On Wisconsin http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com For UW-Madison Alumni and Friends Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:05:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Campus Locales http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/features/campus-locales/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/features/campus-locales/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:58:08 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14014 A senior librarian at UW-Madison, Raymond Hamel MA’85 is also a puzzle and trivia master. He’s had more than 2,300 crosswords published. To find the answers, click the puzzle graphic. Download a PDF of the puzzle and its solution here.

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Jack Archibald ’72: Stained-Glass Wizard http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/alumni-close-ups/jack-archibald-72-stained-glass-wizard/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/alumni-close-ups/jack-archibald-72-stained-glass-wizard/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14289 Circumnavigating-adj2_edited-1

Archibald often gets commissions for mammoth-sized works. This glass mural, titled Circumnavigating the Century, graces the lobby of the Clover Park Aviation Trade Center in Puyallup, Washington. Courtesy of the artist.

For Jack Archibald ’72, it all started with a simple thought on a chilly evening in a shack: “It might be nice to have some windows in here.”

Since the late 1970s, the artist has created more than sixty stained-glass installations, which are exhibited in public buildings nationwide. One of his more prominent projects was a life-sized kaleidoscope (since dismantled) that allowed pedestrians to peer through lit glass into a small storefront covered with mirrors. His style incorporates science-fiction mythology and blends curvy, anthropomorphic figures balanced with rigid, geometric shapes.

But despite his success, Archibald’s original career plan wasn’t art. In fact, he says he never really had a career plan. An English major at UW–Madison, he tried to become a teacher after graduation but instead ended up in a variety of odd jobs around Wisconsin. “I came through [UW–Madison] during the ’60s, and it was a wild time,” he says. “It had a total influence on me. It takes a certain amount of insanity — or courage — to launch off into an art career without knowing what you’re doing. I was more afraid of having some job that would beat me down.”

After farming for a while in Mosinee, Wisconsin, Archibald decided he’d been through enough hard winters. In 1976, he moved to rural Camano Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, where he found seven acres and a weathered shack to call home. One night, he took a class at the local high school to learn how to make stained-glass windows that could replace the shack’s plastic sheeting. He was hooked.

At the time, Archibald was making ends meet with a couple of jobs, including a graveyard shift as an orderly. He started taking his glass to the hospital and soon began selling windows. He eventually landed a grant from Washington’s public arts commission, which in turn led to more contracts. He’s also become an architect of sorts because he often has to design and build structures to support his larger exhibits.

In addition to his own work, Archibald has teamed up with other local artists on initiatives to turn Camano into Washington’s “art island.” He regularly donates glassworks to libraries, schools, and other projects because he says he’d rather be surrounded by art than the “meat and potatoes” appearance of most public buildings. “When you think of the great cultures, you think of their architecture, their art,” he explains. “We’re so cheap now, we don’t want to spend money on that. But we could make a different decision on how we invest our money.”

As for the shack? After living in it for several years with his wife, Karen, Archibald agreed to build them a house — but the shack still serves as his studio.

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Badger Tracks: Summer 2015 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/badger-tracks-7/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/badger-tracks-7/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14287 WAA hosted a tour for 450 to see the Badgers play in the Final Four in Indianapolis, along with two pep rallies that each drew more than 7,000 alumni and fans. “The association staff did a terrific job in putting the tour package together,” says Pete Christianson ’71. “WAA is the only way to go, I have learned. Never a problem, never a worry, and nonstop fun with great people!”

The Class of 1965 will hold its fiftieth Class Reunion October 1–3, 2015. Highlights will include campus tours, a Day of Learning, and the Half Century Club reception and dinner, along with the class tailgate and Badger football game against Iowa. For more information, visit uwalumni.com/events/reunions.

WAA member receptions are becoming as much of a tradition as the spring events they celebrate. WAA members gathered at the Fluno Center for a reception before the UW Varsity Band’s concert in April. Another special social for association members during the following weekend treated some 130 Badgers to breakfast and camaraderie at the Quarles & Brady law offices preceding the Crazylegs Classic run.

Since 2004, the Wisconsin Alumni Association has honored alumni who have provided outstanding service to their local communities with Badger of the Year awards. This year, 19 of them were recognized at their local Founders’ Days.

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Badgers Helping Badgers http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/badgers-helping-badgers/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/badgers-helping-badgers/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14284 Alumni are networking around careers, diverse communities, and global connections.

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Paula Bonner, UW Regent Eve Hall, and John Daniels MS’72 attended an African American alumni leadership meeting in Milwaukee in April. It was one of several meetings scheduled around the country to pull alumni constituencies together. Pang Yang Her, New Moon Productions.

Scoring a business card from a well-placed Badger is always a win. But for students launching careers in the era of Skype and LinkedIn, the prize can come from following sage advice: Go to class. That’s where some alumni are realizing a long-awaited opportunity to help students prepare for careers and build networks: they’re sharing their experiences and advice in special new classes created by the College of Letters & Science (L&S).

“Alumni wish that, when they were students, they had had some- one like that in their lives,” says David Nelson MA’07, PhD’13. As WAA’s director of alumni career networks and professional resources, he sees just 20 percent of students building alumni networks on their own. “For the rest, they’re trying to succeed in school, support themselves, and enjoy being a Badger. We’ve got to bring alumni to where they are. That’s why we are supporting L&S Career Initiative programs such as the Second Year Career Course and Career Kickstart, which will bring these discussions into residential living.”

It’s just one of the ways that the association is reinvigorating the connections that UW-Madison grads find most meaningful — including career networking, recognizing the value of diversity and inclusion, and advancing the university’s scholarship and reputation through international alumni influence.

“We want to make it possible for more alumni to say how they want to help, and to create even more opportunities where we so often see Badgers helping Badgers,” says Paula Bonner MS’78, WAA’s president and chief alumni officer.

It’s part of WAA’s role to understand what’s important to alumni in their own lives and work, and how they want to connect back to the UW, says Tracy Williams-Maclin, the association’s director of diversity and inclusion. She’s partnering with graduates — such as African American business leaders and policymakers in Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Atlanta; leaders across the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community; and alumni of the Ho-Chunk Nation — who are giving their time to recharge student scholarship programs, recognize peer accomplishments, and lend their considerable influence to support the UW’s priorities.

“These connections are inspiring fellow alumni to become involved, encouraging our organization to diversify from within, and ultimately, sharing the message that these alumni matter,” says Williams-Maclin.

There’s great promise in similar interest among the 15,000 alumni who live abroad, says Lora Klenke ’94, WAA’s director of international alumni relations. She points to strong Badger networks in economic centers such as London and Paris — as well as across Japan, China, and Korea — to demonstrate the importance of the UW’s work to cultivate a “global mindset” among new grads.

In February, Wisconsin’s strengths in the global marketplace were clear when a state trade mission included a stop to seek counsel from alumni in London.

“The economic influence of the University of Wisconsin and its alumni is difficult to quantify,” says Genevieve Waldron ’03, cochair of the WAA: UK Chapter. “I’m proud to be associated with an institution that fosters learning, jobs, and research in my home state and around the world.”

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The Wisconsin Idea Is Having a Moment http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/the-wisconsin-idea-is-having-a-moment/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/the-wisconsin-idea-is-having-a-moment/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14264 BG9A3864

Alumni at the Wisconsin Ideas showcase in Naples, Florida, including Betty Roller ’55, enjoyed sitting for caricatures that featured quotes about their UW experiences. Photo: Nick Shirghio.

From faculty showcases to national news, alumni weigh in on this cherished Badger principle.

The Wisconsin Idea was on global display this spring in more ways than one, and alumni who hold the concept dear loomed large in the national conversation.

In March, alumni in Naples, Florida, hosted the first “Wisconsin Ideas” event — a showcase of top faculty, inspiring students, and a “state of the university” address by Chancellor Rebecca Blank. Together, the evening’s highlights celebrated the education, innovation, and discovery that rightly earn UW–Madison the descriptor world class.

It’s a traveling event that’s bringing a Wisconsin immersion experience to alumni and donors across the nation. Next stops include Milwaukee, New York City, and San Francisco.

“Wisconsin Ideas” drew an impressive crowd of alumni, who — during presentations on promising Alzheimer’s research, as well as virtual reality, climate, and the science of prizewinning Wisconsin cheese — fondly recalled their own UW education and reflected on the power of the Wisconsin Idea.

“Our alumni are diverse in so many ways, but yet we share that bond of having been here,” says Paula Bonner MS’78, WAA’s president and chief alumni officer. “As alumni have responded to their sense of pride and being part of something that’s known as the Wisconsin Idea — our tradition of solving problems and making a difference in the world — there’s a unifying thread about being part of the University of Wisconsin.”

Just a month earlier, thousands of alumni made their own impression on the world with swift and vocal reaction to a version of the Wisconsin state budget that proposed “editing” state statutes that describe the Wisconsin Idea as part of the UW System mission. The proposal would have removed the phrases “the search for truth” and “improving the human condition,” in favor of adding language about meeting the state’s workforce needs.

Reaction to the proposal appeared globally in news reports and social media, where a resounding number of alumni were not shy in their displeasure, sharing how much the Wisconsin Idea meant to their education, and still inspires as they sift and winnow in their lives today.

In April, Governor Scott Walker assured that the final document would preserve the articulation of the Wisconsin Idea. For alumni, that could make this the first season Wisconsin State Statutes appear on summer reading lists.

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Commencement: The Ultimate Touchdown http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/commencement-the-ultimate-touchdown/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/waanews/commencement-the-ultimate-touchdown/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14251 CommenceCampRand_BR14_9289

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Chancellor Rebecca Blank gazes at a sea of black-clad grads-to-be. In May 2014, commencement was held at Camp Randall for the first time since 1990. For nearly a quarter of a century, the UW had four separate graduation ceremonies at the Kohl Center. The new venue allowed the graduating class to gather in one place and inspired them — not surprisingly — to celebrate by jumping around. At press time, some 5,800 students and 40,000 guests were again expected to mark the major milestone at the stadium this year. For the fourth year in a row, WAA planned to give graduates alumni pins to mark the transition from students to alumni.

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A Cappella Groups http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/traditions/a-cappella-groups/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/traditions/a-cappella-groups/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14245 a_cappella_Jewop14_0220

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The newly released Pitch Perfect 2, a musical comedy that follows a collegiate a cappella group’s quest to be the best at an international competition, features a guest performance from five Green Bay Packers.

It could have just as easily cast Wisconsin Badgers.

A cappella — which means “in chapel style” in Italian, but is better known as the musical style of singing without instruments — has been a campus staple since the 1990s. It’s not a uniquely UW phenomenon; collegiate a cappella is thought to date back to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Glee Club in 1873 and Yale University’s Whiffenpoofs in 1909. The MadHatters didn’t stake a claim as the UW’s first established a cappella troupe until 1997.

But between the early 1990s and the 2000s, the two hundred or so collegiate a cappella groups multiplied sixfold, according to Mickey Rapkin’s Pitch Perfect book, on which the hit films of the same name are loosely based. The UW campus saw six ensembles of its own sprout up: the MadHatters (whose alumnus, Andrew Fitzpatrick ’11, made the cast of Pitch Perfect 2); Tangled Up in Blue, an all-women’s group founded in 1998; Redefined, a coed group founded in 2001; Fundamentally Sound, an all-men’s group founded in 2005; Jewop, the aptly named coed Jewish group founded in 2010 (shown here); and Pitches and Notes, another all-women’s group founded in 2010.

The ensembles each contribute a unique flair to the campus’s a cappella subculture and cover a wide range of music, from oldies to today’s top hits. They frequently release albums and perform at benefit concerts, weddings, sporting events, and popular local venues such as the Orpheum Theater and Overture Center for the Arts. Last fall, the groups teamed up for the BadgerThon A Cappella Showcase, which raised more than $3,600 for the American Family Children’s Hospital. Their music has even reached the interior of the White House, as the MadHatters have twice serenaded President Barack Obama’s holiday party guests.

And if regularly sold-out crowds with borderline groupies are any indication, this collegiate craze shouldn’t have any trouble — or dare we say treble? — sticking around campus for years to come.

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Basketball Eclipse http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/scene/basketball-eclipse/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/scene/basketball-eclipse/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14239 Kaminsky15_9208_12x18

Francis Kaminsky III ’15 and his basketball prowess eclipse the sun. The senior forward led the UW men’s team to a Big Ten title and the NCAA championship game, and along the way, he won all major national player-of-the-year honors: the Naismith Award, the Associated Press Player of the Year, the John Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Player of the Year honor. He’s the first Badger to win any of these awards. Photo by Jeff Miller.

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Badger Sports Ticker: Summer 2015 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/sports/badger-sports-ticker-summer-2015/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/sports/badger-sports-ticker-summer-2015/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14237 Swimmer Nick Schafer is a star on two continents. In April, the senior won the title of Australian National Champion in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:12.47. He also holds the UW records in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke.

Badger weight-thrower Michael Lihrman ’15 won his second consecutive national title at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in March. With a meet record of 80 feet, 10.25 inches, he finished his college career as the nation’s top tosser.

In addition to Lihrman, three other Badger track athletes were named All-Americans. From the women’s squad, 5,000-meter runner Sarah Disanza x’18, shot-putter Kelsey Card x’16, and pentathlete Georgia Ellenwood x’17 all made the list.

Wrestler Isaac Jordan x’17 won the Big Ten championship at 165 pounds. The grappler has also received All-American honors in both of his Badger seasons.

The UW volleyball team looks to continue its run of success, as six incoming recruits were named among the fifty best players in the country. Volleyball Magazine listed Madison Duello, Hannah Juley, Amber MacDonald, Brooke Morgan, Julia Saunders, and Tionna Williams among its Fab 50. Duello also earns props for having the number-one awesome first name.

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Triple Threat http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/sports/triple-threat/ http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/departments/sports/triple-threat/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:27 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=14229 He’s a golf champion and an unwavering basketball fan, but Andy North has a third passion.

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Andy North acknowledges the crowd from one of his favorite spots: near the Badger basketball bench at the Kohl Center. His wife, Sue, is shown in the lower right corner. Photo: Andy Manis.

When television cameras zoom in on the Badger basketball bench at away games, they often capture golfer Andy North sitting directly behind the team. Announcers describe him as “U.S. Open champ Andy North,” or “ESPN commentator Andy North,” or, simply, as “the Badgers’ biggest fan.”

All are correct, but they don’t tell the whole story.

Yes, Andy and Sue North have a friendship with coach Bo Ryan and his wife, Kelly, that goes back to the late 1970s, when their young families, and the family of late Wisconsin football coach Dave McClain, lived as neighbors on Madison’s West Side. But the Norths have another UW passion: supporting research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Andy North, a Madison native, says his relationship with the center goes back to when oncologist Paul Carbone treated North’s mother, Mary, for breast cancer. In 1991, North himself became a patient when sun exposure on the golf course led to skin cancer and five surgeries to his nose. Last year, he learned he had prostate cancer — and he scheduled his surgery with UW urologist David Jarrard so he’d be back to the Kohl Center for the Big Ten season. North thinks the cancer center’s excellence needs a big megaphone: “It’s a special place, one of the top cancer centers in the country.”

Since 2009, the Andy North and Friends event has raised nearly $6 million to support research at the cancer center. Coach Ryan and former UW players — including NBAers Greg Stiemsma x’08 and Jon Leuer x’11 — come to golf, as do fellow pro golfers Tom Watson and Annika Sorenstam, ESPN broadcasters Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt, and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. After six years at North’s Trappers Turn golf course in Wisconsin Dells, the Norths are bringing it home to Madison in 2015, with an event at the new Edgewater, followed by golf at Maple Bluff Country Club.

Beyond the golf course, the Norths like to invite friends to dinner with Carbone researchers such as lymphoma expert Brad Kahl ’89 or Paul Sondel ’71, PhD’75, a member of the national pediatric cancer “dream team.”

“The researchers do an excellent job of explaining how we’re changing things,’’ North says. “People need to know what a special place this is, the research they’re doing, and the people they’re saving.”

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