Campus Connection, Aug. 3, 2015


Alum’s fat bikes available to rent

Wyatt pictured with one of his fat bikes at his shop.Six Wyatt Fat bikes, all painted in custom UWL maroon, are available to rent at the Outdoor Connection. Wyatt Hrudka, ‘13, the founder of Wyatt Bicycle Company, makes them in his shop in La Crosse. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices

Campus Kudos

In The News


New dean will spread the word about UWL’s exceptional CBA


New CBA Dean Laura Milner looks forward to sharing the college’s story with alumni, businesses and community. Read more »

Going to work for Google

Amy Higgins, UWL computer science student, had an internship at Google this summer.

Student reaches high, lands software development internship at Google. Read about her challenging interview and future goals. Read more »


McNair summer research prepares students for grad school

headshot image of Stephany Anzueto

UWL undergraduate students in the McNair Scholars Program who participated in summer undergraduate research will present their work from 12:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in 259 Cartwright Center. Read more »



Announcements Notices head

Campus electrical upgrade

The contractor doing electrical work on campus is changing the schedule to close a portion of East Avenue, north of Cartwright Center, Monday, Aug. 10, to begin work on the upgrade. East Avenue will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Aug. 17. Pedestrian traffic will be routed to the sidewalk west of Mitchell Hall. A map is attached showing the location of the work.

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If you have any questions, contact Doug Pearson at or Ken Weigel at

Summer Lantern distributed

Issue celebrates career achievements of UWL alumnae

The latest issue of the UW-La Crosse Lantern was published and sent to more than 65,000 alumni and friends in July. Copies have been distributed through campus mail. For additional copies, contact University Communications, 115 Graff Main Hall, at 608.785.8487. You can also view the issue online.

The University Advancement Office publishes The Lantern in winter and summer in conjunction with the Alumni Association. Submit ideas for future issues to Editor Brad Quarberg,

Stormwater group expanding its work

ReStore fact sheetThe La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group is partnering with La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity to develop a stormwater management learning site. The Habitat ReStore, 3181 Berlin Drive, La Crosse, will be the “poster child” for stormwater management, showing how urban properties can be managed to soak up rainfall and snowmelt instead of sending polluted water to local rivers. When the project is complete, home and business owners can visit the ReStore to see firsthand what best practices look like, how they are planned and accomplished, and how they benefit people, stream health and water quality. Beautiful gardens, local food, urban biological diversity, great places at home and work, lower costs, and authentic brand growth and marketing can also be benefits.

Project leaders and Viterbo University students will develop 10 high-quality, weatherproof teaching signs to describe the issue, the area, practices used to manage stormwater, and how they can be accomplished. If funding is obtained, artist Karl Unnasch and Western Technical College students will also build a sculpture of reused materials for the site during the cold months, all to be installed spring 2016.

UWL is also becoming involved, says outreach leader Amy Smith. “We are working on collaborating with UWL for this particular project,” says Smith. She expects graphic design students to become involved with creation of outdoor signs, as well as getting other student groups involved. The UWL Habitat for Humanity group will also work with the project.

“The campus is a great example of proper stormwater management with its many retention ponds and bio filters,” she notes.

Completion will be celebrated during Earth Week 2016 in April. Diverse management practices and interpretive signs will make this a permanent learning site, maintained by Habitat For Humanity.

UWL students who put practice to work for non-profits featured on UW website

UWL nonprofit Aging Unit

UWL students and members of the La Crosse County Aging Unit.

The story of how UWL students in a grant writing class used their skills to help local non-profits is being recognized statewide in the UW System initiative, For Wisconsin.

The story is highlighted on the For Wisconsin homepage.

For Wisconsin has been developed by UW System, with help from all campuses, to show how Wisconsin’s public universities, colleges and extension networks are working to improve the state’s competitive edge by leveraging the state’s human capital, supporting business and industry, and strengthening local communities.

New Google student ambassador

Nathan McCourt, UWL student, standing near a sign that says "Google Tech Corners."

UWL student Nathan McCourt is the new Google student ambassador on campus. His responsibilities include getting information to the student body about events, products and careers involving Google.

Campus Kudos artwork.

Natalie K. Eschenbaum, English, published a chapter “Robert Herrick and the five (or six) senses” in the book “The Senses in Early Modern England, 1558-1660,” edited by Amy Kenny, Simon Smith, and Jackie Watson, Manchester: Manchester UP, July 2015, 113-129

In the News artwork.

UW-L in the news

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

Changes in shared governance worry UW-L faculty,” July 25, La Crosse Tribune. “It is a way to reshape campuses that is outside the control of the local community,” UW-L faculty senate chairman Brad Seebach said. “And outside of …

Art Fair on the Green raises money for scholarships – WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI … –,” July 27, A La Crosse art fair is raising money for local scholarships. Sunday was the second day of the Art Fair on the Green at the UW-La Crosse Campus.

Journey vs. Destination: Area conference on rivers offers big opportunities – Bluff Country News,” July 27, Bluff Country Reader. For more information, contact the Continuing Education and Extension, UW-La Crosse at (608) 785-6504 or toll-free 1-866-895- 9233 or go to: …

Kids in the kitchen,” July 28, La Crosse Tribune. Krystail Young, 11, left, and Samantha Wood, 10, use a whisk to whip cream Tuesday at the Kids Culinary Academy at UW-La Crosse’s Cartwright …

Middle school students learn to cook at Kids’ Culinary Academy,” July 28, Middle school students are trying their hand at cooking this week as part of UW-La Crosse’s Kids’ Culinary Academy. The three day academy puts kids …

Middle school students attend ‘Kids Culinary Academy’ at UWL,” July 28, – WKBT. Middle school students are taking part in a “Kids Culinary Academy” all week at UW-La Crosse. They’re using skills like math and science to learn how …

Sweet summer rain … and relief,” July 28, Winona Daily News. UW-La Crosse student Chris Verga pulls weeds Tuesday after the rain from one of the flowerbeds near Veterans Memorial Field. Verga works for …

Retired UW-L professor adds book on La Crosse buildings to lecture series,” July 29, La Crosse Tribune. Les Crocker signs a copy of his new book, “La Crosse Buildings Through Time,” on Tuesday evening before a presentation at the La Crosse Public.

UWL scientists helping with fight against Chestnut Tree Blight,” July 30, – WKBT. “If we slow that fungus down, the tree can respond to that infection and so it can continue to grow despite that infection,” said UWL Associate Professor …

Remembering artwork.

UWL alum David Roth died July 19. See the full obituary at