The tangible impact of John and Tashia Morgridge's extraordinary match challenge is being felt in the College this fall, as 16 faculty are rewarded with named chairs and professorships. Alumni and friends who answered the challenge include six members of the L&S Board of Visitors.
The project is being funded entirely through the generosity of donors, with $5 million from the William F. Vilas Trust Estate being set aside to begin construction.
Michelle Schwarze will be named the Jack Miller Center Assistant Professor of Political Science next fall.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the College of Letters & Science and the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities $2.5 million to design a new program for undergraduate students.
From its earliest days, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum was a communal undertaking. The first UW Board of Regents meeting, in 1848, included a call to create "a geological and mineralogical cabinet of the various ores, rocks, fossils, &c., found within the state." That legacy of generosity, of community contributions for the greater good of science and shared knowledge, continues today.
The $7 million gift bolsters one of the nation's top computer science departments at a time when demand for the discipline is booming.
Now students from across campus will be able to participate in the new "Wisconsin in Washington" year-round internship program.