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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 5 (Feb. 1950)

Faculty,   pp. 13-15

Page 15

eral University of Wisconsin experts
in economics and government will
serve as ex-officio advisors to Legis-
lative Council subcommittees. And
University  of Wisconsin   teachers
and fellows will direct much of the
research on the judicial reform stud-
ies started by the Council's sub-
committees on judiciary.
  "Prof. W. H. Young of the gov-
ernor's research department, a Uni-
versity of Wisconsin   teacher on
leave, has had more influence on
major policy decisions in the last
year than most outsiders are aware.
  "But perhaps the most revealing
incident showing the intimacy of
University-Capitol cooperation was
the lending of Prof. D. W. Knight
of the School of Commerce for the
directorship of the tax   research
study of the Legislative Council, an
n.b p-i- se Itl,  Will  Ue  l  ll, ,J U
undertaking of the legislative branch
of the state government during the
current interim."
  This plan of having the Univer-
sity share its experts with the gov-
ernment is becoming steadily more
effective, believes Wyngaard. "The
tendency has been shown so grad-
ually and quietly during the last sev-
eral years that it has had little no-
tice, but it is one of the highlights
of current trends in capitol affairs."
The Whole Story
  THIS . . . is your University:
    A beautiful campus
    A historic idea
    Eager students
    Stimulating teachers
    A human home of learning
    Probing scientists
    A great public servant
    Distinguished alumni
    New frontiers
   "Wherever you find a Badger, you
will find a graduate or former stu-
dent who is proud of his Alma
   "Wherever you find Badgers you
will find, too, men and women who
are deeply devoted to the welfare of
their Alma Mater. Some 17,000 of
them, for instance, have banded to-
gether in the Wisconsin Alumni As-
sociation, founded in 1861 'to pro-
mote by organized effort the best
interests of the University.' Other
alumni in 1925 formed the Wisconsin
Alumni Research Foundation to con-
trol, for the benefit of mankind, the
fruits of University research and to
finance further scientific investiga-
tion on the campus. More recently,
in 1945, alumni were instrumental
in organizing the University of Wis-
consin Foundation and in conducting
a continuing campaign for gifts and
  "Many Wisconsin a 1 u m n i are
world-famous. Every year the Uni-
versity proudly bestows honorary
degrees upon one or two of these
distinguished alumni.
  "But the real strength of Wis-
consin's alumni body lies not so
much in its 'stars,' as in the great
mass of its earnest graduates and
former students who are not neces-
sarily making headlines, but who are
leading lives of solid social service
in the spirit of their University.
They are the Badgers whom the
world acclaims and of whom their
Alma Mater is deeply proud.
  "This is the University of Wiscon-
sin-distinguished alumni."
  The idea for this bulletin to dis-
grace all other bulletins came out
of a conference of the University's
Publicity Coordinating Committee,
of which the Wisconsin Alumnus is
a member. Its first printing of 25,-
Mecca for Farm Folk
   FUTURE FARMERS of Wiscon-
 sin were just nearing the half-way
 mark of their 15-week Short Course
 on campus when the older farm folk
 back home began preparing for the
 annual trek to their own "short
 course" at Madison. "Farm     and
 Home Week" they call their four
 day (Jan. 30-Feb. 2) program of
 getting up-to-date, and it was spon-
 sored as always by the College of
   No simple social get-to-gether was
this attraction. It was jam-packed
with about five dozen single-session
courses conducted by as many ex-
perts from the University, the state
and federal Departments of Agri-
culture, independent special interest
groups like the Council of Churches,
and half a dozen state and out-of-
state colleges and service organiza-
  Wisconsin's farm folk came down
to the University because they
wanted to combat farm problems
effectively and do a better and more
interesting job; the whole four days
was planned to satisfy that want.
  Ideally, they were given more
than they expected. Because farmers
are interested in more things than
the soil and crops, they were glad to
hear talks like Prof. Helen White's
discussion of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). Miss
White, author, critic, and professor
of English on campus, served on the
commission which organized and set
up UNESCO and only recently fin-
ished a three-year term there as
US delegate. Her information was
from the source.
  More first-hand facts came from
chemistry Prof. Farrington Daniels,
  "Bulletin of the University of
Wisconsin, Series No. 3140, General
Series No. 2914" sounds like a 6-
by-9, quarter-inch thick publication
monotonously covered w i t h sub-
sight type.
  It isn't.
  Instead it's the kind of product
that could sell at any book store.
And besides having the popular tech-
nical requirements of its 81/2 x 11
size, heavy calendared paper, and a
lop-sided ratio of pictures to words,
this 24-page "bulletin" tells the
whole University story concisely and
interestingly in the 10 sections listed
  Alumni are one of the ten topics.
The bulletin's comments on each sub-
ject are as brief and encompassing
as these few sentences about Wis-
consin's graduates:
  "In June of 1854, two young men
stepped  across a   Commencement
platform to receive the first degrees
ever granted by the University of
Wisconsin. Since that time your
University has conferred more than
81,000 degrees, and again as many
other students have attended Wis-
consin for a semester or more.
ouu win soon oe iooweu Dy a seconu
edition. Copies will be sent to any-
one requesting them of the Univer-
sit-, News Service, Observatory Hill
Office Building, University of Wis-
consin, Madison.
Not Like Other Bulletins
,.;iO.    VV.I.U  .jiLa.,y VU  'all  UL ialdlUllg
role in the development of the atomic
bomb. His theory on "The Use of
Sunshine-Past, Present and Fu-
ture" transcribed complicated facts
about energy into its potential value
to the farmer.
  Grid Coach Ivy Williamson, Pres-
ident E. B. Fred, and agriculture
Dean R..K. Froker also met with the
farm folk. The dean of the Univer-
sity of Kansas Medical School ans-
wered "Where are the Doctors and
Why?" Prof. Walter W. Wilcox,
recently named economic advisor to
Congress, predicted "What's Ahead
for Agriculture."
  Farm and Home Week covered
general-interest topics like these and
special-interest subjects from tree
pruning to "Overcoming Prejudices."
It gave special recognition of out-
standing farm folks in the state. It
included nightly exhibits and open
house at the Home Economics (Ex-
tension) building. It sponsored a
full-day Rural Youth p r o g r a m
slanted toward the agricultural in-
terests of the younger farmers.
  It brought Wisconsin farm folk to
the college campus and showed them
ways to do a good job better and

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