Campus Connection Dec. 9, 2013


Regents approve UW-L’s new student center; no taxpayer dollars will be used to fund $53 million project

Architectural rendering of the new student center southwest entrance.

The UW System Board of Regents approved the design and construction of UW-La Crosse’s new student center duringmeetings Thursday and Friday in Madison.No taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the estimated $53.3 million building, which will be entirely funded by student fees. In April 2012 UW-L students voted to build a new facility rather than repair Cartwright Center, the current student union, which opened in 1958 with additions in 1964 and 1985. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices


Campus Kudos


In The News

Organization for Campus Women


Don’t miss December holiday concerts

Yuletide artwork.

UW-La Crosse instrumental and vocal music groups will give holiday performances throughout December. Don’t miss: the annual Swinging Yuletide, vocal jazz ensembles, and UW-L Festival of Carols. Read more »

A look at adapted PE, cardiac rehab programs

Part of timeline in Mitchell Hall.

Centennial presentation will take historical look at UW-La Crosse programs

People who helped two UW-La Crosse exercise and sport science programs become nationally known will revisit their successes during an upcoming presentation. Three mentors of the Adapted Physical Education and Clinical Exercise Physiology (Cardiac Rehabilitation) programs will share their stories at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The presentation will begin with a social with refreshments at 6. The events are free and open to all. Read more »

Eagle Alert technology comes to UW-La Crosse

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A new technology-based program hopes to help students who might be struggling in college. The Eagle Alert system, rolled out earlier this semester, was created to provide students with feedback pertaining to academic or professional concerns, student potential and advising sessions. It also hopes to help retain students at UW-L and help all students graduate on time. This initiative was created by Firm Footing, a committee that addresses students who are likely to be at-risk for academic troubles and give them the resources they need to succeed. Read more »

Pakistani student comes to UW-L to gain leadership experience, finds more

Political Science student Pizwak Imitiaz, pictured front row, third from left, marching in the La Crosse Oktoberfest Parade in (year).

The most dramatic difference between Pakistan and the U.S. isn’t the culture or the language; it’s the spiciness of the food, according to political science student Pizwak Imtiaz. Read more »

UW-L offers study tour to Rwanda; information session is Dec. 18

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Two UW-La Crosse professors are offering an intergenerational study tour to Rwanda this summer. Economics Professor Donna Anderson and Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages Barbara Rusterholz will lead the tour to Rwanda for students and others May 18-June 7, 2014. Read more »

Teachers to get hands-on archaeology experience at UW-L

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Teachers will fashion arrowheads, use spear throwers, take part in archaeological site excavations and more during a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers at UW-La Crosse. Read more » 

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UW-L grads to walk the stage Dec. 15 

A total of 688 UW-La Crosse students are candidates for graduation during the 49th annual Winter Commencement. The 566 undergraduate students and 99 graduate students will walk the stage at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse. The ceremony includes graduates from UW-L’s three colleges: the College of Business Administration, the College of Liberal Studies and the College of Science and Health.

No reservations or tickets are required.

UW-L senior Lindsay Robertson will give the student address.

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GIS student with poster.

Senior Rachel Wozniak was one of 14 students competing in UW-L’s first Geographic Information Science Poster Competition Dec. 6 in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center. Events also included guest speakers from UW-Madison and Northern Illinois University who talked about Wikimapping and mapping from airborne laser scanners.

GIS poster competition showcases student research

Geography student Rachel Wozniak, from Milwaukee, researched breast cancer in Wisconsin for her poster in UW-L’s first Geographic Information Science Poster Competition Dec. 6 in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center.

She used alcohol consumption, obesity, pollution and poverty level data to determine the areas in Wisconsin where there is a high probability of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

“There were a lot of people who are being diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted to know why,” she said. “I found Milwaukee does have the highest probability of being diagnosed with breast cancer.”

The senior was one of 14 students in the competition hosted by the Geography and Earth Science Department.

Events that day also included guest speakers from UW-Madison and Northern Illinois University who talked about Wikimapping and mapping from airborne laser scanners.

Geography and Earth Science Assistant Professor Gargi Chaudhuri says the department would like to make the competition an annual event at a bigger scale.
“It’s a good opportunity to invite undergrads from other Wisconsin system schools, too, for participation,” says Chaudhuri. “I hope this event will help to spread the message about GIS and cartographic applications and encourage more students in geography and from other departments to take these courses in future.”

Posters are being judged by those who attended the competition, along with geography, computer science and biology faculty. Results will be published this week on the Geography and Earth Science website.

For more photos of the event, go to

Campus Connection holiday season schedule

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

Submit information for the Campus Connection to

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”

The 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. He 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.

Rhetoric, writing majors to present senior capstone projects Dec. 10

Rhetoric and writing majors will present their senior capstone projects on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in 330 Cartwright Center. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Students and presentation times are:

9-10:30 a.m.

  • Katharine Mickschl
  • Rachel Gerlach
  • Gregory Nickel
  • David Stilin
  • Allison Scherer

1-2:30 p.m. 

  • Nicholas Wimmer
  • Annalise Falck-Pedersen
  • Jenna Englerth
  • David Dull

3-4:30 p.m. 

  • Chad Nickerson
  • Ryan Churchill
  • Danielle Bakkum
  • Karin Johnson
  • Alan Voy

Topics include:

  • the linguistic construction of disability
  • classics and canonicity
  • translation in a global age
  • illusions of empathy
  • publishing and the impact of technology
  • communication strategies and the popularity of Ted Talks
  • tattoos as (permanent) discourse
  • rhetorical differences in political speeches
  • taking back the women’s interest genre in magazine publishing
  • Nietzsche’s Übermensch and Ranciere’s “Part of No Part”
  • and more.

To arrange for disability accommodations, contact or call 608.785.8295. For more information, visit

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.

La Crosse County Landfill director to talk about sustainability projects Dec. 10

Director of the La Crosse County Landfill Hank Koch will present a non-technical overview of sustainability-related projects at the landfill site.  His presentation, “The La Crosse Landfill: A Living Laboratory,” begins at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 10, in 100 Cowley Hall.

“Trash” is a resource to be used to its fullest extent, says Koch. For example, the landfill is now providing methane gas to power the Onalaska Gundersen Clinic, and a nature trail has been completed at the site. The landfill has been widely recognized for its creative, innovative accomplishments.

Koch is particularly interested in developing research collaborations with UW-L students and faculty in a variety of science and non-science disciplines. He encourages interested students, staff and faculty to attend. For more information, contact Rob Tyser at

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

More ‘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 two more 6:30-7:30 p.m. talks planned for December in Reuter Hall:

  • “How To Become a Millionaire” — Wednesday, Dec. 11
  •  ”National Re-Gifting Day” — Thursday, Dec. 12

Pink Floyd music wraps up Album Encounters for 2013; ‘Winter Wonders’ is December Public Program

The next Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show — and the last one for 2013 — will feature Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 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. 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

University Bookstore to have sale Dec. 11-12

UW-L’s University Bookstore is having a Friends and Family Sale Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 11 and 12. Stop in to take advantage of some great prices.

Open forums for executive director of Facilities Planning & Management finalists set for Dec. 13, 16 and 17

The campus community is invited to meet executive director of Facilities Planning & Management candidates at open forums. Finalists and dates include:

  • Friday, Dec. 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 339 Cartwright Center — Daniel Meyer, Director of Facilities Services, Lawrence University
  • Monday, Dec. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall — Troy Bonte, Director of Facility Services, Washington & Jefferson College
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall — Douglas Pearson, Director of Facilities, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Visit to learn more about finalists.

Participate in Jeans Day Friday, Dec. 13; wear LIVEMAROON gear

UW-L is one of many local organizations to 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 donations. In return for a one dollar, participants may wear jeans. Campus participants should wear LIVEMAROON gear.  The next Jeans Day is Friday, Dec. 13. Donations are welcome even if you don’t wear jeans. This is a small way to join together and give back to the local community.

In November UW-L raised $95.

The charities receiving the  December contributions are Rotary Lights and La Crosse Citizen Advocacy.

Building contacts:

  • Cindy Curran, 212 Cartwright
  • Laurie Collison, 4206 Centennial Hall
  • Laurie Maloney, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
  • Karen Ott, 2004 Cowley Hall
  • Carol Beckerjeck, Eagle Hall
  • Pa Moua-Yang, 115 Graff Main Hall
  • Jeanne Voss, 124 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

If a contact is not listed for your building, forward donations to Vickie Bain, Jeans Day Coordinator, SBDC, 120 Wimberly Hall. More collection spots in each building on campus would be helpful. To volunteer with this cause contact Campus Jeans Day Coordinator Bain at or 608.785.8646.

Resident, commuter spring parking permit sales begin Dec. 16

A limited number of on-campus resident parking spaces are available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. Sales begin Monday, Dec. 16, at Parking and Police Services, located at 605 17th St. N. Online and phone sales are not offered.

Commuter parking spaces are still available for faculty, staff and students who live off campus. J-Term and summer parking is included with purchase of an annual or spring permit. J-Term permits may be also be purchased separately.

For more information, call 608.785.8061 or email

Youth Sports Camp set for Dec. 27, 28; sign up now

The annual Youth Sports Camp for children ages five-12 will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28, and runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with drop off from 8-9 a.m. and pick up from 4-5 p.m. Camp meets in Mitchell Hall. Physical Education Teacher Education staff members Lori Petersen and Deb Sazama, along with volunteer students from the physical education program, lead the camp. Children participate in age-appropriate activities in both competitive and non-competitive groups. Cost is $35 per day or $60 for both days. For more information and to register, visit or call Petersen at 608.785.8186.

Mayo Clinic doctor to talk at Dec. 16 Bioresearch Forum

Ronald S. Go, a doctor in Mayo Clinic’s Section of Hematology and Department of Health Sciences Research, is the keynote speaker at the Monday, Dec. 16, La Crosse BioResearch Forum.

Dr. Go will speak on “Determining the Clinical Significance of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance” from 12:15-1 p.m.  in the Overholt Auditorium at Gundersen Lutheran.

The free forums are open to the public and hosted by the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation. Those attending should park in the Green ramp (see map) or use valet parking. Use the entrances at the north end and northeast side of the medical center.

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News and upcoming events

Tickets now on sale for the L-Club New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Event Website  |Event Ticket Info and Order Form
Ring in 2014 at Roger Harring Stadium with family and friends!
Tuesday, Dec. 31
-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

Eagles All Access Radio Show
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 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.

Gymnastics Intra-Squad Meet
Monday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m. at Wittich Hall
Schedule poster giveaway to the first 500 fans
Click here for ticket information

Women’s Basketball vs. UW-Oshkosh
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Free fan waver giveaway to the first 100 fans
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Wrestling vs. UW-Platteville
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Frisbee giveaway to the first 100 fans
Faculty and staff appreciation night
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Eagles All Access Radio Show
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 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.

Women’s Basketball vs. Mount Mary College
Thursday, Jan. 2, 6 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Buy one ticket, get one ticket free
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Women’s Basketball vs. UW-Stevens Point
Saturday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m. at Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
Buy one ticket, get one ticket free
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway


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Cecilia G. Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration, had her peer-reviewed article “Amplifying the Voice of Youth in Africa via Text Analytics” by Prem Melville et. al., published in the Nov. 22 issue of Computing Reviews.

Jennifer Trost, History, presented her paper “Show Me Your ID: Identification as Surveillance” at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Nov. 20.

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What’s Happening In Dining Services

Midnight Breakfast set for Dec. 12 at Whitney Center

Students, take a break from studying. Stop by Whitney Center from 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Dec. 12, to enjoy a 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): Chicken a la King over Mashed Potatoes
  • Cyclone Salads: Garden Caesar & Chicken Salad
  • Slice of Life: Margherita Pizza
  • Original Burger Company: Chipotle Chicken Fajita Wrap

Did you know …

Make sure to sign up in Whitney Smart Market for your chance to win Monster DNA Headphones! Entry box is on the cashier counter. No purchase is necessary. We will be drawing a winner right before the Holiday Break.

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.

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UW-L in the news

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

UW-L to stage classic ‘Christmas Carol,'” Hispanic Business, Dec. 1. Mary Leonard doesn’t fret about the ghosts of productions past when directing “A Christmas Carol.” Leonard, who is directing the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse theater arts department’s fourth production of the Charles Dickens classic, acknowledges competition from other activities and the plethora of Scrooge plays, movies and animations this time of year — and God bless every one …

“Bradley Butterfield: Don’t let power trump free speech,” Op-ed, La Crosse Tribune, Dec. 1. Earlier this semester, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse had one of those “teachable moments” people are always talking about. The “Rachel Slocum Free-Speech Incident” (RSFSI, for short) was born when Chancellor Joe Gow sided with those outside the university demanding the geography professor be somehow disciplined for writing what some perceived to be a politically biased email to her students …

Thanksgiving weekend shoppers spend more than $12 billion,  Dec. 2. “Stores honestly wouldn’t care when you spend your money as long as you do,” Mike Haupert, Professor of Economics, UW-La Crosse said. Haupert said the …

“Shhhhhhh … UW-L library offers a space for silent study,” La Crosse Tribune, Dec. 4. Brad Allhiser needs quiet if he’s studying for an essay. But silent workspaces can be tough to find at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and students like the 19-year-old freshman often settle for whatever they find amid the bustle of a busy, social campus. Librarians to the rescue. There’s no talking allowed in a new silent study room in Murphy Library’s basement, converted earlier this semester in response to complaints from some students …

“Regents to vote on UW-L’s new student center,” WXOW, Dec. 4. A committee of the UW System Board of Regents will vote on whether to approve the design and construction of UW-La Crosse’s new student center during a meeting Thursday in Madison. The full board is expected to give final approval Friday. No taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the estimated $53.3 million building, which will be entirely funded by student fees …

“UW-L study abroad program among top in nation,” Racquet, Dec. 5. The 2013 Open Doors Report has nationally recognized UW-La Crosse’s study abroad program, ranking UW-L in the top 30 schools in the nation …


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

UW-L’s Organization for Campus Women is hosting its 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.

OCW Bookclub next read is ‘Life After Life’

The OCW Bookclub is reading “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson for its January discussion. The time and location will be announced in January. The book club is open to all members of the campus community.

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For sale

Lexington Slatron 8 ft. Drop Pocket Home Pool Table. Comes with pool balls, two pool cues, cue chalk, ball rack and a table brush. Table is dismantled. You haul. Bring truck and movers. It’s very heavy but in great condition. Close to campus. $150. Call 608.784.9713 or 608.799.0416.