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Social Justice Hub Open House Will Highlight Education, Involvement Opportunities for Students

Contact Information: Shauna Breneman, Communications Director
Office: (608) 262-8862


MADISON – The Wisconsin Union’s Social Justice Hub team will hold an open house for University of Wisconsin-Madison students Sept. 23 6-8 p.m. at Union South.

At the open house, students will have the opportunity to learn about ways to get involved with the Hub, including creating educational activities and workshops and joining action teams.

The open house will include free pizza for UW student attendees, while supplies last, and a tour of the Hub’s office at Union South.

The open house gathering location will be available on digital screens throughout Union South on Sept. 23.

The Hub team encourages all students who want to support social justice issues to attend and learn about what the Hub offers.

“The Social Justice Hub provides opportunities for students to work towards making a difference in the quality of life for all through research, collaboration and learning,” Social Hub Director Jim Rogers said. “Whether students are working on class projects, as part of teams, or are leaders in student organizations on campus, we encourage students to come and learn about how to get involved.”

Established in 2019, the Wisconsin Union’s Social Justice Hub provides purposeful, out-of-classroom education for students seeking resources and skill-building opportunities related to social justice.

The Hub creates opportunities for skill development in teamwork, strategic thinking, creative problem-solving, setting goals, communication and leadership.

The non-partisan Social Justice Hub is funded by Wisconsin Union operating revenue and private donations. No taxpayer dollars are used in the Hub’s operations, staffing or programming.

The Hub’s guiding social justice definition can be found in Bell, Adams & Griffin’s text “Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice” and is as follows: “The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”

Those interested in learning more about the Social Justice Hub may visit


About the Wisconsin Union

The Wisconsin Union enhances the lives of members and visitors through recreational, cultural, educational and social opportunities. Formed in 1907, the Wisconsin Union is a membership organization that blends study and leisure to create unique out-of-classroom opportunities. Learn more about the Union and its tradition of providing experiences for a lifetime:

[Note to the editor: Click here to download a photo of the Social Justice Hub. Photo provided by the Wisconsin Union.]

To read this release online, visit

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CEC Announces New, Bigger Locations in Madison and New Berlin, WI

Hiawatha, IA (Sept. 16, 2019) – CEC, a nationally recognized technology systems integrator in the Midwest, is excited to announce the relocation of two of its Wisconsin offices this month.

To better support CEC’s growing operations team – which continues to serve more customers in the southern Wisconsin area – CEC has relocated its Madison and New Berlin offices to larger spaces. This relocation will accommodate more employees and provide additional meeting and collaboration spaces for teams to work together as they create technology solutions that help clients meet business goals.

These larger office locations will help support the company’s recent acquisition of Milwaukee-based Select Sound and addition of 30+ employees, expanding CEC’s ability to provide Rauland Responder nurse call systems to Wisconsin hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The move also bolsters CEC’s commitment to providing technology solutions for educational institutions, given the company’s recent announcement about becoming the exclusive provider of Rauland Education Solutions across the entire state of Wisconsin.

CEC’s new Madison office is located at 2902 Dairy Drive, which is part of the Femrite Business Park. CEC’s New Berlin office is located at 3080 South Calhoun Road, which is part of the New Berlin Industrial Park.

“We’re excited about what these relocations will allow us to do,” says Matt Dlouhy, CEO at CEC. “By providing more space for our employees to create innovative solutions and work side by side with team members to solve problems, we’ll be able to help our Wisconsin customers better apply technology to improve communication, efficiency, and safety.”

To learn more about CEC and the technology solutions it provides to customers, visit

About CEC
With offices in the Midwest serving local and national customers, CEC offers solution design, integration, and technical services specializing in audio/video, fire and security, healthcare communications, IT, and two-way communications. Focused on the customer experience, CEC teams partner with clients to understand their businesses, tailor solutions, and plan for future technology needs. To learn more, visit


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Total Administrative Services Corporation Presents a Major Donation to Habitat for Humanity

Madison, WI – September 18, 2019 – Total Administrative Services Corporation (TASC), a leading provider of account-based benefit plans, compliance solutions, trust-funded healthcare savings, and reimbursement program solutions, has donated $10,000 to the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. It was announced today at a double home dedication in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The home dedications took place at 1112 and 1116 Chicory Way.

The homes, sponsored by TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation), will mark the 290th and 291st Habitat homes build in Dane County and the 39th and 40th homes built in Sun Prairie. An additional nine homes are planned over the course of the next two years in the Vandenburg Heights neighborhood.

Prior to breaking ground on both homes, staff from TASC built the home frames in the parking lot of Warner Park in partnership with the United Way Seasons of Caring Kick-Off event. The frames were then moved to their permanent locations in Sun Prairie.

“TASC has been committed to the good work of the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County for some time now, helping build several houses in our parking lot,” said Cliff Mason, TASC for President. “I was proud today to deepen that relationship by making this donation. I hope it helps build more homes for deserving families in Dane County.”

About TASC
For over four decades, TASC has specialized in on-demand, account-based benefit plans, trust-funded healthcare savings, reimbursement programs and compliance solutions to brokers, consultants, financial service firms, health plans, and employers.  TASC’s Universal Benefit Account® provides a unified view of all TASC products and services including healthcare, fringe and education benefits. Access to Universal Benefit Account is offered on a monthly subscription basis under an on-demand software delivery model to help organizations mitigate escalating health care costs and obligations. With offices across North America, TASC services over 75,000 public and private sector clients. For more information visit or call toll free 1-800-422-4661.


For more information contact:

Bruce Stein
Tel: 608-268-8807

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Wisconsin Union Theater Accepting Sign-Ups for First-Ever Open Piano Day

Contact Information: Shauna Breneman, Communications Director
Office: (608) 262-8862


MADISON – Pianists may now sign-up to play the Wisconsin Union Theater’s historic Steinway Concert Grand Piano during the Theater’s Open Piano Day on Sept. 22 from 1-4 p.m. in Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall.

Purchased in 1991, each pianist in the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Concert Series has been offered the opportunity to sign the Steinway. The tradition of signing the Theater’s Steinway Concert Grand Pianos began in 1950 at the suggestion of Richard P. Leach, the then-director of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

The Concert Series’s 100th season will begin Oct. 6  and continue through May 2, 2020, with performances by some of the world’s most renowned classical musicians and ensembles, such as Emanuel Ax, who will play the Theater’s Concert Grand Piano on Nov. 2.

The Steinway that pianists will play Sept. 22 is the fourth Concert Grand Piano featured in the Wisconsin Union Theater’s programming history. The piano has been played by dozens of musicians, including Lise de la Salle, Richard Goode and Joyce Yang, all of whom were invited to sign the piano.

“We are allowing the public to connect up close with our Steinway Concert Grand Piano for the first time on Open Piano Day,” Concert Series Coordinator Amanda Venske said. “Guests will have ability to play the piano on the Shannon Hall stage and view the collection of pianists’ signatures up close. Open Piano Day puts a twist on our more than 50-year tradition.”

The event will also include a cardboard cut-out image of the piano, which Open Piano Day attendees can sign.

Open Piano Day is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater in collaboration with the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee.

For more information about this event, including how to sign-up to perform, visit


About the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee plans and promotes events for the historic Wisconsin Union Theater stages. The student-led committee programs a variety of events to provide a diverse and cultural experience for students, faculty, alumni, community members and visitors. Learn more:

About the Wisconsin Union Theater

For more than 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has served as a center for cultural activity in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The Theater hosts performances in multiple locations, including Memorial Union, and has an expansive history of remarkable performances. The Wisconsin Union Theater is part of the Wisconsin Union, a membership organization that blends study and leisure to create unique out-of-classroom opportunities. Learn more about the Theater:

[Note to the editor: Click here to download a photo of our Steinway Concert Grand Piano on the stage in Shannon Hall. Photo provided by the Wisconsin Union.]

To read this release online, visit

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CG Schmidt Purchases Building for New Office

Madison, WI – CG Schmidt, a Milwaukee-based construction management and general contracting firm, announced today the purchase of the office building located at 433 West Washington Avenue in Madison. This building will serve as CG Schmidt’s permanent Madison office, replacing the current office space the firm occupies on the fourth floor of 10 West Mifflin Street on the Capitol Square. CG Schmidt has been building in the Madison area for more than 40 years, with a dedicated Madison office since 2006. 2020 marks the construction company’s 100-yearanniversary.

“This move has been in the works since we first established a Madison office thirteen years ago. We want to make the statement to our clients, partners and the community as a whole that we are committed to being a Madison construction firm, being a Madison taxpayer, and that we are putting down permanent roots in Wisconsin’s Capitol City,” said CG Schmidt, Senior Vice President and Owner, Eric Schmidt. “It has taken our family a while to find the right location that meets our needs as a growing office and to define collaborative spaces that help us to serve our clients more efficiently. We now have that with this new building.”

The five-story, 34,255 square-foot commercial office building was purchased from Keller Real Estate Group and will be completely remodeled with a modern design and features, and updated for efficiency and sustainability. The design for the building was created by Kahler Slater Architects. Construction has begun and it is slated for completion in July of 2020. CG Schmidt will occupy three floors, with two floors available for commercial and retail lease.

CG Schmidt is a family-owned and operated construction management and general contracting firm, headquartered in Milwaukee, specializing in community, commercial, industrial, healthcare and educational facility construction throughout Wisconsin. 2020 marks the firm’s 100th year in business. Several of the firm’s notable Madison projects include UW-Madison Union South, St. Paul University Catholic Center, Hovde Properties 316 West Washington Avenue Building, and the new Madison Youth Arts Center, which is currently under construction.

For more information, please contact Sarah Dunn, Vice President, at (608) 960-4102 or

Attachment: Exterior Building Rendering (View from the North on West Washington Avenue)