Eugene Debs event at Memorial Union

Celebrating Mexican Culture and Heritage at the Memorial Union

Honoring German culture and heritage at Gordon Commons


Welcome to our Events page sponsored by University Staff Shared Governance. These events serve to improve our understanding and appreciation of one another, commemorate important events, and fully include everyone in campus life. Events, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary, are free and open to the public. These events feature hot food, interesting speakers, and a cultural element, such as a poetry reading, music, or a short performance. If you are interested in assisting with such events, please contact our office.



Nixon/China Event

Commemorate the ‘Week that Changed the World’ at this celebration of Chinese Culture and Heritage on the anniversary of the opening of relations between the USA and PRC by President Nixon in 1972.

The event will take place on 21 February, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, at Union South Varsity Hall. Dr. Joseph Dennis, of the UW-Madison Department of History, will offer remarks, and those attending will enjoy a unique culture presentation.

Hot food and beverages are complimentary. This event is free and open to the public.



Women’s History Month

The Campus Workers Collective has invited Wisconsin State Representative Melissa Sargent to provide the Keynote Address at their celebration of Women’s History Month on March 15,  11:30AM – 12:30PM, Lake Mendota Room, DeJope Residence Hall.

Hot food and beverages are complimentary. This event is free and open to the public.

The Beefeater Room at Memorial Union was packed to overflowing for an event to honor the life and legacy of Eugene V. Debs on November 9, 2018.

Those who attended this Campus Workers Collective event had the opportunity to hear from two distinguished speakers, Dr. Paul Buhle and Dr. Frank Emspak. Dr. Buhle is a renowned author, editor and historian and Dr. Emspak is Professor Emeritus of the School for Workers of UW-Extension. Together, they discussed the rise of the man and the message, and traced it to the conflicts and conditions of society today.

Those who attended enjoyed hot food prepared by University Staff and two lucky persons won a drawing in which they were awarded copies of the Debs memoir ‘Walls and Bars’.

An enthusiastic crowd filled the Sonata Room at Gordon Commons to celebrate German culture and heritage.

There were hot German hamburgers, rousing German music, and even an attendee who celebrated the occasion by wearing a traditional costume of lederhosen.

Those who joined the event, learned more about Germany and the impact of German culture on America in general and on Wisconsin in particular, through the remarks of Dr. Sabine Gross of the campus German Department. In addition, Stefanie Freyberger of the Office of Strategic Consulting, added some authenticity to the event by reciting two poems of Hermann Hesse, in her native German language.

The Office of the Secretary of the University Staff organizes four cultural celebrations a year, two scheduled during the daytime working hours and two at night, and Oktoberfest has proved to be one of the most popular.

Celebration of Mexican Heritage and Culture

As part of an ongoing series highlighting the culture and heritage of the University Staff, the Office of the Secretary sponsored an evening event on September 18 focused on Mexico, its land, history and people. We were pleased to have a distinguished Keynote Speaker, Dr. Alberto Vargas, provide the remarks for the presentation. His comments were well received by those employees on 2nd and 3rd shift, who packed the Great Hall of Memorial Union in order to hear the presentation.

Please check below more pictures from the celebration.