Join Us As We Celebrate Our Centennial!

UW-L being featured by national organization. AASCU notes university’s centennial.

A national leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities is recognizing UW-La Crosse for its 100th anniversary.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is featuring UW-L under its “Who We Are: Founding Celebrations” category on its Web site Home Page, The Founding Celebrations feature highlights AASCU members that are marking their founding during the academic year. The link features a specially-designed Web page about UW-L. The page features historical and current campus images, with links highlighting the institution’s mission statement, a quote from the chancellor, fun facts, major institution accomplishments, notable alumni and testimonials. See the page at: .

Centennial Gala DVD Now Available

Order your copy of the Centennial Gala DVD today. Included are over one hour of video from the October 24th gala event, Centennial Greetings videos, photographs of the evening and special features. The price for the DVD is $30.00 (including tax) when it is picked up in the UW-L Educational Technologies Department. There will be a $5.00 shipping and handling charge for those requesting shipping in the U.S. It will make a special gift or keepsake of this "Once in a Lifetime" event.

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Video of Joe Gow welcoming you to the Centennial website and Centennial events

Click on the image above to view a video of Chancellor Joe Gow welcoming you to the UW-L Centennial website and Centennial events.

Welcome to our UW-L Centennial website. We are very excited to be celebrating our 100th year! I am often reminded of our rich history as I walk past the cornerstone of Graff Main Hall which says 1908. One hundred years ago, this institution of higher education was quite different than it is today. It is difficult to imagine the entire school being housed in Graff Main Hall, as it stood alone in the middle of a field. On opening day, just over 150 students were enrolled in La Crosse Normal School. Today, over 9000 students attend classes in 12 academic buildings. We have construction occurring which includes a new sports complex, Centennial Hall, and new residence halls. It truly is an exciting time to be at UW-La Crosse. The campus has also grown academically. Originally known for its nationally recognized physical education program, UW-L now offers 85 undergraduate programs in 30 disciplines, and 21 graduate programs, and much, much more.

We are proud of our rich history at UW-L, and hope you will join us to celebrate our centennial year together. We have scheduled many events throughout the year, culminating with the Centennial Celebration on October 24, 2009 during the Family, Friends, and Alumni weekend. Be sure to register early to guarantee your place to relive history, and to celebrate the future of UW-L. I invite you to visit this page frequently for fun history facts, stories from alumni, faculty, staff and students, images, and more! We look forward to seeing you during this very special year!

signature of Chancellor Joe Gow

Celebration Event Weekend: Save the Dates!

Mark Oct. 23 – 25, 2009 on your calendar now. That’s when your alma mater will host the 100th anniversary edition of Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend. It’s an ideal opportunity to visit campus, rekindle acquaintances, and celebrate the traditions that are part of the UW-L experience. We’re planning a variety of special activities for alums of all ages, including our first homecoming football game at the new Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex, followed by a Centennial Celebration. Make plans to attend now – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss.

As we finalize event details and dates, we’ll post them here.

What;s New

Carl Wimberly's Presentation, 100 Years of Excellence at UW-La Crosse, is now online

Order Your Centennial Pin Designed by Betsy Valentine and Created by UW-L Jewelry and Metalsmithing Students

100 things that make UW-L Great

100 years of architecture

Swarthout Museum hosts 100 years of student life exhibit


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Printable PDF Registration Form


Governor Jim Doyle

Sandra Lee

Bill Miller

Mark Lee

Ron Kind

Sharie Brunk

Melissa Weege

John Smalley


Centennial Celebration

October 24, 2009

Videos baseball team

Click the image above to view photographs from the 1911 Racquet Yearbook