Catching up on a couple higher education-related items …

** UW System President Kevin Reilly is one of 28 current and former college leaders who signed the President’s Pledge Against Global Poverty. According to the website, this project is a “leadership initiative of college and university presidents, past presidents and presidents emeriti who support efforts to alleviate extreme poverty in U.S. communities and around the world."

Those who sign on commit to donating 5 percent of their total compensation this year. The Chronicle of Higher Education posted this article about the pledge.

In the Chronicle piece, Reilly says: "We have tended to get so caught up in budgets and culture wars and local politics. I don't think many of us have stepped out as much as we should on these larger societal and international issues, like global poverty."

** Here’s some eye opening and depressing news for those who are getting ready to graduate in the coming month: According to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press, “53.6 percent of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were “jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years."

The AP notes recent college graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology, philosophy, art history and humanities were among the least likely to find jobs appropriate to their education level. Conversely, those with degrees in nursing, teaching, accounting or computer science were among the most likely to find such jobs.

The article says its findings are based on an analysis of 2011 Current Population Survey data by Northeastern University researchers and supplemented with material from Paul Harrington, an economist at Drexel University, and the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank

In order to define the number of young adults who are “underemployed,” the AP notes it relied on “Labor Department assessments of the level of education required to do the job in 900-plus U.S. occupations.

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** Some 300 “Mendota Blue” Terrace chairs were added to the more familiar orange, green and yellow ones on Sunday, the UW-Madison reports.

These blue chairs are designed to create more public awareness around the Memorial Union Reinvestment project. The chairs also are tied to the Mendota Blue Movement that’s designed to raise funds for the initiative.

** UW-Madison is in the midst of raising money to renovate and expand its 60-year-old dairy plant on campus.  And according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, of the $32 million needed for these efforts, Wisconsin’s dairy industry is leading the charge to pay for at least half of the project.

** A faculty committee is recommending significant changes to how UW-Madison’s international programs are structured and suggests the elimination of the Division of International Studies, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

** The Daily Cardinal held events over the weekend to celebrate the student newspaper’s 120th anniversary of serving the campus.