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

Alumni in the news,   pp. 137-138

New alumni recorder takes office,   p. 138

Page 138

line of attainment and who bask in the
radiated glory and the world's admira-
tion of their favorite sister, so Wisconsin
people feel about Miss Gale. "You can
have her for a while," they seem to say,
"while she is busy writing a book or
a play, or out on a lecture tour, but
remember, she is really ours. We miss
her very much when she is away and are
never so happy as -when she returns."
And Miss Gale, true to her large family
of friends, never forgets to come back to
"just folks" and "Friendship Village."
   And so the world knows her largely
 through the successful products of her
 pen, but Portage, her birthplace and
 home, knows her intimately as a club
 worker, a church member, a friend, and
 neighbor, who is interested in every
-problem that touches the - social, eco-
nomic and spiritual welfare of her com-
munity. Likewise in matters concerning
the welfare of the state, she is an indomi.
table progressive.    When   woman's
suffrage was still a debatable question
and the womati s-uffragist :formed the
butt of many a joke, Miss Gale took up
the cudgels, writing and speaking at
every opportunity in behalf of woman's
rights. As a leader in the Women's
Progressive Association formed in ig9I1,
Miss Gale bent every effort to help
secure certain progressive legislation,
which included a reduction of the ap-
propriation for the national guard, the
abolition of compulsory military train-
ing at the University, reduced hours of
labor for women employees, placing
women hotel employes under the regula-
tion  of the   industrial commission,
farmer-labor representation on the Uni-
versity Board of Regents, a constitu-
tional amendment resolution for the
initiative and referendum, and publicity
for income tax returns. All of these
measures were successfully enacted by
the 1923 legislature. As a member of the
Board of Regents, she was true to her
progressive principles in favoring the
abolition of compulsory military train-
ing at the University and in voting to
reject all gifts to the University from
incorporated educational endowments.
Her reason for the latter decision is in
substance this: "That for State edu-
cational institutions to look to the
monopoly system for any part of their
support is consonant neither with the
free public-school idea nor with the
democratic ideal." (Nation, Sept. 30,
   A recent newspaper clipping states
 that Miss Gale has returned home from
 a lecture tour in the East. Wisconsin
 people are glad to have her back in their
 midst. They are also happy about the
 success of her latest book.
New Alumni Recorder. Takes Office
football ticket application blanks, Com-
mencement invitations, and military
service questionnaires.
  In this developmental and -experi-
mental stage Bergstresser will hold a
strategic position in striking the keynote
     e University's relations with its
great body-of former students.
   Sstr~esser,' 25. by the. Board of Regents
to the position of alumni recorder was
announced January io.
  Bergstresser took office on January i,
coming to Madison from Chicago where
he was associated with the Union Trust
Company.    He fills the position left
vacant by the resignation of Porter
Butts, '24, now Memorial Union secre-
  Bergstresserwas widely known as an
undergraduate. He was president of
the senior class, president of the Daily
Cardinal Board of Control, chairman of
the University's first Father's: Day,
winner of the Kenneth Sterling Day
memorial trophy and a member of Phi
Beta Kappa, Artus, and Phi Kappa Phi.
He was a W man in track and cross
country and a member of the champion-
ship cross country team of 1924. "
  Granted a scholarship at the Ely
Land Economics Institute at North-
western,* Bergstresser went there after
graduation and completed a year of
graduate research work in the institute.
  As alumni recorder, Bergstresser will
be the University's contact officer with
its 6oooo former students and faculty
members. He will direct the staff of the
alumni records office, whose purpose is
to develop and maintain a system of
keeping complete records-biographical,
registration, and current-of every stu-
dent who has attended or will attend the
University, making this information
available to University officers. and de-
partments, the Alumni association and
alumni clubs, and individual alumni.
  The department is still in the process
of organization and development. At
the present time it is concentrating on
the collection of data. about alumni and
on the issuance of' the University's com-
munications to the alumni body, such as
   For several years-since the
 installation of the Alumni Records.
 office in 1924--I have followved the
 expanding activities and growing
 effectiveness of this new Univer-
 sity department with interest and
   The opportunities for rendering
 ever more cordial, more frequent,
 and more intimate the gontacts
 between the University and its
 alumni were immeasurably in-
 creased by the establishment of
 the mechanical and clerical facili-
 ties now existent in .the Records
 office. Many of these oppor-
 tunities are already being utilized,
 even though' the whole structure
 is still experiencing abundant
 growing pains."
   The time when the collection of
 data and compilation of the names
 and  addresses for Wisconsin's
 former students will be brought
 entirely up to .date is now upon
 the near horizon. This first step in
 the foresighted program inaugur-
 ated by the-Board of Regents for
.drawing the University family
closer together is nearing com-
pletion. The next great step, the
one which logically follows and
justifies the first, is in augmenting
the wise and effective ways of
using the mechanism so set up.
   The splendid beginning already
 achieved  by  my   predecessors,
 John Dollard and Porter Butts,
 serves as an example. My per-
 sonal contacts with alumni, es-
 pecially my associations in the
 University of Wisconsin Club of
 Chicago-to which I wish to pay
 tribute as the most keenly wide-
 awake alumni organization in that
 great city-gives me confidence.
 The vision of a future enriched by
 alumni participation, actively and
 sensibly, in  giving  character,
 direction, and stimulation to the
 nation's greatest business of edu-
 cation adds inspiration.
   And so, I am happy to have an
 active part in this natural and
 vital function of the University.-
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February, ý927

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