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UW-Madison graduation rates increase to record levels

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The university’s Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research says its six-year graduation rate has risen to 89.2%, up from 88.5% last year. That’s more than 8% higher than the average 81.1% graduation rate of the university’s peers and puts it in the top 10 of public research universities.

UW-Madison unveils new L&S building as Levy Hall

Daily Cardinal

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced the name of the new Letters and Science building as the Irving and Dorothy Levy Hall in a press conference at Bascom Hill on Wednesday, highlighting that it was made possible by a $20 million gift from Marv and Jeff Levy, both of whom are alumni of the university.

Chancellor Blank reflects on achievements and the future of UW-Madison in State of the University address

The Daily Cardinal

Blank highlighted UW-Madison’s designation as a “Green Ribbon School,” the first of the Big Ten to earn such an award. Reducing environmental impacts and costs, improving the health and wellness of faculty and staff and providing effective environmental and sustainability education are components considered in the selection of Green Ribbon schools.

Updated: Rebecca Blank announces departure from UW, set to become Northwestern president

The Capital Times

The university announced Monday morning that Blank will become the next president of Northwestern University starting in summer 2022, where she will make history as the institution’s first woman president. She will replace long-time president Morton Schapiro, who assumed leadership in 2009 and announced his departure from Northwestern in March.

Chancellor Blank honored for her dedication to the Posse scholarship program

Daily Cardinal

Blank reiterated her commitment to Posse’s mission. “I am always proud to be the Chancellor of this university by giving [Posse scholars] these series of experiences, interactions with people, the leadership experiences, the ability to be involved in communities that are different than the one that they grew up in,” said Blank. “All of that helps us shape people who, in turn, are going to shape the world.”

A new name for UW-Madison’s natatorium and a $20 million donation to help build it

Wisconsin State Journal

UW-Madison students on the west side of campus wanting a workout can head to the Bakke Center in a few years. The new fitness facility on the site of the former natatorium, 2000 Observatory Drive, will bear the name of the Bakke family, who are contributing $20 million to the $113.2 million project expected to open in 2023.

Major donation launches new building for UW-Madison school on computer and data sciences

Wisconsin State Journal

The recently launched School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences will have a new home at the corner of Orchard Street and University Avenue, officials announced Friday. UW-Madison will demolish two service buildings currently located there to make way for the 300,000-square-foot, seven-story building. The estimated price tag is $225 million, all of which will be privately funded.

Graduation Take Two: UW-Madison Class of 2020 gets grad fanfare at Camp Randall at last

Wisconsin State Journal

Around 2,700 graduates attended the ceremony, about a third of the 8,000 students who actually graduated last year. Many wore street clothes with their black graduation caps, but the regalia of commencement was still all around. A high-profile speaker was also brought in to give the keynote: Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Pat Connaughton. While he psyched up the crowd by bringing out the Bucks’ NBA Finals trophy, Connaughton’s speech touched on the classic graduation theme of overcoming hardship and striving to achieve one’s dreams.

The Godmother of the Digital Image

The New York Times

In mathematical terms, as in common parlance, a signal is something that conveys information. Jordan Ellenberg, a mathematician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who first met Daubechies in 1998 when they were colleagues at Princeton, points out that signal processing “makes up a huge proportion of applied math now, since so much of applied math is about the geometry of information as opposed to the geometry of motion and force” — that is, it’s more about the warp and weft of information than physical problems in, say, fluid dynamics or celestial mechanics.

International students return to UW-Madison after a year of virtual learning overseas

The Capital Times

Although Olivia Guo is starting her second year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she had never set foot on campus until two weeks ago. Following her first in-person class on Wednesday, she admired the view of Lake Mendota from her seat at the Terrace, hoping for a better, more interactive school year. Or, at least one that wouldn’t leave her so tired.

UW-Madison reports 90% of campus fully vaccinated even without vaccine mandate

Wisconsin State Journal

UW-Madison reported on Thursday that nine out of every 10 members of the campus community are fully vaccinated — even without mandating students and employees to get the shot.  “I’m proud of our students and employees for taking this important step to protect themselves and others,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank said in an announcement. “And I’m grateful to our staff, who worked tirelessly to achieve these results.”

UW reports sky-high vaccination rates

NBC-15

The University of Wisconsin is celebrating meeting or exceeding its COVID-19 vaccination goals among students and staff heading into the fall semester. According to numbers released Thursday, nine in ten people in the Madison campus community are fully vaccinated.

UW System Refuses To Submit COVID-19 Safety Restrictions For Republican Approval

Wisconsin Public Radio

University of Wisconsin System interim President Tommy Thompson says he will not comply with an order from Republican state lawmakers to submit COVID-19 safety restrictions and requirements for their approval. Thompson said he doesn’t think the state Legislature will sue over the matter but said if it goes to court he’s confident the UW will win.

Bucks guard Pat Connaughton will speak at University of Wisconsin celebration for 2020 graduates

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The University of Wisconsin is tapping into the state’s sports scene for its keynote speaker at a celebration in September.

Pat Connaughton, a key contributor to the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA championship run that wrapped in July, will speak at an event at Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 18 that will acknowledge 2020 graduates.

All UW Campuses Enact Mask Requirements, Expectations Amid Rise In COVID-19 Cases

Wisconsin Public Radio

Every University of Wisconsin System campus in the state has instituted mask requirements or expectations for individuals regardless of their vaccination status as the number of new coronavirus cases rises. The measures come amid an effort by Republican lawmakers to block COVID-19 restrictions at universities.