Campus Connection, Feb. 13, 2012

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Support comes from across the state in response to Drake Hall fire

Support has come from across the state in response to UW-La Crosse’s Drake Hall fire.

Archaeologist to discuss Wisconsin’s animal-shaped mounds and the complex society that built them

About 1,000 years ago Native Americans built more animal-shaped mounds in Wisconsin than any other part of the world. Many are still intact — even in the La Crosse area.

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UW-L’s Oral History Program is going digital.

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Area legislators attending UW-L's Political Science Alumni Reception Feb. 8 included, from left, Rep. Jill Billings; Rep. Steve Doyle, '80; Rep. Lee Nerison; Rep. Chris Danou; and State Sen. Jennifer Shilling, '92.

Alums, reps gather in Madison

More than 100 alumni and state politicians with UW-L ties gathered in Madison Feb. 8 for the 22nd annual UW-L Political Science Alumni Reception.

“[The gathering] is all about the things UW-L stands for,” says Al Trapp, president of the UW-L Foundation, a co-sponsor of the event. Trapp, who has attended all 22 receptions, says the event is the university’s most popular annual event for alumni and friends in the Madison area, many who work in state government.

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling, ’92, welcomed participants on behalf of those in the legislature with UW-L ties. “The special La Crosse experience that we had we continue to hold very dear,” she says. “We want to celebrate UW-L.”

Valentine candy.Get your Valentine’s Day special at The Galley

Market Carvery, in The Galley, is featuring a Valentine’s Day Luncheon special Tuesday, Feb. 14. The special includes chicken scaloppini with artichoke “hearts” and “cupid” (angel hair) pasta, green beans — plain or almandine sprinkle, and a breadstick.

February’s cooking class features soup and quick bread

Warm up from winter weather and learn how to make a delicious turkey rice soup and honey oat quick bread at February’s Cooking Class. Chefs Randy and Robb lead the class at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Whitney Center Bakery. The intermediate cooking class is open to students, faculty and staff. Cost is $10 or $5 plus a meal swipe.

Award-winning poet to read poems Feb. 14

Award-winning poet William Stobb will read poems from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in 114 Wimberly Hall.

Stobb is the author of five poetry collections, including the National Poetry Series selection “Nervous Systems (2007)” and “Absentia (2011),” both from Penguin Books. His unpublished novel “Aces” is a current finalist for the New American Fiction Prize and the script he co-authored for New Rock Theater’s “Predator: The Musical” is opening for its second run at Chicago’s Stage 773. UW-L’s English Department is hosting the free event.

Panel to discuss pros, cons of city administrator

A panel discussion at UW-La Crosse will look at the pros and cons of having a city administrator for the City of La Crosse.

A panel of experts will discuss the issue from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 14, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The forum is free and open to all.
The panel will include UW-Oshkosh Assistant Professor Karl Nollenberger, Ed Madere of the Wisconsin City Managers Association, and Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy. The three will discuss city administrators in light of a binding referendum that will appear on the ballot of City of La Crosse voters during the April 3 election.

Co-sponsors of the event include the League of Women Voters, UW-L Joint Committee on Legislative Relations, and the UW-L Political Science Department.

If you go—
Who: Panel of three experts
What: Panel discussion on having a city administrator for the City of La Crosse
When: 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 14
Where: Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
Admission: Free and open to all

Musician Jenn Grinels photo.

Musician Jenn Grinels will perform on campus Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Lonely Hearts Club coming to UW-La Crosse

The first ever Lonely Hearts Club with Jenn Grinels is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Admission is free.

Grinels is a musician who plays acoustic guitar with elements of folk, pop rock, jazz and blues. She pledges that her powerful vocals will make listeners forget about that girl or boy who forgot to ask them out for Valentine’s Day.

This program is part of the university’s Campus Activities Board 2011-12 series. For more information, contact the Cartwright Center Information Counter at 785.8898 or visit

If you go—
Who: Musician Jenn Grinels
What: Lonely Hearts Club
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
Where: Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
Admission: Free

FERPA, HIPAA and other limits of confidentiality to be discussed Feb. 17

What information can UW-L staff get about a student’s or employee’s past behavior at UW-L? What information can staff share with other employees? With parents of students? Did you know that if a student or employee shares an incident that might be considered discrimination — even if it’s told in confidence — UW-L has a legal obligation to investigate the incident?

A panel of campus community members will discuss the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other limits of confidentiality from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in 102 Wing Communications Center. The panel of this Inclusive Friday Discussion includes personnel from UW-L’s Human Resources, Campus Climate, Student Affairs,  Counseling and Testing, and the Registrars offices, along with staff from the Health Center.

Inclusive Friday Discussions are open to all faculty, staff and students. Presentations are taped and available for later viewing at

Nominations for Faculty Senate due Feb. 17

Nominations for Faculty Senate positions are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, to the Faculty Senate Office, 323 Graff Main Hall.

Candidates for a Faculty Senate position must obtain 20 signatures of faculty members, without regard to the number of other petitions they have signed, or whether or not they are eligible to vote for the candidate. Visit for a nominating petition for election.

Nominations to the various academic units or at-large constituencies are called for. For exact clarification of academic unit and/or departmental representation, see the Articles of Faculty Organization IV.B. Membership, and IV.C. Nomination and Election at

Eight seats for the senate are open as of June 2012. The following constituencies may nominate for election:

  • One three-year term — College of Science & Health
  • Two three-year terms — College of Liberal Studies
  • Five three-year terms — At-large

All departments or units may elect two senators at-large and one to represent an academic unit except for the following which may elect:

  • Accountancy — one at-large
  • Biology — one at-large
  • Chemistry — one SAH, one at-large
  • Communication Studies — one CLS, one at-large
  • Computer Science — one SAH
  • English — two at-large
  • History — one CLS, one at-large
  • Microbiology — two at-large
  • Modern Languages — one CLS, one at-large
  • Philosophy — two at-large
  • Physics — two at-large
  • Psychology — one CLS, one at-large
  • Theatre — two at-large

Spotlight on Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Feb. 17 Album Encounters

UW-L’s Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, features Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s “Rust Never Sleeps.” Admission is $3.

UW-L’s Planetarium public programs begin with “Journey to the Stars.” The program begins at 1 p.m. Saturdays 18 and 25, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admissions is $2 for students, $3 for others.

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

Career events for students planned for Feb. 21 and 22

Find out about face-to-face networking and prepare for the “real world” at UW-L’s Prep for Success from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in 1400 Centennial Hall. Participants may ask a panel of of four employers job and internship questions.

Anyone searching for internships and full-time employment should plan to attend UW-L’s Career Expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. For more information and a list of employers visit

Professional dress is expected at both free events. The events are sponsored by Delta Sigma Pi and Career Services.

Photo of Will Steger.

Will Steger

Legendary Polar Explorer to talk about Arctic preservation at UW-L

Legendary Polar Explorer Will Steger, who led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole — without resupply — in 1986, will present on Arctic preservation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. A question and answer session follows. A reception and book signing is from 6-7 p.m. in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center.

Steger has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled for more than 45 years, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history. He led the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history across Greenland in 1988 and the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica in 1989. For his accomplishments, he earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2007.

He continues his commitment to education and exploration through the Will Steger Foundation. He aims to empower people around the world to take action on global warming solutions.

If you go—
Who: Will Steger
What: Arctic preservation presentation, discussion
Where: Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 21
Admission: Free

Cowley Hall classrooms now open Sundays

Cowley Hall is now regularly open between noon and 6 p.m. Sundays to accommodate the increasing demand for weekend review sessions and other academic needs. To reserve rooms contact University Reservations at 785.8895 or by email at All other academic buildings will remain closed Sundays.

Thank you, Turkey trotters

Thank you to the 2,268 participants in UW-L’s 17th Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 19, 2011, and the more than 80 student volunteers who made the race a success. The Joggin for Josh team won the Subway Team Challenge by having the largest team register for the race. Reuter Hall won the For All The Stuffing Residence Hall Challenge by having the most residents participate. With funds raised, UW-L Rec Sports donated $5,000 to the UW-L Multicultural Scholarship Fund, $4,000 to the New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center and $1,500 to UW-L’s Student Affairs Division.

The 18th annual Turkey Trot is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17. See photos, videos and more Turkey Trot results here.

Group photo of Vanguards at Oktoberfest Parade 2011.

UW-L Vanguards are advocates both on and off campus. Pictured, Vanguard group at the Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade 2011.

Apply now to be a 2012-13 Vanguard

Help promote UW-L to prospective students by becoming a Vanguard. Established in 1976, Vanguard has assisted UW-L’s Admissions Office in recruiting high quality students. Vanguard is a volunteer, student public relations organization that represents UW-L’s student body during campus tours, Campus Close-Up programs, college fairs, high school visits and freshman registration. To find out more and to apply visit

Cover of Lantern magazine. Winter alumni magazine online

The winter issue of UW-L’s alumni magazine, the Lantern, was recently delivered to more than 60,000 alumni and friends of UW-L. The new digest size format provides an opportunity for the Alumni Association to communicate with all alumni and friends at a reasonable rate. View it online here:

Volunteers sought for NCUR 2013 event

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held at UW-L April 10-14, 2013. UW-L hosted the event in 2009. Those interested in volunteering should contact the Continuing Education Office at

Works by campus authors to be displayed in Graff Main Hall

Campus authors who have recently had a new work published should provide a copy to the Chancellor’s Office to be displayed in the chancellor’s showcase in Graff Main Hall. Books will be secured in a locked, glass case and will be returned when the display is changed. Drop off books in 135 Graff Main Hall. Contact Judith Albert, Chancellor’s Office, for more information.

UW-L Foundation Small Grants applications due March 28

Campus community members may apply for funds for instruction, research and public service projects for the 2011-12 fiscal year through the UW-L Foundation Small Grants program.

Small grants are available for a wide variety of projects. Click here for grant information and application forms and a list of awards for the 2011-12 year.

Requests for up to half of the cost of minor equipment will be considered. Requests from students and/or campus organizations must be endorsed by a UW-L faculty or staff member. Grant activities and expenses must occur between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Requests for food and beverages are discouraged. Requests for international travel and stipends for classified staff, academic staff and faculty members will not be considered. Applications seeking multi-year support cannot be funded.

Project directors (applicants) must submit one paper copy (with required signatures) to the UW-L Foundation Office, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, plus one electronic copy of the application (Word format, without signatures) as an email attachment to Sara Olson no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.

The Small Grants Program is made possible through donations to the Foundation’s unrestricted fund mainly by alumni, local businesses, matching gifts from companies and other friends of the university. A committee of Foundation representatives and university faculty and academic staff review the applications and make funding recommendations to the Foundation.

For more information, contact Committee Chair Ron Rada at

Heating Plant shutdown set for May 12-20

The Heating Plant will be shut down for scheduled maintenance and repairs from 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, through 10 p.m. Sunday, May 20. During the shutdown there will be no steam distribution services available to campus buildings. Cage washers, autoclaves and other steam-supplied equipment will be affected. Plan accordingly in anticipation of the shutdown. For more information contact the Heating Plant Superintendent Timothy Merrell at 785.8710.


Campus Kudos artwork.

Carol Angel, Educational Studies, was awarded a College of Liberal Studies technology grant of $14,966.15 Feb. 1 to purchase assistive technology hardware and software.

Mahruq F. Khan, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published review essays “Global Islamic Feminisms” and “Articulating the Feminist Spirit: Four Films About Muslim Women,” in Feminist Collections, v. 32, Nos. 3-4.

John Porcari, Exercise and Sport Science, was the keynote lecturer at the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Conference Feb. 7 at St. Cloud, Minn., Hospital. His talk was “Mythbusters — Which Health and Fitness Products Really Work?”

Kirsten M. Rosacker, Accountancy, presented her co-authored paper ”Business School Curriculum and Corporate Governance” at the Decision Sciences Institute National Meeting, Nov. 19-22, 2011, in Boston.

K.T. Willhite, Educational Studies, published “Does the Moon Still Matter?” in the February 2012 issue of Science & Children/NSTA, V.49, No. 6.

John Willson, Health Professions, Physical Therapy, received the prestigious Rose Award for Excellence in Research at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association meeting in Chicago Feb. 8-11 for the manuscript “Gluteal Muscle Activation During Running in Females with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.” The manuscript by Willson and Tom Kernozek, Health Professions, Physical Therapy; along with Becky Arndt, Dan Reznichek and Scott Straker; was published in Clinical Biomechanics Aug: 26(7):735-40. The award acknowledges published research in leading orthopedic and physical therapy journals during the past year.

Human Resources artwork.


Learn about new UW System personnel systems online and through brown bag sessions

As a part of the 2011-13 biennial budget, the University of Wisconsin System is developing two distinct new personnel systems — one for UW-Madison employees and one for all other UW System employees — to be implemented July 1, 2013.

For more information on the University Personnel System visit the HR UPS page or the UW System UPS page. The Web pages include new system goals, committee members and work groups, frequently-asked questions, a timeline and more.

Human Resources is hosting monthly ‘brown-bag’ sessions for the campus community to ask questions about UPS and other HR-related items. The first brown-bag session will be held from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in 340 Cartwright Center.  Brown bag sessions will be held throughout the year from noon-1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in Cartwright Center.  Click here for a full list of dates, times and room numbers.

New employees

  • Michael Christophersen, Police Officer, University Police, Feb. 6
  • Rebecah Neitzel, Office Associate, University Centers, Feb. 15


  • Robert Wilson, Custodian Lead in Residence Life, to Custodian Lead in University Centers, Feb. 12


  • Randall Dibb, Custodian, Custodial Services, Feb. 17


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OCW members to share baked goods at ‘Bake for Drake’ event and collect ‘A Day of Giving’  food donations  Feb. 14

UW-L’s Organization for Campus Women (OCW) kicked off its “A Day of Giving” food at the Chancellor’s Address in January.

The campus community has been placing non-perishable food items in boxes and bags around campus marked with “A Day of Giving.” All items will go to UW-L’s Helping Our Own food pantry. OCW members will pick up donations Feb. 14.

OCW is providing baked goodies to Drake Hall students and staff and those helping Drake Hall students and staff that day as well. Stop at a “Bake for Drake” event from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition, to pick up home-baked goodies and needed food and items from the “Day of Giving” collection.


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House-sitting jobs. Retired, area professional wants to house sit. Available beginning March for six to nine months. Email or call 608.738.8351.