The UW Comes to You

175th anniversary state tour will continue this summer.

A woman offers a single-serve ice cream from the 175 ice cream truck.

WFAA staffer Briana Morganroth ’17 served ice cream during last summer’s state tour. The complimentary treat is a popular perk of the 175th festivities on the road. Chris Flink

What could be better on a warm summer day than a chance to mingle with fellow Badgers and enjoy free family activities?

In a continuing celebration of UW–Madison’s 175th anniversary and its contributions to communities throughout Wisconsin, the university’s state tour will include visits to several more cities this summer.

First up is a May 30 stop in the Fox Valley (Appleton), and Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin will join the team for this event. The remaining visits are Janesville on June 25; Chippewa Falls/Eau Claire on August 14; Waukesha on August 22; and La Crosse on a date to be determined.

The tour features activities such as games, giveaways, music, and photo booths, and complimentary Babcock ice cream will be available. Some of the visits will feature interviews with local alumni chefs or other foodie trendsetters following the events.

The tour began last summer, when UW–Madison traveled to Green Bay, Sheboygan, Milwaukee, and Wausau. The events are designed to celebrate the UW’s impact on the state. From the beginning, the university has positively influenced every corner of Wisconsin, functioning as a vital contributor to the state’s industry and economy and helping to raise the standard of living. It has also provided an affordable education to hundreds of thousands of students, many of whom have stayed in — or returned to — the state and continue to give back.

“The most meaningful part of the tour has been witnessing the tangible impact that the UW has on citizens of Wisconsin through partnerships with businesses and communities,” says Sarah Schutt, the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s executive director. “I imagine the UW’s founders would be proud to see how the university they envisioned so many years ago has evolved into today’s world-class institution and become an economic engine for the state.”

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Published in the Summer 2024 issue


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