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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 82, Number 1 (Nov. 1980)

University news,   pp. 20-22

Page 20

Enrollment Tops 41,000
To Set New Record
Enrollment topped 41,000 this fall, surpass-
ing earlier predictions and setting a record.
Total enrollment for the fall semester is
41,349, a 2.8-percent increase over the re-
cord 40,233 set in 1979 and about 350 more
than were expected before registration.
The number of new freshmen-5,021-
also is greater than the predicted 4,900-
5,000, and is 185 more than last year. It is
the largest group of new freshmen since
5,206 registered in the fall of 1965. Under-
graduate registration totals 27,746, up
   The Graduate School, which had ex-
pected a slight enrollment decline, instead
experienced a slight increase-9,096 stu-
dents enrolled, compared to 9,059 last year.
Law School enrollment stands at 904, three
more than in 1979.
   Decreases were recorded in the Medical
School, where 668 students enrolled, two
less than last year, and in the special student
category, which was down from 3,175 to
   The recession may have played a part in
total enrollment surpassing expectation,
said Registrar Thomas Hoover.
   "Some are in school who might
otherwise be outside working," Hoover
said. "Also, there's a feeling now that edu-
cation is worthwhile. Students are very seri-
ous and career-oriented. There's a lot of
emphasis on getting into career training,
like engineering, agriculture, etc."
   In engineering, Hoover reported under-
graduate enrollment climbed almost 9.2
percent, from 4,215 to 4,601.
   Engineering Dean W. Robert Marshall
said the surprise came in the number of stu-
dents returning to school after being away
for awhile. The number of freshmen and
transfer students was actually somewhat
lower than expected, Marshall said. Engi-
neering will impose enrollment limits next
semester in an attempt to reduce its total
student body to fewer than 4,000 (WA,
   Surprisingly, Hoover said, enrollment
increases even occurred in fields which are
not as obviously career-oriented as engi-
neering. The College of Letters and
Science experienced increases in almost
every student level, and its total enrollment
grew from 13,051 to 13,914.
   L&S Dean E. David Cronon attributed
the increase to both the economy-
"anytime there's a recession our enroll-
ment grows somewhat"-and to large
freshman classes that have entered during
the past few years. That automatically re-
sults in larger numbers of sophomores, jun-
iors and seniors in later years.
   Ordinarily an enrollment increase is
good news for the University, Hoover said.
"With the way funding works, it's presum-
ably better to have an increase than a de-
   However, he added, "this year's in-
crease is probably bad news for students in
some ways, because there is more competi-
tion for fewer seats in courses, and for the
University which is trying to cope with
more students and less money to teach
them with."
                        -Mary Sandok
WAA Adds Annual
Faculty Teaching Award
The Wisconsin Alumni Association will
add to its annual practice of honoring dis-
tinguished alumni and outstanding students
with its Excellence in Teaching Award, to
be presented for the first time on Alumni
Weekend next May.
   The award will carry with it a cash prize
of $1000. It will go to a member of the UW-
Madison faculty chosen by a standing com-
mittee of faculty members. There is only a
small number of such awards presented on
the campus, and the selection process is a
comprehensive one, involving detailed sup-
portive material with each nomination.
Nominees-names may be submitted by
student organizations, departments or fac-
ulty members-must hold the rank of at
least an assistant professorship and have
been teaching on this campus for no less
than three years.
   WAA will present its award to the win-
ning faculty member on the occasion of the
Alumni Dinner, Saturday, May 9th.
WAA Forms
Student Board
The Wisconsin Alumni Association has ex-
panded its student-relations activities with
the formation of an Alumni-Student
Board. The purpose, according to Gayle
M. Langer, our associate director, is "to
provide an environment which will stimu-
late a meaningful undergraduate expe-
rience; to develop a dialogue between stu-
dents, alumni and administrators; and to
cultivate future alumni leaders."
   Twenty-six students, representing a va-
riety of academic disciplines, have agreed
to serve for the 1980-81 year. The program
they approved for the year includes: for
alumni, hosting by board members at asso-
ciation-sponsored activities on campus,
such as Young Alumni Day, Day On Cam-
pus, (formerly Women's Day), the alumni
open house on Homecoming, and Alumni
Weekend. Throughout the Founders Day
1980 Sparkplug Winners
1980 Sparkplug Winners, re-
cipients of WAA's annual
recognition to outstanding
club workers, received their
awards at the Leadership
Conference on October 25.
They are: E. Lee Pierangeli
'51, Kenosha; Robert H.
Geffs '48, J.D. '49, Sun City;
John C. Hickman, Jr. '65,
Minneapolis; Robert H.
Plietz '49, Milwaukee;
Dorothy E. Thomsen '48,
Jefferson; Gerald C. Condon
'39, Brodhead.

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