Campus Connection, June 9, 2014


State track meet leaves big economic impact

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About 3,000 high school track and field athletes and 19,000 fans are estimated to leave a nearly $4 million economic impact on the City during their visit to UW-L Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state track meet.

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In this issue:

Announcements & Notices

Campus Kudos

Human Resources

In The News

Physical Wellness


Whitman named Washington University director of athletics

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UW-L invites new freshmen to campus

Image of parents and students walking out of Cartwright Center during 2013 Freshman Registration and Family Orientation.

About 1,975 new, incoming UW-L freshmen will arrive on the UW-L campus in June for Freshman Registration and Family Orientation.

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Car sharing comes to campus

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Thanks to Enterprise CarShare, a car is one less thing to bring to college this fall.

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UW-L photographer’s work remains popular

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Unique photographs by UW-L associate professor get international exposure.

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New, improved university catalogs now online

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The software allows easy access for departments and other catalog content providers to quickly and easily edit and update sections of the catalogs.

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New UW-L water chilling plant approved by UW Regents

Rendering of the water chilling plant from Badger Street.

The UW System Board of Regents approved a new, 7,000-square-foot water chilling plant to be built on the west side of the UW-L campus.

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UW-L faculty and staff form softball team

UW-L Faculty and Staff are invited to play or cheer on colleagues most Friday nights this summer. Each week UW-L faculty and staff will play a co-ed softball game in La Crosse. Anyone interested in playing this “laid-back” softball game can contact UW-L’s Wellness Coordinator Jason Bertrand at Come out and enjoy fellowship with colleagues. A schedule of all games is listed below:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, June 13, at Erickson Field #1
  • 9 p.m., Friday, June 20, at Erickson Field #2
  • 6 p.m., Friday, June 27, at Erickson Field #1
  • 7 p.m., Friday July 11, at Erickson Field #2
  • 9 p.m., Friday, July 18, at Erickson Field #1
  • 8 p.m., Friday, July 25, at Erickson Field #2
  • 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, at Erickson Field #1

LIVEMAROON’s second annual ‘Dog Days of Summer’ June 10

LIVEMAROON’s second annual “Dog Days of Summer” is open to all employees. A light picnic lunch will be served while it lasts. The event runs from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in Lindner Forest. Bring a blanket or lawn chair if you’d like. The rain site is Cameron Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall.

Chancellor Gow has granted one hour release time to attend; work with supervisors to ensure office coverage. No taxpayer dollars are used to fund the event.

UW-L surplus sale to run through June 17

UW-L will again conduct a sale of surplus property in partnership with the online auction site running through Tuesday, June 17.  Pre-registration and a bidder number are required prior to any bid submittals. Terms and conditions of sale, along with contact information can be found on the auction’s website. Items may be viewed from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. in campus stores.

Susan Grebel retirement celebration June 19

Susan Grebel will retire after 29 years at Murphy Library. Friends and colleagues are invited to help celebrate her retirement during a small reception from 2-4 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in Murphy’s Mug. Light refreshments and cake will be served.

Jazz in the Park enters 40th season of free concerts in Riverside Park

The Jazz in the Park 2014 series includes two Sunday evening performances, along with the annual Sunday afternoon Riverside Jazz Party. All concerts run approximately 80 minutes, are free and held in La Crosse’s Riverside Park. The schedule includes a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 15 and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 22. Also, a Riverside Jazz Party will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13. Learn more.

Wimberly-CCBirthday celebration for Carl Wimberly June 27

A birthday celebration for Carl Wimberly, retired UW-L vice chancellor, will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Friday, June 27, at the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center. Cake and refreshments will be served.

Wimberly served at UW-L for 40 years as a professor, dean and vice chancellor. He joined UW-L as an instructor of political science in 1953. Along with teaching, he held numerous administrative positions, including director and later dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences, before being appointed vice chancellor in 1973.

He served as acting chancellor following Kenneth Lindner’s resignation in 1978 until Noel Richards’ appointment in 1979. Wimberly retired as vice chancellor in 1992. He was recognized when North Hall was named in his honor in June 2000.

The birthday celebration is hosted by his family, the UW-L Alumni Association and the UW-L Foundation.

Summer parking reminders

Anyone who would like to purchase a parking permit for the upcoming academic year should do so as soon as possible. Student parking permit sales will soon begin and limit space. Visit the parking website or call the office at 785.8061.

Lot cleaning, testing, construction and repair work will be scheduled all summer. Some work is weather dependent. If a lot is blocked off, do not move the cones. A valid permit is good in any other lot. Parking regulations are in force all summer. Parking services will make every effort to send targeted email reminders about closure dates, but contractor scheduling may result in “just in time” assignments.

Freedom Fest is Saturday, June 14, and activities are going on throughout the day. Those working on campus can expect disruptions to the Saturday routine, including lot closures.

Sidewalk replacements, repairs planned

Replacement of the sidewalks north of the Recreational Eagle Center will begin Monday, June 9, and be completed by Friday, June 13.

The following sidewalk areas will be replaced beginning on Thursday, June 12 and be completed by June 27:

  • Between Graff Main Hall and Wittich Hall
  • Handicapped ramp north of Cowley Hall
  • North of Wentz Hall

Campus wide sidewalk repairs will begin Monday, June 16, and take approximately 30 days to complete.

View the map showing sidewalk repair locations. Questions can be directed to Doug Pearson at or Kim Tiber at

Campus Kudos artwork.

Mark Sandheinrich and Jim Wiener, River Studies Center, were coauthors on a paper, “Lacustrine Responses to Decreasing Wet Mercury Deposition Rates — Results From a Case Study in Northern Minnesota,” published June 3, 2014, in Environmental Science and Technology. This paper was a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Geological Survey, UW-L, National Park Service and National Atmospheric Deposition Program.

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Turn time sheets in early

Human Resources requests time sheets for the pay period ending Saturday, June 14, be turned in early due to end of fiscal year processing. Completed time sheets should be turned in to Human Resources by noon Wednesday, June 11. This is a day in advance of the normal time sheet process. Human Resources appreciates help in meeting this deadline. Contact Mary Dixon at or 785.6495 or Beth Hill or 785.6498 with any questions or concerns.

Welcome, new employees:

Yer Lee, medical technologist senior, Student Health Center

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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-La Crosse Men Win USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award …

NEW ORLEANS, La.–The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has captured the 2013-14 Al Carius NCAA Division III Men’s Program of the Year Award, …

UW-La Crosse Makes It Two Al Carius Division III Men’s Program of the Year Awards in a Row: U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

NEW ORLEANS – Though the UWLa Crosse men may have been unsuccessful in their defense of their NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field title …

UW-La Crosse’s Wagner and UW-Oshkosh’s Cazzola Claim USTFCCCA National Awards:

MADISON, Wis.–University of WisconsinLa Crosse’s Katie Wagner and UW-Oshkosh’s Christy Cazzola have received national awards from the U.S. …

“Compassion comes to La Crosse,” La Crosse Tribune, June 3.

Richard Davidson calls it revolutionary, the idea that compassion isn’t some pre-determined personality trait. It’s a skill that can be honed like any muscle, he said. Taught like any lesson. That’s what makes the La Crosse Compassion Project so forward-thinking, said Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison…

“Tale of the tape: UW-L finally ditching VHS,” La Crosse Tribune, June 4.

A new initiative at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has technology staffers reeling…

“UW-La Crosse’s Josh Whitman named new athletic director,” Student Life, June 4.

After a lengthy search to find a replacement for longtime Director of Athletics John Schael, Josh Whitman has been named Washington University’s next athletic director, Provost Holden Thorp announced in a press release Wednesday. Whitman will take over the role Aug. 1…

Physical Wellness artwork

Picking the right running shoe

Finding a running shoe that works well can be challenging.  Read this article before your start your search.

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For free:

Pure Fitness Inversion Table. Value $120, available for free. Still in box, never used. If you can haul it, (52 lbs.), you can have it. Located in Mitchell Hall. Contact Kathleen Gorman or 608.785.8180.