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Shakespeare in Wisconsin

Photo: Title page of First Folio

Two of William Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays in 1623 to preserve them for future generations. Without this "First Folio," the world may have never known 18 of these plays, including MacbethTwelfth Night, The TempestThe Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It. As the 400th anni-versary of Shakespeare’s death is marked this year, the UW-Madison Libraries, the Chazen Museum of Art and the UW-Madison Arts Institute have spearheaded the Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016 initiative.

Top Stories

Freshman class includes more Wisconsin residents

Photo: Students at convocation

UW-Madison welcomed 6,430 newly enrolled freshmen for the fall 2016 semester, up from 6,270 last year. The number of Wisconsin residents in the class, as well as the percentage who are African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and southeast Asian-American, also increased.

Annual report focuses on campus safety

Photo: Aerial view of Bascom Hill

UW-Madison's 2016 Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report contains a wealth of information about safety on campus. Among other things, it has crime data and details about programming to prevent crimes — especially sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. 

History, Heritage and the National Parks

Oct. 10, hear the cultural, historical and environmental legacies of America’s national parks at a free lecture by the National Park Service director.

Around Campus

Video: Chancellor gets the scoop on charity campaign

Photo: Rebecca Blank tasting ice cream

UW-Madison's Babcock Hall Dairy Plant has created a special flavor of ice cream to tantalize the taste buds and raise awareness of this year's Partners in Giving charitable campaign. Watch as Chancellor Rebecca Blank samples a scoop while another hungry customer is frozen out.

UW all in for ALL IN democracy competition

Photo: Student voting

UW-Madison has joined more than 170 colleges in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, which recognizes campuses committed to increasing student voter turnout, among other things. The school with the highest participation will be named champ-ion. Related: Film director touts civil debate.

Free Go Big Read tickets available

Photo: Matthew Desmond

Tickets are now available for UW–Madison students and staff to attend a Nov. 1 lecture by Matthew Desmond, author of this year's Go Big Read book "Evicted." There is a two-ticket maximum per person. A stand-by line will also be offered for those who want to see if they can get in due to unused tickets.

Business alumnus Harris made history with his MBA

Photo: Larry Harris

Larry Harris came to Wisconsin unprepared for its winters, but left prepared for a better career than he ever imagined. The former Upjohn executive was the first graduate of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Manage-ment, which is marking 50 years of creating opportunities for underrepresented minorities.  

Campus Initiatives

Reviews underway for 2 deans, 1 director

Photo: Bascom Hall

Every five years, academic deans and directors of the university’s schools and colleges undergo a comprehensive review to assess their academic and administrative leadership and performance in such areas as external relations and resource management. Reviews are now underway for three of them.  


New faculty focus: Jason Kawasaki

Photo: Jason Kawasaki

Jason Kawasaki, a new assistant professor of materials science and engineering, uses a method he likens to spray-painting with atoms to uncover properties that could revolutionize scientific devices. He is also looking forward to educating the next generation of engineers, including college and K-12 students.

Soul injury: Helping trauma survivors heal

Deborah Grassman, a mental health professional, discusses a new treatment approach with a panel of local experts. Free event, Oct 19, 7 p.m. Pyle Center.


Marcia Zimmerman marks 55 years at UW Health

Photo: Marcia Zimmerman

Back in September 1961, a new graduate of Madison Central High School went off to work at her very first job at UW Hospital and Clinics — and she's still there. Marcia Zimmermann, a scheduler with the hematology/oncology clinic, recently celebrated her 55th anniversary. "I enjoyed just about every day," she said.

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