Nicholas Match raises $100 million for UW-Madison scholarships

In June 2015, Nancy Nicholas and the late Albert “Ab” Nicholas made one of the largest donations in UW–Madison’s history: a $50 million matching gift to inspire alumni and friends to join them in supporting UW students.

Now the match has been completed, resulting in a total of $100 million in new gifts, including the match from the Nicholases. These gifts will be invested in the UW Foundation’s endowment, and will generate about $4.5 million in annual scholarships.

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The 15th edition of Curb Magazine is all about love in Wisconsin

Each year, 21 students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison participate in a unique capstone project: writing, designing, publishing and circulating an award-winning publication, Curb Magazine.

In September, as Curb staff members debated the philosophy behind this year’s issue, they finally came to a last-minute consensus: at a time of such division, why not talk about love? 

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New ESL active learning lab expands learning possibilities for international students

More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students at UW–Madison are united by a common thread: the need for English language skills. The ESL program — part of the English Department — recently celebrated the launch of a new interactive learning lab. Dan Pell, the designer of the learning lab, sought to create a dynamic space that provided flexibility for instructors based on different learning goals.

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CS Learning Center boosts student success through peer-to-peer assistance

It’s no secret on campus that introductory computer science courses can be quite challenging—so a new tutoring lab within the Department of Computer Sciences is ready to provide students with the extra help they may need to succeed.

The Computer Sciences Learning Center opened on a pilot basis during the spring 2016 semester and has become more established this fall, with a roster of fifteen tutors who keep it open 6 hours per day, four days a week. Students can drop in for as-needed, peer-to-peer help, rather than needing to abide by the office hours of a professor or TA.

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L&S 2016 Year in Review

The College of Letters & Science enjoyed a fantastic year, from research breakthroughs in every discipline, to breaking ground for a new music center that will transform campus and redefine what it means to pursue a musical education at UW-Madison. 

We've compiled a few of the stories from a year defined by great achievements and great generosity.

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DeShawn McKinney wins Marshall Scholarship

UW-Madison student Deshawn McKinney has been named a winner of the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious award given to up to 40 scholars each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. 

In November, he was named a Rhodes finalist. McKinney is a senior majoring in English-creative writing.

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In the Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison activist wins prestigious scholarship; follows becoming Rhodes finalist

UW-Madison student activist Deshawn McKinney has been named a winner of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, awarded to 40 American students each year to attend graduate school in any field in the United Kingdom. Last month, McKinney was named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Scholarship winners go on to graduate studies at Oxford University in England.

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UW students meet with activist Russian punk rock group

On Thursday, Nov. 17, one of the original members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, with a new member of the group, journalist Sasha Bogina, gave a public conversation and Q&A in the Wisconsin Union Theater about their activism and current work.

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UW-Madison student named Rhodes Finalist

Deshawn McKinney, a University of Wisconsin-Madison senior majoring in English - Creative Writing, has been named a Rhodes finalist. Candidates are judged on a proven record of intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, interest in and respect for others, leadership ability, and the energy to fully utilize their talents.

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