Badger Tracks Winter 2014


Those who flocked to Bascom Hill this October during Fill the Hill saw a familiar tradition when a plastic flamingo was planted on the hill each time someone made a donation to the University of Wisconsin’s Annual Campaign. Participants could follow the October 7 march of the flamingos on social media, and those who gave $250 or more received their own pink plastic lawn ornaments in the mail. The more than 800 gifts exceeded the campaign’s goal.

Each year, alumni chapter volunteers in dozens of cities around the world collect funds at game-watch parties and social events to support future generations of Badgers. In 2014, chapters raised $614,150 and awarded scholarships to nearly three hundred students. Wisconsin-based chapters were especially active this year: 46 percent of the total scholarships were awarded to in-state students.

WAA once again coordinated a cadre of volunteers who joined faculty, staff, and students at UW–Madison Day at the Wisconsin State Fair in August. Badgers helped with science exhibits, hands-on activities, and a pep rally, as well as a supply drive for Milwaukee Public Schools. Nearly 150 bags of school supplies were collected, along with more than $10,000, nearly doubling the funds raised last year and providing classroom technology for students and teachers.


Your online alumni home at has a new look. The newly redesigned site makes it even easier to be a part of a dynamic alumni community and to share stories, photos (such as the pooch at right), and more. Alumni will find the latest news and info about what’s new at the UW, as well as new ways to stay connected to the worldwide Wisconsin alumni network. Enjoy the new view!

Published in the Winter 2014 issue


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