UW traditions have united Badgers for generations. But where did these traditions come from? What is the bacon trophy, and when did we start to jump around at Camp Randall? How were campus traditions affected by turbulent times in the past? As the class of 2020 prepares for the UW’s first virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, what new traditions might arise in the days and years to come?

Join fellow Badgers and friends online for a live conversation and audience Q & A session with four Badgers whose UW experiences span more than 50 years. The program will be moderated by Sarah Schutt, executive director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Jeff Wendorf ’82 is the vice president of advancement at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. As a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business, a former tuba player in the UW band, treasurer of the UW Band Alumni Association, and a 33-year veteran in advancement with UW–Madison, Wendorf is widely known as a UW superfan. He has cultivated and maintained many valuable connections and developed strong alliances on campus, in the Madison community, and around the world. He is especially proud of efforts to develop Grandparents University®, help build Alumni Park, and establish the Michael Leckrone Director of Marching Bands endowment. He has been recognized nationally for his leadership and contributions by the Council for Advancement Support of Education and the Council of Alumni Association Executives.

Keith White ’70, MA’87 has held positions of assistant, associate, and interim director of admissions at UW–Madison, and finished his admissions career as regional director of admission and as training/recruitment consultant at Marquette University. He is a past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Prior to his admissions career, White was a high school teacher in Beloit, Wisconsin; a researcher for the Wisconsin Council on Criminal Justice; and a researcher for the Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning in the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education. Recently, he served as a member of the Port Townsend, Washington, School System Board of Education.

Lauren Sorensen x’20 is the senior class president. A graduate of West Bend East High School, Sorensen is graduating with honors with a double major in political science and French, and a certificate in African studies. Sorensen spent the 2018–19 academic year studying international development, French, and Wolof in Senegal. While taking classes there, she completed internships with nongovernmental human rights organizations and conducted independent field research on the intersection of religion and politics. An active community member, Sorensen has interned for state Senator Lena Taylor and volunteered with the Badger Volunteers student organization and the Dane County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. After graduation, she aims to gain experience in international affairs before pursuing a law degree.

Sonam Dolma x’20 is the senior class officer. Born and raised in a Tibetan refugee settlement in Northern India, Dolma will receive a degree in biochemistry with honors in research, along with a certificate in leadership and South Asian studies. During the academic year, Dolma was a housing fellow for UW residence halls. During her summers, she completed several premedical internships. Dolma is dedicated to serving and advocating for the Tibetan community. She volunteers with UW Hospital and the Wisconsin Tibetan Association as a teacher to help preserve the rich Tibetan language and culture, and she is piloting a mentorship guidance program for first-generation Tibetan high schoolers in the Madison area. After graduating, she plans to apply to medical school and continue her efforts to serve the Tibetan diaspora.


A recording of this livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.