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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 3 (Dec. 1910)

Pease, Lynn S.
What can the alumni do?,   pp. [112]-116


Page 115


WHAT CAN THE ALUMNI DO?
small college  of this wonderful
university.
  Fifty-five hundred young men
and women are being educated,
trained and developed at the uni-
versity this ye-ar. -How nmany -mil-
lions of dollars shall we throw into
the scale to balance the value or
that work to the state ?
  The press reports, that there are
600 university graduates teaching
school in this state this year. It
is:a safe estimate that each one of
you is in daily contact with and
engaged in the instruction and de-
velopment of at least 40' boys and
girls. This means at least 28,000
children in this state who are each
day receiving some benefit from.
the work of the university. These
are tremendous results, but they
but hint at the work which the
university is doing in the State of
Wisconsin.
  The University of Wisconsin is
the greatest business investment
a~nd isq navi-ng thiP la.rgeqt divide-n&,,
to appreciate the work of the uni-
versity. Carefully select any busi-
ness in the State of Wisconsin and
see whether or not it is possible to
exclude that business from the
beneficial inffluence of the univer-
sity. I have seen the test tried
several times and so far no one
has been able to find a business
that can be so excluded. Then ap-
ply the same test to any home in
the State of Wisconsin. Do you
know that the university has been
a very strong factor in keeping
down the cost of living in every
home in the State of Wisconsin?
Do you know that the develop-
ment of the resources of the state,
through the work of the university,
has added such immense amounts
to the property valuation that our
tax rate is considerable lower to-
day than it would have been with-
out the help of the university? Do
you know how many thousands of
men there are in the State of Wis-
enon,in -whn "hnvia lnavara,รท-AA
of any investment that the state
has ever made. The State of Wis-
consin actually receives in cold
cash tens of millions of dollars per
annum from the work of the uni-
versity. In addition, there is the
other work which I need not de-
scribe to you which is immeasur-
ably greater in value to the state.
For these returns we have been
spending a million and a half dol-
lars per year. Doesn't that seem
paltry in view of the dividends
received?
  But there is another simple test
which may help us in an attempt
the university one day who are re-
ceiving higher wages than they
would have received were it not
for the work of the university?
Do you really know how com-
pletely the work of the university
is. interwoven throughout the en-
tire fabric of state development
growth?
   Have you ever stopped to think
 that you do not know these things?
 Have you ever stopped to think that
 until every father and mother,
 every business man, every laborer
in the State of Wisconsin does un-
derstand and appeciate the mag-
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