As a development director for the School of Medicine and Public Health, Nancy Francisco-Welke helped raise funds to build the American Family Children’s Hospital. She talks about how the state-of-the-art facility has made the scary experience of going to the hospital a little more comfortable for young patients and their families and how in her job, the people make the difference.
Jennifer McFarland, senior development director, visits the Art Lofts, where students and faculty members create with energy and passion. In a visit to Dale Chihuly’s Mendota Wall, she talks about how students, faculty and alumni create and give back. Connecting UW-Madison’s friends and alumni with they love and support on campus is an art in itself.
Investment Analyst David Golden earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the UW-Madison, he met his wife at the University, and his family enjoys much of what campus has to offer. He talks about how the endowment funds that the Foundation manages benefit the University in the long term.
Joe Madden knew the first time that he walked into Camp Randall Stadium that he wanted to be a Badger. Now on the verge of graduation, he reflects on his education and working at the UW Foundation in the Telefund and as an intern.
Meng Xie came to the UW-Madison campus from China as a graduate student with “nothing but a dream.” The application developer talks about how ballroom dancing connected her with the campus community and how her work on applications at the UW Foundation helps others give back.
Samantha Overgaard talks about being as an academic advisor specializing in first-year interest groups (FIGs) for Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) and the fun and responsibilities of her job as a floor manager for the UW Foundation’s Telefund.