Campus Connection, July 29, 2013


What students and parents want to know about campus life

Image of UW-L Senior Ben Urbanek guiding a group past Cowley science Hall.An average of about 4,000 students and their family members visit campus each summer. While here, UW-L Senior Ben Urbanek encourages them to ask as many questions as possible. Read about the top five questions he gets during his tours. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices

Campus Kudos

Human Resources

In The News

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Classified staff honored at Classified Staff Excellence Breakfast July 23


Susan Grebel with Joe Gow in front of picture.

Susan Grebel was one of 41 classified staff honored at the Classified Staff Excellence Breakfast July 23. She’s pictured here with UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow and a painting she received for 35 years of service. For more photos of the event visit


Those honored at the Classified Excellence Program:

5 years

  • Rita Anderson
  • Kimberly Dearman
  • Mary Dixon
  • Gary Donahue
  • Debra Gerke
  • Gerald Hyzer
  • Michael Kennedy
  • Benjamin Kolpitcke
  • Chris Larson
  • James Lawrence
  • Corey Pettis
  • John Pieper
  • Corinne Rheineck
  • Sheila Schneider
  • Amy Servais
  • Heather Stacey
  • Jason Steiner
  • Cynthia Swanson
  • Jason Turonie
  • Karmin Van Domelen
  • Ronald Whitehead
  • Amanda Winters

10 years

  • Susan Hengel
  • Matthew Hotlen
  • Richard Moilien
  • Sara Olson
  • Mai Kao Xiong

15 years

  • Linda Ghelf
  • Sue Lee
  • Patricia Lesky
  • Edith Melde
  • Lee Fong Yang

20 years

  • Robert Meyer
  • Randall Page

25 years

  • Ingrid Iverson
  • Becky Yoshizumi

30 years

  • William Olson
  • Randy Otto
  • Peter Thompson

35 years

  • Cynthia Curran
  • Susan Grebel


McNair summer research presentations to be held Aug. 1

Students in the McNair Scholars Program will present their research from noon-2:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in 337 Cartwright Center. A lunch will be served. For a list of presenters and topics see mcnai-research-2013. The McNair Scholars Program prepares low income and underrepresented students for graduate school.

Blood drive set for Aug. 7

The Red Cross Blood is having a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, in 2064 Health Science Center. To sign up in advance, add your name to sign-up sheets in various campus departments or email Michael Lazzari at Walk-ins are welcome.

Changes to UW Travel Policy effective July 1

UW System has announced changes to the UW Travel Policy effective July 1. See the Business Services Travel Web pages for more information at  Note these updated resources: 

For more information, contact Business Services at 608.785.8554.

YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women Award nominees sought

Nominations due Aug. 12

UW-L’s Organization of Campus Women Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the 2013 YWCA of the Coulee Region Tribute to Outstanding Woman award.

The award recognizes and honors women from the Coulee Region who have demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors in accordance with the mission of the YWCA.

Nominated women should reflect YWCA’s mission: “YWCA of the Coulee Region is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women.” The award criteria changed in 2009 to include more demonstrated involvement in the assistance in the elimination or reduction of racism. Nominees must be associated with UW-L as faculty, academic or classified staff or students. No self-nominations will be accepted.

Awards will honor women’s contributions in the following areas: non-profit, business/professions, health, education, activist, volunteer, trail blazer, Young Woman of Tomorrow (college or high school student) and “other” a category, which may include community development or sports, for example.

Email nominations, along with a brief statement indicating why they are being nominated, by Monday, Aug. 12, to Debra Hoeth at

Campus Kudos artwork.

 Roger Haro, River Studies Center, published “Burrowing dragonfly larvae as biosentinels of methylmercury in freshwater food webs,” in Environmental Science and Technology, a journal of the American Chemical Society. Coauthors on the paper included students Sean Bailey and Reid Northwick , Biology; and professors Kristofer Rolfhus, Chemistry; Mark Sandheinrich, Biology and River Studies; and Jim Wiener, River Studies.

Human Resources artwork.

New employees

  • Douglas Baumann, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Andrew Berns, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Rose Brougham, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
  • Matthew Chedister, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Song Chen, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Tushar Das, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Patrick Grabowski, Assistant Professor, Health Professions
  • Jessi Halligan, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Judith Harrington, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
  • Joshua Hertel, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Jacob Holt, Lecturer, Political Science and Public Administration
  • Edward Kim, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Lisa Kruse, Lecturer, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Peter Marina, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Nicholas McGrath, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Jenna O’Brien, Associate Student Services Coordinator, Multicultural Student Services
  • Todd Osmundson, Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Lori Reichel, Assistant Professor, Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Leslie Rogers, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
  • Daniel Sambu, Assistant Professor, Geography and Earth Science
  • Kenneth Shonk, Jr., Assistant Professor, History
  • Bradley Shutters, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Eric Snively, Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Matthew Thomas, Lecturer, Educational Studies
  • Chad Vidden, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

 UW-La Crosse online course wins national award for collaboration
The 2013 Desire2Excel award is given to individuals, groups or organizations that display exemplary ingenuity, creativity and collaboration in empowering students to achieve their academic goals.

“Trane employs dozens of UW-L students,” WXOW-TV, July 19.
In a rocky job market, Trane has been a steadfast employer of UW-La Crosse students. The company is celebrating its centennial this year and for the past 40, they’ve been offering internships to UW-L students in both business and science fields. (View video clip).

“UW-La Crosse campus police relocate,” WXOW-TV, July 19.
After 25 years, the UW-La Crosse campus police have a new facility. The new building has been in the works for more than four years. It’s adjacent to the old location, which will be torn down this year and become a new student center. (View video clip).

“UW-La Crosse hosts sustainability conference,” WKBT, July 22
Community leaders working on sustainability issues came together at the UW-La Crosse for the bi-annual sustainability conference.