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The view from the bluff

The view from the bluff

How do you build a stronger Wisconsin?


Posted 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022

Start with the much-needed science building at UWL

If you want to light up the eyes of a UWL professor, just ask about their students – especially alumni and their post-graduate accomplishments.

I’m honored to work with faculty and administrators on behalf of the UWL Foundation to seek support for Prairie Springs Science Center Completion Project, the overdue and sorely needed second phase of the science complex on campus.

As we’re rallying support from the UW System, state and legislative leaders, it’s incredible to see the reach that UWL alums have throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.

And it’s impressive to see the pride that faculty and administrators show when discussing how UWL students and alums are making a difference.

Like the Wisconsin Idea, UWL alums clearly make Wisconsin stronger from border to border.

That’s true in all disciplines, but UWL’s excellence in STEM education positions the campus as a leader.

At a time when business leaders and educators need more science graduates, it’s clear that replacing Cowley Hall with Prairie Springs Science Center Completion Project  is crucial to helping fill the state’s huge workforce needs.

As we rally alumni, it’s clear that graduates have fond memories and true praise for the professors who helped prepare them for the workforce and life beyond campus.

The sense of pride – on campus and among alumni – is incredibly evident.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Maraniss, who has strong Madison roots, wrote the best-selling book, “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi.”

Thankfully, pride still matters at UWL. It’s woven into the campus DNA.

Rusty Cunningham

Cunningham, retired editor of the La Crosse Tribune, is an advocate for the Prairie Springs Science Center Completion Cowley Hall Demolition Project with the UWL Foundation.