May 16, 2011

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UW-L alumna named 2011 Teacher of the Year

UW-La Crosse alumna Katy Smith was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year on Sunday, May 1.
But she’s not a typical teacher; Smith’s students at Goodview School in Winona are primarily grownups.

Campus gears up for move into new buildings

Classes may be over, but the UW-La Crosse campus is still buzzing — with the sounds of construction. The most notable changes will be the completion of Centennial Hall academic building and Eagle Hall residence hall.

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Multicultural Scholarship Golf Outing and Card Tournament is May 26

The 12th Annual UW-L Multicultural Scholarship Golf Outing and Card Tournament is set for Thursday, May 26, at the Irish Hills Golf Course, on Highway 33 east of La Crosse. The event is open to UW-L community members and friends and will be held rain or shine.

The four-person scramble nine-hole best ball golf competition will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Card tournaments begin at 1:15 p.m. A brief refresher begins at 1 p.m.

Download the registration form for the golf outing. Download the registration form for the card tournament. Return completed form and payment by Friday, May 20, to 212 Cartwright Center.


‘Building the Research Pyramid’ is topic of June La Crosse BioResearch Forum

Dr. Dennis T. Costakos will present “Building the Research Pyramid” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the May La Crosse BioResearch Forum. Costakos, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, works in neonatology at Franciscan Skemp-Mayo Health System, La Crosse.

Forums are held monthly in the Overholt Auditorium, Gundersen Lutheran. 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.

Those attending should park in the Green ramp (see map) or use valet parking. Use the entrances at the north end and northeast side of the medical center.


Pat Ring retirement party planned for May 17

A retirement reception for Pat Ring, University Centers, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center. Ring has worked at UW-L for 27 years. Everyone is welcome.


Kathy Hanratty retirement party set for May 25

A retirement party for Kathy Hanratty, Budget & Finance, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center. Everyone is welcome.


Webcast  series on retaining first generation students planned for June

The two-part webcast series “Retaining First Generation Students: Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond” will be held Wednesdays June 1 and 8. Both sessions are from noon–1:30 p.m. in 102 Wing Technology Center.

A first generation student, as defined by UW System, is a student whose parents did not earn a four-year college or university degree. The series will focus on retention techniques that can be applied inside and outside the classroom.

Wednesday, June 1 – “Providing Academic Support for First Generation Students” will include:

  • Educating the faculty on this population
  • Providing academic support services
  • Measuring student success

Wednesday, June 8 – “Co-Curricular Activities to Engage First Generation Students” will include:

  • Collaborating across campus
  • Strategically involving parents and families
  • Recognizing student successes

RSVP to attend one or both sessions with UW-L Wisconsin Covenant Coordinator Jamin Whitman by Wednesday, May 25, at or 785.5096.

Click here to view the event flyer.  Click here to view the detailed webcast brochure.


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UW-L men’s track & field team won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Outdoor Championship. This is the 21st year in a row, and the record-setting 47th time in school history that the team has won the WIAC title. UW-L’s women’s track & field team, who has also won many WIAC titles over the years, finished third.

Mark W. Chavalas, History, spoke on ‘Women in Old Babylonian Law and Letters” for the Biblical Archaeology Society, Los Angeles Chapter, May 6 in Monrovia, Calif.

Gita V. Pai, History, presented “Women and their Words: Tamil poetry of resistance on film” on panels that explored women in south India and their histories, narratives, and representations at the Association of Asian Studies in Honolulu on April 2, and at UC Berkeley’s Annual Tamil Conference on April 30.

Will Van Roosenbeek, Pride Center, is one of the recipients of the Fair Wisconsin Activist Award and will be honored from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The annual Fair Wisconsin Activist event includes members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as well as activists and policy makers, to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of LGBT equality in Wisconsin.

Gary Walth, Music, completed the final edit of his new book: “JAZZ WARM-UPS and VOCALISES,” published by the world-wide music corporation Hal Leonard. The volume includes warm-up exercises that provide vocal and choral techniques designed for middle school, high school and adult vocal ensembles. Each vocalise has a written keyboard accompaniment with multiple modulations. The book also includes a CD with professionally recorded tracks of each exercise with singers and rhythm section or with accompaniment only. The book’s distribution date is June 1.


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New employees

  • Colleen Dixon, Disability Resource Services Office, May 1
  • Maripat Coughlin, College of Liberal Studies, May 9
  • Alicia Vedvig, Health Professions, May 9


  • Bridget Adams, Financial Aid, May 20
  • Aaron Bonnett, Intercollegiate Athletics, May 20
  • Andrew Tucker, Music, May 29
  • Andrew Mammel, Residence Life, May 31


  • Keith Burand, Computer Science, May 29
  • Richard Gappa, English, May 29
  • Carla Graham, English, May 29
  • Mark Headington, Computer Science, May 29
  • Donald Kuderer, Modern Languages, May 29
  • Dianne Morrison, Finance, May 29
  • Christine Prucha, Library, May 29
  • Thomas Reinert, Communications, May 29
  • Paul Rusterholz, Modern Languages, May 29
  • Donald Socha, Modern Languages, May 29
  • Dean Stroud, Modern Languages, May 29

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Thanks to everyone who found the time during a most overworked end of the semester who attended my retirement party May 5. It was great to see so many people from so many different colleges and administrative offices gathered together socializing in ways that we rarely have time or occasion for. I hope everyone appreciated my brief but heartfelt speech and that you saw some value in those poems, the “Poetry Quilt,” that I recited centered around the theme of the human heart. Thanks to everyone again. — Jac D. Bulk, Sociology/Archaeology

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For sale

Two- to three-bedroom house at 776 22nd St. N. Wood floors throughout main floor, bathroom on main floor (contemporary design with marble counter tops), Great Room (23’x17′) with 10′ ceiling, heated floor and a gas fireplace, kitchen with appliances including dishwasher, 2.5 car garage (insulated) with remote garage door opener, paved alley access, professional landscaping featuring custom concrete curbing and a koi pond with cascading waterfall off the large concrete patio, built-in doggie door, privacy fence around backyard, newer roof and siding (2002), and cobblestone patio with small cedar framed garden, beautiful climbing wisteria for more privacy. Finished basement includes carpet in family room, bathroom/shower, laundry room with folding bench, built-in bunks in third bedroom. Open house Sunday, May 15. Call Lynette at 785.8535 or 608.317.2563.

Teak dining room furniture. Oval solid wood table with six chairs and extra leaf, sideboard (buffet) and china hutch. $650. Will consider selling separately. Navy blue leather sofa. $325. Blue leather chair with matching ottoman. $150. Queen bedroom set with headboard, wardrobe with drawers and shelves and nightstand. $350. Everything is in great condition. Call 608.784.4249.

For rent

Three-bedroom house at 339 S. 22nd St. Two bathrooms; two-car garage; central heat and air; soft water; equipped with refrigerator, washer and dryer; nice yard. $1,000 per month. Call Shari at 480.225.9576.