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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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The Nails’ Tales sculpture has stood outside Camp Randall since 2005, but now the campus landmark faces an unknown future.

Fate of controversial campus landmark remains undecided

Nails’ Tales, the towering sculpture of footballs standing just outside Camp Randall, may soon be non-existent as UW-Madison makes plans to renovate the area around the university landmark.  Installed in 2005, Nails’ Tale quickly became an iconic part of UW-Madison gameday. While walking into the football stadium, UW-Madison community members and visitors alike have gawked at the 50-foot statue for over a decade. 

UW-Madison Police Department Chief of Police Kristen Roman discussed campus safety at a talk at Memorial Union. 

Students, UW police chief discuss campus safety issues

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics Committee hosted a roundtable discussion to address campus safety initiatives Wednesday evening. UW-Madison Police Department Chief of Police Kristen Roman discussed with students at Memorial Union various safety topics both on- and off-campus.

A UW-Madison freshman attacked a university police officer as they escorted him out of Witte residence hall following reports.

Witte resident faces felony charges for attacking police officer

The UW-Madison student who assaulted a university police officer in Witte Residence Hall earlier this week now faces two felony charges.  UW-Madison freshman Logan Mitchell could be charged with battery to an officer after he struck a UW-Madison Police Department officer in the face during an altercation early Sunday morning, causing him significant bodily harm. Mitchell also faces a misdemeanor for resisting an officer. 

Women engineers met at the TEAM Lab to work on welding projects Tuesday evening. 

The Society of Women Engineers empowers women to try their hand at welding

The Society of Women Engineers held a welding seminar where women in the engineering college were able to come to the Technical Education and Manufacturing lab and make their own union chairs on Tuesday evening.  Emily Theirri, a sophomore majoring in biological systems engineering, ran the seminar, stating that it helps “get women involved in some more technical education.” 

UW-Madison graduate schools ranked high in new report.

UW-Madison graduate schools ranked high for quality

UW-Madison graduate schools once again ranked among the best in the nation, according to new findings by U.S. News & World Report.  Five UW-Madison graduate programs, including the School of Education and the College of Engineering, were ranked in the top 30 percent of schools in their fields nationwide. 

University Health Services Suicide Prevention Coordinator Valerie Donovan briefed policymakers and Evidence-based Health Policy Project contributors of UW-Madison’s approach to preventing student suicide. 

UHS representative explores new suicide prevention tactics

University Health Services Suicide Prevention Coordinator Valerie Donovan discussed the climate of suicide on UW-Madison’s campus, along with ways students can connect to mental health support, at an Evidence-based Health Policy Project brief at the Wisconsin Capitol.  The brief highlighted the scope of suicide on UW-Madison’s campus and UHS’ prevention strategies for students. 

New initiative to transform administrative processes starts at UW-Madison. 

UW launches new initiative to enhance administrative processes

University of Wisconsin System schools, including UW-Madison, are launching a new initiative that will modernize administrative processes in response to the expanding teaching and research environment on campuses across the state.  In February, the Board of Regents Business and Financial Committee agreed to finance a plan proposed by UW System and UW-Madison finance and administration, which would change financial and human resources processes at campuses across the state. The plan detailed the implementation of cloud-based programming to standardize these administration processes.

UW-Madison staff, faculty, and students respond to the campus’ increasing demand for mental assistance. 

Mental Health Task Force to renew UW-Madison’s mental health resources

UW-Madison created a mental health task force focused on enhancing the quality of services and support at the university. The task force will be charged with developing innovative ideas to meet the increasing need for mental health awareness for students on campus. The formation of this new group comes from the rejection of the UHS budget proposal by ASM’s Student Services Finance Committee. SSFC rejected the proposal because it did not sufficiently satisfy the demand for services that the campus needs. 

UW-Madison is being sued by PEOPLE program participant who claims sexual misconduct occurred and was not handled by university. 

UW-Madison sued over sexual misconduct allegations by PEOPLE program

Following allegations of sexual misconduct, a participant of the Pre-College Enrichment Program for Learning Experience filed a lawsuit against UW-Madison.  The plaintiff in the case, identified as Jane Doe because she is under 18 years old, accused another student in the PEOPLE program of directing inappropriate sexual behavior at her and other female students. The student accused, who is also under 18 years old, is identified as “M” in the lawsuit.

International LGBT students struggle to find a place on campus to feel included. 

International LGBTQ students struggle to find inclusion on campus

Worldwide acceptance and visibility of those who identify as LGBTQ became more prevalent  on U.S. college campuses in 2018 with events and celebrations held to create a more welcoming environment to all students.  According to a report released by Campus Explorer, only 60 campuses had LGBTQ or Gender and Sexuality Centers in 2006. Today, there are more than 100 within the United States. 

UW Credit Union rebrands with a new logo and slogan. 

UW Credit Union to introduce new brand strategy

UW Credit Union will roll out a new brand strategy informed by Madison consumer research to focus on retaining members beyond their college years, according to its chief marketing officer. The rebranding will include a new logo, new marketing headlines, and a brand position that more accurately reflects UW Credit Union members.

Me Too Movement Founder Tarana Burke visited campus as a distinguished lecturer Monday. 

Me Too founder demands increased campus safety, sexual violence prevention

Founder of the Me Too Movement Tarana Burke spoke to hundreds of UW-Madison students, faculty and community members Monday, urging them to push the boundaries constructed by the university and create a community based on safety and protection.  Burke, a Bronx, New York native, is a social activist and community organizer who founded the Me Too Movement in 2006. Through her work in social justice, she has shared her lived experience with sexual violence for decades. 

The Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program is redesigning to best serve high school students in Milwaukee and Madison areas. 

Wisconsin PEOPLE Program revamps its services

The Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence is revamping their program and opening a new office at Milwaukee’s Rufus King Middle School this week. The program started in 1999 and is designed to assist minority and low-income students on their path from high school into college. Services they offer include ACT prep sessions, tutoring and other after-school programs. 

Jacob Baggott has been announced the new UHS Executive Director. 

UHS hires new executive director

Jacob Baggott will bring 30 years of experience in college administration and health oversight to UW-Madison as University Health Service’s newly named Executive Director.  Baggott was one of three finalists up for the lead position of UHS, being selected after a year-long process. He succeeds Sarah Van Orman, who left the position in 2017 for another job. 

National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning visited campus to talk about social justice in the classroom. 

National teacher of the year encourages social justice in classrooms

National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning spoke about how her experience in the Peace Corps lead her to become a social justice activist both in and out of the classroom Tuesday.  As a math and English teacher in the Newcomer Center at Ferris High School, Manning teaches immigrants and refugees. The Peace Corps was the first stepping stone in Manning’s twenty-year teaching career. She said it taught her a plethora of lessons that she carried with her. 

A new student org is helping connect sexual assault survivors with support dogs. 

New nonprofit at UW seeks to unite rescue animals with survivors of assault

Survivor’s Best Friend, a nonprofit organization brought to the UW-Madison by student Sammy Michaels, aims to sponsor survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse who are interested in adopting a support animal. The organization was originally founded by Sophie Capshaw-Mack, a survivor of sexual assault and student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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