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Virtual Family Weekend 2021

Welcome to Family Weekend 2021! We are excited to connect with you virtually and look forward to the day when we can all be together in person again. While we will miss meeting all of you in-person this fall, we are happy to provide new, engaging opportunities that connect you to UW–Madison, while keeping you, your students, and our community safe.

Badger Family Weekend — Chancellor’s Welcome Message

Don’t miss this welcome from UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Dean of Students Christina Olstad as they recognize and speak directly to you — the parents and family members of current Badgers.

If you want to be a Badger, then come along with me… and share on social!

For every post you make including #BadgerFamily during Family Weekend October 8–10th, you will receive an entry to win one of many Badger Family Weekend Prize Packs! The best part is, you don’t have to be attending Family Weekend in-person to participate. Snap a picture of your #BadgerFamily participating in one of our virtual activities or hanging out at home watching the game — all posts with the hashtag count! During a year where it is still not possible for all of us to gather together, this is one small way to still have a Family Reunion!

Join the challenge now…

Live Events

Badger Talks Live

Badger Talks Live with Barry Burden and BadgersVote 

Drawing the Lines: What’s Happening with Redistricting
Friday October 8, 2021 @ 12 p.m. CST

Using newly released data from the U.S. Census, every state in the country is busy drawing new district lines to elect members of Congress and state legislators in 2022 and beyond. Looking under the hood of the map-making process, Professor Burden will discuss the wide variety of ways that states do redistricting and how laws and court decisions do or do not keep gerrymandering in check and what can be done about it.

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Virtual L&S Honors Family Welcome

Friday, October 8, 2021 @ 5 p.m.  CST
Join the Zoom Meeting Live

As part of UW Family Weekend 2021, we welcome all L&S Honors families to join Director Jenny Saffran and other representatives of the Honors Program to learn more about the L&S Honors experience. The event begins at 5 p.m. Central Time.

A Night with Curly Velasquez — Latinx Heritage Month Keynote Speaker

Friday, October 8, 2021 @ 6 p.m. CST

Curly Velasquez is an actor, content creator and artist who celebrates all things Latinx and beautiful. He began his career in fashion working for celebrity photographer David LaChapelle, and design icon Jeremy Scott before starting his own line. By age 25, he was celebrated as one of the “IT” designers in LA by H&M and directed a music video for Interscope records. Curly produces and appears in BuzzFeed’s Latinx division: Pero Like. You can also see Curly on Starz’s VIDA (Seasons 2 and 3).

Parent and Family Town Halls

Incoming Families Town Hall

A panel of campus experts to answer your questions about housing, orientation, health services, advising and financial aid.

Navigating the Changing Landscape with Your Student

A town hall with university leadership about the return to campus, what it means for the health and well-being of your students, and how your students can find community and belonging.

Parent and Family Insights from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor

Join Vice Chancellor Reesor for conversation and community as she reflects on her roles as a college administrator and college parent. What does student support look like while living through unprecedented times? How can parents help their students navigate this semester and the year ahead? Hear her perspectives on guiding our students during this challenging transition.

UW–Madison Campus Safety

A town hall with UW–Madison campus and City of Madison police leadership to discuss safety on and off campus. We share various safety resources available for students, and answer your questions about safety in the community.

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Campus Virtual Tour

he University of Wisconsin–Madison is known throughout the world for excellence in teaching, research, and service, but we are also known for our one-of-a-kind campus. Our virtual tour is designed to showcase the wide array of opportunities, programs, and services that our campus can offer you. Thank you for exploring our campus!

Nicholas Recreation Center

We present to you, the Nicholas Recreation Center. At the Nick there are fitness spaces with strength and cardio equipment, 5 studios, 8 courts, and a 50-meter Olympic-style swimming pool with a diving well. This recreational facility embodies our mission to inspire the UW community to play hard, get fit, and live well.

Alumni Park Virtual Tour

On this virtual tour, take a “walk” in the park from the comforts of home. Featuring an immersive 360-degree view, you’ll enjoy a unique interactive experience of Alumni Park and its artful exhibits, green space, lake views, and Bucky statue. It’s the next best thing to being there!

Backstage Pass: Hamel Music Center

a virtual tour of the Hamel Music Center, a state-of-the-art facility on the UW–Madison campus. We’ll go behind the scenes to see the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall, the Collins Recital Hall, the Sing Man & Florence Lee/Annette Kaufman Rehearsal Hall, and other spaces throughout the Hamel Music Center and see how truly this building demonstrates the Wisconsin Idea.

Terrace Coloring Pages

Enjoy these downloadable Terrace-themed coloring pages created by Wisconsin Union artists. Click the images to download and print the coloring pages. Don’t forget to share your masterpiece and use #BadgerFamily when you post!

Cook with the Wisconsin Union

Missing some of your Wisconsin Union favorites? Wisconsin Union Dining at Home brings you step by step copycat recipes.

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On Demand Content

Please enjoy the variety of events and panels we have curated just for you. From informative lectures to a lesson on how to draw your favorite Badger, Virtual Family Weekend has something for everyone!

Mike Leckrone

Join UW–Madison’s legendary Marching Band Director Michael Leckrone as he shares funny stories and thoughtful reflections on his 50-year history leading the University of Wisconsin Band. Leckrone will discuss the development of iconic traditions such as the Fifth Quarter and the Varsity Band Spring Concerts and will be taking questions at the end of his talk.

Learn to Draw Bucky Badger with Wheelhouse Studios

Family Weekend Draw Together: Follow along with Taylor Franklin, Program Director of Wheelhouse Studios – UW’s Art Studio – and learn how to draw Bucky Badger. All you need is a piece of paper, a drawing utensil, and a good attitude. Taylor will break down the drawing lesson into easy steps for the whole Badger family to enjoy.

Here are suggested supplies to draw your Bucky or Becky Badger:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black and red markers preferred, but colored pencil and crayons could also work!

Wisconsin Singers

Featuring the top talents from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin Singers entertains more than 50,000 annually with stellar vocals, stunning choreography and spectacular big band sound from the past forty years. Wisconsin Singers students come from a variety of majors across campus, all of whom have a passion for excellence, either onstage as a performer or working behind the scenes in backstage or entertainment management internships. Recognized as the very first collegiate pop music ensemble that features song, dance, and live instrumentals, Wisconsin Singers has been touring the country since 1967.

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Arts Hub

Welcome to the UW–Madison campus arts community, where the arts are for everyone, everywhere! Use this page as a resource for finding arts events, classes, and opportunities.

Creativity in Crisis: the Practice of Poetry

How have African American writers used poetry to chronicle, protest, and survive during times of struggle? Drawing on her expertise as scholar of the Harlem Renaissance (1917–1935), Professor Cherene Sherrard-Johnson discusses Black poetry produced during this vibrant movement of artistic activism along with Grimoire: her new poetry collection centered on the recovery and preservation of ancestral knowledge through the recipes of Malinda Russell, author of the first known cookbook by an African American woman. Named after a magical textbook, Grimoire explores the precarity of Black mothering over the last two centuries and the creative and ingenious modes of human survival.

Life on Purpose: Three Questions Only You Can Answer

Dr. Christine Whelan teaches class on Consuming Happiness, Belonging & Purpose and Finance & Families. She is the author of four applied research books, including The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life (2016). Dr. Whelan has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today, among many others, and is a frequent guest on national and local television and radio.

Study Abroad 101

UW Study Abroad offers more than 260 study abroad programs spanning six continents for UW–Madison students of all majors and academic levels. Study abroad courses count toward degree requirements, enhance on campus learning, build desirable professional skills, and more! Many programs offer internship, research, and service-learning components. Scholarships, grants and financial aid are available.

Art Department 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition

Requiring a number of studio and aesthetic courses in preparation for their careers as professional artists and/or for graduate study, the BFA program provides students the opportunity to specialize in areas such as ceramics, drawing, glass and neon, graphic design, papermaking, performance, photography, and more, harnessing and nurturing their creative energies to develop the critical and artistic skills needed to excel in contemporary multidisciplinary practices leading to influential and rewarding careers in art and design.

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Chazen Museum of Art Family Friday Archive

Every other Friday morning, Curator of Education Candie Waterloo posts a Family Friday video on Facebook, demonstrating fun do-at-home projects for the whole family. Find them  all here.

The Wisconsin Journey to Becoming America’s Dairyland

Join Professor John Lucey, Director of the Center for Dairy Research, as he explores how Wisconsin became one of the world leaders in cheese production and how the University of Wisconsin has played a role in that transformation.

HAMILTON: How a Musical About History is Making Musical History!

Hamilton: An American Musical tells the story of the founding of the country and the Revolution, while also commenting on contemporary issues in America today. With a soundtrack and script that fuses classical musical theatre and poetry with elements of popular music and hip hop, its storytelling both builds on the past and looks to the future. A cultural phenomenon that exemplifies the highest excellence in the genre, Hamilton appeals to a diverse audience far beyond the lights of Broadway and the success of the show is changing what theatre is being produced – what stories are being told and who is telling them.

Badger Talks Podcast

Badger Talks Podcast: Family Weekend Edition – Drawing the Lines with Barry Burden

A short preview of Professor Barry Burden’s upcoming livestream talk on gerrymandering at noon on October 8 on the Badger Talks Facebook and YouTube channels. Looking under the hood of the map-making process, Professor Burden will discuss the wide variety of ways that states do redistricting and how laws and court decisions do or do not keep gerrymandering in check and what can be done about it.

University of Wisconsin–Madison Art Department Class of 2021 Master of Fine Arts Exhibitions

During the Spring 2021 semester, campus access restrictions prevented us from opening our galleries to the public. Here’s your chance to see the University of Wisconsin–Madison Art Department Class of 2021 Master of Fine Arts Exhibitions

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