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After successful pilot, Our Wisconsin will launch more fully in the fall

Posted on March 1, 2017

Our Wisconsin is a program for incoming students that started last fall as an effort to build understanding and community on campus in the areas of culture, identity, diversity and inclusion. I am happy to tell you that the pilot sessions we ran this past fall were successful, based on the evaluation results we received. We’re moving forward with changes that will allow the program to reach even more incoming Badgers. The Division of Student Life created Our Wisconsin as a two-part, in-person inclusion workshop for new students. The workshops, led by teams of student, staff, and faculty facilitators, … Read more of After successful pilot, Our Wisconsin will launch more fully in the fall

The proposed budget for 2017-19

Posted on February 22, 2017

Gov. Walker’s recent budget proposal is an acknowledgment that the UW System plays a major role in spurring the state economy, and we are very thankful for the commitment he has made to reinvesting in higher education in Wisconsin. His investment in the UW System includes restoring $50 million that was lapsed back to the state in the last biennial budget and $42.5 million in much-needed new funding. This is a welcome change from the cuts in state support in 10 out of the last 12 years (under both political parties), which created serious challenges for the entire UW System. Read more of The proposed budget for 2017-19

Exploring career opportunities

Posted on January 30, 2017

 If you haven’t been in Ingraham Hall lately, I encourage you to stop by and visit the expanded Career Exploration Center in its new space across from the Badger Market on the first floor. This renovated space is where thousands of undergraduates from across the campus will find resources and expert guidance to finally answer that question they’ve been hearing since kindergarten: What do you want to be when you grow up? Our incoming freshmen come to us with top grades, top ACT scores, and a mind-boggling list of extra-curricular activities. Some of them know just what they … Read more of Exploring career opportunities

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