Campus Connection Oct. 29, 2012


Impact of social media is topic of Oct. 29 lecture

Social media, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, accelerates the dissemination of information, but is the information always reliable? True? UW-L’s Director of Academic Technologies Jim Jorstad will present “The Global Influence of Social Media in Politics and in Our Lives” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in 1309 Centennial Hall. At this free talk, Jorstad will discuss the power of social media and its reach.

The buzz: professor explores where insects, dreams and art intersect

Insects drive some people buggy. But that’s not the case for Assistant Biology Professor Barrett Klein. He has an obvious love of entomology. If not clear from his office adorned with insect art, it’s evident from the ant-patterned neckties he wears to class.

Murphy Library Resource Center popularity soars

By UW-L student Melissa Moss. Being a student at UW-La Crosse has its perks: a great education, high probability of getting a job after graduation and a thriving campus. One thing many forget about is our excellent library, stacked full of research material, books, online databases and librarians who are more than willing to help any struggling student.


Alumni, friends and reunion groups return to campus Oct. 19-21 weekend


Group shot of choral choir alumni.

Former choir members practiced Saturday morning for an evening concert. They performed three selections and sang with the current Concert Choir.


Alumni Association logo.UW-L’s Concert Choir was one of several reunion groups to return to campus in October.

Former concert choir members returned for the choir’s 20th anniversary celebration and reunion Saturday, Oct. 20. As part of the celebration, the former choir members formed an alumni choir, which performed three selections and sang with the current Concert Choir during its first choral concert of the school year. See photos of the practice session at

The Class of 1962 got together several times throughout the weekend including for a reunion celebration Saturday night. At the celebration they presented a check for $3,215 toward a class scholarship and were inducted into the Rexford Mitchell Society — named for former University President Rexford Mitchell. See more photos of the Saturday night event at

Delta Sigma Phi fraternity brothers gathered to celebrate their 45-year reunion. See photos from their Saturday morning meeting at

For photos of the Friday night dessert social and sing-a-long visit

Find out more about UW-L’s Alumni Association events at


Cheerleaders holding United Way Sign.

Photo by UW-L student Jianfei (Mark) Fei

United Way campaign off to a good start

More than $1,800 in pledges and cash was received during the first few days of the campus United Way campaign. There’s still plenty of time to LIVE UNITED!

All employees were sent, via campus mail, copies of pledge forms. Simply return completed forms to University Communications, 115 Graff Main Hall. To give online, visit: Those making pledges will receive a University Bookstore discount coupon. The campaign will run through mid November.

United Way donations help thousands in the Seven Rivers Region. See how at:

Donate to help those who need help in the Coulee Region and LIVE UNITED!


Police officer in pink with Joe Gow.

University Police Officer Dave Pehl, left, wore a pink tutu, parked his squad car near the Hoeschler Tower and sold coffee and doughnuts to raise funds to help fight breast cancer. He's pictured with UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow.

UW-L police officer raises $436 to help fight breast cancer

University Police Officer Dave Pehl raised $436 to increase awareness of and help fight breast cancer on Wednesday. Pehl parked his squad car at the Hoeschler Tower where he sold coffee and doughnuts. Combined with $600 raised through a penny war fundraiser in UW-L residence halls earlier in the semester, the total donation to help fight breast cancer will be more than $1,000. Pehl thanks Kwik Trip, Toppers Pizza and University Dining for the donation of doughnuts, hot cocoa and coffee and pizza.

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Wentz Hall residents invite elementary school children to trick or treat on Halloween

Wentz Hall residents invite local elementary school children to trick or treat at their hall on Halloween. They encourage trick-or-treaters to stop by the res hall from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, for treats.

Trick-or-treaters can get treats from residents who have their doors decorated with either a pumpkin or a ghost.


U.S. FlagPolitical debates at UW-L continue Oct. 30

The Political Science and Public Administration Department’s campus debates will continue this week. Incumbent  Rep. Ron Kind (D) and Col. Ray Boland (R), candidates for the Third Congressional District, will face off from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

UW-L Political Science Professor Joe Heim will moderate the forum, which is free and open to the public. Sponsors include: the La Crosse Tribune, League of Women Voters, WKBT-TV, WXOW-TV, and the UW-L Joint Legislative Relations Committee.

See more at:

Artwork of cover of the directory.

Find UW-L friendly businesses in the Student+Staff Directory!

New directory available; offers coupons, campus info and more

The new Student + Staff Directory is now available to students, staff and faculty. Why should you pick your copy up today? Not only does the directory give you information about fellow students and professors, but it offers you an array of coupons and menus for local restaurants and businesses.

Ranging from Topperstix to furniture discounts, it’s all there. The directory also includes a campus map, academic calendar, a list of campus events and U-Pass and safe ride information.

And the best part? It’s free! Pick up your copy today outside of University Communications, 115 Graff Main Hall.


Undergraduate Research & Creativity seminar set for Nov. 1

“Getting Started: An Introductory Seminar on Undergraduate Research & Creativity” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in 332 Cartwright Center. The seminar is open to all undergraduate students who want to learn about what undergraduate research and creativity is, how they can get involved, and where to begin.

Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

For more information on Undergraduate Research & Creativity,  visit This event is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity and the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Committee (URCC).


‘Wisconsin Soundscapes’ tour visits the Pump House Regional Arts Center

UW-Oshkosh professor and pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi will perform six works by Wisconsin composers commissioned to capture the spirit of the state’s people, places, events and more at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.

The free concert is part of a statewide concert series on Nov. 1. Astolfi debuted “Wisconsin Soundscapes” at UW-Oshkosh on Sept. 30. The tour will also travel to Milwaukee, Madison, Manitowoc and Three Lakes.

In 2011, the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers received support from the Wisconsin Arts Board to commission six Wisconsin composers, each chosen through a double-blind judging process, to create original solo piano works based on Wisconsin themes. With support from a second Wisconsin Arts Board grant in 2012, the resultant concert was designed to be performed in communities throughout Wisconsin. Find out more at


Brown bag lunch artwork. Human rights in Guatemala is topic of Nov. 2 brown bag lunch discussion

Connie Vanderhyden, Multicultural Student Services, will facilitate the Campus Climate Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: Bring Your Food, Bring Your Thoughts discussion at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Cameron Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall. “Human Rights in Guatemala” is the featured film and discussion topic.

“Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: Bring Your Food, Bring Your Thoughts” discussions are held on the first Friday of the month to discuss contemporary social justice, diversity and climate issues. Films range from TED Talks to documentaries and typically last less than 45 minutes. Discussion follows.

Film Series Events are presented and facilitated by friends and colleagues of Campus Climate and are free and open to everyone. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and are welcome to come late or leave early.

To learn more about the film series and upcoming events, visit Or visit the Facebook page at “UW-La Crosse Campus Climate (Official).”

River Studies artwork. Resilience of riverine landscapes is topic of Nov. 2 presentation

Visiting Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (USGS) Martin Thoms will present a free seminar at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2,  in 1309 Centennial Hall.

The professor from the University of New England, Australia, will present “How Do We Build the Resilience of Riverine Landscapes? A Viewpoint From Down Under.”

UW-L River Studies Center is hosting the seminar. For more information, contact Roger Haro at


Moody Blues is featured band at Nov. 2 Album Encounters; public program ‘Cosmic Colors’ set for Saturdays throughout November

The Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show features Moody Blues’  “In Search of the Lost Chord” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $4.

The Planetarium’s Public November program is “Cosmic Colors.” It will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24. 

Monthly public programs are planned for November, December, February, March and April. Admission is $2 for students and children and $4 for others.

To find out more, contact Bob Allen at or 785.8669. Find out more about the Planetarium at


Physical Therapy Club offers Massage Days Nov. 2, 3

Get a massage and donate funds to a charity. UW-L’s Physical Therapy Club is giving massages from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in 3010 Health Science Center.

Cost is $7 for 15 minutes and $10 for 30 minutes.


Nationally-renowned hazing expert to talk on campus Nov. 4; workshop on hazing to be held Nov. 5

Nationally-renowned hazing expert Rick Barnes is returning to UW-L to speak with students, faculty, and staff about hazing.

Research shows that 55 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams and other extra-curricular are hazed, yet nine out of 10 students that experience hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed.

Barnes will give a talk for students at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

He will facilitate a workshop for faculty and staff from 8:30-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. To attend RSVP to Sue White, Recreational Sports, by Tuesday, Oct. 30. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item for UW-L’s Helping Our Own Food Pantry.

The Division of Student Affairs and an academic staff professional development grant provided funding for the event.

November events wrap up fall 2012 Transgender Identities Series

Talks and workshops regarding transgender youth and homelessness, and criminalization of gender non-conformity wrap up the fall 2012 Transgender Indentities Series.

Fatima Arain, Capitol Hill case manager, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, will share her experience with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness, the non-profit industrial complex and community organizing. “Transgender Youth and Homelessness” is set for 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Transgender Rights Lawyer and Activist Owen Daniel-McCarter will give two lectures on campus. “Criminalization of Gender Non-Conformity” is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in 339 Cartwright Center. Daniel-McCarter will share an overview of the history of the criminalization of gender non-conformity in the U.S.

“Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex?” will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in 1303 Centennial Hall. He will explore the limitations and possibilities presented by the non-profit system and discuss the history of the system, non-profits’ role in movement building work in the U.S., inherent limitations presented by capitalism.

For accommodations, contact the Pride Center at 785.8874 or

The series is sponsored by UW-L’s Campus Climate & Diversity; College of Liberal Studies; School of Arts and Communication; the Pride Center; and the departments of  Psychology, Sociology/Archeology, Theatre Arts, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies; as well as the La Crosse Community Foundation.

La Crosse New Music Festival 2012 on campus Nov. 6-8

Festival concerts, workshops and lectures will be featured at the La Crosse New Music Festival 2012.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 and 8, in Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts.

Jennifer Iverson will discuss “From John Cage to Darmstadt: Multiple Variations on Aleatory” at a lecture at 9:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in 141 Center for the Arts. A workshop on improvisation led by Mark Zanter will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Annett Recital Hall before the Thursday concert.

The concerts, lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. For more information, call 785.6729 or email UW-L’s College of Liberal Studies and the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers are hosting the festival.


morale retreat artwork. Fall Morale Retreat to be held Nov. 6

Campus Climate and LIVEMAROON are teaming up to sponsor the Eighth Semi-Annual, Semi-Sweet UW-L Morale Retreat  from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

There is no agenda, other than to grant all UW-L employees an escape from the stress and pressures of daily tasks by providing a social event filled with snacks, relaxation, music, fun and positive energy. Come get a free massage, enjoy some pet therapy, grab some snacks, or just hang out and socialize with your colleagues! Don’t miss it. You deserve a chance to slow down and invest in your morale!

Wear your LIVEMAROON T-shirts.

 SSP logo. Self-Sufficiency Program’s eighth annual Locally Grown Scholarship Breakfast set for Nov. 7, registration due Oct. 31

Self-Sufficiency Program graduates will share their stories at SSP’s eighth annual Locally Grown Scholarship Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 7, in UW-L’s Cleary Alumni & Friends Center.

This year’s breakfast fundraiser, “Ordinary Heroes,” runs from 8-9 a.m. UW-L student-parent Susan Fabian is this year’s keynote speaker. She and other students will share their stories of how education is helping to shape their futures and the lives of their children.

Established in 2003, the Locally Grown Scholarship Fund awards $500 scholarships to SSP alumni at the beginning of their college careers.Those who aren’t able to make contributions at the breakfast may donate to the scholarship fund online at Designate the gift to SSP.

To attend, register by Wednesday, Oct. 31, by emailing or calling SSP Director Andrea Hansen at 785.8733. Free parking is available in the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center parking lot during the breakfast.

Broadway performer to lead mock Broadway-level dance and singing audition master class Nov. 7

Broadway Performer Andrew Cao will lead a mock Broadway-level dance and singing audition master class from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Cost is $5 and pre-registration is encouraged. To register and find out more, contact Kathleen Gorman at

‘Programming for Safety, Programming for Health’ talk to be held Nov. 7

Learn lessons for computer programming in education from how Epic software company programs for safety and for health. Epic makes software for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated healthcare organizations,

Janet Campbell, from Epic’s Research and Development, will give a free talk at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in 1400 Centennial Hall.

Campbell will discuss the complicated aspects of programming and how software can help make it harder to do the wrong thing, easier to do the right thing and to do no harm.

She has worked across the continuum of Epic software, from billing to clinical care to social networking. Today, she focuses primarily on building engaging applications directly for patients so they can understand their health care and participate more fully. When she’s not writing code, Campbell focuses primarily on peer education, process improvement, government policy and human resources at Epic.

The talk is hosted by UW-L’s Computer Science Department.

Turkey Trot banner.Early bird registration for UW-L’s 18th Annual Turkey Trot runs through Nov. 9

Register for UW-L’s 18 annual Turkey Trot by Saturday, Nov. 9, and save money.

The Turkey Trot and Jr. Gobbler Youth Races are set for Saturday, Nov. 17. Races start near Veterans Memorial Monument and finish on the track in the UW-L Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.

Last year more than 2,200 runners and walkers participated in the race. Find out more at

Deadline to apply for Awareness through Performance troupe is Nov. 9

Campus Climate is currently accepting student applications for our spring 2013 Awareness through Performance troupe. Consider applying if you are a student who has expressed an interest in ATP. Or help identify students who would make a great addition to the troupe.

Access the application through Campus Climate at Paper applications are also available in 1120 Centennial Hall. The deadline to submit is 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Learn more about Awareness through Performance at

Fleece jackets are University Bookstore featured items this week

Getting ready for cooler weather? The University Bookstore just received Therma Fleece jackets in maroon, charcoal gray, black and soft pink. It features 100 percent no pill polyester Therma Fleece and Zipper Dash Pockets. This full zip jacket is lightweight but warm. Jackets sell for $24.95.

Eagle L logo.Athletics

Upcoming events and information

  • UW-L Women’s Basketball Road Trip
    Showdown in MadTown … Let the “Mad”ness Begin!
    Eagles vs. Badgers
    Thursday, Nov. 1, 3:30 p.m.-midnight
    $35. Includes transportation, game ticket and T-shirt
  • Swimming & Diving
    UW-L vs. St. Cloud State University
    Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.
    Mitchell Hall Natatorium
  • Pack the Vet for the Vets
    Veterans Day Game at UW-L Football
    UW-L vs. UW-Whitewater
    Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
    Honoring U.S. Army 2nd Lt. and past UW-L football player Jason Church and Marine Corporal Gauge Griffin.
    For more information visit and
  • Men’s Basketball Crosstown Classic
    UW-L vs. Viterbo
    Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
    Mitchell Hall Gymnasium
  • Veterans Day Breakfast
    Hosted by: Freedom Honor Flight and UW-L Athletics
    Sunday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.
    Opening ceremony at UW-L Veterans Memorial Field Complex
    For more information visit


Artwork for Campus Kudos.

Group by DOW sign.

Pictured, from left, UW-L student Sarah Gagnon; Robert Krajewski, Educational Studies; UW-L students Brianna Kinstler and Morgan Welborn; and Dow Director Carrie Eppelheimer.

UW-L’s LIA student group plays active role in Dow employee development program

UW-L’s award-winning Leadership in Action (LIA) student organization group was the main attraction at Dow Chemical’s World Headquarters on Oct.11, National Coming Out Day.

That day was also GLAD’s (Gay, Lesbian at Dow) Ally Coming Out Day, a day when Dow administration encouraged employees to to come out as allies — to show support and to be role models in the workplace and in the community — for the company’s lesbians and gays.

Leadership in Action educates campus and community members about diversity issues, encourages their audiences to take an active role in diversity acceptance, and educates off-campus and out of state communities, agencies and organizations about diversity issues.

Dow asked LIA to prepare intense skits. LIA presented the audience interactive vignettes they developed this semester first to 200 corporate executives at Dow’s World Headquarters Employee Development Center. Later, LIA also presented vignettes to 85 Michigan Operations (Dow’s Michigan division) personnel. In each session, audience members volunteered to play vignette roles along with LIA students. Each session was professionally televised and taped. The tapes will be used to train all 52,000 Dow employees located at 36 nations throughout the world.

UW-L’s Beta Tau Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi inducted 17 members Oct. 20. More than 1,000 members have been inducted since 1930. Kappa Delta Pi is an International Honor Society in Education and provides professional development, services and opportunities for personal enrichment and scholarships to its 95 current active members.

David Hart, English, presented “The Globalectics of Nationalism in Michelle Cliff’s and C.L.R. James’ Writing,” at the 31st Annual West Indian Literature Conference, celebrating “Imagined Nations, 50 Years Later: Reflections on Independence and Federation in the Caribbean,” held at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., Oct. 14.

Barrett Klein, Biology, illustrated the book “Damselflies of Texas.” It has been awarded runner-up for the Hamilton Book Award. Find out more at

Víctor M. Macías-González, History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, presented “Uncovering the Queer Mexican-American Past ” Sept. 26 at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. He presented “Approaches to the Concept of Intersectionality” at the 36th Annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference and Seventh Annual UW System LGBTQ Conference at UW-Oshkosh Oct.  4-5.

Stephen L. Mann, English, had the article “Speaker Attitude as a Predictive Factor in Listener Perception of Gay Men’s Speech” published in the Journal of Language and Sexuality, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 205-229.

Cecilia Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration, had an article, “Bilingual Education,” published in “Governing America: Major Decisions of the Federal, State and Local Governments from 1789 to the Present” edited by Paul J. Quirk and William Cunion. NY: Facts On File, pp. 476-481.

Brad Neitzel, UW-L student, had an article about him included ATV, a website for ATV motocross racing.

Whitnee Schanke, Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate student, had her thesis study, “The Top 3 Chest Exercises,” published in the October issue of the American Council on Exercise’s Certified News. Her thesis advisers were Manny Felix, Carl Foster, Russ Hendrix and John Porcari; all Exercise and Sport Science.

Gary L. Willhite, Educational Studies, will have his review of the book “Discipline Without Anger: A New Style of Classroom Management” published in the November 2012 issue of CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

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Artwork with leaves. Thanksgiving luncheon to be held Nov. 14; tickets go on sale Oct. 31

Those who want to attend UW-L’s annual “A Thanksgiving Gathering Feast” luncheon can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The luncheon will be held from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

The Thanksgiving buffet will include:

  • Carved roast turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes with gravy
  • Green bean casserole
  • Cranberry walnut salad with vinaigrette dressing
  • Dinner rolls with butter
  • Traditional pumpkin pie
  • Coffee, ice water, milk or ice tea

A vegetarian/vegan option is available upon request. Place order with ticket staff.

Purchase tickets at $7.50 per plate from Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Cartwright Center Information Counter. Lunch tickets are on a pre-paid basis only. For more information, call 785.8877.

New employees

  • Shaundel Spivey, Associate Student Services Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Oct. 1
  • Tou Yang, Student Services Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Oct. 1
  • Susan Sharpe, Academic Planner, Budget and Finance Office, Oct. 15

In the News label.

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


Murphy Library Notes artwork.

Library catalog changes

UW System librarians are in the midst of an initiative to update aging library catalogs. Murphy Library’s catalog is one of the UW System-licensed catalogs that is being updated this year.

Two versions of the catalog are currently available to UW-L. Find both at the Murphy Library home page at the following links: Books (Library Catalog) and UW System Catalog. Both offer some strengths and weaknesses in searching, but both continue to provide the ability to search for books, movies and many other materials at Murphy Library and all UW-System libraries, to request materials from other libraries, and to log into personal accounts to view and manage requests and checked out items.

During the next several months, Murphy Library will evaluate these and one other catalog interface. Direct questions and comments to Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian Kate Russell or Reference Services.