Campus Connection, Oct. 8, 2012

UW-L enrollment is at an all-time high

UW-L reached a record enrollment again this fall with more than 10,200 undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn about ‘Guyland’ during UW-L lecture Oct. 10

Author Michael Kimmel will explore “Guyland” — a concept he wrote about after interviewing 400 men — during a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in 260 Graff Main Hall Auditorium.

Political debates set at UW-La Crosse

The UW-La Crosse Political Science and Public Administration Department will hold debates on campus between candidates for four area races.

Attorney tackles immigration issues during presentations at UW-L, Viterbo

Kulsum Ameji, an attorney and advocate for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, will speak about immigration issues at UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University. The lectures are free.

UW-L professor’s trip to Cuba opens new avenues

UW-L Geography and Earth Science Professor Georges Cravins’ summer trip to Cuba did more than just increase his knowledge of the country. He’s gained information that will enhance his students’ classroom experience. He also made contact with other geographers in Cuba that will allow him to establish permanent ties to the island, and to conduct additional research related to his work at UW-L.

Global market is topic of UW-La Crosse lecture

How to thrive in a global market will be the topic of an upcoming UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration lecture. Daniel T. O’Keefe of General Mills Inc. will speak on “Thriving in the Global Market — How to Maintain the Edge” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Strzelczyk Great Hall in the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center. Admission is free.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to visit UW-La Crosse

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson will visit UW-La Crosse for a campus forum. Johnson will meet with staff and students from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Ward Room in Cartwright Center.

Students: Submit abstracts now for NCUR

UW-L is hosting the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 11-13, 2013. The three-day event will feature student seminars, performances and poster presentations, as well as plenary speakers and special events. Students can submit abstracts of their research through Tuesday, Dec. 4.

High school students visit UW-L to learn about making college part of their future

About 25 high school students in the La Crosse School District learned about college admissions, lectures, campus, students — and even the food during a visit to UW-La Crosse Friday. The visit was coordinated with La Crosse Promise Future Centers, resource centers open to any student at Logan, Central, Aquinas or Luther high schools living within the La Crosse School District boundaries.

Campus medallion hunt to returnEagle Eye Medallion Hunt begins Oct. 15

After a four-year hiatus, the Eagle Eye Medallion Hunt is set to return on campus Monday, Oct. 15. There will be five clues given, one a day through Friday, to help seekers find the medallion. By 9 a.m. each day, a clue will be posted via the UW-L home page.

iComm — Here to serve you!

The first posting from iComm (Web and Interactive Communications) in this fall’s series about projects relating to the website.

Night sky in planetariumPhish is featured band at Oct. 12 Album Encounters; public program ‘Let There Be Night’ set for Saturdays throughout October

The Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show features Phish’s “A Live One” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $4.

The Planetarium’s Public October program is “Let There Be Night.” It will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 13, 20 and 27.

Monthly public programs are planned for October, 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

LIVEMAROON poster artwork.Next LIVEMAROON Get-Together: Tuesday, Oct. 9

Join in the fun from 10-11 a.m. in Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Campus employees can LIVEMAROON Tuesday, Oct. 9.

A LIVEMAROON Get-Together is planned for 10-11 a.m. in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Don’t forget to wear your LIVEMAROON T-shirt or other maroon clothing.

The event, open to all campus employees, is an opportunity to meet colleagues, enjoy some free beverages and treats, and win LIVEMAROON merchandise.

“Get-Together” is free and open to all; Chancellor Joe Gow has granted release time. LIVEMAROON is a campus-wide effort to highlight the passion, friendship, community and pride found at UW-L. The initiative is coordinated and sponsored by Campus Climate, University Communications and University Police.

No taxpayer dollars are used to fund the event.

Find out more about LIVEMAROON at

University’s new branding efforts discussed

Results from the university’s Branding Committee will be unveiled this week to all campus governance groups, and during two open forums.

The committee was formed in early 2011 and worked with marketing classes in fall 2011 and spring 2012 to conduct extensive research. Early this spring, the committee refined the research. It was then tested by external focus groups.

The report will be presented to the campus community at the following meetings —

Tuesday, Oct. 9

  • 1:30 p.m. Academic Staff, 126 Wing Technology Center
  • 2:30 p.m. Classified Staff, 325 Graff Main Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 10

  • 6 p.m. Student Association, Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition

Thursday, Oct. 11

  • 3:30 p.m. Faculty Senate, 325 Graff Main Hall

Friday, Oct. 12

  • 9 a.m. Open Forum, 2215 Centennial Hall
  • 1 p.m. Open Forum, 2214 Centennial Hall

See the final report, “A Case For Branding,” at The presentations are open to all.


Career Services logo.‘Prep for Success’ set for Oct. 9; ‘Fall Career Expo’ is Oct. 10

Students who have questions about the job search or what to expect in a professional position should plan to attend “Prep for Success” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Skogen Auditorium in Centennial Hall.

A panel of professionals who are UW-L alumni will lead a question-and-answer session. Find out more at

UW-L students can connect with prospective employers at the Fall 2012 Career Expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The career expo is open to all students, especially those looking for internships or full-time employment. More than 60 employers will be represented.

Some quick tips for the event:
• Dress professionally
• Prioritize list of employers
• Bring a current resume
• Greet employers with a smile and a firm handshake
• Prepare questions
• Ask for a business card
• Follow up

For a list of participating employers and additional information on how to prepare for the expo, visit the Career Services website at

‘Disgust before Disgust: Repulsion in Renaissance Literature’ is topic of Oct. 12 discussion

A presentation of the English Department’s William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series

The word “disgust” did not enter the English language until 1598.

Natalie Eschenbaum, English, will present “Disgust before Disgust: Repulsion in Renaissance Literature” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in 113 Wimberly Hall.

Eschenbaum will explore how literary texts expressed the powerful emotion of aversion as this new word was coming into being. How and why did early modern English individuals experience revulsion, and how and why did they express this revulsion in poetry, plays and prose? Eschenbaum will also discuss what it means for literature to instruct, to delight and to disgust.

The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact or call 785.8295. For more information, visit

La Crosse Living Green Expo to be held Saturday, Oct. 13

Learn about efficient lighting, heating and cooling for homeowners and renters at the the 2012 Living Green Expo.

The expo runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the LEED-certified Lunda Center, Western Technical College, 319 7th St. N.

The Living Green Expo will feature local sustainable building practices and transportation vendors as well as sustainable initiatives from non-profit organizations, government agencies, area businesses and schools. Food will be catered by Western Catering, featuring locally grown and locally produced foods from Fifth Season Cooperative. Transportation to the expo and back to campus will be provided by Guy Wolf’s Biodiesel Bus.

Activities include a farmer’s market, more than 50 exhibitors, discussion areas, children’s activities, a green book and magazine exchange, and a vendor discussion area. Featured green workshops include topics on energy savings, composting and whole trees architecture. There will be a bike valet and free bike inspections by Bikes Limited.

UW-L’s CBA’s Principles of Sustainable Business Class helped prepare for the expo. Stop by the class booth at the expo. Contact Donna Anderson, Economics, for more information at

ATP artwork. ATP encore performance of ‘Leave Your Legacy’ is Oct. 15

The Awareness through Performance (ATP) fall 2012 encore production of “Leave Your Legacy” is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Graff Main Hall Auditorium. The show is free and open to the public.

ATP is an alternative outlet for social activism on campus. Students who share a passion for diversity and social justice issues and a desire to further explore the dynamics of how these issues shape the world make up the ATP troupe. Participants hope to positively impact the campus climate by affecting attitudes and behaviors and enhancing cross-cultural awareness.

For more information, visit

Health and financial fair set for Oct. 18

UW-L’s Ninth Annual Health and Financial Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The fair is open to current and previous state employees and their family members.

Participating vendors will provide information on:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Prescription coverage
  • Wellness
  • Deferred compensation
  • Savings plans
  • Life insurance
  • Tax sheltered annuities
  • Social Security Administration
  • Chiropractic Wellness Center (new this year)

Talk with supervisors to ensure office and work coverage. The event is sponsored by UW-L and the Department of Transportation.


Members sought for UW-L ballroom dance team

Anyone interested in participating in a UW-L ballroom dance team should contact UW-L student Nicole Bottelson at or 608.963.8136. No previous experience is necessary to join the team.  The team will meet at least twice a week for lessons and to practice ballroom dances including the waltz, fox trot, tango, rumba, swing and cha-cha.

Registration deadline to participate in ‘Wheels for ALL Basketball Classic’ is Nov. 2

UW-L’s Sport Management Association is hosting the second annual “Wheels for ALL Basketball Classic” wheelchair basketball tournament set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Mitchell Hall Gymnasium. UW-L students, faculty and staff — those with and without disabilities — are encouraged to register for the four-on-four wheelchair basketball tournament.  The tournament is a benefit for UW-L’s Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity. Register by Friday, Nov. 2, at Cost is $5 each or $25 per team. Find out more  about the tournament at

The Catalyst logo.Deadline for submissions to ‘The Catalyst’ is Nov. 6

The semester seems to be in overload mode and the La Crosse community is buzzing with activity. As anyone who follows American politics can see, the nation is pulsing with more and more energy the closer we get to November. Why not turn that energy into creativity? Editors of this semester’s edition of “The Catalyst,” “The Choice is Yours!,” want to hear your voice. During this busy election season, everyone has something to say. Avoiding mud slinging and other negative political tactics can be difficult; focusing on personal views is nearly impossible. Show us how creative you can be with your views.

“The Catalyst” is an online publication for the La Crosse community sponsored by the UW-La Crosse English Club. “The Catalyst” showcases the creativity and talent of the UW-L community. “The Catalyst” publishes original prose — fiction and nonfiction — poetry, artwork, photography, videos and music.

For more information and to submit original works visit The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Submit photos and artwork in .jpeg format. Send music via YouTube link. Or contact “The Catalyst” editors at to make other arrangements. Submissions outside of the theme are also encouraged.

“The Catalyst” is an independent journal and does not discriminate against the views of artists regardless of race, religion, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Respect the opinions of fellow artists as you would your own views. To view past issues, visit “The Catalyst” is a publication of the UW-L English Club. For more information on the UW-L English Club, visit or contact Kimmy at

Tree with money.Grant News online

The latest issue of Grant News is online at The October issue of Grant News includes:

  • New and continued funding opportunities from a variety of sources
  • A spotlight on the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which promotes advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity
  • Recent submissions, awards and the first quarter report
  • A faculty research grant submission tow-to video
  • The “Grants 101” section with tips for applying for grants
  • Approaching due dates for grants

For back issues of the newsletter and more information on resources visit


Proteins involved in Global Translational Repression is topic of Oct. 15 bioresearch forum

Dr. Scott P. Segal, from the Department of  Biology, Winona State University, will present “Proteins Involved in Global Translational Repression in Response to Physiological Stress Also Play a Role in Cell Cycle Regulation” from 12:15-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, for the monthly La Crosse BioResearch Forum. Forums are held in the Overholt Auditorium, Gundersen Lutheran. The free forums are 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.

S&H Academic Services is now located in Graff Main Hall

Academic Services for the College of Science and Health is now located in 205 Graff Main Hall.
Artwork for Campus Kudos.

Buzz Bocher, Environmental Studies, and Steve Simpson, Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation, had a revised edition of their book “The Processing Pinnacle” published by Wood N Barnes. The 2012 revised edition coincides with the book being translated into traditional Mandarin by Youth Cultural Enterprise Publishing.

Mark W. Chavalas, History, spoke on “Constantine the Great Among the Pagans” for L’abri Fellowship on Sept. 28 in Rochester, Minn.

Kimberly DeFazio, English, presented “Catastrophe Chasing and the Question of Materialism” at the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts annual conference on Sept. 29  in Milwaukee.

Cecilia G. Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration, had the article “The Global Supply Chain in the Digital Age” published in the Proceedings of the Global Conference on Business and Finance, Volume 6, Number 2, pp. 184-190.

Rob Wilkie, English, presented “The Spontaneous Ideology of Systems: Posthuman Specificity and Class Totality” at the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Sept. 29 in Milwaukee.
UW-L Dining Services logo

Exciting new changes are happening. Dining Services has expanded the menu for Block Meal Options and is offering new Limited Time Offers.
You spoke, we listened. You can find the expanded Block Meal Options on the Dining Services website at

Stop in Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 12, to try one of those new delicious Limited Time Offers:

Turmeric and Vine-Ripened Tomatoes add Vibrant Color, Flavor and Health-Promoting Antioxidants to Roasted Cauliflower

Delicious pasta in a freshly baked bread bowl

Grilled Vegetarian Chicken, Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Lite Caesar Dressing and Parmesan Cheese, Rolled in a Soft Flour Tortilla

Seasoned Premium Burger Topped with Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Pepper and Romaine Lettuce with Rosemary Pesto Mayonnaise

Breaded Mushroom Plate, 4–11 p.m. Thursday only

Chili Cheese Fries, all day Saturday and Sunday

Limited Time Offers change every week. Make sure to stop by and see what we’re cooking up next!

Keep your comments coming; we want to hear from you. Stop by and see us at one of our dining locations or at 68 Cartwright Center. You can also give us feedback through this Feedback Form on our website.


Human Resources artwork.


New employee

  • Stephen Grams, Custodian, Custodial Services, Oct. 8


In the News label.


Changing demographics lead to UW System enrollment drop,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 3.
A drop in the number of high school students and competition from for-profit and online universities are factors pinching enrollment at some University of Wisconsin System schools, forcing them to fine-tune their recruiting efforts. The issue is expected to deepen in the next few years, and university leaders are bracing for the financial fallout if new recruitment and retention efforts don’t work…

The professor with two hearts,” CNN, Oct. 2.
… For Tom Volk, a professor who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, little did he realize the same fungi he lectured to his students and researched in labs, would one day be used in the drug keeping him alive today. While living a relatively healthy life until 1997, Tom would undergo a series of life-changing health crises that ultimately transformed him into a “professor with two hearts”…

UW-L offers advice on managing student loan debt,” WXOW, Oct. 3.
In addition to finding that first job after graduation, most college students also have to worry about paying back student loans. Louise Janke, Director of Financial Aid at UW-La Crosse said UW-L students have a good record of paying back those loans with a default rate of only about 1.2-percent …

OCW logo.

Coffee being poured into cup. OCW/WWHEL Coffee Clutch set for Oct. 12

Campus women who want to connect with other women across campus are invited to the Organization for Campus Women (OCW)/ Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership Inc. (WWHEL) Coffee Clutch.

Learn all about both these organizations and how to become involved at this informational and networking event for campus women from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

The event is for members and those interested in becoming members of OCW. Coffee and assorted breads will be served; bring your own coffee cup to help in sustainability efforts.

Chancellor Joe Gow has granted a half hour of release time for classified staff to attend this event. Ensure office coverage.

For more information about the event and how to become a OCW member, contact OCW President Teri Talpe at Find out more about OCW at Find out more about WWHEL at

OCW Book Club artwork.


OCW Book Club to discuss UW-L’s Common Reading book Oct. 11

Artwork of Enrique's Journey book cover. UW-L’s Organization of Campus Women Book Club will discuss “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Murphy’s Mug.

In the book, award-winning journalist Nazario recounts the true story of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the U.S.

The book is UW-L’s Common Reading book; Nazario will speak on campus Thursday, Oct. 25.

UW-L’s Common Reading Program promotes a culture of reading for students. “Enrique’s Journey” is required reading for all UWL100 first-year seminar students and is available at the University Bookstore for $16 new and $12 used.

To hear an interview with the author, go to “College freshmen learn from ‘Enrique’s Journey’,” National Public Radio, Aug. 13.

Participation in the OCW Book Club is open to all faculty, staff and students.


Take Note artwork.

By Charlene Holler, Academic Specialist, Counseling and Testing Center

For students

We are constantly hearing how being active is good for one’s physical health. Well, the same is true for one’s academic “health.” I am sure you have heard the adage that you remember 20 percent of what you hear, 75 percent of what you see and 90 percent of what you do. So, it just makes sense to find ways to get more involved with your learning.

Reading silently is the most ineffective way to learn material. Yet I suspect most of your study time with notes or texts is just that. And, with some of your easier subjects that may be all you need to do. But when the material is more difficult because you do not have the background or the interest, you must find other ways to grasp and retain the information.

So how can you get more involved with learning? How can you use more of your senses when studying? Hear it by reading out loud, discussing it with a classmate or asking the instructor. Feel it by writing down key points in your own words, clarifying your notes soon after class and making note cards on the hardest material.

These are just a few ways to get “physical” with your studies. If interested in learning more about your learning style go to our website and click on “Self Assessments.” Take the 24-item Learning Styles Inventory. When you submit your results you will receive your preferred way to learn and suggestions on how to maximize this preference.


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