As Wisconsin alumni, we've got a lot to be thankful for: a world-class education, a global alumni community and a mosaic of traditions that keep us all connected to Madison. In this month's issue, we offer a few Badger notes and nostalgia to share our pride in the UW and our gratitude to you — and some of them aren't even about football.
Before engaging in that annual rite of passage of feasting and football, enjoy some "foods for thought" straight from the kitchens and classrooms of the UW. Enjoy a cornucopia of stories that highlight the university's cutting-edge food research and remind us all of the many tasty reasons that we have to be grateful for the UW this season.
How fitting that this is International Education Week: it was just announced that UW-Madison ranked sixth among U.S. universities and colleges in the number of students studying abroad in 2011-12, with 2,149. It also ranks 22nd among peer institutions in the total number of international students hosted in 2012-13, with 5,291.
As the former acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and now as UW-Madison's new chancellor, Rebecca Blank has spent a lot of time thinking about the long-term competitiveness of America. And she's come to two important conclusions — both of which include the UW — on how we can stay on the front edge of a global economy.
Ever since the WAA: Washington, D.C. Chapter started greeting Madison Honor Flights in 2010, Cat Giljohann '05, JD'10 has considered it a family obligation to help — even though none of the veterans are her relatives.