The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), alongside campus leadership, has been monitoring rapidly changing conditions and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, we’ve been making changes to our operations that we believe are in the best interest of those we serve.
Most recent is a temporary closure of Alumni Park in conjunction with a new order issued by the Office of the Chancellor. In an effort to promote public safety, UW–Madison will now require physical distancing in campus spaces. Temporary fencing will be installed along the lakeshore by the Memorial Union Terrace, Alumni Park, and the Goodspeed Family Pier to limit access to those areas until a reopening process is in place; the pier will also be closed to boaters. We know that these spaces are favorite gathering spots for alumni and friends, and we look forward to a day very soon when Badgers can gather in the spaces we love best.
Although WFAA buildings are currently closed to the public, our organization is open for business, and our employees are working remotely. Those on our staff who would typically travel to meet with alumni and friends will continue to connect virtually in the coming months.
While our in-person events have been canceled through June 30, we are hard at work planning and offering virtual opportunities to connect. UW–Madison is on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and we’ve been collecting the most relevant news about the contributions of talented faculty, staff, and alumni during this time — and if you miss anything, we’ll catch you up with UW news on Instagram. We’ve been highlighting the helpers on and off campus — because #ItsWhatBadgersDo. You’ve likely seen The UW Now Live events hosted by WFAA CEO Mike Knetter and WAA executive director Sarah Schutt, which are covering the most topical issues in the COVID-19 era. We’re also creating ways to connect our alumni to campus with virtual backgrounds and walks down memory lane through new online Badger Scrapbooks.
While we don’t plan to meet in person for some time, we believe it’s more important than ever that we continue to build community among Badgers — and we hope you’ll join us.