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SERVICES and INVOLVEMENT                    

A key ingredient to your success as a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is for you to become familiar with the various services, programs and sources of support available to you. Changing majors and re-thinking a career decision is a common occurrence. Perhaps you need assistance with personal concerns or academic skills. Maybe you are interested in special programs to augment your classroom learning. The university provides many resources to assist you in your development and to expand your experience.  


































Academic Advising

Faculty advisers are assigned to each student based on academic major. Students are notified of this assignment by the dean’s assistant in the appropriate college. Advisers may be consulted for major and career choices and concerns, course sequencing and selection, and a variety of other issues. Students should schedule a minimum of one conference per semester with their advisers. Frequently this is done when planning next semester’s class schedule.

Other advising resources include the Academic Advising Center, Career Services Office, and the Counseling and Testing Center, all located in Wilder Hall. The staff in these offices provide academic ,career and personal counseling, and make referrals when appropriate. These resources, particularly the Academic Advising Center are useful for students who have not declared an academic major or are uncertain about a major or career.

Academic assistants to the deans are knowledgeable about university policies and procedures. They assign faculty advisers and notify students of the academic status. They determine whether students have completed all General Education, college core, major, minor and university requirements for graduation. Students should schedule an appointment with the assistant in their college dean’s office one semester prior to graduation to confirm that all requirements will be met.

The Student Notice of Academic Progress (SNAP) report is an important advising tool. Each semester a report is generated and sent to students via e-mail as well as to each adviser. The report identifies requirements that have been completed and those that remain. Using your SNAP is the best way to ensure that you are taking exactly the courses you need for graduation. SNAP search allows a student to get a SNAP report for any major. This provides an opportunity to determine how one’s courses fit into a different major, and what requirements would need to be met. SNAP reports and SNAP searches are available for minimal cost at the Records and Registration Office.



8 Wilder Hall, (608)785-6950

The Academic Advising Center exists to help students make effective, informed decisions about their academic work. The center staff believe students should understand and appreciate the value of the General Education program – and that students should choose a major field of study that is consistent with their natural inclinations and talents. They work closely with all faculty and academic units to support effective communication across the disciplines about academic support that is available to all students. 

Declared majors. The staff support the advising that that is carried out by faculty and academic staff within the colleges, departments and other academic units. Students who have declared their major/minor should meet every semester with their designated faculty adviser.  

Undeclared majors/students with unique needs. Most of the center’s work is focused on students who have not decided on an academic major and populations of transfer students, returning (non-traditional) students, and those students with unique needs. There are resources to assist with academic and career decision-making, including the computer-based Discover program, WCIS (Wisconsin Career Information System) and other World Wide Web-based programs that can help match the student’s interest and skills with potential majors and occupations. The staff and peer advisers meet individually with students who are uncertain about their major or career choice and refer students to other campus resources and make confidential referrals for vocational testing and career counseling as appropriate.



Career Services
2nd Floor Wilder Hall; (608)785-8514


The Career Services Office assists students in finding meaningful careers. The following services are available to assist in this process.  

Career Events. Each year Career Services coordinates several major career exploration events that allow students to meet employers on an informal basis to discuss career options, internship positions, and employment opportunities. 

On-Line Services. From the Career Services’ home page, students can view and apply for regularly updated internships and jobs, sign up for on-campus interviews and upload resumes for employers to view on line. The home page also provides a complete schedule of Career Services sponsored career fairs, events and workshops, extensive “how to” information for resume writing, cover letter writing and interviewing, links to the top job Web sites and major employer home pages, graduate and professional school information, links to career guidance information and an annually updated report on employment information of recent UW-L graduates. 

Workshops. Titles and subject matter of the regularly scheduled workshops include the following: Preparing a Resume; Job Interview Techniques; Introduction to Cooperative Education and Internships and Job Search Strategies.  

On-Campus Interviewing. Employers from business, industry, government, and education visit the campus to interview students for employment opportunities.  

Cooperative Education and Internship Program. Internships help students integrate classroom with practical experience through experiences related to their academic and occupational goals. These experiences, for which a student can receive credit, include working for regional, national, and international businesses, government agencies, and community organizations.

Normally, internships involve one academic period (summer or semester) in full- or part-time field assignments. Cooperative education alternates classroom study with work, i.e. work a semester, study a semester and work a summer or spend part of the day on a field assignment and part of the day in class.

To participate in the Cooperative Education and Internship Program, students must meet grade point average and course prerequisites. Students must be at their internship site during the academic term for which they are registered for academic credit. Students should contact the Career Services Office during their sophomore year to learn more.

Departmental internships also are offered. See “Internships” pg. 163 for a list of the departments.


Counseling and Testing CENTER  
112 Wilder Hall; (608)785-8073  

The Counseling and Testing Center 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 people 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, 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 also is a training site for masters and doctoral level graduate students who work under the supervision of licensed professional psychologists.

Counseling center services are available free of charge to currently enrolled students.

Disability RESOURCE Services  
165 Murphy Library Resource Center  

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 can assist the students in obtaining reasonable accommodations at the university.

 In 1988, the 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 mainstreaming setting.

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 restroom for students using wheelchairs. Academic accommodations are arranged on an individual basis between the faculty, 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.


1st 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. 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 each semester. The student health fee is automatically included in the full-time student fee statement. Students enrolled for six credits or less may also use the Health Center if they pay the student health fee.

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 can be seen at the Health Center by scheduled appointments, same day appointments and walk-in clinic. Appointments are available weekdays when school is in session from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday; and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. 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, 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 through the university.


Office of International Education  
116 Graff Main Hall; (608)785-8016  

  International Student Services

The office of 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 services:

pre-arrival information containing details about transportation and arrival, health insurance, housing, life in La Crosse, and orientation.

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 organizations.

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 the year.

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 for arrival greeting, temporary housing, as well as community interaction for new and continuing international students.


Academic Programs Abroad

UW-L and the Office of International Education offer students a range of academic programs for full university credit at leading universities well matched to the needs and interests of UW-L students. Program costs are, on average, comparatively less than many other university programs nationwide.

 The university encourages students to study in a foreign country to enrich their university training and enhance career opportunities. International study programs provide special opportunities for advanced study of the humanities, social sciences, international, business, and the arts. Language study programs are coordinated with modern language course work at   UW-L so students can continue their progress in an appropriate sequence. The Office of International Education has a resource room with information on UW-L programs including course catalogs, videos, tourist information, etc.

 Academic Program Abroad categories:

1.  Exchanges permit students to enroll directly at a foreign university for a semester or year by trading places with a student who comes to UW-L from that university. Exchange students take standard classes in the curriculum and otherwise participate fully as regular students at the host university.

2.  Study abroad programs also allow students to enroll directly at a foreign university, but under the auspices of a specially designed program to accommodate American students.

3.  Study centers are private institutions designed exclusively for American students. They are usually not directly affiliated with a foreign university.

4.  Study tours are short-term excursions or summer programs, led by UW-L faculty which allow students to focus on specific issues, themes, or world regions. Ongoing study tours are offered in Austria, Ireland, and Scotland.  


Listed below are the principal academic programs abroad currently available to  UW-L students:  
    United Kingdom
    International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)  
    International Internship Program  
    Independent Research Abroad  
    Wisconsin-in-Scotland Study Center

In cooperation with the four other campuses of the West Central Wisconsin Consortium, UW-L operates a collegiate facility near Edinburgh, Scotland. Dalkeith House, an elegant 18th-century manor, serves as a residence and instructional center through an agreement with the Buccleugh Heritage Trust. Students earn UW-L resident credit while taking courses from British and Wisconsin faculty.


International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

                    UWL is a member of ISEP, an organization of more than 200 higher education institutions around the world including Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific. In most cases, ISEP participants register as regular students at the host institutions, take the same courses, and participate in the same activities as local students. Programs are available in almost any field at the undergraduate and graduate level. Many sites offer classes in English while learning the language of the host country.


International Internship Program

       Students may acquire practical experience in the operations of international businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and other international organizations to gain a better understanding of how other cultures live and work. International internships can be coordinated with a foreign study program or completed independently, before or after graduation.


Independent Research Abroad

       Students with superior academic qualifications may apply for participation in the Independent Research Abroad program. Modeled after leading graduate programs, it allows advanced students to spend an extended term in a foreign location completing an individually designed research project. Students prepare their projects in a semester-long seminar prior to their field research. Activities abroad are coordinated with appropriate foreign institutions, libraries, and other resource centers.

Academic Requirements

Selection of the right foreign study program for each student requires careful consideration of the academic, personal, and financial factors that determine a successful international experience. Group and individual advising sessions with the study abroad coordinator assist students in choosing an appropriate program. Applicants for academic programs abroad are expected to have a good record of academic achievements. Some programs have minimum grade point average requirements. Sophomore or junior standing is required for most programs.

Upon acceptance into a program, students are required to enroll in INS 250, “Orientation to Study Abroad,” a one-credit course designed to prepare students for a successful international experience. This course examines educational, cultural, political, and other issues that affect a student’s adaptation to foreign environments.

Academic credit is awarded for all programs, subject to approval of transfer by specific departments. Grades are not calculated in students’ UW-L GPA, except for participants of the Wisconsin-in-Scotland program and some study tours led by   UW-L faculty.

Students wishing to participate in non-UW-L foreign study programs may do so pending review and approval by the Office of International Education.  

Cost and Financial Aid

The university makes every effort to provide academically sound foreign study programs at reasonable costs. Program fees are based on tuition, room and board at UW-L with some additional administrative fees. Students may apply financial aid to the cost of the programs. Wisconsin residents are eligible for a need-based grant of up to $2,000.


Legal Aid Service  

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. For further information contact the Office of Student Life, 149 Graff Main Hall.


Office of MultiCultural Student Services  
243 Graff Main Hall; (608)785-8225  

The primary goals of the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) are to increase the undergraduate and graduate enrollment of American multicultural 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 Academic Success Institute (ASI).     

  ASI is intended to help new multicultural and disadvantaged freshmen adjust to the rigorous college routine during the summer before the regular academic year begins and to facilitate a positive transition from high school to college. Between 20 and 25 students are enrolled for six weeks of intensive instruction in college level courses and related college experiences. The Institute’s records have provided proof that retention and grade point averages can be improved appreciably by this transitional academic experience.

                      Students interested in attending the ASI must fit one or more of the following criteria: 1) first generation college student (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree); 2) need support to successfully obtain a college degree; 3) from a historically underserved group; 4) economically disadvantaged. Submitting an application for admission to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a requirement for participation. Students will also complete an ASI application and be interviewed prior to acceptance into the program. Applications for ASI are accepted until program capacity is reached. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services, 243 Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8225.




The university has Web registration via the Targeted Access to the La Crosse On-line Network (TALON) system. Each student is assigned a registration time based on credits earned. The assigned time is listed in your academic profile on TALON, as well as on your advising SNAP report. Registration for spring semester begins in November; summer registration begins in early April, followed by fall registration in mid-April. You may register at your assigned time or any time after that through the fifth day of classes (third day for summer session) unless enrollment limits have been met. New freshmen register in the summer at special registration sessions. Some departments require advising prior to registration. You must pay a deposit prior to registration, and have a zero balance on your account. The registration system will not permit a student to enroll in a class for which a prerequisite has not been completed. The semester Timetable on the Web has complete instructions for registration and changes-of-schedule. Also see p. 42  for more information.

Cooperative Program with Viterbo university  

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University, also located in La Crosse, have an agreement for inter-institutional cooperation. The program is designed to enhance the educational opportunities for students of both institutions and to optimize the use of personnel, financial and physical resources. Authorized students from each institution will be allowed to enroll in selected courses at the other institution.

Specific conditions:

1.  Enrollment of any student in any course will be contingent upon the written permission of both institutions.

2.  Students must be enrolled as full-time students at their home institution to be eligible for participation in the program.

3.  Priority will be given to students from the home institution in courses where enrollments are limited.

4.  Students will be allowed to carry a maximum of six credits at the sister institution.

5.  Payment of general tuition and fees will be made at the institution at which the student is enrolled full-time.

6.  Any special course fees, i.e., for laboratories, physical education, etc., will be paid at the institution at which the course is taken.

7.  Only under special circumstances will students be allowed to enroll in courses at the sister institutions that are available at the home institution. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

8.  Summer sessions are excluded from the agreement.

    If you are interested in participating in the program, contact the Cooperative Program Advisory Coordinator in the College of Science and Allied Health, 105 Graff Main Hall.


213 Wilder Hall; (608)785-8075  

The Office of Residence Life team mission statement reads, “We foster respect, learning, and personal growth for all we serve through programs, citizenship, community development and well maintained, affordable living environments”.

Over one-third of the undergraduate students enrolled in the university reside in one of the eleven residence halls.  During the 2005-06 academic year only ten residence halls are in operation; a new 356-bed suite style residence hall is planned to be open for occupancy starting August 2006. Occupancy for 2005-06 is 2,689 and for 2006-07 occupancy will be 3,045.  Freshmen and sophomore occupy most of these spaces.

Residence halls are group living and learning centers financed and maintained solely by revenue from residents. Several living learning arrangements are offered to meet individual needs: coed halls, a women’s hall, an upper class hall, international hall, first year experience hall, and substance-free hall. All halls are smoke-free.

Halls are equipped with big screen color TVs, study areas, saunas, fitness equipment, kitchens, computer room, laundry rooms, vending machines, kiosks, a front desk operation, and games such as ping-pong, pool, and foosball. All student rooms have Internet connection, one port per resident.

Recreation, social, personal development, intramural sports, and diversity programs are some of the activities planned by residents of each hall with guidance and support from residence life staff members. Students are encouraged to assume leadership roles and take an active part of their living community via hall council or the Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC).

Entering students may indicate a living arrangement and/or roommate preference when returning the room contract acceptance card and the required $75 deposit. Priority for housing and meeting specific requests is based on the date the $75 deposit is received.

 Specific housing regulations are communicated to all residents through the student handbook, Livin’ On, and the Eagle Eye, which can be viewed at the Web site, www.uwlax.edu/stuserv/osl.html These regulations are consistent with the conduct code referred to in this catalog and have been formulated by the chancellor under the authorization and direction of the UW system Board of Regents.

Off campus living opportunities can  be viewed via the Web at www.uwlax.edu/reslife/offcamhousing.html . Rental agreements are between students and their respective landlords. The university does not inspect or approve off-campus housing.


campus safety  
Information Center; (608)789-9000  

The University Police Department 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 Offices of Student Life and Residence Life to promote safety and responsible behavior. The officers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This unit also works with the campus parking office. 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. Permits for residence hall parking for students living on campus are sold on a priority basis, depending on students’ year in school. Contact Campus Parking for information (608)785-8061.

The annual security report and crime statistics are on the Web at www.uwlax.edu/police.

Office of Student Life  
149 Graff Main Hall; (608)785-8062  

The Office of Student Life staff strives 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:

social and academic integration (new student orientation)

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, discrimination, assault (physical or sexual), 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 resolution.

Safety on Our Sidewalks (SOS) is coordinated through the Office of Student Life. The goal of SOS is to help provide a safer campus environment. During the academic year, student coordinators and volunteers provide nightly safe walks on campus and within a limited area around campus. SOS can be accessed by calling 785-TRUST (8787) or by walking up to the SOS station in Murphy Library or Cartwright Center. Call SOS for specific hours of operation.


Student Support Services  
109 Wilder Hall; (608)785-8535  
Fax: (608)785-8532  

Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program that has been at the university since 1978. Each year, the program provides services to 375 students who meet federal eligibility requirements.  A student must meet one of the following criteria to be considered eligible for services: first generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four year college or university); receive a substantial amount of financial aid; have a diagnosed physical and/or learning disability. Services provided through the program include: individualized academic, career and personal advising and professional and peer tutoring in a variety of topics including math and language arts. In addition, the math tutor also teaches a non-credit pre-statistics course that prepares students to take the college level statistics class.


Tutoring services  

     Most departments in the university have tutors available to assist students who are having difficulty in their classes. Offices such as Student Support Services and Multicultural Students Services also have tutors. Two areas that provide structured tutoring services include the departments of English and mathematics.  

Writing Center

The English Department operates a Writing Center in room 304 Wimberly Hall. It is directed by a writing center coordinator and is staffed primarily by trained peer tutors (UW-L students) and some members of the department. The Center is open at no cost to all students who seek help with their writing. Students may be referred to the Center by their professors, but many students come to the Center on their own. Students should make appointments to be tutored, but drop-ins are welcome if tutors are available.

The Writing Center staff assists students at any stage of the composing process: understanding an assignment; finding a topic; identifying audience, purpose, and occasion; developing material; planning and organizing; writing a rough draft; and revising. The staff does not proofread student papers; however, the Center does provide a Grammar Hot Line for basic questions about usage and conventions.


Mathematics Tutoring Center

The mathematics department operates a Tutoring Center available to all students at no charge in Room 260 Cowley Hall. It is staffed by experienced sophomore through senior mathematics and secondary education majors. They typically tutor courses from basic algebra through the calculus sequence, as well as business calculus and statistics. Hours vary slightly by semester, but the lab is generally staffed from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. The tutors assist students with homework, as well as work with them on mathematics course content and concepts. A list of private tutors for students to hire for individual attention is available in the math department office, 1020 Cowley Hall. Students who need assistance should talk with an instructor or adviser.


Upward Bound  
176 Murphy Library Resource Center  

Upward Bound is a federally funded program for low income and/or first generation college bound high school students. It is funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and is one of the TRIO programs created by Congress to help students overcome educational, social, cultural and financial barriers to higher education. Services include weekly tutoring and advising, monthly Saturday activities, college visits, career exploration, and a six-week summer residential program. Funded at UW-L since 1979, the program serves eligible students from La Crosse, Jackson and Monroe counties.


opportunities for Involvement

A university education consists of more than what goes on in the classroom. A great deal of learning takes place through involvement in organizations, research, and community service. Students have an abundance of choices to develop leadership skills, form relationships, volunteer, make a difference and have fun.


Student activities and centers (SAC)  
212 Cartwright Center; (608)785-8866  

                     Student Activities and Centers are buildings, organizations, and programs.  SAC provide services and facilities, as well as educational, cultural and recreational programs that enhance the quality of college life. Cartwright Center (including the Gunning Addition) and Whitney Center are the focal points for student organizations and activities. These facilities are self-amortizing structures financed by student fees, receipts from dining services, recreational facilities, the bookstore, and other revenue sources. Cartwright Center provides a variety of activity options for all students, from relaxing in the Port O’ Call Lounge to shopping in the University Bookstore. The La Crosse Room provides billiards and video games for student use. Study areas, television lounges, an ATM instant cash machine, copy machines, Higher One machine, lockers, ride boards, and a computer laboratory are available. The graphics services area provides high-quality, low-cost services to student organizations.

Dining services offers an assortment of different dining locations within Cartwright and Whitney Centers to meet the variety of needs and desires of the campus community. Both Student Activities and Centers and Chartwells, the contracted dining services provider, are excited about what is offered to the campus community. Students may select from several contract meal plans, block meal plans, and cash/Tower Tender options.     

The Involvement Center serves as a resource bridge for students wishing to become involved on campus and in the community. Peer advisers are available to assist students in exploring involvement opportunities. The Involvement Center also assists students in developing their co-curricular profile. The focus of the Involvement Center is to promote involvement of students on campus and within the community. Involvement is promoted by providing a wide range of meaningful leadership opportunities for students.

The Pride Center serves as a link to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexes, queer, questioning community, their allies, and LGBTQ family members. The center offers panels, educational programs, information, and support. Peer educators are available to assist the UW-L community.

The Campus Activities Board provides fun and educational activities and entertainment for the entire campus. Events such as small and large concerts, comedians, coffee house acts, game shows, dances, etc., are offered to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Several performing arts events are offered. These activities may include fine arts programming such as theater, music, lecture, and dance. The Distinguished Lecture Series also offers the university community an opportunity to hear speakers of national prominence due to their significant contributions to society.

The ULEAD Program is a self-directed leadership program. In the spirit of our mission, ULEAD is open to all students wishing to enhance their skills and abilities as leaders. Participants choose workshops, programs, events, and activities that fulfill basic criteria in the following development areas: involvement, cultural awareness, volunteerism, and leadership workshops. ULEAD provides a certificate of completion at an annual recognition ceremony. Once enrolled, the Student Activities Office will assist in tracking participation and provide weekly updates and support.


Student Government  
Mezzanine, Cartwright Center;  

Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin State Statutes reads: “The students of each institution or campus shall have the right to organize themselves in a manner they determine and to select their representatives to participate in institutional governance.” To exercise that right, the students have established the University of Wisconsin-  La Crosse Student Association (UW-LSA). Each student enrolled at UW-L is a member of the UW-LSA. The student government of that body is divided into three branches: executive, legislative (Student Senate), and judicial. The executive and legislative branches are elected by the members of the UW-LSA each year. The judicial branch is appointed by the executive branch and approved by the legislative. All student governmental and administrative agencies operate within the limits of authority prescribed by the faculty, the administration of the university, and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.


Student-Faculty Committees

The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for providing input on academic issues from the student perspective. This committee promotes the highest standards of academic integrity throughout the entire university community.

Advancing Respect for Individual Identity Committee works with the Social Justice Director in creating diversity-oriented programs for the Student Senate and the student organization that receive funding from apportionment.

The Apportionment Committee recommends to the chancellor the manner in which funds collected by the state for support of student activities are to be distributed among eligible organizations.

The Athletic Committee is responsible for recommendations to the Apportionment Committee for funding of activity fees used in support of athletic programs, and for recommendations to the Student Senate regarding policies affecting the athletic program.

The Cultural Affairs Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Apportionment Committee regarding distribution of student activity fees used in support of theatre, jazz ensembles, orchestra, choirs, art exhibitions, screaming eagles, women’s studies program, disabled students program, international students program, GBLT awareness, and multicultural events.

The Information Technology Committee is responsible for recommending uses for the student technology fees to the Student Senate, which represents the final opinion of the student on the use of the student technology fees. This committee also represents the students on all technology-related issues.

The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for keeping the Student Senate informed of current legislative issues relating to student interests, recommending official senate positions on issues, communicating with area legislators, and encouraging student participation in voting and other events. It maintains by-laws of the various student senate committees.

The Organizations Committee is responsible for recommendations to the Student Senate for the formulation of general policies concerning student organizations, and for recommendations regarding the distribution of the allocable fees for programming organizations. It oversees activities of the Campus Activities Board, and the organizations grant program.

The Student Services and Buildings Committee recommends policy concerning services provided to students by the UW-L Student Association, which include: Campus Child Center, Financial Aid, Health Services, Landlord/Tenant Service, Legal Aid, Textbook Services, Bookstore, Sport and Activity Clubs-Council, Intramurals and Recreation, and the general policies for the University Centers.

The Women’s Issues Committee consists of nine voting members who are UW-L students appointed and chaired by the women’s issues representative on the UWLSA executive committee. A majority of the members must identify as women. The initial responsibility of this committee is to evaluate the prevalence of sexual assault on campus and address women’s issues affecting UW-L students.


Student Governmental Associations

Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils are the governing bodies for the social/service sororities and fraternities.

The Residence Hall Association Council formulates general policies for and serves as an administrative and judiciary agency governing residence halls.


Intercollegiate Athletics  
126 Mitchell Hall; (608)785-8616  

      Intercollegiate athletics at UW-L have a rich tradition of excellence and a well-established national reputation. UW-L teams have won 41 national championships and many student athletes have achieved All-American status. Many teams continually rank among the countries best in their respective sport.

UW-L recognizes the educational value of athletic competition and offers a broad program of intercollegiate sports. It is the university’s policy to select and maintain a variety of sports that best serve the interests and needs of the student body. The athletic program demonstrates a commitment to equal opportunity for all university students.

The intercollegiate athletics program sponsors 19 sports and provides opportunities for participation in a comprehensive, unified program for men and women student-athletes. More than 600 undergraduate student-athletes are involved annually in the intercollegiate athletics program. The purpose of the program is to present and develop high ethical standards, good sportsmanship, scholarship, and excellence in physical skills.

UW-L is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA-Division III) and affiliated with the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (WIAC) for both men’s and women’s sports.

Student-athletes are admitted, retained, and provided sports and academic opportunities in accordance with the same standards and procedures utilized for all university students. As a member of the NCAA and WIAC, UW-L does not grant athletic scholarships. Student-athletes are expected to comply with all affiliate association and conference academic eligibility standards.

An athletic training staff helps prevent and care for injuries. Nationally certified athletic trainers work in close cooperation with the university’s health service physicians and physical therapists. Financial support for the payment of athletic injury expenses is primarily through the individual athlete’s family health insurance or through individual responsibility. Physical examinations are required of intercollegiate sports participants. An “athletic injuries and liability waiver agreement” is required for all student-athletes.

The athletics program for both men and women is located within the Division of Student Development and Academic Services and is administered by the Director of Athletics. The sports information office supports promotion of the intercollegiate athletics program.

A student/faculty athletics committee and faculty athletics representatives assist in developing and implementing policy. All operating regulations of the respective association and conference affiliations are followed.



Men’s Sports           Women’s Sports

Baseball                           Basketball

Basketball                        Cross Country

Cross Country                 Gymnastics

Football                            Soccer

Swimming                        Softball  
and Diving                 

Tennis                              and Diving

Track & Field                  Tennis  
(Indoor & Outdoor)     

                                        Track & Field  
Wrestling                         (Indoor &  Outdoor)




University Honors Program  
336 Carl Wimberly Hall; (608)785-5250  

The University Honors Program provides special academic opportunities for highly motivated students to further develop their intellectual abilities within a community of mutually supportive learners. Honors courses are interdisciplinary in nature and emphasize reading, writing, and discussion. Courses are limited to about 15 students. In this collaborative setting, Honors courses can enhance creative thinking and real-world problem solving. The program permits each student to develop his/her potential to the fullest extent possible. The Senior Honors Project ties together the student’s Honors experience. Students choose project topics from the broad areas covered by the Honors curriculum or from their major course of study.

Benefits to Students

·          Opportunities for close intellectual and personal association with other students and faculty in seminars

·          Greater personal satisfaction in meeting the challenges of college

·          Honors courses meet General Education requirements

·          Honors notation on the student’s transcript for all work completed in the Honors Program 

·          Honors work enhances the graduate’s credentials for graduate school and potential employment


Admission to the University Honors Program

Students entering the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as freshmen are invited to join the University Honors Program on the basis of the following criteria:

·          ACT of 26 or above

·          High school rank — top 10%

·          Admissions essay submitted to the Director of the University Honors Program

Entering freshmen are invited to join the University Honors Program if they have a high school grade point average of 3.5 or above. Any interested student who falls short of the above qualifications should consult the University Honors Director about the possibility of entering the program. The honors program seeks engaged, motivated students and recognizes the limitations of standardized test scores and grade point averages as indicators.


University Honors Program Requirements

·          Complete HON 100:  Search for Understanding (3 credits)

·          Complete an additional 9 credits of Honors courses (excluding HON 395 and 399)

·          Complete HON 490:  Senior Honors Project (3 credits)

·          Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better

Students who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher graduate “with honors”; those with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 earn “highest honors.” Students must complete the University Honors Program requirements to earn University Honors Program notation on the transcript. See p.159 for program requirements and course descriptions.


Honors Activities

                    Honors students and faculty initiate and develop a number of activities, including public programs and presentations, the Honors Mentoring Program for students new to the University Honors Program; Honors International Tutoring (H.I.T.) to assist exchange students; the regular publication of The Catalyst, a magazine forum for creative and critical writing by students and faculty; and Aret8E, the student honors organization.


Departmental Honors Programs

Departmental honors programs are available in biology, economics, English, geography, microbiology, modern languages, philosophy, physics, political science/public administration, psychology and sociology/archaeology.

Designed to provide opportunities for special in-depth research, reading and writing for majors in the departments listed above, departmental honors programs also emphasize independent and creative work with highly personalized student-teacher contact and discussion.

The minimum requirements for all departmental honors programs are:

1. Admission: junior standing, 12 credits in the major, 3.25 cumulative grade point average in the major, recommendation of two faculty members from major department.

2. Program: completion of the regular major, one course in a seminar, independent study, research study, or other appropriate honors options within the major program of study.

3. Evaluation: a cumulative 3.50 grade point average at graduation in the major; distinguished performance on a paper or project (a project might be a ballet in the area of the arts, or a study of some aspect of local economic conditions in the area of business), and presentation of the paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and students in the major.  


These are minimum requirements. Honors programs may vary by department. See departmental listings in program and course description section.

music activities  

                     The department of music welcomes all students by audition into its performing organizations. Most of the student ensembles function as part of the curriculum of the music major, but, in fact, qualified students from outside the music major make up the majority of the participants. There are many choirs, bands, orchestras, combos, and chamber ensembles from which to choose, and exciting performances are taking place on- and off-campus throughout each semester. All large ensembles tour the state and sometimes nationally or abroad. For instance, the jazz combos perform in the Cellar, the jazz ensembles and Vocal Jazz in Valhalla. The choirs perform on campus or at local churches before going on tour. The Screaming Eagles Marching Band has played not only at UW-L home games, but also at the Viking and Packer games, and even in the Rose Bowl. University Orchestra has debuted on campus, at Viterbo, and in the 2000 grand tour, Prague and Vienna. Auditions are required for admission and placement. Contact the music department for details on audition dates, times, and repertoire. For students who enjoy music, but who are not interested in performing, there are many opportunities to attend concerts and recitals.




One way for highly motivated students to gain practical experience in their field of study at UW-L is to pursue an undergraduate research project in close association with a faculty member of the student’s choice. This independent pursuit of a scholarly or creative endeavor should follow a topic of mutual interest to both the student and a faculty sponsor. The undergraduate research experience is much like an apprenticeship and is most suitable for students interested in gaining additional experience in their major and in possibly pursuing advanced studies in the field. Many graduate school admissions committees and employers now specifically request evidence of some undergraduate research experience by their candidates. Typically, undergraduate research projects will involve a time commitment of greater than one semester, in which the work is pursued in the student’s non-class time during and between semesters. Course credit may be earned for such research activity, and an undergraduate research project could serve as the basis for a departmental or university honors thesis. A number of UW-L faculty also may have paid summer positions available for student researchers. Because of the wide variety of possibilities for undergraduate research experiences, students should speak directly with individual faculty members to determine the types of opportunities and specific projects available under their direction. In general, the procedure for carrying out an undergraduate research project involves three steps:

1. Speak with faculty members about             your interests and select one as a sponsor to advise you in your research. Most faculty will have projects or research ideas that they would be happy to discuss with you. Be sure to understand the expectations and commitments required of you.

2. Plan the project, seek funding (whenever possible), and carry out the research/creative work.

3. Disseminate your results in the form of a presentation and/or written manuscript.

To assist students in their undergraduate scholarly activity, UW-L has initiated the Undergraduate Research Program, which makes funds available to student researchers on a competitive basis for their projects, hosts the annual celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, and publishes the UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research. Students (with the help of their faculty sponsors) may apply for research funding every academic year. Awards are made in the fall and spring. Recipients are expected to complete their projects and present their work at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity one year after receipt of the award. Students also must submit a brief manuscript detailing their efforts, and these are published annually in the UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research. Because carrying out a research project requires a rather long-term commitment, it is advisable that interested students begin speaking and planning their work with faculty sponsors as early in their academic career as possible. Additional information and undergraduate research proposal guidelines are available at www.uwlax.edu/urc .


University Theatre  
Center for the Arts; (608)785-6701;  
Box Office (608)785-8522  


The department of theatre arts presents a theatre season of five shows in the 426 seat Toland Theatre and in the more intimate Frederick Theatre. Additionally, a major musical production, the annual Summer Stage, is produced each July. The theatre season includes a mix of classics, contemporary plays, and musicals, along with innovative new works. Tickets for all Toland Theatre productions may be purchased in advance, either as season tickets or tickets for individual performances. Reservations are strongly recommended.

All registered UW-L students are invited to participate onstage or backstage in any productions. Whether or not you are experienced in theatre, your involvement is welcomed. Students work both with faculty and guest directors, designers, and choreographers on a wide variety of theatrical offerings. In addition to regularly scheduled shows, students can participate in the student-run theatre club, which organizes additional theatre experiences. Opportunities to become involved are announced across campus, or you can contact the Theatre for more information.


Recreational sports  
118 Mitchell Hall; (608)785-8696  


What do you want to play today?  The rec sports department is one of the most popular programs on campus and consistently has over 80% of the student body participate in one or more of its program areas yearly. The department consists of 8 main areas:  1) intramurals, 2) club sports, 3) fitness classes, 4) instructional programs, 5) special events, 6) climbing facility 7) outdoor connection gear rental and trip planning service and the 8) Recreational Eagle Center. The recreational sports program is committed toward improving the physical, social, educational and recreational needs of the UW-L community by providing positive recreational experiences and modern facilities which nurture appreciation of and participation in lifetime activities.


Alumni Association  
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center; (608)785-8489  

     Founded in 1969, the alumni association builds relationships with alumni, students and the university. These lifelong relationships are the foundation of the program. Over the past 30 years, the association has hosted hundreds of events throughout the world. Currently, there are alumni living in every state and in 59 different countries. The association and its activities are funded primarily from membership dues. In addition to working with academic colleges, alumni clubs, and other groups to inform our alumni of the programs and services available from UW-L, it also sponsors many programs for currently enrolled students. Some of these include Freshmen Send-Offs, the Move-In Day Ice Cream Social, the Etiquette Dinner, and Homecoming & Family Weekend. The UW-L Alumni Association is dedicated to maintaining and building on the relationship between students, classmates, and their alma mater. Currently enrolled students may get involved as student alumni ambassadors.

      The UW-L Alumni Association: For you. For La Crosse. For a lifetime.




    Campus Programming Boards
    Campus Activities Board Committees:      
    Public Relations, Club Showcase, Community Link, Main Stage, Open Mic & More, Performing Arts, Voices,     
    Events Extraordinaire, Publicity  

Departmental/Professional Societies  
American Camping Association  
American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Club  
American Marketing Association  
American Society for Microbiology  
Archaeology Club  
Art Student Association  
Association for Worksite Health Promotion  
Athletic Trainers’ Association  
College of Business Administration - Student Advisory Council  
College Student Development and Administration Graduate Organization  
Communication Club  
Delta Sigma Pi (Business)  
Environmental Science Club  
Ethnic & Racial Studies Academic Club  
Financial Management Association  
Geography Club  
German Club  
Graduate Student Organization  
Health Majors Club  
Information Systems Association  
International Business Organization  
Lambda Pi Eta  
Le Cercle Francais (French Club)  
Mathematics Club  
Mock Trial Association  
Music Educators National Conference-Student chapter  
National Art Education Association-Student chapter  
National Strength and Conditioning Association  
Nuclear Medicine Technology Club  
Philosophy Club  
Physical Education Majors Club  
Physician Assistant Student Society  
Physics Club  
Political Science Association  
Pre-Chiropractic Club  
Pre-Law Association  
Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association  
Pre-MLS/MLS Club  
Pre-Occupational Therapy Club  
Pre-Pharmacy Club  
Pre-Physician Assistant Club  
Pre-Veterinary Club  
Psychology Club  
Radiation Therapy Club  
Recreation Majors Club  
Society for Human Resource Management  
Sociology/Social Issues Club  
Spanish Club  
Student Council for Exceptional Children  
Student Economics Association  
Student Occupational Therapy Association  
Student Physical Therapy Club  
Student Wisconsin Education Association  
Theatre Arts Club  
Therapeutic Recreation Club  
Women in Physics  
Women’s Studies Student Association


Honor and Recognition Societies (Admission Based on Application)  
Arete (University Honors Program)  
Beta Alpha Psi (Honors for Accounting)  
Beta Gamma Sigma (Honors for Business)  
Eta Phi Alpha (Honors for Arts, Letters and Science)  
Eta Sigma Gamma (Honors for Health Education)  
Golden Key International Honour Society (Academic Honorary)  
Kappa Delta Pi (Honors for Education)  
National Residence Hall Honorary (Top 1% of Residence Hall Population)  
Order of Omega (Greek Honor Society)  
Pi Sigma Alpha (Honors for Political Science)  
Psi Chi (Honor Society for Psychology)  
Rho Phi Lambda (National Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation Honorary)  
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honorary)  

Human Diversity Organizations  
ALANA (Women of Asian, Latina, African, Native American Decent)  
Anime Club  
Asian Student Organization  
Black Student Unity  
HOPE (Hmong Organization Promoting Education)  
International Student Organization  
KOSMOS (Korean Student Organization)  
Latin American Student Association  
Native American Student Association  
SAGE (Straights and Gays for Equality)  
SAPA (Students Advocating Potential Ability)  
Your Choice? My Choice  

Religious and Spiritual Organizations  
Awakening Praise Dance Team  
Biha’i Association  
Campus Crusade for Christ  
Christian Collegians  
Circle of Pagans and Pagan Supporters  
Diamond Way Buddhist Club  
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship  
JC’s Village  
Latter-Day Saints Student Association  
Lutheran Campus Ministry  
Muslim Students Association  
Newman Catholic Student Group  
United Campus Ministry – Crossroads  
Voices in Praise  

Residence Hall Association Council  
Individual Hall Councils  
Residence Hall Association Council  

Service Organizations  
Campus Girl Scouts  
Circle K (Sponsored by Kiwanis)  
Gamma Sigma Sigma  
Habitat for Humanity  
Lions Club  
Student Optimist Club  

Social Activism Organization  
Amnesty International  
College Democrats  
College Republicans  
Men United Against Sexual Assault (MUASA)  
Model United Nations Club  
Progressive (PAVE) Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment  
Reach and Share (Peer Assistance Organization Addressing Social Issues)  

Social Fraternities and Sororities  
General Interest in Greek Life  
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity  
Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity  
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity  
Interfraternity Council (Governing Board for Fraternities)  
Alpha Phi Sorority  
Alpha Xi Delta Sorority  
Pan-Hellenic Council (Governing Board for Sororities)  

Special Interest Organizations  
American Sign Language Club  
Ceramics Club  
Competition Dance Team  
Foam Fighting Club  
Friends of Enchantment and Insightful Conceits: A Book Club  
Homecoming Council  
Jewelers’ Guild  
JLC Hip-Hop Dance Group  
National Band Association  
Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO)  
Screaming Eagles Marching Band  
Student Alumni Ambassadors  
Social Action Theater  
Student Alumni Ambassadors  
Swing and Social Dance Club  
Triathlon Club  
Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding Club  

Club Sports  
Aikido Club  
Bowling Club  
Hockey Club (Women’s)  
Lacrosse Club  
Martial Arts Club  
Rugby Club (Men’s)  
Rugby Club (Women’s)  
Ski Club  
Ski Racing Team  
Soccer Club (Men’s)  
Trekker Outdoor Club  
Ultimate Frisbee Club  
Volleyball Club (Men’s)  
Water Ski and Wakeboard Club  



Academic support and Community Service Units


Continuing Education and Extension (CEE)  
265 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 Master of Education Professional-Development Program (ME-PD) Learning Community program in partnership with the School of Education.

Conferences, workshops and other non-credit instructional programs are conducted for selected professional audiences, as well as the general public. Non-credit certificate programs are offered in gerontology and autism spectrum disorders. Learning in Retirement programs are offered specifically for older adults. Continuing education units (CEUs) or health education continuing education contact hours (CECHS) are awarded when appropriate.

Science, humanities, and arts enrichment classes also are 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 selected audiences.

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


103 Wing Technology Center;  


ITS provides a variety of services including electronic mail, personal file storage, library catalogs and databases, and Web services including details on campus events, directories of people and services and other information. Students can access their academic information, tuition and fees, and register for classes on-line using the TALON system.  Many courses offer on-line resources through the campus supported course management system.   Many of these resources are available on or off campus through Web-based systems, requiring only an Internet connection. Computing and network information resources are widely used to support instruction, research, student services and communication 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 and are available electronically on the Web or from the ITS Support Center.

General access computer laboratories in several locations on campus are available to students on average 80 hours per week during each term and provide access to computers running Windows 2000 and Macintosh operating systems along with a wide variety of application software.  Laser printing is provided through the student technology fee.  A schedule of open hours of these laboratories is available each term on the Web at www.uwlax.ga .

                      The Information Technology Services (ITS) Support Center provides technical assistance, consulting and problem solving on campus standard software.  Assistance is available by phone or on a walk-in basis.  The ITS Support Center also maintains a Web site with self-help and support resources at www.uwlax.edu/itssupport . Free technology training for all students is available on all campus-supported applications.  

                      The campus network reaches all buildings, including residence halls.  Residence halls have individual network connections in each room plus access through a computer laboratory in each hall available to residents.  Wireless network connectivity is available in many academic buildings and public areas on campus for students with mobile computers.

                 Educational technologies provides assistance in a variety of areas including audio, video and photography services, faculty development for using technology to enhance learning, and Web page development.

Distance education facilities are located in Wing Technology Center, Morris Hall, Graff Main Hall, and the Health Science Center.


La Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP)  
221 Mitchell Hall; (608)785-8683  


The LEHP program, in conjunction with the La Crosse area medical profession, 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 field house or during individual testing sessions in the College’s Human Performance Laboratory. The LEHP 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 clinical exercise physiology and the undergraduate program in exercise and sport science–fitness emphasis enroll students who rely heavily on the LEHP units for their clinical work and supervision opportunities.


3065 Health Science Center;  


Formed in the fall of 1993, the consortium is a partnership between UW-L, Western Wisconsin Technical College, Viterbo University, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Mayo Health System.  As a multi-institutional partnership, the consortium works to enhance healthcare, strengthen medical health science education, and encourage applied research initiatives. In response to community and local needs, it encourages new solutions, programming, and ideas. The consortium also seeks the grants to make those initiatives possible. A telehealth project, for instance, brings educational programs into medical facilities in the Seven Rivers Region via interactive technology to address current health care workforce issues and build infrastructure for future needs. The consortium continues to develop projects that address emerging health care issues in the region.

The Health Science Center (HSC) building, located between the UW-L and WWTC campuses, is another consortium initiative. The HSC, which opened in 2000, is home to UW-L and WWTC health science academic departments, classrooms, and laboratories; the Student Health Center; Three Rivers Dental Clinic; Gundersen Lutheran classrooms; advanced facilities for research; and the consortium offices. On behalf of UW-L, the HSC specifically supports academic programming in physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, physician assistant education, clinical microbiology and human physiology. In conjunction with the interactive educational programs, the HSC contributes significantly to the economic and higher educational well being of the 7 Rivers region.


mississippi valley archaeology center (mvac)  
Archaeology Center and Laboratories Building; (608)785-8464  

 MVAC is an archaeological research, preservation and public education unit of the sociology/archaeology department that conducts excavations, surveys, and a pre-collegiate education and public programs.  It preserves sites and collections, and works with archaeologists in the sociology/archaeology department to provide opportunities for student participation in archaeological research. The center trains 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 regularly 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 River.




                     Murphy library resource center houses library holdings, computer facilities, curriculum collections, and is the campus gateway to academic electronic information resources. Specialized facilities for computer instruction, extended hours studying, and student support services are integral parts of the library.

                    The facility provides a variety of seating, individual study carrels, and group study rooms in a pleasant surrounding. The remodeled building and addition contain over 670,000 volumes in open stack collections, including books, maps, periodicals, and microfilm. An online catalog allows users to search local, other University of Wisconsin, and regional catalogs. The catalog is part of an integrated system that links library holdings, full text electronic materials, and request forms into a single interface.

                    The library is rich in international and multicultural materials, supporting campus diversity by providing circulating books, reference materials, multimedia collections, and electronic materials that represent a wide spectrum of peoples, groups, races, ethnicities, and choices.

                    The Special Collections/Area Research Center contains the university archives, rare books, over 3,000 hours of oral history interviews, a 130,000-image photo collection, 5,000 books on Wisconsin history, and is a regional depository for State Historical Society records and documents.

                    The periodicals collection consists of more than 1,200 periodicals shelved on the first floor and another approximately 18,000 titles available electronically through subscription databases. A searchable periodicals holdings database provides specific location information about all periodicals available at Murphy Library, and includes links to electronic titles. The microform holdings include more than one million microforms including periodicals, deep back files of newspapers such as the New York Times and the Times of London, government publications, and various other titles.

                     Computer facilities are available in the library, providing access to all the library’s electronic materials and to the Internet. Electronic library materials are available campus-wide, and in most cases from off campus. Through the library Web site, students are able to access more than 200 subscription databases, periodical titles, and library services such as electronic reference, electronic course reserves, book renewals, and more. An adaptive technology room is provided for people with special needs.

                    The extensive multimedia collection consists of videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and other audio-visual materials, and is located in the library’s Curriculum Center. These materials can be checked out or viewed using facilities within the library. The library is a selective depository for state and federal documents and provides access to hundreds of thousands of government documents, including print, microfilm, and online collections. The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery department provides prompt access to materials not available at UW-L through its participation in a variety of integrated systems that facilitate sharing among libraries throughout the world. By cooperative agreement, students also may use the libraries of Viterbo University, Western Wisconsin Technical College, the La Crosse Public Library, and area medical centers.


uw-l planetarium  
020 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.


river studies center  
4043 Cowley Hall; (608)785-8261  


The River Studies Center, 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 30 years, the Center has expanded its research program to other aquatic resources, including rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands across Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest, and the nation. The Center has extensive interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships with several state and federal agencies and with other universities, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the National Park Service, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The research of Center faculty addresses resource issues and environmental problems of pressing regional and national concern, such as environmental pollutants and contaminants that have caused widespread degradation of our aquatic resources. Faculty affiliated with the center are highly competitive and successful in securing financial support for sustained aquatic environmental research. Scholarly investigations by the center have provided research opportunities to nearly 100 graduate students and more than 250 undergraduates.


120 Wimberly Hall; (608)785-8782  


The SBDC helps business owners start and grow their businesses through research, on-site programs, advising and educational programming.  As one of Wisconsin’s Small Business Development Centers, the SBDC 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 counseling.

Case studies sometimes are conducted by advanced students under faulty supervision. There also are internship and independent study opportunities.

In partnership with UW-Extension, the SBDC provides non-credit continuing education programs for business people in a seven-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 SBDC 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 SBDC Web site.


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