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Beloit College mandates COVID-19 booster shots while UW-Madison starts collecting booster data

Wisconsin State Journal

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank told a faculty committee during a Monday meeting that she didn’t know what percentage of the campus community is boosted beyond those who received it at University Health Services. The university will be encouraging students and staff to report if they have been boosted off-campus to get a better picture of booster status across UW-Madison.

University Finances Face a Long Road to Recovery

Chronicle of Higher Ed

The pandemic’s negative impact on enrollment was not ubiquitous, however. Enrollments at elite universities, such as Harvard and Stanford, held steady during the height of the pandemic. Several of the more-prestigious state flagship campuses, such as the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, recorded record freshman-class enrollments. Amid the adversity caused by the pandemic, in that sense, the rich simply got richer.

Some private colleges, universities delaying start of spring semester classes, requiring vaccinations amid COVID-19 surge

Wisconsin Public Radio

Some private colleges and universities in Wisconsin are delaying the start of spring semester classes, requiring negative COVID-19 tests or vaccinations and boosters for students and employees amid a rapid surge of new COVID-19 infections. At the same time, the University of Wisconsin System says students “will return on-time and as normal” for classes starting this month.

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings ranked No. 2 in national Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings


UW–Madison professor emerita and Madison365 contributor Gloria Ladson-Billings is the nation’s second-most influential scholar in education, according to the annual Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, which spotlight top education scholars across the nation “who move ideas from academic journals into the national conversation,” according to an announcement from the School of Education.

Wisconsin’s athletic director tests positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to travel for the Badgers’ bowl game

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

University of Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel to Las Vegas for UW’s bowl game.

McIntosh must quarantine for 10 days.

“I would encourage everyone to follow the advice of medical professionals and get vaccinated, boosted, tested and wear a mask,” McIntosh said. “Those mitigation measures may not keep us from contracting COVID, but there’s a good chance they will keep us from having a severe outcome.”

Several UW football players and staffers affected by latest COVID-19 wave on UW campus

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The latest COVID-19 wave that is sweeping across the University of Wisconsin campus has affected the UW football team.

Multiple sources close to the program told the Journal Sentinel Saturday both players and staffers tested positive in recent days and that the Badgers would be short-handed when they face Arizona State Thursday in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Limited COVID-19 testing scrambles holiday plans for some UW-Madison students

Wisconsin State Journal

After a fall semester that appears free from the major COVID-19 outbreaks and testing problems associated with last school year, complaints are dropping in the final days before winter break begins. Students find themselves frustrated, scrambling to secure an elusive COVID-19 test during an already stressful time and amid a rise in campus cases.

Wisconsin’s 48 Most Influential Black Leaders, Part 1

Madison 365

Noted: Marisa Moseley is in her first season as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin. She came to Madison from Boston University, where she was head coach for two seasons. She led the Terriers to their first winning season in five years and was named Patriot League Coach of the Year. Moseley was an assistant coach for nine years under Coach Gino Auriemma at the University of Connecticut, a national women’s basketball powerhouse, following assistant coaching stints at Denver and Minnesota. She played for Boston University from 2000-2004.

Winter graduations could be super-spreader events

Inside Higher Ed

The University of Wisconsin at Madison is also requiring all attendees to wear masks at the Kohl Center arena on Sunday. At Arizona State University, which hosts 24 separate convocation events throughout the week, masks are required for indoor ceremonies and strongly recommended for the commencement inside Sun Devil Stadium.

Re-Wear It hosts final clothing swap of semester

Daily Cardinal

Re-Wear It, a new student organization that promotes conscious consumerism and sustainable fashion, had their final clothing swap of the semester Friday. Students and campus community members are invited to bring clothing items they no longer want to swap out for new items at Re-Wear It’s events.

Marshall Scholars For 2022 Selected


Lydia Nyachieo, a University of Wisconsin student, serves as an editor and staff writer for The Wisconsin International Review. She won UW’s Newman Family Scholarship, given to the most promising undergraduates studying global affairs

UW senior Lydia Nyachieo name Marshall Scholar for graduate study in the UK


adison East alumni and UW-Madison senior Lydia Nyachieo is the winner of a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which gives high achieving U.S. students the opportunity to study at the graduate level at any university in the United Kingdom. The UW announced on Monday that she is among the 41 winners selected from nearly 1,000 applicants from public and private colleges and universities across the United States.

The Wisconsin volleyball team sweeps Minnesota to advance to its third straight Final Four

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The University of Minnesota football team may have laid claim to Paul Bunyan’s Axe two weeks ago, but the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team came to the rematch wielding a broom.

For the third straight year, the Badgers are headed to the NCAA Final Four in volleyball after sweeping past the Golden Gophers, 25-18, 26-24, 25-22, Saturday night before an electric crowd at the UW Field House. Wisconsin will meet No. 1-ranked and undefeated Louisville in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday.

‘Something out of communist Russia’: Sen. Chris Kapenga fights raises of less than 2% for state unions

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: The union represents trade workers at University of Wisconsin campuses, prisons and other state facilities. In many cases, they make about $41 an hour, according to state records.

As with trade workers around the country, they are paid a lower wage as apprentices. They all make the same wage once they complete their apprenticeships and become journeymen.

Kathy Thompson worked for 20 years as a steamfitter for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recently started working for the private sector because the pay was much better, she said.

Republican bill would punish universities, technical colleges for free speech violations

Wisconsin Public Radio

Quoted: Jeff Buhrandt, UW System vice president for the Office of University Relations, pointed out to the committee that state universities have always strived to promote free speech and diversity of thought on campus.

“Our current policy recognizes that each institution has a solemn responsibility not only to promote lively and fearless exploration, deliberation and debate of ideas, but also to protect those freedoms when others attempt to restrict them,” said Buhrandt.