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‘This is Powerful’: Mourning the National Loss Endured This Year

Spectrum News

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.”

‘We need beacons of hope’: Community groups gather $125K for Vel Phillips statue in Madison and seeking more donations

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

What Does Leading for Racial Justice Look Like?

Education Week

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.

‘They have the skills and are ready to go’: College health care students step up to help massive COVID-19 vaccine effort.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

2020 Staff Picks: Judge Nia Trammell makes history, brings a unique perspective to Dane County Circuit Court

Madison 365

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.

One of Grafton High School’s ‘most renowned’ graduates and his wife gave $750,000 for athletic facility improvements

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

What happens when the subject of race is on the table? We invited a diverse group of people to our house to find out.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

‘A fundamental right’: Madison schools consider a new way to teach reading

The Capital Times

UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess acknowledged that, “Literacy is a big part of our teacher ed. programs because it’s such an important part of our education.” Hess and Jenkins talk every two weeks about various partnerships between the two entities, and are specifically considering ways to partner on literacy instruction. Monday, they announced the formal new partnership: a task force with seven UW faculty and seven MMSD representatives to strengthen reading instruction in MMSD and teacher preparation at UW-Madison.

Dig deeper during this season of giving — Jeff Russell

Wisconsin State Journal

Column by Jeff Russell, Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison. :The economic fallout from the pandemic has touched all of us, but very disproportionately. Witness recent market highs that will benefit a fortunate slice of society while many struggle mightily.”

Local performer’s pro-staying-at-home video goes viral, thanks to Rafael, Ava & Oprah

Madison 365

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.

Madison tops’s ‘Best Places to Retire’ rankings

Wisconsin State Journal

Money noted the benefits of UW-Madison, including that people 60 and older can audit courses for free; our “bustling restaurant scene and free events,” such as Concerts on the Square and the Dane County Farmers’ Market; the city’s art institutions, and attractions like the Madison’s Children Museum and Henry Vilas Zoo for entertaining young relatives.

Students show up to oppose budgeting for more police officers downtown

Daily Cardinal

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.

In-person absentee voting to begin Tuesday in Madison


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.

Voting ambassadors


René Robinson voted at 22 for the first time and for a very particular reason: Harold Washington was on the ballot for Chicago mayor.

New south side mural aims to teach science through art, convey “invisible beauty”

The Capital Times

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.

UW Odyssey Project’s ‘A Celebration of Voting’ goes virtual ahead of important 2020 election


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.

Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance launched to improve the birth outcomes of Black mothers and babies in Dane County

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.”