University of Wisconsin–Madison
Image of Mississippi River at Trempealeau, Wisconsin

River Tour: May 15–19, 2017

This year’s tour will include the following destinations:

  • the International Crane Foundation, an archaeological dig in Trempealeau;
  • a clinic in La Farge that services nearby Amish communities;
  • Ho-Chunk Nation historical sites in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve;
  • the farming operations of a Wisconsin cranberry grower; and
  • a campus tour of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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The Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a five-day traveling study tour that immerses forty UW–Madison faculty, academic staff, and administrators in the educational, industrial, social, and political realities of Wisconsin. Begun in 1985, the seminar introduces and promotes the Wisconsin Idea and our commitment to use university expertise and resources to address the problems of the state.

In May, 2017, Wisconsin Idea Seminar participants will visit a dairy farm, meet environmental stewards and business owners, walk along the banks of the Mississippi River, explore the rolling hills of the Driftless Area, spark ideas with colleagues during a visit to a UW System school, and see the spaces and places where many of our UW–Madison students come from. Experts from UW–Madison will join us for bus lectures throughout the week.

Who May Apply

  • New faculty members
  • Recently tenured faculty members
  • New deans and department chairs
  • Lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities

Selection Process

Deans of schools, colleges, and divisions recommend candidates for selection to the Provost’s Office. By mid-April, approximately 40 people from a cross-section of schools and colleges and disciplines will be selected to participate.

To Apply or Nominate

  1. Submit a Pre-Nomination web form.
  2. Circulate Nomination form for signatures.
  3. Your Dean’s office will forward the nomination to the Provost’s Office.
  4. Nominations due February 15, 2017.
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UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904