UW-L student eyes world record

Throw a couple of 45 pound weights on a bar for UW-L junior Andy Askow, and he’ll likely tell you that’s enough for a warm-up. “I’m hoping to break two world records, maybe three,” says Askow, a world-class powerlifter.

He hopes to raise the bar while representing Team USA at the Classic World’s Men’s Championships in Finland in June. Askow is ranked first in the 120+ kg class in the Junior Division.

Askow is also a member and the coach of UW-L’s recently formed Powerlifting Club. “We already had one competition in January,” says Askow. “Our 15 person team took second and we all had fun and helped each other out. We were screaming for each other during the competition and it was awesome.”

Askow intends to continue powerlifting as long as his body holds out. He also wants to get more people involved. “I love the sport of powerlifting,” says Askow. “And when you love something, you want everybody to love it.”

Students launch website showcasing campus building sustainability

Shelby Jacobson found her passion for the environment after transferring to UW-L. “It was a big change when I changed my major and minor to focus on the environment,” says Jacobson, a third-year student. “It really opened my eyes to what UW-L has to offer.”

Jacobson and six other students in an environmental sustainability class created an online tour of academic buildings, residence halls, and some off-campus outings with the goal of educating future and current students on the green efforts.

Other group members include Jill Castro, Katherine Sarff, Rebecca Conn, Gabriel Morrin, Seth Roca and Lauren Voelker. They hope the website will encourage all students to help with campus sustainability efforts.

Environmental Studies Associate Lecturer Alysa Remsburg is teaching the class. She plans to continue and expand the website in a section of the class next year. Email her with any questions or suggestions.

Distinguished alumni to be honored

April 24, 2015

The UW-L Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception & Ceremony is May 8. Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP to the Alumni Office by May 1.

UW-L names Student Employee of the Year

It wasn’t an easy decision for the staff of UW-L’s Rec Sports Department to pick just one of their 75 employees to nominate for the Student Employee of the Year Award.

“All of them are very committed and engaged in everything they do as a staff members,” says Mo McAlpine, Associate Director of Rec Sports, “but Zach Scola I think is really the epitome of that.”

“Truly, I have not witnessed such commitment in my 24 years of supervision,” says McAlpine.

Zach will graduate this May with a degree in sports management. He is moving on to graduate school in Kansas to pursue sports management.

“I’d love to work in facility or event management,” says Zach. “I enjoy sports. I enjoy events. I love it.”

Six other students were nominated for the award:
Amanda De Cora, Records & Registration
Joshua Gran, It Make$ Cents! Money Management Center
Sasha Jascor, Microbiology Department
Kristin Kotzer, Office of Residence Life
Sammy Xiong-Vue, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department
Hanqing Wu, University Communications

See more photos of the event at Student Employee of the Year photos.

Master tap dancer leads UW-L class

April 13, 2015

Master tap dancers takes the lead at UW-L tap classTed Louis Levy shared his knowledge with UW-La Crosse students in a tap dance class A nationally known performer took the lead in a UW-La Crosse dance class on Monday. Ted Louis Levy shared his tap dance expertise with more ...