Campus Connection April 23, 2012


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UW-La Crosse to recognize distinguished alumni, students

An assistant director in the Multicultural Student Services Office will join two other graduates as the school’s top alumni for 2012.

UW-L students find ‘It Make$ Cents!’ to plan their finances

Today’s college students are on target to face the largest debt burden for their age group in U.S. history. The Financial Literacy Program at UW-La Crosse is working to change that.

Trumpet recital at UW-La Crosse is April 27

A top military trumpet player will join a UW-La Crosse trumpet professor for a recital.

UW-La Crosse Wind Ensemble to perform April 29

A UW-La Crosse Wind Ensemble concert will feature a top military trumpeter.

Rising country stars featured in UW-L spring concert

Up-and-coming country music performers will give a spring concert at UW-La Crosse. The group Gloriana and the artist Jason Michael Carroll will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Recreational Eagle Center. Local band Trouble Shooter will open the show.

UW-L’s Murphy Library sets spring book sale

Book readers can get great deals and a head start on summer reading materials at the UW-L Murphy Library’s Spring Book Sale.

Speaker links climate change to forest drought stress and tree mortality

If global climate change predictions are correct, forests in southwestern United States will look a lot different in the next 50 years. Expect more bark beetle outbreaks and wild fires blazing through the greens, says Park Williams, a researcher from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Ethnic and Racial Studies 40-year history to be celebrated April 25

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the ERS 40th Anniversary meeting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The program will feature a brief history along with an introduction of those who helped establish the department. Refreshments will be served.

Disposing e-waste in an environmentally-friendly way

This Tuesday, in honor of Earth Day, large bins will be set up at Hoeschler Tower from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect e-waste. During the week of April 16-20, UW-L faculty and staff submitted orders online to pick up e-waste, which included: computers, keyboards, peripherals, monitors, printers, CD/DVD players, TVs and more. Watch throughout the day to see how much e-waste the campus has accumulated.

Chia-Chen Yu to receive Murphy recognition award

The Eugene W. Murphy Library Special Recognition Award for 2012 will be presented to Professor Chia-Chen Yu, Exercise and Sport Science, during a program and reception at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Special Collections and Area Research Center, 156 Murphy Library. The public is invited.

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Stanton Sears, pictured in left photo, and Andrea Myklebust are artists of “Confluence,” artwork being installed in the lobby of Centennial Hall. The first part of the artwork was installed earlier this month.

Centennial Hall dons artwork reflecting the Mississippi River

The first part of “Confluence” was installed in the lobby of Centennial Hall earlier this month. When completed, the work will include two large, wall-mounted sculptures drawn from the Corps of Engineers Upper Mississippi River navigation charts around La Crosse.

The sculpture installed depicts the area from Winona downriver to the Iowa border, approximately 58 miles of the Mississippi River’s main channel.

Later this spring, the second large, vertically-oriented sculpture will give a closer view of the La Crosse area, including the confluence of the Mississippi, Black and La Crosse Rivers, as well as a mapping of campus.

The pieces are made of local materials, including driftwood pulled from the Mississippi and recycled redwood salvaged from discarded riverfront park picnic tables, as well as native mussel shells.

Andrea Myklebust and Stanton Sears, artists of the pieces, have worked collaboratively for 19 years producing large-scale public art throughout the U.S. The Myklebust+Sears Studio is upriver in Pepin County.

The work was funded by the state’s Percent-for-Art program.

Literature capstone presentations set for April 23 and 30

Thirteen UW-L English majors will present their literature capstone projects from 2:15-4:15 p.m. in 3212 Centennial Hall on two consecutive Mondays, April 23 and 30. The broad theme of the capstone colloquia is “Literary Vision in a ‘Post-Literary’ Age.” In the first of the two colloquia students will engage both traditional literary works, such as Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities'” and Camus’ “The Stranger,” as well as such forms of popular culture as “Rent” and “The Dark Night.” The colloquia are free and open to the public. A brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation. Presenters and presentations on April 23 include:

  • Allison Benish: “Inside the Ten Gallon Plastic Pickle-Tub: Relationships in Jonathan Larson’s Rent”
  • Bethany Boersma: “A Tale of Two Ideologies: Class and Love in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities”
  • Kelsey Burkett: “Identifying Psychological Crisis Through Structure and Repetition in T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’”
  • Erik Hanson: “Bats on the Brain: The Audience, Batman, and the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight”
  • Jill Harden: “The Colonial Consequence: Examining Albert Camus’ The Stranger”
  • Spencer Hoostal: “Why Read? Chad Harbach’s Defense of the ‘New Sincerity’”
  • Anne Plunkett: “Gender and Homosocial Bonding in Jeeves and Wooster”

Children to present spring music show and showcase art

In honor of the Week of the Young Child, the children of the Campus Child Center will sing in a spring music show at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the lobby of the Recreational Eagle Center. An encore performance in the lobby will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26.

Children’s artwork will also be on display in the lobby Tuesday through Thursday, April 24-26.

UW-L Progressives to facilitate clothing swap

Get “new” clothes and help the environment at a UW-L Progressives’ clothing swap this week. Bring gently-used clothes to the Hoeschler Tower from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 25, 26 and 27. Those who donate can help themselves to donated clothes Saturday, April 28, on Wittich Field. All excess clothing will be donated to the TLC Center, an organization that provides assistance for the needy in the La Crosse Area. Live music, snacks and entertainment will be provided.

Get an update on hate incidents on campus at April 26 event

Campus representatives will share updates on hate incidents on campus at an interactive discussion from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. For more information contact Barbara Stewart, Campus Climate and Diversity, at 785.5092.

‘Why the Humanities?’ lecture to be held April 26

5 p.m. reception and a 5:30 p.m. free lecture on the value of the humanities will be held Thursday, April 26, in 122 Wimberly Hall.

Frederick Luis Aldama, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Latino Studies Program and Latino & Latin American Studies Space for Enrichment and Research at the Ohio State University, is the presenter.

Aldama is editor of five collections of essays and author of seven books, including “Postethnic Narrative Criticism,” “Brown on Brown,” “Dancing With Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas,” “Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach,” “Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez” and “A User’s Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction.” He has published numerous articles, co-edits the series “Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture,” U Texas Press, and serves on the board for the Americas book series, Texas Tech University Press.

Lalita Hogan, English, has had articles published in two of Aldama’s recent collections. UW-L’s English Department’s “Why Literature?” reading group reads chapters from Aldama’s book “Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach.” To find out more about the reading group, contact Natalie Eschenbaum at or Ryan Friesen at

Jeans Day is April 27; wear your LIVEMAROON gear!

UW-L is one of many local organizations that participate in the monthly “Jeans Day” sponsored by the La Crosse Tribune. One or two local charities or organizations are designated each month to receive our donations. In return for a $1 (suggested donation) UW-L employees may wear jeans to work Friday, April 27. They’re encouraged to wear their LIVEMAROON T-shirts or other maroon clothingYou may contribute even if you don’t wear jeans. Let’s show our community how generous we can be! In March our campus raised $81.

The charities receiving the April contributions are:
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin – It teaches second grade through high school students skills and knowledge for success in the global economy. Hands-on activities are presented by trained volunteers in partnership with the classroom teacher. Activities are focused on improving financial literacy, developing work readiness skills and inspiring entrepreneurship.

Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps – Corps membership provides educational and performance art opportunities and helps with the development of life skills. Members learn through teamwork, dedication, a strong work ethic, goal setting and discipline that success can be achieved both on and off the performance field.

Drop $1 donations off with one of the following building contacts:

  • Cindy Curran, 212 Cartwright Center
  • Laurie Collison, 4206 Centennial Hall
  • Laurie Malloney, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
  • Karen Ott, 2004 Cowley Hall
  • Carol Beckerjeck, Eagle Hall
  • Pa Moua-Yang, 115 Graff Main Hall
  • Kathy Olson, 203 Mitchell Hall
  • Chandra Hawkins, 220 Morris Hall
  • Ingrid Iverson, 107 Murphy Library
  • Ann Reman, Physical Plant
  • Karen Kindschy, Student Health Center
  • Vickie Bain, 120 Wimberly Hall
  • Josh Kraft, 162 Wing Technology Center

If there is not a contact in your building, you can forward your donation to Jeans Day Coordinator Vickie Bain, Small Business Development Center, 120 Wimberly Hall.

If you want to be a building coordinator, contact Vickie Bain at or 785.8646.

Poster on Meaning of Place. Meaning of place is focus of college writing symposium

UW-L is hosting its first college writing symposium, “College Writing I Symposium: What is the Meaning of ‘Place?,'” Friday, April 27, in Centennial Hall.

UW-L students in College Writing I, ENG 110 and 112, will present original papers on the meaning of “place.” Hour-long paper sessions will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p. m. Register in 3102 Centennial Hall to see one, two, three or all four sessions.  The event is hosted by the UW-L English Department Composition Committee. For more information on the symposium or to request a future program, contact Freshman Writing Program Coordinator Darci Thoune at or 785.6921.

Art exhibition set for April 27

Eat free food, listen to student musicians, and see murals on the walls painted by 12 students at the “Pulse: Art Explosion I” from 7 p.m.-midnight, Friday, April 27, at the Coalition Skatepark, 215 State St.  Musicians include Guess Prefontaine,  1,2,3, Walrus and members from the 3rd-Relation Jazz Quartet, Bluegrass Duo and the Surf Rock group, as well as an appearance from Rik Melk Pro Skate From the Coast. To find out more contact Max Hautala at

Hate, bias is focus of April 27 brown bag lunch discussion

Hate and bias is the focus of the Friday, April 27, “Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: Bring Your Food, Bring Your Thoughts” discussion.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall with a film, followed by discussion.

The Campus Climate Office hosts the event. Find the office on Facebook. To learn more about the film series and upcoming events, visit

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Juried art exhibition in La Crosse begins April 27

UW-L’s Art Department, along with Vitamin Studio, is co-hosting an exhibition of students’ work from the Foundations Program.

An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Vitamin Studio, 129 S. 6th St. The exhibition runs through Friday, May 11. For more information contact Jenn Bushman at or Binod Shrestha at

Planetarium’s spring program highlights Pluto; Album Encounters features Pink Floyd

The UW-L Public Planetarium Public program highlights Pluto throughout April. “New Horizons-Mission to Pluto” will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 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 Pink Floyd’s “Walls” disk one at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27. Admission is $3.

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

La Crosse Latina/o collaborative workshop to be held April 27-28

The third annual La Crosse Latina/o Collaborative Workshop on Teaching, Research and Service will be held at Viterbo University Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28.  Latin American literary scholar Bradley S. Epps is the featured keynote speaker. He is a professor of romance languages and literatures and department chair in Studies in Women, Gender and Sexuality, at Harvard University. The event is open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Registration is $30. UW-L faculty may attend at no cost. Find our more and register online at UW-L’s Institute for Latina/o and Latin American Studies is a co-sponsor of the event.

Student history research symposium to be held April 30

UW-L history students will present results of their semester-long senior research projects beginning 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Drop in for one or more of the free presentations. Refreshments will be served. A question-and-answer session follows each paper. Start times below are approximate. For more information, contact James Longhurst at

  • 3:35 p.m. Jason Bartsch — “Cobblers, Corporate Barons and The Building of a Shoe: The Industrial Revolution and the Development of American Consumerism”
  • 3:50 p.m. LaVonne Daveler — “Non Silba Sed Anthar: The Women of the Chippewa Falls Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and 1930s”
  • 4:05 p.m. Laura Enriquez — “The Duty of Society: Special Education in the Wisconsin Biennial Reports of the 1920s”
  • 4:20 p.m. Richard Krause — “A Carnival of Pillage and Destruction: Social History, the Common Soldier, and Making War on the Confederate Home Front”
  • 4:35 p.m. Sophia Lorent — “Hollywood Liberalism: The 1945 Film Strike and the Second Red Scare”
  • 5:20 p.m. Joshua Nurnberger — “Letters from the World: The Trowbridge Letters, Globalization, and World War II”
  • 5:35 p.m. Rebecca Pupp — “Writing History With Toothpaste And Lipstick: Analyzing Gender Norms Through Pepsodent Ads, 1930-1950”
  • 5:50 p.m. Heather Aimee Rincón — “The Meaning Behind Architecture: The Significance of Prairie Design in a Midwestern City”
  • 6:05 p.m. Daniel Sackmann — “Dam It: The Kickapoo River Dam Project and Grassroots Anti-Environmentalism”
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Sandi Krajewski

Congratulations to Sandi Krajewski on her retirement (again)

Sandi Krajewski, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, retired from UW-L last June. Since then, Krajewski has been teaching in the department part time. At the end of this semester Krajewski is moving on with her life beyond UW-L, says Associate Professor Deb Hoskins, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

Although Krajewski does not want a farewell party, Hoskins encourages everyone to log on to Facebook and share their thoughts, photos and wishes with Krajewski on a happy retirement “event page” at Or stop by 4300 Centennial Hall and sign her retirement card, Hoskins says. “We know how much she has given the UW System, UW-L, the department, and to many, many awesome students over the years,” Hoskins continues,”so we also know that you will want to wish her well!”

Krajewski helped establish UW-L’s award-winning Self-Sufficiency Program.

Campus community to receive email survey on campus news resources this week

The News and Marketing staff in University Communications seeks to inform the UW-L community about what’s happening on campus in a timely, efficient, consolidated manner. We also try to minimize the number of all-campus emails received.

To better serve you, we need your feedback. You will be emailed a survey this week that takes approximately five to 10 minutes to complete. Complete and submit the survey by Monday, April 30, to be included in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the UW-L Bookstore.

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Melissa Bingham, Mathematics, and UW-L student Zachary Fisher presented “Comparing Measures of Center for 3-Dimensional Rotation Data” at the Mathematical Association of America-Wisconsin Section Meeting in Milwaukee April 14.

Connor Doyle, a master’s student in the Computer Science Department’s Software Engineering (MSE) program, won the prize for best graduate student paper, including a certificate and cash award, at the 45th Annual Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium held April 13-14 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Doyle’s paper, “EnMAS: A New Tool for Multi-Agent Systems Research and Education,” outlined the results of his master’s project, a software system for use in artificial intelligence research and teaching. It was chosen as the best among several graduate student papers presented. Martin Allen, Computer Science, was his adviser on the project. Other UW-L Computer Science students who presented symposium and their papers include:

  • Graduate student Qi Lai  — “An Android-based Instant Message Application.” Advisers: Tom Gendreau and Mao Zheng, Computer Science.
  • Graduate student Yiwen Wang — “Test Case Generation for UML Models.” Adviser: Zheng.
  • Undergraduate student Douglas MacFarland presented his poster “A Heuristic for Encouraging Cooperation in Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning.” Adviser: Martin Allen, Computer Science. The research was funded in part by the College of Science and Health undergraduate summer research program.

Francine Klein, Modern Languages, presented the plenary presentation “An Intentional Path Towards an Internationalized University,” at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Conference on Critical Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning Without Boarders, March 23.

Víctor M. Macías-González, History, published: “Chapter 39. Learning the Rules of the Game: Informal Empire and the Mexican Experience at Stonyhurst College, 1805-1920” in The Victorian World. Edited by Martin Hewitt, 691-707 (London: Routledge, 2012). Macías-González conducted the research for this publication thanks to an International Development Fund grant the summer of 2010 in Clitheroe, England. For more information on the book, see:

UW-L’s men’s club volleyball won the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division 2 national championship in Kansas City, Mo., April 7 and 8 for the second year in a row. The team includes: Joe Athas, Daniel Chipman, John Jablonowski, Nick Korom, Kevin Larsen, Frank Neuens, Beau Rath and Riley Stone. Jablonowski earned most valuable player of the tournament. Chipman and Kamperschroer earned first-team all tournament honors. Korom and Stone and Nick Korom earned second team all-tournament honors.

Gary L Willhite, Educational Studies, had a review of the book “Educator or Bully?: Managing the 21st Century Classroom” published in the April 2012 issue of Choice Magazine.


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New employees

  • Laura Godden, Librarian, Murphy Library, April 23
  • James Hoff, Custodian, Custodial Services, April 23
  • David Pohnl, Custodian, Custodial Services, April 23


  • Richard Moilien to Custodial Services Supervisor, Custodial Services, April 22

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the UW-L Employee Morale Retreat on April 11. The event, which included pet, art and massage therapy; Wii sports; and more; attracted more than 100 faculty and staff. Congratulations to the winners of the “Taste of UW-L” door prize baskets: Vickie Bain, Jeremiah Barker and Sharie Brunk.

Thanks also to the offices and departments that donated to the door prize baskets: Academic Advising, the Alumni Association, Athletics, the UW-L Bookstore, Campus Activities Board, Career Services, the College of Business Administration, REC Sports, Residence Life, Theatre and the Wellness Resource Center.

If you attended the Morale Retreat, help improve the event by completing a five-minute survey. Click here.

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For sale

Two-bedroom condo, pool and sauna. $127,900. Contact Bill at 608.386.6840.