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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 4 (Feb. 1927)

Byron, Chas L.
The president's page,   p. 143


Page 143


THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
number of the alumni of the University live in Madison.
They are as enthusiastic as any group of alumni, but
an organization .has never been formed because of a
feeling, that, the alumni of the University living in
Madison are so closely' associated with the University
tha organization is impossible. The banquet of the
1916 class, which has formed a permanent class or-
ganization  for  Madison, is tangible evidence of
thbe fallacy of that line of reasoning. The 'i6 class
organization  took   on  permanent form     because
the members of the class enjoyed the meetings held
preliminary to the class reunion last year. They were
surprisingly pleasant; the members got something out
of them, and to those directing the movement there
appeared to be a real purpose for a permanent '16 class
organization. The banquet demonstrated the possi-
    biiisof a new field. The nmber ograduates at-
tending the meetings of the class is increasing. Perhaps
the initiative of the Class of 'i6 may lead to a healthy,
substantial alumni organization in Madison, than which
no city in the state or outside of it offers greater opper-
tunity for genuine, constructive effort in behalf of the
University.
SOMETHING TO DO-The University opened its
    doors last fall to the largest enrollment by five
hundred in its history. The increase was largely, if not
entirely, in the freshman class. The first semester is at
an end.   Some of the freshmen who entered last fall
are not in at the finish. Others will not be able to
start the second lap. The race was too    strenuous.
There is disappointment, shattered hope, and    dis-
couragement. Some may get a "second wind" and start
again; others may not attempt a "come back."   It is
a matter that affects lives of individuals.
   Dr. Henry J. Doermann in his new book, "The
Orientation of College}Freshmen" says that guidance, not
compulsion is called for. Investigation of IO3 failed
students at Northwestern revealed that failure was due
to actual mental incapacity in less than four per cent
of the cases., Lack of guidance was in general responsible
for the remainder. "The heart of the matter lies in suc-
cessful personal counselling."
  In the face of the large increase in enrollment, and
in the face of the fact that only about half of the
students who enter college complete a four year course,
universities, it would appear, must soon adopt methods
to meet the situation. But regardless of what uni-
versities may do, there is opportunity for some con-
structive and effective work farther up the educational
stream that flows from the secondary schools to the
university.
  Every high school faculty is manned by college or
university graduates, for a "degree" is the standard
minimum requirement in at least the larger schools.
-EV        , e - vilage-and community h     uotaof
college men and women who are not members of the
high school faculty. If the benefit 'of their experience
could b6 passed on to prospective college students;
if the customs, traditions, methods, and requirements
of the university could be explained to them;, if they
were coached in methods of study-whic-'are-tdifferent
at the university; if they were guided in the selection
of a course of study which would correlate their uni-
vefsity effort With their high school achievement, a
course selected upon the basis of the individual's inter-
ests, capabilities, and capacities, there might be alarger
percentage of freshmen in at the "finish" and incidentally
leso heartache, disappointment, and discouragement.
Efforts of alumni clubs and alumni as individuals with
prospective university students may not solve the
p'roblem, but certainly pre-explanations of what is
ahead, even though these explanations be very broad,
will be helpful and valuable preparation for ,the final
remedy which the university should provide. Alumni
Clubs will find it an interesting and altogether worth-
while field.
ANOTHER evidence of the growth of the Wisconsin
    spirit is before us. It is found in the editorial of
A. M. Brayton appearing on the front page of the Wis-
consin State Journal, issue of Friday, December 31,
1926. In it is the spirit of service. It comes from a
recognition of the fact that no one can live by himself;
that to succeed we must help one another; that "there
is good in everything." That spirit the people of Wis-
consin have always evidenced toward their University.
They have loyally supported it. They have fostered
its growth. They have encouraged its work. They have
given it place among the greatest educational institu-
tions in the world. It has given its aid to the farmer,
the business man, the manufacturer, Wisconsin's youth,
and to all who engage in the active toil of the world.
What it has thus far done is only a small part of what
it can do with the spirit of cooperation now being shown.
  Mr. Brayton's article is a good piece of editorial work.
He is to be congratulated. But more important than
this is the recognition by a great Wisconsin newspaper,
and the public ait'large, that some of the Wisconsin
alumni-that is, Fred Clausen, Van Brunt Manufactur-
ing Co., Horicon, '97; Harry Hirschheimer, La Crosse
Plow Co., La Crosse, '9i; Carl A. Johnson, Gisholt
Machine Company, Madison, '9I; George Ingersoll,
Fairbanks-Morse Company, Beloit, '92; Walter Kohler,
Kohler Company, Kohler, a former regent; Jerry
Riordan, Director of the Wisconsin Manufacturers'
Agricultural Bureau, '98; and Mrs. Lucy McGlachlin
Berry, Director of the Wisconsin Manufacturers'
Women's Bureaus '94, have, in this work of the Wiscon-
sin Manufacturers' Association, been serving the State
that in- their student days served them. In saying this,
we do not overlook the other men: W. H. Alford, Nash
Motors Co., Kenosha; F. R. Bacon, Cutler-Hammer
Mfg. Co., Milwaukee; D.. C. Everest, Marathon Paper
Mills Co., Rothschild; Otto H. Falk, The Allis-Chalmers
Mfg. Co., Milwaukee; W. A. Holt, Holt Lumber Co.,
Oconto; W. D. James, James Mfg. Co., Ft. Atkinson;
A. L. Osborne, Medford Lumber Co., Oshkosh; J. J.
Phoenix, Bradley Knitting Co., Delavan; Judson G.
Rosebush, Patten Paper Co., Appleton; Frank J.
Sensenbrenner, Kimberly-Clark Co., Neenah; George
Vits, Aluminum Goods Mfg. Co., Manitowoc; Geo. S.
Whyte, MacWhyte Co., Kenosha, who have been
importantly engaged in this work for the benefit of the
State, and, therefore, necessarily for the benefit of its
institutions. Not the least of these is the University.
  All this will interest every alumnus. It will interest,
all those who wish the spirit of Wisconsin to be ever-
living, ever-breathing and over-growing. We believe
the alumni will appreciate the receipt of this as they did
the issues of the Cardinal sent them during the last
football season.-CHAs L. BYRON.
143
February, r927


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