The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s successful First-Year Interest Groups program, or FIGs, will be honored this week with a UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. The program is designed to help freshmen make the transition to college both academically and socially. A FIG is a cluster of about 20 students who sign up for [...]
An academic program for freshman at UW-Madison received a $5,000 award from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents this month. First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) was chosen above other departments, programs and units within the entire UW System as the recipient of the 2012 Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Each year, the award recognizes a [...]
Scott Barton, a New York-based chef, is no stranger to his role as kitchen commander. He bounces around the room, correcting techniques, dispensing trivia about palm oil and tapioca, and finding jobs for anyone who’s been idle a bit too long for his taste. But his sous-chefs are not highly — or even basically — trained, in most cases. Tonight he will help 20 freshmen at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to prepare an authentic Brazilian meal.