Campus Connection May 18, 2015


UW-L Orchestra selected to perform at state conference

Image of the orchestra after a performance. The UW-La Crosse Orchestra has been invited to perform at the state’s top conference for music professionals. The ensemble is one of only eight music groups from throughout the state selected to perform at the annual fall Wisconsin State Music Association Conference (WSMA) in Madison in October. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices

Be Well @UW-L

Campus Kudos

UWL Dining

In The News

Murphy Library Notes


Top teachers on campus awarded

The Provost’s Teaching Excellence Awards were announced during commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 10. Students nominate faculty for the awards, which recognize and celebrate high quality teaching. Read more »

UW-L student eyes world record

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This UW-L junior and powerlifter hopes to raise the bar while representing team USA at the Classic World’s Men’s Championship in June in Finland. Read more »

UW-L Theatre Department announces 2015-16 season

Image of students in the cast of "Rumors" during a December performance.Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14. Read more »

Are you learning as much as you could?

Image from the top looking down at students studying at a table in Centennial Hall.

Advances in the science of learning have identified conditions and strategies that best support learning, explains Bill Cerbin, director of the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning. Test whether you are using the best learning strategies. Read more »


Announcements Notices head

Morgan to become interim provost

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Betsy Morgan

Betsy Morgan, chair of UW-L’s psychology department, will become the interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs July 1. She will remain in the interim position for two years while UW-L focuses on completing its HLC accreditation in 2015-16. During the 2016-2017 academic year, UW-L will conduct a national search for the next permanent provost/VCAA.

“Given her previous experience in this complex role and extensive familiarity with our coming HLC reaccreditation process, Dr. Morgan is uniquely qualified to serve in such an important administrative position,” Chancellor Joe Gow wrote in an email to campus.

Sign up for Summer Youth Programs at UW-L

Boys in Science Exploration Camp

Boys’ Science Exploration Camp

Summer is here and space is still available in youth summer programs offered through UW-L Continuing Education and Extension.  In June, the middle school Girls in Science and Boys’ Science Exploration Camp will provide middle school students with two days of hands-on science and math workshops and labs. The girls and boys work alongside university faculty. In addition, kids experience a college campus, an overnight stay in a residence hall, campus meals and social activities. For more information, to sign up or learn about more summer youth options visit

UW System website and hotline for anonymously reporting waste

The UW System is launching a new UW System website and hotline for the anonymous reporting of waste, unethical activity and misconduct. The initiative was approved by the Board of Regents late last year. Listen to the message from UW System President Ray Cross about the new hotline and website.

West Chiller Plant utility work May 18

As part of the West Chiller Plant Construction, the area south of Wentz Hall from Murphy Library to Parking Lot R-1 will be fenced off to install utility connections. The contractor will begin setting up fencing for the work Monday, May 18. For more information, contact Doug Pearson at or Scott Schumacher at

Farwell Street closure May 18-20

Farwell Street will be closed between 16th and 17th streets Monday, May 18, through Wednesday, May 20, to tie in the sewer line to the new Student Center. For more information, contact Doug Pearson at or Scott Schumacher at

May 21 bioresearch forum cancelled

The La Crosse Bioresearch Forum featuring Francisco Adrian planned for Thursday, May 21, in the Overholt Auditorium at Gundersen Health System has been cancelled.

Pam Glasshoff retirement reception May 22

A retirement celebration for Pam Glasshoff, International Education, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22in 1209 Centennial Hall.

Glasshoff started in the Counseling and Testing Center in June 1974; she transferred to the Academic Skills Center from 1975-1978 when she left to raise her four children. She started working again in 1986 with the Department of Health and Social Services in La Crosse until 1991. In January 1992, she returned to UW-L in the Office of International Education. In her retirement, she plans on spending time with her six grandchildren, family and friends; traveling; working on projects around the house and yard and enjoying the outdoors walking, kayaking, biking, camping and swimming.

Join Glasshoff in celebrating her retirement. Light refreshments will be provided. Her final day at UW-L is May 29,

Kickoff meeting: Freshman Registration & Family Orientation June 5

The Admissions Office will hold a kickoff meeting for Freshman Registration & Family Orientation at 10 a.m. Friday, June 5, in 140 Cowley Hall. Anyone involved with Freshman Registration & Family Orientation is welcome to attend. The Admissions Office will provide an overview of the program and logistic details.

May 2015 Financial Aid Edition of the Eagle Mail newsletter

The newsletter is now available at online. In this issue you will find the following articles:

  • Stay Connected Over the Summer
  • Save Money From Your Summer Job
  • It Make$ Cents!: Summertime is just around the corner
  • Keep Applying for Scholarships!
  • Zach Scola, 2015 UW-L Student Employee of the Year
  • Information about scholarships that are due in May
  • Ask Earnest – answers to pertinent financial aid questions

The Financial Aid edition of the Eagle Mail newsletter is available approximately the first of each month.

UW-L’s Clinical Laboratory Science program featured on UW System website

Kayla Kuhn at Gundersen Health System in the lab. UW-L’s Clinical Laboratory Science program is being recognized statewide in the UW System initiative, Knowledge Powers Wisconsin.

The initiative addresses the economic difficulties regional businesses face by providing additional resources to more effectively meet their needs to create growth and jobs.

The feature details the popular UW-L program in which all its graduates find work immediately after graduation — often filling vital positions for state health care organizations.

The story — “UW-La Crosse lab professionals help meet national demand” is highlighted on the Knowledge Powers Wisconsin homepage at Read the article.

The Knowledge Powers Wisconsin site has been developed by UW System, with help from all campuses, to show how Wisconsin’s public universities, colleges and extension networks are working to improve the state’s competitive edge by leveraging the state’s human capital, supporting business and industry, and strengthening local communities.

Science and Math Expo

Image of a student presenting at the Science and Math Expo near a posterAbout 170 students from seven area middle schools presented their research at the annual Middle School Science and Math Expo Tuesday, May 12, in the Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse. The expo is sponsored by UW-L Continuing Education & Extension, College of Science and Health and the Gundersen Medical Foundation.

Be Well artwork.

Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. To learn more, read the Wellness Wednesday newsletter, which is sent out every Wednesday to all faculty and staff who are a members of the Recreational Eagle Center. read more.

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Mark Valenti and Terry Wirkus, both ITS, presented at the international Unleash 2015 conference in Madison April 28.  “A Game Changer: The My Mediasite Explosion at UW-La Crosse” shared how the MyMedia service at UW-L has increased in number of presentations by 400 percent and in number of users by 680 percent in one year. Unleash is an annual conference for the users of Mediasite worldwide. On April 23, a contingent from the University of the Free State, South Africa, came to the conference early to visit UW-L to learn more about the deployment of My Mediasite.


What’s Happening In Dining Services

As the summer begins, the dining operation hours in Cartwright Center will change.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturdays and Sundays: Cartwright Center is closed (unless noted otherwise)
  • Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22: All dining areas closed. Catering will occur as scheduled.
  • Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day): Cartwright Center is closed
  • Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29: Einstein’s open 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 3: Einstein’s open 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 (state track meet): Galley open 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Einstein’s open 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 6: Galley open 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11: Einstein’s open 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm
  • Friday, June 12: All dining areas closed to facilitate the transition to a new dining company.

In the News artwork.

UW-L in the news

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

Bike Battles: UW-L prof’s book probes road sharing history,  May 8, The Courier Life News
James Longhurst, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse associate professor of history, will go on a bicycle book tour from Minneapolis to Chicago this .

Event offers peek at the prairie, May 8, The Courier Life News
Jim Rogala and Megan Beine, a junior majoring in biology and environmental science at UW-La Crosse helped Hoffman organize the event.

UW-L students to scream to relieve finals stress, May 8, La Crosse Tribune
UW-L students, faculty and staff will join for a campus-wide scream on the first day of finals. Chancellor Joe Gow will lead the third campus-wide Finals ..

UW-L administrator named new provost at MSU, May 9, La Crosse Tribune
Bob Hoar, UW-L’s associate vice chancellor for academic affairs was introduced as the chief academic officer at MSU Billings on Friday by Chancellor …

UW-L grad ready to make a difference, May 10, La Crosse Tribune
A total of 1,512 UW-La Crosse students are candidates for graduation during UW-La Crosse’s spring 2015 commencement. The ceremonies will be …

Pearl hosting fundraiser in honor of extraordinary UW-L grad, May 10, The Courier Life News
Her friends from UW-L went to The Pearl and asked the owner to help as doctors gave Graham only a few weeks to live. They obliged, and Graham ..

Our view: Area benefits from volunteer efforts, May 10, La Crosse Tribune
… and community will become a bit quieter after graduation ceremonies this weekend at Viterbo University and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

UW-L commencement ceremony celebrates 1500 graduates, May 11, – WKBT
Each student got to walk across the stage at the La Crosse Center and accept their diploma from UW-La Crosse staff. Grads earned degrees in

La Crosse MTU planning new bus route, May 11, The Racquet
Many UW-L students have probably used the city bus system here in La Crosse at some point or another during their time in college. The La Crosse …

Bill Colclough, longtime UW-L professor and administrator, retires  May 11, The Courier Life News
“It has just been a lot of fun to be a part of a great institution of higher learning here atUW-L,” he said. “I have always believed in the Wisconsin Idea.

Mom of seven graduates from college on Mother’s Day,  May 11, – WKBT
“I started at UW-Richland where I got my associates degree in 2013, and then I came to UW-L and we knew it was going to be a commute but I really …

UW-L students relieve finals stress with ‘campus scream,’ May 12, – WKBT
Students at UW-La Crosse are letting off a little steam as finals week gets underway.

UW-L pledges to promote veteran success, May 12,  WEAU
UW-La Crosse has joined a growing list of colleges and universities across the nation that are working to helpmilitary veterans succeed in school.

UW-L recognizes distinguished alumni, students, May 13, La Crosse Tribune
Five University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduates were named the university’s top alumni for 2015, and six graduating seniors were recognized for …

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Changes to library lending policies

Murphy Library will soon complete the implementation of a new library system. This will bring some changes to Murphy Library and UW System lending policies. For example, UW-L staff and graduate students will be able to borrow books for the full semester, and undergraduate students and community borrowers will have 28-day loan periods for books. DVD loans will be 14 days for staff and graduate students, seven days for undergraduates, and three days for community borrowers. The new system is expected to go live May 20. More details will be coming as the transition takes place.

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