Meet Lance, one of the helpful faces behind Safer Badgers. As a sound and light engineer who is passionate about trends in audiovisual gear and design, Lance can’t wait to get back to working live events at the Terrace, Der Rathskeller and The Sett. (Lance, center, is pictured at a pre-pandemic live band event on the Terrace with two student staff members.) That’s why he’s optimistic about his new part-time role as a Badger Wellness Ambassador on campus—and the role the new university COVID-19 testing requirements play in re-introducing vibrant elements of “normal” campus life. “Is there anything better than a warm evening with a beautiful sunset over the lake and a great band playing on the Terrace at Memorial Union?” asks Lance, who has worked for UW–Madison for over 11 years. “I miss this a ton. The sooner we can all start to return to somewhat normal of ‘the before times,’ the happier we will all be.” Until then, you’ll find Lance and a team of Badger Wellness Ambassadors stationed at many building entrances across campus to check for the green checkmark your Badger Badge—helping to ensure that those entering university facilities are doing so safely, staying in compliance with the new campus regulations. And when we can safely return to holding more live events on campus, Lance looks forward to once again working with and mentoring the student staff at the Wisconsin Union. “It’s great to see their transformation from when they first start with us to when they graduate,” Lance said.  “They become great sound and light techs with a passion for live events, music and production.” While some students go on to work in the industry, others are well-equipped for different career paths, Lance says, having honed their skills in troubleshooting, prioritization and staying cool under pressure in time-crunched, stressful situations. When Lance isn’t working on campus or serving on the University Staff Congress, you might find this avid board/tabletop gamer playing one of the 250-plus games in his collection, or binge watching a sci-fi series and Netflix food shows like Ugly Delicious or Chef’s Table: BBQ.

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