University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

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Winners of the 2012 Connect for Life student essay contest. »

Winners of the 2011 Connect for Life student essay contest. »

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About Connect for Life

Connect for Life is dedicated to building greater awareness of the impact of giving on current students and recent graduates. We also seek to create more meaningful ways for engineering alumni to stay involved and engaged with current students.

Did you know:

• The College of Engineering relies on the power of many supporters to maintain excellence.

• All gifts — big or small — make a major difference to the success of current students.

• A College of Engineering degree brings
a lifetime of benefits to our alumni.

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Banner photo: Bucky Badger with Connect for Life and College of Engineering logos.


Connect for Life


To maintain our academic and research excellence, the College of Engineering must grow the base of alumni and friends who support us financially. Currently, about 10 percent of all COE alumni donate to the college.


Our goal is to double that percentage in the next five years.


The College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) has created a tremendous opportunity for current students and recent alumni to join the family of donors. The IAB will double-match any gift from graduates in the past three years.


In addition, alumni John and Tashia Morgridge have agreed to match all gifts made by the Class of 2012.


That means a $50 gift from you will have a $200 impact on programs that directly support
current students! You will also receive a free gift of an aluminum travel mug or water bottle with the College of Engineering logo.


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Engineering students, alumni, faculty and staff at the 2012 Connect for Life reception heard the electrical and computer engineering alumnus and CEO of mobile game developer PerBlue share the lessons he learned as a student entrepreneur.