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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH CHICKS, AND MORE: Science Expeditions take place April 2, with the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery as the main venue.

CELEBRATE “Peace Corps and Africa: Fifty Years,” to be held on the UW-Madison campus March 24-26. The event brings together former volunteers, musicians, artists, storytellers, and Peace Corps founders and leaders to celebrate and debate the legacy of the Peace Corps in Africa and beyond. To register, visit: africa.wisc.edu/peacecorps.

NOMINATE candidates for three honors bestowed by CALS: The Honorary Recognition Award, the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award. Nomination forms are available at:
cals.wisc.edu/honorary/ and are due by April 22.

ATTEND Alumni Weekend April 28–May 1, featuring family-friendly events, “Year of the Arts” presentations, and, new this year, a traditional Wisconsin fish fry. Visit: uwalumni.com/alumniweekend or call (888) WIS-ALUM for more information.

GATHER in Madison with alumni from around the world July 26–28 for an International Convocation exploring world issues and celebrating Wisconsin’s leadership as a global university. Highlights include a 10th anniversary celebration of Olbrich Gardens’ Thai Pavilion; a three-day conference at the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery; and a closing-night gala at the new Union South, recognizing distinguished international alumni. More info and registration at: uwalumni.com/international.

MAKE chili rellenos. If freshmen can do it, so can you—at least when you have horticulture professor Jim Nienhuis giving you step-by-step instructions about how to best roast, peel, stuff and fry this spicy, cheesy treat. Nienhuis gave his cooking demo to a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) as part of their study of the culture of food. You can follow along at http://www.youtube.com/