Read the latest installment of The Commons, a bi-monthly newsletter for Nelson Institute alumni and friends.

The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

July/August 2016
RSVP for Rendezvous
Join us Friday, September 9, at the Pyle Center, for our annual fall gathering. Catch up with old friends, meet fellow alumni, and chat with Nelson Institute students, faculty and staff.

An Investiture Ceremony will kick off the event at 5:00 p.m. There, the institute will formally invest the named Professors and Chair recently established via the Morgridge Match and generous philanthropy.

Don't forget to RSVP!
Nelson faculty among Vilas professors and investigators honored
Extraordinary members of the UW-Madison faculty – including several faculty and affiliates of the Nelson Institute – were honored in May with prestigious Vilas awards, recognized distinguished scholarship, standout efforts in teaching and service, outstanding mentorship, and more. 

Congratulations to Nelson faculty David Shaffer, Lisa Naughton, Tracey Holloway, Anna Pidgeon, Stephanie Lai, Jack Williams, and Corbett Grainger. Read more.
Save the date: Jordahl Public Lands Lecture
Join us on Monday, October 10, for the Jordahl Public Lands Lecture featuring Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service.

Since Jarvis was confirmed as the 18th Director of the National Park Service in 2009, he has reinvigorated the agency's role as an international advocate for protected areas. He is also a recognized world leader in cultural and natural resource management.
Learn more.
Monumental milestones in sight!
The year 2020 will bring two major milestones: the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute. In recognition, we recently launched the Earth Day 2020 Legacy Campaign to support our signature annual Earth Day Conference.

We invite you to view our short campaign video. Gifts in any amount are needed and appreciated: support Nelson to Earth Day 2020 and beyond!
A post-study abroad perspective on global sustainability
Four months ago, Nelson undergrad Madeline Fischer wasn’t imagining what it would be like to return home. The only thing on her mind was a little country called Denmark – the first place outside of the United States she ever had the opportunity to venture to. She had no idea she'd see the Eiffel tower at night, or ski in the Alps, or that the people she would meet would become some of her best friends. 

Read Fischer's first-hand account of her study abroad experience.
Where are you now?
We at the Nelson Institute want to know where our alumni are and what they are up to! Many of you have gone on to become leaders of environmental departments at universities across the country and we'd love to learn more about your role and how Nelson helped you get there.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey about life after Nelson. If you're interested in getting more involved in Nelson's alumni network, please contact our Events and Alumni Relations Manager Emily Reynolds.