Senior to use Twitter in UW System "Knowledge Powers Wisconsin" campaign

Feb. 25, 2013

Nate Moll is infamous among friends and colleagues for wearing his tour guide hat. Now, Moll will use Twitter to showcase his many other hats and the best that UW-Madison has to offer as the third voice behind @UWPowersMe, a UW System initiative that features student, faculty and alumni from a different UW school each week.

Photo: Nate Moll

Moll

The social media campaign is one part of Knowledge Powers Wisconsin, an effort to highlight the contributions of UW System institutions to the state.

Moll recently sat down with The Weekly to discuss his plans to highlight campus life through March 4 with his photography, social media savvy and his passion for all things UW-Madison.

The Weekly: Tell us the basics. Hometown? Major? What do you do outside of classes?

Nate Moll: Fifth-year senior from Winona, Minnesota. I’m majoring in biological aspects of conservation and environmental studies. I’m currently involved with multimedia for Visitor and Information Programs, I’m a photographer for the Center for the First-Year Experience, and I help with Wisconsin Union Directorate graphic design and social media.

TW: What makes UW-Madison home to you?

NM: This isn’t a place of brick and mortar. The people here make this place great. It’s a place where you can express your ideas with positive people that inspire you. My friendships with both administrators and students that want to care about my experiences are something special for a school this large.

TW: Why do you want to help with @UWPowersMe?

NM: I want to give people who aren’t in Madison a glimpse of the Wisconsin Experience. I truly believe that this is one of the best places in the world. Heck, it’s in my Twitter bio that I love the Wisconsin Idea and that’s a fact.

“This isn’t a place of brick and mortar. The people here make this place great. It’s a place where you can express your ideas with positive people that inspire you.”

Nate Moll

TW: What is your favorite thing about living in Madison?

NM: It’s the best of both worlds. I can be in a city when I want and I can be with nature. You can’t beat a seat on the Terrace with a view of the Red Gym. There’s always something beautiful to photograph and post to Instagram.

TW: What do you bring to @UWPowersMe that another Badger wouldn’t?

NM: I’m a first-generation Badger and I’m the only person in my family to go to a public school. I’ve been able to show my family how great of an institution I attend and how life-altering my experience has been.

TW: What will be the hardest part of running @UWPowersMe?

NM: I’ve got to figure out a way to compact five years of adventures into a week of tweeting; also, proving that I’m not a robot. I know that I I come off like an admissions brochure — but my affinity for UW-Madison is what keeps me going.

—Alex Kowalsky