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Memorial Union Guestrooms Reopen as Wisconsin Union Club Suites
Mar13

Memorial Union Guestrooms Reopen as Wisconsin Union Club Suites

Recent years have been a period of transformation at Memorial Union, including within the lakefront destination’s hotel rooms. Previously known as the Memorial Union Guestrooms, the six rooms have reopened as the Wisconsin Union Club Suites. While the rooms stay true to Memorial Union’s character, they have been revamped to better suit guests’ needs and enhance comfort. The Wisconsin Union Club Suites are an original feature of...

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You Asked, We Answered: What is the Iron Cross Society?
Jan24

You Asked, We Answered: What is the Iron Cross Society?

Whether you’re enjoying the Memorial Union Terrace or are huddled in der Rathskeller cheering on the Badgers, Memorial Union is home to endless memories. Looking for someone to thank? Look no further—the Iron Cross Society helped make it happen. The Iron Cross Society consists of University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduate junior and seniors from all majors with a couple things in common: a dedication to both public service and to...

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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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