UW-Madison promotion recognizes Gale, Ross | Regional news

MADISON — Impressive contributions to Wisconsin and the world have come from people who lived in all 72 of the state’s counties, a highly visible University of Wisconsin-Madison campaign says.

“Thank You 72” is UW’s second annual campaign recognizing people from each of the state’s counties, all of them with ties to the university. This year’s list includes Columbia County’s Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Zona Gale and Marquette County’s Meredith Ross, an esteemed law professor. 

“It’s recognition of a great partnership that developed over 169 years,” Vince Sweeney, UW Foundation vice president of communications, said of the campaign.

“It points out that students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of UW-Madison have had a tremendously positive impact on their communities, our state and in some cases, the world.”

Last year, the campaign honored Portage Community School District Nurse Valerie Hon for Columbia County and UW-Madison student Ross Dahlke for Marquette County. Hon was recognized for working collaboratively with state health officials and others over her 10 years with the school district, while Dahlke was highlighted for his skills in political science and communication.

The university actively promotes “Thank You 72” throughout Wisconsin via billboards, print materials, radio, digital media and more, Sweeney said.

‘Small-town dreams’

Gale, from Portage, “showed the world the force of small-town dreams,” the university states in its promotional materials, available at allwaysforward.org/wi.

Gale, who lived from 1874 to 1938, is one of 2,380 UW-Madison alumni from Columbia County. Gale studied literature at UW-Madison, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and penned articles for the Badger yearbook and Press Club.

In 1906, Gale published her…

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