Quoted: Omar Poler wants people to recognize that and to remember the people who lost their battle with COVID-19.
‘We never take the time to stop and reflect on the loss we’re all experiencing,’” “A friend said to me, ‘We never take the time to stop and reflect on the loss we’re all experiencing,’” Poler said. “At the same time, a newspaper article came out that said no collective mourning had emerged within the United States.”
Poler is UW-Madison’s Indigenous education coordinator. He wanted to change the way America looks at coronavirus-related deaths. He wanted people to spend a moment grieving.
“What we do is I spend some time before Thursday trying to learn about specific people,” Poler said. “I look through obituaries and try to come up with a way to remember them.”
UW Health is recognizing the efforts of medical staff who have run nearly 200,000 COVID-19 tests since March 19, 2020.
Steve Brown Apartments never assigned spots or painted lines in their parking lot. When UW-Madison senior Gretchen Gerlach came home from work late at night, she would often find that there was no room in the lot that she had paid to park in.
Students volunteered at a monthly food pantry Saturday to serve Madison individuals facing homelessness. The pantry at First United Methodist Church provides students an opportunity to give back to their community.
The legacy of Vel Phillips is one filled with firsts.
In 1951, she was the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. In 1956, she was the first woman and first Black member of Milwaukee’s City Council. In 1971, she was the first woman and first Black judge in Milwaukee County.
’The cultural stigma in discussing and addressing mental health illnesses is also prevalent, particularly among communities of color,’ state rep. says.
On Feb. 10, I had the pleasure of talking with Jennifer Cheatham from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and John Diamond from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on our Education Week show A Seat at the Table. When participants register to view the live or on-demand show, they are able to input one question they would like me to ask our guests, and the questions they offered focused on many different facets of racial equity.
Quoted: “Think about it — our hospitals and clinics are near capacity because we have a heavy caseload of COVID right now,” said Mary Hayney, a pharmacy professor at UW-Madison.
“We need to find other people to … administer vaccines to the public. So students are a resource that can be tapped to do that because they have the skills and are ready to go,” she said.
This year, the Wisconsin Partnership Program will include six different public health initiatives in this year’s annual Community Impact Grant, the program announced in a press release. The initiatives, which target a variety of public health inequities, will each receive $1 million in funding over the course of five years.
Noted: Trammell was born in southern Nigeria but considers herself a Madisonian after living the majority of her life here, she said. She grew up in the Northport Apartments on Madison’s north side before moving to the south side. She graduated from West High School and got her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She said growing up as a Black child in Wisconsin she never visualized or envisioned herself as a judge. She is the first lawyer in her family and the first judge.
Noted: Ted Kellner, a 1964 Grafton High School graduate, and his wife, Mary, made the donation to the district’s Enhancing Our Future athletic complex campaign. While at Grafton, Ted Kellner was an All Conference athlete in football and basketball and a participant in track, baseball, National Honor Society and student council. After high school he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1969, a district news release said.
The University of Wisconsin will host six additional COVID-19 rapid testing events over the next couple weeks that will be open to the general public.
Noted: At our home, the topic was the role millennials can play in improving racial conditions in the city.
We invited fourth-year medical students from the University of Wisconsin Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health program (TRIUMPH). They provide health care for medically underserved communities.
The Early Literacy and Beyond Task Force will focus on using literacy, at every level, as an equity strategy to make sure that all MMSD students are receiving the high-quality, grade-level instruction, according to a news release.
As drivers pull through to drop off their donations, some of big names in University of Wisconsin sports history will be on hand to greet them as they pull through. Current players aren’t able to attend because of COVID-19 restrictions.
James Gavins, the creative director of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has taken to making music, dance and comedy videos during the COVID pandemic. Performing is nothing new for Gavins — an alum of the UW’s First Wave performing arts scholarship with a degree in theater, he worked with the Youth Arts Initiative and mounted a one-man show before returning to UW to join OMAI.
“The comedy and the sketches, and things like that, I’ve been doing that for a while, but as far as the music … that really started once quarantine hit, because I was an artist at home figuring this all out for myself, this is how I communicate. You try to communicate, and this is how I relate to most people,” he said in an interview Wednesday.
Community leaders behind an effort to place a new statue honoring Vel Phillips on the Capitol Square hope to see it installed by next year.
Wisconsin schools across the state are facing a shortage of special education teachers, especially in smaller rural districts. A new UW-Madison masters program is working to fill that gap.
On Wednesday evening, the artists behind three of those murals gathered virtually for a panel discussion with Chazen Museum of Art director Amy Gilman and University of Wisconsin-Madison art professor Faisal Abdu’Allah, hosted by UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities.
Working in tandem with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the volunteers with the University of Wisconsin Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project (UW MIA RIP) work to locate and repatriate the remains of American military members unaccounted for.
Students on campus and off registered in numbers to speak against Amendment 10, a proposal made by Ald. Harrington-McKinney of Dis. 1 and Ald. Henak of Dis. 10 to accept a grant to create the “Downtown Entertainment Zone team,” which would amend the Police Department-Police Field budget. If added to the budget, the amendment would create four new police fficer positions and reclassify one police officer position to a Sergeant.
Public Health Madison and Dane Co. officials are working with the Madison Police Dept. and the City Attorney’s Office to deliver summons and complaints to the houses, the City explained. The agency is also reportedly working with UW-Madison officials to determine if disciplinary action is needed there as well.
Despite precautions and no recorded incidents of public health violations, UW-Madison’s 7-day average for new COVID cases during the Halloween weekend is the highest it’s been since the end of September, at just over 30 cases.
They’re holding a discussion tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom as part of an effort with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of Sustainability to talk about the importance of voting.
Popular bars remained open, but only at 25 percent capacity under local health guidelines.
The Madison Mayor and Public Health Madison & Dane County are urging the community to avoid large gatherings.
’We seriously think that revenue streams and profits are way more important to these people than student lives,’ ASM chair says.
The Madison Common Council rejected sending a letter to UW-Madison urging them to move all classes online and close dorms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a late night vote, the council voted 14-5 against a non-binding resolution that called for the university to move all classes online, empty out dorms, expand testing capacity, hire more contact tracers and reconsider moving forward with the football season.
Madison’s City Council voted Tuesday not to send an official message to University of Wisconsin-Madison officials that would have urged them to discontinue in-person classes and alter policies to reduce the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the Madison community.
Anational fraternity and partner are proposing to demolish two vacant residential buildings in the Langdon Street National Register Historic District for an eight-story structure that would provide new space and housing for the fraternity and multifamily apartments near UW-Madison — and perhaps a clash over historic preservation.
Some Madison Public Library locations, UW-Madison Memorial Union and Union South, UW-Madison Student Activity Center, Madison College will be available for drive-up and walk-up voting, according to the City of Madison Clerk’s Office. Hours vary according to location.
MGE is partnering with customers on the project, including University of Wisconsin- Madison, the Willy Street Co-op and Wisconsin Department of Administration.
The concerning rise comes even as total new cases in the county falls, mostly because UW-Madison is now reporting many fewer cases than it was a few weeks ago.
René Robinson voted at 22 for the first time and for a very particular reason: Harold Washington was on the ballot for Chicago mayor.
The Dane County Board will meet Thursday to consider various items related to COVID-19, including a resolution to urge University of Wisconsin- Madison to discontinue in-person classes.
It’s the fifth mural produced by Science to Street Art, a first-of-its-kind project of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery that pairs artists with UW–Madison scientists to create science-themed street art. The new painting, installed on the side of Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Pumping Station 8 on Plaenert Drive (between South Park St. and the Arboretum) is set to be completed Wednesday.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Everett Mitchell will be special live guests as the UW-Madison Odyssey Project hosts “A Celebration of Voting” on Saturday, Oct. 3 as the event goes virtual this year with a packed program of student voices, artwork, actors from American Players Theatre reading passages on voting designed to get out the vote.
Blackhawk Church Pastor of College-Age & Young Adult Ministry Michael Knapstad said the Middleton church has created an adopt-a-dorm program.
Noted: The group will be co-chaired by inaugural members Dr. Tiffany Green, assistant professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Alia Stevenson, Chief Programs Officer with the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness.
“The Black Maternal & Child Health Alliance is comprised of Black women serving in important roles in health care, our community, and as decision-makers and knowledge experts. Our highest priority is to ensure that the health and wellbeing of Black mothers remains front and center,” says Co-Chairs Green and Stevenson in a statement. “As the Alliance moves forward, we are pleased to join the Dane County Health Council as we work together to advance the health of Black mothers, babies and their families in this county.”
In March, Martin Shafer, a scientist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) and UW-Madison College of Engineering, noticed a trend in COVID-19 testing techniques.
Sept. 12, around 100 University of Wisconsin students gathered in the rain to demonstrate, placing mock gravestones and a “RIP UW” sign in front of the Gordon Dining and Event Center.
Access Distributed, a non-profit organization, formed a partnership with the University of Wisconsin and the School of Business to help students from underrepresented backgrounds get jobs in high-ranking positions in the finance industry.
At least 74% of Dane County’s new positive cases have been connected to UW since beginning of September.
With positive cases per day rising with a sudden spike in cases on the isthmus in early September, little guesswork needs to be done to determine who the culprit might be — university students.
Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases on the UW-Madison campus, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is asking university officials to require undergraduates living in residence halls to move back home for the rest of this semester.
Madison’s mayor thinks she knows exactly what’s causing so many college students to catch COVID-19, and in her mind, it’s preventable.
PHMDC officials said the number of confirmed cases includes people tested on the UW-Madison campus, but it does not account for students or staff who may have been tested at off-campus sites. As more contact tracing is completed, officials expect the proportion cases tied to UW-Madison to increase.
“To prioritize the safety of our customers, employees and community, we will be closed until further notice,” the bar posted on Instagram.