Photo gallery Moments in Time 2018: Photographers’ Choice
How long is a moment? Long enough for us to encounter, to enjoy, to endure; short enough to escape without notice. Capture a moment and you’ll have it forever. Miss one, and you’re left with, “What if?”
A lifetime of moments can test a person’s memory. Photographs help keep them alive. In this slide show, University Communications photographers share some of their favorite Moments in Time of 2018.
Photos by Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter / Text by Bill Graf
Take your pick: Doug Rouse, professor of plant pathology, and a number of his students collect frozen soil samples in the Arboretum Jan. 30 for the Tiny Earth Initiative — an educational, crowdsourced search for new antibiotics.
Schoolhouse rocks: A tray of ancient rock core samples, collected from South Africa by UW–Madison researchers and estimated to be more than 3 billion years old, are shown Jan. 10 in a mass-spectrometer laboratory in Weeks Hall.
There'll be no overtime on this basketball court as crews conduct demolition work on the SERF Jan. 18. The aging recreational facility will be replaced in 2020 by the Nicholas Recreation Center, dubbed "The Nick," named in honor of UW basketball star and mega-booster Albert "Ab" Nicholas.
Minute man: Comedian Charlie Berens, a 2009 UW–Madison alumnus and host of the popular online show "Manitowoc Minute," warms up in a backstage dressing room before performing at Shannon Hall in the Wisconsin Union Theater Jan. 26.
"Shorts guy" — either impervious to the blizzard around him or just defiant — became a viral sensation when this picture of him braving the elements on West Johnson Street Feb. 5 was posted on social media.
It didn't take a Zamboni to groom Lake Mendota for a spirited game of pond hockey Feb. 10 during the Hoofers Winter Carnival.
Deaf activist, actor and model Nyle DiMarco converses with high school and college students — many deaf, blind and/or hard of hearing — during a question and answer session Jan. 30 at Tripp Commons in the Memorial Union.
The characters of Mimi, played by Yanzelmalee Rivera, and Rodolfo, played by José Muñiz, sing during a final dress rehearsal Feb. 21 for Act III "Donde lieta" of UW Opera's production of La Bohème at Shannon Hall in the Wisconsin Union Theater.
Snow cone: There are two seasons in Wisconsin, it is often said: winter, and road construction. On April 19, they merged.
It's all a blur as hundreds of students engage in the "Battle for Bascom," an epic snowball fight between the Lakeshore and Southeast area residence halls held on Bascom Hill March 7.
Sound judgement: Jerome Camal, an assistant professor of anthropology with a background in ethnomusicology, inspires students during his Anthropology of Sound course Feb. 27. Camal is a recipient of a 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award.
It's all about community at the UW South Madison Partnership. Here, fitness instructor Venus Washington leads Get Movin', a free exercise class for seniors hosted by the partnership March 6 at the Villager Mall in Madison.
Griffin Claes, a junior majoring in textiles and fashion design, works on a commemorative cloth that tells stories about his family's time in Chicago during a School of Human Ecology Structural Enrichment class March 12 in Nancy Nicholas Hall.
Student volunteers model clothing traditional to the culture of Bangladesh during "Runways of the World" March 18 at Union South.
Holy smokes! Students are going to love the experiment that James "Jim" Maynard, senior instructional specialist, is preparing in the Chemistry Building April 6 for a classroom demonstration. Maynard is one of nine recipients of a 2018 Academic Staff Excellence Award.
Accompanied by his service dog McGee, John Heim, IT system administrator in the Mathematics Department, works at his desk in Van Vleck Hall March 22. Heim is a recipient of a 2018 Academic Staff Excellence Award.
Brush with fame: Maides "Bumper" King, an employee of Facilities Planning and Management, applies painter's tape to prepare a wall for a fresh coat April 3. King is one of eight recipients of a 2018 University Staff Recognition Award.
What would you do if you could take over the state Capitol for a day? These students use the opportunity to present their research projects to legislators and the public during Research in the Rotunda April 11.
Former UW football star Chris Borland, who retired from the NFL after a single season, poses for a portrait to accompany an On Wisconsin magazine feature about his work to raise awareness of the dangers of head injuries in sports.
Water colors: Beata Nelson, whose exploits on the women's swim team brought her national recognition, works out April 14 at the Natatorium. Nelson clocked record-setting times in the Big Ten and NCAA championships.
Two joggers — their step counters in perfect sync — are headed for a photo finish at the end of their rainy run on Library Mall May 9.
Something about spring magnolia blossoms just makes the sounds of the Carillon Tower that much sweeter.
Becky and Bucky: Bucky Badger and Chancellor Rebecca Blank pull back a tarp to reveal the "Graduation Bucky" statue May 7 on Bascom Hill. Local artists created 85 statues with different themes for "Bucky on Parade," a public art project that captivated the community this summer. Some fans set out to take selfies with all 85 Buckys.
Kelli Miner, left, and Micah Buffat embrace the moment among the flowering trees and fresh blossoms at the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens in the UW Arboretum May 17.
Anchor booth: ABC News anchor David Muir, in town to deliver his commencement address to the Class of 2018, enjoys a classic Mickies Dairy Bar breakfast with Chancellor Rebecca Blank May 12.
We'll excuse this exuberant graduate for taking a call in the middle of commencement — it might just be the job offer she's been waiting for.
A leg to stand on: A miniature donkey named Ferguson is back on his feet June 13 after his deformed hoof was amputated and he was fitted with a prosthetic limb in a rare operation at the School of Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Surgery Department.
Students wear GPS-based devices as they run drills in a Sports Science and Athlete Monitoring class, where fitness-monitoring technology is used to teach rehabilitation specialists and athletic trainers, on June 5.
A group of 6th graders visiting from Fort Atkinson Middle School on May 4 tours one of four educational stations temporarily set up at Aztalan State Park, a prehistoric Native American site located in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, during a public outreach program funded by a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Grant.
Lev Stolz-Greenberg, 5, is a little young for shaving cream, except when he's using it to create art with the help of volunteer docent Mary Teselle during a Chazen Museum of Art Summer Spin activity on East Campus Mall July 26.
Five-year-old Isabella Stevens pictures herself as a future Badger Aug. 1 during Football Family Fun Day, which provides fans of all ages an opportunity to meet Wisconsin football players up close, receive free team posters and have sports memorabilia autographed.
Miron, the construction company erecting the Nicholas Recreation Center, hosts "Build Like a Girl," an outreach event to interest girls in the building trades by providing hands-on experiences in carpentry, concrete and cranes on Aug. 10.
Water proof: Researchers at the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology got a closer-than-usual look at Lake Mendota, reputedly the most studied lake in the world, after a record-breaking storm on Aug. 20 dumped more than 10 inches of rain on parts of Madison.
A familiar face welcomes Donna Shalala back to Olin House during a football tailgate party Sept. 8. The chancellor emerita returned to campus to be inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame. Later in 2018, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 27th district.
Chaser Alison Pujanauski catches the quaffle as members of Wisconsin Quidditch, a student-run organization, practice outside the Gordon Dining and Event Center on Sept. 23.
Light workout: Students take part in a glow-in-the-dark group fitness class held at the Natatorium Sept. 20, including cinema spin, Zumba and yoga.
Junior Tenzin Woser and his mother, Ngoedup Wargmo, portray the ultimate personalized license plate during a Family Weekend welcome event at Union South Oct. 12.
Camo-clad members of UW–Madison's Army ROTC march down State Street before thousands of spectators during the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 18.
Rabbi Gairshon Vogel holds a candle as attendees gather on Library Mall Oct. 29 for an interfaith vigil to honor victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.
Last word: Ballot No. 679 — the final vote at this campus polling place in the Nov. 6 midterm election — is cast at Tripp Commons in the Memorial Union.
Ripple effect: The crew team practicing on Lake Mendota as seen from a helicopter near sunset on Oct. 23.
Director Mike Leckrone shakes hands with members of the UW Marching Band following the halftime performance at his final UW home football game at Camp Randall Stadium Nov. 24. Leckrone announced in August that his 50th season would be his last.
Wisconsin liberos Riley Bell (top) and Tiffany Clark come up short in their full-body dive for the ball as the Badger volleyball team defeats UW–Green Bay during the first-round of NCAA Division 1 championship play at the Field House Nov. 29.
Student voice: Jamie Dawson encouraged her fellow graduates to “walk toward the things that give you joy,” but also to not be afraid of life’s complexities in a well-received speech during the winter commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center on Dec. 16.
A W-shaped flowerbed in repose until it blooms in spring in front of the Mosse Humanities Building.