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March 8, 2023

Day of the Badger: 1848 Minutes of Giving

Written By: Allyson Crowley

On March 28and 29, 2023, Day of the Badger returns to UW-Madison.  This annual celebratory event hosted by the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is a spirit-filled opportunity for alumni and friends to show their Badger support.  Day of the Badger raises funds for departments and colleges across our great university to ensure its legacy of success.


The Day of the Badger begins precisely at 10:12am on March 28th and ends at 5:00pm on March 29th.  “Why”, you might ask, “does Day of the Badger cover two days?”  Well, Day of the Badger is 1,848 minutes long.  This extra-long, extra-special day honors the year our great university was founded, 1848!

Anyone can join in on the fun during the event.   We encourage you to snap a selfie in your favorite ECE or Badger gear, and post it with #DayOfTheBadger.  Plus, everyone is invited to check out the Day of the Badger digital photo booth where you can add Badger backgrounds and stickers to your photos.  All photo booth pics will be shared in one, grand, Day of the Badger mosaic.  


During Day of the Badger, alumni and friends of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will have the opportunity to give to the department’s annual fund.  Gifts to the ECE annual fund will have an immediate impact on the exceptional student and faculty experience to which we are focused and committed.  Here are just some of the efforts that will be supported by the fund:

Three students sit at a bench in the James H Thompson Design Studio and open their ECE 210 kits with TA looking on.
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Students in ECE 210 receiving their first electronics tool kits.
  • Hands-on undergraduate engineering learning opportunities starting in the first year, including an electronics tool kit gifted to students that will serve them throughout their undergraduate careers
  • ECE Badger community-building activities and events that enhance and enrich the student experience through groups such as Women in ECE and the ECE Graduate Student Association
  • Faculty and student recruitment intent on continuing academic excellence and research expansion

UW-ECE is dedicated to providing an expansive, top-tier educational experience, and Day of the Badger provides a direct line from each gift to that exceptional experience.


Be sure to let us know how you are celebrating #DayoftheBadger by tagging us in your social media posts, @UWMadisonECE.  We are always excited to hear from UW-Madison ECE alumni and friends.  Your support will make a difference!

Student in James H Thompson Design Studio unpacking first electronics tool kit for ECE 210
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Students in ECE 210 receiving their first electronics tool kits.