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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 CENTER||INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS,||INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES|
|ACADEMIC SUCCESS INSTITUTE||MUSIC ACTIVITIES|
|RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS||LA CROSSE MEDICAL HEALTH SCIENCE CONSORTIUM|
|CAREER SERVICES||RECREATIONAL SPORTS|
|STUDENT ACTIVITIES & CENTERS||MURPHY LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER|
|LEGAL AID SERVICE||UWL PLANETARIUM|
|STUDENT HEALTH CENTER|
|THE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE|
|THE UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM|
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
from business, industry, government, and education visit the campus to interview
students for employment opportunities.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
STUDENT HEALTH 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.
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
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
— 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)
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
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.
Program Abroad categories:
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.
also allow students to enroll directly at a foreign university, but under the
auspices of a specially designed program to accommodate American students.
are private institutions designed exclusively for American students. They are
usually not directly affiliated with a foreign university.
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
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
International Internship Program
Independent Research Abroad
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
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
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.
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.
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
Students wishing to participate in non-UW-L foreign study
programs may do so pending review and approval by the Office of International
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
housing regulations are communicated to all residents through the student
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.
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.
of Student Life
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
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
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
Student Support Services
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.
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
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 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
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
Student activities and centers (SAC)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Tennis and Diving
(Indoor & Outdoor)
Track & Field
Wrestling (Indoor & Outdoor)
University Honors Program
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
for close intellectual and personal association with other students and faculty
personal satisfaction in meeting the challenges of college
courses meet General Education requirements
notation on the student’s transcript for all work completed in the Honors
work enhances the graduate’s credentials for graduate school and potential
Admission to the University Honors
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:
of 26 or above
school rank — top 10%
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
University Honors Program
HON 100: Search for Understanding
an additional 9 credits of Honors courses (excluding HON 395 and 399)
HON 490: Senior Honors Project (3
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
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
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
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
Admission: junior standing, 12 credits in the major, 3.25 cumulative grade point
average in the major, recommendation of two faculty members from major
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.
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.
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:
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.
Plan the project, seek funding (whenever possible), and carry out the
Disseminate your results in the form of a presentation and/or written
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
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
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.
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.
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.
UW-L Alumni Association: For you. For La Crosse. For a lifetime.
PROFESSIONAL, AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Campus Programming Boards
Campus Activities Board Committees:
Public Relations, Club Showcase, Community Link, Main Stage, Open Mic & More, Performing Arts, Voices,
Events Extraordinaire, Publicity
American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Club
American Marketing Association
American Society for Microbiology
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
Delta Sigma Pi (Business)
Environmental Science Club
Ethnic & Racial Studies Academic Club
Financial Management Association
Graduate Student Organization
Health Majors Club
Information Systems Association
International Business Organization
Lambda Pi Eta
Le Cercle Francais (French Club)
Mock Trial Association
Music Educators National Conference-Student chapter
National Art Education Association-Student chapter
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Physical Education Majors Club
Physician Assistant Student Society
Political Science Association
Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association
Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
Pre-Physician Assistant Club
Radiation Therapy Club
Recreation Majors Club
Society for Human Resource Management
Sociology/Social Issues 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
and Recognition Societies
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)
ALANA (Women of Asian, Latina, African, Native American Decent)
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
and Spiritual Organizations
Campus Crusade for Christ
Circle of Pagans and Pagan Supporters
Diamond Way Buddhist Club
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Latter-Day Saints Student Association
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Muslim Students Association
Newman Catholic Student Group
United Campus Ministry – Crossroads
Voices in Praise
Hall Association Council
Residence Hall Association Council
Gamma Sigma Sigma
Habitat for Humanity
Student Optimist Club
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)
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)
Competition Dance Team
Foam Fighting Club
Friends of Enchantment and Insightful Conceits: A Book Club
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
Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding Club
Hockey Club (Women’s)
Martial Arts Club
Rugby Club (Men’s)
Rugby Club (Women’s)
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
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
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
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
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
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
technology training for all students is available on all campus-supported
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.
provides assistance in a variety of areas including audio, video and photography
services, faculty development for using technology to enhance learning, and Web
Distance education facilities are located in Wing Technology
Center, Morris Hall, Graff Main Hall, and the Health Science Center.
Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP)
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
La Crosse MEDICAL Health SCIENCE CONSORTIUM, INC.
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
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.
LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER
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
and the Times
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.
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.
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.
Business DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)
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
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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