On Sunday, Dec. 15, hundreds of students will complete their UW–Madison studies by walking across the Kohl Center stage at winter commencement. Every graduation ceremony is rich with personal stories. Here are just a few from this year’s winter graduates.
"We are losing an adventurous interdisciplinary thinker and a colleague and friend revered for his humanity," said English Department Chair Anja Wanner.
The photographs, visual art and films bear witness to the influence of Margaret H’Doubler, who made dance a rigorous academic discipline and the body the route to scientific inquiry, self-discovery, creativity and citizenship.
The final touches of construction were being put in place during a preview tour of the Hamel Music Center Sept. 16. The Mead Witter School of Music is looking for volunteers Sept. 19 and 20, to sit quietly in the audience and hear professional acousticians perform the final tuning.
Mackenzie Berry is the recipient of a $20,000 Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. She is one of only six recipients nationwide this year to receive the fellowship.
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."
"We hope with this addition to the faculty we will craft deep, integrative, and long lasting changes in the way in which diversity is conceived and implemented in our curriculum," said department chair Kate Corby. "Duane's versatility as a teacher and artist, along with his warm and professional engagement with students, will be a great benefit."
In recognition of his contributions to music in Madison, particularly toward reinvigorating the local jazz scene, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium's Jazz Junction Benefit Concert on June 1 will this year honor Schaffer upon his retirement.
The newly unveiled statue, "The Monarch," celebrates the 150th anniversary of women receiving degrees at UW–Madison and was designed by artist Victoria Reed to represent female empowerment and influence.
It started with a mispronounced word and the idea of superhero proteins it inspired. A few doodles later and Jaye Gardiner, Kelly Montgomery and Khoa Tran realized they had landed on a fresh way to communicate their work as scientists.
“Corey Pompey is the clear choice,” said Susan Cook, director of the School of Music. “He has a deep musicianship along with an enthusiasm and energy on the podium that was infectious; he really connected with the students.”
The UW–Madison Awards in the Creative Arts honored everything from a dance work to a recording of new music to a multi-channel, multi-screen video artwork examining the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Homecoming is an occasion often involving food, friends and football — but it’s also a time to welcome Badger alumni back to campus. …
The humanitarian and emeritus professor of music was fêted with music and multimedia tributes during an evening filled with laughter and love at the Overture Center for the Arts.
The 25-year-old poet impressed a crowd at Memorial Union on Saturday, and in turn she raved about Madison on social media. “This seems like a place where I could write a book," she wrote.