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Porter Butts and his ‘Union Idea’
Nov20

Porter Butts and his ‘Union Idea’

By Brooke Appe In a statement adopted by the members of the Association of College Unions at its 33rd Conference in 1956, Porter Butts wrote “the Union is the community center of the college, for all the members of the college family—students, faculty, administration, alumni, and guests. It is not just a building: it is also an organization and a program. Together they represent a well-considered plan for the community life of...

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Throwback Thursday: Pass the Pancakes, Porter
Jun19

Throwback Thursday: Pass the Pancakes, Porter

The Wisconsin Union’s first director, Porter Butts, tries his hand at flapjack flipping at the Memorial Union’s Paul Bunyan Room Open House in 1950. We know Porter loved art, and judging from this flip, he looks like he’s cooking up a real breakfast masterpiece! Take a look back in time each week with Throwback Thursdays as we post photos and snapshots from the Union’s amazing history. Find out interesting facts and...

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Union bids farewell to lifelong supporter
Feb10

Union bids farewell to lifelong supporter

Hans Hopf, Memorial Union Building Association associate trustee, passed away on September 27, 2010. When Hopf joined Hoofers on their first ski trip in 1941, he not only became passionate about skiing but Hoofers as well. The trip was the beginning of a lifelong relationship that inspired him to become an avid supporter of the Union and create the Hoofers’ Dr. Harold C. Bradley Leadership Award in 2006. Emeritus director, Ted Crabb,...

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Meet Scott: Fly Fishing Fan and Membership Program Assistant
Dec10

Meet Scott: Fly Fishing Fan and Membership Program Assistant

When he’s not fly fishing, chances are, Scott is processing your membership requests. Scott, the Program Assistant for Wisconsin Union Membership, has spent nearly a decade keeping membership data up to date. Scott, Membership Program Assistant Scott joined the Wisconsin Union first as a limited-term employee, working on the 5th floor as a project assistant for the Wisconsin Union Directorate. He then joined what was at the time...

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Behind the Art of the 91st Annual Student Art Show
Mar08

Behind the Art of the 91st Annual Student Art Show

To view some of the best art created by UW-Madison students, there is no better place to look than the 91st Annual Student Art Show. Located in the Memorial Union’s Main Gallery and Class of 1925 Gallery, the art show presents fantastic, thought-provoking pieces, all curated by the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Art Committee. Just as each piece of artwork has its own story, the artists behind the art have their own tale to tell as...

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