Campus Connection Aug. 25, 2014


Three UW-L building projects approved

image of the new residence hall architectural rendering.

The UW-System Board of Regents approved more than $62 million in capital projects on the UW-La Crosse campus during the board’s meeting Aug. 22, at UW-Oshkosh. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices


Campus Kudos

Human Resources

In The News

Physical Wellness

UW System president to visit campus Sept. 5

Photo of Ray Cross.

UW System President Ray Cross will visit UW-La Crosse Friday, Sept. 5. Two open forums will allow students, faculty and staff a chance to meet Cross, who became UW System president in February 2014. Read more »

UW-L again to host TEDxUWLaCrosse event


Ryan McKelley lecturing.

Speaker nominations are now being accepted for the second annual TEDxUWLaCrosse event that UW-L will be hosting in late January or early February 2015. Read more »

Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

Headshot image of Brian Udermann

Brian Udermann, UW-L professor of Exercise and Sports Science and director of online education, explores this topic along with 101 other interesting topics in an upcoming book. Read more »

UW-L fun run to support scholarships

Grand Mile logo.

A first-ever fun run at UW-La Crosse that is only a mile long will go far in raising money for scholarships for new freshmen attending UW-La Crosse. Read more »

Unique La Crosse history class open to community

Logo for hear here.

A new course in UW-L’s history department is open to the community this fall. Read more »



Announcements Notices head

Drummer drumming.

Photo by UW-L student Hanqing Wu.

Screaming Eagles back on campus

Maybe you’ve heard or seen them already? The nearly 150-member UW-La Crosse Screaming Eagles Marching Band has arrived on campus to practice for the upcoming season.

Band Camp officially kicked off Sunday, Aug. 24, and runs through Friday, Aug. 29. Throughout the week, band members will practice music and marching drills from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. They will also perform two concerts on campus during the week to welcome the International Students, along with faculty and staff of the College of Liberal Studies.

Some of the Screaming Eagles have been on campus since Sunday, Aug. 17, when members of the Colorguard and Drum Line began rehearsing. That’s when 25 student leaders also began their training and pre-camp planning.

Once the school year begins, the Screaming Eagles Marching Band will maintain a busy performance schedule. Performances this season include: the Gundersen-Lutheran “Steppin’ Out in Pink” fundraiser, all home football games, Oktoberfest events, and a trip to the Milwaukee area to perform at two high school band competitions.

Chancellor Joe Gow photo.

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow

Chancellor to give All-University Address Aug. 27 in Graff Main Hall Auditorium, picnic to follow

Chancellor Joe Gow will give UW-L’s All-University Fall Address from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the newly renovated Graff Main Hall Auditorium, 260 Graff Main Hall. The Chancellor’s Address will be immediately followed by a picnic on the front lawn of Graff Main Hall. The picnic from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. is free for all university employees. No tickets are required. The menu includes:
  • choice of grilled chicken breast, vegan burger or hamburger
  • coleslaw
  • potato salad
  • baked beans
  • potato chips
  • Rice Krispy Bars
  • brownies
  • beverages

The food is served by UW-La Crosse Dining.

MyMedia training set for Aug. 28

ITS will hold a MyMedia training/question-answer session at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in 102 Wing Technology Center. No registration is required, but bring your laptop.

Topics covered include:

  • An overview of MyMedia
  • Uploading media
  • Managing presentations
  • Editing video
  • Creating content 
  • Uploading video from portable devices

To find out more, contact Terry Wirkus at

‘Jeans Day’ is Friday

Wear jeans and your LIVEMAROON or other UW-L shirts to work Friday, Aug. 29.

UW-L is one of many local organizations that participates in “Jeans Day” each month. Jeans Day is sponsored by the La Crosse Tribune. In return for $1 (suggested donation), UW-L faculty and staff can wear jeans to work rather than their usual business attire. Each month local, non-profit charities or organizations are designated to receive the Jeans Day donations. The charities this month are YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and the Gundersen Medical Foundation’s Carilee Fund and Steppin’ Out in Pink. Just locate your building contact person on the list below, contribute your donation and collect your Jeans Day sticker. It is not necessary to wear jeans to participate. This is a great way to unite our campus in supporting local non-profit organizations in the Greater La Crosse area!

In August the campus raised $57. Let’s show the community how generous we can be.

Building contacts:

  • Marcee Peplinski, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, Archaeology Building
  • Cindy Curran, 212 Cartwright Center
  • Laurie Collison, 4206 Centennial Hall
  • Christine Reed, 234 Center for the Arts
  • Vickie Bain, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
  • Karen Ott, 2004 Cowley Hall
  • Carol Beckerjeck, Eagle Hall
  • Debra Gerke, 105 Graff Main Hall
  • Jeanne Voss, 124 Mitchell Hall
  • Chandra Hawkins, 220 Morris Hall
  • Ingrid Iverson, 107 Murphy Library
  • Ann Reman, Physical Plant
  • Ann Stratton, Parking Services
  • Mo McAlpine, Recreational Eagle Center
  • Karen Kindschy, 1030 Student Health Center
  • Maureen Spencer, 404A Wimberly Hall
  • Josh Kraft, 162 Wing Technology Center

For more information contact Jeans Day Coordinator Maureen Spencer at or 608.785.8115. The next Jeans Day is Sept. 26.

Food boards for residence hall rooms for sale Aug. 29 and 30 

UW-L’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is selling food boards for residence halls from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, and Saturday, Aug. 30, on Badger Street. The wooden boards are 10′ x 10” x 2” and cost $17. The boards provide more shelving space for items such as food. All proceeds go to the Habitat for Humanity Club.

Parking permits available for pick up; special student pick up scheduled for Labor Day

Parking permits for 2014-15 are available for pick up at Parking and Transportation Services during office hours. The office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located adjacent to the parking ramp at 605 17th St. North.

Students arriving to campus outside these hours should make advance arrangements or use a pay station. A special student permit pick up is scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. A valid photo ID is required. Permits cannot be mailed.

For more information contact Parking Services 608.785.8061.

ATP logo. Awareness through Performance production shown twice on Sept. 1

The Awareness through Performance (ATP) fall 2014 production is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, with a repeat performance at 4 p.m. in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The shows are free and open to the public.

ATP is an alternative outlet for social activism on campus. The troupe is comprised of students who share a passion for diversity and social justice issues, along with a desire to explore the dynamics of how these issues shape the world. Participants hope to positively impact the campus climate by affecting attitudes and behaviors, and enhancing cross-cultural awareness.

An encore performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13.

For more information, visit

If you go — 

  • What: Awareness through Performance
  • When: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, with a repeat performance at 4 p.m. 
  • Where: Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

It’s time to verify campus directory info; changes due Friday, Sept. 5

With a new academic year, it’s time to verify information for the 2014-15 UW-L Student+Staff Directory. Updates or changes must be made now for the printed directory being published in October. Changes are due 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. This is your only opportunity to make changes to the directory.

Verify your name, campus address and phone

Visit the on-line directory here. If your information is incorrect, complete the Qualtrics survey at: (If your listing is correct, do not take the survey)

Refer questions about staff changes to Human Resources at 608.785.8013.

Check administrative, office listings too

An interim campus administrative listing, along with a listing of campus buildings, departments and offices, can be found in the Temporary Office Directory. Keep this link handy or print out the listing until the 2014-15 Student + Staff Directory arrives in October.

Those responsible for managing administrative, department chairs, and Buildings/Departments/Office listings, should review the listings. Make any changes to these pages at: (If a listing is correct, do not complete the change form.)

Refer questions about administrative and office listings to University Advancement at 608.785.8487.

All changes for the 2014-15 Student + Staff Directory are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

Happy Rain Theatre Co. presents a story of growth and self-discovery; performances set for Sept. 5, 6

Poster of "Edges."The Happy Rain Theatre Co. will present the non-traditional musical “Edges” by award-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. “Edges” covers topics of love, commitment, identity and meaning.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, in the Frederick Theatre in the lower level of Morris Hall.

The show about four coming-of-age adults poses the question: Who am I and who do I want to become? The characters deal with confronting emotions, understanding complicated relationships, escaping expectations, shameless obsession with social networking and finding their place in the world. Full of heart, humanity and humor, “Edges”’ pop-culture references, themes of change and freakishly familiar situations are universal and something that everyone can relate to.

General admission tickets are available at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance. Limited seating is available. Performances are free and open to the public, but donations to support future Happy Rain Theatre Company productions are appreciated

The Happy Rain Theatre Company is a student-run production company comprised of UW-L theatre students and alumni.

If you go —
Who: Happy Rain Theatre Company
What: “Edges” (the musical) by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Where: UW-L’s Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall (lower level)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6
Admission: Free; donations appreciated. General admission. Limited seating.
Cast: Callie Boydston, Lily Cornwell, Quinn Masterson, Maddie Napolski, Seth Von Steidl, Crystalia Varelis

Take your innovation to the marketplace

WiSys Technology Foundation visits UW-L Sept. 5

WiSys, a foundation dedicated to identifying UW System-developed technologies and bringing them to the marketplace, will visit UW-La Crosse Friday, Sept. 5.

During the visit, UW-L faculty and staff are welcome to attend an open forum and participate in one-on-one consultations with the WiSys Technology Foundation Team.

The open forum runs from 10–10:50 a.m. in 150 Murphy Library. Small group and one-on-one consultations will be from 11-11:50 a.m. in 152 and 153 Murphy Library.

The one-on-one consultations are an opportunity to discuss individual research projects, funding and collaboration with WiSys.

At the forum, UW-L faculty and staff will have an opportunity to ask questions about WiSys. Participants will learn how to interact with WiSys, how to better identify faculty and industry partnerships, the advantages of working with WisSys, the foundation’s funding priorities and more.

WiSys Inc. identifies innovative technologies developed throughout the UW System and brings them to the marketplace for the benefit of the inventors, their colleges, Wisconsin’s economy and society as a whole. Learn more online at

Lantern cover. Summer Lantern published

The latest issue of the UW-L Lantern was published earlier this month. Copies will be distributed through campus mail this week. You can also view the issue online.

The University Advancement Office publishes The Lantern in winter and summer for more than 65,000 UW-L alumni and friends.

HOT-Hands on Technology workshop Aug. 13 featured video

Terry Wirkus in front of class.

Distance Learning Tech Coordinator Terry Wirkus led classes on a variety of topics for UW-L’s HOT-Hands on Technology workshop Aug. 13. Photo by Larry Sleznikow.

As new faculty and staff search for new methods to enhance teaching and learning, and to be more effective and efficient, ITS continually surveys its stakeholders to find trends and needs for technology training. In 2014, campus assessments found extremely high interest for training using video for academic and administrative areas, and to make videos more professional.

After a highly successful two-day faculty Institute in 2014, the same concept was folded into the HOT-Hands on Technology workshop Aug. 13 for faculty and staff. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to create, store and manage video projects.

“We wanted to develop a more hands-on intensive workshop,“ explains Instructional Technology Coordinator Saundra Solum. “Workshops were open to all faculty and staff. and were a good way for them to meet and share ideas with colleagues.”

With nearly 30 attendees, the first session focused on tips to making a better video.

“There are many inexpensive ways to record your video while making it more visually appealing,” says UW-L Multimedia Producer Jeff Kerkman. “One easy method is to light your subject with a desk lamp and white foam core.”

In a follow-up session participants received hands-on video editing training for iMovie and Windows Movie Maker.

Mathematics Professor Huiya Yan said he will use the techniques he learned from HOT to create videos for students. “I will make some videos to show the detailed procedure on solving calculus problems so that my students can watch and review my methods again and again to understand the topic thoroughly,” Yan explains.

During the lunch break, participants toured the new multimedia lab and Educational Technologies Studio in Wing Technology Center. The lab is open to students, faculty and staff for editing educational projects. The afternoon sessions featured MyMedia (formerly Mediasite) content management and using videos in presentations either through embedding or uploading.

Information Technology Director Jim Jorstad says, “this is just one of many impressive IT training opportunities on campus.” In fact, our success is now receiving national attention as an exemplar for innovative and strategic methods to raise our media literacy, he notes.


UW-L Athletics artwork.

News and upcoming events

This week’s highlights:


  • Follow the Athletic Director on Twitter: @UWLAXAD

Eaglez Kidz Klub | Group Outings | Get Involved | Maroon Platoon | Mascot | Tickets | Events & Promotions | L-Club | Donate

Campus Kudos artwork.

  • R. Daniel Duquette and Keely Rees, both Health Education/Health Promotionand alumnus Casey Tolzman, along with Brenda Rooney, Gundersen Health System, published “Perceived Barriers to Accessing Adequate Nutrition Among Food Insecure Households Within a Food Desert,” Wisconsin Medical Journal, 113(4), 139-143.
  • Gary D. Gilmore, Graduate Community Health/Public Health Programs, has been re-appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to the Wisconsin Public Health Council. Gilmore has served as a member of the council and its executive committee since its inception in 2003. He chaired the council in 2012 and 2013. The council’s responsibilities include promulgating and monitoring the State Health Plan (Healthiest Wisconsin-2020), coordinating responses to public health emergencies, and providing input into public health system quality improvements.
  • Edward Kim, Mathematics, presented “Diameters of Transportation Polytopes” Aug. 1 at the Recent Advances in Linear Optimization Conference, at the École des Ponts (ParisTech), Champs-sur-Marne, Paris.
  • UW-L graduate students Samantha Sweeney and Scott Young had their theses published in the American Council on Exercise ProSource journal. Sweeney’s study, “Shoulders Above the Rest,” based on determining the best shoulder exercise, was in the August issue. Young’s study, “ACE Study Reveals Best Biceps Exercises,” was in the September issue. Thesis advisers were Clayton Camic, Carl Foster, Attila Kovacs and John Porcari, all Exercise & Sport Science.
  • Jennifer Terpstra, Art, completed a two-week residency at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in early August. Read more about her experience on her blog at


Human Resources artwork.

Welcome, new employee

  • Amber Leibundgut-Peterson, Library Services Assistant Advanced, Murphy Library


In the News artwork.


UW-L in the news

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

“If re-elected, Gov. Walker looks to extend UW tuition freeze,” WKBT, Aug. 13. Now that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker knows who he will face in the upcoming November election, he can start to fine-tune his strategy during the final campaigning months. One of the issues we could hear a lot more of during Walker’s campaign is higher education …

Big, expensive changes coming to UWLa Crosse,”  Aug. 18, WKBT La Crosse. Over the course of the next few years campus renovations are estimated to total around $241 million. Chancellor Joe Gow says the university is very …


Physical Wellness artwork

 August is Family Meals Months – FAST, Healthful!

You are running in 10 directions. It’s 4 p.m. You need to pick up your child at day care, stop at the store and run several errands. And you need to get ready for an evening meeting. How do you put a healthful supper on the table too? A few timesaving steps can help you prepare an easy family meal – with less stress. Use the time you save to enjoy your family.  Read more. See also