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Patrick Brenzel wins University Staff Excellence Award
Congrats to staff member Patrick Brenzel for being one of the few selected for this year's L & S University Staff Excellence Award! This award recognizes the outstanding contribution that Patrick has made to our department and the UW-Madison, and especially for the creation of the course "Forward? The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present". This innovative course includes both a student lecture and campus public lecture. Read more...

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