A Grand Time
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Grandparents University® (GPU) — an annual program that the Wisconsin Alumni Association created and rolled out in 2001 — would have to agree. Since its debut, a dozen other universities — including Michigan State and Kansas State — have launched similar programs. Grandparents and grandchildren come to campus for two days, stay in Ogg Hall, and take classes in “majors,” all taught by UW faculty members and/or grad students. In addition to academics, there are also field trips to iconic campus locations and plenty of evening activities, including the Badger Picnic, the Chill with Bucky ice cream social, and GPU’s Amazing Race. What started with 160 attendees and one two-day session has grown to three at-capacity sessions with nearly two dozen majors.