The final move in to the current UW-Madison Scholarship House is in the books. This year's Scholars will be the final class to live in the current House on Langdon Street, as it is being torn down upon completion of the 2017-18 school year. Wisconsin Scholars will live in an alternate location during the 2018-19 school year, while a brand new House is built in the same location the current House stands. With that being, said this year's chapter is really appreciative to be a part of this House's history and is looking to make the most out of its last year.
Our freshman class is one of the largest in recent years, with 19 New Scholars. The freshmen had a great move-in day followed by a welcome week full of events like a movie night, scavenger hunt, the House Olympics and more. Now classes are underway and the freshmen are getting their first taste of midterms that have begun at UW-Madison. There can be a lot to balance at the beginning of the school year with starting classes, joining student organizations and football season, but I am sure the entire chapter is ready to start the year off on the right foot.
On Sept. 30, we had our annual parents' tailgate for the Wisconsin vs. Northwestern football game. We had a record turnout this year, with almost 140 people in attendance between Scholars and parents. With the 11 a.m. start time for the game, Scholars and parents were up early for the tailgate starting at 8 a.m. It was great to see a lot of family members come out for the event, and a lot of the parents were happy to come out and see their son or daughter after not seeing them for a month.
Going forward, the Wisconsin Scholars are excited to be sending a group of volunteers every day to the Ronald McDonald House during the week of Oct. 8-15, as part of a new national initiative for Evans Scholars known as the Week of Service. Next month's post will have pictures and a look at the volunteering efforts put forth by the Wisconsin chapter.