Beloved UW-Madison Varsity Band Director Mike Leckrone faces his final curtain call this weekend at the band’s annual spring concert at the Kohl Center. For 50 years, Leckrone has been directing the band on the Madison campus, bleeding Badger pride with every musical note. After half of a century of endless rehearsals and performances, he will conduct his final shows this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Dozens of undergraduate women in leadership flocked to Memorial Union to be honored at the first annual Wisconsin Womxn Lead Gala for the work they have done in the community relating to women’s equality and overall success Wednesday. The Gala took place to honor 53 nominees, who were appointed by their peers for demonstrating exceptional leadership in the Madison community.
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.
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.
Few college students can boast publishing world-renowned poetry. UW-Madison junior Hajjar Baban, though, recently won yet another international award. Baban submitted her work entitled What I Know of the Mountains, a manuscript of her poems, to win the 2018 Rick Campbell Chapbook Award last week. The piece highlights themes of belonging, her father and nationalism.
The UW-Madison Student Pre-Health Committee held a Health Disparities Lecture that was open to the public on Thursday night in Grainger Hall.
UW-Madison is allocating $11.5 million in central campus funding for faculty and staff pay adjustments for 2018-’19.
The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education celebrated its opening on Wednesday, becoming the latest research department at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.