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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 62, Number 14 (June 1961)

Wisconsin Women's Day a big success,   pp. 9-12


Page 9


Part of Association's Centennial Year
         Wisconsin Women's Day
                                                   a Big Success
F OR ALL CONCERNED, the sunny
   dawn of May 3 was a happy portent
to the celebration of the first Wisconsin
Women's Day on the University cam-
pus. Indeed, the day was ideal in every
respect for the 180-plus Wisconsin
women who took part in the activities.
  The Women's Day program began
with registration and a coffee hour held
in the beautiful Blue Room of the Wis-
consin Center. The coffee hour, spon-
sored by the Madison Alumni Club,
afforded a good opportunity for the
incoming ladies to get acquainted.
  Following this, the business of the
day got underway as the women ad-
journed to the Wisconsin Center audi-
torium for the opening session on "The
Future Course of the University" as
seen through the eyes of members of
the University of Wisconsin adminis-
tration.
  President Conrad A. Elvehjem led
off the discussion with a talk on "The
Tradition of Public Higher Education."
In his address, Pres. Elvehjem spoke of
the tradition of the land grant institu-
tions and their philosophy of a quality
public education for every citizen.
  Then Dr. Ira L. Baldwin, professor
of bacteriology and a member of the
joint staff of the Coordinating Commit-
tee for Higher Education, discussed the
"Dimensions of the Enrollment Chal-
lenge." Dr. Baldwin warned that in ten
years the number of college age students
will increase by 50% and public insti-
tutions must be prepared to take care of
a doubling student population by 1970.
  Next, LeRoy Luberg, Dean of Stu-
dents, discussed the critical problems of
"Student Admissions, Housing and
Fees." After citing several facts which
go to make the University's challenges
in each of these specific areas especially
Wisconsin Alumnus, June, 1961
UW Pres. Conrad A. Elvehjem addresses the Wisconsin women as, from left,
Mrs. Robert
Johns, Mrs. Grace Chatterton, Prof. Fred H. Harrington, Dean of Students
LeRoy Luberg,
and Ira Baldwin look on. The scene is the opening session of the Wisconsin
Women's
Day program.
demanding, Dean Luberg said that the
administration's position is that "We
must not do any less (for the students)
than we are doing now in spite of size."
  The concluding speaker for the open-
ing session, Fred H. Harrington, Vice
President of Academic Affairs, spoke on
"Quantity with Quality." Mentioning a
few of the University's programs which
are designed to encourage and develop
students with special abilities, Dr. Har-
rington pointed out that, because of the
tremendous strides forward in knowl-
edge through basic research, the Univer-
sity's teaching methods have changed to
the point that we are now teaching basic
knowledge and theory instead of "how-
to-do-it" courses. In this new dimen-
sion, the University of Wisconsin has
become a world university-the impact
of its programs can be felt around the
globe.
A FTER A BRISK and incisive ques-
    tion period, the women broke up
to meet in specially selected seminars.
There were three "Seminars for Wis-
consin Women" to choose from:
  "Education in Wisconsin Today" was
chairmanned by Lindley J. Stiles, Dean
of Education. Topics for discussion
were: "The Wisconsin Improvement
Program" by Clifford S. Liddle, profes-
sor of education; "The Gifted Wiscon-
sin Child" by George W. Burchill,
assistant professor of education; "New
Teaching Techniques in Higher Educa-
tion" by Walter A. Wittich, professor
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