Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 3 (Dec. 1910)
Hand, Elbert O.
The university in the 50's, pp. 116-118
THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE " nificent work of the university, a very large part of the value of the university work is being lost? The flower that is born to blush unseen is useless to mankind. The individual who lives in the State of Wisconsin and who does not understand and appreciate the work of the university at least so far as it affects his family, and business life cannot receive the full benefits of its work. So far as that individual is concerned some of the work of the university is being wasted. Let me give you an illustration. During the past summer -on a busi- ness trip into central Wisconsin I had not been in the town an hour before I learned that the com- munity was very much alarmed over a worm pest that had ap- peared in their potato fields. Fields of eight or ten acres were being totally destroyed in a single night by the millions of pests. No one knew what to do although this com- munity is a matter of only sixty miles distant from the university. Of course by the next outgoing mail a box of worms and a letter stating the facts were forwarded to Dean Russell. Within forty- eight hours an answer was received giving the remedy. The remedy was applied and thousands of dol- lars were saved in that community. Why did not the people in that community know what to do? The answer is easy. Such a condition existed there, and it exists in a large number of communities in Wisconsin, simply because we al- umni have neglected to do our plain duty. If we are good citizens of the State of Wisconsin, if we have profited as we should from our work in the university, we ought not. be willing to sit by contented and fail to do our share for the welfare of the communities in which we live. It should be our pleasure as well as our duty to contribute to the extent of our ability to the growth of the state, to the growth of the development of the intellec- tual and moral life of the state. There are over 7,000 graduates and over 3,000 non-graduate stu- dents who have gone from the uni- versity into the business and social world. The great majority of them are now living in the State of Wis- consin. Each one should be a cen- ter of growth and development in his community. Each one should have at heart a strong desire that his community shall receive all possible benefit from the work of the university. The university has certainly done its share in its at- tempt to inform the people regard- ing its work and to assist the peo- ple in their work. And yet, we alumni know that but a small portion of the citizens of the State of Wisconsin under- stand and appreciate the fact that the university means to them a great deal more than simply a place where they can send their children to school. Relatively few understand and appreciate the fact that the university's work is of 114
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