Photo gallery Moments in Time 2017: ‘I second that emotion’
From sadness to joy, anticipation to surprise, it was an emotional year at UW–Madison. We mourned, we celebrated. We looked forward to the expected and delighted in things we didn’t see coming. Students asked, teachers listened. The changing seasons were predictable yet refreshing. Energy was everywhere, and potential was limitless. If you didn’t feel it, well then you just weren’t a Badger.
University Communications photographers have the privilege of capturing these emotions every day as Moments in Time. Each year, we ask them to share their favorites. Here, from their perceptive perspectives, are the 49 images they chose and their reflections on the process.
Photos by Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter | Text by Bill Graf
Awash in white, Observatory Hill in January affords a vanishing view of a wintry horizon.
Wearing — and feeling — blue, a UWPD honor guard pays a final tribute to Assistant Chief Kari Sasso's police horse, Vegas, at UW Veterinary Care. Vegas contracted a painful, incurable disease and was euthanized.
Less sad than outraged, thousands of demonstrators surged toward the state Capitol in a Jan. 21 rally protesting what many saw as the onset of an assault on women’s rights.
Days later, the Student Coalition for Progress led a march up Bascom Hill to challenge “alt-right” views and anti-immigration rhetoric.
There was also occasion for joy, as renowned poet and activist Nikki Giovanni headlined “Getting Black to Happiness,” a celebration of Black History Month.
Winter can wear you down if you don’t embrace it. The frozen fairways of Lake Mendota attracted ice golfers during the Hoofers Winter Carnival.
In magenta-tinged twilight, the Valentine’s Day sunset provides a scenic backdrop for the unassuming Poultry Research Lab on the west side of campus.
Condensation indicates a perfectly controlled climate in an incubator where transgenic corn is sprouting at the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center in Middleton.
Plants of many varieties blossomed more vividly thanks to the caring attention of Mo Fayyaz, who retired in August as director of the Botany Greenhouses and Botanical Garden.
London fog? No, Library Mall.
The savviest students know what’s coming as they cover their ears for Professor Cathy Middlecamp’s explosive demonstration of the flammable properties of hydrogen.
Oblivious Abe pretends not to notice the polka party in his midst as Celeste Huff of Wisconsin Rapids and her 6-year-old sister, Melina, enjoy Siblings Day.
Rower Maddie Wanamaker couldn’t have asked for a better early spring day on the water when she practiced solo in Lake Mendota.
Financial specialist Kweku Brewoo, winner of a 2017 University Staff Award, carefully reviews computerized records in his Education Building office.
Chance of sprinkles: This powder-covered celebrant is observing the arrival of spring and triumph of good over evil during a festival of color hosted by the Madison Hindu Students Association.
Mentor and mentee seem to be thinking the same thing as computer science student James Plautz shows a Randall Elementary School pupil how to code using an entry-level program.
Hoping for good luck, a young student from the Milwaukee Excellence Charter School pauses in the rain to touch the foot of the Lincoln statue on Bascom Hill — a time-honored tradition in any weather.
Don’t look now, Matt McGuire — they might be gaining on you! The sophomore competes for a coveted gig firing up game-day crowds as one of seven Bucky Badgers for 2017-18.
Every bit as iconic as Bucky is the legendary Mike Leckrone, 80, who directs the 43rd annual UW Varsity Band Spring Concert at the Kohl Center.
Bucky takes a break from his busy schedule to model a new-look commencement gown trimmed in Badger red for spring graduates. (Color-coordinated footwear optional.)
Whoever started the practice of students decorating their mortarboards — on display during May commencement at Camp Randall — deserves an honorary degree.
With grads and continuing students leaving campus for the school year, a summer construction project brings new windows and other renovations to Witte Residence Hall. When work finishes, the building will be topped by a new 11th floor.
What will researchers learn from this Norwegian Atlantic salmon? Its secrets may be revealed as part of a study at the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory.
These three-month old pigs at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, of a breed created by a UW geneticist, might also hold secrets — clues, scientists hope, to the treatment of human heart disease.
A horse under the care of clinical Assistant Professor Amy Munsterman undergoes an equine acupuncture procedure at the UW Veterinary Care clinic.
Dean of Students Lori Berquam poses outside Bascom Hall wearing one of a wide variety of hats well-wishers presented her with to cover the effects of chemotherapy as she reached the midpoint of her treatment for breast cancer.
One way to make sure you get a clean table on the Terrace is to wait for a summer thunderstorm to roll through.
There’s Bucky again, at a spirited celebration of Wisconsin Alumni Association President Paula Bonner’s retirement. That’s Paula pumping her fist with characteristic enthusiasm.
Paula’s party features the debut of a restored, vintage ice cream truck (serving Babcock Hall’s best, of course) as it kicks off a statewide “Thank You 72” tour to show appreciation to Wisconsin’s 72 counties for their support of UW–Madison.
International affairs are of constant interest on campus, with guests like Ian Khama, president of the Republic of Botswana, visiting to discuss the state of the world and receive a Global Citizen Award.
The Badgerloop pod, a prototype designed for an international competition to carry passengers at lightning speed, frames some of the students who built it and showed it off to an impressed Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
Fascinated observers — one improvising with sunglasses and a cellphone, another using the safer recommended protective eyewear — witness an 85-percent solar eclipse from the Memorial Union Terrace.
As night falls for real, a 21-minute time-exposure captures star trails, rotating around Polaris, blanketing the dome of the university’s Pine Bluff Observatory west of Madison.
Before commencement caps a student’s academic career, there’s convocation — the chancellor’s welcome to new students at the Kohl Center. It’s the first of many times they’ll link arms to sing “Varsity.”
Convocation comes during Wisconsin Welcome, a series of events that also includes strolling by members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity during the Multicultural Orientation and Reception at Shannon Hall.
As the semester unfolds and studies ensue, there is time for occasional diversions. Thursdays are tango night at Union South, with lessons in the popular Argentine dance open to students and the public.
Following a rainy October wedding day, Yun "April" Hang and Dacheng Fan held out for a sunny morning after, to pose for photos and make memories amid the familiar starburst chairs on the Terrace’s scenic lakeshore.
Children spot two sleeping Bucky twins — American badgers named after UW men’s basketball stars Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky — in an exhibit at Madison’s Henry Vilas Zoo.
Six alumni reflect on their experiences during the 1967 Dow Chemical protests on campus for a multimedia project called
Resplendent in red, Bascom Hall is illuminated at dawn to usher in Homecoming Week.
Another Homecoming highlight is the dedication of a new gathering spot honoring former students who went on to do great things embodying the Wisconsin Idea: Alumni Park, between Memorial Union and the Red Gym.
One of the perks of riding on the Bucky Wagon is you don’t have to jockey for a parking spot on football Saturdays. Driver Glenn Bower delivers the Spirit Squad to Camp Randall for the Homecoming game against Maryland.
A band in the stands delights the fans.
Rock’s Space Cowboy, UW–Madison 1967 alumnus Steve Miller, touches down for homecoming in Camp Randall and conducts the UW Marching Band's 5th Quarter performance of his song "Swingtown."
A day on the trails is a day at the office for Karen Oberhauser, newly appointed to oversee the natural wonders of the vast UW Arboretum.
The campus offers awesome views in all seasons, but particularly fall. If you found yourself gazing skyward on this October morning, you might have seen these remnants of a harvest moon disappearing behind the colorful treetops.
The football team reached for the top and almost made it, but its historic 12-1 season was reason enough to cheer. The Badgers will close out 2017 with their first-ever appearance in the Orange Bowl.
Practice takes patience at a booth dedicated to Chinese pen-and-ink writing during a collaborative observance by a number of student organizations to promote Asian culture.
And so another year of sunrises, like this one brightening winter-worn cattails near Lake Wingra, is in the books. Where did the days go? They’re still within reach … as Moments in Time.
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