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Motivated to heal

Photo: Ummu with fellow nursing student

Ummu Drammeh is on a journey. A mother of five (her oldest is 22), she is originally from Gambia in West Africa. Now, she’s a student in the School of Nursing. And that’s not all: She's a Badger parent, too, with two of her daughters enrolled here. Drammeh says waiting until later in life to go to college was a good decision. “I think I’m more focused now than I would have been. I have a mission and I know what I want to do.”

Top Stories

WARF contributes $85 million to UW-Madison

Graphic: WARF logo

WARF, the nonprofit foundation that patents and commercializes UW-Madison inventions, has granted the university $85 million for the academic year, including funds for faculty recruitment and retention, new research initiatives, graduate student support, and more. WARF is also giving $14 million to the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Video: Winter commencement speaker announced

Photo: James Lovell

Captain James A. Lovell Jr. is one of only 24 people to go to the moon. Not only that, but he’s a Badger. Lovell attended UW–Madison for two years before he was accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1952. He will deliver the charge to graduates at winter commencement Dec. 18.

Introducing Payroll Deduction

Pay for new tech with 6 or 12 no interest payments from your paycheck. Shop for yourself, your family and friends at the DoIT Tech Store.

Around Campus

Langdon Street closing week of Oct. 31 for repaving

Photo: orange construction barrell

Langdon Street will be closed in both directions between Park and Lake streets for repaving starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. It is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. This repaving work is part of the ongoing renovation of the Memorial Union. Three bus routes will be affected.

UW-Madison wins high global ranking

Photo: Aerial view of Camp Randall Stadium

UW–Madison is 29th among 1,000 top research universities in 65 countries on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Global Universities. Microbiology, mathematics, environment/ecology, plant and animal science, geosciences, agricultural sciences, and arts and humanities were all in the top 20.

Search begins for next business dean

Photo: Grainger Hall

The search for the next dean of the Wisconsin School of Business is officially underway. The search and screen committee is inviting nominations and applications. The new dean will succeed François Ortalo-Magné, who will depart Madison in summer 2017 to become dean of the London Business School.

What makes Shakespeare’s works immortal?

Illustration: Engraving of Shakespeare

When "First Folio" makes a stop on campus this fall, the public will have a rare chance to view the first collected edition of William Shakespeare’s plays. What has made the Bard’s works seemingly immortal for more than 400 years? “Shakespeare is the best click bait,” says an English professor.

Outside UW

Wisconsin Science Festival: It’s not just a Madison thing

Photo: Children at science festival

The Wisconsin Science Festival passed a milestone this year. For the first time, it had more activities and events outside Madison than inside Madison. Antique wood type, "radical reptiles and amazing amphibians," and stargazing are just a few of the presentations made around the state Oct. 20-23.

Inside Info

How you can support troubled students

Photo: Bascom Hall

On any given day, you may encounter troubled or disruptive students in your classroom, office or work area. In all of these cases, you can play a positive role in helping students access resources or receive assistance. Here are some things to keep in mind. Related: Campus leaders' statement on sexual assault reports.  

Cybersecurity in higher education

Join Cybersecurity experts Monday, Oct. 31, for a panel discussion on issues at the forefront of cybersecurity in higher education.


Louden says there’s no better place to study German

Mark Louden has been honored by the German Academic Exchange Service for outstanding work in the field of Germanic languages and literatures and German as a second language. Louden directs the Max Kade Institute and has served as a cultural mediator to Amish communities in Wisconsin.


University League raises money for scholarships

Graphic: University League logo

The University League, a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports UW-Madison students with scholarships, is having a fundraising dinner at Nakoma Golf Club Nov. 12. The group gave $154,424 in scholarships this year from annual giving and endowment funds. Reservations are due by Nov. 4.

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