Terrace Views
A Gold Star Honor Roll Legacy: Capt. Kevin Michael Kryst
Nov15

A Gold Star Honor Roll Legacy: Capt. Kevin Michael Kryst

It wasn’t far into his UW-Madison education that Captain Kevin Michael Kryst of West Bend, Wis. decided to join the Marine Corps: during his sophomore year on campus, the kinesiology major committed to enter the corps as an officer upon graduation. He attended two basic training sessions at Quantico, Virginia, during the summers following his sophomore and junior years before graduating with the UW-Madison class of 2001. Once...

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Storyteller Series: Coming Together in der Rathskeller
Nov15

Storyteller Series: Coming Together in der Rathskeller

By Andrew Zaruba “Oh, this is a German beer hall!” Designer Leon Pescheret saw what would eventually become der Rathskeller in Memorial Union from the moment he walked into the space. His original design still exists today, providing a warm and inviting environment for every visitor. From inside der Rath, it is almost as though you’ve left Memorial Union and entered a new space entirely. The sounds of music and chatter, the sight of...

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The Story of the Steins
Oct18

The Story of the Steins

The walls of Memorial Union can’t talk-but the Steins do. A signature of both der Stiftskeller and der Rathskeller is the eclectic stein collection lining the muraled walls. Generations of Badgers and Union members have donated their own steins to the collection, and some even slipped notes in, commemorating their time at the Union. During renovations of Memorial Union, the Steins were washed, tagged, organized and stored, giving...

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New Digital Kiosk Commemorates Soldiers in Gold Star Honor Roll
Oct11

New Digital Kiosk Commemorates Soldiers in Gold Star Honor Roll

With less than a month until Veterans Day, the Wisconsin Union is looking ahead to commemorate our fallen soldiers. Together with our partner, the UW-Madison classes of 1963 and 1967, we will unveil a new digital kiosk telling soldiers stories on Nov. 11 on the second floor of Memorial Union in the main hall. This new memorial will include soldiers’ names ranging from the Civil War to modern day conflicts. Memorial Union was named as...

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Gekas Lounge Murals Display Stories of Diverse Historical Figures
Jan17

Gekas Lounge Murals Display Stories of Diverse Historical Figures

As current Badgers and alumni celebrate the start of a new year, they can also celebrate the new and renovated Gekas Lounge. Formerly known as the Trophy Room in Memorial Union, the space was renamed after a generous donation from alumnus Ted Gekas. The room located just behind der Rathskeller is known for its large, colorful murals created in the mid-1990s as a lasting representation of students of color at UW-Madison. The murals...

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Home is Memories
Dec13

Home is Memories

The beloved Memorial Union Terrace is back. Students, staff and faculty as well as our esteemed Wisconsin Union members and guests have visited this cherished space since 1929. In its early years, the Terrace hosted a variety of gatherings such as Venetian night, Cap Night and University Sings. At one point, the Terrace was even flooded by the Wisconsin Hoofers to create an ice skating rink! Porter Butts, the first Wisconsin Union...

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