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:

Jay '76 & Janet '75, '81 Fulkerson

Jay '76 & Janet '75, '81 Fulkerson

Jay: B.S. Psychology/Sociology | CEO in healthcare/business * Janet: B.S. Social Work, M.S. School Psych | School Pyschologist | Menasha, WI
  • We give because we value the education we received and the university continues to be highly regarded in providing quality education programs. We want to assist students reach their educational goals toward success and lessen their financial burden.
  • Attending football games with the bluffs as a backdrop, exploring  recreational activities, appreciating the beauty that La Crosse has to offer, meeting life long friends, and most importantly, meeting each other!

  • Work hard as a student and also find a balance with campus activities and social life. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of La Crosse! 

Brian '81 and * Lori (Peterson) '81  Hesprich

Brian '81 and * Lori (Peterson) '81 Hesprich

Brian: B.S. Accountancy, Lori: B.S. Education | De Pere, WI * Brian: CFO Fox River Fiber, retired Lori: elementary teacher, retired
  • We give to UWL because it was a struggle financially for us to attend college.  We always hoped that if we were able to lessen the financial burden for other students, we would.  By establishing our scholarship, it is our wish that others can pursue their dream of a college education.

  • Our favorite memory of UWL is meeting in a dance appreciation class in the spring semester of our sophomore year.
  • Establishing a scholarship has been very rewarding for us. Attending the awards program and meeting the recipients reminds us that we can make a difference in someone’s life. When we got married 37 years ago, we never dreamed we’d be in this position.
Jan Peterson Hincapie '82

Jan Peterson Hincapie '82

B.S. Recreation Management | Northbrook, IL * Retired Parks & Recreation Professional, Lincolnwood, IL - 37 years
  • After a 37 year career I feel strongly that UW-La Crosse prepared me well.
  • Outdoor Rec class -  I rappelled off of the bluff. I'll never forget that moment!
  • Never forget your roots. Remember La Crosse and the beauty of campus. No matter where you end up, never forget where you started. I am incredibly proud of the degree I got from La Crosse.
Christa Baldridge '99

Christa Baldridge '99

B.S. Accountancy | Lisbon, WI * Tax Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP with a focus in manufacturing industries
  • I give to UWL because it has provided me a strong foundation for my career and I want to ensure those that follow have the same strong foundation for their futures.
  • My favorite memory of UWL are the great friends and long-term relationships that started there and have continued to this day.   
  • My advice to future alumni is to put yourself out there and don’t resist change. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, as you cannot grow without taking risks. The best learning opportunities come from failures, and not trying can also be a failure.
Jane (Hayter) Keily '79, '00

Jane (Hayter) Keily '79, '00

B.S. Physical Education, M.S. Education | Mequon, WI * Physical Education Teacher - University School of Milwaukee
  • I  was given the best possible education to do what I wanted to do – be a physical education instructor.  Then I was so passionate about my career – that I went back and got a Master’s degree in Pedagogy in physical education.
  • Friends, Pom Poms, Phi Mu Fraternity, Great FACULTY!

  • Take all the opportunities you are given to be the best in your area of study!  This is a great place and your education will take you far!

Patrick,  Sara (Weisenbeck) '04 * and Joseph Cotter

Patrick, Sara (Weisenbeck) '04 * and Joseph Cotter

Sara: B.A. Communication Studies, Psychology & Professional Writing * Senior Development Officer - University of St. Thomas | Mendota Heights, MN
  • UWL is an important part of my journey to where I am today and I will forever be grateful.  I have received many blessings in my life, including scholarships at UWL, and feel a responsibility to share my blessings with others. 

  • There are so many!  Communication Club and Lambda Pi Eta meetings, on and off campus.
  • Always act with integrity.  If you do, you will be destined for greatness.  
Gary Kimm '83

Gary Kimm '83

B.S. Business Administration | Dallas * Area Vice President Sales, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices
  • UWL gave me great opportunity to succeed. The professors and curriculum didn't tell me what to think, they taught me how to think for myself. It wasn't just the classes but also the leadership opportunities UWL offered that have helped me lead others.
  • Graduation!
  • Don't be afraid to dream big and stay focused on what is important to you!
Katie Weibel '09, '13

Katie Weibel '09, '13

B.S. International Management & German, M.S. Student Affairs Admin * Berkeley, CA | Study Abroad Advisor
  • As a professional who works with students regularly, I am always telling the story of how my undergraduate experience shaped my future. The people, the places, the mentors, the things I learned (both inside and outside the classroom) all had a tremendous impact on where I am today.
  • My faculty advisor for International Management, Dr. John Betton's office was filled with books/articles on every topic with an international focus. It was beautiful. 
  • Stay connected and hold space for those who are following a similar path. You never know how your experience and time can inspire and empower our future leaders. There is power in mentoring, sharing experiences and cross-discipline collaboration.