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    The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs serves as the university's chief academic officer whose duties primarily relate to ensuring the overall academic quality of the institution.  The Provost provides administrative oversight of UW-La Crosse's colleges of Liberal Studies, Business Administration, and Science and Health as well as the School of Education and the Murphy Library.  In addition to these units, the Provost oversees and is assisted by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management , whose units make up the Institute for Campus Excellence and Division of Enrollment Management respectively.   

    Dr. Betsy Morgan is UW-La Crosse's Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

    College of Business Administration




    The department continued our seminar series, bringing in 9 speakers. The department also initiated a new serious for students and the public, entitled "Conversations with Economists" where a panel of department members discuss a current topic. We discussed proposed changes to the minimum wage and income inequality. We held our second annual scholarship banquet which included some community members/clients. 3 faculty members received tenure.



    Information Systems 

    On the personnel side, the IS department successfully tenured Dr. Hua Dai in spring 2015, and also filled the 0.5 IAS GQA position on May 27th, 2015. In addition, the IS PRT committee conducted a post-tenure review on Dr. Wen in April 2015, the result was very positive. As of early May, 2015, The IS department had 81 major students and another 32 students in two minor programs. While the enrollment in the IS major has been stabilizing around 80 students in the past three years, the size of the IS minor program has shrunk significantly last year. We believe this was the direct result of losing faculty promotion in the Accountancy department and are in the midst of finding a measure to solve the problem. However, the demand for the IS 220 course has seen continuous increase, which puts a strain on our faculty resources. Even with the expanded offering of two summer sections for the course, we still have more than 80 students on the wait list for the coming fall. Fortunately, our successful hiring of the 0.5 IAS position last week does provide immediate relief of faculty shortage. We are adding two sections of IS 220 to our fall offerings which should provide near sufficient seats for the course, though with increased class size of 30 (from 28) in each section. In AY 2014-15, Dr. Wen drafted the 5-year review for the IS programs, met with the APR Committee multiple times and finally presented and defended the report in two faculty senate meetings to have it approved. The APR’s report was very positive and supportive, which helped us secured the 0.5 GQA IAS position in spring 2015. For the UW consortium HIMT program, the IS department has delivered all 6 courses belonging to UW-L, with two courses (HIMT 320 and 340) running dual sections. Due to UW-L’s stringent overload policies on regular faculty, Dr. Wen had to employ three outside adjunct instructors to help teach these courses. More teaching resources will be need as this program’s recent accreditation by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is expected to boost enrollment and UW-L’s decision to offer degrees will attract more local students to the program. During Academic Year 2014-15 the four IS tenure-track faculty have had 9 refereed articles published or accepted by high quality academic journals, and 5 refereed conference proceedings articles published. This record includes three articles in “A” category journals in the IS field. Many new research projects are underway as several manuscripts are currently under preparation for submission.


    1. UW-L Faculty Senate approved the Management Department's first-ever 10-year Academic Program Review report. 2. We filled three vacancies: (a) Ana Iglesias (Business Policy & Strategy), (b) Sherry Fontaine (Health Care Mgt.), and (c) Scott Reber (IAS, Business Communications). 3. The Dept. participated in the Integrated Core (MGT 308, MKT 309, FIN 355). 4. The Dept. continued to house the Sustainable Business minor. Henry Petersen and an instructor from Marketing took two vans full of students to the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference. 5. Enrollment in courses was up, as were the number of Management majors (e.g., Fall, 2014 = 364 MGT majors, up from 343 in Fall of 2012 and 290 in Fall of 2010) 6. During the past academic year, faculty and staff had 11 articles published or accepted in Peer-Reviewed Journals, 5 book chapters, 2 other publications, as well as conference presentations. Additionally, 14 papers are currently under review. 7. The Bylaws Committee completed a draft of new bylaws. These will be reviewed by the department next year. 8. The Dept. switched from using Cabell's acceptance rate to using the ABDC list for Merit points. 9. With only two tenured faculty members, Will Maas graciously continued to serve on our PRT committee as a third member. 10. The Department Planning & Curriculum Committee proposed a broad, flexible, plan to encourage the rotation of electives among various areas of Management. 11. Several new forms of software were planned or implemented at UW-L this year, including electronic leave reporting, classroom scheduling, new dept. webpages, electronic forms to replace LX forms, VOIP long distance, and electronic overrides in WINGS. These have had mixed results, but are being adopted.


    Number of Majors is Increasing: With the improvement in the economy and stronger interest in the CBA, the number of Marketing majors has rebounded and is exceeding our 10 year average (2004-2005 through 2014-2015). The Marketing major is currently the largest in the college with 395 Marketing majors in Fall 2014 and 388 in Spring 2015, up 16.5% from Fall 2014 and 36.2% from Fall 2012! Number of Faculty and Student-to-Faculty Ratio - Critical State: When fully staffed the department has 9.5 faculty positions (7 tenure/tenure track and 2.5 IAS) This is a student to faculty ratio of approximately 41:1, compared to the university average of 21:1. This past year, the department operated with only 7.5 FTE, requiring the use of adjuncts and numerous faculty overloads. This was due to last year’s resignation of Ryan White creating an open position; Joel Chilsen is in the 3rd year of a 4 year agreement to work part-time while he serves as city mayor of Onalaska; and Susan Whitewater had a one-year, part-time leave of absence. With the number of majors rebounding, we cannot continue to allow part-time leaves or have extended open positions as it is placing too large of a burden on the existing faculty. The department had a successful search, hiring Ken Graham to replace Ryan White and currently have a search in process to replace James Finch who retired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. However, two additional full-time faculty members recently, and unexpectedly, resigned which will have a significant impact on the quality and stability of instruction for the 2015-16 academic year. For Fall semester 2015, the department currently has 7 unstaffed course sections and is staffed at only 6.75 FTE. And this includes two faculty at .50 and three at .25 positions. This leaves only 5 full-time faculty, resulting in a student to full-time student to faculty ratio of 78:1. To maintain the strength of the Marketing program it is imperative that we be allowed to search and be successful in filling these positions with qualified staff. UW-L Sales Competition: A total of 17 marketing majors competed in UW-L’s first sales competition Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in the new sales rooms. They had to sell a Hormel food product to a professional buyer in 20 minutes. Sixteen sales and purchasing professionals, including some UW-L alumni, served as buyers and judges during the competition. Some traveled from as far as Winona, Madison and Colorado. Hosting a competition on campus provides a wonderful opportunity for the college and its students to collaborate and network with alums and business professionals in the community. These are often the companies that provide internships and job opportunities for our students, so being able to facilitate these relationships earlier in students' academic careers is a win-win for everyone. Great Northwoods Warm-Up Sales Competition: Marketing students participated (4th year) in the collegiate Great Northwoods Warm-Up sales competition in Eau Claire, WI, with 3 students competing; 1 alternate attending and two students who competed previously attending and serving as an assistant coaches. While the students did not rank as high as our UWL students have in the past, they all finished in the top half of students competing. More importantly, the two students who competed at and graduated this year both received lucrative job offers from companies the competition with starting salaries significantly higher (approximately $15,000-$20,000 higher) than the average Marketing graduate. Sustainability Conference - Dr. Maggie McDermott took a group of 10 (?) students to a Professional Sustainability conference in Milwaukee. AMA Competitions, Conferences & Awards Alumni Panel, AMA Banquest Foundation Activity

    College of Liberal Studies

    Archeology & Anthropology 

    At the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year, the department voted to split into two separate departments: Department of Sociology and Department of Archaeology & Anthropology. Prior to this, in anticipation of a potential splita Transition Team (Anderson, Gongaware, McAndrews, Vogt) worked on drafting a proposal for a departmental split. This proposal was presented to the full faculty in Fall 2014 and was the basis for the vote to split. Subsequently, the proposal was approved by the Dean of CLS, Faculty Senate, Provost McPherson, and Chancellor Gow. The official split will be effective July 1, 2015. The logistics of this separation continued through the Spring semester, and into the summer, to ensure that necessary curricular adjustments were made, to ensure that different administrative units on campus are aware of the transition to two departments (Records/Registration, HR, CLS, Murphy Library, iComm, UW-L Foundation, ITS, Faculty Senate, etc.), etc. Both programs moved forward successfully with important curricular changes associated with their distinct (future) departmental goals, and faculty from both programs are looking forward to advancing those goals.


    The 2014-2015 academic year in the Department of Art consisted of several personnel changes, beginning with Ryan McKelley serving as external chairperson beginning Summer 2014. Moxie Stoermer (Art Education IAS) began her first year as a faculty member. Stella Vognar (Graphic Design IAS) retired during Summer 2014, and Don Sloan (Art Historian) retired at the end of Spring 2015. Misha Bolstad successfully attained the full-time Graphic Design IAS position after a national search. Two colleagues were promoted—Jennifer Terpstra to Professor and Brad Nichols to Associate Professor. Lastly, John Ready successfully completed a post-tenure review. The department supported approximately 42 Art majors, 16 Art Education majors, 30 Photography minors, 34 two-dimensional minors, and 10 three-dimensional minors. We also provided significant teaching service to the General Education curriculum with 892 students in Art Appreciation, 140 in General Art Foundations, 136 in Photography Survey, and 58 in World Art. The department increased its efforts in recruitment through several activities such as a major overhaul of the department website, sponsoring “watch them work” demonstrations for Creative Imperatives and the Arts & Communication Day, hosting an event for area K12 art teachers, hosting the Visual Arts Classic and 3rd Congressional District Exhibition, and the development of new brochures and postcards by Kate Hawkes and Misha Bolstad. In terms of scholarship, the faculty was very productive as reflected by 2 book cover photos, 2 book chapters, 3 curated collections, 3 gallery representations, 10 invitational group exhibitions, 5 solo exhibitions, 3 for-fee exhibitions, 3 serving as visiting artists, and 5 papers presented at an academic conference. All faculty members also showed their work at the Faculty Biennial Exhibition. The University Gallery sponsored two professional exhibitions, the Faculty Biennial, the All Students Juried Exhibition, the 3rd Congressional District Exhibition, a Senior Exhibition, and the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program show. Finally, faculty were awarded many grants from CLS, CATL, the Provost Office, and an external funding agency.

    Communication Studies 

    The CST Department had an excellent year in the way of teaching excellence, scholarship production, and student recognition. Individual reports provide an impressive amount of publications, presentations, and grant awards. We successfully completed a GQA hire for a new faculty member in Organizational and Professional Communication, a position that is needed due to the consistent and record enrollment in that particular emphasis area. The new hire will also contribute to teaching in our undergraduate research core curriculum. We revised and/or formalized two leadership positions—a Basic Course Director and Public Speaking Center Director. Dr. Tony Docan-Morgan held both these positions. We completed post-tenure reviews for Dr. Scott Dickmeyer, Dr. Laura Nelson, and Dr. Cheri Niedzwiecki. We are pleased with the outstanding teaching provided by the faculty and staff members in CST, as evidenced by the multiple teaching awards and recognition cited below. This year 20 different CST faculty and IAS members received nominations for the Provost's Teaching Award. We participated in the first annual SAC Recruitment Day, an event that targeted incoming students in the Arts and Communication areas. Dr. Pat Turner and students from the Broadcast/Digital emphasis area hosted the 16th Annual Humane Society Telethon. They raised over $6,000 for the Coulee Region Humane Society. The Broadcast students also hosted a Chili Cookoff and a Beach Party for additional fundraising activities. The RAQ internet radio station continues to draw students from across campus for original programming.



    This year the English department completed two faculty searches, one in English Education/Early American Literature and one in Professional Writing, and it hired a new permanent ADA. Five faculty achieved tenure, three Assistant Professors were promoted to Associate Professorships, and one IAS was promoted to Senior Lecturer--all effective September 2015. The department continued to collaborate with CST on a journalism and new media minor, and saw a new course and several course revisions approved by the UCC. The Curriculum Redesign Grant group is finalizing its proposal for a large-scale revision to the Literature Emphasis Major. Bylaws were approved to include an IAS Representative seat on the department’s Executive Committee. The department’s Visiting Writers Series helped bring nationally renowned authors Brian Turner and Sean Thomas Dougherty, as well as up-and-coming poet Charlotte Boulay, to campus for readings. The department's student-edited literary and arts journal, Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review, was published this Spring, and the student-run English Club continued to produce the University-wide creative works journal The Catalyst, while The Mercury (, an online publication, continues to feature writing of students in ENG 325: Reporting and Copy Editing. The department helped to host the area public schools' Battle of the Books event and sponsored the Marion A. McClure Award for Historical Papers for the best essay in the local high schools’ National History Day competition. With 6 China 2+2 students matriculating and 9 students in their second year, the China 2+2 program graduated its largest class yet. The major capstone courses, as well as students in language and linguistics courses, presented their work in pubic forums in the fall and/or spring, and the department's colloquium series hosted seven presentations by faculty and IAS, including one by the UW-L Provost, Heidi McPherson. In April, a department faculty theory reading group sponsored a public screening and panel discussion of The Ister, a documentary film. The department’s Composition Committee held its fourth annual College Writing I Symposium featuring presentations by students in ENG 110/112. Our faculty and IAS are highly active in teaching development, scholarship, publication, and in university service commitments, as their individual reports show.

    Ethnic & Racial Studies


    ERS continued to make substantial contributions to the General Education program, offering 24 sections across the academic year. The combined faculty supported Hispanic Heritage Month through providing discussions for film presentations and offering a Dia de los Muertos dinner in collaboration with Lugar de Reunion - the Sparta-based center for Latino/as. ERS presented a program on racism in Halloween costumes (Oct 7, 2014). ERS members served on a number of important UWL committees, including: CLS Dean Search and Screen, Gen Ed, IAS Advancement. ERS reached out into the community through involvement in the La Crosse community Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration; participation in supporting and planning program at the Centro Latino, and beginning planning for a symposium to be presented at the Gundersen Clinic on race, ethnicity, and healthcare.



    The Department if History 1) moved from a 3/3 course load to a 4/4 course load; 2) began a curriculum redesign to better serve our students, better reflect the specializations of our faculty, and provide a more globally inclusive World History program to attract future students; 3) produced a recruitment video to be placed on the Department of History website and various social media sites.

    Military Science



    Modern Languages


    The Department had a very busy year in 2014-2015. First, August 28-29, 2014, Dr. Judith Liskin-Gasparro (University of Iowa) met with the faculty in Spanish to discuss curriculum and important considerations for a redesign. The information and advice given prompted a year of discussion culminating in the plan for a curricular redesign and a grant proposal, which has been approved. Faculty in Spanish will be working during summer and fall 2015 to create SLO’s, syllabi, and to complete LX forms on CIM. Second, September 12-13, 2014, Dr. Martina Lindseth (UW-Eau Claire), a certified trainer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), came to UW-L to conduct a workshop on the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview). Since one of the department’s goals is to develop oral proficiency, we want everyone trained in this assessment method. Nine members of the department participated in the training: Rose Brougham, Virginie Cassidy, Shelley Hay, Omar Granados, Hongying Xu, Bee Lo, Michelle Pinzl, Adriana Perez Candia, and Will Albertsen. Third, March 2015, the senior members of the Spanish section along with the department chair completed an in-house search to fill IAS positions. Three IAS in the department applied for the two positions. The search members observed them teaching, read their portfolios and interviewed them. The decision was made to offer the jobs to Will Albertsen and Adriana Perez-Candia. Fourth, April 9, 2015, the department held our second Festival of Languages. This event is used a one way of recruiting students for Modern Languages and provided attendees the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. These included listening to a guest speaker from UW-Madison, musical performances, dancing, tasting ethnic foods, creating cultural artifacts such as Mexican and Chinese paper cutting, and learning a few words of a second language. An ad-hoc committee led by Laurence Couturier planned the event and we considered the day to be very successful. Fifth, April 6, 2015, the department held an Advising Day. All majors and minors were asked to attend in order to be advised on courses to be taken in the fall (and beyond). Faculty in MLG received a total of 15 grants - all but one were internal and included Redesign Grants, CATL grants, CLS small grants, and faculty research grants. Faculty in MLG published a total of 10 publications including book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings. Faculty in MLG gave a total of 24 formal presentations at local, regional, national and international conferences. Faculty in MLG worked with 3 students doing undergraduate research.


    The 2014-2015 year was a busy one for the UW-La Crosse Music Department. We began our academic year with a week-long series of Strategic planning sessions involving an external consultant, Dr. Marie Miller. The Department welcomed Dr. Miguel Ramirez as interim Music History and applied Oboe instructor. Signature events for our department include Marching Band Day, the La Crosse New Music Festival, Swinging Yuletide, Jazz Fest and Vocal Jazz Fest. Eleven music majors presented their capstone senior recitals this year. In addition to the dozens of concerts presented by our ensembles each semester we hosted three faculty recitals and performances and/or clinics by Alyson Bouska, The Calliope Duo, Stas Venglevski, Chen Yi, The John Raymond Trio, Miguel Zenon, Michael Barnett and Michael Colgrass. The Korean Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Soojin Ritterling was invited to perform at the National Association for Music Educators in October, 2014 and the UW-La Crosse Orchestra, Directed by Dr. Thomas Seddon was invited to perform for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association conference in October, 2015. Scholarship, creative and professional activity from the department includes CD recordings, compositions, International residencies, research presentations and grants. The department hosted the Wisconsin School Music Association state Honors Auditions and Solo and Ensemble Festival again this year on May 2, 2015. This event brought music faculty, students and hundreds of high school musicians and family onto the UW-La Crosse campus.


    The academic year of 2014-15 for the Philosophy Department was one of transition. New bylaws were used and there were growing pains with the new faculty and department expectations. Sam Cocks was tenured and promoted. Sharon Scherwitz had a post-tenure review. Faculty secured $17,845 in grants. All Faculty were productive in their intellectual contributions generating two book reviews, two book chapters, four peer-reviewed articles, and 22 presentations. Students identified within the major, double major, or minor saw a slight uptick from fall (n = 42) to spring (n = 49). This is following a number of years that saw steady decline. We actively assigned advisors to all students that identified with the department and this probably contributed to retaining interest in the area. The department updated 22 course descriptions and created three new courses to attract the interest of current and future students. The Philosophy Club also was reinvigorated and held a number of meetings during the year. The Department participated in the Minors Fair and developed eight profile sheets on how a philosophy minor can contribute to one’s professional career. The Department spearheaded the effort to bring Dr. Edward Slingerland onto campus and discuss creativity and spontaneity as part of the Phenomenology Conference, which was co-sponsored by three other departments.

    Political Science & Public Administration 

    The 2014-2015 academic years was a very productive one for the Political Science and Public Administration Department. The number of majors and minors began to steady increase in both programs. We completely redesigned the curriculum for the majors and minors. We were able to hire a replacement for Dr. Pam Rodgers in the Public Administration major. With this addition, we created a 12-member department composed of all tenure track faculty members. Dr. Tim Dale received tenure and two additional faculty members were retained with 2-year contracts. Our faculty members continue to be very active on campus. Dr. Ray Block had reassigned time for his work in the Office and Research and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Tim Dale was named the coordinator for UWL 100 and Dr. Adam Van Liere was recently named as the incoming Director for International Studies. Several faculty published articles, book, chapters, and books and almost every faculty member presented at an academic conference this year. We also continued a very active service tradition with 5 faculty members on faculty senate committees and 5 faculty members serving on College of Liberal Studies taskforces or committees. In addition, Dr. John Kovari began assisting the city of La Crosse with a study on the duplication of city-county services and Dr. Jo Arney began helping Crawford County implement an Organizational Climate Survey. One of our double majors, Katherine Svitavsky, was also named the Magerus Award winner for her work on campus and in the community.


    The academic year of 2014-2015 for the Psychology Department was a strong year. In terms of personnel, two new tenure-track faculty completed their first year at UW-L (Dan Hyson & Jessica Sim). Two searches secured new colleagues Eric Hiris (Cognitive Psychology) and Berna Gercek-Swing (Social & Cross Cultural Psychology). A search for a developmental psychologist is still in progress with an offer out. Two colleagues were tenured (Katy Kortenkamp & Bianca Basten) and Katy Kortenkamp was promoted to Associate Professor. The department supported 750+ majors, 350+ minors, a dual degree program with OT, a departmental honors program and heavy service obligations to General Education, SOE and the health professions. The At-risk Child & Youth Care minor’s capstone project focused on the Project You (social media). The Gerontology Emphasis continued to see growth and curricular revision (Srinivasan and Rozek). The department sponsored commencement events for our graduates, two Psych Faires (advising), a career night and participated and emceed the social science graduate school workshop. In terms of scholarship, the department had a strong year for faculty scholarship yielded 16 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, and 55 presentations/posters. In addition, psychology had an active year associated with undergraduate and graduate independent research projects. We were strongly represented at NCUR, MPA, and NASP. As usual, departmental faculty were heavily involved in service to the college, university, professional organizations and the community. Inclusive Excellence activities are reported separately below.


    At the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year, the department voted to split into two separate departments: Department of Sociology and Department of Archaeology & Anthropology. Prior to this, in anticipation of a potential splita Transition Team (Anderson, Gongaware, McAndrews, Vogt) worked on drafting a proposal for a departmental split. This proposal was presented to the full faculty in Fall 2014 and was the basis for the vote to split. Subsequently, the proposal was approved by the Dean of CLS, Faculty Senate, Provost McPherson, and Chancellor Gow. The official split will be effective July 1, 2015. The logistics of this separation continued through the Spring semester, and into the summer, to ensure that necessary curricular adjustments were made, to ensure that different administrative units on campus are aware of the transition to two departments (Records/Registration, HR, CLS, Murphy Library, iComm, UW-L Foundation, ITS, Faculty Senate, etc.), etc. Both programs moved forward successfully with important curricular changes associated with their distinct (future) departmental goals, and faculty from both programs are looking forward to advancing those goals.

    Student Affairs Administration 

    Milestones: Approved by the UW System Board of Regents on June 5, 2015, the SAA Ed.D. will be an online 57-credit program that students will be able to complete in three years. To enhance their learning experience and share resources, the SAA Ed.D program will be part of a cooperative doctoral partnership with three other UW institutions. These include UW-Green Bay with an Ed.D. in First Nations, UW-Oshkosh with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, and UW-Stevens Point with an Ed.D. in Sustainability Education. Students in all four programs will be enrolled in two three-credit courses together in addition to being required to complete a nine-credit emphasis in one of the other three programs outside of their home degree. Led by Drs. Chris Bakkum and Jodie Rindt, the SAA Ed.D. program will be seeking Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approval in 2015-16 with the goal of enrolling its first students in Fall 2016 or 2017. The innovative “SAA at UWRF” program graduated its first student cohort in May. Launched in the fall of 2013, the program enrolled 15 students who completed their classes in a hybrid format while completing graduate student internships (GSI) at UW-River Falls (14 students) and UW-Eau Claire (one student). The admissions process for the second UWRF cohort has yielded 19 new students for 2015-17. Dr. Tori Svoboda was hired as a full-time tenure-track faculty member (the second in SAA history) and Dr. Adele Lozano was hired as a full-time IAS. Both will have teaching responsibilities in all program options (on-campus, online, UWRF) and represent a shift in the balance of SAA instructional staff to include both full-time and student affairs practitioners.

    Theatre Arts 

    This year began with a good news bad news scenario of sorts. The bad news was that we were unable to remount our summer production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which hurt us a bit in the box office revenue. The good news was that the reason we couldn’t remount our show was that technicians and contractors were installing our $500,000.00+, state-of-the-art sound system. This began directly following the close of our summer show. To say the system is a vast improvement is a gross understatement. The theatre was never designed with much consideration to sound production so this was essentially a completely new component being added to the theatre. We continue to work with the contractors to work out all the bugs in the system but are closer than ever to having a system the will enable us to be competitive with theatre programs around the country. This system will also allow us to produce higher quality productions with regard to sound design. Our student run theatre company Happy Rain produced the musical Edges in our Frederick Theatre space. This was the fifth year Happy Rain produced a show and the company is largely self-sustaining. The musical was well received and sold out. Nearly 180 patrons from the region were able to see this completely student run show in it’s two day run. The success of these student shows has established an interest among our students to keep producing when they are able during the summer or early fall. There has already been a proposal for the next Happy Rain production slated to open late summer 2015, so the legacy continues. Two of our students wrote successful undergraduate research grants. One was to produce a short film and the other was an international grant to trace the evolution of the Flamenco dress in Spain. Ali Filipovitch, the student who traveled to Spain was so taken with her experience she will be doing an internship with Face to Face Theatre Company an UW-La Crosse Theatre alum’s theatre company, in Madrid, Spain this summer. These types of connections are invaluable to our students. In addition to our regular season of seven fully-staged productions, we produced 15 senior acting recitals, hosted middle school workshop for Rufus King Middle School, hosted a welcome BBQ for incoming theatre freshmen, participated in the SAC Recruitment Day, hosted talk back sessions with panelists from the university and community for our production of 8 the play, faculty and students attended the Wisconsin State High School Theatre Festival for potential recruitment, produced Family, Friends, Strangers and Exes a directing class showcase of scenes, facilitated an additional student produced show, This Untoward Generation, participated heavily in Creative Imperatives (Arts Week), gave several backstage tours, produced our Theatre Gala, Give our Regards to Broadway, a collaboration where faculty and students performed on stage to raise money for scholarships and other events, hosted a Master Class with guest artist and professional dancer Ted Levy, hosted a Master Class with actor Dule Hill as well as facilitated the Inside the Actors Theatre type public conversation with Mr. Hill in Main Hall Auditorium, collaborated with the Financial Aid Office to create the Money Monologues, an event to promote financial literacy to students. We are in the process of producing a staged reading of an original work Until We Meet Again in conjunction with the UW-La Crosse Bereavement Conference.

    Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

    Our Academic Program Review was approved by Faculty Senate and the Provost this year with no concerns. We revised our bylaws to permit development of a Social Justice minor, and have drafted a preliminary proposal to share with other departments. We completed General Education Assessment this year, having implemented changes from GE assessment findings the previous year. For program assessment, we mapped WGS course assignments to our student learning outcomes, are in the process of developing an electronic portfolio for program assessment, and are implementing changes in individual courses related to our research outcome.

    Murphy Library

    2014/15 was a productive year for librarians in the Murphy Library Department. Librarians continue to make teaching a priority, providing instruction in research and information literacy for over 6900 students. The 327 class sessions mark a trend, as classes increased 7% over the previous year. In order to help us better manage this growth, we have been trying for several years to add an additional instructional librarian to our staff. With Liz Humrickhouse joining us in August 2014, we thought we had our instruction team in place. Sharon Hamilton, our Instructional Design & Integration Librarian, however, resigned at the end of December. We conducted a successful search for a new Instruction Librarian to round out our instruction team. Katie Fox brings with her a wealth of instruction experience as well as a graduate degree in curriculum. We are thrilled to have her join us in August 2015. Aside from an every-increasing amount of instruction, librarians were heavily invested in our UW-System migration from Voyager to Alma (a unified resource management system). Kate Russell, our Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian, served as our campus contact and led staff in training as well as setting up the new system. Bill Doering and Jen Holman served on functional teams. Bill Doering served on the Resource Management Team, while Jen Holman chaired the Electronic Resources Team. All staff contributed an extraordinary amount of time to get the system configured and functional. We look forward to seeing the efficiencies and increased system collaboration that Alma promises in the future. Programming continued to be plentiful this year. Highlights included: Murphy Library’s 2nd Freedom to Read public reading in September 2014 (for Banned Books Week); our 9th annual Multicultural Children’s Literature Event, “Ethiopia,” which featured author Jane Kurtz; (9th annual Teacher Resource Day (STEM), organized by Murphy Library and Tim Gerber, biology professor. All Murphy Library staff and users enjoyed rotating art exhibits displayed in Murphy’s Mug and in around the first floor. Lastly, librarians elected Michael Current as our next library department chair. We look forward to his leadership over the next three years.

    College of Science and Health



    Chemistry & Biochemistry


    Computer Science

    This summary focuses on notable department activities for the academic year 2014-15.The Department continues to see strong enrollment in the Computer Science Major and Masters of Software Engineering programs consistent with national trends. Enrollments in the three course introductory sequence are the highest they have been since 2000. Employment prospects remain very strong with essentially 100% of graduates finding employment in the field. From student reports of job offers there seems to have been a significant increase in starting salaries. The Department was delighted this year to have one of our earliest graduates, Mike (Math & CS 73) & Mary (Phy Ed 76) Aspenson visit campus and establish two scholarships, one in computer science and the other in medically related disciplines. Mike spent a career in the aerospace industry rising to Vice President at Lockheed Martin and Senior Directory a Raytheon. We were also delighted to have Jon Otterstatter (CS 85) speak to students on campus. Upon graduation Jon joined IBM but subsequently left to start two companies of his own in medically related fields. Finally, Shelmina Babai Abji (CS 85) was an invited speaker at a campus event hosted by the Provost. Shelmina also joined IBM at graduation. There were several notable events related to students this year. One of our undergraduates received an internship with Google and was also named a Google Ambassador for this campus. This involved hosting a number of students events and contests over the academic year. The Women in Computer Science organization begun last year has been very active and plays an important role in the department. Six research papers were published with student authors and were presented at regional and international conferences. The Department continues it outreach efforts. This includes working with local area High School Teachers on Computer Science. Prof. Gendreau’s collaborative project with Marquette University, funded by the NSF, is particularly important in this area helping to improve the presence and quality of Computer Science education at the High School level. The Department also hosted a very successful Distinguished Lecturer this year. Prof. Kumar from the University of Pennsylvania gave two very well received lectures on aerial robotics. This series attracts a substantial audience from the community and presents important developments in Computer Science. Prof. Hursey and Prof. Periyasamy received funding from the campus Community Partnerships Incentive Grant program to develop software to support the needs of Habitat for Humanity.The MSE contract programs with the South Central University for Nationalities (SCUN) and Wuhan University continue to show strong interest with a total of 22 students attending UWL in the Computer Science and MSE programs. This was the second year of the revised 3+2 format for the MSE program with SCUN. This was also the 10-year anniversary of our joint programs with SCUN. In those 10 years, UWL has awarded approximately 80 MSE degrees to students from Wuhan China. In May, a delegation from UWL consisting of Dean Riley, Fred Pierce, Prof. Hunt, Prof. Riley and Becky Yoshizumi traveled to SCUN to host an alumni reception. The Department has made several significant curricular changes this year. After offering the Internet of Things course for two years the Department decided to propose a three course sequence in Computer Engineering. Not only have mobile and small embedded computing devices become ubiquitous but the design and construction of devices of this kind has become much more accessible. This is a new departure for the Department but we believe that the combination of software with embedded/mobile devices will be very attractive to students in the coming years. The Department also divided the content of the Computer Graphics & Visualization course into a two course sequence since the important core material in the area had become too large for a single three credit course. Finally, the Department decided to make CS 202 (Introduction to Web Design), originally introduced as offering for non-majors, a prerequisite to CS 402 (Web Application Development). The Department received approval to search for three tenure track positions in December. Two of these positions would not add to the FTE capacity of the department but would instead offset the workload associated with managing capstone projects for contract students. These positions would be supported by contract funds. The third position is intended to support the additional load associated with the Computer Engineering coursework. One of the new hires works in the area of robotics. This, combined with Computer Engineering and other initiatives in the department is beginning to stretch the physical facilities available to the department.

    Exercise and Sports Science


    Geography & Earth Science

    This has been a very successful year for the Geography and Earth Science Department. The department continues to offer strong programming and opportunities for students. The faculty contributed significantly to research, with peer reviewed publications, conference presentations and grants received. Dr. Paul Reyerson joined the department at the start of the fall semester. He has a Ph.D. from UW-Madison. His specializations include soil science, geomorphology and landform development. Dr. Rafique Ahmed retired after 31 years of service to UW-L. Steve Fulton joined the department in January 2015 as the GIS lab manager. Faculty in the department maintain a dynamic scholarship program, continuing to collaborate with colleagues at UW-L in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, and in the River Studies Center. Faculty also have maintained external collaborations with numerous other universities and organizations, including the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service and the American Geographical Society. Faculty had 9 peer-reviewed papers published and accepted for publication, and one peer-reviewed book chapter published. Faculty gave 10 conference presentations, including 6 national, 2 regional and 2 international conferences. Dr. Sambu travelled to Kenya in July 2014 to conduct research and establish contacts for a possible international experience for UW-L undergraduates. He worked with community leaders on issues of wildlife conservation and water resources. Dr. Cravins conducted a second trip to Cuba in May 2015. He continued his collaborations with the University of Havana. The faculty supervised 16 students on undergraduate research projects. Three students received UW-L Undergraduate Research Grants. Eight students presented research at conferences this past year, including 2 presentations at national conferences, 1 presentation at a regional conference, and 5 presentations at the UW-L Undergraduate Celebration of Research and Creativity.

    Health Education & Health Promotion


    Health Professions

    Health Profession (HP) Department consists of four graduate programs: Medical Dosimetry (Med Dos), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Physician Assistant (PA), and two undergraduate programs: Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) and Radiation Therapy (RT). The department offers three undergraduate service courses, including one general education course. Student demand for the HP Programs remain very strong based on applications received and credentials of students applying. Pass rates for all the programs remain excellent, well above the national average. All six programs have a 98% student retention rate from first to second year. Based on students surveyed, nearly all obtained a job within 6 months of graduation. The UWL NMT program and its affiliate UW Hospitals and Clinics received accreditation this year. The HP department had one promotion (Thorman), 2 retirements and 6 resignations. HP faculty scholarship has been productive and involves student collaboration/engagement (4 faculty/student publications and 4 faculty/student poster presentations at national conferences). HP faculty published an additional 15 papers in respected medical journals and presented 8 abstracts/posters at national and international conferences. HP prides itself on faculty/student service and outreach activities. Students have attended 198 different clinical sites around the US in 2014-2015. Faculty mentored OT and PT students have served approximately 100 clients through the OT adult and pediatric clinics and the PT program’s Exercise Program for Program for People with Neurological Disorders (EXPAND). Service learning activities have been influenced over 20 community based organizations. Faculty were involved in service to the college, university, and their respective professional organizations.


    The Mathematics Department had a very successful and award-winning year. The Department was awarded the 2015 Regent’s Excellence in Teaching Award, both the departmental and individual Most Accessible Awards from SAPA (Students Advocating Potential Ability), Dr. Eddie Kim won one of the 2014-15 Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Awards, and Dr. Jenn Kosiak was a 2015 YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women honoree. The level of scholarly activity in the Department continues to be high. Over twenty journal articles and one book chapter were accepted/published by eighteen different faculty members. Eighteen additional journal articles were submitted. The grant writing activity of department faculty has brought in nearly $151,000 this year, not counting continuing funding for multi-year grants previously awarded, and multiple presentations were given at state, national and international conferences. We successfully hired a new Assistant Professor of Math Education as well as three new Associate Lecturers. The Department also began a complete review of our curriculum, which will continue in the following year. A departmental colloquium was implemented involving student speakers as well as local and invited faculty. Students continue to do well in regional and international modeling and data analysis competitions, including a “meritorious award (top 15%)” in the COMAP (the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications) Mathematical Contest in Modeling and “best executive summary” at the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition held at Winona State University. Building on this success, a new Mathematics Modeling Club was created. This year’s Putnam Exam team ranked 64 out of 577 institutions participating. In addition, several students continued to work on undergraduate research projects, and gave presentations on their research at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Overall, the Mathematics Department had one of the best crops of graduating seniors in recent memory. At least ten mathematics or statistics graduates will be attending graduate school in Fall 2015.





    Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation


    School of Education


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