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Obama returns

President Barack Obama will hold a campaign rally on Bascom Hill this Thursday. Students, faculty and staff should be aware of the many impacts the event will have on classes, employees, parking and transportation. Complete details, as they are available, will be posted on the university homepage. Related: See these important logistical details in advance of the president's visit.

Top Stories

Ward: University must help shape its own future

The university has begun mapping out solutions to the fiscal squeeze by seeking flexibilities in key areas such as tuition, purchasing and human resources and establishing campus initiatives aimed at effective stewardship of resources, Interim Chancellor David Ward told the Faculty Senate on Monday.  

Apply Now – Virginia Horne Henry Fund

The Virginia Horne Henry Fund provides money for an annual competition for a number of activities related to women’s physical education, movement and the female body in culture.

Around Campus

WID adds “external professors” from media ranks

NPR's Anne Strainchamps and Steve Paulson and CBS's Peter Greenberg will serve as External Professors at Discovery, a program at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery that invites experts to explore connections at the institute.

Campus joins language initiative for ROTC cadets

UW–Madison has joined more than 25 other universities nationwide in an effort to help address the U.S. military's need for critical language specialists who understand foreign cultures and can communicate in regions of strategic and economic importance.

Campus Initiatives

Informational events continue today

Image: HR Design

An informational session will be held 1:30-3 p.m. today at Union South on the HR Design project’s strategic plan for UW–Madison’s personnel system. A fact sheet about the plan can be viewed here (PDF). More sessions are set, including one tonight from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at the Memorial Union for late-shift workers.

Inside Info

Get some air: Bike pump and tool station moves

Photo: Bike station sign

Need to get a little air — for your bike tires? Cyclists should know that the campus's bike tire pump, along with a variety of tools that could come in handy for fixing that two-wheeled workhorse, are now available in the northeast corner of Lot 6, the garage at Helen C. White Hall.


Meet new Letters & Science faculty

The College of Letters & Science has more than 800 faculty, a group that includes brilliant researchers, noteworthy authors, and inspiring teachers. This year, the college welcomes more than 50 new faculty members. Find out more about these new faces on campus.


Hospital names Working Mother of the Year

Christine Williams, a transcription and record quality manager at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, juggles two kids, a staff of 80, and an award-winning rowing team.

In the Media

Get inside the head of your pet!

Photo: Patricia McConnell

Animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell of the Department of Zoology tells the Appleton Post-Crescent what's going on in our pets' minds. She expounds on the mental life of animals, including what Fido thinks when you say "sit."


“Bookscapes: Lands Observed and Imagined”

Image: "Of Gravity and Grace"

The fall exhibit at the Kohler Art Library showcases the theme of landscape in artists’ books. "Bookscapes: Lands Observed and Imagined" runs until Nov. 30 during regular library hours.

Health faculty and staff show “spare time” art

Graphic: Poster for "Spare Time" art exhibit

The creative works of health sciences faculty and staff — including quilts, photographs, sculptures, paintings and more — are on display in the 3rd Floor Galleries of Ebling Library. "In Our Spare Time" runs through Dec. 31.    

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