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Gifts with Badger appeal

Photo illustration of Bascom Hall with snowflakes in front

What's on your holiday shopping list this year? Consider a gift that shows your UW-Madison pride. Our annual Gift Guide has a variety of unique choices, from a book that tells you how Fussville, Wisconsin, got its name, to treats from the campus dairy and butchery. There must be someone on your list who would appreciate a stunning nature poster or tickets to an arts event. Browse the guide and maybe you'll even find something to tuck into your own stocking.

Top Stories

Memorial Union to unveil renovated first floor

Photo: Exterior of Memorial Union

Memorial Union’s first floor will reopen Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. with the Daily Scoop, Badger Market and Peet’s Coffee & Tea greeting customers. Der Rathskeller and some new dining venues, including salad and sandwich café Carte and Italian eatery Strada, are expected to begin serving food in January 2017.  

Jo Handelsman returns to UW as WID director

Photo: Jo Handeslman

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) will have a new director: Jo Handelsman, a Yale professor and official of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Handelsman has a long history with UW–Madison as a professor and department chair. She also co-founded the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute.

Lodging, Dining, and Conference Space in One

The bridge between campus, vibrant downtown and State Street, the Fluno Center provides lodging, delicious dining, and state-of-the-art meeting & conference spaces.

Around Campus

Russell Wilson ad sums up benefits of UW-Madison

Photo: Russell Wilson Rolling Stone cover

"Where would I be without the University of Wisconsin?" UW alum and NFL star Russell Wilson asks in a new TV spot. Wilson, noted not just for athletics but also his service work, gives a succinct answer designed to show the impact the university has on its students. Watch for other prominent alumni to follow.

WISE leader, mentor to women in science, retires

Photo: Ann Haase Kehl

Ann Haase Kehl of the Women in Science and Engineering residential learning community has retired after 15 years of helping support women entering traditionally male-dominated fields. “She always promoted being a strong, confident woman, but that you needed to take time for yourself as well,” says one student.

Consortium’s goals align with MBA student’s beliefs

Photo: Zena Stephens

Zena Stephens believes so strongly in the mission of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management that it became the perfect way to enhance the goals she had already set for herself. UW-Madison was a founding member of the consortium, a diversity initiative that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

We’re coming to you!

The DoIT Tech Store is popping up across campus this holiday season, starting at 21 North Park Street on 12/1 and 12/5. Find when we’re coming to you.


4-H honors emeritus Professor Terry Howard

Photo: Terry Howard

Terry Howard of the Department of Dairy Sci-ence was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame Nov. 5. Howard's interest in the dairy industry began as a 4-H’er working on his father's farm. He went on to create opportunities for countless students, producers and professionals.

In Memoriam

Ruth Gruber, who documented life under Nazis, dies

Photo: Ruth Gruber

Ruth Gruber, a renowned UW-Madison alumna and photojournalist who documented life in Nazi Germany, has died at age 105. "She often crossed the line from journalist to human rights advocate," said The New York Times. Gruber brought nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees across the Atlantic to the U.S. during World War II. Related: On Wisconsin profile.

In the Media

Derek Kindle lays out financial aid priorities

Photo: Derek Kindle

UW-Madison's new director of financial aid, Derek Kindle, says some high school students might not apply here because they don't know about the assistance available to them. Kindle tells the Wisconsin State Journal he wants to change that. And he says housing is what his office hears about from students most often.


Christmas tree sale starts this Friday

Photo: Christmas tree

The UW Forestry Club will be holding its 43rd annual Christmas Tree Sale Dec. 2-4 in the Stock Pavilion. Tree species include Fraser fir, balsam fir and white pine. Fraser fir wreaths will also be available. It’s best to shop early, as trees often sell out before the sale is over.

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