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Office of Continuing Education and Extension

works with faculty and departments to extend the instructional, research and public service resources of UW-La Crosse 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. Most offerings are intended for teachers or health and human service rofessionals. Some outreach courses utilize distance education technologies.

Conferences, workshops and other non-credit instructional programs are conducted for selected professional audiences, as well as the general public. Elderhostel and the Learning in Retirement program are offered specifically for older adults. Some programs are offered through satellite down-linking or other distance education technologies. Continuing education units (CEUs), Department of Public Instruction clock hours or health education continuing education contact hours are awarded when appropriate.

Credit outreach courses and most non-credit instructional programs are offered in partnership with UW-Extension. The Extension statewide plan for continuing education, "Vision for the '90's," describes seven challenges for credit and non-credit programs to address: a culturally-enriched society, effective government, excellent schools, healthy society, the lengthening life span, a quality environment and a strong economy.

Science, humanities, and arts enrichment classes and camps are also offered during the summer for upper elementary, middle and high school students.

Continuing Education staff also work with faculty or off-campus individuals to host conferences and annual meetings of professional associations and other organizations.

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

is an archaeological research, preservation, and public education organization which 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. An archaeology laboratory is maintained in the basement of the archaeology building and 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. Field studies are conducted annually to learn about the prehistoric and early historic cultures of the upper Mississippi River Valley. The Center works closely with pre-collegiate teachers in developing archaeology instruction materials and activities for the classroom.

Summer Programs at Pigeon Lake Field Station

The University of Wisconsin System sponsors summer programs at Pigeon Lake Field Station near Drummond. 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 1400-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 Director, Continuing Education and Extension, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601.

University of Wisconsin- La Crosse Planetarium

has served the university, area schools, private groups, and the general public since 1965. Approximately 10,000 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 (608)785-8669.

River Studies Center (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. It provides employment, internships, and valuable research training for undergraduate and graduate students in aquatic science.

Business Development Center

serves the university, the faculty, and the business community through opportunities in research, on-site programs, counseling and educational programming. The UW- La Crosse Business Development Center is located in 120 North Hall, (608)785-8782, or electronically at

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

is a statewide organization that uses a variety of resources to help small business managers solve problems. The SBDC provides business with information and guidance concerning a multitude of concerns associated with starting, maintaining and expanding a small business. The SBDC offers one-on-one counseling for owners, managers, and prospective entrepreneurs with interns and upper level university students supervised by faculty in the Small Business Institute program.

Business Outreach

is a division of the Small Business Development Center, which provides non-credit continuing education programs for business people in a ten-county region. Topics include marketing, sales, finance, human resources, small business concerns. Business Outreach also serves as a resource by providing speakers, programs and trainers in business management topics to individual firms and groups.

Bureau of Business and Economic Research

is a contract research facility for area businesses. Feasibility and impact studies are conducted for local concerns, and economic information is collected and housed on such issues as local labor market, housing, consumer preferences, and export potential. The Bureau provides resource information for La Crosse area businesses and UW-La Crosse faculty from a collection of government reports and business publications. In addition, the Bureau produces the La Crosse Area Business and Economic Review, a quarterly publication of local, state and national economic information and relevant business issues.

The La Crosse Exercise and Health Program

is sponsored by the College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 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-La Crosse 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 HPER's Human Performance Laboratory. Although it is not specifically instructional, the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program offers an opportunity for practical experience, parti-cularly 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 Science­Fitness Emphasis enroll students who rely heavily on the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program units for their clinical work and supervision opportunities.

This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1997. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.

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