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Get A Behind-The-Scenes Look At ESPN's Stop In Madison

Anytime University of Wisconsin-Madison is first, the city and its passionate student population take notice.  On Monday, the Memorial Union Terrace was the first Big 10 campus to provide a backdrop for a newly launched ESPN effort focusing on the Big 10 conference.

It's not weird to see the terrace filled with cardinal and white, but what was unique was the addition of red and white signs from the ESPN network. The live radio broadcast of Colin Cowherd's sports talk show ran from 9 a.m. to noon and the ESPN2 show "SportsNation" will run from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both used the same set snuggled in with beautiful Lake Mendota as a backdrop to start their Big Ten Tour.

University Theatre Welcomes "Across A Distance"

The world premiere of "Across A Distance", featuring soprano Julia Faulkner and Deaf actor Robert Schleifer opened on Friday night at the University Theatre.

The production runs through Sept. 25.  

Click on the link for more information about the show or to order tickets go to utmadison.com.

UW System President Appoints New General Counsel

The University of Wisconsin System has a new top lawyer.

System President Kevin Reilly has appointed Tomas Stafford as the general counsel for the system of 13 four-year universities and 13 two-year colleges.

Stafford has been serving as interim deputy general counsel and has worked for the UW System for 10 years, representing the university in state and federal court cases.

Stafford will replace Patricia Brady, who served in the job for 8 years and is retiring next month.

Reilly says Stafford "understands the complex legal issues that affect our institutions" and has earned the trust of the Board of Regents and other top UW officials.

Picture Shows Perfect Example Of Community Spirit

The Labor Day Parade in Benton, Wis, which is south of Platteville and Cuba City, may be close to Iowa, but the University of Wisconsin Marching Band made sure that the Badgers pride was flowing.

This picture is from Rita Riley of her grandson, Beckem Stecklein from Platteville, who was lucky enough to get to perform with the UW-Marching Band.

Pretty cool picture and example of the community involvement from the university and its students.

UW Law School Dean To Step Down

University of Wisconsin Law School Dean Kenneth B. Davis Jr. said he will step down in September 2011 and return to the faculty.

Davis thanked the faculty and staff at the Law School for their support during his time as dean, but remembered his feelings when he took the position.

"When I considered becoming a candidate for this job, I had considerable doubt whether I could do it for five years, much less 14," he said. "The fact that I have been able to do so is due principally to the good will and collegiality of the people of the UW Law School."

Following a one-year sabbatical, Davis intends to return to the teaching faculty. His specialties are corporate and securities law, and he has received both the university's and the Law School's Distinguished Teaching Awards. 

Dalai Lama Gives $50,000 To Support UW Research

The Dalai Lama is putting his money where his mouth is.

The Tibetan spiritual leader has given $50,000 from his personal trust to support research into the science behind kindness and compassion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The grant to the school's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds comes after the Dalai Lama promoted its work during a visit to Madison in May.

Center Director Richard Davidson said the gift was completely unexpected and unsolicited, and researchers "are deeply honored" by the support from the world leader.

The center is looking into how healthy qualities of mind like kindness, empathy and compassion develop and might be nurtured. The center has not decided yet how to use the grant, but Davidson pledges it will be "in the most beneficial way possible."

Union South Bashes Set To Begin

It's the first monthly event to celebrate the upcoming grand opening of the new Union South in April, 2011.

The Wisconsin Union is holding a special event on the 15th of every month highlighting a different aspect of the new building.

In September the event, "My Orchard St. Party" will be highlighted by music, food and games.  

It will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the construction site on Orchard St. and Campus Dr.