Campus Connection, March 10, 2014

Kiplinger’s ranks UW-La Crosse No. 4 on best value list for colleges under $30K

Main Hall photo.

For more than a decade, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has listed UW-La Crosse on its 100 best values in public colleges nationally. Now the national magazine has named UW-L No. 4 on its list of the 25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices


Campus Kudos

Communications Corner


Human Resources

In The News

Organization for Campus Women

Physical Wellness




UW-L All-Student Exhibit award winners named; 39 works selected overall for this year’s show

Metal horses pulling man apart.

Fifteen pieces of artwork have earned awards at the Annual All-Students Juried Art Exhibition at UW-La Crosse. Read more »

Trans singer-songwriter to perform March 11

Photo of Namoli Brennet.

Transgender singer-songwriter Namoli Brennet, who has been named among the best folk-rock artists in the U.S., will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Read more »

Campus Activities Board to host game and craft night

Mic with artwork.

The university’s Campus Activities Board will host game and craft night in the Cellar, in Cartwright Center. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13Read more »


Employee Enrichment Day set for July; a great opportunity to network with campus colleagues

Enrichment day artwork.

A day of informative sessions to help enhance your working experience at UW-La Crosse will be held this summer. The first “Employee Enrichment Day” will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Cartwright Center. The event is free and open to all employees. Read more »

UW-L vocal jazz ensembles to perform March 25; ‘A cappella in the USA’ is this year’s theme

Photo of group singing.

UW-La Crosse’s four vocal jazz ensembles will perform arrangements by American composers in their upcoming concert, “A cappella in the USA!” The concert featuring a variety of styles from a variety of style periods gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts. Read more »


Local educator to advocate for health, PE on Capitol Hill

Lori Peterson photo.

A UW-La Crosse physical education instructor will head to the nation’s capital with representatives from 37 other states to help ensure health and physical education are considered as core academic subjects under the federal education law known as Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Read more »

UW-La Crosse Concert Choir sets ‘All-Bernstein’ concert

Photo of Bernstein.
The UW-La Crosse Concert Choir will tribute American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein at its spring concert. The All-Bernstein Concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts. There is no admission fee, but seating is limited. The concert was rescheduled from March 11. Read more »

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Saundy Solum in front of class.

Technology Coordinator Saundy Solum, ITS, welcomed the campus community to UW-L’s first Tech 4 U day Feb. 28 in Wing Technology Center.

Campus community gets tech savvy at Feb. 28 Tech 4 U day

Nearly 70 attended UW-L’s first Tech 4 U day Feb. 28 in Wing Technology Center.

Along with providing technology training for UW-L’s Administrative Support Staff, the event also was held in appreciation of the support staff who help with teaching and research in the daily work of faculty, staff and students.

Following an introduction of the event by Technology Coordinator Saundy Solum, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance Bob Hetzel praised attendees for their contributions to the campus and for taking the time to learn new technologies that enhance productivity and efficiencies.

Jim Jorstad, director ITS/Academic Technologies, presented “Recognizing the Value of U,” a tribute to support staff highlighting an innovative historical perspective.

Topics included sessions on Adobe Acrobat Pro, data security, Excel, mail merging, Web development, survey and form creation, calendaring and iPads. See sessions at

Chief Information Office Mohamed Elhindi led the discussion“What’s Up with IT.” Michael Nomland and Mark Valenti, both ITS, and Jorstad provided a manager’s update on ITS communications and projects.

For a digital slide show of the event go to:

The event was sponsored by ITS.

Workplace community supported agriculture is topic of March 10 Lunch ‘N’ Learn

UW-L is a 2014 drop-site for Ridgeland Harvest and Small Family CSA farms.

Learn about the benefits of community supported agriculture at the Monday, March 10, Lunch ‘N’ Learn. Visit Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition, any time between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Find out how to join and take home a box of fresh produce every week or every other week from June through October. Dollars spent stay in the local economy and go directly to support a small family farm.

Each farm is unique and offers its own share options, farm events and payment structures.

Other advantages of belonging to a CSA, include:

  • Getting to know your farmer and your food.
  • Eating fresh, nutrient-dense certified organic products.
  • Enjoying better health.
  • Learning about new vegetables.
  • Receiving new recipes.
  • Visiting farms and attending farm events.
  • Picking up your share at a designated drop-site on campus

Those who sign up for a CSA share at the event and can enter  a drawing for one of the two FairShare Cookbooks: “From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce” ($12 value) or “Farm-Fresh and Fast: Easy Recipes and Tips for Making the Most of Fresh, Seasonal Foods” ($15 value). There will be limited copies for sale at the event.

Find out more at the Lunch ‘N’ Learn session or email

Chancellor’s open forum set for March 11

Chancellor Joe Gow will hold an open forum for the campus community from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 11,  in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. In addition to providing updates on the latest UW System news. The chancellor 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.

Autism awareness webinar to be held March 11

Find out how to help students on the autism spectrum transition to college and succeed at an autism awareness program from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in 104 Wing Technology Center.

College students on the autism spectrum may need additional support to navigate the transition from K-12 to college and adjust to living independently. Participants will receive information about the autism spectrum and the range of challenges that students may experience as they transition to college. The presentation is facilitated by Peggy Mitchell Norwood, a mental health consultant and former psychology professor who taught for 19 years at colleges and universities in Colorado and Virginia.

For more information or to request special accommodations call 608.785.6900 or email The event is sponsored by Disability Resource Services.

Rape, assault is topic of March 12 discussion

Rates of rape and sexual assault are four times higher for female students aged 18-24 than for non-students in the age group.

These higher rates of victimization may reflect enduring gender inequalities that exist in higher education and society, say UW-L assistant professors Laurie Cooper Stoll, Sociology/Archaeology; and Terry Glenn Lilley, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Cooper Stoll and Lilley will lead the discussion “Exploring UW-L Undergraduates’ Attitudes Towards Rape and Sexual Assault” from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

Based on findings from a spring 2013 online survey UW-L undergraduate students took, the talk will explore ways gender-blind sexism continues to perpetuate an environment conducive to rape and sexual assault.

The discussion is sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. For more information, contact Mahruq Khan at

Open forums for the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance finalists set for March 13 and 14

The campus community is invited to meet the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance candidates at these open forums:

  • Thursday, March 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Ward Room, Cartwright Center – Mark Reeves, Director of Business Services and Budget Officer, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
  • Friday, March 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Ward Room, Cartwright Center — Amy Schmidt, Business Services Manager, Western Technical College.

Visit the Administration & Finance homepage to learn more about each finalist at

‘Fire in the Blood’ to be shown March 13

Watch and discuss “Fire in the Blood” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

Richard Breaux, Ethnic and Racial Studies; and Nicholas Bakken, Sociology and Archaeology; will lead the discussion following the film.

An intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice, “Fire in the Blood” tells the story of the impact of Western pharmaceutical companies and blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs and the coalition which came together save lives.

The College of Liberal Studies is hosting the Inclusive Excellence Film Series for the spring semester.

“Fruitvale Station” will be shown and discussed at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

It is the story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old San Francisco bay area resident, whose life takes a tragic turn when Bay Area Rapid Transit officers shoot him in at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day.

Film viewings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, email Noelle Ponasik at

Countdown to Commencement is March 14

The one-stop-shop for seniors’ graduation needs, Countdown to Commencement, is set for Friday, March 14, at the University Bookstore, Cartwright Center.

Graduating seniors can stop by any time between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to order graduation announcements; receive cap and gown and commencement day information; job search information from Career Services; and join the Alumni Association.

Graduating seniors can also register to win an alumni sweatshirt (courtesy of the University Bookstore). For more information call the University Bookstore at 608.785.8855.

Focus group on fraternities, sororities to be held March 25

UW-L’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Community is undergoing a new strategic planning process designed to take an inventory of practices and resources currently in place with the FSL Community, and help establish benchmarks that will assist the community to grow and develop over the next few years.

A portion of this strategic planning process is to gather information from stakeholders in the UW-L community, including faculty and staff. Share your opinions by participating in a focus group at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in 1401 Centennial Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

All faculty and staff are invited to participate. Refer questions about the process to the Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Association Adviser Alex Brown at

March 2013 Lantern online

Cover of the Lantern.

Click to see the March Lantern.

The March edition of UW-L’s alumni newsletter, the Lantern, is now online.

Stories include:

Click here to see the March Lantern.

UW-L Foundation Small Grants, Carol Dobrunz Endowment Travel Award applications due March 28

Small Grants

Funds for instruction, research and public service projects are available for July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015, through a Foundation Small Grant.

Any member of the university community may apply for a small grant for a wide variety of projects. Grant information, application forms and a list of awards for the 2013 -14 year are available online at The deadline to apply is Friday, 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.

Carol Dobrunz Endowment Travel Award

The UW-L Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of the learning environment and promotion of the university and its mission statement. This fund supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) without an indefinite appointment. To be eligible, the conference in the application must occur between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

The recipient must meet the following criteria:

  • must be employed at UW-L with at least a 75 percent appointment;
  • must be either a non-tenured faculty member or a member of instructional academic staff without an indefinite appointment;
  • must be attending a national conference within her/his discipline;
  • may not have previously received this award.

Grant information and the application form are available online at Applications are dueFriday, March 28.

A committee of Foundation representatives and University faculty and academic staff review the applications and make funding recommendations to the Foundation.

For more information about Small Grants or the Carol Dobrunz Endowment Travel Award, contact Committee Chair Karla Stanek at


UW-L Athletics artwork.

News and upcoming events

Eagles All Access Radio Show
Wednesday, March 12, 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 Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Classic Rock 100.1.

UW-L Softball Kickoff Barbeque
Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, at Softball Field on north campus
Featuring new field unveiling
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Roundball Rumble on the River
Monday, April 7, at the Waterfront Cargill Room
Doors open/cocktails: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m.
Championship game tip-off: 8 p.m.
$50 for two or more | $75 per individual

UW-L Baseball Kickoff
Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at Copeland Park
Fan frenzy
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Phil Esten Challenge
Thursday, April 17, and  Friday, April 18, at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex
Eagles help Veterans soar
Make donations at event or contact a track and field member to pledge your support — all proceeds benefit Freedom Honor Flight
Click here for ticket information
Free schedule poster giveaway

Eagle Eye Open Golf Outing
Monday, June 16, at the La Crosse Country Club
Featuring UW-L teams at each hole


  • Follow the Athletic Director on Twitter: @UWLAXAD

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Richard Breaux, Ethnic & Racial Studies, was interviewed for Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa with Charity Nebbe about the history of African Americans in Iowa Colleges for the Feb. 28 show. Breaux’s dissertation was on African American at Midwest Flagship Universities before 1940.

Mark W. Chavalas, History, had his co-authored “IVP Bible Background Commentary of the Old Testament” (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2000) run through its 14th printing.

Betty DeBoer, Rob Dixon and Joci Newton, all Psychology,  advised the second-year graduate class for their capstone research projects. All of the individual student posters were accepted and presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Feb. 20-21. Dixon and Newton presented at the National Conference on Contemporary Issues in School Psychology and Education in Washington, D.C., Feb. 18. Dixon presented “Making the Triangle Real: Teaching RtI Practices to Future School Psychologists.” Dixon and Newton presented “Teaching Cognitive Assessment in a Flipped Classroom.”

UW-L’s Competitive Ballroom Dance Team reached several finals rounds in Dance Fest ballroom dance competition in the Twin Cities March 1 and 2. Team members Fabian Heinen and Katy Pence won sixth place in hustle and second  place in salsa. Alex Perronne and his Waltz Jack and Jill partner took fourth place.  The team competes again in April at the Iowa Dancesport Classic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

UW-L Gymnastics, Men’s Indoor Track and Field, Women’s Indoor Track and Field, and Women’s Swimming and Diving team won Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (WIAC) Championships. See


Communications Corner header.

University Communications:
the go-to communications resource for advancing UW-La Crosse
115 Graff Main Hall (the southeast corner)

Sample of sign.

Simplicity rules!

FACT: Uncluttered signage achieves greater success.

Ideally, your display design should consist of just four main components:

  1. A compelling photo and/or image
  2. The what, when, where and cost
  3. Event description (15 words or fewer)
  4. Program or department name with contact info and web address
    (Websites can be used to direct the audience to more detailed information)

Keep it SIMPLE.

Remember, your audience has only seconds to notice and process your message. Don’t make it difficult by cramming your digital sign with too much information.

Creative Services can assist campus programs and departments in designing effective signage.

To schedule a meeting with Creative Services visit for contact information.

For complete details for submissions to the UW-L digital signs visit


UW-L Dining Services logo

What’s Happening in Dining Services

Dining Services Spring Break Hours

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

Cartwright Center Galley: 

  • Chef’s Table (Tuesdays and Thursdays): Irish Beef Stew
  • Cyclone Salads:  Asian Steak Salad
  • Slice of Life: Spicy Roasted Vegetable Flatbread
  • Original Burger Company: Hot Italian Sausage with Marsala Sauce

Whitney Center Residence Dining:

  • Mindful Wednesdays at 360 for dinner: Bistro Turkey Burger
  • Daily Recipes From Home

Did you know …

Spring Meal Plan Specials … Hurry ends Tuesday, April 1!  Purchase today at the Meal Plan/ID Card Office located in 223 Cartwright Center.

  • Add 10 Block Meals to any plan and get one Meal Free. $50.50 for 14, 19, Reuter and Off-Campus Meal Plans and only $53.28 for Faculty/Staff Meal Plan.
  • Purchase an Off-Campus Meal Plan (50 block Meals) for $345 and get a free UW-L Dining Eco Travel Mug that gets you 10 percent off every refill at our coffee shops and a punch toward a free drink on our loyalty card.
  • Purchase a Faculty/Staff Meal Plan (25 block Meals) for $138.73 and get a free UW-L Dining Eco Travel Mug that gets you 10 percent off every refill at our coffee shops and a punch toward a free drink on our loyalty card.

Amazing Sizzling Steaks in the Cellar!  One night only, Friday March 28. Join us in the upper level of the Cellar as we bring the experience of a full service restaurant to you. Let us wait on you as you enjoy premium food and excellent service. Three Blocks or $15 cash/campus cash.

  • Menu: Your choice of one premium entrée: 12 oz. Ribeye, 8 oz. Sirloin, 8o z. Whiskey Pepper Chuck Tenderloin, or 16 oz. KC Bone-in Strip Steak. All entrees will include: tossed Caesar salad, baked potato with butter and sour cream, sautéed vegetables, garlic bread and Chocolate Ricotta Mouse.

Share-A-Meal … Help a fellow student, donate one of your 14, 19, or Block Meals or $5 Cash/campus cash to the UW-L Food Pantry. Stop by Whitney Center Tuesday, March 11, for lunch or dinner. Or stop in Cartwright Center Wednesday, March 12, for lunch or dinner to donate.

Get your Beverage Loyalty Card today at Starbucks, Murphy’s Mug and Einstein Bros Bagels. Buy nine and get the 10th FREE!  Any size, hot or cold … including coffees, espresso creations, teas and hot chocolate.  Excludes pre-packaged beverages. Use at one or all three of our coffee shop locations.

Purchase a UW-L Dining Eco Mug at Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks or Murphy’s Mug for $5 and receive 10 percent off every drink refill at those locations. 

Enjoy a Premium Dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Whitney Center.

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.

Track your nutrition and fitness with MyFitnessPal

Sodexo and MyFitnessPal have teamed up to make tracking the foods you eat on campus easier than ever. Get started in three easy steps.

1) Download the MyFitnessPal app.

2) Use the search feature to find items using the keywords “Sodexo Campus” or scanning feature to grab nutrition information from bar codes, including the bar codes on the menus in Whitney Center.

3) Build and save your meals and track against your personal nutrition objectives.

It’s that simple. You can also log on to Tracking what you eat and drink is one of the best ways to get tuned in to your diet and lose weight or change your eating habits. Try it for a fews days and you’ll be amazed at what you learn!


Human Resources artwork.


Welcome, new employees:

  • Kerry Michell, Clinical Education Coordinator, Health Professions Department
  • Kimberley Pierce, Associate Director, Office of International Education Operations
  • Dennis Rodenberg, Campus Engineer, Facilities Planning and Management


In the News artwork.


UW-L in the news

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

Class assignment evolves into new business for UW-La Crosse senior,” March 1, Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It was just a small, little weekly project that we did,” said Tyler Heinz, a senior at theUniversity of Wisconsin-La Crosse. But that modest plan has …

Concert to benefit UW-L Internet radio,” March 1, La Crosse Tribune. RAQ radio, UW-La Crosse’s student-run Internet radio station, is holding a concert fundraiser featuring regional musician at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the …

UW-L’s Coate Hall gears up for seventh annual St. Baldrick’s event,” March 1, La Crosse Tribune. Residents of Coate Hall, a residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, are getting ready to host their annual St. Baldrick’s event next …

UW-L recognized as a top college under $30,000,” WXOW-TV, March 4. Kiplinger’s magazine has named the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse as one of the “25 Best College Values Under $30,000/Year” in the nation. UW-L is ranked at number four …

National Division III Indoor Team Title Battle Brewing in Wisconsin,” March 6, U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. WIAC champion UW-La Crosse (184.03) put a bit of distance between itself and defending indoor national champion No. 2 UW-Oshkosh (167.26), …


OCW artwork.


Book club to meet April 4

The Organization for Campus Women Book Club will meet from noon-1 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Murphy’s Mug. “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom will be discussed. The book club is open to all members of the campus community.

Physical Wellness artwork


Protect Your Kidneys

Kidneys are so important to good health, and everyone should be aware of how to protect them. If you have kidney disease, doing as much as you can to slow down the damage to your kidneys is very important as well.

Here is a checklist of things you can do to help protect your kidneys:

· See your doctor regularly, especially if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.

· Keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control to try to help prevent kidney disease or slow it down.

· Quit smoking. Smoking makes kidney disease get worse faster.

· Work with your doctor and healthcare team. Tell them about any changes in your health.

· Follow all medication and diet changes prescribed by your doctor.

· Take an active role in your healthcare. Educate yourself about kidney disease and its treatments.

Watch this column for tips and ideas to improve and maintain physical health. Email ideas and questions to UW-L’s Recreational Eagle Center Strength Center Manager Dennis Kline at


Remembering artwork.


Van L. Johnson Jr.

Van L. Johnson Jr. died Feb. 27. Johnson was employed at UW-L from November of 1990 to May of 2000 and was a lead custodian in Custodial Services.

Funeral services were held March 5 at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crosse. Read more at For obituary see


Thanks artwork.


Hello UW-L faculty, staff and students,

After having time to grieve, reflect and process we would like to send our sincere appreciation for your kind thoughts, donations, your encouraging words, and acts of kindness during our apartment fire. We know that words cannot express how appreciative we truly are.

We would also like to send a special thank you to Barbara Martin-Stanley (Admissions), Charles Martin-Stanley (College of Liberal Studies), Paula Knudson (Division of Student Affairs), Angie Lee (Student Life CARE), Antoiwana Williams (Multicultural Student Services), Barbara Stewart (Campus Climate and Diversity) and Nick Nicklaus (Residence Life) for their immediate assistance in our time of crisis.


— Three UW-L students (The students were victims of an apartment fire Feb. 13 and lost almost all of their possessions.)