Campus Happenings – October 15–21

Student Affairs is on week four of providing events, opportunities, and activities that Badgers can join online. Building community is key to finding your home on campus. We encourage students to engage with others and find people to connect with at UW–Madison.

Join us this week for the following virtual events and opportunities:

12–16: Fall Photo Scavenger Hunt – Join International Student Services for a fall-themed photo scavenger hunt. Follow the clues and post a photo of the answer using the hashtag #UWGlobalBadger on Instagram or email your photos to Make sure to include which clue you are answering in your post! Sign up for the event and qualify to win a prize for all of your photos by completing this form (during the week or in advance) at: A complete set of rules for the photo scavenger hunt can be found here: Rules-of-the-Photo-Scavenger-Hunt-1. Ends October 16 at 11:59 p.m. 

15: Rejection is Redirection: Why Your Mess is Your Message – Keynote speaker Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang is a once undocumented immigrant from Guatemala turned hyper documented professor at Loyola University Chicago. Dra. is a Queer, Multiracial, Chicana/Latina, Feminist, Activist Scholar who is always in process and a lover of ambiguity, words, and laughter. Sign up by October 14 to receive the Zoom link. 6 p.m. 

16–17: Flu Shot Clinic – This is your last chance to receive a flu shot! Visit to register for your free shot. Don’t forget to wear your mask. The flu shot clinics are at the Nicholas Recreation Center (Oct. 16) and Henry Mall (Oct. 17) 

17: Wisconsin Science Festival – Wisconsin-born, nationally touring comedian Shane Mauss is joined by a second comedian and two UW–Madison professors for an informative and fun exploration of the research related to screen time and modern media as a live recording of his science podcast Here We Are. 8:30 p.m. More information at: 

18: Drive-in Movies with The Madison Mallards: Picture a Scientist – Join the Wisconsin Science Festival and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery for this drive-in movie at the Madison Mallards Duck Pond! “Picture a Scientist” chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. 6 p.m. 

19: Python Software Training for Students – Python is a powerful, cross-platform, easy-to-use programming language. This is a beginner-friendly platform. Software Training for Students (STS) offers free technology classes for students. Enroll 11a.m.-1p.m. 

20Inspiring Radical Creativity: A Conversation with Gabby Rivera  As part of Latinx Heritage Month, tune in to hear keynote speaker Gaby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath. She is also the writer of the Marvel series “America,” featuring the first-ever queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero. 7:30 p.m. 

20: REDTalk – This year’s student homecoming REDTalk is featuring Dr. Corey Steele. Dr. Steele is an associate psychologist with University Health Services. During his live-streamed virtual program, he will be speaking about student mental health and wellness while also incorporating many of the relevant topics of today. 

21: Día De Los Muertos Craft Night –  Día De Los Muertos is a celebration of life and death and is most often symbolized by the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). Join the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) in the celebration by making your own Día De Los Muertos-themed calavera craft during this live Zoom session. 7 p.m. Pre-register here

Ongoing Activities:  

  • Oct. 11–Nov. 20: “The Initial Step” Cyanotype Exhibition By Kerr Zhao – On display in the Class of 1925 Gallery at Memorial Union until Nov. 20: “Life is circular, and fate is also circular, just like a Mobius band. We come from nowhere and continue to go nowhere. We are somebody and meanwhile, we are also nobody. Similarly, where we start we are where we are going to end. It is like tracing the roots and finding a reason or person, even though it may never exist. Many are the whole process, the circulation, is the ultimate reason for living.”   
  • 19–26 (Mondays): Ceramics Demo Series – This four-part ceramic series will include four different artists covering various topics. They will demonstrate and discuss how to create cylinders, different bowl forms, nice handles, and innovative surface designs. 6–8:30 p.m
  • 24 (Thursdays): Trans Health Thursdays – Drop in to chat with experts, staff, and other students! Each week features a guest to advise on a special topic. This space is for trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning folks and their friends, partners, and support people. Noon–1 p.m.
  • 30 (Wednesdays): Ask an Outdoor Pro – Have a question about the best campsite? About a technical skill? Plan your next trip with Outdoor UW Advisors. 2 p.m. 
  • (On Demand): Online: UW Libraries Graduate Support Series: Library Micro-courses – Seven short nongraded online courses focused on aspects of the research process. Courses are available to all UW–Madison students.