Campus Connection, Oct. 20, 2014


Books by UW-L alumni, faculty and staff authors to be highlighted

Artwork of book cover.

The Celebration of Campus Authors runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Strzelczyk Great Hall, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center.

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In this issue:

Announcements & Notices


Campus Kudos


In The News

Murphy Library Notes

Physical Wellness


Political debates set at UW-La Crosse

Your Vote Counts artwork.

Three debates during two nights — Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 — will take place at UW-L prior to November’s general election.

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Activist to explore gender, immigration at UW-La Crosse

Kaying Yang

Gender and immigration activist Kaying Yang speaks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at UW-La Crosse.

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Disease expert to speak on Ebola, other diseases at UW-L

Michael Osterholm

Dr. Michael Osterholm, an international leader on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, pandemic influenza preparedness, and the growing concern regarding the use of biological weapons, will give a public presentation at UW-L on “Emerging Infectious Diseases: Looking Into the Windshield and the Rearview Mirror.” Read more »

Mixed-genre band to perform at UW-L

Almost Classy Band

Almost Classy concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Read more »

Area college students coming together to ‘make a difference’

College students from La Crosse’s three institutions of higher education will join for a day of service in the community.

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Student Life launches Academic Integrity Campaign

Image that shows a student writing, and looking at someone else's paper. "Honor: It's about how you act when you think no one is watching."

A campaign this fall is aimed at raising awareness that UW-L takes academic misconduct seriously and wants faculty and staff to report it — even on the first incident.

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Speaker to discuss health impacts of fracking

Headshot image of Michelle Bamberger

Veterinarian Michelle Bamberger, an author and researcher, will discuss human and animal health issues associated with fracking during a public lecture Monday, Oct. 27, at UW-L. Read more »

Medallion found near Hoeschler Tower, Murphy Library

Photo of Rachel Eigner

Last year Rachel Eigner discovered the medallion had just been found as she headed toward Reuter Hall after reading the fourth clue in the Eagle Eye Medallion Hunt. Read more »


Announcements Notices head


Students approve new fieldhouse

UW-L students voted to increase student fees to help pay for a new fieldhouse during an online referendum Tuesday and Wednesday. A total of 3,656 students voted with 56.2 percent of those who voted in favor of the $29 million project. Read more


Campus, community leaders unite for student center groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow, pictured seventh from right, and other campus and community leaders, joined together for the new student center groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 17.


A groundbreaking ceremony for UW-L’s new student center was held Friday, Oct. 17, at the construction site. The 204,787 gross-square-foot building will begin to go up soon after on the parking lot east of Wimberly Hall, across the street from the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. See more photos of the event at

A short reception in Cartwright Center followed the ground breaking ceremony.

The new center is expected to open in early 2017. It will replace the current student center, Cartwright Center, built in 1958 with additions in 1964 and 1985. When Cartwright was built UW-L had 1,772 students compared to 10,558 today. Read more.

Students learn about Language Resource Center at Oct. 16 open house

Photo at open house.

UW-L student Kayla Sanger presented information about her experience studying abroad in Nancy, France, at the Language Resource Center Open House Oct. 16. Sanger is a French student and a conversation partner in French at the LRC. The sombrero pictured comes from Mexico. The fine lace fan comes from Spain. Both were recently donated to the LRC by a Spanish faculty member.

The Language Resource Center’s Oct. 16 open house was held so language students could become familiar with the center and its resources, including conversation partners in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish; and technology resources. The event included international tables about studying abroad from language students and international students who shared their experience. All those who presented work at the LRC as conversation partners. For more information about study abroad programs visit the LRC in 321 Graff Main Hall or the Office of International of Education in Centennial Hall. For more photos of the event, see

UW-La Crosse announces summer 2014 graduates

graduation gown and mortarboardFor lists of graduates who completed degree requirements at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in summer 2014 go to

UW-La Crosse, founded in 1909, is one of the 13 four-year institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UW-L has more than 10,400 full and part-time students enrolled in 91 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degree offerings and three certificate degrees.

UW-La Crosse — — is the state’s top-ranked public or private higher education institution by the US News & World Reports for master’s degree institutions and has been ranked among the top four Midwestern public institutions for more than a decade. Kiplinger’s magazine named UW-L No. 4 on its list of the 25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.

Play about Proposition 8 continues

UW-L’s Department of Theatre will put on a play chronicling the historic trial challenging California’s Proposition 8. “8,” the play by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, will show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 25. A matinee performance is scheduled for 2 o’clock Sunday, Oct. 26. Black is an American Foundation for Equal Rights founding board member. See: Learn more here:

Learn how to write scholarships at Oct. 21 presentation

Gain confidence and enhance scholarship letter writing skills at UW-L’s It Make$ Center Money Management Team “Scholarship Writing.” The free presentation runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Reuter Hall’s first floor. Pizza and beverages will be provided. 

‘Out in America’ to be shown Oct. 22

Queer Cinema’s “Out in America” will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in 337 Cartwright Center. The free event is sponsored by the Pride Center.
For accommodations call 608.785.9974 or email

Light Up the Night artwork. ‘Light up the Night’ bike ride set for Oct. 23

The annual “Light up the Night Ride” begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, from the Recreational Eagle Center’s south entrance. Participants ride to the Root Note, 115 4th St. S., where free bike lights, provided by Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition, will be distributed and installed for anyone who needs a set. The Root Note will provide a special discount for participants.

The event is sponsored by DRBCWisconsin Bike FedUW-L Outdoor ConnectionUW-L Office of Student Life Wellness Resource Center, and UW-L “ON THE GO”.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet is Oct. 23

Explore why people are hungry. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet event includes an interactive simulation to learn about hunger locally and globally, and what can be done. The banquet will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

‘Jeans Day’ Friday, Oct. 24

UW-L is one of many local organizations that participate in “Jeans Day” each month and is sponsored by the La Crosse Tribune. In return for $1 (suggested donation), UW-L faculty and staff have the opportunity to wear jeans rather than usual business attire. Donations go to designated local, non-profit charities or organizations each month. The charities this month are Holmen Area Foundation and La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative.

Locate your building contact person on the list below, contribute your suggested $1, and collect your Jeans Day sticker. It is not necessary to wear jeans to participate. This is a great way to unite our campus in supporting local non-profit organizations in the Greater La Crosse area.

In September the campus raised $140. Let’s show the community how generous we can be.

Building contacts:
Marcee Peplinski, 117 Archaeology Center Lab
Cindy Curran, 212 Cartwright Center
Laurie Collison, 4206 Centennial Hall
Christine Reed, 234 Center for the Arts
Vickie Bain, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
Karen Ott, 2004 Cowley Hall
Carol Beckerjeck, Eagle Hall
Debra Gerke, 105 Graff Main Hall
Jeanne Voss, 124 Mitchell Hall
Maripat Coughlin, 235 Morris Hall
Ingrid Iverson, 107 Murphy Library
Ann Reman, Physical Plant
Ann Stratton, Parking Services
Mo McAlpine, Recreational Eagle Center
Karen Kindschy, 1030 Student Health Center
Maureen Spencer, 404A Wimberly Hall
Josh Kraft, 162 Wing Technology Center

For more information, contact Jeans Day Coordinator Maureen Spencer or call 608.785.8115. The next Jeans Day is Nov. 21.

Roundtable discussion on teaching college writing online to be held Oct. 24

Faculty from UW-L’s English Department will explore the myths, lore and reality of teaching college writing online in a roundtable discussion from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in 113 Wimberly Hall.

Faculty members Natalie Eschenbaum, Marie Moeller, Kate Parker and Lindsay Steiner will share their experiences in the 2014-15 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series event “Teaching College Writing in Online and Blended Environments: Myths, Lore, and Reality.” They will share best practices and tips about online training and grants; creating blended, hybrid and fully online first-year writing classes; theories that guide teaching writing in online spaces; and suggestions for implementing them.

The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact or call 608.785.8295. For more information, visit

Pink Floyd is featured at Oct. 24 Album Encounters; ‘Aurora — The Story of the Northern Lights’ is October Public Program

The next Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show will feature Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $5.

The Planetarium’s Public Program for October is “Aurora — The Story of the Norhtern Lights.” The talk, followed by a multimedia audiovisual presentation, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Admission is $3 for students, seniors and children, and $5 for others.

For more, contact Bob Allen at or 608.785.8669. See more about the Planetarium at

Volleyball city championship to be held Oct. 25

Intramural departments from Western Technical College, Viterbo College and UW-L have teamed up to present the second annual city championship volleyball tournament.

Register to participate in the 6’s volleyball tournament at the information desk in the Recreational Eagle Center. Winners of the tournament will win a specialized city championship champ shirt. Tournament date is Saturday, Oct. 25.

Trick or treat on campus

Reuter Hall will receive trick-or-treaters from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. Trick-or-treaters can stop by Angell, Hutchison and Wentz halls from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. 

Tickets on sale now for Nov. 8 Harris benefit

UW-L’s Physics Department is holding a silent auction and dinner fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 8, to raise money for Jolene Harris who is receiving treatment for multiple myeloma. Jolene is the wife of Steve Harris, Physics. A silent auction runs from 5-9 p.m. A dinner of Indian cuisine prepared by New Taste of India runs from 6-8 p.m. The fundraiser will b held at the Overtime Sports Bar, 1920 Ward Ave.

Purchase tickets for $20 each from Eric Barnes, Corey Harris, Eric Gansen, Jennifer Docktor or Gubbi Sudhakaran. Make checks payable to Jolene Harris. For more info, contact Barnes at Donations are also appreciated. For the full menu and more information see Harris.

Artwork for parking app. Pay for parking remotely by phone

Those paying for parking in a pay station can now add time to the meter remotely by phone. UWL’s Parking Services now offers Pay-by-phone. Visitors can download the PassportParking app to smartphones or go to to create an account. They can then add time remotely by selecting one of two zones on campus. Zone 350 is for external campus lots with pay stations, and Zone 351 is for the parking ramp. Visitors use their vehicle license plates to validate transactions.

Instructions are located on the pay stations. For more information, contact Parking and Transportation Services at 608.785.8061 or

SAH 105 to change name starting spring semester

SAH 105 has a new name. As of the 2015 spring semester SAH 105; Analysis of Health, Wellness & Disease for the Health Care Consumer; will be called HP 105. Only the prefix for the course has changed. There will be no changes in the course content. HP 105, taught by Health Professions faculty, is one of three courses that fulfill the Health and Physical Well-Being general education requirement. For more information, contact Shauna Salow at 608.785.8474 or

October financial aid newsletter now online

The October 2014 Financial Aid Edition of Eagle Mail newsletter is now available at Articles include:

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Find out who your Federal Loan Servicer
  • It Make$ Cents!: Free Credit Score and Free Credit Reports
  • Hey UW-L! Can We Go Thrift Shopping?
  • Repeat Credits Policy
  • Information about scholarships due in October
  • Ask Earnest — answers to pertinent financial aid questions

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

UW-L Athletics artwork.

News and upcoming events

  • Volleyball will take on UW-Whitewater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. 
  • Eaglez Kidz Klub is open to kids in sixth grade and under. Members will receive free all-sport general admission to UW-L home games along with a free T-shirt, special birthday announcement at games and more. 
  • Jr. Eagle Hitter sessions are now open for registration. Jr. Eagle Hitters gives participants the opportunity to work on their swing during the winter months while getting the best hitting instruction available. Choose the dates, times and cost options that best fit your needs. Sign up now!
  • Men’s Cross Country and Women’s Cross Country teams gear up for the upcoming Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at Ettrick Golf Club. 


  • Follow the Athletic Director on Twitter: @UWLAXAD

Eaglez Kidz Klub | Group Outings | Get Involved | Maroon Platoon | Mascot | Tickets | Events & Promotions | L-Club | Donate

Campus Kudos artwork.

Jo Arney, Political Science/Public Administration; Jim Jorstad, Information Technology; and Cecilia Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration; co-authored the chapter “The Wisconsin Spring” in the book “Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age.” The book was edited by Ashu Solo (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, August 2014). Manrique also served as a member of the editorial advisory board for the publication.

Jim Jorstad, Information Technology, has been named one of the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. He received the recognition for innovative technology use and education advancement. Find the complete list of those honored and their profiles at

John Porcari, Exercise and Sport Science, was quoted in the article “Age-Proof Your Muscles” in the Oct. 20 issue of Time magazine. The article highlighted several of the research studies that Porcari, colleague Carl Foster and students have conducted for the American Council on Exercise.


What’s Happening In Dining Services

— By Registered Dietitian Katie Callahan

Food Day is Friday, Oct. 24, in Whitney Center

An exciting day full of educational opportunities and delicious local food is upon us. Come to Whitney Center during lunch and dinner time Friday, Oct. 24to enjoy a local meal, poster display, samples and a photo booth. The Student Nutrition Association, Peer Health Educators and Registered Dietitian Katie Callahan will be available to answer questions about Food Day or local food.

Food Day is an annual nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food polices. Food Day encourages people to “Eat Real” and incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables over highly-processed food items in the diet.

In a world where chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes are skyrocketing, Food Day is a reminder about the power of real food. Learn how to continually make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Human Resources artwork.

Welcome, new employee

  • Angella Flatt, Library Services Assistant Advanced, Murphy Library

Frequently-asked questions doc on same-sex marriage legislation in Wisconsin is now online

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has prepared a frequently-asked questions document describing the impacts of recent legislation changes on benefits for State employees with same-sex spouses. ETF will provide same-sex couples married in Wisconsin or in other states/countries a 30-day enrollment opportunity beginning Oct. 15 (for marriages that took place before Oct. 6). Contact the Human Resources office at 608.785.8013 for more information.


In the News artwork.

UW-L in the news

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

UW-L students to vote on fieldhouse project Tuesday,” Oct. 10, The Courier Life News. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students will decide the fate of a proposed $29 million building project next week. On Tuesday, students will have …

Story of how first Americans colonized continent not settled,” Oct. 10, The Courier Life News. The story of America’s first settlers is an intriguing one for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse archaeology professor Jessi Halligan. Halligan grew up in …

Chancellor rocks out with UW-La Crosse marching band,” Oct. 11, The UW-La Crosse Screaming Eagles marching band had a new addition to its halftime performance on Saturday … and it isn’t who you would expect.

“UW-La Crosse inducts seven new members into Wall of Fame,” Oct. 12,, La Crosse, WI (WXOW). The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse added … UW-L Track and Field team from 2001-2004, said being back in La Crosse …

UW-L to stage play about same-sex marriage trial,” Oct. 12, Jackson County Chronicle. Just a few weeks after same-sex marriage became legal in Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Theater Department will stage a …

UW-L’s Theatre production, “8”, puts fear and prejudice on trial,” Oct. 14,, La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW). The UW-La crosse Department of Theatre Arts are currently in production of a play that re-enacts events …

UW-La Crosse LGBTQ students want more gender inclusive housing,” Oct. 15, WXOW. The gender neutral housing program at UW-La Crosse is designed to solve a number of dilemmas. For example, a gay man who prefers living with women rather than in a dorm full of heterosexual men. Or a transgender woman, by definition a biological female, who considers herself a man …

UW-L Academic Technologies Director ears ‘Top-30’ honor,” Oct. 15, A long-time UW-La Crosse educator has been named one of the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers.

Students approve new UW-L fieldhouse project,” Oct. 16, La Crosse Tribune. A proposed $29 million fieldhouse and athletics facility at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was approved by students Wednesday. Kaylee Otterbacher, UW-L student association president, said 56 percent of the 3,656 students who voted in the online referendum supported the building project, with 44 percent in opposition …


MurphyLibraryNotes artwork.

Your Vote Counts artwork. Murphy Library provides credible, comprehensive voting resources online

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Get complete, unbiased and accurate information about many critical election-related topics at Murphy Library’s website “Murphy Library Voting Resources.” The page is featured on the library home page and can be accessed directly at The three tabs on the page lead to:

  • Next Election/How to Vote – with a description of everything that will be on the ballot, links to voter registration resources, and information just for student voters.
  • Election Education – with links to local news stories about this election’s issues as well as national issue education link
  • Campaigns and Parties – with more information about people and issues in this particular election as well as links to official party websites.

Direct questions or comments about Murphy Library’s voting resources page to Reference Librarian Michael Current at

Open Access artwork. Learn about open access Oct. 20-26

Learn about open access during Open Access Week, Monday through Sunday, Oct. 20-26.

The 2014 Open Access Week commemoration offers many opportunities to learn about open access issues and how they apply to research done at UW-L.

SPARC has produced this short video: Open Access Explained ( that quickly highlights the importance of increasing access to research.

Open access is gaining support in the scientific community. In a 2004 letter to Congress, 25 Nobel Prize winners write: “There’s no question, open access truly expands shared knowledge across scientific fields — it is the best path for accelerating multi-disciplinary breakthroughs in research.” See

Nearly 80 percent of scholarly publishers allow people to self-archive their published research. The SHERPA/RoMEO website “Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving” has more information about publishing trends and policies. See

Researchers at UW-L are encouraged to self-archive their research at the University of Wisconsin open access repository, MINDS@UW, at To learn more about Minds@UW, or how to be involved, contact David Mindel at


Physical Wellness artwork

Physical Wellness Tip of the Week

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For rent

Two-bedroom, two-bath at 203 W. Park St., Westby, available Dec. 1. No smoking or animals. $600 plus utilities. Call Elizabeth at 571.290.8924 or Cheryl at 608.386.0283.