Tag Alumni

Badgers return for Multicultural Summer Picnic

August 5, 2019

More than 200 Badgers of color and their families joined the Wisconsin Alumni Association August 3 for the inaugural Multicultural Summer Picnic.

André De Shields ’70 wins best actor Tony for ‘Hadestown’

June 10, 2019

De Shields began his theatrical career at UW–Madison, graduating in 1970 and moving to New York City in 1973. His Broadway career includes "The Wiz" and "The Full Monty."

UW Changes Lives: WSB alumni make a difference throughout state

May 15, 2019

Wisconsin School of Business alumni are driving Wisconsin’s economy in industries and markets as varied as the talented individuals who are leading them. Meet six Business Badgers whose work makes an impact in Wisconsin.

Using motorcycles and 55-cent payments, Uganda groups maps route to health care in remote villages

May 13, 2019

By helping organize monthly clinics and lending to motorcycle buyers who are obligated for 18 months to transport health care workers, a nonprofit has connected health-care providers and patients in remote villages in Uganda.

Commencement spotlight: UW grad uses brother’s injury as inspiration for research

May 8, 2019

Stefanie Henry will graduate from UW as a double major in neurobiology and French, along with an extensive background in nervous system trauma research that is inspired by her brother’s spinal cord injury.

First female valedictorian became renowned suffragist

May 7, 2019

Clara Bewick Colby was among the first class of six women at the University of Wisconsin to graduate with bachelor’s degrees. Later, large crowds would attend her speeches on women’s rights.

Nursing student upholds family tradition as fourth-generation Badger nurse

May 1, 2019

Following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, grandmother and aunt, Emily Hanna is the fourth in her family to take part in UW–Madison’s nursing program. The program has seen some serious changes in that time.

UW alum masterminding next generation data storage: A solution to the datapocalypse?

March 11, 2019

In a meeting at the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Wisconsin School of Business, Hyunjun Park said the device will hold digital information in DNA – life’s evolution-perfected “data storage” molecule.

Steve Miller, Tom Brock to receive honorary degrees

February 14, 2019

This year’s recipients of honorary degrees from UW–Madison are both rock stars — one literally, the other in microbiology. The honorees are Steve Miller, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Thomas Brock, who helped usher in modern molecular biology.

Ada Deer: A lifetime of firsts

December 18, 2018

Deer, a 1957 graduate, went on to become the first female chair of Wisconsin's Menominee Indian Tribe as well as a national leader in Indian affairs.

EatStreet snaps up campus award for entrepreneurship

November 20, 2018

EatStreet now serves more than 15,000 restaurants in more than 275 cities. It has 175 employees at its headquarters, just off the Capitol Square in Madison, and more than 1,200 drivers.

UW Women at 150: Looking for — and finding — Lorraine Hansberry

October 30, 2018

While many people know “A Raisin in the Sun,” far fewer know much about its author, Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry spent less than two years as a student at UW–Madison, but it was an important part of her journey as a writer and activist.

12 famous people you didn’t know went to UW–Madison

October 17, 2018

Homecoming is an occasion often involving food, friends and football — but it’s also a time to welcome Badger alumni back to campus. …

Campus gears up for Homecoming celebration

October 15, 2018

From its beginnings on a crisp November weekend in 1911, Homecoming has grown into the UW’s most beloved tradition. Join us Oct. 18-21!

Stone survivors: Law School gargoyles reunited after nearly 70 years apart

September 18, 2018

Some families have a dog or cat; the Been family has a gargoyle. Now, it’s going back to its original home at the University of Wisconsin Law School — and the intriguing story of its loss and recovery is being told.

Tong family makes $1 million gift towards Hoofer marina project

August 14, 2018

A new donation will help fund a project to improve the marina and lakefront promenade near the Memorial Union. Improvements include new piers, better storage and a new greenspace on shore.

Student to student: A reunion of ‘60s activists from Madison imparts lessons to millennials about achieving change

July 3, 2018

For three days in June, hundreds of aging radicals, activists and former University of Wisconsin students returned to Madison – once a “cradle of counterculture” – to relive the 1960s through a mix of music, art, politics and history. Today's millennials can learn from them.

Madison startup completing 100 solar setups in rural Africa

April 27, 2018

If you take electric lighting for granted, you have not lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where lighting options often come down to kerosene, candles or flashlights. The company's solar lights are a new choice.

Curious Madisonian still innovating, designing, improving 35 years after UW–Madison graduation

April 20, 2018

Bruce Winkler has invented, designed or facilitated an amazing range of devices since he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison in 1983.