New Employees - Before you Arrive on Campus

Congratulations on your new position!  There will be a considerable amount of information to absorb during the initial days and weeks after starting your new job.  It will be helpful for you to review the following information, in addition to completing the required tasks, before you arrive for your first day.   


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  • Complete and return your appointment letter/contract and new hire paperwork to Human Resources right away! 

    • You should have received your appointment letter/contract and new hire paperwork via email and/or US mail.  If you have not, please let us know!  (608) 785-8013  

    • New Hire Paperwork  

      • This paperwork is sent along with your contract/appointment letter. Follow the instructions enclosed and return this paperwork in as soon as possible!

      • New faculty and academic staff are required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript of their highest degree. Transcripts should be sent to:

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Office of Human Resources, Attn: Joy Gutknecht

1725 State St, 144 Graff Main Hall

La Crosse, WI 54601

  • International New Hires

    • Contact Shelle Gholson, 608/785-6499 regarding work authorization

    • Contact Shelle Gholson, 608/785-6499 regarding international tax (using GLACIER online tax)

NOTE: Access to most items listed below requires submission of your completed new hire paperwork.  Delay in submitting this paperwork will also delay your access to email and other systems/software.  Please keep in mind that access takes 2-3 processing days from the time paperwork is received by Human Resources. 

  • Set up your NetID and password (used to log into most UW-L technology services)

  • Arrange your parking/transportation (reserved parking fills up quickly!):

  • TowerCard (Campus ID)

    • Get ahead by getting your ID early if you visit campus before your start date, otherwise you can do this on your first day

    • Location:  223 Cartwright Center.

    • Contact: Cynthia Swanson/TowerCard Support at (608)785-8891.                                           

    • Uses:

      • Swipe access to computer classrooms or labs (if applicable)

      • Access to Strength Center/Recreation Eagle Center.  Fees required.

      • Opportunity to open a Higher One Account for debit card purchases.

      • Tower Tender – see card office for additional information.

      • Murphy Library privileges:  Contact Stefan Smith or (608)785-8396.

      • Textbook Rental – temporarily for material review

      • Show  ID to purchase Campus Activities Board (CAB) tickets at staff price

    • Check out their website for more information:

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  • Benefits information:

    • Becoming familiar with the benefits options will help you make sense of the offerings in your upcoming benefits orientation session. Click here for benefits orientation schedule.
    • It is important to have your new hire paperwork completed and submitted and your NetID activated prior to your orientation to access the online benefits enrollment system.

    • Gather your spouse/domestic partner and/or dependents' birthdates and social security numbers. 

    • Spouses/Domestic partners are encouraged to attend the benefits orientation.

  • UW-La Crosse website and your department/unit’s website

  • La Crosse and surrounding area information

  • Payroll Calendars

  • Relocation Resources

  • Dontcha Know?  A few fun facts about UW-L and the La Crosse area!

  • Useful Links



Ask Questions!                                                                                                                     



  • Some good questions to ask of your supervisor to prepare for your first day:

    • Date/time/place to report to work?

    • What are my work hours?

    • Should I bring my lunch the first day?  Is there a refrigerator to store my lunch?

    • What is the preferred attire in the department/unit?

    • What parking lot is closest to my work space?

    • Will I have a schedule for my first days? (remind them of the date and time of your benefits orientation)



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