Campus Connection Oct. 10, 2011

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Join the UW-L community during a one-week ‘carbon cleanse’ Oct. 9-16

Starting Sunday, Oct. 9, participants will work through a series of daily challenges from decreasing trash to eating locally and sustainably.

Author discusses going to net zero environmental impact

The author and environmentalist who attempted to live for a year with no net impact on the environment spoke to a UW-L 100 class Thursday, Oct. 6.

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Think twice before you click. That’s the bottom line when it comes to emailing, chatting, social media and other forms of Internet communication.

UW-L to add 7 to Athletic Wall of Fame

Six former UW-L student-athletes and a longtime employee will be inducted into the university’s Wall of Fame.

Speaker to discuss environmental issues Oct. 12

Mary Power, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss the importance of field stations and research reserves in protecting natural ecosystems during a public presentation at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1400 Centennial Hall at UW-La Crosse.

UW-L theatre opens with the race to create TV

The upbeat, zesty drama “The Farnsworth Invention” opens the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts 2011-12 season.

End-of-life issues no longer taboo for these documentary makers

End-of-life issues. It’s a conversation most people don’t want to have. It causes even more stress when families are under the most stressful time of their lives. A film and discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, aims to aid dialogue about of end-of-life issues.

Comedy, magic planned for UW-L show

A Minnesota native will bring his comedy and magic show to UW-La Crosse.

‘Nearly Naked’ run planned at UW-La Crosse

UW-L students living in Laux Hall hope to raise money for schools in Africa while having fun during a campus mile run.

CBA speaker shares his journey from ‘prominence to prison’

Patrick Kuhse, an international speaker, trainer and consultant, will take the audience along on his personal journey — from successful financial planner to international fugitive, incarceration in two countries and back again.

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Carmen Wilson

Wilson appointed CEO at UW-Rock County, farewell reception set for Nov. 10

Carmen Wilson, Chancellor’s Office Chief of Staff and Affirmative Action Officer, will be leaving UW-L to become the next campus executive officer/dean at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County.

Wilson came to UW-L in 1996 as an instructional academic staff member in UW-L’s psychology department. Several years later she moved into a tenure track line, earning tenure in 2004 and a promotion to full professor in 2007.

In 2002, Wilson received the College of Liberal Studies Faculty Recognition of Excellence Award for Teaching. Wilson has also supported UW-L’s diversity efforts, serving on campus climate survey committees, on UW-L’s Equity Scorecard team, and most recently led the Inclusive Excellence implementation team.Wilson also served as Faculty Senate chair, accreditation liaison and assessment coordinator.

In 2008, Wilson she joined the Chancellor’s Office and transitioned into the role of the Chancellor’s Office Chief of Staff and Affirmative Action Officer.

Wilson will begin her role as CEO/dean at UW-Rock County Dec. 1 and will provide leadership in all aspects of UW-Rock County’s campus operation, including academic programs, student affairs, enrollment management, faculty and staff development, finance, facilities, diversity and inclusion, marketing, fundraising, and government and community relations.

An informal farewell reception is planned from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

“Carmen was an outstanding teacher,” says Psychology Department Chair Betsy Levonian Morgan. “We enjoyed working together on several projects and wish her much success in her new role. Her skill set will be a good match for a new administrative challenge.”

Artwork of candidates. Primary elections for the 95th Assembly to be held Oct. 11. Info on candidates and issues on Murphy Library’s website

Primary elections for the representative to the Wisconsin Assembly for the 95th District will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11. Poll hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-Wis.) vacated that position Aug. 26 when she won the recall election against Dan Kapanke (R-Wis).

Murphy Library’s Voting Resources page provides complete information about many critical election-related topics, including:

  • Information about candidates who will be on the ballot
  • La Crosse Tribune articles about candidates and issues
  • Official county, state and national party websites
  • Online look up of registration and polling place by entering name or address
  • Maps of registration and polling place locations
  • Sample ballots

The Voting Resources page is featured at the library home page and can also be accessed at For more information, contact reference librarian Michael Current at or 785.8739.

For a polling location list visit For questions about voting and registration, see

National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11

National Coming Out Day is Tuesday, Oct. 11. Wear your “Gay? Fine by me” T-shirts and stop by the Hoeschler Tower between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to have your photo taken and show what you’re coming out for. You can purchase T-shirts in the Pride Center, lower level Cartwright Center for $7.

Prep for Success set for Oct. 11, Career Expo is Oct. 12

Prep for Success is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in 1400 Centennial Hall. A panel of four employers will answer questions regarding Career Expo, business etiquette and social media. Career Services advisers will be available before and after the event to answer questions.

Career Expo will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Students can network and set up interviews for internships or jobs with employers there. For a complete list of employers attending visit EagleOpportunities.

Real Food Challenge workshop to be held Oct. 12

Learn about just and sustainable food systems and brainstorm about how UW-L can implement the concepts.

In honor of World Food Day, Oct. 16, and National Food Day, Oct. 24, Katie Blanchard of the Real Food Challenge will present a workshop at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in 1309 Centennial Hall.

Real Food Challenge is a group of college students and recent grads connecting other college students and empowering them to change their food system. Blanchard will also meet with groups and classes on Tuesday. A series of activities associated with food system change will be held in October.

What: A workshop presented by Katie Blanchard of the Real Food Challenge
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 12
Where: 1309 Centennial Hall
Who: Real Food Challenge, a coalition of college faculty and students, UW-L staff and La Crosse area organizations
For more information, contact Rachel Slocum, Geography, at or Student Nutrition Association President Dillon Mader at

UW-L’s Writing Center presents Magnetic Poetry SLAM! on Oct. 13

Craft poetry with magnetic words from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Hoeschler Tower. UW-L’s Writing Center staff  is hosting Magnetic Poetry SLAM! and will take pictures of poets with their poems and post them on the Writing Center’s Facebook page. Go on the page and “like” the poem you like best. The top three poets with the most “likes” will receive a $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Alumni, friends expected on campus Oct. 14-16 for Alumni & Friends Weekend

The UW-L Alumni Association will hold a number of events for Alumni & Friends Weekend Oct. 14-16. Events include:

Friday, Oct. 14
10 a.m. Silver Eagles annual meeting, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
11 a.m. Silver Eagles Take an Eagle to lunch, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, Strzelczyk Great Hall
1:30 p.m. Eagle Hall Grand Opening
2-4:30 p.m. Tours of Eagle Hall
3 p.m. Motorized Campus tour, meet at Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
5-7 p.m. Old Fashioned Wisconsin Fish-Fry, The View, Hwy 16
7 p.m. Alumni dessert social and sing-a-long, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center

Saturday, Oct. 15
8:30 a.m. Beta Sigma Chi breakfast Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
8:30 a.m. Legacy breakfast, Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
9 a.m. Football Captains breakfast, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
9 a.m. Fun Run/Walk with the Chancellor, Hoeschler Tower
9-11:30 a.m. Tours of Eagle Hall
10:30 a.m. Gymnastics Endowment breakfast, Ward Room, Cartwright Center
10:30 a.m. L-Club tent and pre-game activities, Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex
11:30 a.m. Football game vs. UW-Eau Claire, Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex
5 p.m. Reunion Celebration (Classes of 1951-61), Cleary Alumni & Friends Center

Sunday, Oct. 16
10 a.m. Athletic Wall of Fame brunch, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center

Find out more or register for events at:

Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show set for Oct. 14, program on the telescope runs through Oct. 29

Visit the University Planetarium in 18 Cowley Hall for UW-L’s Album Encounters at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The multimedia light and laser show features Led Zeppelin’s “BBC Sessions.” Admission is $3. To find out more, contact Bob Allen at or 785.8669.

The University Planetarium will also present “Galileo – The Power Of The Telescope” at 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for others. Find out more about the planetarium.

Creative approaches to maintaining zinc homeostasis is topic of Oct. 17 La Crosse BioResearch Forum

Scott E. Gabriel, Viterbo University Chemistry Department,  will discuss creative approaches to maintaining zinc homeostasis from 12:15-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 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. Download a 2011 La Crosse BioResearch Forum schedule.

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.

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Committee grant proposals due Oct. 19

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Committee (URCC) grant proposals are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Click here for more information.

Enter work orders/requests online with new iServiceDesk program, training sessions to be held

Facilities Planning and Management has piloted the new program iServiceDesk for online entry of work orders or requests for all non-emergency maintenance requests. Some of the benefits include:
• a simplified and quicker work order submission process
• reduced paper consumption
• the ability to track and follow your requests. The new system will send email messages upon receipt, acceptance and completion of work orders.
• the ability to see the details of a work order after its completion. Once a work order is completed and audited, you will be able to see the charges that were applied to it.
•  the ability to query and see all work orders and requests for a specific building and time period.

iServiceDesk is available to faculty and staff via this link on the Facilities Planning and Management website.

All requests should be performed electronically, with the exception of  key requests, estimates and surplus pickups. Because of additional authorizations and internal routing needed, those requests will be managed as before. Facilities Planning and Management staff are working to develop an electronic submittal process for those requests as well.

Bring current work requests to enter at a short, hands-on iServiceDesk training session. For times and dates of sessions and to register, click here.

Alternative Spring Break trip to Dominican Republic planned, applications due Dec. 1

Christine Hippert, Sociology /Archaeology, and Peter Stovall, Educational Studies, are organizing an alternative Spring Break trip to the Dominican Republic March 10-18, 2012. Participants will work with Dominicans and migrant Haitians to learn about social, cultural, environmental and economic changes to life in Hispaniola from the era of colonization to the present. Excursions and service learning activities, include:

  • Working on an organic farm
  • Participating in a local reforesting project
  • Touring historic and contemporary coffee and sugar plantations
  • Sightseeing in the capital, Santo Domingo
  • Visiting national parks by land and sea, including boating and swimming in the Caribbean

The estimated cost of the trip is $2,700 and includes airfare, land and sea transportation, hotels, one credit, all excursion costs and all except four meals. Pick up an application at 437L Wimberly Hall, Department of Sociology and Archaeology. Students enroll in one credit of ANT 399 or INS 360 and can use financial aid toward the trip. The application deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1. The enrollment cap for the trip is 25 students, so apply soon.

Find out more here.


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Patricia Ardovino, Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation, presented “Teaching Leisure to Patients on a Forensic Unit for Criminal Offenders With Mental Illness” at the International Sociological Association Midterm Conference of Research on the Sociology of Leisure at the University of Palermo, Sicily, on Sept. 30. The presentation was co-authored by UW-L alum Jenny Fahey.

Matt Cashion, English. A short film, “Last Words of the Holy Ghost,” adapted from his short story (first published in Willow Springs No. 63), was screened as part of the Driftless Film Festival, Oct. 7, in Viroqua, and Oct. 9, in Mineral Point.  The film premiered at the LA Shorts Film Festival July 27. It has also appeared at the Austin Film Festival, the Coney Island Film Festival, and the Lucerne International Film Festival. Cashion’s poem “At the Dead End of a Dirt Road” won first place for “best connection” in the project “Exposure: Words From Images,” coordinated by the Pumphouse Regional Arts Center in La Crosse. Twenty-five writers were each paired with a photographer and were asked to respond to an image supplied by a photographer. The exhibit, showcasing work of each writer and photographer, will be on display at the La Crosse Public Library until Nov. 28

Jin Young Chung, Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation, co-authored “Influence of Interactive Thematic Maps on Tourist Perceptions: a Network Analysis.” It was published in the October 2011 Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology.

Lalita Hogan, English, published the book chapter “At the Margins of Family Life: Abjection and Purification in Rabindranath Tagore’s Binodini” in “The Poet and His World: Critical Essays on Rabindranath Tagore,” edited by Mohammad A Quayum, Orient Blackswan Press, 2011, 206-232.

Gary L. Willhite, Educational Studies, was awarded an $11,700 grant from the Academy of Applied Science to support high school researchers in the Western Wisconsin — Upper Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Regional Symposium at Eagle Bluff Environmental Center, Lanesboro, Minn., Jan. 8-10, 2012.


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Street Fest poster.Second annual Eagle Street Fest set for Oct. 11

UW-L Dining Services is hosting the second annual Eagle Street Fest to thank the UW-L community for its patronage. The fall festival runs from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Drake Field. The Residence Hall Association Council is hosting KRAZE DAZE, a wacky Olympics, at Drake Field from 3-7 p.m.

Special guest Tony the Tiger is joining us for the festivities.

Purchase tickets on-site. For more information, contact UW-L Dining Services at
Whitney Center’s All You Can Eat and Chars will be closing at 3:30 p.m. for the event. Those on a meal plan will be able to receive tickets at the event with a meal swipe. Direct dietary questions or concerns to Registered Dietitian Amy Gunderson at

Check out pictures from last years event here!

Festival foods include:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Corn dogs
  • Jalapeno cheese Polish sausage from Klements
  • Vegan Asian-style portobello burger
  • Wraps
  • Chicken wild rice soup in a bread bowl
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apple Almond Crunch Salad
  • Cranberry broccoli salad
  • Pumpkin shakes
  • Caramel apples
  • Cheese curds
  • Cranberry nut bread
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Apple pie slices with ice cream
  • Hot chocolate
  • Apple cider

Entertainment includes:

  • Live music from La Crosse’s local band Red Sky Warning
  • Caricatures drawn by local artist Tommy Orrico
  • Pumpkin painting
  • No-Impact Week Special — bicycle tune-ups

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Eighth annual UW-La Crosse Health/Financial Fair set for Oct. 13

In conjunction with the annual “It’s Your Choice” open enrollment period from Oct. 4-28, Human Resources is hosting the eighth annual UW-La Crosse Health/Financial Fair. The fair runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition

New this year is E-benefits, an opportunity to make benefit elections online through the employee’s portal. Two individuals from UW System will be available to assist with online benefit submissions and answer questions.

Open enrollment opportunities are available for Health, Vision, Dental, Epic Benefits Plus and the Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA).  The ERA enrollment is not available through your portal for E-benefits.

Representatives from most benefit vendors, including Social Security, will be available to answer questions regarding benefit plans. Additionally, there will be informational booths from Gundersen Lutheran and Health Tradition, along with vendors from all of the Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) programs and the Deferred Compensation Program. Other vendors include: Wisconsin Physicians Service (provider for the Standard Plan), Gundersen Lutheran, Health Tradition, Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA), Epic, Minnesota Mutual Life and Ameritas Dental for retirees.

To find out more about health care and financial options, visit

Chancellor Joe Gow has granted one hour of release time to classified staff to attend the event. Work with supervisors to ensure office coverage.

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Thanks to Delta Sigma Phi fraternity members Jesse, Matt, Jeff and Dan for their amazing help with my move Sept. 30. I could not have done it without their help. You guys are great and I wish you a wonderful year.
Mandy Wagner, former Operations Program Associate, University Communications


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