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Brand New Everything

Molly Sequin of Howard, Wis., is in good company: She’s one of more than 7,500 first-year and transfer students who are getting to know campus one day at a time this semester — and today is a biggie: the first day of classes. Granted, she attended SOAR, she has already completed the MadBiology Boot Camp held last week, and her three sisters are currently Badgers, so the UW is a little bit familiar. But now it’s her turn to be a college student, and she’ll have plenty of brand new experiences. Photographer Jeff Miller of University Communications is tagging along and posting new photos throughout the day, so check back from time to time.

Top Stories

Wise words: Chancellor, Cronon welcome students

Photo: Bill Cronon

For the first time, Bill Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies, participated in the Chancellor's Convocation for New Students, encouraging students to enjoy "moments of serendipity" that are most likely to change their lives. Read the full text of his speech. Related: More Convocation coverage

Transition to Office 365 email and calendar continues

Graphic: email icon

The campus’s conversion to the Office 365 software system for email and calendaring continues to move ahead, with the first small migration of faculty and staff to begin early in 2014. The Office 365 project team is working with partners from each campus unit to get ready for the transition.

DoIT at Badger Fest

Visit the DoIT Tech Store table Wednesday, Sept. 4 on the Union South Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for giveaways, deals and a coupon for a $5 Tech Store gift card!

Around Campus

Interim director of federal relations named

Benjamin Miller has been named interim director of federal relations, a role he begins Sept. 8. Miller replaces Rhonda Norsetter, who recently retired. The six-month appointment will bring Miller to Washington, D.C. for the first three months.

Finalists announced for director of Chancellor’s Scholars

A longtime UW-Madison administrator, a physicist and former engineering professor, a university leader with a background as a high school principal in Kenya, and a scholar of religion and social justice are among the finalists hoping to lead the Chancellor’s Scholars and Powers-Knapp Scholars Program.

Campus Initiatives

Strategic framework: Four years of progress

A progress report, compiled following the fourth year of UW-Madison’s five-year strategic framework, highlights accomplishments in priorities related to undergraduate education; research; resource stewardship; recruitment, retention and diversity; and the Wisconsin Idea.

Inside Info

Back-to-school healthy lunch ideas

A healthy lunch is composed of at least three food groups, which provide the necessary fuel for learning and play. UW Health's Growing Up Healthly blog shares ideas and fun options as the new K-12 school year launches.

Engrave your name in theater history.

A plaque with your name on a seat in the Wisconsin Union Theater is a visible and lasting way to show your support for the Memorial Union Reinvestment.


Not your parents’ retirement for Baby Boomers

Those Boomers who shocked their par­ents with long hair and protest­ing the Viet­nam War are shak­ing up traditions again, accord­ing to John Nel­son, a for­mer UW-Madison stu­dent who wrote “What Color Is Your Para­chute? for Retirement.” Nelson will lead a retreat called “Retire­ment Hap­pi­ness: Plan­ning Your Next Stage of Life” on Sept. 13 and 14.


Q & A: Olson named Leckrone’s right hand man

Darin Olson is the new assistant director of bands in the School of Music, coming to UW from Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was assistant band director at Rider High School. The School of Music's Fanfare! blog sits down with Olson for a Q & A.

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