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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 84, Number 6 (Sept. 1983)

The news,   pp. 5-7


Page 5


The News
The lobby of the new School of
Veterinary Medicine.
After Thirty-Six Years
Veterinary School Opens
It was April 12, 1947 that the Board of Re-
gents passed a resolution approving the es-
tablishment of a college of veterinary medi-
cine on the campus when funds would
become available from the state. It was July
1979 when that legislation was signed by the
governor.
   When Bernard Easterday, the new
school's dean, approached the podium at
summer dedication ceremonies he noted
that the charter class of eighty will graduate
in 1987, forty years after the regent's reso-
lution. The overriding theme of speeches
that day was pride; pride in the work of
supporters of the school and their tenacity
over four decades; and pride in the new
school itself, its faculty, staff and students.
   The $15.5-million building is located on
Linden Drive, just west of the scattering of
dairy and agronomy buildings and across
the street from the Gym-Natatorium. It
provides 235,000 square feet of teaching,
research and clinical areas. Easterday
called it the flagship of three buildings
which comprise the school. The others are a
$4.3-million instructional and research fa-
cility at Charmany Farms here in Madison,
and a $1.1-million satellite food animal
clinic at UW-River Falls. Both have been
completed, but the River Falls unit is un-
able to open this year because of state
budget cuts.
   There are forty-seven on the faculty.
Within four years, when the school will in-
struct its full complement of 320 students,
the faculty is expected to number about
eighty. Easterday said faculty recruitment
is eased by the reputation of the University
and by the presence on campus of both a
college of agriculture and a medical school,
a combination he called unique.
   There were 181 applicants for the first
class; of the eighty admitted, forty-two are
women, thirty-eight are men, and all but
ten are Wisconsin residents.
                      Steve Schumacher
There may be fewer students this fall, but the
moving-in scene will be hectic as always.
Possible Decline
In Enrollment Predicted
A midsummer prediction was for a slight
decline in enrollment this fall semester for
the first time since 1976. About 41,700 were
expected, down 1.25 percent from last fall's
record 42,230. The decrease would come
primarily in the numbers of freshmen and
grad students, said Thomas L.W. Johnson,
the associate registrar.
   With the state's population of eighteen-
year-olds dropping, freshmen enrollment
throughout the UW System was predicted
to go down about 5 percent, with 1 or 2 per-
cent of that occurring here on the Madison
campus.
                                continued
The Way We Were-14
MARCH, 1960-One way the Union's art
collection (p. 15) was exhibited was via these
movable screens in the lounge. There seemed
to be a heavy run on newspapers on the day
this picture was taken. The dailies from
around the state were kept on a rack at the
lounge entrance. The TV set is off, which
means it was too early in the day for the
campus favorite, Yogi Bear.
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1983 / 5


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