ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE UNITS

RESEARCH AND RESOURCE CENTER FOR CAMPUS CLIMATE
CONTINUING EDUCATION AND EXTENSION (CEE)
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (ITS)
LA CROSSE EXERCISE AND HEALTH PROGRAM (LEHP)
LA CROSSE MEDICAL HEALTH SCIENCE CONSORTIUM, INC.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER (MVAC)
MURPHY LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER
UW-L PLANETARIUM
RIVER STUDIES CENTER

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

 

RESEARCH AND RESOURCE CENTER FOR CAMPUS CLIMATE

1120 Centennial Hall

608.785.5094

www.uwlax.edu/campusclimate

 

The primary goal of the Research and Resource Center for Campus Climate is to build community to enhance the campus climate while serving students, faculty, staff and the greater La Crosse community. The Campus Climate Office strives to foster an inclusive, collaborative, social justice approach to achieving equity across the entire campus. The office sponsors/supports:

  • Educational programming & trainings (e.g. Awareness through Performance, intercultural sensitivity trainings, work/life issues, Diversity Dialogues, etc.)

  • Cultural events

  • Community outreach

  • Diversity related organizations, committees, and offices

  • Assessment of campus climate

The Campus Climate Office also hosts the Hate Incident Reporting Form. The purpose of this confidential reporting form is to monitor the occurrence of Hate Incidents both on and off campus. The identity of the victim will be kept confidential. Completing this form will not necessarily result in criminal or university action; however, the type of incident and/or the victim’s willingness to take further action will determine whether or not additional steps will be taken. This form can be found www.uwlax.edu/campusclimate/htm/reporthate.htm

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND EXTENSION (CEE)

205 Morris Hall

608.785.6500

continuinged@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/conted

 

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.   

 

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.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (ITS)

103 Wing Technology Center

608.785.8774

itssupport@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/itssupport

 

ITS provides our campus community with the technology necessary to facilitate and enhance learning through these services: computer labs and classrooms, personal file storage, technology help desk and training, EagleApps (email) powered by Google, network and infrastructure, 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 online using WINGS. Many courses offer online resources through Desire2Learn (D2L), the campus supported course management system. Many of these resources are available on or off campus through a web browser. 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 included in the student and staff handbooks, which are available electronically on the web.

 

General computer access laboratories (GCA Labs) are located around campus and are available to students on average 80 hours per week during each term and provide access to computers running Windows and Macintosh operating systems along with a wide variety of application software. Pay-for-print Laser printing is available in the labs and classrooms. Click here for the schedule of open hours for these laboratories available each term.

 

The ITS Support Center provides technical assistance, consulting, problem solving and training on campus standard software. Assistance is available by phone, email 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 with many Q & A sessions offered for students creating electronic portfolios and web pages.

 

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

 

Academic Technology Services provides assistance in a variety of areas including audio and video services, faculty development for using technology to enhance learning, and distance education. 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

www.uwlax.edu/sah/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 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.

 

LA CROSSE MEDICAL HEALTH SCIENCE CONSORTIUM, INC.

3065 Health Science Center

608.785.5150

http://home.lmhsconsortium.org

 

The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium (LMHSC) is an alliance of two comprehensive medical centers and three higher education institutions: Franciscan Skemp/Mayo Health System and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center; and the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College (WTC). The five partners formed the consortium in 1993 to provide a means for working collaboratively to provide better healthcare, strengthen the healthcare workforce, and encouraging strong health science research initiatives. The Consortium continues to work toward these goals through collaborative projects in population health, nursing, clinical placements, cultural competency, and workforce issues in 20 counties of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. In 2009, two new partners were welcomed to the Consortium: the La Crosse School District and the La Crosse County Health Department.

 

The Consortium is located in, and responsible for the operation of, the $ 27.1 million Health Science Center (HSC), which opened in 2000. The HSC was built with the support of all five partners, the state of Wisconsin, and generous private donations. It houses classrooms and teaching laboratories, research labs, faculty offices, and meeting rooms used by UW-L, WTC, and Gundersen Lutheran. It is also home to the Student Health Center, which serves both UW-L and WTC students, and La Crosse Community Dental, a nonprofit dental provider for the community.

 

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER (MVAC)

Archaeology Center and Laboratories Building

608.785.8464

www.uwlax.edu/mvac

 

 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. MVAC preserves sites and collections, and works with archaeologists in the sociology/archaeology department to provide opportunities for student participation in archaeological research and pre-professional training and experience. 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

608.785.8507

murphylibrary@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/murphylibrary

 

Murphy Library Resource Center houses library holdings, computer facilities, curriculum-based collections and historical collections, and is the campus gateway to academic electronic information resources. Specialized facilities for computer instruction, group learning, student support services, and a learning center are integral parts of the library.

 

The facility provides a variety of seating, individual study carrels, and group study rooms, a café, and other welcoming spaces. The building and addition contain almost 535,000 volumes in open stack collections, including books, maps, periodicals, and microfilm. An online catalog allows users to find materials in local, other University of Wisconsin, and regional catalogs along with links for finding materials held in libraries worldwide. 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 180,000-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 47,763 full text journals available electronically through subscription databases, nearly 1000 current print subscriptions, 368 current print subscriptions, 17,000 current electronic subscriptions, and a bound back file of more than 51,000 volumes. A searchable periodicals holdings database provides specific location and linking information for all print and electronic periodicals available to Murphy Library users. The microform holdings consist of 17,163 microforms including periodicals, deep back files of major city newspapers, government publications and various other titles.

 

Computer facilities include dozens of desktop computers, laptops and other technology resources available for checkout, and wireless access throughout the library. 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 300 subscription databases, 65,600 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 multimedia collection consists of audio-visual materials in a variety of formats such as DVD, CD-ROM, and videotape 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 Technical College, the La Crosse Public Library, and area medical centers.

 

For more information about Murphy Library, please visit their website.

 

UW-L PLANETARIUM

020 Cowley Hall

608.785.8669

www.uwlax.edu/planetarium

 

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.  Each program also includes a multi-media presentation on various subjects in astronomy and space science.  

 

RIVER STUDIES CENTER

4043 Cowley Hall

608.785.8261

www.uwlax.edu/biology/rivercntr

 

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 35 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.

 

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

120 Wimberly Hall

608.785.8782

www.uwlax.edu/sbdc

 

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 taps statewide resources to help business managers solve business challenges. It provides businesses with information and guidance in starting, maintaining and expanding a small business including innovative, high potential businesses. Funding from the Small Business Administration supports the counseling.

 

Case studies sometimes are conducted by advanced students under faculty supervision.    

 

In partnership with UW-Extension, the SBDC provides non-credit continuing education programs for business people in a seven-county region. Topics include business plan development, 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, such as feasibility and impact studies, is conducted for area businesses. Local economic data is accessed through the SBDC Web site.