LSC celebration draws alumni from around the world

The Department of Life Sciences Communication’s Sept. 5–7 centennial celebration was a moveable feast, as alumni from across the nation and around the world joined in a weekend-long series of events. First on the agenda was a Friday afternoon open house and tour of the department’s new home, the historic, newly refurbished Hiram Smith Hall.

On Saturday morning many LSC alums attended the CALS Football Fire-up in the UW-Madison Fieldhouse and then went to see the Badgers beat Marshall. LSC department chair Jacquie Hitchon served as guest coach to the Badgers and took alumnus Alexander Barton onto the sidelines with her to watch the game. Barton played football as a Badger while a student at UW-Madison, including participating in the 1994 and 1996 Rosebowl games.”

On Saturday evening, the celebration moved west to the Blackhawk Country Club, where guests were welcomed by Dean Molly Jahn and department chair Jacquie Hitchon, and heard keynote speaker Abdul Khan talk about how his experiences as a graduate student in Madison helped shape his career. Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was the Founding Director of the Communications Division of the Indira Gandhi National Open University and served as that institution’s Vice-Chancellor from 1998 to 2000. He earned two degrees at UW-Madison — an M.S. in Agricultural Journalism in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 1973.

The weekend culminated with a picnic at the home of Emeritus Professor Larry Meiller. The event included a surprise “roast” of the host to celebrate Meiller’s 40-year (and counting) teaching career. Among the refreshments: M&Ms with a photo of Meiller from several decades ago.