Campus Connection, Sept. 12, 2011

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National assessment ranks UW-L students in the 96th percentile

It’s a natural question: How much do students actually learn during college? Test results show a strong educational environment at UW-L.

Political science professor to give lecture on the U.S. Constitution and politics

Stephen McDougal, UW-L professor of political science, will present “The Constitution of 1787: Law vs. politics” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Hall of Nations in UW-L’s Centennial Hall, two days prior to Constitution Day.

Psychology professor discusses men’s issues on weekly radio show

Ryan McKelley is getting the word out about men’s issues as a weekly guest on the online radio show, “The Secret Lives of Men.

Students vie for Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest title

Three UW-La Crosse students and a UW-L alumna will be vying for the title of Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest at Saturday, Sept. 10.

UW-L art show to feature sculpture, wall reliefs

UW-L will open its 2011-12 art gallery season with a collection of sculpture and wall reliefs.

Hypnotist Frederick Winters coming to campus

One of the country’s most popular hypnotists on college campuses will perform at UW-L Sept. 16.

Defining sustainability

As UW-L embarks on a sustainability-themed year, four UW-L instructors help define the word.

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Pride Center seeks faculty and staff for UW-L Friendly Faces Web page

Welcome Back Social poster.Are you LGBTIQQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual) or an ally?

The Pride Center wants to add contact information of faculty and staff who are to UW-L’s Friendly Faces Web page to be a resource to or mentor for students

The Pride Center also sells “Gay? Fine by me T-shirts” for $7.

LGBTIQQAA services are available for faculty, staff and students both in the Pride Center, 42 Cartwright Center, and in Campus Climate, 1120 Centennial Hall.

LGBTIQQA Welcome Back Social set for Sept. 13

Students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend the LGBTIQQA Welcome Back Social at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.  

Use Somebody artwork.Meet students, faculty and staff at Sept. 14 speed meeting event

Students can meet UW-L faculty and staff to help them succeed on campus. Learn more about UW-L people and resources to support you on your journey to graduation.

“Use Somebody — A Speed Meeting Event” is set for 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Recreational Eagle Center, Court No. 4. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the fun and interactive speed meeting event hosted by AnDrea Higgins and Jamin Whitman, Student Success Center. All participants will receive goodies and snacks. Bring your student ID and wear soft-soled shoes.

Faculty and staff interested in representing departments and for disability accommodations, should contact Andrea Higgins at 785.8055 or

Personalized medicine research at Marshfield Clinic is topic of September BioResearch Forum

Dr. Murray Brilliant, director of the Center for Human Genetics Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, is the guest speaker at the upcoming La Crosse BioResearch Forum. He will present “Personalized Medicine Research at Marshfield Clinic” from 12:15-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Overholt Auditorium.

Forums are held monthly. Forums are free and open to the public and are hosted by the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation. Download a 2011 La Crosse BioResearch Forum schedule.

Parking is available in the Green ramp (see map) or use valet parking. Use the entrances at the north end and northeast side of the medical center.

Album Encounter multimedia light and laser show set for Sept. 16

Visit the planetarium in 18 Cowley Hall for UW-L’s Album Encounter at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. The multimedia light and laser show features Pink Floyd’s “Meddle.” Admission is $3. To find out more, contact Bob Allen at or 785.8669.

Dog Sees God photo.Final performances of ‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’  are Sept. 17 & 18

Final performances of the student-produced play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall.

Follow your favorite comic strip characters through a seriocomic coming of age journey. The show is funded in part by an undergraduate research grant. Production, direction, management, design and performances  were done entirely by students. Although admission is free, donations are encouraged and go toward theatre scholarships. Explicit content and language; mature audiences only.


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Changes to student directory information must be made prior to noon Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Students. Check your Student + Staff Directory info now.

Deadline for changes is Sept. 20.

University Communications will use information in WINGS to publish the 2011-12 UW-L Student + Staff Directory. The file will be retrieved Tuesday, Sept. 20. Directory information includes your campus/local and home addresses, local and home phone numbers, campus email address, and academic college.

The phone numbers listed in the “Home” and “Local” Phone Types will be printed. Many students have their cell phone numbers in the “Cell” Phone Type. If you would like your cell phone number to be printed, log into WINGS and use the Demographic Data link to add your cell phone number to the “Local” Phone type. If you do not want your cell phone published in the Student + Staff Directory, do not enter it in the “Home” or “Local” Phone Types.

You may restrict release of directory information in your WINGS Student Center by the following navigation:
Personal Information> Privacy Settings> Edit FERPA/Directory Restrictions.

Please note: Restrictions to personal information will exclude your name from appearing in all newspaper listings of the Dean’s List and commencement.

More information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found at


Multicultural faculty and staff potluck social is Sept. 23

UW-L’s Multicultural Faculty and Staff Organization (MUFASO) will host a potluck social at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, to kick off the new academic year.  The event will be held at the home of MUFASO President Jearold Holland’s home. Bring a dish to share, welcome new faculty and staff, and reconnect with others. For directions, more information and to RSVP contact Jearold Holland at 785.8214, Barbara Stewart at 785.5092 or Thomas Harris at 785.8225.

MUFASO serves as a professional and communal resource for multicultural faculty and staff. All UW-L faculty and staff  are welcome to participate in activities or to become a MUFASO member. Find out more here.

Passenger van training to be held Sept. 27

Twelve- to 15-passenger van training will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27. Training starts at 8 a.m. and runs into the afternoon. Sessions are limited to eight people. Cost is $60 for new training or $40 for a refresher course. For more information or to register, call 785.8586 or email

Outstanding alumni sought for awards

Do you keep in touch with former students? Are they doing amazing work in their communities? The Alumni Association is looking for candidates for the UW-La Crosse Alumni Association Awards Program. Submit names of those you want to be considered for the 2012 awards by Saturday, Oct. 1.

The awards program was established in 1977 with one award, the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award. Over the past 34 years, the program has grown to recognize accomplishments of alumni at different stages of their careers.

The Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who attended at least 20 years ago and have achieved honor and distinction with recognition that extends well beyond the immediate environments in which they live and work.

The Rada Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the last 20 years from UW-L. The award honors recent to mid-career alumni who are making exceptional contributions to their professions and/or communities.

The Parker Multicultural Alumni Award recognizes living multicultural alumni who have graduated from UW-L whose contributions to their field have not necessarily received public acclaim.

Once nominated, candidates must submit their resume, three letters of reference and any additional documentation they wish to provide. For more information contact the Alumni Association at or 785.8495.

Logo for no firearms or weapons.

Signs like this are expected to be seen on buildings across Wisconsin as some businesses and organizations will limit access of concealed weapons when the new law takes effect Nov. 1. On campus, governance groups will discuss any possible limitations and forward their decisions to campus administrators.

Concealed Carry changes will impact campus

New state law takes effect Nov. 1

Wisconsin’s new concealed carry law will impact UW campuses, along with many other organizations and businesses in the state. Under the law that takes effect Nov. 1, an organization or business must post signs at building entrances if weapons or knives are not allowed.

A campus committee met late last month to discuss campus policy. Committee members informally voted to recommend all campus governance groups to support a resolution banning weapons from UW-L buildings and grounds. The four governance groups are expected to discuss concealed carry during their September meetings. Campus employees are welcome to attend these meetings to provide input.

UW-L Police Chief Scott Rohde says while the legislature decriminalized current concealed carry laws in July, the full law takes effect Nov. 1. Arguments supporting the changes were Second Amendment rights and a person’s right to protect themselves, he says.

Under the law, guns, tasers, clubs and knives — not switchblades — may legally be carried and concealed by licensed individuals. For an area to be excluded, a building must have signs at the entrance excluding the weapons.

Parking lots cannot have exclusions, so loaded and unloaded weapons may be kept in vehicles. Land maintained by campus can be exempted from concealed carry if signs are properly posted.

Rohde says campus governance groups will give input on posting concealed carry restrictions on campus to Chancellor Joe Gow. A decision on restrictions is expected in October.
Find out more about concealed carry in the UW System at:

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Cecilia Manrique, Political Science/Public Administration, had her review of the article “Enhancing the Social Issues Components in Our Computing Curriculum: Computing for the Social Good” by M. Goldweber, et. al., published in the Aug. 2 issue of Computing Reviews.

Kathryn E. Perez, Biology, had her article “A New Species of Praticolella (Gastropoda: Polygyridae) From Northeastern Mexico and Revision of Several Species of This Genus” published in The Nautilus, 125(3): 113-26, 2011.

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UW-L Dining Service updates

Smashers artwork. Smashers at the Galley new this fall

The Galley in Cartwright Center is now offering a new grill concept: Smashers! Smashers offers a fresh new taste of burgers and other sandwich options, such as grilled cheeses, fish and chicken sandwiches and vegan burgers. Check out the new menu here.

Throughout September, every 100th order will receive a free meal for Smashers in The Galley.

Eat Local artwork.Eat Local Week – Sept. 12–16

Buying quality, fresh, sustainable ingredients is a high priority for UW-L Dining Services, and with September being Eat Local Month, Dining Services is dedicating a week to feature local foods from regional suppliers.

Highlights of the week include:

Eat Local Special Dinner 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, Whitney Center, All You Can Eat dining room. Everyone welcome. You do not have to be on a meal plan. Cost: $11.08 (includes tax).
Wellness Day Kick-Off at The Galley11 a.m.–1 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 14. Free samples featuring local products. Every Wednesday following Dining Services will offer Wellness Days at The Galley featuring specials from the Terra Ve (vegan/vegetarian) station.
Cheese Curd Thursday at The GalleyThursday, Sept. 15, at Smashers. Enjoy fresh lightly battered cheese curds from Ellsworth Creamery, $1.99 (special one-time introductory price).
Farmer’s Market at The Galley10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
Breakfast for Lunch Special at The Galley11 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Join Executive Chef Randy Hanson as he prepares breakfast for lunch with local ingredients.

Throughout the year, local products are available at UW-L Dining Service locations, including special Eat Local coolers filled with a variety of local products at both The Galley in Cartwright Center and Badger Street Station in Whitney Center.

What’s going on in September at UW-L Dining Services? Click here.

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Classified Excellence Appreciation Breakfast set for Sept. 22

UW-L’s Classified Excellence Appreciation Breakfast will be held Thursday, Sept. 22. Mark your calendars now!  Clasified staff should have received an invitation and RSVP information via email. Those who feel they should be recognized this year for years of service and five-year milestones, contact Kathy Ring at 785.6499 immediately.


Marie Rieber, University Services Program Associate, to Small Business Development Center, Sept. 11

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Murphy now has The Historical Wall Street Journal

The campus community now has access to The Historical Wall Street Journal, a digital archive of the entire newspaper, with coverage from July 8, 1889–Dec. 31, 1993 thanks to UW-L students, who recognized the value of this archival collection and funded it through UW-L’s academic initiatives program.

The Historical Wall Street Journal provides a true digital reproduction of each page and each article that originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It provides page maps in PDF format while also threading together into one image stories that originally spanned multiple pages. In addition to the printed stories, the database provides charts, stock tables, graphics and illustrations.

Users of The Historical Wall Street Journal will be able to:
• Search for information by keyword, more than 20 article types (front page, stock quote, editorial article, letter to the editor, etc.), dates and date ranges, author and more.
• Browse complete issues, cover to cover.
• Print, download and share articles and images in PDF format.
• Cross-search topics and compare coverage and perspectives across with The Historical The New York Times, which was also funded by students through UW-L’s Academic Initiatives program last year.

Find The Historical Wall Street Journal, in the library’s list of all databases by title, in relevant Murphy Library Subject Guides and currently featured on the library home page.


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UW-L’s Organization of Campus Women Book Club will meet from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 14, at Mc Caffrey’s Coffee,  1808 State St., to discuss “The Physician’s Tale” by Ann Benson. The club is also reading “No Impact Man” by Colin Beavan who will be on campus on Oct. 5. A date to discuss “No Impact Man” will be announced.

The OCW Book Club meets monthly. Participation is open to all faculty, staff and students.

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Career Services staff thanks internship advisers

Career Services staff thanks the faculty and instructional academic staff listed below who voluntarily advised interns during fall 2010, and spring and summer 2011. The Cooperative Education and Internship Program this past year generated 1,836 credits for academic departments. Career Services staff appreciate the support that the Cooperative Education and Internship Program receives.

  • Accountancy – Kirsten Rosacker, Kenneth Winter
  • Archaeology – Constance Arzigian, Joseph Tiffany
  • Art – Jennifer Terpstra
  • Biology – Michael Abler, Anita Baines, Scott Cooper, Nicholas Downey, Rick Gillis, Mark Sandheinrich, Bradley Seebach, Eric Strauss, Rob Tyser
  • Chemistry – Paul Miller, Aaron Monte
  • Communication Studies – Linda Dickmeyer, Scott Dickmeyer, Anthony Docan-Morgan, Dena Huisman, Ronda Leahy, Charissa Niedzwiecki, Michael Tollefson, Patricia Turner
  • Computer Science – Thomas Gendreau, Mark Headington, Kenny Hunt, David Riley
  • Economics – Lisa Giddings, Glenn Knowles
  • English – Susan Crutchfield, Sharon Jessee, Gary Konas, Darci Thoune
  • Environmental Studies – Wayne Bocher
  • Finance – Lise Graham, Dianne Morrison, Shane Van Dalsem, Robert Wolf, Hsiao-Fen Yang Geography/Earth Science –Cynthia Berlin, Gregory Chu, Georges Cravins, Wen Lin, Ryan Perroy Health Professions – Deborah Dougherty
  • History – Charles Lee
  • Information Systems –Hua Dai, Peter Haried, Kuang Wen
  • Management – John Betton, Gail Gillis, Thomas Hench, Leticia Pena, William Ross, Jr., Davide Secchi, Andrew Stapleton, Diana Tempski
  • Marketing – Gwen Achenreiner, Stephen Brokaw, Joel Chilsen, Sethi Kunal, Maggie McDermott, Susan Whitewater
  • Microbiology – Marc Rott, Bernadette Taylor-Winfrey, Michael Winfrey
  • Modern Languages – Janis Hanson, Barbara Rusterholz
  • Physics – Gubbi Sudhakaran
  • Political Science/Public Administration – Jo Arney, Alan Bigel, Ray Block, Joseph Heim, Cecilia Manrique, Stephen McDougal, Pamela Rodgers
  • Psychology – Lisa Caya, Emily Johnson, Casey Tobin
  • Sociology/Archaeology – Nicholas Bakken, Enilda Delgado, Carol Miller, Kimberly Vogt
  • Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies – Mahruq Khan, Sandra Krajewski

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For sale

26″ 18-speed Huffy Backwater ladies bicycle. $25. Call 769.9419.

Southside bungalow, 2150 Hyde Ave.,  two bedroom, one bath, original woodwork and plaster. Dry basement, screened-in back porch, extra deep lot, detached garage. Near Central High School and Harry Spence Elementary. All appliances stay. Home warranty included. $115,000. 769.2073.

Beautiful hand-painted girls bedroom furniture. Six-piece set includes:  twin bed, head board, armoire, dresser with mirror, chest of drawers and trunk. $600. Rustico pine bookcase and computer desk. $100 each. Electronic hockey table with scoreboard. $150. Pictures available upon request. Shauna at 785.8474.

2007 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, leather interior, dual power seats with heaters, power sliding doors, power moon roof, rear DVD system, six disc CD, stow-n-go seating, independent temp control for driver and passenger and rear parking sensor, newer tires and brakes. One family owned. Dealer maintained. Runs well, looks good. 62,000 miles. $13,250. Call 507.458.4587.

Futon, full-size mattress, solid ash Mission-style frame, medium finish, excellent condition, $125. Call 788.8012.

Give away to UW-L department

38A print cartridge for a HP 4200 laserjet printer. Contact Karen Ott at or 785.8333.