Campus Connection Dec. 2, 2013


UW-L Festival of Carols is Dec. 14; tickets on sale Dec. 4


Concert is in special setting this year

Music at this year’s Festival of Carols at UW-La Crosse will be performed in a special, festive setting. The five performing ensembles will be on the set of the Theatre Arts Department’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”  Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices


Campus Kudos


Murphy Library Notes

Organization for Campus Women


Soul singer, songwriter to perform at UW-L

Photo of Joanna Burns.

Singer, songwriter and pianist Joanna Burns will perform at UW-La Crosse’s Campus Activity Board’s 1, 2, 3 Thursdays event. She will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Cellar, in Cartwright Center. Admission is free. Read more »

Have an adventure during Winter Break 2014

Dog sledding.

Adventure is out there, and UW-La Crosse’s Outdoor Connection can lead the way. During the past six years, Outdoor Connection has offered a dogsledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trips across the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. This year, they are adding two more trips to the agenda: canoeing and backpacking in central Florida and backpacking the Black Creek Wilderness in Mississippi. Read more »

Spanish students learn while they sweat

Students touching hands and leaning toward eachother in a yoga pose in the hot yoga studio, Root Down Yoga.

Learning a foreign language can be difficult, but one UW-La Crosse Spanish professor has found an unorthodox way to teach the language. Read more »

UW-L theatre presents a holiday celebration

Christmas Carol artwork.

UW-L’s Department of Theatre Arts will perform ”A Christmas Carol,” written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Barbara Field. Read more »

UW-L Vocal Jazz Ensembles to give holiday concert

Photo of three women singing.

The all-female group La Capella is one of the four UW-La Crosse vocal jazz ensembles to perform a holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 8. Read more »

Upward Bound, It Make$ Cents! partner with local high schools to compete in life skills competition

Upward Bound, It Make$ Cents! partners with local high schools to compete in life skills competition

Local high school students will compete with other students across the state, and possibly the nation, using their consumer knowledge. Read more »

UW-L research initiative featured on UW website

Knowledge Powers photo.

Consequences for drunk driving, social media law making and the impact of frac sand mining are issues for civic leaders in southwestern Wisconsin. Through a new UW-La Crosse research initiative, they’ll soon be on the minds of UW-L student researchers. Read more 

Campus Connection holiday season schedule

Monday, Dec. 2 — Deadline: noon Tuesday, Nov. 26
Monday, Dec. 9 — Final Campus Connection for 2013. Deadline: noon Wednesday, Dec. 4
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 — Campus Connection resumes. Deadline: noon Thursday, Jan. 2

Please submit information for the Campus Connection to

Announcements Notices head

Three ‘It Make$ Cents! Money Management’ talks planned for December

The It Make$ Cents! Money Management Team shares basics of budgeting and saving money, as well as setting up important retirement accounts. The team has three 6:30-7:30 p.m. talks planned for December in Reuter Hall:

  • “Budgeting, Saving & Financing Your Future” — Tuesday, Dec. 3
  • “How To Become a Millionaire” — Wednesday, Dec. 11
  •  “National Re-Gifting Day” — Tuesday, Dec. 17 

Student GIS Poster and Map Competition Dec. 6

The Department of Geography and Earth Science is hosting the Student GIS Poster and Map Competition from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Dec. 6, in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center. The event will showcase a variety of GIS and mapping applications. The poster presentations will be followed by research talks in room 339 Cartwright Center on GIS and geovisualization  by guest speakers Carl Sack, UW-Madison; and Thomas Pingel, Northern Illinois University. The event is  free and open to the public.

BrownBag‘Physical and Mental Health at any Size’ is topic of Dec. 6 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series

Kim Soumar from Residence Life will facilitate “Physical and Mental Health at any Size” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6,  in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

Join the conversation on the first Friday of every month to discuss contemporary social justice, diversity and climate issues in the Office of Campus Climate’s year-long series “Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: Bring Your Food, Bring Your Thoughts.” Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and are welcome to come late or leave early.

Films range from TED Talks to documentaries and typically last less than 45 minutes and are then discussed. The film series is free and open to everyone.

To learn more about the series and upcoming events, visit or find us on Facebook at “UW-La Crosse Campus Climate (Official).”

Next Album Encounters is Dec. 6; ‘Winter Wonders’ is December Public Program

The next Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show will feature John Lennon’s “The John Lennon Collection” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $5.

The Planetarium’s Public Program for December is ”Winter Wonders.”  The talk, followed by a multimedia audiovisual presentation, will be at 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Admission is $3 for students, seniors and children, and $5 for others.

To find out more, contact Bob Allen at or 608.785.8669. See more about the Planetarium at

earth-and-stethoscope-graphicThe Climate Crisis and American Health to be discussed at Dec. 9 talk

Climate change is affecting many aspects of our lives including our health, says Joel Charles. Charles, who has a Master of Public Health degree and is finishing medical training to become a physician, is educating others about the climate change-related health effects people are creating through the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels. Charles will present “The Climate Crisis and American Health: Moving From Threat to Opportunity” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in 1400 Centennial Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Charles will discuss the most recent findings on the state of climate change and how it and current energy systems will impact health. Information will include policy prescriptions and actions citizens can take.

Charles is helping build a network to provide health professionals with effective ways to make health a central theme of the conversation on climate change. He is also organizing an effort to help climate activists become literate in the health impacts of climate change. Charles’ talks are easy to understand, yet provide valuable information for health professionals.

This event is sponsored by UW-L’s Students for Sustainability, La Crosse Citizens Climate Lobby and Coulee Partners for Sustainability. Email for more information.

If you go —
What: “The Climate Crisis and American Health: Moving From Threat to Opportunity”
Where: 1400 Centennial Hall
When: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 

History Student Research Symposium set for Dec. 9

The UW-L History Department is showcasing undergraduates’ research at the Fall 2013 UW-L History Student Symposium Monday, Dec. 9, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

The research is a culmination of students’ experiences as UW-L History majors ending in a capstone history research seminar. This event is open to the public and begins at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

A brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation. Drop in for any or all presentations:

  • Ryan Lucchesi – “How Milwaukee Became the Most Segregated City in America in the 1980s”
  • Alexander Cherry – “The Father of Insurgency: Father James Groppi in Milwaukee, 1960-1975”
  • Atticus Jaramillo – “Street Politics: Making a Pedestrian Mall in Madison, Wisconsin, 1965-1974”
  • Trevor Rystrom – “Alexander the Great, 336-334 BCE: His Early Campaigns, His Exploitation of the Greek Crusade, and the Belying of Pan-Hellenism”
  • Kelly Timmerman – “Their Only Chance at Happiness: Religion as a Factor in the Assimilation of Jewish Children from the Kindertransport in Great Britain”
  • Casey Forrer – “‘Savage’ to Citizen: A History of Ojibwe Boarding Schools”
  •  Colt Watson – “Dairyland: The Creation of the Dairy Industry in Wisconsin, 1890-1930”
  • Samuel Schultz – “Strong as an Oak: La Crosse’s Lumber Industry, 1850-1920”
  • Jordan Marshall – “Big Jump: Skiing and Heritage in Westby, Wisconsin in the Mid-Twentieth Century”
  • Allysa Siebenaler – “Rebuilding Community: Creation of German Identity in La Crosse, Wisconsin through the ‘Deutsche Verein'”
  • Christopher Solberg – “’Dear Folks, Hope This Letter Finds You Well’: Soldiers’ Letters Home during WWII and the Escape from War”

Chancellor’s Open Forum to be held Dec. 10

Chancellor Joe Gow will hold an open forum for the campus community from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in 1400 Centennial Hall. In addition to updates on the latest UW System news from Madison, Chancellor Gow will answer questions and address other topics of interest. Chancellor Gow has granted one hour release time to attend this event. Work with supervisors to ensure office coverage.

Graduating seniors’ exhibit closes Dec. 11

The artwork of 10 UW-L art students is featured in the “Wanted: Artists of Conviction” senior exhibition in the University Art Gallery on the first floor of the Center for the Arts. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, Dec. 11. Find out more at

Changes made for Cleary Alumni & Friends Center reservations

Changes in staffing have forced operational changes to the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center as it relates to hosting events. There will no longer be a designated building manager so the facility will go off-line for hosting events after hours. Daytime events may still be scheduled by all campus units.

What you need to know:

  • Reservations for the Strelczyk Great Hall, the Allen Conference Room, the Chancellor’s Dining Room, the Gathering Place and the Courtyard will now be handled by University Reservations. To reserve those rooms, call 608.785.8892.
  • The Administrative Conference Room will be handled by the Alumni Association. To reserve it, call 608.785.8489.
  • Events already scheduled will be honored through the spring and will be handled by two student building managers.
  • Support on the day of the event will be handled by the Alumni Association support staff.
  • The building will be available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Only UW-L specific events may be considered for exceptions.

As details are finalized, they will be posted on the University Reservations web site at

Directory artwork.Get your Student + Staff Directory

Lose something? Is it so bad that you can’t even find the lost and found? Don’t worry — find out where to find it in the 2013 Student + Staff Directory! The directory has nearly 20 pages of campus information, such as recycling, where to get legal advice, U-Pass/Safe Ride and more. Stop by 115 Graff Main Hall or the Cartwright Center Information Desk to grab a free 2013 Student + Staff Directory and get all the information you need to know.

Public Health, Community Health Education programs being reviewed for re-accreditation; review and comment on self-study documents online

UW-L’s Master of Public Health and Community Health Education programs are being reviewed by the Council on Education for Public Health for national re-accreditation. A site visit will occur on March 24-25, 2014. As a part of the review process, university and community members can review and comment on the preliminary self-study documents at CEPH will accept third-party comments until 30 days before the on-site visit. Send comments to the Council on Education for Public Health, 1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 220, Sliver Spring, Md., 20910-5600. For more information, contact Gary D. Gilmore, Graduate Community Health/Public Health Programs, at

December financial aid newsletter online

The December 2013 Financial Aid Edition of Eagle Mail newsletter is now available at

The issue includes these articles:

  • Apply for Scholarships
  • Pay Interest As You Go
  • National Re-Gifting Day!
  • Looking to get rid of that old prom dress?
  • Follow Financial Aid on Twitter
  • Information about scholarships that are due
  • Ask Earnest — answers to pertinent financial aid questions

The Financial Aid edition of Eagle Mail newsletter will be available approximately the first of each month.

Peerspectives artwork. PeerSpectives Fall 2013 newsletter online

The PeerSpectives Fall 2013 newsletter is now online

It includes these articles:

  • Get help with speeches!
  • Find the differences in the ESS majors
  • Learn about Advocates for Children
  • Apply for a Peer Advisor position!

Wisconsin now has online donor registry

Wisconsin now has an online donor registry  — more than simply the orange dot on driver’s licenses. Having your name included in the registry means that you have legally authorized the gift of your organs, tissues and eyes upon your death. This gift  saves and improves lives through transplantation, therapy, research and education.  It takes about five minutes to sign up at

UW-L Athletics artwork.

News and upcoming events

Tickets now on sale for the L-Club New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Event Website | Event Ticket Info & Order Form
Ring in 2014 at Roger Harring Stadium with family and friends!
Family Early Show, Carnival Theme Celebration | 4-7 p.m.
— Skyrockers fireworks at 6 p.m.
— Kids holiday movie on stadium video board | all-inclusive food and beverage
Casino Night Late Show | 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
– Skyrockers fireworks at midnight
– Times Square TV broadcast countdown on stadium video board | all-inclusive food & adult beverage

Kids Night Out
Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m.
UW-L’s Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse, registration upon arrival | Sponsored by the UW-L Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Big Event Compan
– The program is open to all children from first through fifth grade.
– Cost is $5 per child and includes an evening full of fun-filled activities with UW-La Crosse student-athletes.
– Fun-filled sports activities will be held as well as arts and crafts.

Eagles Eat & Greet
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. at the Eagles Nest
Featuring the Men’s and Women’s Swim & Dive team

Eagles All Access Radio Show
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. 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.

Men’s Basketball vs. River Falls
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Free pom pom giveaway to the first 100 fans
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Wrestling vs. Luther College
Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Eagles collectors cups to the first 100 fans
Youth in sports day and camper reunion
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Wrestling Candlewood Suites Duals
Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Men’s Basketball vs. Eau Claire
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Rollo Taylor dedication game
Alumni reunion
Frisbee giveaway to the first 100 fans
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Eagle Kidz Klub memberships now available!
Click here for more information

Join the L-Club today and become part of the UW-L Athletics tradition

2013 L-Club Brochure
Click here for more information about the L-Club and upcoming events


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Campus Kudos artwork.

Group photo of Golden Key members.

Five new honorary members (HMs) were inducted into UW-L’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Some are pictured with previously inducted honorary members. From left, Provost Heidi Macpherson (previously-inducted HM who delivered the keynote address), Carla Burkhardt, Susan Whitewater (previously inducted), Fred Pierce (new HM), Cecilia Manrique, Mike Desmond (new HM) and Dave Solie (previously inducted).


Happy 36th birthday, Golden Key International Honour Society

Congratulations to the Golden Key International Honour Society for its 36th birthday Nov. 29. UW-L’s chapter of the Golden Key (GK) International Honour Society held its New Member Recognition/Induction ceremony  Oct. 25 in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Cecilia Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration, chapter co-adviser and International Leadership Council past president, delivered the greetings from GK headquarters. She and Carla Burkhardt, College of Science and Health, chapter co-adviser, introduced the GK officers. Five new honorary members (HMs) were inducted.

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What’s Happening In Dining Services

Faculty and Staff Holiday Luncheon set for Dec. 10; purchase tickets by Dec. 4

UW-L’s Faculty and Staff Holiday Luncheon will be from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Click here to view and print the Holiday Luncheon Flier.

Purchase tickets for $7.50 at the Cartwright Center Information Counter. Ticket sales end Wednesday, Dec. 4. Request vegan/vegetarian options when purchasing tickets.

The menu includes:

  • Tossed Caesar Salad
  • Ambrosia Salad
  • Carved Roast Beef with Au Jus
  • Lemon Picatta Chicken Breast
  • Oven roasted red potatoes
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Zucchini, Green & Red Pepper Medley
  • Dinner roll and butter
  • Cheesecake
  • Coffee, iced tea, milk and water

Midnight Breakfast set for Dec. 12 at Whitney Center

Students can take a break from studying to stop by Whitney Center from 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Dec. 12, to enjoy the Midnight Breakfast. Click here to view and print the Midnight Breakfast Flier.

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

Cartwright Center Galley: 

  • Chef’s Table (Tuesdays and Thursdays): Open Faced Meatloaf Stack
  • Cyclone Salads: Thai Beef Salad
  • Slice of Life: Ripe Plum Tomato Pizzetta
  • Original Burger Company: Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese

Did you know …

Congratulations to the winner of the Facebook iPod Shuffle giveaway, Alayna Husom! Be on the lookout for more great giveaways coming soon!

Stay in the loop …

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

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

MurphyLibraryNotes artwork.

More computers available for end of semester

The library is opening room 30, a computer classroom in the basement of the library, to provide more computers during the busy period at the end of the semester. Room 30 will be open from 6 p.m.- close starting Sunday, Dec. 1. Students can use the desktop computers there.

More information is available at the library home page at

Study in the new silent study room

As a pilot project, Room 12, in the library basement, has been converted to a silent study room. Many students ask for an environment even quieter than the library’s designated quiet areas, so this room is intended to answer that need.

The silent room should be completely silent, with no talking, whispering, group work, etc. All cell phones and devices should be silenced, and the door to the room should be kept closed.

The room seats up to 12, but people should not try to conduct any collaborative work while in the silent room. If a conversation is necessary, students should leave the room before having that conversation.

More information is available at the library home page or at the library blog at


OCW artwork.


OCW Holiday Social set for Dec. 12; campus community invited

UW-L’s Organization for Campus Women is hosting a Holiday Social from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

Children from the Campus Child Care Center will sing at 11:30 a.m.

Refreshments and desserts will be provided by OCW.

OCW is collecting items for the Humane Society Wish List. Bring donations to the social.

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Thanks for attending retirement reception — Pat Stephens

I want to extend a personal thank you to everyone who attended my retirement reception at the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center on Oct. 30. It was a great turnout with magical memories. Maroon and gray activities will always have a high priority in my life. I appreciated the kind comments and good wishes. I don’t plan on being a stranger. — Pat Stephens