UW System Celebrates "UW Spirit" Day on May 7
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Alumni, students and members of University of Wisconsin System communities are celebrating their campus allegiances this Friday, May 7, during a statewide “UW Spirit Day.”
“UW Spirit Day,” is being held across the state to showcase and celebrate the contributions of the nearly 500,000 UW alumni who live and work in Wisconsin.
Alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends are invited to participate in “UW Spirit Day” by wearing their home campus colors, logo wear, and/or a ‘spirit badge’ to show their UW connection in schools, hospitals, banks, businesses and hometowns throughout Wisconsin.
Jim Perry, UWFox Campus Dean reacted to the announcement, saying “It sure would be nice if those who got their start at UWFox would be able to find an appropriate item. After all, even Nobel laureates need to start as freshmen, and what better start could someone have had than UWFox?”
“More than half a million Wisconsin citizens are proud members of our UW community,” observed UW System President Katharine C. Lyall. “They are literally in every community and every public and private enterprise in Wisconsin. We know that the UW System has a $10 billion annual impact on Wisconsin’s economy, but that seems like an abstraction to most people. However, when you actually see who our alumni are, the university’s impact becomes much more apparent.
“I am very appreciative that our alumni associations came up with this idea to show the reach of our UW alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents and to celebrate our campuses and their achievements.”
The UW’s alumni associations recently formed a UW Alumni Council and will be working with Wisconsin businesses and civic organizations on “UW Spirit Day” activities, including special luncheons for employees with UW ties, and local events to showcase community connections to the university. Discounts on UW campus logo wear may also be available through participating campus bookstores.
More details and downloadable spirit badges are available through campus
alumni organizations or on the web at http://www.uwalumni.com/home/advocacy/spiritdy/spiritdy.aspx.