Past Events

SOIS 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Annual ALA Conference – Chicago!

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
ALA Annual Conference – McCormick Place -West Building
Exhibit Hall Booth 4842

Reconnect with fellow alums, faculty & friends! Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the School of Information Studies and our history of excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Stop by our booth for special Wisconsin themed treats!
Meet & Greet with Hope A Olson, UW-Milwaukee, Professor Emerita and
2017 Margaret Mann Citation Recipient

Need Transportation? SOIS will be sending a bus to ALA for this event.
See details and sign-up online>>

2016 Wisconsin Library Association
Annual Conference October 25-28, 2016
Potawatomi Casino & Hotel
1721 West Canal Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Join us for our 50th Anniversary! Stop by our booth (#214) for special 50th Anniversary giveaways.

50th Anniversary Reception

Please join us as we celebrate the School of Information Studies 50th Anniversary during the Annual WLA Conference! All past and present SOIS Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends are invited to attend.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
5:30pm – 8:00pm

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant
Harley-Davidson Museum®
at the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets
Milwaukee, WI 53203

*Trolley service will run from the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (WLA conference venue) to MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant at The Harley-Davidson Museum® every 15min starting at 5:00pm. The trolley will be picking up at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino at the bottom of the valet driveway on the left hand side.

5:30pm – 6:00pm : Student & Alumni Networking Session
The evening will begin with a networking event for current students and library & information science professionals. This is a great opportunity to give back and support current students pursuing the MLIS degree. Stop by and share your experience and helpful advice with current students and reminisce about life in library school.

6:00pm – 8:00pm : 50th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate with us! Join us for a casual evening of networking, food, fun and celebration! All UW-Milwaukee past and present SOIS Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends are invited to attend.

  • Refreshments will be served
  • Cash Bar & 1 free drink ticket available
  • All attendees will receive a Harley-Davidson Museum ticket (good for 90 days).
  • The first 100 alums/students will receive a commemorative SOIS 50th Anniversary glass.

Share Your Memories!
We are looking for memorable moments from students, alumni and friends about your experience at the School of Information Studies. These memories will be shared at our 50th Anniversary events throughout the year!

Please RSVP online by October 24, 2016

RSVP online:


Panther Prowl 2016

October 8, 2016 • 10:00am
Team Name: SOIS Infomaniacs

Hartford & Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Visit the pantherprowl website and register to be part of team SOIS INFOMANIACS!

If you can not join us on that day, consider making a pledge online or sponsor a student walker/runner. Funds help support UWM Student Scholarships!

Join us after the run/walk to help us celebrate SOIS 50th Anniversary!!

Race Day Schedule

8:30am | Registration & Day-of Packet PickUp
9:30am | Toddler Dash & Kids’ Dash
9:40am | Welcome & National Anthem
9:45am | SOIS Group Picture (meet by our booth under the UWM Library overhang)
10:00am | Race Start Time
11:00am | Homecoming Celebration and Post-Prowl Party

Check out the pantherprowl website for complete details.

Register online:

(Note: Early registration ends on September 16th. Register today before fees increase!)




Campus 50th Anniversary Kick-Off

September 14, 2016 • 3:30 – 5:30pm
Fall 2016 Welcome Back Celebration
NWQ Backyard
2025 E. Newport Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Food, Games & Prizes!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: 



SOIS 50th Anniversary Kick-Off

August 26, 2016 • 5:00 – 7:00pm
Paddy’s Pub Patio
2339 N. Murray Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53211

50th steinWe will have a special limited edition 50th Anniversary stein for those who are able to make it. (pictured left). If you have already picked up your stein, please bring it with you!

Appetizers will be provided
Cash Bar


IFLA World Library & Information Congress

August 13-19, 2016
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215


2016 State Fair

August 7, 2016 • 8:00am – 5:00pm
State Fair Park
640 S. 84th St.
West Allis, WI 53214


2016 Society of American Archivists (Joint Annual Meeting)

July 31 – Aug. 6, 2016
The Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303


SOIS Meet & Greet at the Beer GardenBeer-Garden-html

July 22, 2016 • 4:00 – 7:00pm
Hubbard Park Beer Garden
3565 N. Morris Blvd
Shorewood, WI 53211


2016 American Library Association
Annual Conference
June 24-27, 2016
Orlando, FL

Midwest Association of Information Systems Conference (MWAIS)
May 19-20, 2016
Milwaukee, WI

Midwest Archives Conference (MAC)
April 27-30, 2016
Milwaukee, WI

PLA 2016
April 5-9, 2016
Denver, CO


SOIS 50th Anniversary Reception