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Success Stories

Hezouwe and Emily, arm in arm

Student’s remarkable journey to starting his undergraduate degree at age 28, living his dream

In his village of Koumea in Togo, Africa, 8-year-old Hezouwe Walada watched nearly half of his community—including three of his
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New $3 million endowment will enable UW Odyssey Project to continue to combat inequities

In the midst of a highly insecure time, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Odyssey Project secured $3 million in gifts, a base for
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Odyssey Project online graduation full of pride, community, love

Even a pandemic cannot dampen the spirits of these graduates. In a Zoom ceremony that included more than 200 people,
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Brian Benford standing at an Odyssey graduation and smiling in the distance

Odyssey student triumphs over the odds to get his master’s degree as an older adult

Brian Benford describes his educational journey as full of “potholes, roadblocks, angst and unfulfilled dreams. Starting in the 1970s, I
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Returning adult students receive awards for perseverance, leadership

Lifelong learning runs in Talesa Allen’s family. When her dad was 67, he went back to Madison College for a
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Continuing Studies language classes help students build skills, cultural competence, and community

Not only is learning a language great for your brain, but it can also provide a sense of community—and it’s fun.
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Aerial artists find skills and grounding in modern dance class

When Madison-area aerialists and circus artists come down from their silks, hoops, and trapeze, some of them get grounded at
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UW Odyssey Project receives $50,000 from Rennebohm Foundation

UW Odyssey Project receives $50,000 from Rennebohm Foundation

The UW–Madison Odyssey Project received a generous gift of $50,000 from the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation to support Odyssey’s mission of
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Writing success stories: 9 authors who got published with the help of writing classes, conferences, retreats, and critiques at UW–Madison

Writing support can help aspiring authors improve skills and gain confidence. UW–Madison Continuing Studies writing programs have propelled people to
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