New award will highlight 20 grads under age 40 who live the Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Alumni Association has just announced a new awards program to highlight 20 UW grads under the age of 40 making an impact in the state, nation and beyond by living the Wisconsin Idea. Anyone is encouraged to nominate an outstanding Badger they know. Nominations will open June 1 and close on July 16, 2007. Winners will be notified in September, and a publication featuring these exceptional Badgers will be released in February 2008.

First attributed to UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, the Wisconsin Idea is the principle that education should influence and improve people’s lives beyond the university classroom. For more than 100 years, this idea has guided the university’s work. Van Hise declared that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every family in the state.” Today that belief permeates the university’s work, fostering close working relationships within the state, throughout the country and around the world.

To be considered for the award, the nominee:

  • Must be a UW-Madison degreed alum
  • Cannot turn 40 (or older) prior to January 1, 2008
  • Must be willing to be featured in the award publication
  • Must opt-in to the nomination process and provide any required information

Nominations cannot be anonymous; self-nominations are accepted. Nominators will need to provide their own contact information, the nominee’s contact information, a brief description of what the nominee has done to exemplify the Wisconsin Idea, and three to five achievements that support their description. A nomination form will be available on this site beginning June 1. If selected to move on, the nominee will be asked to provide more information about themselves.

Nominees will be judged based on their achievements in their personal or professional life, the uniqueness of their achievements for their age, the impact they’ve made in their field or community, their current ties to the UW, and their demonstrated Badger spirit in terms of energy, initiative, creativity and drive in their accomplishments.