Welcome Back Message from the Dean!

Welcome to the 2012-13 academic year at UW-Madison!

To new students, we are so happy to have you in the Badger family. The start of a new school year is such an exciting time to meet new people, reconnect with friends and reflect on your goals for the coming year. I’m writing to share some information on the many opportunities that are available to you here.

This is the first of many times I hope to connect with you throughout the course of the year. I invite all of you to follow me on Twitter (@LoriBerquam) and ‘like’ the Division of Student Life on Facebook. You can expect that I will be in touch in the coming days with important information regarding a new violence prevention initiative and a message about staying safe on and off campus.

UW-Madison boasts more than 300,000 living alumni. These Badgers are proud of where they came from and look to you to carry on their strong legacy of innovative thinking and old-fashioned hard work.

What legacy will you leave at the UW? I’d like to offer some thoughts on how to approach this year in a way that will help you meet your goals and preserve and enrich the legacy that generations of Badgers have set for you.

Make the Most of Your Wisconsin Experience: The beginning of the school year is an ideal time to set your priorities for the next eight months. As you do this, I hope you’ll consider what you want your Wisconsin Experience to be. By exploring new ways to learn outside of the classroom, alumni have propelled our university to the top of global rankings in research, leadership, and volunteerism. I hope that you’ll follow in their footsteps by studying abroad, performing original research and engaging in our diverse community and the city of Madison. Ask questions, get involved, become a scholar.

Cultivate an Environment of Inclusivity and Respect: As a student, you have the opportunity to expand your understanding of various cultures and live, work, and build community with people from all backgrounds. I encourage you to seek out discussions focused on inclusivity.

Get involved in a student org or group that will challenge you to test new ideas and examine old assumptions. The Division of Student Life is home to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Campus Center, the Multicultural Student Center, the McBurney Disability Resource Center , and International Student Services.

In addition, you can enroll in a dialogue-based course such as Intercultural Dialogues (Sociology 496) or the Seeking Equality and Educational Diversity Seminar (Counseling Psychology 325). I hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities to build an inclusive, respectful campus community.

Strive for Integrity in All You Do: One of the best parts of being a Badger is celebrating our collective achievements – in the classroom, in the lab, on the field, and everywhere in between. Demonstrate your pride as a Badger by being respectful and responsible. Wherever you are – you are a representative of UW-Madison. Badgers take care of each other – please watch out for yourself, your friends, and our neighbors, and be respectful of our community’s property.

Pride in our institution is also reflected in the classroom. The basics of academic integrity are simple: Be honest in your work and give credit where credit is due.

If you have a question about the policies in your classes, the best resources are your syllabus, your professor and the department. As a Badger, you are expected to credit sources, act with honesty during tests and exams, and do the work that is assigned to you. By doing this, you ensure the quality of your education and the quality of a UW degree.

Thanks for taking the time to read this message. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at student org functions, at sporting events, and on the streets of our campus.

On, Wisconsin!

Lori M. Berquam
Dean of Students
Division of Student Life