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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 2 (Oct. 1957)

Berge, John
Keeping in touch with Wisconsin,   p. 7

Page 7

    On September first the Wisconsin Alumni Association started its 96th
fiscal year-96 years of service to the University of Wisconsin and its alumni.
This 96th year promises to be a significant year for all loyal Badgers inter-
ested in the University's welfare.
    First of all, this 96th fiscal year will bring a new University president
to 161 Bascom Hall. President E. B. Fred will retire at the close of the
rent academic year. A steering committee of five Regents is now doing the
"sifting and winnowing" so essential in selecting Wisconsin's new
Picking the right man for this post is important to you and your fellow WAA
members, so future issues of the WISCONSIN ALUMNUS will keep you posted on
    Secondly, your University will be operating with the biggest budget in
Wisconsin history. The Legislature appropriated $40,880,744 for the 1957-59
biennium-nearly $10 million more than the appropriation for 1955-57. This
fine cooperation on the part of the 1957 legislature made it possible for
University to give substantial salary increases.
    This year will also see the development of a new plan for financing Uni-
versity buildings in accordance with a new law passed by the 1957 legislature.
For details of this plan see page eight. With rapidly rising enrollment in
coming years, this plan for financing University classrooms is highly
    This coming year also will bring you welcome news about the Alumni House.
Last September the Board of Regents approved the Observatory Building as
the site of our Alumni House. This famous Observatory Building will be re-
modeled to provide larger and more adequate quarters for the Wisconsin Alumni
Association and the University Alumni Records Office. In the not too distant
future, this Alumni House will become the family hearth for Wisconsin's
alumni family. Remodeling plans have had to be delayed, of course, until
new astronomy building is erected at Pine Bluff, about 15 miles west of
Madison. This building should be completed early in 1958.
    WAA starts its 96th fiscal year with the highest membership in Associa-
tion history-21,247. To make sure that this membership continues to climb,
President John Keenan has appointed last year's WAA president, Larry Fitz-
patrick, to serve as membership chairman for this year. Larry needs your
cooperation because strength in numbers is the key to a stronger, better
    Like all universities, Wisconsin needs the organized support of its
alumni. This organized support is best effected through membership in the
Wisconsin Alumni Association. This membership combines the influence of
thousands of loyal Badgers-all interested in maintaining Wisconsin's
leadership among American universities.

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