Aug. 8, 2011

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Student studies the math behind baseball

Ali Khalili, UW-L math and physics major, wants to know what mathematical equations will lead him to find the sweet spot on a bat. Learn about his research project and more during the Fifth Annual College of Science and Health Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Cartwright Center.

Steppin’ Out in Pink walk is Sept. 10

Support local research for breast cancer during this walk Saturday, Sept. 10. The Organization for Campus Women has a team and all are encouraged to join.

Irish hiking tour group visits rocky cliffs, historic ruins

Gary Walth, UW-L director of Choral Music Studies, led an Irish hiking tour through UW-L Continuing Education and Extension July 22-29. In future trips Walth plans to do more cultural and music stops en route.

UW-L Youth Sports and Fitness Camp combines physical activity, fun

Hula hoops, waters balloons and Frisbees were just a few of the tools used to keep kids moving this summer at UW-L’s Summer Youth Sports and Fitness Camp Aug. 1-3.

UW-L’s Spring 2011 Graduate list is now available online

Announcements artwork.

Recall election is Aug. 9

A recall election in the 32nd State Senate District will be Tuesday, Aug. 9. Information is available on the City of La Crosse and County of La Crosse websites.

A smooth transition to new campus usernames

Information Technology Services has undertaken a number of significant projects this summer in preparation for the fall semester. One major project was the change of NETID (8.4 usernames) on Aug. 1. Mohamed Elhindi, UW-L’s chief information officer, says, “The change went exceedingly well. The staff was well prepared and the campus handled the transition very positively.” The change will help make the login process more convenient, make it easier to differentiate between student and faculty e-mail and eliminate confusion.

To ensure problems were addressed immediately, additional help desk staff were available to answer calls. In addition ITS staff and Elhindi personally walked around campus to check in with departments and address any issues in person.

“It was our way to have closer contact with our end users and to address problems in person,” added Elhindi. People who have any additional questions can call the newly renamed “Eagle Help Desk” at 785-8774.

Other significant projects are a new campus-wide ITS technology training program which is available for faculty and staff. Additional training opportunities will be available to students.
The initial training priorities will be in 1) Windows 7 and Office 2010, 2) technology classroom training in Centennial Hall, 3) D2L, and iPads. Review training schedules. Training opportunities will continually be added to the list so check it often.

Other large ITS project will be the campus migration to Windows 7 and Office 2010, improving the speed of UW-L’s network infrastructure and enhancing wireless connectivity by making it more secure and user friendly.

Do you order print? Two opportunities to learn UW-L’s new print process

Purchasing Office and Creative Services print purchasing seminar

This seminar will clarify when orders are best suited for DigiCOPY; when orders should go through the UW-L’s Purchasing Agent, Gerry Hyzer, as well as when Creative Services can be of assistance. The session is 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 102 Wing Technology Center. Pre-registration is required; register here.

Online ordering training sessions for DigiCOPY

DigiCOPY, UW-L’s new print service, will provide training sessions on using the customized online ordering system to the campus community. A total of six hands-on sessions are planned Aug. 17 and 18, 150 Murphy Library. Attendees will use their department account/funding code(s) to test and place a print order. In order to facilitate the hands-on training session, departmental account/funding code(s) must be set up in advance of the training. All attendees must email Gerry Hyzer, UW-L print purchasing agent, and copy their supervisor (in the subject line of email enter DigiCOPY Account Set-up) with the following information:

  1. Your first and last name
  2. Email address
  3. Department/Office
  4. UW-L Campus Address
  5. Phone Number
  6. 10-digit Funding Code – list all that will be used for printing orders (example: 128-1-072412)

The deadline for the training registration and the email to Gerry authorizing account set-up is Aug. 10. We strongly encourage all staff that will be placing printing orders with DigiCOPY to attend one of these sessions. Note: the 10:15-11:45 a.m. Aug. 17 session is full. Register for a session.

Disability and access statements are recommended

The Office of Affirmative Action and the Office of Disability Resource Services would like to remind, and strongly encourage all UW-L faculty and instructional academic staff to place the following statement in syllabi at the beginning of each semester, place it on the blackboard/bulletin board in the classrooms where you teach and add it to any emails/web-based course materials you may be using. The method(s) used should be based on the ability to provide this statement to all of the students in your classes. By providing this statement, faculty and instructional academic staff will be ensuring disability disclosure and also informing students of their willingness to provide reasonable accommodations for those students with a disability. The following statement should be used:

“Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, or hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and the Disability Resource Services Office (165 Murphy Library) at the beginning of the semester.”

Please Note: Students who are currently using Disability Resource Services will have a copy of a contract that verifies they are qualified students with disabilities who have documentation on file in the Disability Resource Service Office.

It is also important for all faculty, academic staff, and classified staff to be aware of disability access information. When planning conferences, events, and activities, have someone in your office or department be responsible for handling requests for accommodations. Call Disability Resource Services at 785.6900 for assistance with arranging and implementing accommodations. In registration brochures, invitations, or fliers use the following access statement: “To request disability accommodations, please contact (name, department, address, and phone number).”

Publications such as college bulletins, program brochures, class schedules, newsletters and instructional publications must be provided in alternative formats (Braille, large print, tape, electronic) upon request. In these publications use the following statement: “This publication/material is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact (name, department, address, and phone number).”

Any questions regarding this information should be directed to Carmen Wilson, chief of staff and affirmative action officer, or John Palmer, Disability Resource Services director.

Campus Kudos artwork.

Lalita Hogan, English, presented “Plucking from Memory a Rooted Sorrow: Arts of Healing and the Sufi Qawalli in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool” at the session on “Macbeth on International Screen,” part of the 9th World Shakespeare Congress, held in Prague, Czech Republic, July 17-22, 2011. Hogan also published a book chapter, “Emotion, Cognition and Aesthetic Form in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara and Shakespeare’s Othello,” in “ARTS: A Science Matter,” edited by Maria Burguete and Lui Lam, published by World Scientific Press, 2011, 293-316. ISBN-13-978-981-4324-93-9 and 10-981-4324-93-0

Human Resources artwork.

New employees

Gary Ellis, custodian, University Centers, Aug. 1.
Beth Wieman, custodian, Custodial Services, Aug. 2
Jennifer Hommerding, intern, Office of Counseling of Testing, Aug. 8
Kristen Marin, intern, Office of Counseling of Testing, Aug. 8
Danielle DeSerano, research intern, Exercise and Sport Science, Aug. 10
Christine Lamers, research intern, Exercise and Sport Science, Aug. 10
Joel Luedke, research intern, Exercise and Sport Science, Aug. 10

Transfers

Catherine Fowler, Eagle Hall, Residence Life, July 31
Duane Bell, Eagle Hall, Residence Life, July 31

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Home for rent in Onalaska. Four bedroom, Colonial home located on a cul-de-sac, vinyl privacy fence and large children’s play area. Great location. Contact Brian 785.8181.

Room for rent. Empty-nesters in Onalaska have a room available for rent the 2011-12 school year for a non-smoking professional. Own bedroom and private bath (not attached) and garage space. Perfect for someone who needs lodging during the work week in the La Crosse area. Rent negotiable depending on usage. Utilities, wi-fi and cable included. Contact Kim roominona@gmail.com

For sale. Televisions, computer desks, end tables, pictures, clothes (size xs and small in ladies and size medium in men’s) for sale. Contact Jamy Brye at 608-386-0243 or jbrye@uwlax.edu for more information.