Campus Connection, April 14, 2014

April 11, 2014

 

UW-L student to restore nature at landfill

Eagle-eye view of the Green Tier landfill.

For a senior capstone class, Christa Booman is organizing a Landfill BioBlitz or biological inventory of the Green Tier Landfill. She is looking for volunteers to help her identify plants and animals at the site. The La Crosse County sustainability coordinator says the landfill would like to find more educational partners to help restore the site and make it a recreational resource for the public.

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In this issue:

Announcements & Notices

Athletics

Campus Kudos

Communications Corner

UWLDining

Human Resources

In The News

Murphy Library Notes

Organization for Campus Women

Physical Wellness

Remembering

Classifieds

Explore UW-L research at April 18 event

Image of a student standing by her research poster while others look on.

UW-L student research is lending insight into invasive species, friendships in the workplace, flaws in eyewitness testimony, the foot-strike pattern of runners, test taking and much more.

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UW-L student regent shares her goals

UW-L student Anicka Purath standing in front of the Hoeschler Tower.

The UW System Board of Regents’ new student member wants to focus on keeping UW System tuition low.

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Distinguished alumni reception May 9

UW-L Alumni Association logo
UW-L will honor and celebrate the achievements of alumni who have distinguished themselves through contributions to their professions and communities during a campus ceremony May 9. RSVP by May 2.

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UW-L Theatre presents drama about clashing values in America’s heartland

Image of man wearing pig mask.
The UW-L Department of Theatre Arts production of “The Mental Children” is an unforgettable drama that explores what happens when fiction becomes a matter of life and death.

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Early Childhood students meet with state representatives

Image of State Sen. Jennifer Shilling talking to UW-L students at the state capitol.
Six UW-L students journeyed to the state capitol April 1 to share their thoughts about best practices for early childhood education. They met with 95th District State Rep. Jill Billings and State Sen. Jennifer Shilling.

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Student volunteer group builds home for Kenyan family

UW-L students pictured with Kenyan family outside the home they built for the family.

A UW-L student volunteer group traveled to Africa in January to make a difference in the world.

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Graduating senior art - a Battleship game open with a hotdog on it.Graduating seniors to exhibit at UW-L show

Thirteen UW-L art students will celebrate the culmination of their undergraduate creative efforts in an upcoming exhibit.

The annual Spring Senior Exhibition opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 18. The show runs through Friday, May 9, at The University Art Gallery on the first floor of the Center for the Arts.

The exhibit features a diverse collection of media and content including printmaking, painting, jewelry, metalwork and photography. Artists in the exhibit include:

  • Aspyn Breuer
  • Mellissa Buss
  • Megan Danahy
  • Ashley Gordon
  • Dana Grant
  • Madison Hager
  • Olivia Kennedy
  • Andrew Musil
  • Amy Peplinski
  • Sam Posso
  • Michael Spicer
  • Amanda Struver
  • Dewayne Wrencher

Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and during events in Toland Theatre. Admission is free. Get more information about the University Gallery and art program.

Headshot image of Mark Reeves.UW-L welcomes new assistant vice chancellor

Mark Reeves, director of Business Services at UW-Eau Claire, will be UW-L’s next assistant vice chancellor for finance. He will oversee the Budget Office, Business Services, Purchasing Services and Contracts and Risk Management starting June 2.

Reeves has over 25 years of business leadership experience in higher education, health care, financial services and public accounting. He has served as the director of Business Services at UW-Eau Claire since 2010. Previous professional experience includes chief financial officer at the Community Health Partnership in Eau Claire; director of Financial Services for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; and a 10-year career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche, in Des Moines, Iowa. Reeves is a certified public account and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin M.B.A. Consortium and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Drake University.

The assistant vice chancellor for finance search and screen committee included:

  • Sandy Chapman, Business Services
  • Mohamed Elhindi, Information Technology Services
  • Mark Haakenson, Business Services
  • Nick Nicklaus, Office of Residence Life
  • Sheri Ross, Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Doug Salmon, Student Affairs
  • Richard Sims, Office of Multicultural Student Services
  • Kristin Stanley, Chair, Budget Office
  • Sherwin Toribio, Associate Professor, Mathematics
  • Jim Treu, Information Technology Services

“The involvement of the campus community along with the fine work of the search committee ensured a very successful outcome to the search for the assistant vice chancellor for finance,” says Bob Hetzel, vice chancellor for administration and finance.

View film ‘Rape in the Fields’ and engage in discussion April 23

A PBS documentary “Rape in the Fields” will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in 1404 Centennial Hall as part of the event “Justice for Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault in the Fields of California, Iowa and Washington.”

After the film, participants are encouraged to engage in discussion from 5:30-8 p.m. with the two lead attorneys from the cases profiled in the documentary, Sonia Parras-Konrad and William Tamayo. The attorneys will discuss the cases and the immigrant victims as well as what people can do to prevent a similar situation from happening again. Tamayo is the regional attorney of the San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Parras-Konrad is of the Law Office of Sonia Parras, PLLC & ASISTA, Des Moines, Iowa.

“Rape in the Fields” is a Frontline investigation of rape on the job for immigrant women. The story unveils the struggle to undocumented women who are working hard to provide for their families while falling prey to field bosses and other male co-workers, according to the Frontline website.

Image with a laptop, ipad and mobile phone that says "UW-L's Virtual Desktop. The software you need 24/7 on your laptop, tablet or smartphone."UW-L’s Virtual Desktop: Access the software you need on your personal device

Imagine being able to access a full Windows 7 desktop with the same software available in the UW-L computer classrooms and labs on your own Windows, Macintosh, iOS or Android device. It would be available whenever you want — on or off campus — as long as you had a reasonably fast Internet connection. The Microsoft Office 2013 Suite, SPSS, Stata, Matlab, ArcGIS, Mathematica and more are there for you to use.

It’s not a dream. It’s UW-L’s Virtual Desktop available right now.

All you need to do is download, install and configure the VMware Horizon View client on your Windows, Macintosh, iOS or Android device. It takes just a few minutes. Add an Internet connection and enter your NetID and password to transform your laptop or tablet into a Windows 7 computer running software needed for a class assignment or work project. Just remember to save your work to your campus U: drive, Google Drive or a USB drive and not to the Virtual Desktop.

Interested? Learn more online and take the Virtual Desktop for a test drive. Questions? Contact the Eagle Help Desk at helpdesk@uwlax.edu or 785.8774.

Watch for campus sidewalk improvements

Facilities Planning and Management will be making sidewalk improvements east of the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center from La Crosse Street to Farwell Street April 15-May 9. Areas will be barricaded to protect pedestrian safety.

Eric Clapton featured at April 18 Album Encounters; ‘Explorers of the International Space Station’ is April Public Program

The next Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show will feature Eric Clapton’s “The Cream of Clapton” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $5.

The Planetarium’s Public Program for April is “Explorers of the International Space Station” The talk, followed by a multimedia audiovisual presentation, will be at 1 p.m. Saturdays 19 and 26.

Admission is $3 for students, seniors and children, and $5 for others.

For more, contact Bob Allen at allen.robe@uwlax.edu or 608.785.8669. Visit the Planetarium website.

Learn about proposed campus tobacco policy

Open forums for students, staff, faculty and community members are scheduled to learn and ask questions about the proposed tobacco-free campus policy. Members and constituents of the Faculty Senate, Classified Staff Council and Academic Staff Council are encouraged to attend one of the forums:

  • 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, Port O Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
  • 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, Port O Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition

View the proposed policy online. The policy applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors during and after campus hours at all UW-L sites.

Symposium on Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology slated April 25

The 18th Annual Symposium on Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology starts at 8 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Radisson Center in La Crosse. The cost is $40 before April 23 and $45 after. Students pay $10. Learn more and register online.

Celebrate the work of College Writing I students at April 18 symposium

The UW-L English Department will host the third annual UW-L College Writing I Symposium Friday, April 18. UW-L students enrolled in ENG 110 and 112 (College Writing I) courses will present original papers on a wide variety of research topics. Multiple, hour-long paper sessions will begin at 9:55 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:10 p.m.  Join the classes at the registration and welcome room in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall for one, two, or all three sessions.  To request a program or for more information contact Darci Thoune, Freshman Writing Program coordinator, at dthoune@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6921.

International Teaching Opportunities: Summer 2015

The Office of International Education has three opportunities for faculty interested in teaching in summer study abroad programs.

Consider spending a summer teaching in England, Ireland or Scotland. A brief description of each program and the application is available on the Office of International Education website. For more information contact Sandra Sieber, assistant director of International Education, at ssieber@uwlax.edu or 785.8925, or visit the Office of International Education, 1209 Centennial Hall. Applications must be received by May 1.

New UW-L festival offers a taste of everything in art, communication

Take a class with a guest composer. Paint on an open canvas. Witness a student debate on global warming. The first ever UW-L Creative Imperatives Festival April 13-16 will bring together UW-L students, faculty and distinguished guests to lead workshops, perform, lecture and stimulate thought and creativity. The festival highlighting UW-L’s School of Arts and Communication is free and open to the public.

Film festival poster highlighting covers of films, dates and times. ‘Taped’ is environmental film to be shown April 17

Explore environmental issues in the U.S. and the world through a six-week film series. “Tapped” will be shown Thursday, April 17. All films are free and begin at 7 p.m.  in 1309 Centennial Hall. Students for Sustainability is hosting the festival.

Coming up:

  •  “Do The Math” — Wednesday, April 23
  • “Waste Land” — Thursday, April 24

More than just Greek letters – published in “PeerSpectives”

Have you ever seen students walking around wearing Greek letters and asked yourself: “What do those letters mean?”

“Fraternities and sororities are designed to change the world,” says Alex Brown, the UW-L fraternity and sorority adviser. “They are designed to help our members become better scholars, to teach them leadership skills, to provide the opportunity to give back through service and philanthropy and to create relationships and a network like no other.”

While each fraternity and sorority has a set of unique values, the fraternity/sorority community (FSC) has four main pillars: scholarship, leadership, service and friendship. Each organization has a GPA requirement and each fraternity and sorority consistently ranks higher than UW-L’s men’s average and women’s average GPA.

Being part of the FSC goes beyond the college years.

“Involvement in the FSC provides UW-L students an opportunity to gain a variety of experiences in leadership, service, friendship and academics — all of which are very applicable skills for future professions,” says Whitney Hedge, the fraternity and sorority graduate assistant at UW-L.

The FSC at UW-L is comprised of two sororities: Alpha Phi and Alpha Xi Delta, and five fraternities: Delta Sigma Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Chi Phi, Alpha Sigma Phi and Sigma Tau Gamma.

Read the full version of ‘PeerSpectives.’

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News and upcoming events

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Eagles Nest
    A weekly radio show sponsored by the L-Club and highlighting UW-L Athletics, is broadcast from the Eagle’s Nest every Wednesday night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Classic Rock 100.1 Learn more about Eagles All Access.

Baseball vs. Saint Mary’s

  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Copeland Park. Find ticket information
  • Fan Frenzy and free schedule poster giveaway

Softball vs. Luther College

  • Frisbee giveaway to the first 100 fans
  • Free schedule poster giveaway

Softball  vs. UW-Platteville

  • Fan frenzy and free schedule poster giveaway

Track & Field Phil Esten Challenge

  • Eagles help Veterans soar. Donations can be made at event or contact a track and field member to pledge your support – all proceeds benefit Freedom Honor Flight.
  • Free schedule poster giveaway

Tennis vs. UW-Whitewater

  • 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. Find ticket information
  • Free schedule poster giveaway

Tennis vs. UW-Oshkosh

  • Free schedule poster giveaway

Eagle Eye Open Golf Outing

  • Monday, June 16, at the La Crosse Country Club
  • Featuring UW-L teams at each hole

Eagle Kidz Klub Memberships Now Available!
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Campus Kudos artwork.

Jason Bertrand, Wellness Coordinator, was a contributing author in the book “The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social Medical, and Cultural Aspect” by Michael Brennan. Bertrand wrote about the topics of drugs, tobacco and alcohol.

Keith Beyer, Chemistry; Jason Schroeder,’09, doctoral student at the University of California-Irvine; and Jared Kissinger, UW-L senior and chemistry major, had their research, “Temperature-Dependent Deliquescence Relative Humidities and Water Activities Using Humidity Controlled Thermogravimetric Analysis with Application to Malonic Acid,” published in the April 4 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry part A. This research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Atmospheric Chemistry program.

Enilda A. Delgado, Sociology/Archaeology, presented a research paper, “Beyond the Black-White Test Score Gap: Latinos’ Early School Experiences and Literacy Outcomes,” at the American Educational Research Association annual meetings April 3-6 in Philadelphia, Pa. This paper was co-authored with Laurie Cooper Stoll, Sociology/Archaeology.

Jearold Holland, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation, published a book, “Cultural Competence in Recreation Therapy: Working with African Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Hmong Americans, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Rican Americans.” The 197-page book, published by Idyll Arbor, Inc., addresses the importance of cultural diversity in the recreation therapy curriculum and practice.

Nick Williams, Manny Felix, Terri Hepler, and Garth Tymeson, all Exercise and Sport Science, presented “Perspectives on adapted physical education transition programs for students with disabilities” at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, in April, in St. Louis. Tymeson also presented “Maintaining physical education in the reauthorization of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).”

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University Communications:
the go-to communications resource for advancing UW-La Crosse
115 Graff Main Hall (the southeast corner)

What is newsworthy?

Not sure whether your news would interest the media? The News & Marketing team can provide guidance. We’re always interested in hearing about:

  • Research findings: The media is most interested in your research breakthrough if it will impact or interest the general public. Reporters also pay more attention to peer-reviewed work about to be published in a journal or presented at a conference or government hearing.
  • Well-known campus visitors: UW-L draws famous individuals each year to speak at special gatherings including conferences, lectures and graduation ceremonies. Prominent scholars also spend time teaching on campus; let us know if you’re about to host such a visitor.
  • Major announcements: Let the News & Marketing team know if a faculty member or student has received an important award or if your department has acquired a significant gift or grant.
  • Events: The campus calendar is filled with events throughout the year, but certain ones, especially those on newsy or otherwise fascinating topics, would catch a reporter’s eye. We can help attract coverage of such events.
  • Human interest stories: Reporters are always interested in a good human interest story, whether it’s about an extraordinary person or project. We’re always interested in stories about students and their one-of-a-kind contributions to UW-L and the community.
  • Unique new courses: As each new semester is about to begin, the News & Marketing team looks for unique new courses whether they are trendy or would simply be fun for the public to read about.
  • Community service: University staff and students greatly impact the community. Let us know about the unique things you or your students do in the community so we can share your impact.

*To properly promote events, provide information at least three weeks before the event occurs.

 

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What’s Happening In Dining Services

Stop in to try the week’s featured limited time offers!

Cartwright Center Galley:

  • Chef’s Table (Tuesdays and Thursdays): Chicken Spinach Lasagna Casserole
  • Cyclone Salads: Garden Caesar & Chicken Salad
  • Slice of Life: Chicken Florentine Pizza
  • Original Burger Company: Southwest Steak Wrap

Whitney Center Residence Dining:

  • Mindful Wednesdays at 360 for dinner: Turkey Chili
  • Daily Recipes From Home

Did you know …

Premium dinner at Whitney Center starting at 4:30 p.m., April 17. Stop by to enjoy some pork roast or salmon along with accompanying sides. Just one 14/19 meal swipe or block.

Check out our NEW promotions at Einstein Bros Bagels!

Get your Beverage Loyalty Card today at Starbucks, Murphy’s Mug and Einstein Bros Bagels.

Buy nine and get the 10th FREE! Any size, hot or cold … including coffees, espresso creations, teas and hot chocolate. Excludes pre-packaged beverages. Use at one or all three of our coffee shop locations.

Purchase a UW-L Dining Eco Mug at Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks or Murphy’s Mug for $5 and receive 10 percent off every drink refill at those locations.

Stay in the loop …

Check out the Dining Services website at www.uwlaxdining.com for dining hours, menus, promotions and more.

Like Dining Services on Facebook at facebook.com/uwlaxdining to be a part of what’s happening in Dining Services

Everything You Want to Know About Protein

Proteins are essential nutrients, found inside every cell in the body. They are used for growth and maintenance, including tissue and muscle repair. In general, about 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories should come from protein. Adult women should eat about 46 grams of protein a day, and adult men should eat about 56 grams a day.

Most people in the United States actually get more than enough protein. A 2009 to 2010 U.S. food survey found that, on average, women eat about 70 grams of protein per day, and men eat about 100 grams. Our bodies typically use a maximum of 20 to 30 grams of protein from a single meal. Beyond that, any additional protein in a meal or bar won’t confer an extra tissue-repair or muscle-building.

A bar or shake might seem like an easy way to get the recommended amount of protein, but you’re better off getting the nutrient from real food. High-protein bars and shakes are often high in calories and sugar, and don’t leave people feeling full in the same way that a well-rounded meal, with a variety of flavors and nutrients, does. Foods also have other nutrients and components that are good for you. For example, meat is high in protein and also a good source of iron.

The portion size for meat is 3 oz, about the size of a deck of cards.

Good sources of protein include: beef, pork, poultry, fish, legumes, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, soy products and nuts and nut butters. Vegetable proteins offer additional nutrients like fiber and healthy fats. Protein needs can easily be met by eating a variety of plant-based foods. Be sure to include a variety of high protein foods as part of your balanced diet.

Human Resources artwork.

Welcome, new employees:

Brian Janes, Power Plant Operator-Senior, Power Plant.

In the News artwork.

UW-L in the news

A summary of some of the stories about UW-La Crosse spotted in the news.

UW-L students turn negative social media into a positive,” WXOW, April 2.

UW-La Crosse students are working to turn a life-threatening social media craze into life-enhancing moments…

“UW-L wrestlers visit Eagle Bluff Elementary students,” WXOW, April 1.

UW-La Crosse wrestlers visited kindergarten students at Eagle Bluff Elementary school on Tuesday. Wrestlers read stories to students and helped students write letters to loved ones…

“Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional high school art exhibit,” La Crosse Tribune, April 4

Artwork from high school students in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District will be exhibited at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Rep. Ron Kind …

“La Crosse native Don Iverson fondly recalls times at Augusta National,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5

In 1974, Iverson, a La Crosse native, was in his fourth year on the PGA Tour. He had … His résumé includes two state junior titles, the 1966 State Amateur and the ’66 NAIA Championship while he was at UWLa Crosse. He also won …

 “UW-L Child Care Center celebrates Week of the Young Child,” WXOW.com, April 7

A 4 year old girl received recognition Monday as part of National Week of the Young Child. The Great Rivers …

Roundball Rumble on the River’ raises money for UW-L Athletics,” WKBT, April 8

It was part of the department’s 19th annual “Roundball Rumble on the River” at the Waterfront restaurant in La Crosse. The night was a chance for …

“Visiting author offers window in immigrant life,” La Crosse Tribune, April 9

The nationally acclaimed author visited the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Tuesday to share stories with students. For all of the mirrors she …

 “Approval for UW-L’s recreational Eagle Center expansion starts with students,” WEAU-TV, April 8.

…UW-L is hoping to build an approximately 30,000 square foot addition on the southwest corner of the current building…

“Residents weigh in on redistricting in Wisconsin,” La Crosse Tribune, April 9.

La Crosse-area residents and students gathered inside of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Centennial Hall Tuesday night to discuss redistricting with a panel of political experts…

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UW-L’s Murphy Library sets book sale

Readers can get an early start on their summer book collection at the annual spring Murphy Library book sale at UW-L. The sale runs Tuesday-Thursday, April 22-24, in room 270 Murphy Library. Hours are: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m.-noon Thursday.

Specials run from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday when a bagful of books is $5 and from 9 a.m.–noon Thursday when books are free.

A large variety of books will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the Murphy Library Staff Development Fund.

Library “Fine Print” newsletter

The spring 2014 issue of the “Murphy Library Fine Print” newsletter is now available. This issue of the Fine Print answers questions such as:

  • Which photos from the archives will be on a national TV program?
  • Why were people reading out loud (loudly) in the library?
  • Why was there so much steam in the library a couple of weeks ago?
  • How can you read – without paying – the Chronicle of Higher Education from on and off campus?
  • Who is “Milly,” and why do people like her so much?

Find the Fine Print at the library homepage.

Library survey closing soon

Murphy Library thanks the many people who have already completed the LibQUAL+ library survey and encourages those who have not yet done so to take the survey as soon as possible.

The survey closes Tuesday, April 22. Everyone should have received an email with a link to the survey. Learn more about the survey.

Participants may register for incentives that include a Kindle Fire HDX 7” tablet, an individual library study room for the fall 2014 semester, gift certificates from Amazon.com and Campus Dining.

 

OCW artwork.

‘Ten objects that changed the world’ is topic of April 23 OCW Spring Symposium

Ariel Beaujot, UW-L assistant professor of history, will discuss the “10 Objects that Changed the World — and One that Changed Wisconsin” during the 2014 Organization for Campus Women Spring Symposium at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. The event is open to all.

What people wear, eat — even the coffee shops they frequent — all provide clues about their values and personalities. This daily consumption pattern is part of a long commodity chain that links people to world history. Beaujot will address how such things — seemingly in the background of daily life — have shaped wars, revolutions, women’s emancipation and slavery. She invites the audience to reflect on their own consumption.

Beaujot, author of “Victorian Fashion Accessories,” is a materials culture specialist.

Lunch is included for $5. The event is free for those who opt out of lunch. RSVP to either Shelle Gholson sgholson@uwlax.edu or Teri Talpe ttalpe@uwlax.edu by Sunday, April 20.

Physical Wellness artwork

Water challenge: Learn how to squeeze more H2O into your day

“The Water You Drinking Challenge” started yesterday! Print off the attached tracker or pick one up in Human Resources or the Student Life office.

Water Tactics that Make Every Day an 8-cup Success, by Cindy Dyson, SparkPeople member

Eight glasses of water every day? No matter how you pour them, that’s a lot of liquid. We’re talking cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily quota — increased fat burning, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion, fewer cravings — doesn’t make drinking it (or dealing with increased bathroom visits) any less of a struggle for many of us.

If you feel like you’re barely treading water when it comes to drinking your water, don’t despair. There are lots of little secrets — time-honored tricks that those elusive “water drinkers” use — that even you can try to transform yourself into an H2O-guzzling machine.

For best results, try the two that Spark your interest immediately, then add one each week until you’re getting all the water you need. And remember, there is no magic number. The recommended eight cups a day is not a one-size fits all. You’ll need more if you’re sweating through workouts; less if you eat a lot of water-rich fruits and vegetables.

1. Try comfort water

This is a great tactic for coffee and tea drinkers. While you’re waiting for the coffee to brew, nuke a glass of water (or herbal tea), squeeze in a bit of lemon and sip while you wait. Try another cup of warm water after you’ve had a mug or two of coffee. Hot water is also a great treat on a cold afternoon or evening. Invest in a new kind of herbal tea every time you grocery shop until you’ve found a couple that are just right.

2. Tag your water bottle

Splurge on the perfect reusable water bottle. Whether it’s your favorite color or a unique design, the more you bond with your bottle, the less likely you’ll be to lose it. Slap an inspirational sticker or image onto it or even write on it with a permanent marker. Now you’re ready to drink from it throughout the day — don’t forget to refill it as soon as it’s empty.

3. Sip up

Gulping all that water can seem daunting. So get a package of straws to slowly sip it instead. You can even pick up a water bottle with built-in straw.

4. Become a connoisseur

Think of water drinking like wine tasting. Taste the various brands and types of bottled waters available (sparkling, spring, mineral, vitamin-enhanced, reverse osmosis, filtered, fruit-flavored, etc). Be sure to read the labels as some “waters” have significantly added calories. Many bottles of water contain two to three cups of water.

5. Drink water and drive

Keep your water bottle next to you every time you hop into the car, or buy a package of bottled water to keep in the car. Whenever you’re driving about, your water will be within easy reach from your car’s cup holder. Think about other places you can stash some water bottles (under your desk, next to the couch, in your purse and more).

6. Drink your vitamins

Create your own vitamin drink. Consider combining your water with your vitamin supplements, if you take any. There are several powdered vitamin supplements that are designed to be mixed with water. Some contain little to no calories too. If you prefer to take vitamins in tablet form, then promise yourself to drink at least one whole cup of water every time you take them

7. Fill your dinner glass

Set a glass of water at each place setting at the dinner table just like restaurants do. Don’t fret about drinking it all — just place it there. By sipping water between every few bites, you’ll slow you down and enjoy your meal more, while also meeting your water needs.

8. Filter out

Sometimes tap water just isn’t very good. If your well or city water leaves a bad taste in your mouth, change it. Get a faucet or pitcher filter to keep out the bad and leave in the good.

9. Pace yourself

Holding (and drinking from) a cup of water will help you pace yourself at social events, parties and dinners that offer tempting food and drink. Try drinking a cup of water between bites of the calorie abomination you’re faced with. It is hard to eat an entire piece of cake if you have to drink a glass of water between every single bite! To keep the wine, beer or liquor from ruining your calorie count, drink a cup of water for every glass of alcohol you consume. (I’m a wine drinker, so I fill up my wine glass with water every time I empty it of wine.) Not only does this help to limit your consumption, but it helps counteract alcohol’s dehydrating effects. And when you have a glass in hand—no matter what’s in it—you won’t be bombarded with more drink offers in the meantime.

10. Find watering holes

When out and about, make it a point to stop by drinking fountains, drink your water when out to lunch while reading the menu, and by all means if someone offers you a cup of herbal tea, say yes.

11. Combine habits

Get in the habit of drinking a cup of water when you do other things in your daily routine. Love long baths? Fill your water bottle when filling the tub. Working out? Keep your bottle beside you. Heading for bed? Set a glass on the nightstand. Reading by the fire? Always bring a cup of tea along. Develop water habits that go with your routines.

12. Reward your hard work

Make a habit of having special water after each workout, for example. This can be water you gussy up yourself with a slice of lemon or lime, a fruit-flavored water, or (what I enjoy) a tall sparking mineral water.

Just a couple of these tricks can push you across the eight-cup finish line fairly painlessly. So raise a glass and tell your metabolism who’s the boss. Sometimes, simply conquering your water goal is enough to set you on the right path in even more areas. Cheers!

Cindy Dyson is a novelist, who discovered SparkPeople through her sister. Although she doesn’t struggle with getting enough water anymore, several members of her SparkTeam do. She created this list to help them, but found herself enjoying water more than ever as a result.

Use this tracker sheet to monitor water consumption

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Bobby “Pro” B. Gowland died Sunday, April 6. A Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education,  Gowland was a member of the UW-L faculty from 1956-90. For information about his services visit the La Crosse Tribune website.

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Men’s XL Diamondback Hybred bike. 23″ frame, new tires, tubes and crank bearing, well maintained. $40 OBO. Contact Pat 608.534.5860.

Men’s Raleigh bike. 17″ aluminum frame hybred. Rode very little. $190.00 firm. Contact Pat 608.534.5860.