Campus Connection, July 6, 2015


Celebrating a historic visit

President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of about 2,400 people at UWL's Recreational Eagle Center Thursday, July 2.


President Barack Obama’s visit marks a historic moment in UWL’s long history of big-name visits. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices

Campus Kudos

In The News



Students, community hear president speak at UWL

Kaylee Otterbacher

President Obama was the first sitting president to visit campus. Read more »

$20k Challenge Grant launched


Alum, husband issue challenge grant to support undergraduate research. Read more »

Students study business concepts abroad

Several students pictured at a table at a U.S. Embassy meeting

Two College of Business Administration professors are turning business students into international travelers this summer. Read more »

Archeology students uncovering passion

archaeology field school students

 Students get hands-on experience during summer field school. Read more »

Annual log rolling tournament is July 11

Katie Rick log rollingThe 8th Annual Three Rivers Roleo Log Rolling Tournament will be at the Great River Landing in Onalaska. Read more »



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Danielle Chollett with poster in background.

Danielle (Rieck) Chollett, ’13, presents her work at a regional scientific conference, the Midwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Chollett was the lead author on a paper that was recently recognized as one of the top five “exceptional papers” published in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in 2014. Co-authors include Associate Professor of Biology Tisha King-Heiden and Kathryn E. Perez, University of Texas Pan American. The project stemmed from undergraduate research in King-Heiden’s lab. About 35 papers were nominated.

Business Services Reminder: UW System Airfare Policy Compliance now required

Wednesday, July 1, the compliance portion of the system-wide travel policy 1201: Purchase & Payment of Business Air Travel becomes effective. The university will no longer pay or reimburse the cost of airline tickets purchased outside of policy requirements. All travelers and those who arrange travel for others, including non-employees and students, must book airline tickets within the UW TravelWIse program. This policy includes travelers who are booking and paying in part or full for airfare through university funds.

Airfare booking matrix/flowchart

  • Under UW TravelWIse Reservations, a matrix/flowchart has been designed to guide users through the various booking options based on need.
  • Fox World Travel contact information and links to the corresponding procedures for each booking method have been included.

Payment methods

  • Employee airfare can be paid with either a university procurement card or a personal credit card.
  • Students and non-employees (i.e. Interview candidates, speakers, entertainers, etc.) should pay for their own airfare using a personal form of payment.
  • Those making reservations for travel companions must disclose to the Fox agent that the booking service fees are to be charged to a personal form of payment and not the central billing account for the university.

Airfare policy

As part of UW System policy 1201: Purchase & Payment of Business Air Travel, all university sponsored airfare was required to be purchased within the UW TravelWIse program, either in Concur or with Fox Agents, effective January 1, 2015. This policy is available to review under UW TravelWIse Before You Go – University Travel Policy.

Wayne Burkhardt Memorial Fund Established

A college memorial fund for Carlie Burkhardt, Wayne and Carla Burkhardt’s daughter, has been established at the 1st Community Credit Union at 1410 Hwy 16, West Salem. Contributions can be made by mailing a check referencing the Wayne Burkhardt Memorial Fund directly to the credit union or by making an in person deposit at either the West Salem or Sparta branch.
For more information regarding the Wayne Burkhardt Memorial Fund, contact Chris Bakkum at

River City Rhapsody is July 9

The world’s top drum corps will thrill and delight during River City Rhapsody at Roger Harring Stadium at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Employee Enrichment Day, July 21

Kelly Alonzo photo.

Kelly Alonzo

Employee enrichment will help you get ahead at work and home. Motivational speaker Alonzo Kelly kicks off the second Employee Enrichment Day Tuesday, July 21.

Kelly, Founder and Principal of the Kelly Leadership Group, speaks on “Keeping Your Sanity After Embracing Change: How losing control doesn’t require us to lose ourselves in the process” at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall. Nine presentations will follow in the morning, with most repeated in the afternoon, allowing for flexibility in schedules.

Sessions will help employees get ahead at work and home. See the sessions at All events are free and open to all employees. Registration is preferred by July 16. Register online.

Employee Enrichment Day is funded by university staff and academic staff development grants. It is organized by the following: Rachel Berry, Tammy Haakenson, Carmen Hetzel, Brad Quarberg, Kathy Ring, Terry Stika, Sheila Wirkus and Becky Yoshizumi.

If you go—

What: Employee Enrichment Day
When: 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 21
Where: Centennial Hall
Admission: Free to all UWL employees

See all options at:

New planner will replace Student + Staff Directory

The UWL Student+Staff Directory is being discontinued, but a new planner for students and staff will take its place.

A contract with the university and About Campus, who published the directory, expired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The company did not extend a new contract for a directory, but opted to publish an expanded planner.

About Campus has been publishing a planner for students in recent years, but next year’s planner will be expanded to include information previously published in the front section of the Student+Staff Directory. Among the information will be administration, department chair and department/office listings. The new “Eagle Planner” will be distributed free of charge to students and staff around Sept. 1. Staff will receive copies via campus mail.

University Communications is coordinating the front section of the book, and will work with distribution. Refer any questions to Brad Quarberg, News & Marketing, 8572.

Campus Kudos artwork.

Garth Tymeson, Exercise and Sport Science, presented a session “What Every Parent of a Student in Special Education Should Know about Physical Education and IDEA” at the Midwest Region-Parent Technical Assistance Special Education Centers Conference, June 25, in Traverse City, Michigan.

In the News artwork.

UW-L in the news

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

UWL professor argues for wilderness spaces in new book June 28, The Courier Life News

The first story in her book focuses on her move with husband Jeremy Arney, another UWL professor, to their acreage in Coon Valley in 2010, after …

UWLa Crosse football player awarded Purple Heart June 28, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Second Lt. Jason Church lost his legs in Afghanistan. Three months later, his father awarded him the Purple Heart on the La Crosse football field on …

Soldier to share story of injury, recovery at Amerifest June 28, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Larry Terry, who had recruited Church from Menomonie High School to play football atUWLa Crosse, heard the news in a phone call from one of his …

UWLa Crosse prepares for presidential visit June 29, – WKBT

The majority of University of Wisconsin- La Crosse staff only found out the president was coming a few days ago. And they are now working hard to …

UWLa Crosse recognized for sustainability efforts June 30, – WKBT

The university earned what’s called a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability. STARS stands for the …

UWL Chancellor honored by presidential visit June 30,

UWL Chancellor Joe Gow said Monday it was an “historic opportunity” for the university to have a sitting president visit the campus. President Obama ..

Tickets gone for Obama speech   June 30, – WKBT

The UWL staff and student tickets were gone in about a half an hour. Tickets for the public weren’t available until 6 p.m., but that didn’t stop Kathy …

Students at UWL wait anxiously to get tickets to see President Obama June 30, WEAU

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) — Students and faculty lined the sidewalks at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Tuesday afternoon anxiously waiting to …

Hundreds line up for hottest ticket in town June 30, La Crosse Tribune

… sun to score a pass apiece — are those to gain admission to President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday at the University of WisconsinLa Crosse.

UWLa Crosse prepares for President Obama’s visit June 30, WKOW

LA CROSSE (WKOW) — President Obama will make his way to Wisconsin Thursdayand tickets for his visit can be picked up starting tonight.

Parking info for presidential visit at UWLa Crosse July 1, – WKBT

UWLa Crosse released parking details for President Barack Obama’s remarks on the economy on campus on Thursday.

Thanks artwork.

Carla Burkhardt wants everyone to know how much she has appreciated your concern for her and your generosity in contributing to the Wayne Burkhardt Memorial Fund. She welcomes your emails, texts, phone calls and visits. If you decide to visit, please call first to let her know you are coming.

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