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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 49, Number 10 (Aug. 1948)

What they're saying about your University,   p. 3


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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT YOUR UNIVERSITY
Our University
  ONE OF THE important elements contributing to Wis-
consin's record of greatness during its first hundred years
of statehood has been our State University at Madison.
The history of the University, which this year is celebrat-
ing its 99th anniversary, is inseparably linked with the
history of the state, now in its centennial year.
  The people of Wisconsin have just cause for pride in their
University as the symbol of a progressive and enlightened
citizenry. It ranks among the leading educational institu-
tions in the nation; its graduates hold positions of promi-
nence in many fields of endeavor; its faculty includes men
and women of wide renown for their intellectual achieve-
ments and able leadership; its laboratories have been the
scene of research leading to discoveries of vast benefit to
mankind.
  When, in the observance of Centennial year, we pay
tribute to those hardy pioneers who brought Wisconsin into
being as a state, we ought likewise to honor them for the
wisdom and foresight which led to the establishment of the
University within a year from the time that statehood was
achieved. It was no mere accident that the educational needs
of the young and struggling commonwealth received such
prompt consideration. For it was recognized, even then, that
to assure the steady progress and development of Wiscon-
sin there would be a never-ending need for intelligent
leadership; for minds that were trained to cope with the
problems of the times; for enlightenment of the citizenry
in whose hands rested the future welfare of the state.
  And so Wisconsin and its University have moved for-
ward together down through the years. Ninety-nine years
of educational service is a record of distinction. And though
that span of time seems long, there is none of the stuffi-
ness of age enshrouding the University of Wisconsin. It
has retained through able administration and alertness to
changing educational needs, a youthfulness of cha-rac6er,
assimilating from each new generation of students the inter-
ests and enthusiasms which spurred them in their quest
for knowledge.
  Our State University has risen to its present position
of prominence and high standard of excellence by virtue
of consistently wholehearted support and vigilant atten-
tion aiccorded it by the people of Wisconsin. And if the
institution is to continue to maintain its high ranking and
excellent quality of educational service, it must continue to
receivethatsame-publicsupport andnterest--T4annot
rest on its past laurels, praiseworthy though they may be.
  The rapidly expanding enrollment at the University of
Wisconsin has put a severe strain on its physical plant,
and has posed a problem which urgently needs attention.
It is up to the people of the state to determine how that
problem shall be met. The citizenry will not be content,
we are sure, to allow the university to retrogress because
of lack of proper facilities, nor to simply coast along into
its second century of existence without adequate provisions
for meeting its growing responsibilities.
  If our University is to continue contributing its full part
toward Wisconsin's advancement, through educating our
people for better and more useful living, with opportunities
for all who would avail themselves of the services it has
to offer, there must be no slackening in public concern for
its welfare.-Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.
"'Of Public Service"
  IN HIS shining lifetime, Frank 0. Holt was a man of
many titles.
  But the one he bore in his last days seemed best to fit
him and to epitomize his entire career. It was "director of
public service" for the University of Wisconsin.
  It was a service to which he was always dedicated and
devoted-with or without title-as a school master, as an
administrator, as a citizen and as a key figure in the
planning and building of the great institution on the Hill.
  ,His office was on the Hill . . . but it saw less of him
than the people of Wisconsin miles from it, the people for
whom Frank Holt always toiled. For in his later days, he
became the finest voice for the University it had ever known,
the strongest bond-builder between the campus and the
citizens it serves.-(Madison) Wisconsin State Journal.
Our University's Future
  IT WAS ON Feb. 5, 1849, less than a year after Wisconsin
had been admitted to the Union, that the first classes were
held at the University of Wisconsin. So it is that the
University will celebrate its centennial throughout the com-
ing school year, overlapping in some degree the centennial
celebration of the state itself.
  But the University's centennial plans are so distinctive,
and so appropriate to an outstanding institution of higher
education, that they will stand well alone and will deserve
very special attention.
  The University is putting strong emphasis on the cultural
and the academic, as was to be expected. There will be
such events as a symposium steroid hormones and an-
other on combustion and flame and explosion phenomena.
There will be concerts by the New York Philharmonic and
a score of other top flight artists. There will be classic
drama and exhibits of art. There will be meetings of all
sorts of-learned societies.
  But there will be no neglect of the popular and the
practical. There will be reunions and pageantry and sports.
And attention will be directed to ways and means of mak-
ing the University serve Wisconsin's citizens better. This
has been specifically pledged by President Fred. It is the
promise carried by these words of President Emeritus E. A.
Birge, now adopted by the university as its centennial
slogan:: "Rooted in the past, serving the present, forming
the future."
  Each of the special centennial activities and projects will
have value. Several will deserve individual discussion and
commendation, when the time comes. Ricrht now it is more
important for Wisconsin to realize that the University cen-
tennial program will give all citizens of the state a unique
opportunity to become better acquainted with what our
State University has been, what it actually is and does now,
and what it can be for the century to come.
  There is the important thing-the century to come.
Fifteen years ago, we might have been more inclined to
dwell on the University's glorious past and the great work
it was then doing. But we have seen how a state can neglect
a great school and leave it, despite the good intentions of
its administration and its faculty, in an inadequate position
to do its job.
  The demands of the future are insistent. There is the
place to put the spotlight.-Milwaukee Journal.
Your University
  THE UNIVERSITY of Wisconsin's current observance
of 99 years of educational service to the state is a period
of self-congratulation for citizens of past and present
generations as well as for the educators who helped build
the great plant.
  The people of Wisconsin can take great pride in their
university as the symbol of a progressive citizenry. With-
out the wholehearted support and the critical vigilance of
the people at large, the University of Wisconsin of today
would rank as just another center of higher learning. It
would suffer the same handicaps as state supported uni-
versities in other parts of the country where interest and
attention is diverted among so many schools that none
emerges as outstanding.
  Present administration of the university rests with the
Board of Regents and President E. B. Fred. Their policies
and planning have the benefit of a rich background of able
leadership of past administrations. They also function with
the advantage of knowing the University of Wisconsin has
for many years past stayed well in advance in education
practices. Dr. Fred in a recent address said that never be-
fore in the University's history has its "breadth of knowl-
edge been so profound or its productivity greater."
  Announced goal of the university is to make sure that
every child, youth and adult has full opportunity to make
a better living and to live a better life. In a democracy
there can be no finer, no more purposeful aim for all the
people. The university appears to be achieving a hýigh
degree of success in meeting that ideal. It must not begin
coasting on its momentum on the eve of its centennial nor
can the citizens afford to presume that the university can
maintain high position without their continued close inter-
est and full support.-Monroe Times.
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