Campus Connection, March 5, 2012

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MVAC recognized by U.S. Department of the Interior for partnership

The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center was recognized by U.S. Department of the Interior for its work with Project Archaeology, a national partnership that encourages teachers to include archaeology in their classrooms. Project Archaeology won the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award in 2011.

Students take their research results to the state capitol

UW-L Junior Maria Moritz is one of four students traveling to the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda for the annual Posters in the Rotunda event on March 7.

Six years and still shaving strong!

Over the last five years shaving heads on the UW-La Crosse campus has raised more than $47,600 for childhood cancer research. This year organizers of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser hope to add $10,000 more.

UW-L junior is the nation’s second best grocery bagger

UW-La Crosse junior Blake Westling is turning heads with his supermarket checkout skills.

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Clock tower at sunrise. Spring break begins 5:30 p.m. March 9

UW-L’s spring break begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. Classes resume Monday, March 19. Although classes do not meet during spring break, most offices on campus remain open for business as usual. Enjoy your break!

Daylight Saving Time begins March 11

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11. Be sure to set your clocks one hour ahead.

LIVE MAROON artwork. New campus-wide initiative to recharge campus spirit

Revive your campus spirit and LIVE MAROON!

Campus is filled with passion, friendship, community and pride. These characteristics combine in a new initiative that calls you to LIVE MAROON.

Find out how during a “Get-Together” from 10-11 am. Thursday, March 8, in Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. The event features free beverages and treats, along with giveaways of LIVE MAROON merchandise.

“We invite faculty and staff from throughout campus to take a few minutes to stop by for treats and conversation,” says Amanda Goodenough, Campus Climate. “It’s a great way to finally say more than a simple ‘hi’ to a campus colleague.”

“Get-Together” is free and open to all; Chancellor Joe Gow has granted release time. The initiative is coordinated and sponsored by Campus Climate, University Communications and University Police.


Black Hawk War is topic of March 5 morning talk

Historian Kerry Trask will present “Wisconsin’s Creation Myth: The Black Hawk War and Collective Memory” at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, at the La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St.

This talk is a special Academy Morning, part of the larger Academy Evening series of talks organized by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. This morning talk is presented in partnership with the La Crosse Public Library. UW-L is an institutional member of the academy.

For more information on Academy Evenings visit


ATP artwork. Final performance of ATP spring production is March 5

Don’t miss your last chance to see this spring’s production of Awareness through Performance: Privilege Unplugged VI.

The Awareness through Performance (ATP): Privilege Unplugged VI encore production is set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Graff Main Hall Auditorium. The show is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

UW-L student leaders will share their passions, stories and perspectives about privilege and oppression.

For more information, visit or to request disability accommodations, call 785.5094.

If you go—
What: Awareness through Performance: Privilege Unplugged VI
When: 7 p.m. Monday, March 5
Where: Graff Main Hall Auditorium
Cost: Free and open to the public

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UW-L competes in RecycleMania for fourth year.

For a fourth year, UW-L is participating in RecycleMania, a national competition between colleges and universities to reduce waste. The competition runs through Saturday, March 31.

Help UW-L recycle and win! Recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, aluminum cans, tin cans and compostable materials. For a weekly update of UW-L results log in to RecyleMania Reports.

Last year UW-L finished in first place among UW System schools competing in the category to determine which UW campus generated the least amount of waste per person per week. UW-L finished 133rd among 630 participating schools in the competition division measuring the success of their recycling and waste prevention efforts.

In 2011, UW-L recovered 104,490 pounds of recyclable paper products, plastics (#1-7), glass and metal containers during the 10-week competition ending April 2. These results are comparable to 2010 results at 108,810 pounds and better than UW-L’s 2009 benchmark year during which UW-L collected 85,960 pounds of recyclables.

Contributions moved UW-L’s cumulative recycling rate from 23.53 percent in 2009 to 29.74 percent in 2010 and 29.03 in 2011.

Recycling is one component of increasing UW-L’s demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability. Continue improving your recycling habits. Recycling is easy; simply place on-campus-generated recyclable materials into the labeled recycling containers within your building or in the dumpsters adjacent to your facility.

For information on UW-L’s recycling program, methods and materials view the UW-L Recycling website. For specific questions related to UW-L’s recycling program contact Landscape and Solid Waste Supervisor Kim Tiber at 785.8581 or

For more on the national recycling competition, visit the RecycleMania website.

Dining Services poster.

Take advantage of National Nutrition Month Dining Services specials

Get free nutritious samples and healthy eating tips throughout March and “Get Your Plate in Shape” with Dining Services for National Nutrition Month.

Watch throughout all Dining Service areas for nutrition month specials, such as the special in Whitney Center’s All-You-Can-Eat Dining Area from 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.  A variety of games are planned. Campus Dietitian Amy Gunderson will be available to answer questions.

Stop in during Wellness Days at The Galley from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays to sample free nutritious samples and, this month, participate in the Get Your Plate in Shape Campaign. Visit Dining Service locations Wednesday, March 7, for promotion information.

International Women’s Day panel discussion set for March 7

Find out about the role of women from a global perspective at an International Women’s Day International Coffee Hour from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.  The Office of International Education and the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department is hosting the second annual International Women’s Day panel discussion.

Multicultural Cinderella story to be performed March 8

Explore the many variations of the Cinderella story across human history and learn about the art of storytelling and the importance of celebrating the individual and cultural differences. A staged reading of “Many Paths to the Palace: A Multicultural Cinderella Story,” a new children’s play created and written by UW-L student Maddy Major and UW-Green Bay student Kate Higgins, will be performed at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Fredrick Theatre, lower level of Morris Hall.  The free production is the culmination of Major’s senior capstone project in Theatre Arts.


KDP logo.UW-L’s education honor society to celebrate its Founder’s Day

The International Honor Society Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an education honor society on campus, celebrates 101 years on Thursday, March 8. KDP members will be wearing T-shirts that day to celebrate and commemorate the society’s past, present and future.

Membership to the KDP is by invitation only. All members strive to attain high academic achievement within the educational profession.

KDP honors a community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1911, KDP was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Today KDP is the only education honor society that represents all facets of the education profession for undergraduates, graduate and doctoral students, K-12 teachers, administrators, university faculty and retirees.

Find our more about the UW-L chapter here.


Next Food For Thought — Brown Bag Lunch Film Series event is March 9

“Bring Your Food, Bring Your Thoughts” to the Food For Thought — Brown Bag Lunch Film Series event from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The film and discussion will focus on immigration.

To learn more about the film series and upcoming events, visit and see UW-La Crosse Campus Climate’s (official) Facebook page. The Office of Campus Climate is hosting the series.

Karen Hansen retirement celebration rescheduled to March 9

A retirement celebration will be held for Karen Hansen from 2:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center. A program will be held at 4:15 p.m. (The event was originally scheduled from 3-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center.)

Enjoy refreshments and give your best to this UW-L employee of more than 20 years. To contribute to a group gift, contact Lynn Weiland or Annette Valeo.


Learn about social justice issues in Egypt in summer study tour

Learn about Egypt and receive four credits. UW-L History Professor Heidi Morrison leads UW-L’s Study Tour of Egypt May 15-June 5. The tour includes daily classes, visits to Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, the western desert and the Red Sea. Students will learn about social justice issues in Egypt and the Egyptian Revolution through hands-on oral history work.

Cost is $3,319. Airfare is not included. Financial aid is available. For more information contact Morrison.


Planetarium’s Album Encounters takes spring break; March public program on dinosaurs continues

There will be no Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show Fridays, March 9 and 16, because of spring break. UW-L’s spring break begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. Classes resume Monday, March 19. 

Album Encounters typically are shown at 8 p.m. Fridays when classes are in session. Admission is $3. Shows resume Friday, March 23, with The Decemberists’ “The King is Dead.”

UW-L’s Planetarium public March program, “Death of the Dinosaurs,” will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 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 the Planetarium.


Controlling tumor cell metastasis is topic of March 15 bioresearch forum

Dr. Michael B. Dwinell, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), will present “Controlling Tumor Cell Metastasis With Chemokines” from 12:15-1 p.m. Thursday, March 15, for the monthly La Crosse BioResearch Forum.

Forums are held monthly in the Overholt Auditorium, Gundersen Lutheran. Forums are free and open to the public and are 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


Campus Kudos artwork.


Robert E. Rosacker, Accountancy, presented “Audit Committee Financial Expert — Impacts of Restatements of Financial Statements” at the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences National Conference, Feb. 23-26 in Las Vegas.

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New employees

David Mindel, Assistant Professor, Murphy Library, March 1
Theresa Talpe, Assistant Professor, Murphy Library, March 1


Karen Hansen, University Services Program Associate, Continuing Education and Extension, March 9