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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 12 (April 15, 1955)

Wisconsin in summer,   pp. 24-[25]

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  Four new workshops, for example,
have been added to the coming session:
the Workshop in Science Education, the
Workshop in the Teaching of Motor
Skills, the Four Weeks Session in Home
Economics, and the Conference on the
Teaching of Mathematics. And there are
many more familiar courses.
  Students who will graduate from high
school in June can pick and choose
among courses tailored to their desire to
get a head start on their university edu-
   Comfortable housing is easy to find
in the summer, for both single students
and   families. Fraternity and   sorority
houses along the lake open their doors
to single men and women students,
Slichter Hall is set aside for married
couples, and a number of houses and
apartments vacated for the summer are
occupied by families with children. Some
families live in Camp Gallistela, the
University's  Tent Colony    along   the
wooded shores of Lake Mendota.
   Lake Mendota, offers fishing, swim-
 ming, and   boating, too. The Union
 schedules  open-house  parties, weekly
 dances, art exhibits, plays, concerts,
 films, lectures, and dance recitals-as
 well as book, periodical and record li-
 braries, private rooms for entertaining
 groups, and    good, reasonably-priced
 meals in the dining rooms.
   Fees are low: $70 for the eight-weeks
 session and $90 for the law session
 which lasts 10 weeks. There is no matri-
 culation fee or non-resident fee in the
 summer. The Summer Session office, in
 the Education building, has been in the
 capable hands of Margaret Ellingson for
 more than 30 years, and welcomes in-
 quiries on courses and credits.
Summer Institutes
  Just as the University of Wisconsin
Extension Division paved the way for
adult education in the United States, so it
has continued the aim of the "Wisconsin
Idea" through the summer institute and
short course program.
   More than 3,500 students flocked to
the Madison campus during last June and
July for more than 20 programs, in addi-
tion to conferences held in communities
throughout the state.
   This, moreover, is only part of the
more impressive total of 20,577 coming
to the campus during the year 1953-54
for 202 institutes. Enrollees represented
many    occupations -homemakers, reli-
gious leaders, engineers, trade union
members, nurses, pharmacists, and drama
groups, and others.
   Working through 24 course depart-
ments and almost 30 other bureaus and
offices, the Extension Division summer
program drew 3,352 adults from nearly
all Wisconsin communities. And the
University's boundaries stretched to 24
other states, including Texas, California,
New Mexico, and Maine, and to the
Netherlands, Quebec, Alaska, and Brit-
ish Columbia as well.
   Planning an institute is not a simple
 "ask. Committees begin work almost a
 year in advance, because of the extent
 of necessary arrangements.
  New program titles and content are
continually being sought out. Interest
in a given subject may be learned
through private conversations, attend-
ance at meetings, comment sheets filed
at other institutes, or through direct re-
quests from individuals or groups in
business and industry.
   Recognized experts in the fields to be
discussed are then sought out by the
institute staff and contacted.
   There are many arrangements on the
physical side of planning, too-confer-
ence rooms and lodgings for delegates
must be secured, brochures and publicity
must be released, finances must be set-
tled, and final reports must be turned in.
   The institute and short course pro-
gram touched on almost all phases of
public life-management and labor, in-
dustry, education, government, econom-
ics, alcohol studies, geography, music,
engineering, art, insurance, and many
   The newest Extension program was
the summer session in art at Madeline
Island in Lake Superior, conducted by
the department of art education. The
eight-week session was housed in the
Old Mission Inn, built in 1832, and
vast facilities were available to the
   The music department had the most
 enrollees for its summer program-
 1450, and the Industrial Management
 Institute had the most programs-six,
 covering subjects as varied as purchas-
 ing  techniques,  executive leadership,
 measurement of hearing, agency insur-
 ance, life underwriting, and fire-fighting.
Below, a group of School of Banking students at Elizabeth Waters hall.

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