Day of Learning

Day of Learning

September 27 - 8:30AM - 3:00PM
Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI
Cost: $50 – 60

Whether you’re a returning or a first-time student at UW–Madison, it’s time to become a Badger scholar! Join us for Day of Learning, a one-day event, with the theme of “UW–Madison Then and Now,” that will feature some of the UW’s renowned faculty members and alumni. Split between four sessions, these experts will highlight timely topics of today and tie in past experiences from 1969 and beyond. Reinvigorate your sense of discovery at this fun, educational event!


Class of 1969 members and guests $50 per person
WAA Members $50 per person
Nonmembers $60 per person


Breakfast 8:30–9 a.m.

Jeff Wendorf ’82, vice president of advancement, alumni relations and engagement, Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

9 a.m.
What Does It Mean to Be a Badger

Panel discussion with Christina Olstad, dean of students; and Mike Leckrone, legendary leader, UW Marching Band

9:05–10:05 a.m.
Break 10:15–10:25 a.m.
On the Horizon: Climate Change and Clean Air

Tracey Holloway, 2017–21 Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Professor Holloway will share her insights and research on today’s biggest environmental issues. A leader of a NASA team, she will present a science-based update on meeting the energy and environmental challenges on the horizon.

10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Break 11:30–11:40 p.m.
Black Student Strike of 1969 and the Creation of the Department of Afro-American Studies

Stu Levitan JD’86, author and historian

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Lunch 12:45–1:30 p.m.
Badger Up! How Ice Cream and a Journalism Degree Led to the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Allee Willis ’69, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee; Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Webby award-winning and nominated artist

This talk will be a stripped-down version of Willis’s heralded live “party performances,” concentrating on how attending the UW inspired her wild career. Willis’s songs have sold more than 60 million records, with tunes including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and Friends’ theme song “I’ll Be There for You.”

This program is supported by the generosity of the Sandra G. Sponem Alumni Park Signature Program Series Fund.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Program concludes 3 p.m.

This event is presented by UW–Madison’s Class of 1969. The deadline to register is September 20.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Wallace at or 1-608-308-5528.

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