Honoring History

Students have moved in and are now enjoying their new residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The building, which hosts 408 students, features great views of Lake Mendota, and has been named “Dejope”  meaning four lakes. University administrators wanted to honor this historical area and continue educating people on the significance and importance of the role of native Indians in  Wisconsin and across the United States. UW worked with individuals within the Ho-Chunk Nation who granted permission to use the name “Dejope.”

Within the new residence hall students are making use of the Four Lakes Market that provides a variety of meals, a convenience store, a Bean and Creamery store with Starbucks coffee and a UW Health Services clinic.  Outside, students have access to a large patio and a fire circle which further enhances the goal of making the dining area and its environs a friendly gathering place. Mackey Mitchell’s project team included Dan Mitchell, Gwynn Zivic and Andy Noll.