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.
The couple is donating several valuable pieces of art from their private collection, $5 million for the Chazen Museum building, and $3 million to establish two distinguished chairs.