When William Engler, Jr. was named Outstanding Small Business Person of the Year by President Bill Clinton in 1993, it was for more than just Kaytee Product’s exceptional business performance. The award recognized Engler’s imagination…Learn More
Wisconsin & UW-Madison: Boundless Together
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The idea of partnership is at the heart of the University of Wisconsin–Madison story. The cities, villages, and towns of Wisconsin have sent the UW their best, and those individuals have returned to communities throughout the state to do great things.
UW graduates have built companies, clinics, factories, farms, and ventures that have served people in Wisconsin and around the world. In turn, Wisconsin’s communities have given the university ideas, inspiration, energy, and essential resources.
This partnership is nothing new: the founders of Wisconsin and its university saw the school and the state as inextricably bound. In 1904, University of Wisconsin president Charles Van Hise gave voice to this principle — called the Wisconsin Idea — stating that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every family in the state.”
Read your county’s story and the stories of other counties in the state. You’ll find that the Wisconsin Idea is alive and well and that the UW and Wisconsin are Boundless Together.
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Stories From Across the State
It was often a hair-raising commute to UW–Madison on snow-clogged roads, a treacherous drive that once nearly claimed her Chevy Camaro, but Tanya Kotlowski wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. “I didn’t know what…Learn More
When Tom Nelson walked into a Milwaukee seminar featuring UW–Madison Professor Rajan Suri in 2004, he never envisioned that it would lead to a remaking of his corrugated-packaging company. That’s where Nelson, president of…Learn More
Even though UW-Madison undergrad Jordan Ebert grew up on a dairy farm, he wouldn’t describe himself as a farm kid. “In high school, I focused on school and sports,” says Ebert. “I didn’t have farm…Learn More
Story in Numbers
Administrative Costs at the UW are Extremely Low 1
- Office of the Chancellor Budget in Brief 2015 – 16
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 5, 2014
- Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2015
- Data Digest 2014 – 15, Office of the Provost
For more information on any of the 72 stories, please contact Vince Sweeney at VinceSweeney@supportuw.org or 608-308-5135.