Community members met with UW–Madison program representatives — and even Bucky Badger — at the South Madison Community Partnership event held in Villager Mall on Sept. 12. The free, family-friendly event featured a complimentary cookout, live DJ, free scoops from UW–Madison’s retro ice cream truck, games, prize giveaways and a special visit from Bucky Badger. Representatives from more than 15 campus and community organizations were on hand. The event marks the fourth year of the UW South Madison Partnership, which currently attracts more than 1,100 visitors monthly and 35 groups annually. Each week, 10 active weekly programs and partners utilize the space, including programs on education, legal services, health and more.
Brenda Gonzalez, director of community relations at UW Madison, speaks to visitors during a UW-Madison South Madison Community Partnership event on Sept. 12.
Grace Armstrong (left) and Gwynetta Adesuyi (right), both from the Center for Nonprofits Studies in the School of Human Ecology, talk to visitors at their information table.
Amelia Pearson peers at a beetle in a jar.
Ashad McLean (right) listens to Olympia Mathiaparanam, research specialist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, at a Lakeshore Nature Preserve education table.
Aaron Diaz (right) and his mother take part in a drawing station at the event.
UW mascot Bucky Badger plays with a children.