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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 62, Number 15 (July 1961)

The big birthday party,   pp. 11-12


Page 11


The main speakers at the
tennial dinner, from
were: Mary I. Bunting,
E. Steiger, Louis P. Loc),
and Conrad A. Elvehjem
Centennial Dinner
MORE THAN 400 ALUMNI and
    friends of the University thronged
Great Hall of the Memorial Union on
the evening of June 3 to celebrate the
hundredth anniversary of theĆ½ Wiscon-
sin Alumni Association. At the Centen-
nial Dinner, they heard University Presi-
The Big Birthday Party
dent Conrad A. Elvehjem recount some
of the critical problems which lie imme-
diately ahead for the University.
  President Elvehjem explained "That
the University must prepare for unprece-
dented enrollment increases and an ex-
plosive expansion in knowledge, that
such preparations are in the best inter-
ests of this state and its citizens, and
that they will require appropriations of
a magnitude beyond anything contem-
plated in the past."
  Commenting on the University budget
for the coming biennium, the president
said, ". . . it is far short of our hopes
Association President Don Ande-soiiwexptainsoome otke-
Mrs. Elvehjem as she prepares to cut the Centennial Birthday Cake.      
               a decisive step forward in the biennium
ahead, building not only our capacity
for the quantity of students we will get,
but also our capacity for quality of
offerings.
  "Such a step must be taken, and re-
peated again and again, in future years,
if we are to make the fullest use of
this great institution of progress
  "Our leadership in higher education
is a heavy responsibility," Elvehjem
went on to point out. "And we intend
to move ahead, despite this fiscal set-
back, by whatever means we can. Balked
at major state-supported improvements
for a time, we pause not to blame or cry,
but thankful for what we have received,
we now try to strengthen state under-
standings of our needs for the struggle
two years hence, and, meantime, renew
our efforts to find support for progress
elsewhere."
Wisconsin Alumnus, July, 1961
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