Friday, November 30, 2012

Portfolio Showcase, UW Design Studies

Visit the Ruth Davis Design Gallery for this year’s annual Portfolio Showcase!

Each academic year, students in Textile and Apparel Design and Interior Design are invited to submit portfolios of their best work to faculty for review--a required process of these respective degree programs.

Examples from these portfolios, which may include sketches, garments, computer-drafting and installations, will be placed display in the gallery from December 7 until January 8.  A public reception will be held on Friday, December 7 (5:30-8:00 PM).

What:  Portfolio Showcase
When: Public Reception, Friday, December 7 (5:30-8:00 PM)
Where: Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Nancy Nichols Hall (SOHE), 1300 Linden Drive
Gallery Hours: Tuesday (10:00 AM-4:00 PM); Wednesday-Thursday (10:00 AM-6:00 PM); Sunday (noon-5:00 PM)

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Give the Gift of UW-Madison

Check out the "Give the Gift of UW-Madison This Season" gift guide's holiday gift ideas!

One gift idea is the beautiful annual holiday card sold by the School of Veterinary Medicine.  Skilled local artists donate their works to appear on the cards. 

This year's card features "Sleddoggin'" by Marcia Sparks.  When you purchase the holiday cards, the money is used to support the treatment of animals at the UW-Madison Veterinary School and its hospital.

Another great UW-Madison gift idea is a Babcock Dairy Store gift box.
The Babcock Dairy Store offers a wide variety of gift boxes containing combinations of cheeses, summer sausage, coffee, and more.  Many of the gift boxes feature UW-Madison and Wisconsin Themes such as Bucky's Favorites and America's Dairyland. 

And what says Wisconsin better than cheese?

Click here to see the many great ways to give the gift of UW-Madison this holiday season!

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Green Fire and Panel Discussion (Dec 5)

Save the date to attend a special screening of Green Fire, a feature-length documentary film about the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. The film is narrated by Curt Meine, Nelson Institute alumnus and Leopold Scholar.  Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Dick Cates, CIAS. Scheduled panelists include:
  • Paul Johnson, past chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold Biographer and Scholar
  • Stanley Temple, Emeritus Leopold Chair in Wildlife Ecology
  • Joy Zedler, Professor of Botany and Aldo Leopold Chair in Restoration Ecology
  • Michael Bell, CIAS Director 
What:  Green Fire, Agriculture and the Land Ethic: Leopold’s Legacy, Screening and Panel Discussion 
When:  Wednesday, December 5, 2012 (7:00 PM) 
Where:  Biochemistry, Room 1125 (420 Henry Mall)

This event, a CIAS Culture of Agriculture event, is free and open to the public. 

"We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view."
--Aldo Leopold, "Thinking Like a Mountain," Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conservation from Round River

Of related interest do consult the Aldo Leopold Archives, UW Digital Collections.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Annual Poinsettia, Tree and Wreath Sale (Nov 30-Dec 2)

The UW Forestry Club and the UW Horticulture Society will team during this coming weekend to offer the campus community a selection of trees, wreathes, poinsettias and other plants popular during the winter holidays. Details on plants and pricing follow below.

Hours and Location (Stock Pavilion):

Friday, November 30: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday, December 1: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Sunday, December 2: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

UW Forestry Club, 2012 Tree Sale
(Trees are grown and harvested near Hancock at a family-owned tree farm).

Fraser Fir: $50
Balsam Fir: $40
White Pine: $30
Fraser Fir Wreaths: $22

UW Horticulture Society, 2012 Flowering Plant Sale
A selection of poinsettias and cacti will be available for purchase at the sale. Plants are also available for pre-order (submit your email request to uwhortclub@gmail).

4" Poinsettia:  $5
6.5" Poinsettia:  $12
8" Poinsettia:  $20
4" Christmas Cactus:  $5
6" Christmas Cactus:  $12

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Exploring American Indian Agriculture (Nov 26)

Mark your calendar for a special CIAS Culture of Agriculture event!  On Monday, November 26, Dan Cornelius Technical Assistance Program Specialist with the Intertribal Agriculture Council (and UW alumnus) will present a history of American Indian agricultural practices and tribal food systems, current challenges, and opportunities for innovation.

What: Exploring American Indian Agriculture and Food Systems, Past, Present and Future
When:  Monday, November 26 (6:00 PM)
Where:  DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

This event is free and open to the public.
Print the event flyer (PDF).
Check in with the event’s Facebook page.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Demonstrate your Knit Wit

Libraries are as much places for building community and fostering creativity as for pursuing quiet study and reflection.  Join us for both when Steenbock Library hosts its 'production socials', Fridays, November 2-December 14, from noon until 1:00 PM.  During these socials, we will produce 7"x9" squares to be stitched together into blankets to be donated to recipients identified by Warm-Up America.

Bring your lunch and join us in Room 240 (Steenbock Library).  Our entire community of library-users is welcome. Should you not know how to knit or crochet, never fear!  We have staff available to teach you a basic stitch suitable for the project.

Then, head to the stacks.  Should you be looking for some additional, creative inspiration, consider a short skein of titles from the Steenbock collection.

Author:  Richard Rutt
Title:  A History of Hand Knitting

Author:  Anne L. MacDonald.
Title:  No Idle Hands: The Social Historyof American Knitting

Author: Susan M. Strawn and Melanie Falick
Title: Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art

Be sure to speak with library staff to locate these and other titles from campus collections. Should titles from our campus collections be out to other users, do consider searching the UW System or Madison Public Library.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Week Hours, Campus Libraries

During the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, campus libraries will observe some changes from their regular hours of operation. Do plan ahead should you need to visit the libraries or to pick up items from their collections. Steenbock Library hours are posted on its home page (lower right on screen) and on its detailed hours page. Hours of operation for all campus libraries can be found by browsing the list of libraries at the campus libraries' "Who's Open" page.

Special note, from the Library Technology Group, regarding off-campus, online access:

Due to campus IT maintenance, login services will be unavailable from 9:00 am through 1:00 pm Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.
Most services that require a UW-Madison NetID authentication will not function during this time.
Most importantly for Library patrons, off-campus users will be unable to access Library databases during this time. Access to databases from campus buildings should not be affected.

In addition, Library patrons will not be able to use their NetIDs to check their Library Catalog account for book requests, fines, or other information. They will be able to check this information in MadCat (our legacy catalog) using their 11 digit campus ID number.

Additional information, including a partial list of other campus services impacted by this maintenance, is available on DoIT's Scheduled Outage page.

Happy travels; enjoy the long weekend.

Electronic Lab Notebooks (Nov 14)

Save the date for this new drop-in workshop!  UW-Madison Chemistry alumna Kristin Briney will discuss your options for electronic lab notebooks, the pros and cons of switching to an electronic notebook, and the important features to consider when choosing a product. The workshop will include demonstrations of available notebook software.

What:  Electronic Lab Notebooks Workshop
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, (12:00 - 1:00 PM)
Where: Chemistry Building Room 9341 (9th Floor Lounge)

With thanks to the Chemistry Library for the content of this blog post.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Friends Book Sale (Nov 7-10)

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries will host a used book sale, November 7-10, 2012 in Room 116 of Memorial Library.

A preview sale, with $5.00 admission, will be held from 5:00 until 9:00 PM, Wednesday, November 7. The regular sale, which is open to all at no charge, will be held from 10:30 AM until 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday, November 8-9.

On Saturday, November 10 (10:30 AM – 1:00 PM), you can bring a bag and fill it for $4.00.

For more information on the sales, including how to donate books or to volunteer for the next book sale, contact the Friends, or visit the Friends' book sale page.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Everything has a Story, WBF (Nov 7-11)

Feeling a bit lost and looking to find a great read to bring you home?  If so, discover what you have been missing by seeking out the annual Wisconsin Book Festival.

The theme for the book festival this year is that of "lost and found" and how writers and their readers might interpret what are often deeply personal instances of either condition. 

Featured authors include: Ayad Akhtar, Jerry Apps, Dean Bakopoulos, Kambri Crews, Edwidge Danticat, Beverly Gordon, Patricia McCormick, Michael Perry, and Richard Russo among many others.
Do also plan to visit College Library's Open Book Cafe on Saturday (November 10) for an exhibit of printed matter including posters, stickers, zines, journals and books.  This "Dane County Print Explosion" is sponsored by the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative and College Library.  For more information, click here.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Cast Your Vote!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6! Are you ready to cast your vote?

The polls are open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. In order to vote in Wisconsin, you need to be registered and you can still do that at your polling place on Election Day.  Information regarding voter registration can be found on the Government Accountability Board site.

Use the following links to find your polling place.
Sources for information about the candidates and issues:

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Exercise your Craftivism!

Knit (or crochet!) for a cause when Steenbock Library hosts a 'production social', Fridays, November 2-December 14, from noon until 1:00 PM.  During these socials, we will produce 7"x9" squares to be stitched together into blankets to be donated to recipients identified by Warm-Up America.

Bring your lunch and join us in Room 240 (Steenbock Library).  All students, staff and our community of library-users are welcome. Should you not know how to knit or crochet, never fear!  We have staff available to teach you a basic stitch suitable for the project.

The library has received yarn donations, hooks and needles from local knitting retailers and staff, but additional donations are also accepted!  We are asking for worsted or bulky weight yarn suitable for a blanket.  Acrylic, cotton or wool--we can work with it all!  Any donations that are not used for the blankets will be saved and used for other library-hosted knitting events and projects.  If you would like to donate yarn or blanket squares, please contact Ariel N.  The library will be accepting donations through mid-December and blanket squares through finals week.  Donations can be dropped off at Steenbock or Chemistry Libraries. 

When: Fridays, November 2 until December 14; noon-1:00 PM.
Where:  Room 240, Conference Room (second floor, entrance level).
The room will be open from 11:30 until 1:30 should your schedule require some variation.

Finals Week 12/17-12/21 Time-of-day to-be-determined: Blanket Making