Destination – On Wisconsin https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com For UW-Madison Alumni and Friends Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:02:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Helen C. White Hall, with a View https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/helen-c-white-hall-with-a-view/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/helen-c-white-hall-with-a-view/#respond Tue, 28 May 2019 14:48:05 +0000 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=25639 Helen C. White Hall opened in 1971 with “135,000 books, a view, and a chance to be alone,” the alumni magazine stated at the time. The three-story section used for undergraduate studying and the book collection is known today as College Library, which stays open 24 hours on weekdays. The building was named in honor of English professor Helen C. White PhD’24, who died in 1967 after 48 years of teaching at the UW. White was the first woman to earn a full professorship within the College of Letters & Science. In addition to College Library, the hall is home to classrooms and academic departments, including English, Afro-American studies, and philosophy. The English as a Second Language program (above) is also housed within the space. Located at 600 N. Park Street by Memorial Union, College Library lies near the shores of Lake Mendota. Finding an open table — let alone a scenic window seat — can be especially difficult during a crowded finals week.

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The UW Arboretum https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/the-uw-arboretum/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/the-uw-arboretum/#respond Tue, 26 Feb 2019 16:45:59 +0000 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=25120 An outdoor marvel, the UW Arboretum, located about four miles south of the main campus, hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Springtime blooms provide the perfect photo op: Arb staff members issue photo permits, and 51 were used for one-time sessions in May 2018 alone. Summer at the UW Arboretum attracts traffic of many kinds: bicyclists, runners, and learners. Participants in a 2017 bumblebee monitoring workshop (above) photograph the buzzing bees for surveying. Fall colors make autumn a popular time at the Arboretum. Plus, the nature facility’s tour of Madison’s Lost City, held each year in late October or early November, typically draws about 100 attendees. Winter’s frosty weather may deter some visitors, but the season attracts cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The Arboretum also hosts a New Year’s Eve night walk — one of its highest-attended events each year.

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Memorial Library https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/memorial-library/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/memorial-library/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 20:30:14 +0000 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=24443 The library was the state’s biggest building project since the Wisconsin Capitol in 1917. In the 1980s, plans for an eight-story addition were reduced by one floor to avoid blocking views of the capitol. Memorial Library is home to 3.5 million volumes — the largest single library collection in the state. Before the building’s construction in 1953, the library shared space with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Locked carrels, frequently called “cages,” are visible in this 1960s image. Second-year graduate students looking to avoid lugging books back and forth to the library can apply for one of the solitary study spaces. The library is known as one of the best places on campus to power through solo studying, a reputation reinforced by one review posted on Google: “Quietest public place for UW students. Not suitable for group work.”

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Washburn Observatory https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/washburn-observatory/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/washburn-observatory/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 17:33:27 +0000 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=23793 Stargazers take in a nighttime view using the observatory’s vintage telescope. Washburn hosts regular public observing sessions and posts its schedule on Twitter. Built in 1881, the observatory was a gift to the UW from former Wisconsin Governor Cadwallader Washburn, who directed that the 15.6-inch telescope lens be at least equal in size to a rival instrument at Harvard. The telescope’s rusty tube in 2012: its lenses were removed for the first time to clear out dust and debris. “It’s probably working better now than it did in the 19th century,” says Jim Lattis, director of UW Space Place. The dome was refurbished in the 1990s; the rest of the building was restored and updated in 2009. Washburn overlooks Lake Mendota and sits atop Observatory Hill, where students like to sled on campus dining hall trays.

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Henry Vilas Zoo https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/henry-vilas-zoo/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/henry-vilas-zoo/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:24:08 +0000 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=23240 A pair of lion cubs, born in 2017, are a major draw, along with the zoo’s Arctic Passage exhibit — home to polar bears, grizzly bears, and harbor seals — which opened in 2015. The zoo opened in 1911, after William Vilas 1858, MA1886 and his wife, Anna, donated land for the public park that was named for their son Henry, who died in childhood due to complications from diabetes. American badgers Dekker and Kaminsky — namesakes of the two former Badger basketball stars — and a sandhill crane are featured in the Wisconsin Heritage exhibit, which highlights the state’s mining history. Free admission makes the zoo, located less than two miles from the UW–Madison campus, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Inside the Children’s Zoo, rides on the carousel and electric train cost $2 apiece.

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Chazen Museum of Art https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/chazen-museum-of-art/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/chazen-museum-of-art/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:12:35 +0000 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=22486 The Chazen presents 10 to 12 temporary exhibitions each year, featuring works from its permanent collection and pieces on loan from museums around the world. About 20,000 works of art that represent a range of historical periods, cultures, and countries — including this 1967 screen print of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol — make up the museum’s permanent collection. Free tours are offered for school groups and other visitors, touching on highlights of the museum’s exhibitions and collection such as Our Good Earth, a 1942 piece by American painter John Steuart Curry. A bridge over East Campus Mall connects the Chazen Museum of Art expansion — opened in 2011 — to the former Elvehjem Art Center building. It offers both a gallery space and a view of Lake Mendota to the north.

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Botany Greenhouse https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/botany-greenhouse/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/botany-greenhouse/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 23:02:38 +0000 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=22141 https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/botany-greenhouse/feed/ 0 Kabul Restaurant https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/kabul-restaurant/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/kabul-restaurant/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:28:35 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=21033 Editor’s note: Kabul closed in June 2018

Kabul, nicknamed “Wisghanistan” by patrons, reopened in 2014, with faculty, students, and city residents flocking to its dining room and bar overlooking State Street to savor flavorful Afghan and Mediterranean dishes. Hamed Zafari manages Kabul, which his father, Ghafoor, started in 1989. The restaurant was one of a handful on State Street serving more adventurous fare, and it was the first to offer outdoor seating. Kabul relocated across the street to the second floor of 540 State Street, the building once occupied by Gino’s Restaurant. Gino Gargano served his last pizza on October 31, 2013, after 50 years in business. A 12-story luxury student apartment building called The Hub — complete with a rooftop pool, sand-volleyball courts, and other amenities — stands on the block of State Street that Kabul previously called home.

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Muir Knoll https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/muir-knoll-2/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/muir-knoll-2/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 17:51:19 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=20366 Muir_Knoll17_2091

Muir Knoll is a small, knobby extension of a drumlin — in this case, Bascom Hill — formed by the retreat of the last glaciers that remade Wisconsin’s landscape.

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In 1919, one year after the knoll was dedicated to naturalist John Muir x1863, it got something new: a ski jump that extended down the slope toward Lake Mendota. Its replacement was removed in the 1950s. UW.UWArchives.dn06021404.bib

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A staircase from the Lakeshore Path, west of the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology, leads visitors through Muir Woods to the knoll, which today is home to the Robert E. Gard Storyteller’s Circle, dedicated in 2011.

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“To a good friend the way is not long though he be far away,” reads the inscription on a Swedish rune stone placed in memory of Thomas Brittingham Jr., a charter member of the UW Foundation, after his death in 1960.

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The Sett https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/the-sett/ https://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/destination/the-sett/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:18:29 +0000 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/?p=19589 MBball_Elite8_USouth14_0240-2

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Since Union South reopened in 2011, students and community members frequently pack The Sett Pub for watch parties, including Badger sporting events and presidential debates.

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The Sett, named for a badger’s den, features a two-story climbing wall and a one-story bouldering wall. The ground floor offers eight full-length bowling alleys, billiard tables, and other games.

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Former Badger star Devin Harris x’06, now with the Dallas Mavericks, signed pieces of the old basketball court salvaged from the Kohl Center that make up one wall in The Sett.

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The Sett also hosts team trivia contests, live music, and events connected with Wisconsin Welcome, a series of orientation and new-student programs held at the beginning of each semester.

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