Long before Steve Miller x’67 sang about being a space cowboy and flying like an eagle, he was a UW English major with a passion for civil rights.
The planning took months. For a brief moment, when emotions ran high, they almost called it off. But when the big day arrived, it was glorious. Some might even say magical. “The opening itself felt very much like a wedding,” says best-selling novelist Emma Straub MFA’08, owner of Books Are Magic, a New York City bookstore. “All of a sudden, the doors were open, and people could come in, and we just hugged everyone.”
An innovative new career center launched by the largest college in the University of Wisconsin-Madison celebrated its grand opening with an event that brought together students, alumni, state government representatives, UW System Regents, donors and business leaders.
Honorees include Toya Washington (B.A.'97, Journalism and Gender & Women's Studies), Keetra Burnette (B.A.'04, Journalism), Victor Barnett (B.A.'82, Communication Arts), Sagashus T. Levingston (Ph.D. candidate in English), and Vanessa McDowell (B.A.'03, Sociology).
The facility will handle a wide range of performances — from intimate recitals, to ensembles, to groups of 100 or more musicians and singers. And what look like wagon-wheel windows are actually not windows at all.
Fangdi Pan (B.A.'13, Economics and International Studies) is one of 142 students in the just-announced third class of Schwarzman Scholars. Winners receive full tuition for a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
As Colombian presidential candidates try to outdo each other with pledges to slash taxes, Sergio Fajardo (PhD'84, Mathematics) has stood aloof from what he calls the “political bazaar.”