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Second annual Science Festival comes to Madison

Second annual Science Festival comes to Madison

 

The Wisconsin Science Festival kicks off Thursday with more than 150 presentations, performances, exhibits and more.

The event will take place Sept. 27 to 30 and will feature connections between science, art and innovation, said a press release.  The second annual Wisconsin Science Festival will take place in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Highlights of this year's event include the debut of a Mylar blimp, the physics of football, amazing insects, and a science café discussion of unusual weather.

For a complete schedule and more information, go to the Science Festival program here.

Madison named best college football town

Madison named best college football town

 

Madison was ranked as the best college football town according to an online poll conducted by USA Today.  Sports writers contributed to the decision, listing their favorite college football game day cities.

According to a press release, Adam Kramer from Bleacher Reporter nominated Madison as one of his favorite game day locales.  Kramer said "Bloody Mary's, cheese curds and a sea of red" were all a part of the Madison experience.

More than 50,000 votes were cast and Madison beat out other football favorites such as Austin, TX and Gainesville, FL.

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau played a role in the win, mobilizing supporters to vote for Wisconsin's capitol city.

USA Today reporter Laura Bly will visit Madison for the Oct. 6 home game against Illinois, said a press release.  Bly will write a feature story about Madison for the Oct. 12 edition of USA Today.

UW career, internship fair boats more employers

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison Career Services will host the Career and Internship Fair on Thursday.

Over 275 organizations will be on campus, said a press release. At least 26 more companies will be at this year's Sept. 20 event than at the one in fall 2011.

"UW-Madison Career Services units are excited about the number of companies coming to the Fall Career and Internship Fair," said Maria McGinnis from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison. "This is the largest one-day fair ever at UW-Madison. The Career Services units attribute this to more companies willing to hire graduates and host internships."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their smartphones to scan QR codes at employer tables during the fair.

The UW Fall Career and Internship Fair will also have an official Twitter hashtag: #UWCF.Employers. Attendees are encouraged to tweet about their experiences, jobs, pictures, or fun facts from the fair.

Madison schools seek community help in superintendent search

Madison schools seek community help in superintendent search

 

The Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education is seeking community input in their search for a new superintendent.

Community input sessions will be held on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at East High School.  Another community input session will be held on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Memorial High School.

“Selecting a new superintendent is one of our most important tasks as a Board, and to be successful, we need to work together with our community,” School Board President James Howard said. “Input and ideas from our staff, families and community partners will be crucial. We hope the community will join us in this process.”

The School Board will use the input to develop a profile of what the community desires in the next school district leader.  The sessions will be facilitated by the Board's search consultant, Ray & Associates.

Students honor veterans on Sept. 11

Students honor veterans on Sept. 11

Madison College students served dinner to Porchlight veterans Tuesday in a Sept. 11 tribute.

The dinner and event began on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at 1102 Spring Street.  The event honored all veterans, as well as those affected by the 2001 attacks.

Badger Bash celebrates football opener

Badger Bash celebrates football opener

 

Badger Bash will kick off its 40th season Saturday before the 2:30 p.m. football game.

The public tailgating party begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 at Union South, located at the corner of Dayton Street and Randall Street.

Each Badger Bash features special events and activities, said a press release.  The first bash features Alumni Band Day and includes an Alumni Band performance, announcements about the UW Marching Band Hall of Fame, and a historical band exhibit.

Mike Leckrone and the UW Marching Band will perform.  Bucky Badger will be on-site, as well as grilled food and cold beverages.

Face and hair painting will be available at The Orchard in Union South.  In The Sett, the pre-game show will be broadcast.

After the game, the UW sixth quarter will begin back at Union South.  Food, music and movies will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.

UW-Madison students move back to campus

 

Downtown Madison is bustling as students are making their return to campus.

University of Wisconsin-Madison staff and international students moved in Sunday, while most students will arrive Wednesday and Thursday.

There will likely be traffic delays around the UW-Madison campus as students move in.