Duties and responsibilities of
the council shall include:
1. Establishing, in
consultation with departments and/or colleges, academic standards
pertaining to graduate study, including policies for graduate
admission, honors recognition, retention, probation, dismissal and
2. Determining the
procedures and criteria for selecting members of the graduate faculty
and annually approving an updated roster of members of the graduate
3. Formulating procedures
for hearing graduate student appeals and petitions on academic policy
matters not resolved by administrative offices of the
4. Studying long-range
issues related to any aspect of graduate studies and recommending how
and by whom these issues should be addressed.
Membership of the committee
shall include eight graduate faculty chosen so that each of the four
colleges is represented by two faculty members, at least one of whom
is either a graduate program director (having no additional
administrative responsibilities) or is a member of a department
participating in a graduate program. In addition, the director of
graduate studies, the chair of the graduate curriculum committee, and
two graduate students shall serve as members. The deans of the four
colleges or their designated appointees, and the registrar shall
serve as administrative consultants to the committee. The committee
shall elect its chair. The director of graduate studies shall serve
Duties and responsibilities of
the committee shall include:
1. Receiving, reviewing
and acting on proposals for curricular changes from the various
academic departments and graduate programs.
2. Initiating, developing
and recommending changes in the design of curricula for experimental
and research purposes.
3. Informing department
chair/program directors, in writing, of proposals being considered
that relate to experimental curricula or their programs, thus
providing adequate opportunity for department/programs to be heard
prior to committee and senate action on such proposals.
4. Evaluating various
curricular proposals by an established set of criteria, taking into
consideration the needs of students and of society, the mission of
the university, the necessity for quality programs, and the
availability of resources.
5. Coordinating the
various curricula through formal consultation with the academic
departments, graduate programs, and the Academic Program Review
6. Publishing the agenda
of regularly scheduled meetings in the university newsletter.
Membership of the committee
shall consist of twelve members of the graduate faculty and four
graduate students. The faculty membership shall consist of three
representatives from each of the four colleges. Each of the four
colleges shall be represented by one student member. The provost/vice
chancellor, the registrar, the director of graduate studies, the dean
of each college, and the director of the library shall serve as
administrative consultants to the committee. The committee shall
elect its chair.
8 Wilder Hall, (608)785-6950
The Academic Discovery Lab is
a service jointly sponsored by the Counseling and Testing Center and
the Office of Career Services. The lab provides students with a
centralized location on campus that helps students identify a college
major; learn about academic programs; access campus resources; and,
work with the DISCOVER career decision-making software program. The
Lab is located on the lower level of Wilder Hall.
2nd Floor Wilder Hall,
The Career Services Office
assists students and alumni in identifying their career options, and
in developing job search strategies which can lead to meaningful
employment. Many resources are available to assist in this process:
experienced staff members, a Career Resource Center, and the
Cooperative Education/ Internship program. Workshops on
career-related topics are offered on an ongoing basis.
Career Services provides a web
vacancy listing which includes current positions available according
to job categories. The Career Services Office also offers an online
resume service for students and alumni. Representatives from
business, industry, government and education conduct on-campus
recruiting interviews for graduating students.
All students are encouraged to
explore these resources. It is recommended that students complete
Career Services registration on the web the semester preceding graduation. Alumni and others are welcome to inquire about
services appropriate to their needs.
112 Wilder Hall,
The UW-L Counseling and
Testing Center, accredited by the International Association of
Counseling Services, Inc., offers services designed to help the
typical college student adjust to the university environment, cope
with academic and social pressures, and prevent more serious
problems from developing. The staff helps students be more effective
in their academic work, personal life, and their relationships with
people. Individual counseling provides
an opportunity to talk with a professional counselor about any topic
or personal concern.
Groups and workshops help students learn new
interpersonal skills, improve study skills or discuss personal
concerns in a safe and supportive atmosphere. There are alcohol and
drug abuse programs and Reach and Share, a student peer educator
group that presents programs on topics that are critical health and
social issues, which affect the UW-L campus.
Information shared in
counseling sessions is confidential in accordance with Wisconsin
Statutes. Counseling records, tests, and related information do not become part of the official university record.
National testing programs are
administered for UW-L students and other persons in the surrounding
area. Available tests include the ACT, Wisconsin Regional Placement
Tests, CLEP, PPST, MCAT, and MAT. The GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS/PPST and
TOEFL are available in computer-based format.
The professional staff
consists of psychologists, counselors, counselor associates, program
assistants, and supervised professionals in training. Staff members
have considerable experience in working with college students and use
various short-term methods of individual and group counseling to help
students achieve their goals. The Counseling and Testing Center is
also a training site for masters and doctoral level graduate students
who work under the supervision of licensed professional
Counseling Center services are
available free of charge to currently enrolled students. Schedules
permitting, non-UW-L students may use the fee-based career assessment
services offered to the La Crosse community.
165 Murphy Library Resource
The University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for
all students. Students with disabilities on our campus are offered a
variety of services to insure that both facilities and programs are
accessible. The Office of Disability Resource Services assists the
students in obtaining reasonable accommodations at the
In 1988, the Wisconsin Board
of Regents passed an important non-discrimination policy for students
with disabilities who attend the University of Wisconsin System
schools. This policy mandates that students with disabilities will
receive the accommodations necessary for them to have equal access to
educational opportunities and programs in the integrated or
Any student at UW-L who has a
physical, sensory, emotional, or learning disability should meet with
personnel from the Disability Resource Services during his/her first
semester on campus. Students should contact personnel at the office
immediately after acceptance into the university.
All classroom buildings have
elevators, entrance ramps and at least one accessible rest room for
students using wheelchairs. Academic accommodations are arranged on
an individual basis between the student and the Disability Resource
Services office staff.
Students with disabilities
may be eligible for services such as: taped textbooks, classroom note
takers, test accommodations, priority registration, equipment loan,
peer support groups and advising.
212 Cartwright Center
Snack bars, vending machines,
catering, and other food services are available in Cartwright Center.
Contract board service is provided in Whitney Center. Food service is
Wing Technology Center,
ITS provides computing,
network and educational technology services to campus that are used
to support instruction, research, student services and communication.
A variety of services for students are available including computer
labs, a help desk, training, e-mail, file storage and web
The ITS Support Center
provides technical assistance and consulting for students on
campus-supported applications and technology. Assistance with e-mail,
course management tools, file storage, applications and more is
available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Extended hours are available during the Fall and Spring semesters
from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Online help
resources and information can be found at: www.uwlax.edu/itssupport
Technical Support Services works within the ITS
Support Center and provides the institution with hardware consulting,
diagnostics, upgrade, set-up, re-service and warranty repair.
General access computer labs
are available in several locations on campus and are open at least 80
hours per week. Labs can be found in Murphy Library, Cowley Hall,
Wimberly Hall and the newly-remodeled Wing Technology Center.
Computers in the labs run Windows 2000 and Macintosh operating
systems. A wide variety of application software including Microsoft
Office is also available. A schedule of open hours and locations is
available online at: www.uwlax.edu/gca
Students are eligible for free
training through ITS. Training is available on Microsoft Office
A schedule of sessions is published each semester and individual
sessions can also be scheduled. More information is available at: www.uwlax.edu/student
Network Services provides an
Internet connection to campus offices, buildings and residence halls.
They also support campus email and online file storage servers.
E-mail accounts are created automatically for all students, and
e-mail can be accessed through a web interface from any location. All
students receive 20mb of e-mail storage. Many forms of official
campus communication are sent through campus e-mail addresses, so it
is critical that all students use their university e-mail accounts.
Information and assistance with email is available through the ITS
Online File Storage is
provided on a central file server. This allows students to store
documents and other files in a central location, which is available
to them from home or from any campus computer lab. 50mb of storage is
provided for each student. Information and assistance with Online
File Storage is available through the ITS Support Center.
Services provides a variety of other services including classroom
technology support and campus Web servers (www.uwlax.edu
The campus Web server provides information on campus
events, directories of people and services, and other information.
ITS also supports course management servers such as Blackboard and WebCT.
ITS resources are provided to
students, faculty and staff to support academic work and to create a
community of shared inquiry. Principles of responsible use to which
all users are bound are printed in the student and staff handbooks
available electronically on the campus web server.
Murphy Library houses library
materials, computer facilities, and curriculum collections.
Specialized facilities for computer instruction, extended hours
studying, and student support services are integral parts of the
library resource center.
The remodeled building and 1995 addition contain over 650,461 volumes in open
stack collections, including books, maps, periodicals and microfilm. An on-line
catalog allows users to search Murphy Library and other University of Wisconsin
and regional catalogs. Materials may be borrowed directly from other UW
The facility provides a
variety of seating carrels and group study rooms in a pleasant
surrounding. The Special Collections/Area Research Center contains
the university archives, rare books, over 700 hours of oral history
interviews, a 146,799-image photo collection, 6,099 books on
Wisconsin history and a regional depository for State Historical
Society records and documents.
There are more than 1,600
current periodicals shelved on the first floor with bound and
microform volumes of periodicals. A searchable database lists title
alphabetically for periodicals owned by Murphy Library, area
libraries and available as full-text or full-image files. The
microform holdings number more than one million. Hundreds of
information databases are accessible through the library's web
The video collection with more
than 1500 titles is located in the Curriculum Center. These materials
can be checked out and viewing facilities are available.
The library is rich in foreign
bibliographies, encyclopedias and reference volumes. It is a
selective depository for state and federal documents. The
inter-library loan/document delivery department provides prompt
access to materials that may be available at other universities, but
not at UW-L. By cooperative agreement, students may also use the
libraries of Viterbo University, Western Wisconsin Technical College,
the La Crosse Public Library and area medical centers.
The Rec includes a track,
strength and conditioning center, aerobics room, martial arts room,
four gymnasiums, climbing wall, racquetball courts, batting cages, TV
lounge, vending area, Outdoor Connection, and the Child Care Center.
The facility, funded entirely by student fees, is used for intramural
sports, open recreation, and sport and activity club events.
lst Floor, Health Science Center
The Student Health
Center, a member of the American College Health Association provides
medical, nursing, and physical therapy services in the form of
outpatient and urgent care as well as prevention of illness or
injury. Examples of services available include minor surgical
procedures requiring only local anesthesia, gynecological and
reproductive services, allergy injections, laboratory services and
HIV testing and counseling. Minor injury care is available for the
care of sprains, strains, minor fractures, treatment for lacerations
requiring stitches, and minor burns. The Health Service now has x-ray
services available for a fee. The staff places a high priority on
patient education to help students manage their own health care and
learn how to interact with the medical system.
The staff consists of Board
Certified physicians, a certified nurse practitioner, five registered
nurses with certification in college health nursing, physical
therapists who are also certified athletic trainers, physical
therapist's assistants, medical lab technologists, health information
managers, and office staff. The Health Center staff is experienced in
working with the health care needs of college students and is
dedicated to providing high quality care and assistance.
Services are available to
students who are registered for a minimum of seven credits during the
fall or spring semester or a minimum of six credits during the summer
session.. The student health fee is automatically included in the
full-time student fee statement. There is a semester fee
charge for allergy injections. Students enrolled for six credits or
less may also use the Health Center if they pay the student health
All information in a student's
health record is entirely confidential and is not released to anyone
without the student's written consent. Students may schedule an
appointment to review their medical records.
Students are seen on an
appointment basis 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays when school is in session. A
nurse is available to screen urgent medical needs when an appointment
is not available. Students who need emergency medical care when the
Health Center is closed should go to the emergency department or
walk-in clinic of either of the La Crosse hospitals.
Students are not required to
have insurance to receive care at the Health Center. Payment of
student fees covers this cost. However, students are strongly
encouraged to obtain supplemental hospital-accident insurance to
cover such expenses as hospitalization, emergency services,
specialist care, X-rays, pharmacy, and ambulance transport. The
student health fee does not cover these costs. If coverage is
available through a family plan, students are urged to have the name
of the insurance carrier and policy/subscriber numbers available on
campus. For those students not covered under family policies, a
supplemental insurance plan is available though the university.
213 Wilder Hall, (608)785-8075
Because the university
residence halls are non-apartment style with two individuals to each
room and centrally located bathrooms on each floor, most graduate
students elect to live off campus. Baird Hall has been reserved for upperclass, graduate, and international students; single rooms are
not available in Baird Hall. A kitchen on each floor is provided and
the university meal plan is optional. Baird Hall is open during break
periods and residents may stay in the hall for an additional charge.
On-campus housing fills very
quickly. Students who are interested in this housing option should
contact the Office of Residence Life immediately after being accepted
No university-owned housing is
provided for married students. The Office of Residence Life does work
closely with local landlords and rental agencies in compiling a list
of apartments and rental spaces available off campus. The
computerized list is updated weekly and available at a cost of fifty
cents plus mailing costs. To obtain a copy of this list, call
116 Graff Main Hall,
The international student
adviser is located in the Office of International Education. This
adviser plays an important role in assisting new international
students in their adjustment to UW-L and life in the United States.
Although a primary function is advising students on the many issues
that may affect their stay, the Office of International Education and
the International Student Adviser provide other important
information containing details about transportation and arrival,
health insurance, housing, life in La Crosse, and
-- orientation programs,
scheduled each semester before classes, to acquaint new students with
university academics, facilities, and procedures, life in La
Crosse, money and banking, immigration laws, and campus and community
-- administration of
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) regulations in areas
such as work authorization, transfer of schools, practical training
authorization, and extension of stay.
-- referral services to
other university offices and community agencies.
The international student
adviser serves as a liaison with other organizations that provide
international students various opportunities to meet and interact
with people from UW-L and the La Crosse community. Two of these
organizations are the International Student Organization (ISO) and La
Crosse Friends of International Students (LFIS).
International Student Organization (ISO) is a recognized
university student organization that offers membership to U.S. and
international students, as well as interested non-student members.
ISO sponsors an International Awareness Week and an international
banquet. Other social events and activities are scheduled throughout
La Crosse Friends of International Students (LFIS) is a community
organization which is actively involved with the international
students at UW-L. The group organizes cultural and social events,
excursions, and other activities. It sponsors a Friendship Family
program which arranges arrival greeting, temporary housing, as well
as community interaction for new and continuing international
p. 11 for a description of
academic programs abroad.
The Student Association
annually contracts with local attorneys to help students who need
legal advice. By contacting the Office of Student Life,
(608)785-8062, students can make appointments to see an attorney on
campus. All information between attorney and student is kept
confidential. It should be noted that legal service is limited to
advice, not court appearances.
243 Graff Main Hall,
The primary goals of the
Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) are to increase the
undergraduate and graduate enrollment of American minority and
disadvantaged students, to improve the quality of their educational
and social experience, and to increase the number of graduates. To
accomplish these objectives, the OMSS sponsors retention services,
such as tutoring and academic early intervention, and other special
academic support programs and services. The OMSS also sponsors
numerous cultural events, supports diverse student organizations,
promotes community outreach efforts, consults and holds joint
programming sessions with support services offices, and encourages
staff and faculty involvement in multicultural student assistance
programs. In addition, the OMSS staff assists students with
financial, academic, postgraduate, and personal matters. The Office
administers the Academic Summer Institute, an eight week intensive
program in college level English, mathematics, history and academic
skills designed for minority freshmen.
Information Center, (608)785-8061
The protective services unit
exists for the protection of people and property within and adjacent
to the University community. The staff of certified (commissioned)
police officers strive to provide a safe and secure campus
environment. This is done through enforcement as well as engaging in
activities with the office of student life and residence life to
promote safety and responsible behavior. Protective Services is
operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This unit also is responsible
for campus parking. Space is very limited. Lots designated as
commuter parking for students and staff are controlled by permits
sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
149 Graff Main Hall,
The Office of Student Life
staff strive to serve as advocates to promote the interest of
students within the university. Their goal is to help facilitate
student success by maximizing the use of the services available and
to intervene on students' behalf when requested and appropriate.
Staff are prepared to address the following issues:
-- advising and referral
of students who experience personal crises
-- investigation of
student complaints (ombuds role)
-- advocacy and
advisement for returning adult students (non-traditional aged)
The Office of Student Life is
also designated with the responsibility of enforcing the various
conduct codes on campus, which can be found in the Eagle Eye. Students who experience harassment or
discrimination or have questions regarding their rights and
responsibilities, should visit the Office of Student Life for
confidential advice and guidance.
In addition, the staff can
provide mediation services to students who may experience
interpersonal conflict(s) and are interested in working toward
In 1989, the Board of Regents
adopted an administrative code Chapter UWS 14, which covers academic
misconduct. Its principles state that "The Board of Regents,
administrators, faculty, academic staff, and students of the
University of Wisconsin System believe that academic honesty and
integrity are fundamental to the mission of higher education and of
the University of Wisconsin system. The University has a
responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to
develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic
dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and
representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of
sources, and for respect of others' academic endeavors. Students who
violate these standards must be confronted and must accept the
consequences of their actions."
The Board also revised Chapter
UWS 17, which covers non-academic misconduct. In it, they state that
"The Board of Regents, administration, faculty, academic staff and
students of the University of Wisconsin system believe that the
teaching, learning, research and service activities of the university
can flourish only in an environment that is safe from violence and
free of harassment, fraud, theft, disruption and intimidation. The
university has a responsibility to identify basic standards of
non-academic conduct necessary to protect the community, and to
develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of misconduct
while observing the procedural and substantive rights of students.
Any person who violates state or federal laws on university property
may face prosecution in the appropriate courts. In addition,
students, faculty or staff who violate university standards are
subject to university disciplinary action."
The procedures in both
Chapters 14 and 17 describe the actions that the university may take
in response to student misconduct; they define the conduct that is
prohibited; and they outline the procedures that are to be used to
resolve allegations of misconduct. The UW-L student disciplinary
procedures are identical to those in UWS 14 and UWS 17. These
documents can be found in the UW-L Eagle Eye, available at the Office
of Student Life Web site, www.uwlax.edu/StudentLife/main2.html
It also includes UWS Chapter 18,
"Conduct on University Lands", which describes prohibited behavior
and parking regulations.
The students at UW-L have
adopted the following honor statement: "We, the students of UW-La
Crosse, believe that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental
to the mission of higher education. We, as students, are responsible
for the honest completion and representation of our work and respect
for others' academic endeavors. We, as students, and responsible
citizens of the city of La Crosse, will aim to uphold the integrity
of the University throughout the La Crosse community. It is our
individual responsibility as students to uphold these ethical
standards and to respect the character of the individuals and the
There are many opportunities
for campus and community involvement at the graduate level. The
Involvement Center, 222 Cartwright Center, is a service that promotes
volunteerism and involvement. The staff has access to a wide variety
of resources to match opportunities with students' interests. They
also present programs to classes and organizations.
The Diversity Resource Center,
223A Cartwright Center, can assist student organizations and
individual students in understanding and valuing diversity. It
provides resources and educational programs that encourage the
acceptance, respect, and appreciation of diversity in relation to
race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical
capabilities, socioeconomic status, and religious affiliation.
There are 150 student
organizations which focus on departmental/professional interests,
social organizations, honor societies, human diversity, religious and
spiritual areas, service, special interests, social activism, sports
and activities. The Recognized
Student Organizations Guide, available in Student Activities and Centers Office, 212
Cartwright Center, has descriptions of each organization. The Student
Senate, the Faculty Senate-appointed Graduate Council and Graduate
Curriculum Committee each have graduate student representation.
The Graduate Student
Organization (GSO) is a recognized university student organization
for all graduate students, which is led by elected student officers.
Each year the GSO implements a variety of professional development
activities such as graduate research orientation, use of
instructional technology, and career counseling. Travel fundsare
available on a competitive basis from the GSO for students enrolled
in a degree program who are presenting or attending professional
conferences. A competitive Graduate Student Research Grant program is
also available. Contact the Office of University Graduate Studies
(608)785-8124, for information about the GSO or funding
Cleary Alumni & Friends
toll free 877-UWL-ALUM
The University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse Alumni Association builds relationships with alumni, students
and the university. These lifelong relationships are the foundation
of our program.
When you graduate, you will
join more than 53,000 alums, living in 59 different countries that
have earned degrees from UW-La Crosse. One of the easiest way to stay
connected to the university is through The UW-La Crosse Alumni
Association. The Alumni Association organizes events all over the
world to bring alumni together. Our goal is to connect alumni to the
university and to each other. Any graduate, former student, faculty
and friend of the university is eligible to join.
The UW-L Alumni Association
For you. For La Crosse. For a lifetime.
205 Morris Hall, (608)785-6500
CEE works with faculty and
departments to extend the instructional, research and public service
resources of UW-L to individuals and organizations in western
Wisconsin communities and in other parts of the state. Some programs
attract national and international audiences.
Graduate and undergraduate
credit courses are offered off-campus for part-time students,
primarily K-12 educators and health and human service professionals.
Some courses are offered in partnership with the Cooperative
Education Service Agency (CESA) #4. CEE also administers the Learning
Community program within the Master of Education-Professional
Development Program (ME-PD) in partnership with the School of
Conferences, workshops and
other non-credit instructional programs are conducted for selected
professional audiences, as well as for the general public. The
Learning in Retirement programs are offered specifically for older
adults. Continuing education units (CEUs), Department of Public
Instruction clock hours or health education continuing education
contact hours (CECHs) are awarded when appropriate.
Science, humanities, and arts
enrichment classes are also offered for upper elementary, middle and
high school students.
Credit outreach courses and
most non-credit instructional programs are offered in partnership
with UW-Extension. Distance learning technologies are used for
CEE staff work with faculty
and off-campus individuals to host conferences and annual meetings of
professional associations and other organizations.
Archaeology Center &
Laboratories Building, (608)785-8464
MVAC is an archaeological
research, preservation, and public education organization that
conducts excavations and surveys, presents programs and speakers, and
works with archaeologists in the Sociology/ Archaeology Department to
provide opportunities for student participation in archaeological
research. MVAC has its administrative office in room 310 Wimberly
Hall (785-8463). The Archaeology Center and Laboratories Building is
used to train students in archaeological methods. The archaeology
laboratory is a location for much course-related student research,
and contains space to curate artifacts recovered from field projects.
The Center also provides archaeological and historical consulting
services for developers and governmental agencies. Field Studies are
conducted annually to learn about the prehistoric and early historic
cultures of the upper Mississippi River Valley. The MVAC Web site
contains much information on the archaeology of the upper Mississippi
The University of Wisconsin
System sponsors summer programs at Pigeon Lake Field Station near
Drummond, Wis. Appropriate course work successfully completed at
Pigeon Lake is credited as resident study by the university.
Pigeon Lake Field Station is a
natural laboratory in the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest.
Sixteen rustic cabins (each accommodating eight students), a dining
hall, recreation hall, and three classroom/ laboratory buildings are
situated near the lake's 1,400-foot shoreline. Excellent facilities
are available for boating, swimming and fishing.
The station is used
principally for programs in field biology, the natural sciences,
outdoor recreation, outdoor education and art. Courses vary in length
from one to three weeks.
Graduate and undergraduate
courses are publicized in the early spring. For further details,
contact the Dean of the College of Science and Allied Health.
20 Cowley Hall, (608)785-8669
The planetarium has served the
university, area schools, private groups, and the general public
since 1965. Several thousand people attend presentations at the
planetarium each school year. Bright stars and major constellations
are pointed out in the simulated sky at public programs on Monday
evenings. Each program also includes a multi-media presentation on
various subjects in astronomy and space science. A music, light and
laser show, "Album Encounters", features rock artists on Thursday
evenings. For information on current programs, call 785-8669. www.uwlax.edu/planetarium
4034 Cowley Hall, (608)785-8261
The RSC, created in 1972, is a
non-curricular unit established to focus on research and
informational programs pertinent to the Upper Mississippi River and
its related resources. During the past 20 years, the RSC has expanded
its activities to other aquatic resources in Wisconsin and the
region, such as northern lakes. Specific areas of research include
aquatic ecology, fisheries, aquatic microbiology, aquatic toxicology,
and water quality. Research is conducted in laboratories in Cowley
Hall including the recently renovated analytical chemistry and
aquatic toxicology facilities.
The activities of the RSC are
closely coordinated with the Department of Biology/Microbiology and a
number of state and federal agencies and provide employment,
internships, and valuable research training for undergraduate and
graduate students in aquatic science.
120 Wimberly Hall, (608)785-8782
The BDC helps business owners
start and grow the businesses through research, on-site programs,
advising and educational programming. The BDC is located in 120
As one of Wisconsin's Small
Business Development Centers, the BDC uses a variety of resources to
help business managers solve business challenges. It provides
businesses with information and guidance in starting, maintaining and
expanding a small business. Funding from the Small Business
Administration supports the free counseling.
Case studies are sometimes
conducted by advanced students under faculty supervision. There are
also internship and independent study opportunities.
In partnership with
UW-Extension, the BDC provides non-credit continuing education
programs for business people in a 7-county region. Topics include
marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and other small business
concerns. The Supervisory Management certificate program provides
practical training for both new and experienced managers. In
addition, the BDC provides speakers, programs and trainers to
individual firms and groups.
Some research is conducted for
area businesses such as feasibility and impact studies. Economic
information is collected and housed regarding such issues as the
local labor market, housing, consumer preferences and export
potential. Local economic data is accessed through the Web site.
221 Mitchell Hall, (608)785-8683
This program is sponsored by
the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher
Education in conjunction with the La Crosse area medical profession.
The program comprises two community service units, Adult Fitness and
Cardiac Rehabilitation, as well as professional units in research and
educational services. Based on laboratory evaluations, individualized
programs of diet and exercise are developed by UW-L faculty and technicians
in cooperation with area medical personnel. Graduate assistants and
undergraduate fitness majors assist during exercise periods in the
Mitchell Hall pool and fieldhouse or during individual testing
sessions in the College of HPERTE's Human Performance Laboratory.
Although it is not specifically instructional, the La Crosse Exercise
and Health Program offers an opportunity for practical experience,
particularly to students who major in exercise and sport science and
health education. Both the graduate degree program in Adult
Fitness-Cardiac Rehabilitation and the undergraduate program in
Exercise and Sport Science-Fitness Emphasis enroll students who rely
heavily on the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program units for their
clinical work and supervision opportunities.
Health Science Center,
The Consortium was formed in
the fall of 1993 and incorporated as an independent 501(C)3
not-for-profit corporation in the spring of 1994. The Consortium
represents an alliance between UW-L, Western Wisconsin Technical
College, Viterbo University, and Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan
Skemp Healthcare, two independent health care providers.
The activities of the
Consortium were initially guided by a steering committee composed of
senior level administrative representatives from each institution.
Under the direction of the steering committee, the Consortium focused
its efforts toward investigating collaborative initiatives to enhance
primary care, strengthen allied health science education, and
solidify interactive research initiatives in the clinical
The Consortium is now governed
by a CEO level Board of Directors and managed by an executive
director. The focus of the multi-institutional partnership is
directed toward planning and implementing interactive programs that
optimize the use of shared resources and take advantage of the
strengths of individual consortium members.
The Consortium identified the
need for additional physical facilities to support their
collaborative efforts and, with UW-L taking a leadership role in the
initiative, constructed a jointly-owned and operated facility
identified as the La Crosse Medical Health Science and Education and
Research Center. The multidisciplinary center furnishes much needed
space for expanded, integrated allied health science programming and
provides the physical facility to support collaborative, clinically
focused research in human physiology, microbiology and rehabilitative
On behalf of the University,
the Center supports academic programming in physical therapy,
occupational therapy, medical technology, nuclear medicine
technology, radiation therapy, physician assistant education,
clinical microbiology, human physiology, and reading. In conjunction
with these interactive educational programs, the Center contributes
significantly to the economic and higher educational well-being of
the region and is a superb asset in support of the University's focus
on health professions programming. The facility was opened in