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Chancellor Blank column: Wisconsin and the future of undergraduate education

Posted on May 29, 2018

Chancellor Blank’s column on the future of undergraduate education appeared in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal. Public education has been one of our greatest success stories as a nation. Our country pioneered in making public elementary and high schools available to all children and created land-grant public universities that made college possible for citizens from all backgrounds. The widespread availability of public education in the United States has been linked with the success of our society and economy over the decades. Today, almost 90 percent of high school graduates can expect to enroll in an undergraduate institution at some point during … Read more of Chancellor Blank column: Wisconsin and the future of undergraduate education

Visiting Wisconsin manufacturing at Regal Beloit

Posted on May 25, 2018

There is a very good possibility that something in your home – from a hot water heater to your HVAC system – could have a part or motor manufactured by Regal Beloit. I recently got a chance to tour their Beloit facility with State Representative Mark Spreitzer and see first-hand how UW-Madison helps support their 1,800 Wisconsin employees. From left to right: Nicholas Pasquarello, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; State Rep. Mark Spreitzer; Jon Kaupla, Executive Director of the Center for Professional & Executive Development; Mark Gliebe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank; Tom Valentyn, … Read more of Visiting Wisconsin manufacturing at Regal Beloit

Spring 2018 Commencement Speech

Posted on May 12, 2018

As prepared for delivery, May 12, Camp Randall Stadium: Good afternoon. Please be seated. Welcome to Camp Randall Stadium and the 165th spring commencement of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thank you, Katie Anderson, for that beautiful performance and thanks to Professor Leckrone and the UW Band for leading us in. Today, more than 7,000 bachelor’s, master’s, and law degree candidates will become alumni of one of the greatest universities in the world – making the Class of 2018 one of the largest in our history! And by the way, 6,520 of you are right here in the stadium. I want … Read more of Spring 2018 Commencement Speech

Our students are achieving great things

Posted on May 8, 2018

As we close out another academic year, I want to acknowledge some of our students who have been particularly successful here at UW-Madison.  I also want to thank our faculty and staff for the role they play in making this a great place to innovate and learn.

I had a chance to meet and honor more than 150 students on May 1 at the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, a showcase of academic excellence, public service and outstanding undergraduate research.

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Chancellor’s awards honor undergraduates for outstanding research, public service, scholarship

May 2, 2018

More than 150 students were honored May 1 during the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, an annual showcase of…

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Mailick stepping down from top UW–Madison research role

April 26, 2018

Marsha Mailick, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s founding vice chancellor for research and graduate education, announced Thursday that she…

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UW–Madison releases report on student organizations that took name of KKK in 1920s

April 19, 2018

UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank today announced several initiatives in response to a new report reviewing the history…

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Finalists chosen for lead student affairs role

April 5, 2018

A search and screen committee has recommended three finalists for the new position of vice chancellor for…

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