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University of Wisconsin System to celebrate 'UW Spirit Week'

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Alumni, students and members of University of Wisconsin System communities are celebrating their campus allegiances from Sunday April 10, through Saturday, April 16, during a statewide “UW Spirit Week.” Wednesday, April 13, has been designated “UW Spirit Day” across the state of Wisconsin.

“UW Spirit Week and UW Spirit Day” is being held across the state to showcase and celebrate the contributions of the thousands of students, faculty, staff and UW alumni who live and work in Wisconsin.

UW Spirit DayAlumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends are invited to participate in “UW Spirit Week” 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.

For “UW Spirit Day,” April 13, WI Governor Jim Doyle and UW System President Kevin Doyle are expected to jointly sign a proclamation at the State Capitol at approximately 10 a.m. They expect to be joined by other state dignitaries, UW officials and members of the public.

Locally, UWFox Campus Dean Jim Perry said that, “It sure would be nice if those who got their start at UWFox would be able to find an appropriate item to wear in recognition of ‘UW Spirit Week.’ After all, even Nobel laureates need to start as freshmen, and what better start could someone have had than UWFox?”

Over half a million Wisconsin citizens are proud members and alumni of the UW System. They are literally in every community and every public and private enterprise in Wisconsin. Some experts have estimated that UW System has a $10 billion annual impact on Wisconsin’s economy.

The UW’s many university alumni associations recently formed a UW Alumni Council and will be working with Wisconsin businesses and civic organizations on “UW Spirit Week” activities.

More details and downloadable “UW Spirit” information are available through campus alumni organizations or on the web at http://www.uwalumni.com/home/advocacy/spiritdy/spiritdy.aspx

Posted 4/14/05