OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM
MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM
RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY
UNIVERSITY CENTERS (UC)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT
A university education consists of more than what goes on in the classroom. A great deal of learning takes place through involvement in organizations, research, and community service. Students have an abundance of choices to develop leadership skills, form relationships, volunteer, make a difference and have fun.
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
The UW-La Crosse Alumni Association builds and maintains relationships among alumni, students, friends, and the university. The Association's primary goal is to keep alumni engaged with the university and to ensure "The La Crosse Experience' lives on for generations to come.
The Alumni Association makes UW-La Crosse stronger by:
-Supporting alumni networks
-Contributing to 'Legacy' scholarships
-Keeping alumni informed about what is happening on campus
-Contributing to alumni activities around the world
-Providing support for today's students
For information regarding programs, benefits, services, and how you can get involved, visit the UW-L Alumni Association Web site at www.uwlalumni.org.
The UW-La Crosse Alumni Association. For you. For La Crosse. For a lifetime.
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM
Departmental honors programs are available in economics, English, geography, microbiology, modern languages, philosophy, physics, political science/public administration, psychology and sociology/archaeology.
Designed to provide opportunities for special in-depth research, reading and writing for majors in the departments listed above, department honors programs also emphasize independent and creative work with highly personalized student- teacher contact and discussion.
The minimum requirements for all departmental honors programs are:
1. Admission: junior standing, 12 credits in major, 3.25 cumulative grade point average in the major, recommendation of two faculty members from major department.
2. Program: completion of the regular major, one course in a seminar, independent study, research study, or other appropriate honors options within the major program of study.
3. Evaluation: a cumulative 3.50 grade point average at graduation in the major; distinguished performance on a paper or project (a project might be a ballet in the area of the arts, or a study of some aspect of local economic conditions in the area of business), and presentations of the paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and students in the major.
Note: These are minimum requirements. Honors programs may vary by department. See departmental listings in curriculum section.
Additionally there are numerous honor student organizations.
Click here for a list.
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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has a longstanding commitment to excellence in both the academic and physical development of its students, as memorialized in the University's seal, which is emblazoned with the phrase 'mens corpusque' ('mind and body'). The intercollegiate athletics program sponsors 19 sports competing as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA), and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). UW-La Crosse's rich history in intercollegiate athletics is highlighted by 60 national championships, 360 conference championships, and thousands of All-American performers. Just as importantly, UW-La Crosse's student-athletes have set a high bar in the classroom, with a cumulative GPA that consistently ranks as the highest in the WIAC and, for 10 out of the last 11 years, has exceeded the GPA of UW-La Crosse's general student body. The nearly 600 student-athletes competing in UW-L Athletics embody the program's mission: Building Champions. In Sport. In School. In Life.
UW-La Crosse Athletics is committed to equal opportunity for student-athletes and staff. The program offers 10 women's sports (basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball) and nine men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling).
The intercollegiate athletics program is under the leadership of a director and associate director of athletics, both of whom lend strategic direction to, and supervision of, a staff of more than 80 dedicated professionals providing comprehensive instruction and services to UW-La Crosse's student-athletes. In addition to 14 head coaches and more than 50 assistant coaches, the staff includes an administrative assistant, four certified athletic trainers, three strength and conditioning coaches, three facility managers, two marketing and event management professionals, a sports information director, an equipment manager, and a director of camps and clinics.
UW-L Athletics is a member of the Division of Student Affairs and, as such, the director of athletics reports to the assistant chancellor/dean of students. Two faculty athletics representatives provide academic oversight to the athletic program. In keeping with the campus commitment to shared governance, an Athletics Committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff monitors and advises the program on budgetary matters. A Student-Athlete Advisory Committee that includes representatives from every sport program meets regularly and consults with the program's leadership.
MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM
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The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is federally funded by the United States Department of Education to provide eligible students with support and preparation for graduate school. McNair Scholars must either be low-income, first generation college students AND/OR be members of a traditionally underrepresented group in their field (usually African American, Latino/a, Native American and/or Asian Pacific Islander). The program at UW-La Crosse began in October of 2009, and is housed in the College of Science and Health. The program considers students from all majors that would lead to a Ph.D. as the terminal degree.
The Department of Music welcomes all University students by audition into its performing organizations. Most of the student ensembles function as part of the curriculum for our music majors and minors, but qualified non-music major students from all colleges and programs make up a large percentage of the participants in our ensembles. There are a variety of music ensembles available including: Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Screaming Eagles Marching Band, Jazz Bands and combos, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, Mannerchor, Chamber Choir, Vocal Jazz Choirs, Korean Percussion Ensemble, and various other chamber ensembles. The large ensembles regularly perform on tours in the state, nationally and internationally. Auditions are required for admission and placement. Contact the Department of Music for details on audition dates, times and repertoire. For students who enjoy listening to music, the abundance of concerts presented by our ensembles throughout the academic year provide ample opportunities to attend a wide spectrum of musical events.
RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
For a current listing of recognized student organizations, visit MyOrgs at www.uwlax.edu and click on MyOrgs below Current Students
American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Club
American Marketing Association
American Society for Microbiology
Art Student Association
Athletic Trainers' Association
College of Business Administration - Student Advisory Council
Computer Science Club
Delta Sigma Pi (Business)
Diversity Organization Coalition
Financial Management Association
Graduate Student Organization
Information Systems Association
Music Educators National Conference-Student chapter
Nuclear Medicine Technology Club
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
School Psychology Student Society
Sigma Delta Pi
Society for Human Resource Management
Student Affairs Administration
Student Council for Exceptional Children
Student Nutrition Association
Student Occupational Therapy Association
Student Physical Therapy Club
Student Wisconsin Education Association
Therapeutic Recreation Club
Wisconsin Covenant Scholars
Women in Physics
Women's Studies Student Association
FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE ORGANIZATIONS
Alpha Sigma Phi
Alpha Xi Delta
Delta Sigma Phi
Order of Omega (Greek Honor Society)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Tau Gamma
HONOR AND RECOGNITION SOCIETIES
Beta Alpha Psi (Honor Society for Accounting)
Beta Gamma Sigma (Honor Society for Business)
Eta Phi Alpha (Honors for Arts, Letters and Science)
Eta Sigma Gamma (Honors for Health Education)
Golden Key International Honor Society (Academic Honorary)
Kappa Delta Pi- Beta Tau Chapter # 67 (Honors for Education)
Lambda Pi Eta (Honors for Communication Studies)
National Residence Hall Honorary (Top 1% of Residence Hall Population)
Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)
Pi Sigma Alpha (Honors for Political Science)
Psi Chi (Honor Society for Psychology)
Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honor Society)
Sigma Tau Delta (English Honorary)
HUMAN DIVERSITY ORGANIZATIONS
ALANA (Women of Asian, Latina, African, Native American Descent)
Asian Student Organization
Black Student Unity
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
HOPE (Hmong Organization Promoting Education)
International Organization Promoting Awareness
International Student Organization
La Crosse International Friendship Exchange
Latin American Student Association
Native American Student Association
RU (Rainbow Unity: People Advocating Unity and Love)
SAPA (Students Advocating Potential Ability)
Vietnamese Student Organization
Campus Crusade for Christ
Diamond Way Buddhist Club
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Newman Catholic Student Group
Unitarian Universalists and Friends
United Campus Ministry - Crossroads
Advocates for Children
Autism Speaks U
Circle K (Sponsored by Kiwanis)
Colleges Against Cancer
Gamma Sigma Sigma
Habitat for Humanity
Kenya Makes a Difference
Students Today Leaders Forever
SOCIAL ACTIVISM ORGANIZATIONS
Men United Against Sexual Assault (MUASA)
Pro- Life Students of La Crosse
SPECIAL INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS
Competition Dance Team
Competitive Ballroom Dance Team
La Crosse Environmental Activities Federation
La Crosse Secular Student Society
LC Hip-Hop Dance Team
Leadership in Action
Le Cercle Francais (French Club)
Mathematics and Statistics Club
Returning Adult Student Association
Screaming Eagles Marching Band
Student Alumni Ambassadors
Student Veterans Association
Students Protecting Environment and Animal Kinships
Supporting Peers in Laid-Back Listening
Table Top Gaming Club
Alpine Race Team
Cross Country Ski Club
Disc Golf Club
Hockey Club (Women's)
Lacrosse Club (Men's)
Lacrosse Club (Women's)
Martial Arts Club
Rugby Club (Men's)
Rugby Club (Women's)
Ski and Snowboard Club
Soccer Club (Men's)
Soccer Club (Women's)
Sports Management Association
Ultimate Frisbee Club (Men's)
Ultimate Frisbee Club (Women's)
Volleyball Club (Men's)
Volleyball Club (Women's)
Water Ski and Wakeboard Club
Angel Hall Council
Coate Hall Council
Drake Hall Council
Eagle Gray Hall Council
Eagle Maroon Hall Council
Hutchison Hall Council
Laux Hall Council
Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC)
Reuter Hall Council
Wentz Hall Council
White Hall Council
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UW-L students study hard, work hard, and play hard. Once you put down your books, check out what the Rec Sports Department has to offer. We have programs and facilities designed to help you stay active, meet new friends, and reduce your stress levels. Programs include: intramural sports, sport clubs, group fitness classes, special events, Outdoor Connection gear rental, trips and climbing wall.
Recreational Eagle Center houses a climbing wall, 200 meter elevated track, two racquetball courts, four basketball courts, six volleyball courts, three badminton courts, multi-purpose room, strength and fitness center, cardiovascular equipment, aerobics studio, martial arts room, and locker rooms with showers.
Mitchell Hall houses a swimming pool, climbing wall, 200 meter track, three basketball courts, six tennis courts, indoor ropes course, dance studio, sports performance center, wrestling room, and locker rooms with showers.
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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 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 branch. All student governance 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. It also reviews student technology fee allocations and other technology issues.
The Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee (SUFAC) 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 Athletics Committee is responsible for recommendations to SUFAC 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 SUFAC Committee regarding distribution of student activity fees used in support of arts, music, theater, and programming for traditionally oppressed groups.
The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for encouraging student participation in voting and other events and maintaining these 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.
The Student Services and Buildings Committee recommends policy concerning services provided to students. In addition, it is responsible for making recommendations to SUFAC for distribution of segregated fees for recreation, sport clubs, and student media.
STUDENT GOVERNANCE ASSOCIATIONS
Pan-Hellenic and Inter-fraternity Councils are the governing bodies for the social sororities and fraternities. The Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC) formulates general policies for and serves as an administrative and judiciary agency governing residence halls.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY
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Highly motivated students can gain practical experience in their field of study at UW-L by pursuing an undergraduate research/creativity project in close association with a faculty member of their choice. The undergraduate research experience is much like an apprenticeship and is most suitable for students interested in gaining additional experience in their area of discipline.
Course credit may be earned for such research or creative activity, and an undergraduate research project could serve as a basis for a departmental honors thesis. UW-L faculty also may have paid summer positions available for student researchers. Because of the wide variety of possibilities for undergraduate research or creative experiences, students should speak directly with individual faculty members to determine the types of opportunities and specific projects available. In general, the procedure for carrying out an undergraduate research project involves four steps:
1. Selecting a topic of interest and developing an idea for a project.
2. Speak with faculty members about your interests and select one as a mentor 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.
3. Plan the project, seek funding (whenever possible), and carry out the research/creative work
4. Disseminate your results in the form of a presentation and/or written manuscript.
To assist students in their undergraduate scholarly activity, UW-L has initiated the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Program, which makes funds available to student researchers on a competitive basis for their projects, hosts the annual Celebration of Student Research and Creativity, and publishes the UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research. Students (with the help of their faculty mentors) may apply for funding every academic year; awards are made in the fall and spring. Project options are numerous. Proposals can be in your major or another discipline of interest, and could be multidisciplinary. Students may work independently or collaboratively on scholarly work completed in the U.S. or at an international location. Recipients are expected to complete their projects and present their work at the Celebration of Student Research and Creativity one year after receipt of the award. It is advisable that interested students begin speaking and planning their work with faculty mentors as early in their academic career as possible. Additional information and undergraduate research proposal guidelines are available at www.uwlax.edu/urc.
UNIVERSITY CENTERS (UC)
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University Centers provides services and facilities, as well as educational and cultural programs, that enhance the quality of college life. Cartwright Center 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, 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 a meeting area for student organizations and houses Cartwright Graphics. The graphics services area provides high-quality, low-cost services to student organizations. Study areas, television lounges, Higher One and other ATMs, copy machines, lockers, ride boards, and computer stations are available.
The UW-La Crosse Dining Service offers an assortment of different dining locations within Cartwright and Whitney Centers to meet the variety of needs and tastes of the campus community. Students may select from several contract meal plans, block meal plans, and cash/Campus Cash options.
The Leadership and Involvement Center supports and promotes volunteerism and involvement throughout the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the greater community. To meet this mission the Leadership and Involvement Center works to: serve as a 'bridge' between students, faculty, staff, and the community; provide opportunities and experiences that promote learning and enhance professional and personal growth; provide peer mentoring and advising for co-curricular involvement; promote volunteer opportunities in local, national, and international service organizations; encourage participation in student organizations and in campus activities; and serve as a resource for student organizations regarding involvement and volunteer opportunities.
The Diversity Center is a devoted safe space for students of color, international students, women, LGBTIQQAA students, and students with disabilities. The center offers meeting, study, and relaxation spaces, a small computer lab, comfortable furniture, a microwave, television, and refrigerator. The Diversity Center is open to ALL STUDENTS.
The Pride Center is devoted to serving students, faculty, staff, and members of the campus community that may or may not label themselves as queer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gay, intersex, questioning, asexual, their allies, and students with LGBTIQQAA parents. The center offers panels, educational programs, information, and most importantly, support and advocacy. We provide LGBTIQQAA specific magazines, books, and videos for check out.
The Campus Activities Board is a student-run programming board that provides entertaining and educational activities for the entire campus community. Events such as small and large concerts, comedians, coffee house acts, and special events are offered to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Several educational 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.
Box Office: (608) 785-8522
The Department of Theatre Arts produces a theatre season of seven shows in the 418-seat Toland Theatre and in the more intimate Frederick Theatre including musicals, dance performances, and a children's show. Additionally, Summer Stage, the summer theatre, produces a major musical each June-July. The theatre season is a thoughtful mix of contemporary plays, classics, musicals and cutting edge 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.
Any UW-L student registered for at least 3 credits is eligible to audition and be cast in productions. The same applies to any student wanting to work backstage or in various capacities of the production team. Whether or not you are experienced in theatre, your participation is welcomed. Students work both with faculty and guest directors, designers, and choreographers on a wide variety of theatrical offerings. Opportunities to become involved are announced across campus, or you can contact the theatre department for more information.