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A Pantheon of UW Greats

Alumni Park welcomes 11 more honorees.

Likenesses of UW–Madison luminaries carved into a stone wall display at UW Alumni Park

Likenesses of John Muir x1864, Kathryn Clarenbach ’41, MA’42, PhD’46, and Robert La Follette 1879, LLB 1901 adorn a display at Alumni Park. Jeff Miller

Alumni Park, the enticing green space between the Memorial Union and the Red Gym, is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The park and the adjacent One Alumni Place were designed to create a new home on campus for alumni while inspiring students and visitors with amazing Badger history. Over the past five years, Alumni Park and One Alumni Place have provided a unique way to share the impact of the university through the accomplishments of its most outstanding graduates.

To mark the fifth anniversary of this new campus landmark, the Wisconsin Alumni Association has added 11 more Badgers to the park:

  • Kiana Beaudin ’10, MPAS’15, executive director of health, Ho-Chunk Nation
  • William Campbell MS’54, PhD’57, winner of a 2015 Nobel Prize for discovering ivermectin, used to treat parasites
  • André De Shields ’70, Tony award–winning actor
  • Tony Evers ’73, MS’76, PhD’86, governor of Wisconsin
  • Elzie Higginbottom ’65, founder of East Lake Management, one of the largest real estate development firms in Illinois
  • Geraldine Hines JD’71, first Black woman to serve on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Marcy Kaptur ’68, longtime Democratic S. representative for Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District
  • Jesús Salas MA’85, labor organizer and educator who helped established the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies certificate at UW–Madison
  • Jim Sensenbrenner JD’68, former Republican S. representative for Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District
  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield MA’75, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
  • Allee Willis ’69, songwriter and multimedia performer

Alumni Park features more than 200 alumni in all, highlighting decades of achievements that embody the Wisconsin Idea — the UW’s cherished principle that the benefit of the university should reach to the borders of the state and beyond. It’s no wonder this “beautiful meeting spot on the lake” has generated so many five-star reviews from no less an arbiter than TripAdvisor.

Published in the Winter 2022 issue

Tags: Alumni, Campus history, Campus landmarks

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