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June/July 2007

In This Issue:

  • Administrative Staff Updates
  • General Education Director Resigns
  • Online Teaching Director Announces Consulting
  • Accountability Report
  • Violence Prevention Specialist
  • Building Capacity for Diversity Initiatives
  • Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance Search Update
  • Provost/Vice Chancellor Search Update
  • Administrative Staff Updates

    Ray Abhold has accepted the position of associate dean in the College of Science and Health. He received his Ph.D. in zoology. For the past 18 years Dr. Abhold has been a faculty member at CSU-Fresno. He is a professor of biology currently serving as an assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs as well as an assistant to the dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. His research in neurochemistry has included undergraduate and graduate student participation. He has over 30 refereed articles and has received substantive funding from a variety of programs, including several awards from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Abhold has over 10 years of administrative experience that includes serving as director of academic resources, chair of the University Budget Committee and graduate coordinator for the Department of Biology. He is expected to start in early July.

    William T. (Billy) Clow has accepted the two-year position of interim associate dean in the College of Liberal Studies and Director of the School of Arts and Communication. Clow began at UW-L 11 years ago on a one-year academic staff contract. For the past eight years he has served as chair of the Department of Theatre Arts overseeing a threefold growth in majors and a resurgence of UW-L theatre within the community and a concentrated effort in fundraising for the arts.  He has designed scenery and lights for over 100 productions in the past 11 years and serves as a founding member of Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre in Nashville. Billy has served the university in a number of capacities including Faculty Senate, UW-L Foundation Board of Directors, Strategic Planning Committee, chairing Joint Planning & Budget for five years and the chancellor’s search and screen committee. Billy begins his appointment July 1.

    Dr. Bill Colclough has assumed the position of interim provost.

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    General Education Director Resigns

    Emily Johnson will step down as the director of General Education at the end of this summer. The General Education Committee recommended a directorship several years ago and Emily Johnson was the first person to serve in this role. She has been director since the spring of 2001.


    Emily has played an important role in increasing the awareness and importance of general education on our campus.  She also was instrumental in guiding the campus to examine the goals of general education and adopt a set of student learning outcomes. The Provost’s Office appreciates Emily’s dedication to student learning and her efforts to strengthen the program.

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    Online Teaching Director Announces Consulting

    Brian Udermann has officially started his role as the director of online education at UW-L.  If you are interested in developing an online course or have any questions regarding your current course or online education more generally, please feel free to contact him (785-8181,, 149 Mitchell Hall). 

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    Accountability Report

    Every year each campus in the UW System completes an accountability report that focuses on four system-wide goals:

    1. Provide access to higher education for the citizens of Wisconsin.

    2. Provide academic support services that facilitate academic success.

    3. Provide a campus environment that fosters learning and personal growth.

    4. Utilize resources in an efficient and effective manner.


    The four-page report, Achieving Excellence at UW-L, is online as are the reports for each of the UW campuses. For additional information contact Bill Cerbin (785-6881;, 145 Graff Main Hall ) who coordinates the UW-L report each year.


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    Violence Prevention Specialist

    UW-L has a violence prevention specialist on campus through a grant that affects each of the three La Crosse college campuses. Ingrid Peterson is now serving as an advocate for UW-L students who need help with situations involving interpersonal violence. She is also available to provide education and training to any interested individuals or groups on campus.  Ingrid can be reached weekdays from 9:00-4:00 (785-5126,, 306 Wimberly Hall).

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    Building Capacity for Diversity Initiatives

    UW-L’s Campus Climate Council recently hosted an on-campus retreat to engage individuals active in diversity-related initiatives in a large scale conversation regarding UW-L’s goals and priorities regarding diversity. The retreat was, in part, prompted by our NCA evaluation that indicated that UW-L’s diversity-related work was multifaceted but marked by a lack of coordination. Over 80 people attended the retreat that concluded with consensus points regarding short term (1 year) and longer term (3 year) goals. Key dimensions of the goals were the need to continue to work on the programming and goals associated with Plan 2008, assessment of current efforts, and the need for a coordination of efforts. Later this summer, a visual representation of UW-L diversity-related initiatives will be available, as will a synopsis of the goals generated at the retreat.  Comments and questions can be directed to Beth Hartung, Campus Climate Coordinator (785-5092,, 227 Graff Main Hall).

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    Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance Search Update

    The Search & Screen committee for this position is being chaired by Billy Clow (theatre arts) and consists of the following individuals: Michael Abler (biology), Pete Bemis (physical plant), Anita Evans (Murphy Library), Andrea Langhoff (student), Victor Macias-Gonzalez (history), Tiep Nguyen (business services), Harry Nicklaus (residence life), Larry Ringgenberg, (student centers), Jacob Rome (student ), Will Van Roosenbeek (student centers), Patrick Verse, (maintenance services), and Janice Ward (instructional technologies). The application deadline for the search will be June 22.  The committee hopes to bring candidates for interviews the week of July 16.  Complete information including the job description is available at

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    Provost/Vice Chancellor Search Update

    The Search & Screen committee for this position is being chaired by Gwen Achenreiner (marketing) and consists of the following individuals:  Lori Anderson (academic advising), Bjorn Bergman (student), Karyn Cecele (provost’s office), Beth Cherne (theatre), Enilda Delgado (sociology/archaeology), Melissa Hill (student), Carol Miller (sociology/archaeology), Mick Miyamoto (student life), Steve Senger (computer science), and Michele Thorman (health professions). The application deadline for the search will be September 28th.  

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    This newsletter is provided in the spirit of on-going communication. It is for informational purposes only and does not represent official policy statements or administrative positions.