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An extensive and varied program of student activities complementing formal education at UW-L provides opportunity for leadership training, individual participation, group effort, and service to the campus community. Students are encouraged to be active in some phase of this program and to make judicious choices with respect to the areas and extent of participation.






Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin State Statutes states: "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. 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.

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 forensics, theatre, band, jazz band, orchestra, choirs, art gallery, and multicultural events.

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, Sports and Activities Club Council, Lectures and Concerts, Intramurals and Recreation, 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 Rental Service, Bookstore, and the general policies for the University Centers.


The Panhellenic and Inter-Fraternity Councils are the governing bodies for the social sororities and fraternities.

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






Cartwright Center (including the Gunning Addition), Whitney Center and the Recreational Eagle Center, are the focal points for student organizations and activities.

Cartwright Center, Whitney Center, and the Recreational Eagle Center are self-amortizing structures financed by revenue. Student fees, receipts from food services, recreational facilities, the bookstore, and other revenue sources provide funds for construction, loan payments, and operational costs of the buildings.

Cartwright Center
The Student Activities and Centers Offices, located on the second floor of Cartwright Center, are the center of social, recreational, cultural and educational programming. The offices house a variety of student organizations and sponsor ongoing leadership development programs. Cartwright Center is a multipurpose building that offers rooms for student organizations and meetings. Valhalla, in the Gunning Addition, is a large programming space used for concerts, lectures or receptions in Cartwright Center.

Dining-Also featured are a conference center and several food service facilities, including Pizza Hut Express. An option of meal transferability is provided by Pizza Hut for the evening meal for students on a contract meal plan. A debit meal plan and cash sales are available to off-campus students for use in these areas, also.

Leisure/Recreation-Cartwright Center provides a variety of activity options for all students, from relaxing in the Port O' Call Lounge to shopping in the Bookstore. The La Crosse Room/Teigen Lanes provide bowling, billiards, pinball and video games for student use.

Services-Study areas, television lounges, a TYME instant cash machine, typewriters, copy machines, lockers, ride board, vending machines and a computer laboratory are also available. The UW-L student newspaper, The Racquet, has an office in Cartwright Center.

The Graphics Department provides services to students, faculty, and staff. Posters and displays can be created. In addition, items can be laminated and signs and name tags can be made.

The Involvement Center, located next to the student organizations room, serves as a resource bridge for students wishing to become involved on campus and in the community. Peer helpers are available to assist students in exploring involvement opportunities.

The focus of Student Activities and Centers 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 Diversity Resource Center is also adjacent to the student organizations room. It contains information about, and for, multicultural groups, women, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students.

Governance. The student centers are governed by student government advisory committees. The Student Services and Building Committee provides input on the facilities and the Student Activities Committee provides input on programs. In addition, programs are sponsored by student organizations such as The Campus Activities Board, Lectures and Concerts Committee, and the Sport and Activity Clubs-Council. All administrative staff members of Student Activities and Centers are ex-officio members of the committees and serve as resource person s .

Whitney Center
All students on the contract meal plan eat in Whitney Center, which utilizes four dining rooms. Whitney Center also houses the Convenience Store, Badger Street Station, Blimpies, and Chars, a fast food restaurant.

Recreational Eagle Center
This new building includes a track, strength and conditioning center, aerobics room, martial arts room, four gymnasiums, climbing wall, racquetball courts, batting cages, TV lounge, vending area, Outdoor Connection, and the Child Care Center. The facility, funded entirely by student fees, is used for intramural sports, open recreation, and sport and activity club events.







Campus Programming Boards
Campus Activities Board:
Cellar Specialty/Special Events
Committee (Entertainment)
Collidescope Committee (Diversity Focus)
Family Weekend Committee
Homecoming Committee
Public Relations Committee
Lectures and Concerts:
Music Committee
Dance Committee
Theatre Committee
Lecture Committee

Departmental/Professional Societies
American Camping Association
American Marketing Association
American Society for Microbiology
Archaeology Club
Association for Worksite Health
Association of Accountancy Students
Biology Club
CBA/Student Advisory Council (College of Business Administration)
Communication Club
Computer Science Club
Creative Arts Club
Delta Omicron (International Music)
Delta Sigma Pi (Business)
Financial Management Association
Geography Club
Graduate Student Organization
Health Majors Club
History Club
International Affairs Club
Le Cercle Francais (French Club)
Mathematics Club
Model United Nations Club
Music Educators National Conference
National Art Education Association
National Press Photographers Association
Nuclear Medicine Technology Club
Occupational Therapy Club
Phi Gamma Nu (Business)
Physical Education Majors and Minors
Physician Assistant Student Society
Physics Club
Political Science Association
Pre-Law Association
Psychology Club
Radiation Therapy Club
Recreation Majors Club
Resort & Commercial Recreation Assoc.
Society for Human Resource Management
Society of Environmental Toxicology
Sociology/Social Issues Club
Spanish Club
Sports Medicine Club
Student Association of Physician Assistants
Student Physical Therapy Organization
Student Social Work Association
Student Wisconsin Education Association
Theatre Arts Club
Therapeutic Recreation Club
Women's Studies Student Association

Honor and Recognition Societies
*Admission based on application
Arete (General Honors Program)
Beta Gamma Sigma (National Honorary
for Business Students)
Eta Phi Alpha (Honors for Arts, Letters, and Sciences)
Golden Key National Honor Society (Academic Honorary)
Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society for Education)
National Residence Hall Honorary (Top 1% of Residence Hall population)
Psi Chi (Honor Society for Psychology)
Rho Phi Lambda (National Recreation
Management/Therapeutic Recreation Honorary)
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honorary)

Human Diversity Organizations
(also see Campus Programming Boards)
ALANA (Women of Asian, Latina, African, Native American Descent)
Asian Student Organization
Black Student Unity
HOPE (Hmong Organization Promoting Education)
International Student Organization
Latin American Student Organization
Native American Student Association
Returning Adult Student Organization
SAGE (Straights and Gays for Equality)
SAPA (Students Advocating Potential Ability)

Religious and Spiritual Organizations
Campus Crusade for Christ
Chi Alpha Campus Ministry
Christian Collegians
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Latter-Day Saints Student Association
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Muslim Students of UW-L
Newman Club (Catholic Student Group)
United Campus Ministry - Crossroads

Residence Hall Association Council
Individual Hall Councils
Residence Hall Association Council

Service Organizations
Circle K (Sponsored by Kiwanis)
Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority
Habitat for Humanity
Operation UW-L (Community Outreach)

Special Interest Organizations
American Sign Language Club
Cheerleaders (Co-ed)
Screaming Eagles Marching Band
Pom Pon (a part of Screaming Eagles
Marching Band)
Student Alumni Ambassadors
Students for Creative Anachronism (Promotes Study of Middle Ages)
Voices In Praise (Gospel Choir)

Social Activism Organizations
Amnesty International
Campus Democrats
CARE (Creating Attitudes for a Rape-free Environment)
College Republicans
Collegians for Life (Pro-Life Organization)
Environmental Consciousness on Campus Club
IMAGE (Individuals Making an Alcohol-free Group Environment)
Reach and Share (Peer Assistance Organization Addressing Social Issues)
Students Against Speciesism
UW-L Greens (Social Change Organization)

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

Sport and Activity Clubs-Council
Akido Club
Bowling Club
Martial Arts Club
Lacrosse Club
Rugby Club (Men's)
Rugby Club (Women's)
Ski Racing Team
Skin and Scuba Club
Snappy Tom's Climbing Club
Snowboard Club
Soccer Club (Men's)
Trekker Outing Club
Trekker Sailing Club
Trekker Ski Club
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Volleyball Club (Men's)
Waterpolo Club

Student Government
Student Association
Student Court
Student Senate

Student Association Committees
Apportionment Committee
Athletics Committee
Cultural Affairs Committee
Legislative Affairs and Governance
Organizations Committee
Student Services/Buildings Committee






Lectures and concerts occur throughout the year. Lecturers, theatre groups, and musicians are brought to the campus for the entertainment and education of students and community members. A student committee plans and facilitates these programs.

The Distinguished Lecture Series brings speakers of national prominence due to their significant contributions to society. A committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and members of the La Crosse community directs this series.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) provides quality activities and entertainment to the campus community. CAB is made up of a variety of committees including Special Events/Cellar, Collidescope, Homecoming, Family Weekend, and Public Relations.

A portion of the segregated fee paid by all students is allotted to these programming boards. Students can purchase reduced rate tickets for all events.






The University Theatre presents four major productions every academic year in the Marie Park Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts, and a variable number of productions in the Robert Lee Frederick Studio Theatre in Thomas Morris Hall. Toland Theatre productions are normally directed by Department of Theatre Arts faculty or guest artists. Frederick Studio Theatre productions are normally directed by UW-L Theatre students. All productions invite participation from all

UW-L students as performers, designers, technicians, or front-of-house staff. Opportunities to audition or become otherwise involved with theatre productions are regularly announced throughout the campus. Ticket prices for all performances are held to minimal cost through the support of the Student Apportionment Board. Reservations are suggested for all Toland Theatre performances; for Frederick Theatre performances, seating is first-come, first-served.






Intercollegiate athletics at UW-L have a rich tradition of excellence and a well-established national reputation. Since 1984, UW-L teams have won 22 national championships and several student athletes have achieved All-American status. Many teams continually rank among the country's 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 which 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. 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.

More than 500 undergraduate student-athletes are involved annually in the intercollegiate athletics program. Those who do not possess skill levels necessary for intercollegiate athletics competition, but are interested in physical activity for recreation, may participate in a wide range of intramural offerings and club 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 College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and administered by the Director of Athletics. Promotion of the intercollegiate athletics program is supported by our sports information office.

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.

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The Alumni Association exists to encourage the interest of alumni in the university. A wide variety of social, cultural and educational programs bring alumni and friends of the university together. The Association works with academic colleges and programs, regional alumni clubs, corporations and other groups to promote and inform alumni on the programs and services available from UW-L. The Association and its activities are funded primarily from membership dues. The UW-L Alumni Association is dedicated to maintaining and building on the relationship among students, classmates and their alma mater.

This catalog is a record of undergraduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1999. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.

Last Modified Saturday, September 04, 1999
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