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The College of Business continues to be an engaged College with the business community through the Talent Connection Network, the Citizens State Bank First Friday series, and the Russell G. Cleary Distinguished Business Leader Series.  The MBA Consortium is still a top 5% US News & World Report online MBA.  For the first time, the CBA annual Faculty Field Trip was an overnighter to Fox Valley where we visited with employers and alums at the Green Bay Packers, Schneider Trucking, Kohler, and Grande Cheese. Faculty continue exposing students to current business practices via education abroad, internships, classroom speakers, student consulting research projects, business coaches, and student club speakers. The most recent NSSE data (2017) indicate that 74%, 30%, 79% and 23% of CBA graduating seniors reported participating in the high impact practices of internships, study abroads, service learning, and research with faculty respectively.  With the exception of “research with faculty,” CBA beat the UWL overall average.  

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The UWL Department of Accountancy had a highly successful year.  The Department is serving 365 accounting majors and enrollment is increasing. The Accountancy Career Fair held in September 2018 had over 45 companies attending and interviewed accounting majors on-campus to fill internship and full-time employment opportunities. A total of 40 firms supported 84 students as interns during the 2018-19 academic year.  UWL Accounting Majors are still sought after and doing well on the CPA exam.  Pass rates have modestly kept steady the past few years.


Scholarships Awarded: The 36th Annual Spring Accountancy Banquet was held April 24, 2019.  The Department continues to have strong connections with accounting firms and businesses that employ accountancy graduates from across the region.  Nineteen companies and individuals offered scholarships to students amounting to nearly $100,000.


Personnel: Department faculty turnover is slowing down. We have hired two Ph.D.’s who will start in the Fall 2019. Vacancies for Ph.D.’s continue to be a challenge for the department.  The department was able to fill 3 tenure track vacancies with AIS‘s during the 2018/2019 academic year.  Overloads and the need for adjunct faculty to cover classes are slowing down. 

The department also received a number of Eagle Teaching Excellence Award nominations in Spring 2019: Vivek Pande, Kimberly Lyons, Noel Wilbur, Justin Kilchenmann, Mark Huesmann, Elizabeth Brown, Julie Ancius, Linda Sherony and David Russell. None won the award, but it is exciting that many of our faculty members are being recognized for excellence in teaching.

Research: Department faculty published five refereed journal articles and have made nine presentation at refereed professional meetings during the academic year.


Curriculum: The Department reactivated the ACC 235 course for non-business majors which will be piloted Fall 2019.  Transition to this course will be ongoing.

Experiential Opportunities: UW-La Crosse’s Beta Alpha Psi had an active academic year.  They invited a diverse array of 11 employers from across the region, including accounting firms and other employers hiring accountancy graduates, to present during their biweekly meetings.  In August, 2018, at the annual conference held in Washington, D.C. one of our Beta Alpha Psi students was part of a team that competed in Project Run With It.  Project Run With It furthers the community service component of Beta Alpha Psi and provides members/candidates with an opportunity to engage in real-world consulting projects for not-for-profit organizations in the cities where Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meetings take place. Only 72 students out of approximately 1300 students are chosen to be part of the teams that compete in Project Run With It. Also, In March 2019, a team of Beta Alpha Psi members presented the chapter’s best practices at the Midwest Regional Meeting in Cincinnati.  They will also be presenting in August 2019 at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting, which is the 100th anniversary of the organization, in Chicago.  Also, UWL BAP members are very involved in volunteering and helping not-for–profit organizations such as the Salvation Army in La Crosse, WI.



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The department's main efforts were again dedicated to personnel related activities. We successfully tenured one member of the department – Mary Hamman. We helped integrate our new faculty and IAS into department activities. We also spent much of the year working to hire replacements and cover for late retirements of faculty and administrative leaves. We successfully hired Cody Vaughn who will begin in the fall of 2019.

Several members of the department completed a major revision to the college core class – ECO 230 (formerly BUS 230), now entitled Data Analysis for Business Applications. Full implementation of the changes will begin this fall.
The Fall semester saw approximately 50 students engaged in presenting or reviewing research from one of their courses in Labor Economics, Economics of Sports, and/or Money and Banking in the department’s Critical Thinking and Communication (CTC) program.

The department continued with its series of seminars where faculty and upper level students participate in research seminars involving research at different stages of the process, from idea formation, to near final paper. This year we had 8 seminars delivered throughout the course of the year, including UWL faculty, and faculty from other universities.
The economics department also closed the year with the student scholarship banquet run jointly with the Finance department’s Spellman dinner. This event was a unique opportunity for our newest scholarships donors Casey Sambs and Tyler Lynch – also members of the Spellman board – to meet with the recipients of their scholarships.

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The department's main efforts were dedicated personnel related activities. We had 5 successful personnel reviews. Diana Tempski was promoted to Senior Lecturer. We said goodbye to our long time ADA – Maureen Spencer. We also spent much of the year working to hire two tenure track faculty. We were successful hiring Ming Tsang and Changyu Yang.

In other good personnel news Nilakshi Borah was awarded the Eagle Teaching Excellence award.
The Finance Department made a presentation to the CBA Board of Advisors in February.
The department made a few curricular changes, along with beginning a major review of our structure. We changed the major to include the Finance 450 internship in the major course choices along with clarifying what is required of an internship. The department plans to proposal a Curricular Redesign Grant in the fall.
The Spellman fund closed the year with a value of over $260,000, beginning the year at $213,000.

The department also closed the year joining the economics department in their student scholarship banquet four our Spellman dinner. This event was a unique opportunity for the newest economics/finance scholarship donors Casey Sambs and Tyler Lynch – also members of the Spellman board – to meet with the recipients of their scholarships. The students of the FIN 475 class were also in attendance at the banquet.

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In an effort to keep the IS curriculum up to date and respond to industry changes, the IS department implemented the major program revisions planned during the 2017-2018 academic year.  In order to better prepare our students with these high-demand job skills, the department moved to integrate SAP into the IS curriculum by joining the SAP University Alliance.  The alliance membership allows our students access to SAP software solutions and provides faculty resources to prepare the next generation with knowledge and skills needed for the digital future.  SAP is a leading enterprise system used by many fortune 500 organizations.  IS-320 and IS-360 both integrated SAP assignments and coverage throughout.  The department hired Dr. Ye Han in Fall 2018.  Dr. Han brings expertise in networking and database applications to the department.  The department continued its participation in the UW consortium HIMT program.  In Spring 2018, enrollment reached 250.  Dr. Haried attended and presented at the Human Computer Interaction Conference in July 2018.Dr. Yang attended the Informs conference October 2018.Dr. Haried attended and presented at the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences conference in March 2019.Dr. Yang attended the Informs Data Analytics Conference in April 2019.Dr. Haried attended the AACSB Data Analytics Workshop in May 2019.Dr. Haried and Dr. Han attended the Interop conference in May 2019.  Dr. Haried attend the Wisconsin Health Information Management Systems Society Workshop in May 2019.Dr. Huang attended the IEEE Security Symposium in May 2019.Dr. Haried and Mr. Annino completed the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) course Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics.During Academic Year 2018-19 the three IS tenure-track faculty have had 2 refereed articles published or accepted by high quality academic journals and made 2 refereed conference presentations.

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The management department’s main efforts were, as always, serving our 387 majors, as well as the 35 Sustainable Business minors and 27 Healthcare Analytics Management minors, which are housed in the department. Additionally, the department served more than 2200 CBA students across the 4 core CBA courses it provided. Additionally, faculty in the department had 7 peer-review journal articles accepted for publication and presented their work at 8 different conferences.

The department focused its efforts on support and personnel-related activities. We successfully navigated the spring semester as a team, with many people supporting the department with needs from a mid-year faculty departure and an unexpected medical situation. We also spent much of the year working to hire new faculty and cover courses from the unexpected circumstances and general staffing shortages. We successfully hired two new colleagues: Randika Eramudugida will join the department in the Fall and Christine Ascencio who will be coming in the spring.
The department also saw a number of Eagle Teaching Excellence Award nominations in Spring 2019: Danny Franklin, Yeonka Kim, Christa Kiersch, Uzay Damali, Kelly Nowicki, Ana Iglesias, and Scott Reber. None won, but it is exciting that so many faculty from the department were nominated!

The department made a few curricular changes, to coincide with the changes to our major core courses made last year. The department plans to begin the 2019-2020 year with a comprehensive review of the major and develop a vision for the future of the program.

Programs supported by the department were quite active over the year as well. The Healthcare Analytics Management minor held an end-of-the-year networking event with employers, board members, students and faculty. The Sustainable Business minor offered one of its core courses as part of a study abroad program in New Zealand on sustainable business and tourism.

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The UWL Marketing Program rated in the Top 1% of all such programs in the country; #1 in Wisconsin for “Best for the Money”; and #3 in value out of 402 U.S. programs by College Factual.

Marketing Majors – Over 500 first & second majors, about 25% of CBA. Marketing - largest CBA declared first major. With 9 full-time faculty, faculty-to-student ratio is approximately 55:1.

Advising – Piloted new advising structure, with one faculty member advising all pre-CBA marketing majors, resulting in more equitable advising loads; continuity between START and regular academic advising; and more consistent messaging.

Scholarships Awarded – Awarded second Laux Family full-year-tuition scholarship. Related, the 9214 Challenge is complete, with over 100 UWL Marketing alums supporting a second full-year-tuition scholarship. Three other scholarships established for marketing majors were awarded. Slow and steady progress toward establishing scholarships for Marketing students is highly valued.

Curriculum –New Marketing Analytics course added to curriculum and piloted Spring 2019. Started transition to the new marketing curriculum requirements, approved Spring 2018. Transition will be ongoing.

Personnel – Department stable with over half of tenure-track staff being tenured and no resignations or retirements since 2015. Department completes successful IAS search, an added position, and is excited to have Dan Wallace joining team in 2019-2020. Dr. Stephen Brokaw announces planned retirement following Fall 2020 semester.

Experiential Opportunities -
UWL AMA Chapter rated 5th largest AMA Chapter and places 3rd in International AMA Wall Street Journal Case Competition, competing against universities such as University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon.

Undergraduate Research:
• Eagle Apprentice, Averi Linz, presents research at UW System Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (Mentor: Nese Nasif)
• Sheely, Barr & Flynn research presented at NCUR 2019 (Mentor: Nese Nasif)
• Sheely & Drazkowski research presented at NCUR 2019 (Mentor: Marco Vriens)
• Robbins receives $2,000 undergraduate research grant (Mentor: Marco Vriens)

Sixth Annual UWL Eagle Sales Competition included 20 students, 16 industry professionals, supported by 8 organizations. Students attend UM Twin Cities Collegiate Sales Team Championship and Great Northwoods Warm-Up Competition, competing against students across the nation.

London Study Abroad – The department offers its 5th annual faculty-led International Marketing Program in London.

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The 2018-19 academic year was successful for the College. The college rolled out the name change from the College of Liberal Studies to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH) and School of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at the end of the academic year. Highlights from this year included a college-wide strategic planning initiative focused on increasing student retention and academic success, the Sixth annual Creative Imperatives event, the theme of which was Freedom Unbound: The Power of the Arts. Guest Speakers included musician Marja Kerney, musician Brendan Kinsella, musician Andrea Fowler, and artist Sawsan Al Saraf. CASSH also hosted the 18thannual Evening of Excellence to recognize students, faculty, and staff in the college. The Outstanding Graduating Senior John E. Magerus Award went to Gabby Aguilar, Communication Studies. Faculty and staff recognition awards went to Enilda Delgado, Sociology and Criminal Justice (Faculty Excellence in Teaching); Sara Heaser, English, and Marc Kayson, Psychology (Academic Staff Excellence in Teaching); Carol Miller, Sociology and Criminal Justice (Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Endeavors); Bryan Kopp, English (Faculty Excellence in Service); The Department of English (Departmental Inclusive Excellence); Sara Heaser and Marc Kayson (Academic Staff Excellence); and Sue Knudson, Records and Registration (Friend of the College Award). CASSH faculty were highly productive in scholarship and creative endeavors and in service to the community. Faculty in CASSH published over 55articles in peer-reviewed journals in AY 2018-19and gave hundreds of papers and performances at professional conferences/events. The College hired fifteen new tenure-track and full-time instructional academic staff who will start in fall 2019. Dr. Karl Kunkel will start as the new dean of the college after a successful national search. Twelve CASSH faculty were tenured, eight were promoted to full professor, and eleven were promoted to associate professor. One instructional academic staff member was promoted to senior lecturer and two were promoted to lecturer.


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The Department of Archaeology & Anthropology faculty and staff continued to excel at teaching and remained active in scholarship and service activities. The department had a strong year for scholarship yielding 18 peer-reviewed publications and multiple international presentations, and we received over a dozen internal and external grants to support research totaling over $275,000, including a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Dr. Amy Nicodemus for her ongoing research on the emergence of complex societies during the Bronze Age in Serbia.

Our students were active in UWL’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research and we had a student present her research in the Research in the Rotunda event in Madison.

Our new Archaeological Studies Major: Cultural Anthropology Emphasis continues to grow and is serving students interested in pursuing a major course of study in Cultural Anthropology. This program was approved during spring (2017), we had 7 students graduate this spring with this emphasis, and we currently have an enrollment of nearly 30 students in this new major program of study.

The Archaeology Major remains strong as well, with nearly 80 majors. Thus, our department serves over 100 majors and dozens of Anthropology and Archaeology minors. Our Archaeology major continues to rank 2nd in the country in College Values Online list of top Archaeology Bachelor's degree values.

Our faculty collectively serve in a number of prominent roles on campus and in our profession. Notable roles include Director of MVAC, Faculty Assistant to the Provost, CLS Retention and Recruitment Committee, ILAS Advisory Board, Faculty Research and Grants Committee, ACE Internationalization Laboratory, International Education Committee, Joint Promotion Committee, IRB Committee, Bookstore and Text Rental Services Evaluation Team, American Research Center in Egypt Board Vice President, Wisconsin Archaeological Survey Board Secretary, Center for Hmong Studies, SOYUZ Post-Communist Cultural Studies Secretary, among others.

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This academic year alone, the Department has completed the hiring of new tenure line faculty in the areas of Art History and Ceramics; a new IAS in Graphic Design and assigned a replacement for the Gallery Director. In addition, the Department hired a new ADA. A search is in progress (to be competed in the spring of 2020) to fill a tenure line in Sculpture.

The Department has resolved presentation issues in the Third Floor Gallery by designing a remodel of the exhibition space to be completed in June of 2019. A remodel of the Photography area is currently underway and scheduled for completion by Fall 2019.

The Department has recently revised specific areas of curriculum, created a new Art Therapy Minor (in collaboration with the Psychology Department) and collaborated with Communications and English on a revision of the Digital Media and Design minor. In addition the Department has designed a new course block system for scheduling.

The Department has designed a new HIP experience aimed at First, second and third year students (Professional Practices in the Major) that will augment our assessment efforts. The Department hosted two external adjudicators, Megan Vossler and Mike Flannagan to assess/critique the 21 seniors who graduated in the fall and spring of this academic year.

Further, the Department has updated Merit procedures and Bylaws and completed two Academic Program reviews, one for the Gallery and one for the Art Department. External Reviewer, Professor Waldrop observed that the Department is generally optimistic about the past changes and future directions, and that the department is a close-knit community with students enjoying the connections they make to faculty.

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The CST Department welcomed new faculty member Dr. Ashley Edwards and new IAS member Jessica Peterson (redbooked). Ian Berry was also hired for a 1-year IAS position. IAS member Joseph van Oss was promoted to Senior Lecturer. We welcomed Drs. Sara and Tony Docan-Morgan back to the department, after two years away in S. Korea (Fulbright, Sabbatical, leave of absence). Department Chair Linda Dickmeyer continued her .50 role as iAssociate Dean in SOE. Dr. Dan Modaff helped assist with chair duties for the academic year. We had a successful hire for a new Media Studies faculty member to begin in the fall of 2019. We will miss our two retirees--Dr. Cheri Niedzwiecki retired after 25 years at UWL. ADA Laurie Collison retired after 25 years at UWL, with the last 9 in the CST Department.
Mr. Terry Smith received one of six Eagle Teaching Excellence Awards. Terry is a long-time IAS member in our department with a stellar record of teaching. He joined Dr. Beth Boser in a study abroad trip this summer to Cape Town, South Africa.

Once again, CST had an impressive number of Eagle Award nominations. Seventy-one nominations from students came in for 22 faculty and IAS members, representing nearly 80% of our instructors.

Sara Docan-Morgan and Uttara Manohar were recipients of CLS Small Grants. Scott Dickmeyer received an Online Course Development Grant. Nici Ploeger-Lyons received a course-embedded undergraduate research grant.

The CST Department hosted the third annual CST Celebration event in May. We gave our many student awards and honored this year's alumni honoree, Wenona Wolf.

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In 2018-19, Lindsay Steiner was tenured and four faculty members were promoted: Natalie Eschenbaum and Bill Stobb to Full Professor and Lindsay Steiner and Lei Zhang to Associate Professor. Fifteen English instructors were nominated for the Eagle Teaching Award, with Tom Jesse winning one of the 2019 awards.

Bryan Kopp won the CLS Excellence Award for Service, Sara Heaser for Academic Staff, Lindsay Steiner for Community Engagement, and the whole department for Inclusive Excellence.

Kelly Sultzbach was awarded a fall sabbatical and won a Fulbright to teach in England in spring.

Haixia Lan and Bill Stobb were awarded spring sabbaticals.

Robert Wilkie won a full-year UW-System Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Bill Stobb won the Zora Gale Award in Fiction and the 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize.

Our student-edited literary and arts journal, Steam Ticket, was published this spring, and students continued to produce the University-wide creative works journal, The Catalyst.

The student-run English Club re-branded themselves as “Book Club.”

Our honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, continues to grow in membership. The department’s Visiting Writing Series brought renowned authors William Waltz and Paula Cisewski to campus.

A Major Grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and a Scholar of Color Grant (combined $11K+) supported us in hosting La Crosse Reads 2019, including visits from the spoken word artist Kevin Yang and the poet Mai Der Vang.

The department helped to host the area public schools’ Battle of the Books event.

The department’s La Crosse County Jail Literacy Program continued with involvement from 9 faculty members.

The department held its eighth annual College Writing Symposium featuring presentations by ENG 110/112 students.

The department’s colloquium series hosted eight presentations by faculty and IAS during the year, and Virginia Schwarz (UW-Madison) ran a teaching workshop on contract grading.

The Professional and Technical Writing Speaker Series invited four speakers to campus, including English alums.

Natalie Eschenbaum taught a UWL faculty-led program in England in winter 2019, and Matt Cashion and Haixia Lan traveled to China to teach at our partner schools in support of our 2+2 China program in May 2019.

The department added a new major emphasis (English: Medical Professions) which includes a number of Biology courses and meets the needs of pre-health students. In addition, we revised our mission and vision statements, developed strategic and equity plans, and completely revised our bylaws.

Our faculty and IAS remain highly active in teaching development, scholarship, publication, and in university service commitments, as their individual reports show.

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The Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies, during 2018-2019, continued their commitment to serving students, collaborating with other programs at UWL, and enriching the community. Following the lead of the College of Liberal Studies, the Department developed and began to engage in specific activities that would benefit all students while specifically addressing equity gaps related to gender, race/ethnicity, and social class. Additionally, the Hmong/Hmong American Studies certificate program was further developed with an administrative structure, secured future funding for programing efforts, and, led by Dr. Richard Breaux, brought in Hmong artist Pao Her’s work for a UWL Center for the Performing Arts pubic exhibit and a reception to meet the artist. In Spring 2019, Dr. Breaux brought in Civil Rights Activist and speaker JoAnn Bland. Additionally, the program held an ERS Minor Day, led by Dr. Sarah Shillinger, for all UWL students to explore the ERS Minor, the Hmong and Hmong American Certificate, and to advise students on the benefits of obtaining minors for their future goals and careers. The Department searched for a new ADA, and hired Mrs. Pearl Bearhart who has proved to be an excellent addition to the team. Department IAS members Shuma Iwai, Diana Moran-Thundercloud, and Justin Odulana attended University events, and began advising students groups such as the Japan club, NASA, and ALANA; and Shuma Iwai began developing a study abroad program for Japan in 2020. Finally, Dr. Beaux, in addition to once again leading a group of students and La Crosse community members on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to historical sites in the US south during J-Term, secured a sabbatical in Fall 2019 to study Alexander Mansur’s role in the Arab American Renaissance as part of his continued efforts to examine cultural communities in the United States.

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The Environmental Studies Program continues to be productive and growing program, with minors increasing from 84 to 94. We continue our tradition of experiential learning for students enrolled in our classes, contracting buses for roughly 110 field trips, the majority of which are conducted during regular class periods. We also hosted 90 guest speaker events (sometimes same speaker), increasing student engagement with the local community. The program consists of two full time IAS, and three part-time IAS. Between the full-time IAS, they had one peer review article published, one submitted, and gave two presentations. The program received a total of $15,500 in UWL based grants.

The entire program worked together successfully to achieve the goals laid out in a competitive CATL Curricular Redesign grant awarded in Spring 2018. The program also organized three campus events of some significance. The first two, panels on the “Resilience to Flooding,” and the La Crosse marsh, both involved a combination of faculty and community stakeholders. The third, a talk by internally renown thinker Carolyn Finney “All Things Considered: Black Faces, White Spaces, and the Possibility of Us,” involved contributions from multiple programs on campus.

Margot Higgins, in her role as equity liaison, led the program in a semester long “decolonizing the curriculum” discussion, where members of the program took turns clarifying how environmental justice was implemented in their ENV 201 course, and asking for particular suggestions on how to better include said representation. Alysa Remsburg completed a CLS funded grant, “Developing and Tracking a Network of Environmental Studies Program Alumni,” this project yielding valuable information.
Instructors continue to be active at university, professional, and community service. Notable service positions include Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability (Remsburg and Higgins), Community Engagement Committee (Remsburg), and the Retention and Recruitment Committee (Higgins). Both Higgins and Remsburg do a considerable amount of community outreach.

Olivia Hackbarth received the 2019 CASSH student excellence award for Env Studies.

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This past year has been a full one for GCL—the department increased their number of tenured and promoted faculty this year, increasing their number of tenured faculty to 6 and promoted to 5. We anticipate 2 faculty members going up for Full in the next 2-3 years. Additionally, the department hired a Spanish TT faculty line (Martin Gomez) to teach Spanish for the Professions and Spanish for Heritage Speakers (to address equity issues in curriculum, see equity report) and hired a new LRC Director (DeVetter) and will be searching for a German/German Education professor to replace a retirement this next year.

For significant changes to policies and curriculum, GCL finished in-depth revisions on departmental bylaws. Two major curriculum revisions were successful—Spanish faculty overhauled their curriculum and our World Language Education faculty (Mitchell and Morris) completely revised all World Language Education curriculum for Spanish, French, and German. French majors and minors have seen increases in numbers as a result of significant investment in recruitment and retention efforts by Cassidy and Keefe. Chinese has held steady in numbers of minors and is looking to grow; German is working on curriculum and recruitment plans; we will have an IAS member supporting German for 1 year while waiting for our TT hire to join in fall 2020. Spanish has grown. Russian continues to hold steady in enrollment, and GCL offers Hmong courses for heritage speakers; in addition, GCL offers Japanese and Arabic through CLP. French and German and Russian are all collaborating with CLP, as well. In total, GCL houses over 650 majors and minors as of spring 2019.

GCL began strategic planning, and had our second year under our new name and brand. The department has a new mission and vision, which they will use in 2019-2020 to bolster and guide their continued work in strategic planning. The department continue to work on recruitment, and have been more intentional regarding our retention and equity efforts; we have created a new committee in the department (Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach Committee—RROC) to address some of these issues and provide guidance to the department. Lake served as our EQL for the past two years and this is one way to support this work. The department has new marketing material, as well. Several departmental members served large roles in the university and beyond—Brougham with Internationalization, Granados with ILLAS, Hay with Assessment and GE, and Moeller who was the UW System Collaborative Language Program Co-Chair, as well as a UW System Team Lead for the Wisconsin Language Roadmap national grant-funded project. Mitchell was a WTFS for 2018-2019 and just successfully completed the program.

The members of the department published 10 pieces of scholarship, presented 42 individual presentations at different local/national/international conferences, received 20 grants (external and internal), hosted two major film festivals—one with ILLAS (Granados) and one that was community-engaged with a grant from the French government (Keefe), did outreach with Gundersen through the LRC (Strom, Mangold, Granados) and through a grant-funded program with CLS, and in general served the campus and its students well. As GCL has done so much infrastructure work in the last 3 years, and we welcome a new chair (Dr. Granados), the next year looks to bring some stasis with departmental work, and more planning for the future.

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The Department of History had an extremely productive 2018-2019 academic year. During the year we successfully promoted three faculty members (Gerald Iguchi, James Longhurst, John Grider) and one of our faculty received tenure (Patricia Stovey). After losing three faculty members to retirement and resignation in 2017-2018, the department conducted two successful job searches. During the year the department also revised its World History General Education offering, collapsing HIS 101 and HIS 102 into HIS 110. The department has also begun to make foundational changes to the program’s curriculum in order to simplify and streamline major and minor requirements. The department completed a CASSH Strategic Planning report, which it will use in further curriculum development. At the end of both fall and spring semesters, the department organized its senior capstone course symposia. The Department of History hosted the Regional National History Day competition. The department incorporated the International Studies Program, making the Department of History its administrative home. The department has begun to work on the Department of History the official home of the Oral History Program. The department has created a History Club for students of all majors interested in history. Department members have also kept busy conducting scholarly research. In addition to dozens of conference and service presentations, the department has produced multiple publications. The department had two faculty on sabbatical and approved two more sabbaticals for 2019-2020. In an effort to continue its contributions to the academic achievements of UWL faculty members of the Department of History have sought and received multiple internal and external travel, research, and development grants this year.

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The Department of Music achieved several goals over the 2018-2019 academic year highlighted by more than 60 Department events. The fourth annual Department of Music Scholarship Gala recognized Bob & Janet Roth, who helped raise almost $50,000 through generous contributions/matching grants and ticket donations to the Gala concert. This performance featured UWL Alum Reed Grimm and the Isthmus Brass Quintet (UWL low brass faculty Mike Forbes (tuba) is a member). One of the Department’s primary goals was recruiting and, to that end, contributed hands-on events that extended to over 1000 pre-college students. Several specialized recruitment days were organized, including Brass Day, Flute Day, Piano Day and Woodwind Day, to complement the SAC (now VPA) Arts Day and our Marching Band Day that hosted over 400 high school students performing with the Screaming Eagles Marching Band. The Department had 14 successful senior recitals, some of whom performed on the GaleStar Series in Galesville, WI. UWL Students performed also in master classes for guest artists Alfredo Isaac Aguilar (piano), Tim Albright (trombone), Mark Alpizar (clarinet), Jeiran Hasan (flute), Brendan Kinsella (piano), and Patrick Muehleise (tenor). Guest lecturers for courses included Carl Allen (drumset), Keith Hall (percussion), Gary Carner (author), Leif Larsen (UWL alum skyping from Saudi Arabia), Dr. Branden Steinmetz (UWL alum), and Magdalena Vargas (Latin American choral specialist). Examples of diversity events included a guest lecture by No No Boy for music appreciation students and hosting the Korean Wave performance. The music faculty also performed frequently, with at least 29 local/state events, 7 regional/national events and 1 international recital. Finally, the Department is pleased to announce Dr. Justin Davis hired to direct our Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Dr. Jonathan Borja being promoted to Associate Professor and Dr. Tammy Fisher receiving a sabbatical for Spring 2020.

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The Department of Philosophy continues to be productive and seek out ways to improve. Our majors and minors increased from 22 to 28, and 21 to 22, respectively. Our program of four faculty produced 5 peer reviewed publications and gave 16 professional presentations. The faculty were awarded 3 UWL research grants worth $15, 213. In addition, Dr. Mary Krizan was chosen as a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow by the National Humanities Center (extremely competitive). Part of this award includes $32,000, and serves to support Dr. Krizan’s yearlong leave from UW-L while a fellow.
Dr. Cocks participated in a three day Mindfulness Pedagogy Think Tank funded by the Mind and Life Institute. Dr. Ross completed her provided mentorship of visiting International Scholar Elena Bellido. We organized and supported guest speaker Michael Ing’s (Indiana U) visit and talk on Confucian Philosophy. Faculty continue to be active at university, professional, and community service. Notable university service positions include UPAC, APC (Krizan), Ethics Committee (Ross), and the Gen Ed. Revision working group (Cocks). Ross, Cocks, and Krizan all participated in the organization of national and regional philosophy conferences.
As part of our ongoing effort to increase majors and minors, the Phl Program brought Dr. Thomas Harter (Clinical Ethicist, Gundersen Health System) and Luke Konkol (Phl Dept. alumni) to campus to speak about the personal and professional significance of a Philosophy degree. We continue to engage in outreach to prospective students through personal emails, and in class information sessions. Our program is also working to provide better career advice and more internship possibilities.
Dr. Eric Kraemer retired, Spring 2019, and was granted emeritus status.
Dr. Daniel Schneider will arrive at UWL to serve as a one-year replacement for Mary Krizan (2019-2020).
The program has an approved position request and is in the beginning stages of planning a search to fill Eric Kraemer’s previous position.
Philosophy student Brady Grapentine received the 2019 CASSH student excellence award.
Anna Meier began at the Philosophy Department and Environmental Studies ADA, August 2018. Her work is superb.

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The Department of Political Science and Public Administration had a particularly productive academic year in 2018-2019. Most notably, the Department entered the third year of offering a Legal Studies minor, which now has 79 students. With strong enrollments in our two majors and other two minors, the Department’s future of serving students in our programs promises to be strong. These accomplishments occurred in the context of being shorthanded on faculty, as both Jo Arney and Ray Block were on leave for the 2018-19 school year. Pursuing professional opportunities away from UW-L, these leaves allowed us to hire Sam Scinta on a full-time basis as a lecturer in the Department. Sam has both a legal and non-profit administration background, allowing him to provide valuable contributions as an instructor in several aspects of our curriculum. The Department also prepared for staffing changes in the coming year, as we replace Jo Arney (who is now the Director of Student Success at UWL), and prepare to replace the tenure-track lines of Cecilia Manrique (retirement) and Ray Block (moved to different university).

The Department celebrated two promotion accomplishments this year, with Regina Goodnow earning tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor, and Tim Dale being promoted to Professor.

We also continue with a new merit process in the Department, which utilizes a rubric and scoring system that provides a systematic and objective measuring system, and includes scholarship guidelines that are consistent with disciplinary and professional norms and standards. In the 2018-2019 academic year the Department had 154 Political Science majors, 62 Public Administration majors, 50 Political Science minors, 32 Public Administration minors, and 79 Legal Studies minors. As we add new faculty and continue to build interest in Legal Studies we expect to grow.

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The Psychology Department continued strong enrollment in the number of students this year, ending Spring 2019 with over 700 majors and over 300 minors. Additionally, the At-Risk Child and Youth Care Minor had 131 declared minors, and the Neuroscience Minor and the Gerontology Emphasis continue to grow. The department supported the Honors Program in Psychology, and heavy service obligations to General Education, School of Education, and the Health Professions. Two faculty were promoted to Associate Professor (Ellen Rozek and Erica Srinivasan) one was promoted to IAS Lecturer (Marc Kayson) and three were granted tenure (Ale Quartiroli, Ellen Rozek, and Eric Hiris). Additionally, one probationary faculty was awarded a 2-year contract (Berna Gercek-Swing) and one completed a successful Post-tenure Review (Joci Newton). The Psychology Department also completed four successful hires, two tenure track position (Social Cognition-Kevin Zabel; Developmental-Jason Sumontha) and two IAS (James Puckett and Jessica Schweigert). Jane Fredrick also completed her first very successful year as ADA. The department adopted one-on-one advising this year after several years of mass-advising. Early reports are positive, although we are awaiting a review of student feedback from assessment and from the advising sub-committee. The department also began preliminary discussions of curricular re-design, and met for a productive curriculum retreat in late May where we discussed globally what we wanted to provide most for our students. We will focus on specific elements of curriculum changes in 2019-20. In terms of scholarship, the department had a strong year in terms of faculty scholarship resulting in a book chapter, 16 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters and over 65 presentations. Additionally, Psychology had an active year with undergraduate and graduate research projects (many funded by research grants). UWL was represented by our students at the Midwestern Psychological Association, NCUR and The American Psychological Association as well as the Annual Conference for the Association for Applied Sports Psychology in Toronto. As usual, department faculty were heavily involved in service to the college, university, professional orgranizations and the community.

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The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has engaged in many efforts this year to increase opportunities for all students to succeed in their academic careers, and be ready for life after. As part of a College wide effort led by Dr. Enilda Delgado, we worked to identify strategies to benefit all students while helping to overcome gender, race/ethnicity, and social class equity gaps in student outcomes. During Spring term, Dr. Carol Miller offered our new Careers in Sociology online course. Further, the faculty supervised 15 undergraduate research projects, and helped 5 students attend professional conferences to present research. Faculty also worked to link the Department and students to the community through activities such as: the fall and spring Senior Speed Dating event for older adults which was organized by Dawn Norris and her students; and the day long WI Department of Corrections Reentry Simulation event Dr. Lisa Kruse coordinated to link students with professionals and real world experiences. All of these events were covered by local news. Faculty research this past year resulted in one published book, two book chapters, seven research articles, and 30 conference presentations. Recognizing their considerable efforts, the College gave three of the five Excellence Awards to Department Faculty: Dr. Delgado for Teaching; Dr. Miller for Research; and, Dr. Kruse for Community Engagement. Finally, the Department voted to promote Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll to Full Professor; awarded tenure to three faculty – Dr. Lisa Kruse, Dr. Peter Marina, and Dr. Dawn Norris; supported the successful sabbatical proposes of Dr. Kruse and Norris; hired Shirley von Ruden as our Academic Department Associate; welcomed new faculty member, Dr. Justine Egner; and, granted Emeritus status, and best wishes to our leader, colleague and friend, Dr. Kim Vogt, who is retiring at the end of this academic year.

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SAA experienced significant accomplishments during 2018-19. The SAA faculty, a combination of ranked faculty and student affairs/ higher education practitioners who hold full-time administrative appointments across campus and around the nation, provided excellent teaching, scholarship, student research mentorship, and service to the UWL community and the profession of student affairs. Department faculty published four peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, had one research monograph accepted, and presented 17 national and regional peer-reviewed papers and presentations. SAA faculty presented several keynote addresses at regional meetings. Other major accomplishments are listed below:

• SAA currently enrolls 130 M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. students across 9 cohorts; the largest number of students ever. This includes the enrollment of the final Ed.D. cohort.
• SAA successfully recruited a new full-time IAS faculty member.
• Retention rate of all students is beyond 90%; for students of color the retention rate is 96%
• SAA held one alumni reunion at UW-Madison with about 40 guests in attendance
• SAA along with the UWL Foundation raised about $12,000 in private donations for student scholarships

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This year began the firsts week of classes with a successful remount of our Summer Stage production of Hair which enabled us to raise money for scholarships and special projects. That was followed by jumping right into our first production of the academic year, The Laramie Project. This show about the hate-crime killing of Matthew Sheppard, a gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming, marked the 20th anniversary of his death. The Laramie Project was entered as a full production into the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. In December, we were notified that the show was selected to perform at the Region III festival to be held in January, as one of 7 productions out of approximately 30 university produced shows entered in the 4-state region (Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan) many with graduate programs. This was a tremendous honor and opportunity to represent UWL at the festival. This is the fourt time one of our productions has been selected for this honor. The second show of the year was Almost, Maine a charming show about love, loss and life, produced in our studio theatre and the semester finished off with a beautiful production of Enchanted April, a show about discovering love and beauty again, when almost all hope of it was gone. The second semester began with our mounting of the Tony Award winning musical, Urinetown followed by our children’s show production of The Cat in the Hat. Our season rounded out with our lavish production of The Country Wife and Kinesis Dance Theatre.

As you can see, our department was kept very busy all year long!  In addition to our regular season of seven fully-staged productions, we produced 7 senior acting recitals, hosted a welcome BBQ for incoming Theatre students, participated in the SAC Recruitment Day, faculty and students attended the WI High School Theatre Festival for potential recruitment, brought Devin Scheef, a scenic designer from Central Oklahoma University to campus to work with our students and design the scenery and props for our production of The Country Wife. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students and truly a treat for our audiences who experienced his beautiful scenery. In the midst of our run of Urinetown, our faculty also conducted several workshops for the Creative Imperatives Festival and collaborated with the Financial Aid Office to create and produce the Money Monologues, an event to promote financial literacy to students. Sever faculty and students also participated in the Alternative Truth Project where provocative and socially relevant plays were performed around town in various staged reading open to the public.
We also began the process of curricular changes within the major. Our changes were prompted by the desire to remove barriers to students and potential students. It also begins the process of streamlining the navigation through the major and minor.

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This year WGSS worked extensively on reviewing and developing plans around UWL’s Strategic plan. Some highlights included: reviewing where and how high-impact practices show up in our courses; learning from other departments and campus experts to help us revise our inclusive excellence plan, including scheduling a racial justice training for our department this coming fall; inviting Drs. Mary Hamman and Scott Cooper to a department meeting to help us enhance community connections for student learning; and a special project by Dr. Mahruq Khan, investigating department members’ perceptions of how being invested in by the department, college, and UWL administration more broadly. Our data-gathering work also included a project by Dr. Terry Glenn Lilley which reviewed recent enrollment patterns in our General Education classes and helped us plan for staffing going forward. At our upcoming departmental retreat, we will hone strategic planning around the four pillars and our enrollment planning in preparation for our upcoming Academic Program Review.

This year we also continued to focus on outreach, recruitment, and student development activities, while also growing the new Social Justice Minor, which had 13 students declared by March, 2019. This program is coordinated by Drs. Terry Lilley and Deb Hoskins. Our outreach activities include sustaining connections to alumni and program founders. Dr. Vandenberg-Daves used a CLS Small Grant to develop a “Mentoring Circles” program connecting seven WGSS students to seven women community leaders. The program was very successful in building students’ confidence in themselves as advocates in the workplace, their understanding of how they can use their WGSS skills in the workplace and in their careers going forward, and their comfort level reaching out to other women leaders to build networks for their future careers. It also engaged several WGSS alumni as mentors and raised the visibility of our students’ skills and knowledge with area employers. Meanwhile, Andrea Hansen and the SSP program continued to sustain important community connections, serving as a bridge for low-income student parents who might not otherwise consider UWL accessible.

This year we also continued to develop promotional materials for our department to help us continue to grow, providing an outreach internship for a WGSS student to help us. Under the leadership of Dr. Khan, we revised our website and various other promotional materials, highlighting the power of a WGSS education both as college students and as future professionals. We also combined student development with departmental goals, including a goal of making our WGSS Resource Center and Library more student-friendly, better curated, and useful to student researchers. To that end, two student interns worked throughout the academic year on improving the WRC, and presented their project highlights as UWL Student Researcher representatives at the UW-Consortium Gender and Women’s Studies program conference in April, 2019. We also showcased the space with an event connecting the UW System Gender and Women’s Studies librarian with Murphy librarians and faulty. The SSP program also supported student internships this year, and Andrea Hansen’s contributions to our understanding of student parent issues prompted us all to review our syllabi to more welcoming and inclusive of that under-served population, and of all students struggling with finances. Ms. Hansen’s work in the community with Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council and AAUW, and many other organizations, as well as on campus around housing and food insecurity, continues to enhance both SSP and the department as a whole. Similarly, Diana Moran Thundercloud’s community connections enhanced student learning and opportunities.

Continuing our emphasis on building networks and empowering students, we re-instated a .25 programming release for Dr. Khan this year. The result was a well-attended advising event connecting seasoned WGSS students with new and perspective students, a gender researchers event which drew together faculty and staff across campus interested in feminist research, and a well-attended event showcasing the research and teaching expertise of a new faculty member, Dr. Justine Enger, who spoke on disabilities and queer theory, areas that we in our program are excited to highlight for our students. Dr. Khan also organized film screenings on critical social justice topics related to immigration and indigenous women’s activism. This work contributed significantly to raising the visibility of intersectional feminist justice issues on our campus and drew attention to our program as a place to learn and develop connections.

Our department officially lost one of our tenure-track faculty members this year, Dr. Christina Haynes. We had held Dr. Haynes’ position open for two years while she was a visiting assistant professor elsewhere. With her official resignation, we had to make curriculum revisions and plan for a smaller faculty, including a shift in by-laws to consolidate and accurately reflect service workload expectations. With Dr. Deb Hoskins’ announcement that she will retire at the end of AY 19-20, we requested a replacement position for a person with transnational expertise and ability to teach in sexuality studies and queer studies, with preference for ability to teach critical race theory and/or environmental feminisms. We were told this will be an IAS position with potential for tenure-track appointment depending on enrollments and budgetary considerations. We gained a new ADA, Pearl Bearhart, and were pleased to welcome her and onboard her. Staffing uncertainty also contributed to a combination of new IAS short-term hires, which has expanded our pool of available instructors.

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In academic year 2018-2019 the College of Science and Health (CSH) celebrated the completion of the Prairie Springs Science Center, an189,000 square-foot building that provides 36 teaching and 23 research laboratories for programs in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography & Earth Science, Microbiology, and Physics.  The fall opening of the building included the installation of more than $1.5 million in instructional equipment and supplies.Over 220 students were mentored in independent research projects that were supported, in part, by $1.3 million in external grants competitively awarded to College faculty.  In addition to student-focused research, student learning was enhanced through service activities, such as in Health Professions where over 800 students engaged in health and wellness, health screenings, course-related clinical experiences, and inter-professional education. Moreover, faculty-lead courses and research in Australia, Belize, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Nepal, New Zealand, and Rarotonga provided international experiences to students.  The College successfully implemented the new Assurance of Progress to Degree After 60 Credits policy that will facilitate student degree completion.  CSH continued to extendits educational mission beyond campus boundaries by engaging the public in seminars and programs, such as physical education offered weekly to 100 home-schooled children, adult and pediatric clinics in occupational and physical therapy, the Exercise Program for People with Neurological Disorders (EXPAND), and the establishment of  a local Best Buddies club whose goal is to create one-to-one friends opportunities, employment, leadership, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The First Year Research Exposure (FYRE) program received the Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action’s 2018 Program Achievement Award and National Science Foundation renewed the WiscAMP project, a partnership with UW-Madison that is a key bridge program for under-represented minorities in STEM at UWL. Eighteen new faculty and instructional staff were recruited for academic year 2019-2020 to replace personnel who retired or resigned.  Goals for the 2019-2020 academic year include the completion of strategic planning within the college and investigating the potential for adding new programs in health professions.

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In 2018-2019 the Biology Department underwent major structural upheaval. The department moved most lab spaces into the new Prairie Springs Science Center over the summer, and classes were offered in the new facility for the first time in Fall, 2018. In addition, a new departmental ADA was hired. Finally, two new tenure-track faculty were hired to mitigate the loss of a faculty member to administration and the loss of Dr. Gerrish to UW-Madison. A new tenure-track line was hired to ease overcrowding in the anatomy and physiology series. We have yet to replace Dr. Haro’s position.

The department continues to shine in teaching, with 24 of 36 instructional staff being nominated for teaching excellence awards in 2018-2019 and Dr. Meredith Thomsen receiving one such award.

Faculty and staff maintained their scholarly productivity and active engagement in undergraduate and graduate research education. They submitted more than 25 educational, research, and service grants during AY 2018-2019; new funding from external grants exceeded $600,000. Biology faculty authored 28 peer-reviewed publications or book chapters, including SOTL publications. In addition, faculty and staff, along with undergraduate or graduate co-authors, made more than 40 presentations at regional, national, and international science conferences. Service to the university, professional societies and the La Crosse community continued as a strong component of Department activities. For example, Drs. Scott Cooper, Tom Volk, and Markus Mika are all directors on governing boards for national organizations, while Drs. Tim Gerber, Greg Sandland, Tom Volk and Meredith Thomsen serve as consultants for agencies ranging from the local to national levels.

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The Department continues to see exceptionally strong demand for its programs both from the new first year students and existing UWL students switching majors. The UWL Computer Science program has a reputation of excellence within the state and the upper midwest for its strong curriculum, broad array of upper level electives and all tenure track staff. The hiring environment for faculty is becoming increasingly competitive. Demand for graduates continues to be exceptionally strong with several recent graduates obtaining employment at first tier technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google and SpaceX.

The Department celebrated its 50th Anniversary last October the 5th with an event that involved current students and past alumni. The event consisting of an Employer and Alumni Meet & Greet, an Alumni Panel and a Dinner Program. The Alumni Panel featured alumni representing each of the 5 decades of the programs existence. The Panel members shared recollections of their undergraduate days and answered questions from current students. The Dinner Program provided an opportunity to look back on the history of the program and to thank the Departments many friends and supporters.

Last year the Department developed and received campus approval of a Notice of Intent for developing a Computer Engineering Major. This was submitted to UW-System and was reviewed and eventually approved in the Fall. The Department then began work on developing the program implementation documents. These were approved by all the required committees, including Faculty Senate, by the end of the semester and will go before the Board of Regents for approval in early Fall 2019. The Department is very excited about the opportunities that both Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors present. Recent years have seen significant reductions in the barriers to designing new technology, ranging from embedded systems to novel cpu architectures. Software and hardware design are now more tightly coupled presenting interesting opportunities for education on both sides.

The Department was assigned two new tenure track positions to support Computer Engineering and the Department was successful in filling one of these positions and will continue the search next Fall.

Finally, the Department was delighted to receive word that two of our alumni from the mid 80's have made a $1.5M estate planning commitment that will support scholarships for computer science students. This gift is greatly appreciated.

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• The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers three undergraduate (Exercise Science, Physical Education Teaching, and Sport Management) and four graduate degree programs (Athletic Training, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Human Performance, and Physical Education Teaching) as well as concentration areas (Adapted Physical Education minor and Coaching Competitive Athletics concentration) that can be added to a degree. In June 2018, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved the Athletic Training Bachelor of Science program to a Master of Science which includes 68 credits of graduate-level education. This new graduate program will begin in June 2019.
• The ESS Department ranks in the top 300 institutions worldwide for Sport Sciences by ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. The ranking is almost solely based on research and publications. UWL is the only non-R1 (non-research based) institution in the United States that is ranked!
• The scientific output from the Human Performance Laboratory has an amazing record of accomplishment! As of December 2018, 516 research articles have been published from this laboratory since 1969.
• A couple of highlights for the undergraduate Physical Education Teaching (PETE) program this year include the development of the Physical Education Physical Activity program which welcomes over 100 home schooled children to campus each Monday. PETE student McKenzie Kirtz won the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship which is awarded to three undergraduate students each year.
• The undergraduate Exercise Science (ES) program has expanded the admission numbers and currently has over 600 majors. The most recent figures show that the ES graduates enjoy a 100% employment rate in their field of study within the first six months of graduation. Those who choose to go on to graduate school enjoy a 97% admission rate – one of the highest in the nation!
• The Sport Management alumni Michaela Brueggen (class of 2018) and Mikayla Simmons (class of 2019) both receive full-tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships to attend the Master of Arts in Business with a Specialization in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration, University of Nebraska; and Master’s Degree in Education: Sports Leadership, Southwest Minnesota State University, respectively.
• The Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate program just concluded its 40th year with an annual awards banquet. Because of the program’s fundraising efforts, the program was able to give all 13 students a financial award as they had off to their complete their internships. The winner of the Cadwell-Shaw Scholarship, awarded to the top student in the class, was Blaire Theilen.
• Nicholas Faulds was awarded the UWL Graduate Thesis Award for his work with a Universally-Designed Adventure Program which targets inclusion experiences for learners of diverse needs. He earned a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science – Physical Education Teaching in August 2018.
• Four graduate Human Performance students have fully passed Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Exam, National certification for Strength & Conditioning Coaches. The graduate Human Performance faculty and students published a research study and gave two presentations at conferences.

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The Department of Geography and Earth Science offers strong programs and opportunities for students enrolled in our majors and minors.

Dr. Daniel Sambu was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure. Faculty received seven UWL grants to enhance teaching, including four Faculty Development Grants, one Course Embedded Research Grant, and two Online Teaching Grants. Faculty published 5 peer-reviewed academic articles, gave 19 conference presentations and served as reviewers for 13 papers. Dr. Colin Belby had sabbatical during fall semester, and collaborated with colleagues at the University of Hawaii – Hilo using unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Department hosted the Annual Meeting of the West Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers, November 1-3, 2018. Dr. John Kelly served as the organizing committee Chair, working closely with all members of the Department as well as Continuing Education and Extension. The meeting drew over 150 attendees. There were 17 chaired sessions, two plenary speakers and a student poster competition. Events included tours of UWL, a showing of the movie Decoding the Driftless (which includes interviews with Dr. Belby) and three half-day field trips organized by Department faculty. This meeting represented a major commitment by the Department faculty and was extremely successful.

Faculty were engaged in international activities. Dr. Belby led a research expedition with 6 UWL undergraduate students (12 students total) to Rarotonga in the South Pacific in May 2019. Dr. Mishra conducted research on land cover changes in Nepal with two undergraduate Geography majors in May 2019. In July 2018, Dr. Belby worked with one UWL student in Iceland.

Faculty advised 18 undergraduate research projects, including two McNair Scholars advised by Dr. John Kelly. One student received a CSH Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship to work with Dr. Niti Mishra. Ten students presented at the UWL Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, two presented at the UWL Summer Research Exposition, two at NCUR, two at the Midwest Undergraduate Geography Conference, and one at the Posters in the Rotunda in Madison. Two students presented at the regional Mississippi River Research Consortium, two presented at the national Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Washington DC and one at the international Joint Meeting of the Canadian and American Quaternary Association in Ottawa, Canada.

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The HEHP Department is comprised of Public Health/Community Health Education (BS, MS, MPH), SHE (BS and MS [suspended], 910 add on) and the online degree completion collaborative HWM (BS). The BS-PH/CHE and MPH-CHE are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Our BS-PH-CHE was the first in the country to be accredited by CEPH. The pass percentage for our undergraduate students completing the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam is the highest in the country (93% pass versus national average 69%); the average score UWL approximately 117, National average 101. We are the only institution in the UW System to offer majors in public health/community health education and school health education.

Accomplishments: 1. Hired Dr. Sara Pember, 2. BS-Public Health and Community Health Education fully implemented the new curriculum. 3. Health for Generations Camp – July 2017 ran our third annual camp to promote health careers; introduce Native American Health school students to a college campus – students were from Pine Ridge, SD partnered with Area Health Education Center, La Crosse Health Science Academy and Gundersen Health System - 10 students participated – held 4th camp July 2018. 4. The Department held its 4th annual Health Advocacy Summit in Madison during February – 38 students - learning and developing advocacy skills and then used their newly developed skills to work with legislative staff regarding health issues. 5. The Beta Phi Chapter (our chapter) of Eta Sigma Gamma (our national honor society) received the national advocacy award as a result of their work on the Health Advocacy Summit identified earlier. 6. Working with several community organizations we developed and facilitated two legislative events focusing on different health/public health issues. 7. Eight faculty members serve on numerous national committees and taskforces. 8. Several faculty members serve on local, state and regional committees/boards. 9. Dr. Jecklin participated in a second Fulbright during the spring 18 semester. 10. WiCPHET (UWL, UWM, UW, MCW, Carroll University) assessed the public health workforce skill/knowledge needs).

Scholarship: HEHP faculty made over 17 presentations (7 of these were with students); 4 publications..

Outreach Activities: 1. Health for the Generations Camp. 2. Adolescent Health Symposium. 3. Implemented a PH 204 dual credit program. 4. Local legislative gathering. 5. WI Advocacy Summit.

Plans for 2018-19: 1. Continue work on the revision of MPH-CHE curriculum. 2. Further develop Health for the Generations Camp. 3. Implement the online collaborative MS in Healthcare Administration (spring 2019) 4. Develop an adolescent health component as part of redesigning the SHE program. 5. Continue the WI Health Advocacy Summit. 6. Continue to develop our International opportunities. 7. Expanded the PH 204 dual credit program. 8. Reestablish the 910 add-on program. 9. Complete the compliance report for CEPH. 10. Develop implementation plan for enhancing public health workforce needs with WiCPHET.

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The Health Professions (HP) Department consists of four graduate programs: Medical Dosimetry (Med Dos), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Physician Assistant (PA), and two undergraduate programs: Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) and Radiation Therapy (RT). The department offers three undergraduate service courses, including one general education course. Student demand for the HP Programs is very strong based on applications received and student credentials of those applying. Pass rates for all the HP programs remain excellent, well above the national average. Based on students surveyed, all obtained a job within 6 months of graduation. The PT Program and RT Program had their on-site accreditation visits and both received maximum accreditation (10 and 8 years, respectively). The HP department had 3 retirements, 1 resignation and had searches for 8 open positions in Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy. Faculty scholarship has been productive and incorporated student researchers (10 faculty/student publications, 3 book chapters and approximately 50 faculty/student poster presentations at national and state conferences). HP prides itself on faculty/student service and outreach activities. Student placements occurred at over 200 clinical sites across the US in 2018-2019. HP service learning activities involved over 800 HP students in health and wellness, health screenings, course related clinical experiences, interprofessional education or research. Faculty mentored OT and PT students have served over 100 clients through the OT adult and pediatric clinics and the PT program’s Exercise Program for Program for People with Neurological Disorders (EXPAND). Interprofessional programs involving Viterbo and the Go Baby Go continue to bring students together for unique learning activities from different HP programs. Faculty were involved and received recognition based on their service to the college, university, and their respective professional organizations.

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been very productive in the 2018-2019 academic year. The department taught over 300 courses spanning our mathematics, statistics, and data science programs, with 35 sections of independent study, undergraduate research and internship courses.

The department is active in supporting graduate thesis in programs including Biology, Computer Science, and Exercise and Sport Science. Additionally, faculty have served on Ph.D. committees for candidates George Mason University. The department faculty have overseen at least 33 new or ongoing undergraduate research projects, including projects in conjunction with the department’s Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program in Mathematical Ecology.

The department published 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 1 book. Not only is the department prolific in publications, but also in presentations, giving over 59 presentations. In addition, the department faculty are PI or Co-PI on funded grants for approximately $500,000.

Lastly, the department is very active in the university, having representation on many important committees.

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The most notable accomplishment for the Department this year was moving the entire set of Microbiology and Clinical Laboratory Science lab classrooms and research labs into the new Prairie Springs Science Center. Despite many unexpected problems, all classes were taught successfully and student learning was not significantly impacted. Our Prep Room staff did outstanding work to make this happen. We struggled throughout the year with many PSSC problems, which will hopefully gradually resolve over the next year or so. We had one search this year, with the result that Dr. Marc Rott, our prokaryotic geneticist (retired on May 31st 2019), will be replaced by a new hire, Dr. Dan Bretl, an alumnus of our microbiology graduate program. Numbers of microbiology and clinical lab science majors continue to hold steady, with ~30 students graduating per program per year. To fill a gap in our clinical microbiology student training, Kari Johnson created a new Laboratory Management course (initially under the MIC 460/560 umbrella) for CLS majors and microbiology graduate students. Demand for food microbiology prompted us to expand to two sections of food microbiology lab in spring. We continued to discuss updates/changes to MIC 230 Fundamentals of Microbiology with the plan to submit formal curricular revision forms in 2019-20. The department June retreat focused on revising and updating our bylaws to the 2019 format. Fourteen undergraduates in microbiology presented research at UWL’s Celebration of Research, WisCAMP and/ir WiSys Quick Pitch. Xinhui Li co-authored three published journal articles on food-borne pathogens and Peter Wilker co-authored one published article on influenza. Faculty made seven research conference presentations at international and regional professional meetings. Drs. Li, Schweiger and Schwan submitted external research grants (none funded.) Microbiology faculty continued to serve the university on multiple key university committees.

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Producing Scientists & Engineers
• The UWL Physics Department continues to be a top performer in the state and nation. In the latest tabulated data (2016-2017), UWL produced more B.S. Physics majors (33) than any other institution in Wisconsin, save UW-Madison (37). This production places UWL Physics near the top of all U.S. Bachelor’s Degree-only institutions, in terms of majors graduated annually. Many of these students will continue to graduate school, while many others will also receive B.S. engineering degrees through the Dual-Degree program.

• UWL physics students continue to excel in research projects with faculty mentors. This year, 32 students have taken part in campus-based research projects as well as prestigious Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) and Internships. Students continue to successfully apply for UWL and external agency funding to support their summer research work.

Enriching Students, Faculty, & the Campus Community
• Barry Barish, Ph.D., of the California Institute of Technology and a co-winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, served as the Physics Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics (DLS) speaker on October 11-12, 2018. The 2019 DLS dates and speaker are to be determined.

• Mr. Bob Allen continued his long-standing tradition of running planetarium shows for school, community, and campus groups along with UWL students. Several thousand kids and community members enjoy his programs each year.

• Students from Dr. Sudhakaran’s PHY 106 – Physical Science for Educators again brought numerous physics demonstrations to kids visiting the La Crosse Children’s Museum, with the invaluable assistance of Mr. Steve Harris (Physics dept. Electronics Technician).

• The Physics Department Laser Light Show Extravaganza wowed hundreds of area school kids. For a week in May, faculty and Physics majors, led by Dr. Eric Gansen, put on a one-of-a-kind demonstration show capped by an immersive laser show.

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A hallmark of our Recreation Management (RM) & Therapeutic Recreation (TR) programs continues to be the extensive community outreach based learning experiences we integrate in our 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses. Collectively, we published 10 research manuscripts, 7 abstracts, 3 book chapters, 1 textbook, 3 editorials, 2 reports, and 6 proceedings. We delivered 22 academic presentations, and submitted 15 grants (10 funded). One TR undergraduate received a CSAH Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship to conduct Forest Bathing research, an RM undergraduate McNair Scholar collaborated with faculty to conduct research on Driftless Ethics, and 2 undergraduates presented at the UWL Research & Creativity annual symposium. One graduate student gave a TedX Talk on Beat-boxing as Recreation Therapy while another received a Future Scholars Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences. The Tourism Research Institute secured several key research grants including Spring Grove Trail Planning, Pierce County Tourism Brand Perception, and the Tomah Tractor Pull. One faculty established a local Best Buddies Club in Fall 2019. BB is a volunteer movement creating one-to-one friends opportunities, employment, leadership, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The RM program developed a 3-year Strategic Plan. In line with that plan, a fully online Master’s program in Recreation Management was approved and developed with implementation to begin in Fall 2019. 27 students completed the Sustainable Tourism program in New Zealand and Australia during January 2019 as part of our commitment to global education.

The TR program admitted the first students to our 4+1 program (qualified students take graduate level courses in their senior year, followed by a year of additional coursework, resulting in a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree upon completion). The program received the prestigious Program of Merit Award from the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, illustrating our faculty’s commitment to excellence in education.

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The Department of Educational Studies (DES) continues to be a strong contributor to EPC and UWL. Two faculty members were promoted to Associate Professor, and two faculty members were tenured. Dr. Leslie Rogers won an Eagle Teaching Excellence Award, and three DES faculty earned EPC Excellence Awards in Teaching or Scholarship. Seven junior faculty underwent contract or non-contract reviews. DES revised Merit, IAS review, and Governance sections of the bylaws. DES continued to support all UWL teacher education programs through the required Educational Foundations/General Education courses EDS 203 (15 sections) and EDS 206 (17 sections), serving nearly 800 students over 2017-18. We continue to align curriculum with best practices, this year beginning implementation of the new ECMC/MCEA Literacy curriculum, offering the new TESOL course required for all education majors, offering  a new section of the Milwaukee Urban Experience for STEP majors in summer 2018, and procuring $35,000 in instruction-related grants. DES faculty and students were active in initiatives such as Creative Imperatives, Social Justice Week, and Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Productivity, and continue to be highly engaged with our area school partners, supporting 13 Professional Development Schools. DES faculty were productive in their research, procuring nearly $50,000 in funding, publishing 16 papers/book chapters, and making 57 presentations. As always, departmental members continue to be heavily engaged in service to EPC, UWL, professional organizations and the community.


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DES had an active year in 2018-19. In terms of personnel, Dr. Jim Carlson was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor, and Dr. Leslie Rogers was tenured. Six additional junior faculty underwent contract or non-contract reviews, and three redbooked and 17 adjunct IAS underwent contract review. The department conducted five successful searches, filling one (new) IAS and four tenure track positions. This was a significant accomplishment involving department-wide effort, with 8/17 faculty serving as search co-chairs, and all but one DES member serving on at least one search committee. Nine DES members were nominated for the Provost’s Eagle Teaching Excellence Award, and two DES faculty earned EPC Excellence Awards in Teaching and Service. DES continued to support all UWL teacher education programs through delivery of Foundations/General Education courses required for all teacher education majors: EDS 203 (16 sections; 398 students), EDS 206 (14 sections; 362 students), and TSL 200 (4 sections; 92 students), generating nearly 2400 SCH in GE credits alone over 2018-19. DES faculty also supported over 300 teacher candidates in their Field I and II placements, and served as liaisons for 14 PDS sites. We continue to look for ways to better prepare teachers and serve the community; in 2018-19, Lincoln Middle School was added as a new PDS site and we expanded the summer Milwaukee Urban Experience program. DES continues to align curriculum with best practices and changing needs, this year fully implementing the new 3-course literacy sequence, and beginning an exploration into standards, best practices, and program models for the new ECE and K-9 bands that will need to be developed over the next few years. DES faculty procured over $55,000 in instruction-related grants and over $20,000 in grants related to scholarship. DES faculty and students were active in initiatives such as Creative Imperatives, Social Justice Week, and Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Productivity, and continue to be highly engaged with our area school partners. DES faculty were productive in their research, resulting in 15 papers/book chapters being accepted or published, and over 40 scholarly presentations. DES continued to update the department bylaws and writing in the major assessment. As always, departmental members continue to be heavily engaged in service to EPC, UWL, professional organizations and the community.

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Murphy Library strives to position itself as a hub for creation, instruction and research, focuses on meeting the diverse needs and experiences of our users, and continues to be an essential part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse educational mission during the 2018-19 academic year. An interim library director was appointed after the resignation of the former director in late August, which necessitated a national job search for a replacement. Several librarians and a new short term academic staff member all worked to backfill a vacant collection development position, plus assisted with instruction and reference duties. A new Outreach librarian, Chelsea Wyman, also joined our ranks in August. 

The Library conducted several instruction, engagement, and outreach events. Highlights were: the 6th annual “Freedom to Read” banned books event, the 12th annual “STEM Teacher Resource Day”, author lectures, a TEDx Salon, multiple exhibits/displays around the Library, and a 3rd iteration of the regional conference on information literacy and collaboration among libraries of different types (C.A.L.L). 

Collaborative efforts between the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee and the Digital Collections unit completed the first phase in making 75 years’ worth of invaluable river history searchable and freely available online. Almost 1,762 physical items were digitized and supplied unique metadata information (cataloging).

Librarians have presented at local, state, and national conferences and meetings. Members of the Library Department also were involved with significant service activities including university committees, system-wide Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL) committees and task forces, committees within the Library, professional associations, and community organizations. Librarians and Staff members were involved in UWL governance. Collaboration with units and organizations outside the Library and University continues and leads to beneficial results, including funding for expensive scanning equipment for the Digital Collections unit.

An outside consultant was contracted to conduct an independent review that followed up on findings from the former director’s 360 review. Findings and recommendations have been made to the Provost’s Office and Murphy Library. Work on prioritization of the recommendations has started.

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Library department faculty engaged in another active year of contributions to teaching/learning and scholarship. Librarians met with over 5,100 students in about 215 classroom instruction sessions (including 21 in the brand-new Curriculum Center space) over the year, and we individually assisted students, faculty, staff, and members of the community with their information research efforts more than 3,500 recorded times. While our long-standing, highly-valued information literacy partnership with the Communications Studies department wound down, we strengthened our partnership with the English department and the ENG110 course, and we are hoping for greater involvement with the new General Education program curriculum.
Librarians again formally shared their work with peers in a wide variety of settings, including: David Mindel’s published article in the Journal of Digital Media Management; presentations at the national Electronic Resources and Libraries conference and the ARCHIVES*RECORDS conference; presentations at the regional Lake Superior Libraries Symposium and our own Conference on Libraries and Literacy (C.A.L.L., again organized by librarians including our own Humrickhouse and Teri Holford); and presentations at meetings of statewide organizations including the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries, the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians, and the Wisconsin Library Association. Mindel also addressed an audience of hundreds at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee, our latest major digitization project partner. Grant-writing resulted in nearly $27,000 in awards in support of our scholarly work over the year.
We welcomed Chelsea Wyman as the latest to join the department, while John Jax was tapped for the administrative Murphy Library director position, creating another faculty vacancy that we hope to fill soon.
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The Health Professions (HP) Department has four graduate programs: Medical Dosimetry (Med Dos), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Physical Therapy (PT). These graduate programs are all accredited, continue to attract a strong and competitive applicant pool, have high pass rates on terminal/board certification exams (above the national average), and have good employment prospects for graduates. Exceptional faculty/student research has resulted in over 17 publications, over 30 presentations at national and state professional meetings. Service learning opportunities engage the students in many unique faculty supported programs within the greater La Crosse community. Clinical internships, either regionally or nationally, foster professional learning opportunities so students are ready to practice in their chosen field.

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The Applied Statistics Master’s program began Fall 2018.

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In graduate education, the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program welcomed its first class merging the M.S. Degree from UWL with a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) from Viterbo University. Also in graduate education, the department created the M.S. Biology: Environmental Science concentration and graduated its first Master’s student with said degree.

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The UW-L on-campus MBA program was phased out in 2017-18. The Marketing department continues to contribute to the online MBA Consortium program. Dr. Nese Nasif taught 3 sections of Module 3, which is UW-L’s contribution to the Consortium (MBA 713 Global Management). This equates to half of one FTE teaching load.

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Enrollment in the Data Science Master’s program is increasing. The department has hired a full-time IAS to allow for Data Science graduate courses to be taught in-load.

The Applied Statistics Master’s program began Fall 2018.

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• The Distinguished Scholar Series in Exercise and Sport Science this year was Dr. Douglas Casa, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut. He spoke “Preventing Death from Exertional Heat Stroke.” Dr. Casa was the recipient of the medal for distinguished athletic training research from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has worked with numerous media outlets across the country in discussing his research including the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, ESPN, CNN, PBS, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The Distinguished Scholar program in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science has existed since 2008 with the goal of bringing outstanding educators and researchers from the fields of Exercise and Sport Sciences to the UWL. Previous speakers have included national and international academic leaders in the professions of Physical Education Teacher Education, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Sport Management.

• The Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate program just concluded its 40th year with an annual awards banquet. Because of the program’s fundraising efforts, the program was able to give all 13 students a financial award as they had off to their complete their internships. The winner of the Cadwell-Shaw Scholarship, awarded to the top student in the class, was Blaire Theilen. Blaire was also an undergraduate student at La Crosse and hails from Paynesvilel, MN.
• Graduates of the Physical Education Teacher Education graduate program experienced another exciting and fast-paced 15 months. Graduate students combined scholarly and hands-on experience while serving in multiple service capacities. Nick Faulds (class of 2018) was awarded the prestigious Graduate Thesis Award for his work with a Universally-Designed Adventure Program which targets inclusion experiences for learners of diverse needs. Two students have submitted manuscripts to professional peer-reviewed journals and four students crafted projects which will be utilized by local schools and districts. We are proud of the hard work and many accomplishments of our graduate students.
• The major accomplishments of the graduate Human Performance program can be summarized as follows:
- Four students (Erin McFarlane, Charland Howard, Kyle Gieger, and Tyler Havel) fully passed Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Exam, National certification for Strength & Conditioning Coaches.
- One Research study accepted for publication by peer reviewed journal
- Ashley Kildow, Glenn Wright, Scott Doberstein, and Salvador Jaime (2019). “Can monitoring training load deter performance drop-off during off-season training in Division III American football players?” Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. Published ahead of print
- One graduate student of Human Performance program accepted to into Ph.D. program for Motor Learning at Louisiana State University to start in fall 2019.
- Two Presentations at the NSCA-Wisconsin State Clinic, April 13, 2019
- Glenn Wright (Faculty), Energy System Development for Football, 60-minute presentation
- Charlend Howard (Student), Effects of attentional focus on dynamic whole-body movements as a function of skill level. Fifteen-minute student research presentation

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The Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation graduate programs saw a number of successes during the 2018/2019 academic year. Our graduate students continued to engage with the profession through conference attendance and presentations at the state and national levels.
• Sammy Petitte, Therapeutic Recreation, was invited to give a TEDx Talk in Fond Du Lac on Beatboxing as Therapy (and other impractical career choices)
• Hannah Mueller, Recreation Management, received a Future Scholars Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences for her research on the relationship between wait time and satisfaction among recreational anglers.
• Shea Lawrence, Recreation Management, co-presented a research paper titled “1, 2, Eyes on You: Using ROVs to Connect College Students to Aquatic Environments” at the Mississippi River Research Consortium

In addition to the students’ accomplishments, the graduate program continued the tradition of a team orientation in August, a student celebration in May, course development for the newly approved fully online Recreation Management Master’s program (to begin Fall 2019) and implementation of the 4+1 (Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree) Therapeutic Recreation option. The Recreation Management Program is in the beginning stages of developing a similar 4+1 program. We added five TR elective courses to the program thereby increasing opportunities for students to engage in more tailored educational opportunities.

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All of the students completing their residency found full-time positions for their internships for the 2019-20 academic year, extending our continuing streak of 100% placement. There continues to be an extreme shortage of school psychologists nationwide. All of the students and faculty took a program field trip to Minneapolis Public Schools to shadow an urban school psychologist and to take part in a district discussion on racism and disproportionality in special education. We used the book, “White Fragility: Why it’s Hard for White People to talk about Racism” as the prompt for the discussion. We had all 12 students accepted by the National Association of School Psychologists to present their research (i.e., capstone projects) at the national convention in Atlanta, GA. These posters were also presented at the state school psychology conference and during the campus’ celebration of research and creativity. This year we had 72 applicants for the 2019-20 entry cohort. We admitted 25 students and 13 accepted our invitation into the program. This represents one more student than we would typically have in a cohort with our main bottleneck to the program being finding enough supervisors within a reasonable driving radius to provide supervision and support for our students in their practicum placements. A number of students won awards this year: Addy Green – WSPA Elizabeth Lindley Woods Award as outstanding student in Wisconsin; Anna Hamer – UWL Graduate Studies Scholarship; Mikayla Mlsna – CLS Award of Excellence; and Sam McGarvey – School Psychology Leadership Award. Our faculty continue to be the same and this contributes to our longstanding success as a program.

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Interest in the Master of Software Engineering degree (MSE) remains strong especially for the 5-year track that allows students to complete both the BS and MSE degrees in five years. Many prospective students who visit the department specifically ask about this program. It is clearly a distinguishing feature for UWL.

We were delighted to have Tom Harron, one of our first MSE graduates, visit campus to talk about SAP's Data Hub Project with a focus on testing. Students always respond well when alumni come to campus to talk about their work. We were also fortunate to have Josh Cox and Ayron Herman from Fastenal Inc. talk in the software security course.

The MSE contract programs with Wuhan University and the South Central University for Nationalities (SCUN) continue to show strong interest. Each cohort is at UWL for two years (first year coursework, second year capstone project). Each cohort has been averaging ten students.

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SAA experienced significant accomplishments during 2018-19. The SAA faculty, a combination of ranked faculty and student affairs/ higher education practitioners who hold full-time administrative appointments across campus and around the nation, provided excellent teaching, scholarship, student research mentorship, and service to the UWL community and the profession of student affairs. Department faculty published four peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, had one research monograph accepted, and presented 17 national and regional peer-reviewed papers and presentations. SAA faculty presented several keynote addresses at regional meetings. Other major accomplishments are listed below:

• SAA currently enrolls 130 M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. students across 9 cohorts; the largest number of students ever. This includes the enrollment of the final Ed.D. cohort.
• SAA successfully recruited a new full-time IAS faculty member.
• Retention rate of all students is beyond 90%; for students of color the retention rate is 96%
• SAA held one alumni reunion at UW-Madison with about 40 guests in attendance
• SAA along with the UWL Foundation raised about $12,000 in private donations for student scholarships