September 3, 2020 | By Wisconsin School of Business | Photos by Paul L. Newby II | Back to news

Although it was anything but a typical start, Wisconsin School of Business students, staff, and faculty kicked off the Fall 2020 semester with the first day of class on September 2. Following University of Wisconsin–Madison Smart Restart guidelines for COVID-19, the School is prioritizing health and safety by using a hybrid model of course delivery.

WSB photographer Paul L. Newby II chronicles the day in pictures.


Students and visitors to the Wisconsin School of Business enter Grainger Hall and use a sanitizing station on the first day of class. Masks are mandatory for all students, staff, and faculty per UW–Madison’s Smart Restart policy.


First-year student Andy Ellis, a marketing and finance major, gets a head start on studying in the Capital Café.


Fabio B. Gaertner, associate professor of accounting and information systems, teaches a finance class to Wisconsin MBA students in one of WSB’s collaborative learning classrooms.


Students sit a minimum of six feet from one another for in-person classes.


Winnie Xie, a junior majoring in finance and accounting, studies in the Learning Commons at Grainger Hall.


Lecturer Tim Buhl teaches a marketing course in the Morgridge Auditorium.


WSB student worker Ola Coker, a senior studying industrial engineering, cleans a lecture hall between classes.


A Wisconsin MBA student shows her Badger pride by wearing a Wisconsin mask.


Students wearing masks sit six feet apart for a class at Grainger Hall
Students maintain a distance of six feet as they take a class in the repurposed undergraduate lounge.


Stacie Laplante, associate professor of accounting and information systems, wears PPE as she teaches a corporate tax class.


Wisconsin MBA student Renita Clayton talks with Gaertner after class.


A student listens to her instructor review the syllabus on the first day of class.


Coker looks over custodian Tashi Bhuti’s cleaning list on the first day of class at Grainger Hall.


Addie Siepmann, a junior real estate major, works on an appraisal report from her summer internship in the Learning Commons.


A Wisconsin MBA student asks a question while classmates listen in from physically distanced seating.