Campus Connection, May 12, 2014


May graduate recalls humble, Honduran beginnings

Image of José Rubio-Zepeda standing over guard rail.

José Rubio-Zepeda will give the commencement speech at the 10 a.m. Sunday, May 11, at the La Crosse Center. About 1,500 fellow students will walk the stage during two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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In this issue:

Announcements & Notices

Campus Kudos

Communications Corner


Human Resources

In The News

Murphy Library Notes

Physical Wellness

UW-L author writes book on the history of motherhood

Image of the cover of "Modern Motherhood."

This Mother’s Day UW-L Professor Jodi Vandenberg-Daves celebrates being a mother and publishing her first book on motherhood.

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An international research collaboration

Image of Yen and Devan sitting infront of flags.

UW-L senior Devan Johnson and UW-L junior Yen Trinh are the first students to have their research funded through the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Scholars Without Borders program.

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Competitions prepare math students for real-world applications

Eric Eager with three students holding award plaque. UW-L students are able to get plenty of practice solving complex problems through mathematical modeling competitions. In state and national competitions, they’ve earned top ranks.

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UW-L’s Provost Teaching Excellence Awards announced

Students in a class taking notes.

After 400 student nominations, six faculty members were selected for their excellence in teaching. Read more »

UW-L recital hall renovation planned

Image of a group sitting in seats of the Annette Recital Hall.

The UW System Capital Planning and Budget Office has given preliminary approval for a $900,000 renovation of Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts.

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UW-L joins U.S. initiative to increase study abroad numbers

UW-L students pictured from behind looking out onto a body of water.

The university recently joined a national initiative that aims to boost UW-L numbers by 40 percent over the next five years.

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Image of campus heros posing with plaques. Campus heroes recognized

UW-L students, faculty and police officers were recognized May 7 for their resuscitation efforts in two separate instances on campus this academic year. From left, Officer David Pehl, Lecturer David Phipps, faculty member Michelle Pinzl, and students Eric Schepp and Peter Velikanov. Phipps was one of the survivors, the others received the Extraordinary Personal Action Award. “It’s all about teamwork,” says UW-L Police Chief Scott Rohde, referring to life-threatening incidents. Rohde says the addition of AEDs and increased CPR training since 2001 have paid off. Since then, AEDs have been used on four people with a 100 percent survival rate. “That really is something to be proud of,” he says. – Photo by Jim Jorstad

Eagle Mail available

The May 2014 Financial Aid Edition of Eagle Mail newsletter is now available at The newsletter will be available approximately the first of each month. In this issue you will find articles about:

  • Stay connected over the summer
  • Save money from your summer job
  • It Make$ Cents! Summertime is just around the corner
  • Keep applying for scholarships
  • Emily O’Connor, 2014 UW-L Student Employee of the Year
  • Information about scholarships that are due in May
  • Ask Earnest — answers to pertinent financial aid questions

Heating plant shutdown set for May 18-25

Mark your calendars for the heating plant shutdown dates for scheduled maintenance and repairs. It will be off line starting 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, until 10 p.m. Sunday, May 25. During the shutdown there will be no steam distribution services available to any campus buildings. Subsequently, cage washers, autoclaves and other steam supplied equipment will be affected. Plan accordingly in anticipation of this maintenance event. For more information contact Heating Plant Superintendent Timothy Merrell at 608.785.8710 or

Pasta La Vista

Three students stand with teachers at Pasta La Vista event. UW-L students make T-shirts at an alcohol-free event “Pasta La Vista” May 2,  at the Myrick Park Gun Shelter. The event, coordinated by the Wellness Resource Center, provided a fun afternoon and an alternative to drinking.

Participate in Jeans Day and support charities

UW-L is one of many local organizations that participates in the monthly “Jeans Day,” sponsored by the La Crosse Tribune. One or two local charities or organizations are designated each month to receive Jeans Day donations. In return for a one dollar suggested donation, faculty and staff can wear jeans. This is a wonderful excuse to dress casual on Friday, May16, but people can contribute even if they don’t wear jeans. This is a small way to join together and give back big to the local community. Show the community how generous the UW-L community can be! In April the campus raised $63.

The charities receiving the May contributions are Children’s Museum of La Crosse and the Coulee Reading Center.

Building Contacts:

  • Cindy Curran, 212 Cartwright
  • Laurie Collison, 4206 Centennial Hall
  • Karen Ott, 2004 Cowley Hall
  • Carol Beckerjeck, Eagle Hall
  • Debra Gerke, 105 Graff Main Hall
  • Jeanne Voss, 124 Mitchell Hall
  • Chandra Hawkins, 220 Morris Hall
  • Ingrid Iverson, 107 Murphy Library
  • Ann Reman, Physical Plant
  • Karen Kindschy, Student Health Center
  • Vickie Bain, 120 Wimberly Hall
  • Josh Kraft, 162 Wing

People without a contact in their building can forward donations to Vickie Bain, Jeans Day Coordinator, SBDC, 120 Wimberly Hall.

To volunteer to help with this cause, contact Bain at, or 785.8646. More collection spots are needed in buildings on campus.

headshot image of Tia.

Tia Teske

Health Education and Health Promotion students earn awards

The Health Education and Health Promotion Department congratulates two undergraduate health education majors of the year.

Tia Teske was the award winner for the School Health Education Program.

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Dayna Walchak

Dayna Walchak was the recipient from the Community Health Education Program. Congratulations to both students for their efforts and outstanding commitment and dedication to the profession.

New CBA center featured on UW System website

The new initiative headed by the College of Business Administration creating a one-stop shop to bolster Wisconsin’s economy is being recognized statewide in the UW System initiative, Knowledge Powers Wisconsin.

The initiative with UW System and the state addresses the economic difficulties regional businesses face by providing additional resources to more effectively meet their needs to create growth and jobs. The efforts will be spearheaded in the new Center for Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and International Trade, located in 120 Wimberly Hall.

The story is highlighted on the Knowledge Powers Wisconsin homepage or view the direct link to the article.

The Knowledge Powers Wisconsin site has been developed by UW System, with help from all campuses, to show how Wisconsin’s public universities, colleges and extension networks are working to improve the state’s competitive edge by leveraging the state’s human capital, supporting business and industry, and strengthening local communities.

Senior Capstone Seminar students present research

A group of students standing and sitting by posters.

The Senior Capstone Seminar students of Cecilia G. Manrique, Political Science and Public Administration, gave a 10-minute class presentation and a poster presentation of their semester research projects May 7 in Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. At one point around 45 people viewed the posters on topics such as Alcoholitics, Domestic Violence, Immigration, Education Policy and more. Front, from left: Tessa Ender, Kiersten Schelman and Chelsea Fischer. Back, from left: Scott Staehler, Nicholas Runde, Nathan Walters, Sierra Kimball, Manrique and Eric Lauria-Banta.

Campus Kudos artwork.

David Hovsepian, Physical Therapy graduate, Tom Kernozek, Health Professions, and Stacey Meardon, of East Carolina University published “Consistency and Agreement of Two Devices for Running Speed” in “Athletic Training and Sports Health Care” (2014), 6:67-72.

Cecilia G. Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration, had her peer-reviewed review of the book “Android Game Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach” by Jerome DiMarzio published in the May 1, 2014, issue of “Computing Reviews.” It can be found here.

Brad Quarberg, University Communications, received an Outstanding Service Award from Rotary District 6250, its Rotarians and clubs at the district’s convention in Wisconsin Dells May 3. Quarberg has served as an assistant district governor for the past four years.

Professor Emeritus Joe Tiffany, Sociology and Archaeology, received the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Iowa Academy of Science at the 126th annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science April 11, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The award is the highest honor presented by the academy and recognizes exceptional scholarly activity on the national and international levels.

Communications Corner header.

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

Selecting the best tool for communication

The News & Marketing team will consider the following ways of contacting the media. Choose the best media tools for your news:

News release

Our traditional format for releasing news. The news release is usually less than a page in length, preferably no more than three paragraphs written as a news story. A release can include quotes from the source(s), give context to the news being reported and, preferably, include details about interview and visual opportunities for reporters.

Media advisory

A one-page alert that simply tells the media the “who, what, when and where” of an event. Advisories often are used to announce news conferences, research demonstrations, campus ceremonies and other newsworthy events.

Expert list

The News & Marketing team keeps a running list of campus experts willing to speak to reporters on various issues. When news breaks, we email information about specific experts to reporters.

News conference

News conferences at UW-L usually are reserved for major announcements, such as the naming of a new chancellor, a national award or a groundbreaking for a new building.


We often contact select reporters or TV producers by phone or email to tip them off to a particular story idea or campus expert. A news tip also is used when reporters must be alerted quickly and there is no time for other forms of communication.

News show

Various stations produce local and regional new shows. We will work with you to place you or a news source on these local programs.



What’s Happening In Dining Services

Cartwright Center Galley:

Chef’s selections … for the remainder of the year we will offer delicious entrees that the chef has selected.

Whitney Center Residence Dining:

Chef’s selections … for the remainder of the year we will offer delicious entrees that the chef has selected.

Did you know …

Keep up-to-date with summer dining hours.

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.

Healthy Finals Survival

At this point in the semester, you’re probably spending more time in the library than at home or in your dorm, sifting through long-forgotten notes from the first weeks of class and trying to figure out how you are going to fit all this studying in. Don’t panic! It’s easy to feel the late-semester squeeze as due dates draw closer. What you do now can help ease some of the anxiety that is common during one of the most stressful weeks in every college student’s calendar.

Eat Smart. As your schedule is hectic, don’t neglect good eating habits. First, eat breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and gets your day started right. Fuel up on breakfasts like oatmeal, whole grains, peanut butter and fruit. Second, eat healthy snacks. Instead of energy drinks, drink plenty of water — and the occasional cup of coffee — while studying to help you stay hydrated and maintain a high level of cognitive function and energy. Eat plenty of fruits like blueberries and apples, which reduce the level of toxins in your bloodstream and improve memory function. Also consider adding oily fish — like salmon, which has high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids that increase brain function — as a staple of your dinner and lunch meals while studying. Treat yourself with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, which improves your ability to concentrate.

Exercise. If you have a limited amount of time, make sure to stick to your exercise routine. Exercise is one of the most effective stress relievers. Hit the gym, take the stairs and if nothing else, get up, walk around and stretch when studying. Don’t neglect yourself from getting up and moving.

Sleep it Off. Even though it is tempting to swap sleep for studying, this will not work! Adequate sleep decreases stress and anxiety. Not getting enough sleep decreases cognitive performance including decision-making and memory, impairs your immune system, and obviously makes you tired and irritable. So, set limits for yourself for studying to get the 7-8 hours every student needs.

With these tips you can’t go wrong. Keep calm and study on!

Human Resources artwork.

Congratulations, retirees:

Don Anderson, custodian, Custodial Services

Tim Wyant, custodian lead, Custodial Services

In the News artwork.


UW-L in the news

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

UW-L students honor Billings,” La Crosse Tribune, May 5.

Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse honored Rep. Jill Billings last week for her work in Madison to curb student debt…

“UW-L professor writes book on history of motherhood,” WKBT La Crosse, May 7.

A UW-La Crosse professor of history and women’s studies has written the first book on the comprehensive history of motherhood in the United States.

“UW-L students and employees recognize for life-saving efforts (video),” WEAU-TV, May 7.

Five people at one area university were recognized Wednesday for their life-saving actions…

MurphyLibraryNotes artwork.

Image of  Allison McDonald,receiving the grand prize, a Kindle Fire HDX tablet, from Catherine Lavallée-Welch, library director.

Allison McDonald, therapeutic recreation major, receives the grand prize, a Kindle Fire HDX tablet, from Catherine Lavallée-Welch, library director.

Murphy Library thanks those who completed the LibQUAL+ survey

Murphy Library wishes to thank all the people who participated in the LibQUAL+ survey during the past weeks. The survey results will help the library develop services that more closely meet the needs of UW-L.

A total of 1,543 people completed the survey, including 1,207 undergraduates, 74 graduates, 116 faculty, and 60 classified and academic staff. The library will share information about the survey results with the campus after the data is compiled and analyzed.

Therapeutic recreation major Allison McDonald won the Kindle Fire HDX tablet computer, the grand prize in the survey drawing. Other students, faculty and staff won prizes that include $35 and $15 gift certificates to UW-L Dining Services and, and exclusive use of an individual study room in the library for fall semester.

Contact John Jax, collection and resource development librarian, at or 785.8567 if you have questions or comments.

Therapy dogs and coffee during finals

In addition to later hours, extra computers and quiet study spaces, Murphy Library is providing coffee and stress relief with therapy dogs during finals week.

Dining Services and Murphy Library are providing free coffee in the library after Murphy’s Mug cafe closes at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 14. Enough coffee will be on hand to serve 100 people, first come, first served.

Therapy Dogs will be available for petting from 2 – 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 through Thursday, May 15, on the first floor of the library.

Physical Wellness artwork

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Low back pain is extremely common. There are many causes of back pain, but prolonged sitting is a common one. Sitting has been compared to smoking for its caustic health effects. Learn some simple strategies to reduce the impact of sitting on your low back.