Our stories

Donors to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse make an impact in the lives of students and the faculty and staff who support them. Gifts from alumni and friends work together to increase opportunities for students and support their success.

 

View another face of philanthropy:

Carl '60 & Carolyn Caflisch

Carl '60 & Carolyn Caflisch

Carl: B.S. Letters & Science | Muldoon, Texas * Medical Research - University of Texas - Galvaston, retired
  • We give to honor my wife's mother who was a noted artist in
    La Crosse.
  • 1959 football season. We were 8-1!
  • It's not what you take with you when you leave the world behind. It's what you leave behind when you go.
Chuck '69, '80 * & Linda Rudrud

Chuck '69, '80 * & Linda Rudrud

Chuck: B.S. Chemistry, MBA | La Crosse * Trane Company: Materials Manager, retired
  • We give to UWL as both of us and our four children attended school here for some/all of their university life. It's good to give back.
  • Attending college was a lot of fun. Plus we learned a lot! We thoroughly enjoyed and continue to enjoy being involved... the 85th Beta Sigma Chi fraternity reunion is this fall! 
  • UWL has made and continues to have a positive influence on our lives and we need to continue to strengthen this excellent university. Pay it forward!
Griffin Moe '09

Griffin Moe '09

B.S. Communications & Finance | La Crosse * Financial Advisor
  • Every year UWL is listed as a top university in the nation. Financial giving is an important way to continue that tradition of excellence and help future students have the same great experiences I enjoyed.
  • Friends, playing football, serving on Student Association, Whitney Center.   
  • Stay involved with UWL, regardless where you end up geographically.  It's a special university and a special college town.  
Qian Zhang '15

Qian Zhang '15

B.S. Business Administration | Minneapolis * Systems Developer
  • I give in appreciation of the generosity I have received.
  • I enjoyed my experience on campus, especially my business classes.
  • Give back to make the world a better place.
Lee Friell '69

Lee Friell '69

B.S. Chemistry & Biology | Johnston, IA * Chemist, Technical Director & Lab Manager -Iowa State Hygienic Lab 40
  • I support the UWL Fund because I believe in what the university does, my hope is my contribution can be an inspiration to those who helped me.
  • Was one of the first students to have a class in Cowley Hall - it was a state of the art facility at the time!
  • You will take your memories with you for the rest of your career. Keep your memories alive and help others who follow you by giving back.
Yvonne Hyde

Yvonne Hyde

UWL Murphy Library | La Crosse * Librarian - 38 years
  • Why not? We love the school--we try to help the kids!
  • Retirement party from the Murphy Library- memorable and generous.
  • Do your assignments! Don't fool around…get your work done and then have fun.
Marc '03 & Farrah Gall

Marc '03 & Farrah Gall

Marc: B.S. Finance & Economics | Milwaukee * Banking & Consulting
  • After receiving some scholarships as a student, I felt it was important to continue the legacy of investing in future students. Instead of waiting for some point later in life to give, I gave earlier to stay involved with UWL and see the impact the financial support has for current students. 
  • All of the great friendships made during my time on campus. It's amazing to see how well everyone is doing in life and career after UWL.
  • Outside of your career, find opportunities to serve others. Whether volunteering time, serving on boards/committees or through financial gifts (of any size), we have found great joy in sharing our time, talents, and financial gifts with others. 
Tyler Lynch '01

Tyler Lynch '01

B.S. Economics & Finance | Milwaukee * Bank of Montreal - Capital Markets
  • I want the students at La Crosse to have an experience that is equal to or better than when I was a student (which is a high bar!). I want current students to see that there is a network of alumni that cares about them and wants to see them succeed. 
  • I enjoyed every minute of my time at UWL!
  • As an intern in college, someone told me, “You’re going to be successful. You know why? People like you.” My advice: Be a good person. Treat people with respect. You never know when someone from your past will cross your path as a customer, employee, manager ... They will remember you.