MADISON — On Monday, May 3, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle will kick off events celebrating the coming week as “University of Wisconsin Spirit Week.”

UW Spirit Week, set for May 3-7, 2004, is an opportunity for alumni, students, members of UW System communities and Wisconsin citizens to celebrate campus allegiances and the many contributions the university makes to the state.

Alumni and friends of the university will join Doyle as he signs the proclamation at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 3, in the Governor’s conference room at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

“This proclamation honors the talents and accomplishments of the half a million UW alumni who live and work in Wisconsin,” Doyle said. “The university has a long and proud history in this state, and the continued work of the UW System means a bright future for Wisconsin.”

“UW Spirit Day” set for Friday, May 7, will culminate the week-long celebration. Alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends are invited to participate in “UW Spirit Day” by wearing their home campus colors, logo wear, and/or a “spirit badge” to show their UW connection in schools, hospitals, banks, businesses and hometowns throughout Wisconsin.

“Every Wisconsin community and every public and private enterprise in the state benefits from the contributions of UW alumni,” said UW System President Katharine C. Lyall. “It can be difficult to describe what the UW System’s $10 billion annual economic impact means for Wisconsin. Our alumni can help by showing their campus pride.”

The UW’s alumni associations recently formed a UW Alumni Council and have worked with Wisconsin businesses and civic organizations on “UW Spirit Day” activities, including local events to showcase community connections to the university.

More details and downloadable spirit badges are available through campus alumni associations or on the Web at

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