Aug. 5, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin’s Academic Advancement Program Student Organization (AAPSO) will be holding an ice cream social and raffle fundraiser on Tuesday, Aug. 10. All UW Badger fans are invited to attend the event to benefit underrepresented students of color.
Raffle prizes include a Las Vegas land package, featuring two tickets to the Badger football season-opener against UNLV and a three-day hotel and entertainment package for Sept. 3-6. Participants also have the chance to win Green Bay Packer tickets for the Packers’ game against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 5.
The raffle drawing will be held during an ice cream social on Tuesday, Aug. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 6 of Ingraham Hall.
Raffle tickets are currently available for purchase in the Center for Academic Excellence, located in Room 13 of Ingraham Hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20. Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 608-263-5068 for more information.
The AAPSO fundraiser looks to raise money to help support study abroad opportunities for underrepresented students of color from the Center for Academic Excellence in the College of Letters and Science. Specifically, the profits will benefit the center’s China Expedition.
Sixteen students will travel on the Center for Academic Excellence’s China Expedition. Upon their return, the students will take a course in International Studies called “Global Citizenship and US-Chinese Relations: Reflections on Economic Disparity, Environmental Sustainability, and Peaceful Coexistence.”
While in China, the group will attend the World Expo. They will have the opportunity to meet with former UW basketball player Thomas Gwyn with the Shanghai Alumni Chapter and the Beijing Alumni Chapter. The group will also meet Paul Swenson, the Director Council of Great Lakes Governors China Trade Office, and Jose H. Villarreal, the U.S. Ambassador for the World Expo U.S. Pavilion.
UW’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate, the Vice Provost for International Studies, the PEOPLE Program and UW’s Dean of the College of Letters and Science Gary Sandefur are all active supporters of the AAPSO and the Center for Academic Excellence.
“I am pleased that a group of AAP students will be able to visit China,” Dean Sandefur said. “This supports the Chancellor's efforts to develop stronger ties with Chinese universities. It will also be a significant educational experience for the students.”
The AAPSO is committed to creating an inclusive atmosphere, thereby developing well-rounded scholars and focusing upon community building not only on campus, but greater Madison, and nationwide volunteerism. It is a registered student organization at the UW, affiliated with the Academic Advancement Program, a four-year program that focuses on academic advising, academic instructional support, academic engagement and enrichment and community building.