Celebrating 175 Years of Partnering with Wisconsin
Serving Wisconsin since 1848
This one’s for you, Wisconsin! Because UW–Madison is the state’s school — which makes us all Badgers. So, plan to catch this anniversary celebration when it rolls into a town near you. Overflowing with Badger spirit and surprises galore, you won’t want to miss what’s sure to be talked about for the next 175 years!
Highlights include family-fun activities, complimentary Babcock ice cream (including the unveiling of a special commemorative flavor), games, giveaways, a UW-themed trivia contest, music, and more.
It’s also a celebration of the impact the UW has made, and continues to make, in hometowns throughout the state. From alumni who live near you to local businesses with Badger ties, the UW has been in your area all along working to improve lives and better the community.
Where we'll be heading
While we’ve wrapped up the 2023 State Tour, we look forward to seeing you next year when the tour picks up again in 2024. Stay tuned for more information, including dates and event registration.
2024 State Tour preview
- Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls
- La Crosse
2023 State Tour stops
Let’s look back at where the State Tour’s already been to celebrate UW–Madison’s 175th anniversary and the university’s commitment to communities across the state.
Wausau | August 30, 2023
Capping off a summer filled with Badger pride the UW–Madison State Tour traveled to northcentral Wisconsin for its final stop in 2023. The community-wide event, held at the UW Center for Civic Engagement, UW–Stevens Point at Wausau campus gave local alumni and friends a chance to celebrate the big Badger birthday and the university’s commitment to the Wausau area. While this marks the end of the road for now, the state tour will be back in communities like yours in 2024.
Milwaukee | August 17, 2023
The festivities really revved up on the state tour’s stop in Milwaukee. How could they not when the community celebration was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Alumni and friends enjoyed a sociable gathering that saw the UW’s refurbished 1957 ice cream truck capture as much attention as Harley’s classic motorcycle collection. Former Milwaukee Brewers owner, UW alumnus, and commissioner emeritus of Major League Baseball Allan “Bud” Selig ’56 also drew the attention of Badgers in attendance as the guest of honor.
Sheboygan | June 28, 2023
To symbolize the university’s continuing presence in Sheboygan County, and recognize its partnership with Kohler, Jennifer L. Mnookin, UW–Madison chancellor, presented a red Memorial Union Terrace chair to David Kohler, Chair and CEO during this state tour stop. Held at Kohler Communications — The Beacon, the family-friendly and community-wide gathering capped off a day of celebrations that also featured a delicious brat fry at another valued partner, Johnsonville Foods.
Green Bay | May 23, 2023
There was no better place to kick off the UW–Madison State Tour than Green Bay. With more than 300 alumni and friends in attendance at the community-wide celebration, and local and campus leaders gathering at a variety of smaller events, Badger spirit was shared by all.