project (UWRAP) is working to help transition the campus from the Query Library service to a new suite of modern tools and solutions intended to meet faculty and staff needs for institutional data and information. The UWRAP website has details and updates.

Inside Info

7 simple tips for safer holiday shopping

Photo illustration: keyboard with shopping key

Department stores and online retailers are in a dead heat this holiday season, with 56.6% of shoppers planning to buy at stores, and 56.5% planning to shop online. With online shopping becoming a more common method of purchasing gifts, fraudsters and scammers will be trying to cash in on the boom.


UW Health names chief diversity officer

Photo: Shiva Bidar-Sielaff

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff has been named as UW Health’s first chief diversity officer. Bidar-Sielaff will provide vision, coordination and strategic leadership for UW Health’s initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In Business magazine recently listed her among “15 of Madison’s Most Influential People."

98% Recommend Blend@UW

The annual report found participants 99% satisfied with the course design program. Apply by 12/9 for 1/9-1/13 series to see why.

In the Media

Sims assesses response to Camp Randall incident

Photo: Patrick Sims

Vice Provost Patrick Sims asks in a guest editorial how we at UW-Madison can go about creating a welcoming, inclusive community in the aftermath of the Camp Randall noose incident and the university's response to it. It's clear we have good intentions, he says. Now we need to make sure our actions match.

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