Campus Connection April 2, 2012

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UW-L program, students honored for adapted physical education initiatives

A UW-L program in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science has received national recognition for helping persons with disabilities and preparing professionals in the field.

Everything you need to know to vote on April 3

The spring election will be held Tuesday, April 3. Vote for the person you want to be your party’s candidate in the next presidential election. Also vote for Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judge, County Nonpartisan Offices, Municipal Offices, School District Offices and referenda. The library’s Voting Resources page provides complete, unbiased and accurate information about many critical election-related topics.

UW-L’s Outdoor Connection offers spring rentals

The La Crosse area provides numerous opportunities to enjoy spring outdoors, and UW-L’s Outdoor Connection helps students and community members alike through offering rental services and recreational programs.

UW-L students travel, give back during Spring Break

Archaeology Professor Christine Hippert led 10 undergraduate students in UW-L’s first Alternative Spring Break Trip to the Dominican Republic March 10-18. Their mission: devote time to service projects and further develop their understanding of race.

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Group in maroon and Lisa in maroon.

Maroon and proud

Faculty and staff across campus took the opportunity to LIVEMAROON Friday, March 30, in conjunction with Jeans Day.

Office staff from Budget and Finance, photo left, showed their pride wearing their “LIVEMAROON” T-shirts.

Lisa Caya, a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department, right, added nostalgia to her maroon attire by wearing the UW-L sweatshirt she purchased from the University Bookstore when she came to campus as freshman Lisa Wakeen in fall 1987. “It was the first UW-L sweatshirt that I bought and I proudly wore it across campus,” Caya, ’91, recalls. The La Crosse native returned to campus in 2001 after doctoral studies at Auburn University and the University of Texas. She coordinates the Child Youth Care Program in the department.

You can win a T-shirt at the next LIVEMAROON Get-Together in May.


Students with Chancellor Joe Gow.


UW-L students share research at annual Posters in the Rotunda event

Four UW-L students traveled to the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda for the annual Posters in the Rotunda event March 7. They shared their research with Wisconsin legislators, students and faculty from across the UW System and others who passed by the second floor. Pictured, from left, Kory Wilkinson, UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow, Molly Fahrenkrog, Greta Foley and Maria Moritz. Read more at Students take their research results to the state capitol.

Cartwright Center aerial view.

Proposed student center design — aerial view.

Student Center questions answered online

• Cartwright Center looks fine. Why are we looking to replace the building?
• Where would the new student center be located?
• Is it true that if Cartwright is repaired, it would be closed for up to two years?

These are just three of the questions answered on a Frequently-Asked-Questions Web page developed to provide information about the university’s student center.

Students will vote April 10 on whether to repair Cartwright Center or to replace the 50-year-old building that has issues with plumbing, heating, air conditioning, accessibility, safety codes, a leaking roof, and flooding issues after downpours.

Visit  for more information about the options.

Events to raise awareness about sexual violence prevention slated for April

Christopher Kilmartin.

Christopher Kilmartin

A brown bag lunch and presentation with visiting college professor Christopher Kilmartin Wednesday, April 4, begins a series of events on campus in April to raise awareness about sexual violence prevention.

Kilmartin, a college professor, author, stand-up comedian, actor, playwright, consultant and professional psychologist, will present “Guy Fi: The Fictions that Rule Men’s Lives” at a brown bag lunch from noon-1 p.m. in the Cameron Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall. He’ll have a repeat performance at at 7 p.m. in Graff Main Hall Auditorium.

Kilmartin is a psychology professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He has a doctorate in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant with businesses, college students, human services workers and counselors.

UW-L’s Violence Prevention Office and Men United Against Sexual Assault (MUASA) is hosting his visit and other events, including:

What: “The Clothesline Project” — T-shirt making event and visual display of shirts bearing witness to violence against women
When: 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 2 and 3
Where: Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
Admission: Free

What: Film showing of  “Tough Guise: Violence, Media, & the Crisis in Masculinity”
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18
Where: 326 Cartwright Center
Admission: Free

Denim pocket. What: Denim Day — A rape prevention education campaign. Make a social statement with your fashion statement. 
When: Wednesday, April 25

What: Film showing of “Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol”
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25
Where: 326 Cartwright Center
Admission: Free

UW-L class to get first-hand view from Qatar

A UW-La Crosse political science class will meet students from halfway around the world to get better insight about the Middle East issues. The POL 336 Middle East Government and Politics class is holding a video conferencing session with the Cornell Medical School in Qatar at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, in 102 Wing Technology Center. For more information contact Professor Cecilia G. Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration, at 785.6642 or


Andrea Gibson.

Andrea Gibson

Poet and activist on campus April 3

Poet and activist Andrea Gibson will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

The event is sponsored by Rainbow Unity, the Research and Resource center for Campus Climate, the Pride Center and Awareness through Performance. For accommodations or more information, contact the

Valerie Laken.

Valerie Laken

Fiction writer Valerie Laken to read works, lecture April 4

Fiction writer Valerie Laken will conduct a craft lecture/discussion on her work at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in 340 Wimberly Hall. She will also conduct a public reading at 7 p.m. in 1400 Centennial Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Laken’s short story collection “Separate Kingdoms” (Harper Perennial, 2011) was longlisted for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her novel “Dream House” (Harper 2009) received the Anne Powers prize for fiction and was listed among Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, the Chicago Tribune and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has also received a Pushcart Prize and a Missouri Review Editors’ Prize.

Born and raised in Rockford, Ill., Laken majored in English and Russian at the University of Iowa, then worked and studied in Moscow; Prague; Kraków, Poland; and Madison. She received a master’s of art in Slavic Literature and a master of fine arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The English Department is hosting the event as part of its English Visiting Writers Series.

UW-L vocal jazz ensembles to give concert

A student-directed group will join UW-L’s two vocal jazz ensembles to give a concert that will include well-known hits.

Choraljam IV, UW-L’s vocal jazz spring concert, is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts.  Admission is free.

The performance will feature a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Berthold Brecht’s “Mack The Knife” from “The Three Penny Opera” to a new composition by UW-L music Professor Gary Walth titled, “I Think I’m In Love.”

Vocal Jazz Ensemble I and II, made up of eight and 11 singers respectively, will perform a cappella and rhythm-section accompanied arrangements by well-known artists such as Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, James Taylor, the Black-Eyed Peas, Sweden’s The Real Group and more.

The concert will also feature LX Noise, a six-member a cappella group led by student director Sarah Shervey. This is the fourth in a series of UW-L student vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella concerts called Choraljam.

If you go—
Who: UW-L’s two vocal jazz ensembles and a student group, LX Noise
What: Choraljam IV, UW-L’s vocal jazz spring concert
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5
Where: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

UW-L professor shares research from Gulf Coast site

Animal bones found along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico tell the story of how an ancient human culture survived between 200 B.C. and 1,000 A.D.

Jonathan Baker, UW-L assistant professor of archaeology, will share his research on these ancient coast dwellers during a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. (

Planetarium’s spring program highlights Pluto, Album Encounters continues Friday shows

The UW-L Public Planetarium Public program highlights Pluto throughout April. “New Horizons-Mission to Pluto” will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, in the UW-L Planetarium, 20 Cowley Hall. Admissions is $2 for students and $3 for others.

The Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show features The Shins’ “Port of Morrow”  at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6. Admission is $3.

To find out more, contact Bob Allen at or 785.8669. Find out more about the Planetarium.

Wis. state justices set UW-L program

Two Wisconsin Supreme Court justices will lead a program at UW-L that will focus on the state’s women leaders.

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley will speak on “Wisconsin Women: Celebrating Their Contributions” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in 1309 Centennial Hall. The program is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the C-10 lot, 16th and Vine streets. The program is rescheduled from a February event that was postponed due to weather.

Sponsors of the program are UW-L, La Crosse Tribune, League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, YWCA and La Crosse County Bar Association.

If you go—
Who: Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
What: “Wisconsin Women: Celebrating Their Contributions”
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10
Where: 1309 Centennial Hall
Admission: Free

Bulgogi beef.

Korean beef bulgogi is just one of many dishes that will be served at the International Banquet April 14.

International Banquet to be held April 14

Sample food and enjoy performances by international students. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition for UW-L’s 47th Annual International Banquet. A show starts at 6 p.m.

The fare includes, Saudi chicken kabsa, Korean beef bulgogi, Vietnamese pork or vegetarian spring rolls, Chinese chicken mushroom stew, Indian paneer butter masala, Taiwan pepper tofu, Ecuadorian potato soup and a Japanese sweet potato dessert, and more.

Cost is $12 for UW-L students, faculty and staff. General admission is $16. Children 6 and under are free but tickets are required. Purchase tickets at the Cartwright Center Information Counter.


Morale Retreat logo. UW-L employees: Mark your calendars for the spring morale retreat

UW-L employees! Mark your calendars to get a free massage, enjoy pet therapy, play Wii Sports, nibble on snacks, and socialize with your colleagues! UW-L’s seventh Semi-Annual, Semi-Sweet UW-L Morale Retreat will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Recreational Eagle Center.

There is no agenda, other than to grant all UW-L employees an escape from the stress and pressures of daily tasks by providing a social event filled with snacks, relaxation, fun and positive energy. The event has been expanded to include wellness and morale focused workshops, including information on empathy, yoga, speed networking, mindfulness and work/life balance. Feel free to wear your LIVEMAROON T-shirts.

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow has granted one hour of release time. Ensure office coverage. The event is sponsored by UW-L’s Campus Climate and the Wellness Committee

Egg Roll. Egg roll sale set for April 13 and 14

Take a break from cooking and purchase egg rolls at the La Crosse Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and Hmong Cultural and Community Center egg roll sale Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14.

The sale runs from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Hmong Cultural and Community Center, 1815 Ward Ave. (corner of Ward and South avenues). Cost is $1.50 each or $15 per dozen.

With a minimum order of four dozen, delivery to La Crosse and Onalaska is available on pre-paid orders from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

To order and for more information, call 785.5744 or email The sale is sponsored by the La Crosse Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and Hmong Cultural and Community Center.

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Red Cross hosts ‘Blood Battle’ among UW-L residence halls

Roll up your sleeves and help those who need blood — and help a UW-L residence hall win the 2012 Blood Battle.

Give blood at one of three residence halls this week:

  • Hutchison Hall from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, April 2 
  • Sanford Hall from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 
  • Eagle Hall from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, April 5

All donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and those who give blood at the residence hall with the most presenting donors (based on percent to goal) will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card.

“Up to 20 percent of blood donations through the Red Cross come from high school and college blood drives,” says Greg Novinska, chief executive officer of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We depend on students to help us meet the constant need for blood and the Blood Battle is a great opportunity to give back to your community while competing for bragging rights on campus.”

Before giving blood, donors should  eat a balanced, nutritious meal and drink extra non-caffeinated beverages.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.Visit or join the American Red Cross blog at

SSP awards 6 scholarships to area students

UW-L’s Self Sufficiency Program, a pre-college program for low-income single parents, awarded six Locally Grown Scholarships to SSP graduates this spring. Recipients and the colleges they attend include:

  • Lisa Bulman, Viterbo University
  • Dana Evenson, Viterbo University
  • Cassy Olson, Western Technical College
  • Susan Rose, Viterbo University
  • Tammy Stussy, Western Technical College
  • Sammy Jo Xiong-Vue, UW-L

In the SSP program, students learn about college application and financial aid processes; practice college level writing, reading and critical thinking; and gather confidence and support to succeed in college.

“The determination and gifts of SSP students inspire the campus and wider community to support this scholarship fund,” says SSP Director Andrea Hansen. “Excitement and anxiety are part of every student’s first year. If you are a single parent with little financial security and huge responsibilities, the challenges are magnified.”

The scholarships help with costs and provide encouragement, Hansen says.

Find out more about donating to the scholarship fund.


Campus Kudos artwork.

Susan Kelly, Mathematics, and UW-L alumna Sarah Rozner, had their paper, “Winifred Edgerton Merrill: She Opened the Door,” published in the April edition of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. Rozner worked on part of this project as an undergraduate research project. Merrill, who was a native of Wisconsin, was the first American woman to receive a doctorate degree  in mathematics. Merrill was also one of the founders of Barnard College, a women’s affiliated college of Columbia University and helped sponsor the American team at the first international track meet for women — at a time when women’s track was not an event at the Olympics.

Melissa Wallace, Modern Languages, was appointed Feb. 27  to the Standards, Training and Certification Committee of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care.


Classified ad artwork.

For sale

MHP cast aluminum gas grill, excellent condition, made in USA, $125; Delta dust collector, one hp, single stage, $50. Call 785.8292.

1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ650J, 20,000 miles. Great bike, ready to ride. $1,000. Call 608.385.7071 or email

US Kids Golf Club set, includes No. 3 fairway driver, Nos. 6 and 8 irons, pitching wedge, putter, utility club and bag. Yellow bag is the stand type with harness and it matches the clubs. Nearly new. $100. Call 784.7511.