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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 3 (Nov. 1952)

The University,   pp. 10-12


Page 12


name cast in letters of imperishable
bronze. The 19 letters now rearranged
spelled out the words-CHEMICAL
ENGINEERING.
   "Thus Prof. Charles F. Burgess, who
with his little band of chemical engineer-
ing students at Wisconsin had been
pushed from pillar to post, finally
staked a lasting claim to a pioneering
development in engineering education."
  That's the story of how Wisconsin
obtained the first building for chemical
engineering education in the U.S., as
told by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, editorial'
director of Chemical Engineering, in the
July issue of that publication. The same
issue, marking the 50th anniversary of
the magazine, also contains a personal
tribute to the late Prof. Burgess.
   Prof. 0. A. Hougen, chairman of the
UW chemical engineering department,
adds another historical note by pointing
out that this is, also the 50th anniver-
sary year of the Electrochemical Society
and that the UW was the first in the
nation to offer courses in electrochemis-
try (1898). 0. P. Watts, University
emeritus professor of chemical engineer-
ing, was given special recognition dur-
ing the 50th annual meeting of the
group in Philadelphia recently.
   (The UW department of chemical
engineering has been moving from the
building  mentioned   in  Kirkpatrick's
article to. the new Chemical Engineering
Building near Camp Randall Stadium.)
U. S. Way of Life
Lectures Published
   IMPORTANT contributions of vari-
 ous factors in the development of the
 American way of life are discussed in
 a series of booklets now being published
 under the auspices of the Knapp Fund
 Committee of the University.
   Now available in booklet form from
 the Bureau of Information and Pro-
 gram Services of the UW Extension Di-
 vision at Madison, the lectures are "Law
 and Government in the Development of
 the American Way of Life," by Arthur
 T. Vanderbilt, chief justice of the Su-
 preme Court of New Jersey; "The Role
 of Education in the Development of the
 American Way of Life," by Lee M.
 Thurston, superintendent of public in-
 struction for Michigan; and "The Con-
 tribution of Moral and Spiritual Ideas
 to the Making of the American Way
 of Life," by Harvie Branscomb, chan-
 cellor of Vanderbilt university.
    These lecturers were brought to the
 campus to carry out the desires of the
 late Kemper K. Knapp, as expressed in
 his will.
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               First phase of new YMCA will have three or four stories.
'Ground Broken for New UW YMCA_
W HILE GIANT earth-moving ma-
      chines p a u s e d briefly, formal
ground-breaking ceremonies were con-
ducted Oct. 3 on the site of a new
University YMCA building at North
Brooks and West Johnson streets.
   Work on the project, which will take
 an estimated two years, had been under-
 way before the ground-breaking for-
 mality was observed. And construction
,crews can't work too quickly on the
remainder of the job, in the view of
the YMCA      staff that is gratefully
watching its progress from the aged,
over-crowded, present building at, 740
Langdon next to the Memorial Union.
   The new building is planned as a
 three or four story structure, depend-
 ing upon whether contributions top the
 $600,000 mark before the decision must
 be made. The three-story plans call for
 an outlay of $566,300; another story
 would add $52,000. Much of the money
 already raised for the new YMCA has
 come from alumni.
   W h e n   completed, the four-story
 structure would accommodate 107 men
 in the upper, residential section. The
 building is planned ultimately for seven
 floors, accommodating 210 men. Ap-
 proximately 20 per cent of the rooms
 are being reserved for foreign students.
 A lounge, kitchen, club rooms, offices,
 and a chapel will be on the first floor.
 The basement will contain heating and
 service facilities.
    The present YMCA building, which
 was built in 1905 at a cost of $72,000,
 houses 135 men.
    President E. B. Fred spoke briefly at
  the ground-breaking ceremony. Also
  p~articipating were Regent President A.
  Matt. Werner; C. V. Hibbard, emeritus
  general secretary of the University
  YMCA; and Prof. Arthur P. Miles,
  chairman of the board of directors.
WISCONSIN ALUMNUS
            NOVEMBER
1 -----------Vashi and Veena, dancers
2 ----------------Leo Steffens, pianist
4-5 ----- Blanche Thebom, mezzo-soprano
8 ----------------- Homecoming Ball
9 ------------------Pro Arte Quartet
11-15 ----- Wisconsin Players Production
                  "Old Acquaintance"
14--15 ---- National Student Assn. Conf.
16 ------- University Symphony Orchestra
17 ------ Farm Short Course Registration
18-19 ------------------Studio Plays
19 ------------------ Campus Elections
19-21 --------- All-Campus Blood Drive
20-Dec. 18__18th Wisconsin Salon of Art
23 --------------- Salzburg Marionettes
27-Dec. 1 ---------Thanksgiving Recess
             DECEMBER
 2-3 -----------------Jan Peerce, tenor
 5 ------------------Haresfoot Follies
 9-13 ------ Wisconsin Players Production
                        "Billy Budd"
 14 -----------------Pro Arte Quartet
 16-17 ------------------Studio Plays
 20 ------------Christmas Recess Begins
             JANUARY
 5 ------- Farm Short Course Registration
 8-10 ----------- Midwinter Music Clinic
 10 ------------Michael Rabin, violinist
 18 -----------------Pro Arte Quartet
 22-31 -------------Final Examinations


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