Little(ish) Free Library

April 1st, 2018

We said “little-ish,” but our library of alumni stories is actually quite extensive. And we love sharing all of them with you! Back in 1899, the Wisconsin Alumni Association published its first magazine (the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, now On Wisconsin), and we’ve been telling stories ever since — now through a variety of digital and print outlets. If your unit is looking for stories to share (and aren’t we always?), here is our card catalog of alumni- and campus-focused stories:

  • On Wisconsin: for alumni, faculty, and research profiles (for issues prior to 1999, visit the UW’s digital archives)
  • Badger Insider: for alumni and faculty profiles, as well as reflections collected from alumni
  • The Flamingle: answering questions about campus traditions, myths, facts, and quirks
  • Alumni Notes: for career and life updates submitted by alumni; searchable by category, degree year, and school/college/major
  • Project 72: for stories about alumni and faculty partnerships between the UW and the state of Wisconsin
    • Success story! Ben Schumaker ’03 was featured as the Vilas County subject for this year’s Project 72. Thank you to Linda Zwicker of SoHE for sharing that the Ruth Davis Design Gallery is hosting an exhibition for Schumaker’s Memory Project this fall.
  • All Ways Forward website: for stories of student support, educational experience, faculty excellence, and research and innovation
  • Forward under 40: Stories about alumni under age 40 who are living the Wisconsin Idea and having a positive effect in communities around the globe.
  • Alumni Park website: for stories of alumni across the history of the UW who embodied the Wisconsin Idea

These stories continue to circulate through print, digital, and news media. Following the World Cheese Championships in March, for instance, the Project 72 profile of cheesemaker Mike Matucheski ’81 (L&S, CALS) was picked up by digital outlets and news stations across the state, from Madison’s own Channel 3000 to the Antigo Times.

Through the media and PR efforts of WFAA, we can continue to tell the stories of UW alumni — and we encourage you to do the same by repurposing WFAA stories from the publications listed above. If you have questions about how to do that, please contact Kevin Check ’96, MPA’03.