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January 28, 2023

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Farewell to five-digit phone dialing

For years, UW-Madison and state Centrex phone users have been able to contact each other by simply dialing a five-digit version of their phone numbers. This dialing process will gradually stop working as campus transitions to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). In preparation for the transition, DoIT encourages all Centrex users to begin dialing:

  • 9 + the seven-digit phone number for calls within your area code
  • 9 + 1 + area code + seven-digit phone number for calls outside your area code

 If you dial a five-digit extension from a Centrex line and don’t get through, please redial using the 9 + the seven-digit phone number. All users can dial 911 to make emergency calls.

This change is part of the service conversion from Centrex analog to Cisco VoIP service, affecting about 20,000 UW–Madison phone users. It does not affect those who are already using the Cisco VoIP service.

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Try TSA investment counseling sessions

Are you on track saving for your future? Take advantage of free counseling sessions as part of the UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program, a supplemental retirement savings plan. Individual counseling sessions are available with Fidelity (call 1-800-642-7131 or go to; and TIAA (call 1-800-732-8353 or go to Local advisors are available at Lincoln (608-238-8388), and Ameriprise (608-819-0500);  T. Rowe Price provides counseling sessions over the phone at 1-888-263-2899.

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Madison regulates moped parking; review of UW moped rules

The Madison Common Council has passed a new ordinance banning moped parking on sidewalks and terraces – the area between the sidewalk and curb – that takes effect Jan. 1. Mopeds will be treated like motorcycles; they cannot park at or near bicycle parking areas. Only designated on- or off-street stall parking will be allowed. UW-Madison requires a moped parking permit and has designated moped parking areas throughout campus. Mopeds are treated as vehicles on the UW-Madison campus and cannot park at or near bicycle areas or – for safety reasons – in gated parking garages/ramps. Mopeds cannot be operated on sidewalks, disabled access aisles, bike paths or other restricted areas.    
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