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2019 Schedule-at-a-glance

Friday, October 18, 2019

Please note that event times, locations and details are tentative and subject to change. Additional events and details will continue to be added. Events with an *asterisk require additional purchased tickets.

8:50 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Open Classes

Sit in on popular UW classes across campus. A list of participating classes will be available here next week.

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Available Open Classes

8:50-9:40 a.m. – Astronomy 170: The Dark Side of the Universe: The Great Cosmic Mysteries from Black Holes to Dark Energy*
Location: Sterling 1313

Description: This class is a non-technical introduction to some of the most exciting topics in astronomy: dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. *Limited to the first 5 participants

8:50-9:40 a.m. – Human Physiology 335
Location: Humanities 3650

Description: Human Physiology explores how the organ systems function within the human body.

9:55-10:45 a.m. – Agricultural Systems Management
Location: Engineering Hall 2317

Description: This course aims to understand basic economic principles and their application to the management of agricultural production systems and to gain an appreciation of the complexity of U.S. farming

9:55-10:45 a.m. – Energy Systems Laboratory
Location: Mechanical Engineering 1143

Description: A hands-on laboratory course exploring the performance of equipment used in thermal energy systems.  It builds on ideas from heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics.

9:55-10:45 a.m. – English 474: American Protest Literature
Location: Humanities 1217

Description: This course will consider protest literature in the United States across the 20th and 21st century. How do writers respond to the social and political issues of their time?

9:55-10:45 a.m. – Nutritional Science 132: Nutrition Today
Location: Agriculture Hall 125

Description: Nutrition and its relationship to humans and their biological, social, and physical environment; current issues and concerns that affect the nutritional status of various population groups.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Chemistry 103: General Chemistry I
Location: Ingraham B10

Description: Introductory chemistry for science and engineering students.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Computer Sciences/Electrical and Computer Engineering/Mathematics 435: Introduction to Cryptography*
Location: Humanities 1121

Description: Cryptography is the art and science of transmitting digital information in a secure manner. Provides an introduction to its technical aspects. *Limited to the first 5 participants

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Ethnobotany
Location: Birge B302

Description: Ethnobotany is the study of the interactions between human cultures and plants.  It includes economic botany, the study of the human uses of plants in all aspects of culture, but it also includes aspects that do not involve the practical uses of plants, such as linguistic/cognitive studies of how plants are perceived, named, and classified in various cultures, or studies of the history of human impacts on the environment.  The course is intended as a broad survey of the kinds of plant-human interactions that are studied by ethnobotanists.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – First Semester Finnish
Location: Van Hise 375

Description: Spoken and written Finnish for students without previous knowledge. In addition, you will gain cultural competence of Finnish culture, customs, celebrations and everyday life.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Music 151: Basic Concepts of Music Theory*
Location: Humanities 2441 (Room Updated)

Description: This course will explore all of the building blocks that composers use to create music. Throughout the course students will listen to music and draw maps of what is heard, and apply the concepts learned in real world activities like beat boxing, jingles, and video game music. *Limited to the first 5 participants

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Nutritional Science 132: Nutrition Today
Location: Agriculture Hall 125

Description: Nutrition and its relationship to humans and their biological, social, and physical environment; current issues and concerns that affect the nutritional status of various population groups.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Zoology/Biology 101
Location: Bascom 272

Description: General biological principles. Topics include: evolution, ecology, animal behavior, cell structure and function, genetics and molecular genetics and the physiology of a variety of organ systems emphasizing function in humans.

12:05-12:55p.m. – Geoscience 109: Geology of the National Parks
Location: Weeks Hall AB20

Description: Explore the geologic story of the National Parks in the framework of physiography, tectonics, time, and fundamental geologic processes.

12:05-12:55 p.m. – Mathematics 421: The Theory of Single Variable Calculus
Location: Van Vleck B239

Description: This course covers material in first and second semester calculus but it is intended to teach math majors to write and understand proofs in mathematics in general and in calculus in particular.

12:05-12:55 p.m. – Zoology/Biology 101
Location: Bascom 272

Description: General biological principles. Topics include: evolution, ecology, animal behavior, cell structure and function, genetics and molecular genetics and the physiology of a variety of organ systems emphasizing function in humans.

1:20-2:10 p.m. – Animal Sciences 200: Biology & Appreciation of Companion Animals
Location: Animal Sciences 212

Description: A systematic coverage of many of the animals (including birds) that humans keep as their social companions.

1:20-2:10 p.m. – Mathematics 222: Calculus II
Location: Soils Building 270

Description: A second course in calculus, covering integration techniques, differential equations, series, and Taylor series.

3:30-4:20 p.m. – Chemistry 103: General Chemistry I
Location: Ingraham B10

Description: Introductory chemistry for science and engineering students.

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – UW Parent & Family Sale at the University Book Store

Need some Badger items before your weekend starts? Mention “Parent Sale” while
in-store to receive 20% off on WI clothing or gift item. *Normal exclusions apply — see store for details.

3 – 8 p.m. – Early Check-In, Memorial Union Welcome Desk (First floor, West side of Building), 800 Langdon St. – and Photos with Bucky

If you arrive on Friday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your welcome bag, printed program and Family Weekend wristbands. While you’re here, snap a family photo and grab some coffee, tea, water or juice to help fuel the rest of your day. Consider bringing a donation item for the Open Seat student food pantry to check-in. By bringing an item, you will be entered to win a Badger giveaway item.

Photos with Bucky: 4:50-5:50 p.m.

4 – 5:15 p.m. – First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour, Begins at Memorial Union Welcome Desk (First floor, West side of the building), 800 Langdon Street

Humans have called the shores of Waaksikhomik (Lake Mendota) home for 12,000 years, and UW–Madison is likely the most archaeologically rich campus in the United States. On this 75-minute tour, you will visit a 1,200-year-old archaeological site and learn about the university’s ongoing relationships with the First Nations of Wisconsin, including the Ho-Chunk Nation, on whose ancestral land the university now sits. Please note, this tour will begin at Memorial Union and end on the Observatory Hill Overlook, near 1200 Observatory Drive. Open to the first 40 participants.

5 – 7  p.m. – Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program Family Weekend Open House (Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarships), Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton St.

The Mercille J. Lee Scholars Program (Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarships) welcomes scholarship recipients and their families to an open house, where they will have a chance to meet with program staff, current scholars, and program alumni.

5 – 7 p.m. – Behind the Beat with the UW Jazz Ensembles, der Rathskeller, 800 Langdon Street

UW Madison student Jazz ensembles perform in der Rathskeller under the direction of Professor Johannes Wallman.  This event is free.

5 – 10 p.m. – Movies with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD), Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

Join WUD at Union South for free movie showings. Movie titles and exact times available on the Wisconsin Union website. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

6 – 9 p.m. – Science on the Square, Various locations downtown and on the Capitol Square – See the full list of participating venues here.

This second annual Friday night bash will take place on the capitol square in downtown Madison. Explore dozens of venues at your own pace. Museums, restaurants, stores and more will host #WiSciFest events, including informal science talks or demonstrations, tastings, stargazing, and hands-on activities. Look for the festive lights and signage to find science festival events.

7 – 9 p.m. – Stargazing in Alumni Park, 724 Langdon Street

See what’s up in the night sky through a telescope, take an evening tour of Alumni Park’s illuminated exhibits, and enjoy live music and refreshments.
*Please note: Program is subject to change due to weather conditions.

7 p.m. – *Discounted tickets to the Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Minnesota Duluth, Kohl Center, 601 W Dayton St.

Cheer on the Badgers men’s hockey team as they face Minnesota Duluth in the home game season opener. Games take place at the Kohl Center on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 (times TBA). Discounted tickets are available exclusively to registered Family Weekend participants, and are available to purchase online here. Call the athletic ticket office with questions at 608-262-1440.

7:30 p.m. – Indigenous Jazz Series: Betsy Ezell Quintet, Wisconsin Union Theater (Play Circle), 800 Langdon Street

The Betsy Ezell Quintet blends innovation with a classic jazz vibe–swing and soul, blues and bossa nova, reimagined standards and funky originals. The quintet features Betsy Ezell on vocals, Becca May Grant on keys, Richard Hildner on guitar, Laurie Lang on bass and Jim Huwe on drums.  This event is free.

SOLD OUT – 8 p.m. – *Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois, UW Field House, 1450 Monroe Street

Please note this event is SOLD OUT, but you can search for tickets through the official Badger StubHub ticket markeplace. Come watch the Badger women’s volleyball team take on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne at the UW Field House. General admission tickets for Friday (10/18) went on sale through UW Athletics beginning on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

9:00 p.m. – Mary Lattimore and Meg Baird, der Rathskeller, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street

Acclaimed harpist Mary Lattimore and singer Meg Baird are touring in support of their album, Ghost Forests. It’ll be a quiet, contemplative evening in der Rathskeller. This event is free.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Check-in, Union South and Memorial Union Welcome Desks, 1308 West Dayton St. & 800 Langdon St.

If you arrive on Saturday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your welcome bag, printed program and Family Weekend wristbands. Check-in takes place at Union South and Memorial Union’s Welcome Desks on the first floor of each building. Consider bringing a donation item for the Open Seat student food pantry to check-in. By bringing an item, you will be entered to win a Badger giveaway item.

Tours at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Behind-the-Scenes Kitchen Tours, Gordon Dining and Event Center, Gordon Avenue Market (First floor), 770 West Dayton St.

Pre-registrants are invited to join us for a behind the scenes look at how the true culinary magic happens. You’ll get an opportunity to see Housing Dining’s main production kitchen, catering kitchen, where all of our homemade bakery items are produced, and an exclusive look at our Cook/Chill Commissary that produces thousands of pounds of various fresh, made-from-scratch food for all of our dining units. Pre-registration is now closed.

9 a.m. – Noon – *All-You-Care-to-Eat Breakfast Special, Gordon Dining and Event Center (First Floor), 770 West Dayton Street and Dejope Four Lakes Market (First Floor), 640 Elm Drive

For just $7.99, join Housing for all-you-care-to-eat breakfast. They’ll be serving up hot and fresh options to satisfy anyone’s appetite that are too delicious to miss.

9 – 11 a.m. – Chancellor’s Welcome Reception, Memorial Union, Great Hall, 800 Langdon St.

Kick off the first full day of Family Weekend with coffee, tea, and light refreshments, Bucky Badger (9:10-10:10 a.m.), and a formal welcome from UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank (10:15 a.m.). You can also connect with representatives from UW–Madison’s schools, colleges, and academic units, and take advantage of our “Get Ready for Game Day” station, complete with pompoms, face tattoos and spirit beads. Photos with Bucky brought to you by LZ Management.

11 a.m. – Away-Game Football Watch Parties, Union South, The Sett, 1308 West Dayton Street and Memorial Union, Der Rathskeller, 800 Langdon Street

Watch the Wisconsin football team take on the Illinois Fighting Illini alongside hundreds of Badger faithful at the Union South Sett (First Floor) or Memorial Union Rathskeller (First Floor).

Tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Alumni Park Tours and Scavenger Hunt, 724 Langdon St.

Join us for 30-minute science-themed guided tours of Alumni Park at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. as part of UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Science Festival and Family Weekend. All are invited to learn the stories behind the park’s exhibits and landscape, and science-themed stories of UW–Madison alumni, discoveries, and innovations featured in the park. Meet in the Welcome Plaza by the fountain on Langdon St. A scavenger hunt and refreshments will also be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Questions? Call 608 308-5151 or email info@alumnipark.com. Please note: Alumni Park tours are outdoors and are subject to change due to weather. Alumni Park and these tours are accessible.

12-2 p.m. – Caricatures and Watercolor Painting at Wheelhouse Studios, Wheelhouse Studios, Lower Level of Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street

Come get your caricature drawn by one of our talented UW student staff members at Wheelhouse Studios, or show your Badger pride and create your own UW-themed watercolor painting.  This is no charge for the caricature or painting.

Noon – 3 p.m. – Camp Randall Stadium Open House, 1440 Monroe Street, Meet outside of Bucky’s Locker Room store at Gate 1 (south of stadium)

Learn more about Camp Randall’s storied past, and make a dream come true: run through the team tunnel just like the players do, and step foot on the home turf of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. You can attend any time between noon and 3 p.m. for this open house event.

1 – 3 p.m. – ArtSpin, Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave.

Experience the world-class art museum that’s located right on campus! Docents will be stationed around the museum at select art pieces to answer questions and share history. Enjoy the masterpieces and then make your own at the activity tables in the lobby. There’s sure to be something for everyone.

1 p.m. – Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point (next to the kiosk), 2003 University Bay Drive.

Explore a restored prairie up-close, learn about urban coyote and fox research from Dr. David Drake, Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and Extension Wildlife Specialist, and experience in a new way the largest outdoor teaching and research facility on campus — the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Activity will last approx. 2 hours.

Open to pre-registrants or the first 25 individuals. Pre-registration is now closed.

Parking is available in lot 130. Bike racks are also available.

Dress to be outdoors — long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. We will be walking from the meeting location to the Biocore Prairie. (Total walking distance is about 0.6 miles on paved and gravel trails and mowed turf.)

Please note: Event will be canceled in case of steady rain, thunder/lightning or high winds.

1 – 3 p.m. – Autumn Air Open House, Allen Centennial Garden, 620 Babcock Drive

Explore one of the UW’s remarkable outdoor spaces. The public botanical garden – home to thousands of ornamental plants and renowned landscape architecture – serves as an outdoor classroom for the horticulture department. Enjoy making your own scented lip balm using beeswax from Allen Centennial Garden’s honeybee hives. Please note: The Garden and activities are outdoors and location is subject to change due to weather.

1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Wisconsin State Capitol Tours, 2 E Main St.

Visit the Wisconsin State Capitol, an architectural marvel. These tours, which last between 45 to 55 minutes, start at the Information Desk, located at the center of the rotunda as you walk in.

1 – 4 p.m. – *Bark on Bascom, Library Mall (Suggested donation)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund-UW–Madison chapter is partnering with local animal shelters and rescues for this event. Please join us to meet, play, and cuddle adoptable dogs from the Madison area. There is a suggested $5 donation fee per family, and all proceeds will go to the participating animal organizations. There’s no need to purchase a ticket or RSVP, just come out and support our community. In the event of poor weather conditions, the event will be relocated to the Law School building atrium at 975 Bascom Mall.

1 – 4 p.m. – Babcock Hall Dairy Store, 1605 Linden Drive

This student-run dairy store is where the Babcock magic happens. Check out the 2nd floor observation deck to see what the UW–Madison ice cream production room looks like, and browse the selection of Wisconsin cheeses, ice cream flavors, and more. Ice cream and snacks available for purchase.

1 – 4 p.m. – Wisconsin Specialty Cheese Walk, Participating Businesses along State Street – SEE MAP HERE and the list of participating Cheese Walk participants here.

Explore downtown retail businesses and shops in a new and authentic way — with Wisconsin cheese. Enjoy the best of Wisconsin cheese with samples and meet-and-greet opportunities with Wisconsin cheesemakers at participating businesses along State Street. Participating businesses will also offer sales, specials, and featured items offered exclusively to Family Weekend participants. See the map here and the full list of participating Cheese Walk participants here.

*Please show your wristbands that you receive at check-in or Family Weekend program at participating locations to receive discounts.

2 – 5 p.m. – Decorate Your Own Badger Cookies (Additional Fee), Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street

Leave your student a gift to remember the weekend by! Pre-registered families are invited to decorate their own “W” and Bucky Badger cookies, and we’ll deliver them to your student on Monday, October 21. Worried about decorating? We’ll have professional bakery staff on site to help you make them extra fancy. Dozens are $6.99 each — attendees can order and decorate as many dozens as desired. Open to pre-registrants or the first 40 participants. Pre-registration is now closed.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. – Campus Tour, Meet at  Memorial Union, Campus and Community Information Welcome Desk (First Floor), 800 Langdon Street

From the 12,000-year human history of the ancestral land upon which the university sits, to academic buildings and stories of the student experience, you will learn more about the campus and community on this special Family Weekend tour. Please note: The route is accessible. These tours are outdoors and subject to
change with weather.

5 p.m. – Dinner On Your Own

Visit your student’s favorite dining location in Madison.

5 – 10 p.m. – Movies with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD), Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

Join WUD at Union South for free movie showings. Movie titles and exact times available on the Wisconsin Union website. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

7 p.m. – *Discounted tickets to the Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Minnesota Duluth, Kohl Center, 601 W Dayton St.

Cheer on the Badgers men’s hockey team as they face Minnesota Duluth in the home game season opener. Games take place at the Kohl Center on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 (times TBA). Discounted tickets are available exclusively to registered Family Weekend participants, and are available to purchase online here. Call the athletic ticket office with questions at 608-262-1440.

SOLD OUT – 7 p.m. – *Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern, UW Field House, 1450 Monroe Street

Please note this event is SOLD OUT, but you can search for tickets through the official Badger StubHub ticket markeplace. Come watch the Badger women’s volleyball team take on Northwestern University at the UW Field House.

7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) – *Wisconsin Singers Performance, Mosse Humanities Building, Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park Street

Featuring some of UW–Madison’s top singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, the Wisconsin Singers will entertain you with a spectacular revue of the past 40 years of American popular music in their newest show Hold On To Your Dream. Audiences will enjoy a tour around the U.S.A. in our “City of Dreams” medley. Musical theater fans will love the “Broadway Dreams” medley, featuring songs from classic shows like West Side Story to current hits from Newsies and Finding Neverland. The celebrated Wisconsin Singers’ band caps off an unforgettable evening with their special blend of jazz, funk, and classic rock. *Please note: Tickets may be available to purchase for $10 at the door. Purchase tickets online here.

7:30 p.m. – Annual WSUM Student Radio Snake on the Lake Festival, The Sett, Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street

The 2019 fest features house DJs Delano Smith, DJ Taye and Sage Caswell.  This event is free.

8 p.m. – The Real Science Behind Star Wars with Kyle Hill, Discovery Building, H.F. Deluca Forum, 330 North Orchard Street

No question is too nerdy on Saturday night of the Wisconsin Science Festival! Come see Wisconsin native and science communicator, Kyle Hill, to celebrate the science behind Star Wars. Kyle is the Nerdist.com science editor, television host, and a popular YouTube personality. His work has been published in many international media channels. Don’t miss out on a great night of science, humor, and pop culture.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

9 a.m. – Noon – *All-You-Care-to-Eat Breakfast Special, Gordon Dining and Event Center (First Floor), 770 West Dayton Street and Dejope Four Lakes Market (First Floor), 640 Elm Drive

For just $7.99, join Housing for an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast. They’ll be serving up hot and fresh options to satisfy anyone’s appetite that’s too delicious to miss.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – *Farewell Brunch with Bucky (TICKETED/SOLD-OUT EVENT), Varsity Hall, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St.

We bid farewell in style: with a spirited come-and-go brunch, complete with a photoshoot with Bucky Badger, music performances from student entertainment groups, and the singing of “Varsity.”

*Events with an asterisk require an additional purchase.

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