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Hobbs, M. K. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 10 (Aug. 1926)

Goodnight, Scott H.
[The summer session],   pp. [324]-327

Page 327

The tenting colony cuts down living expenses.
swimming, tennis, golf, baseball and
organized play hours . for practice in
directing plays and games. For lovers of
music, there are concerts, vocal and
instrumental recitals, and a great chorus
of 500 to 8oo voices in which anyone
may take part. Traveling theatrical
troupes make their presentations of
standard dramas, and the department of
speech stages amateur theatricals for
those interested in dramatics.   Each
afternoon and evening there are lectures,
demonstrations, readings, educational
movies, and the like which are all free of
charge to summer session students.
   All these factors, then,-the oppor-
 tunity for further training, for more
 rapid progress toward a degree, for pro-
fessional advancement, for the removal
of delinquencies, for hastening the time
of graduation, for wholesome recreation,
and for the best of medical care through
our excellent Student Health Service,-
have met a real educational need among
many classes of students and the re-
sponse has been most gratifying, as
shown by the tremendous growth of the
session in recent years.
   The founder of the summer session at
Wisconsin was President Emeritus E. A.
Birge. As Dean of the College of Letters
and Science, he established in the late
eighties "review courses for teachers,"
which had an attendance of about m0o.
In a decade, the registration had about
doubled. In 1898, the plan was reor-
ganized and the present "Summer Ses-
sion" was established by the Regents,
under the directorship of Professor Dana
C. Munro, now of Princeton University,
who built it up to a registration of 568
students, with an instructional staff of
55, in the summer of I9O6. He was then
succeeded in the directorship by Profes-
sor George Clark Sellery, now Dean of
the College of Letters and Science, who
retained it till 1911, at which time the
session had 1,543 students enrolled and a
staff of 124 faculty members. By 1916
it had doubled in size, enrolling 3_,00
students in that year. The two war
years, 1917 and 1918, saw it decline to
2,0oo but it resumed its growth again
with 3,200 in J919. It has now passed
the 5,000 mark and employs a staff of
321 teachers and assistants. Only two
other summer sessions, Columbia, and
Chicago, now exceed it in size.
    Wisconsin admittedly enjoys very
unusual advantages for summer work,
which are appreciated particularly by
city teachers. In addition to itssplendid
library. and laboratory equipment, its
reputation for sound scholastic work,
the respect in which its degree" is held,
and its ability to retain the services of
its ablest professors for the I summer
session, it enjoys a location and a sum-
mer climate which make it an ideal
place for summer study. The proximity
of the picturesque shore of LakeMendota
affords the coveted privileges, of lake
bathing and canoeing in leisure hours.
And this combination of scholarlv ren-
ute, of scenic beauty and of whole-
some recreational facilities makes it a
mecca in summer for students and
teachers of every age and stage of ad-
vancement. The Hill teems with life in
July quite as actively as in January,
and our old 'Varsity now carries on her
great work of education almost un-
interruptedly throughout the year.
'Aquaplaning-4or those* who enjoy a thrilling sport.
Classes in watercolor and oil find pklenty of g6od subjects.
A4ugust, r"926

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