The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse faculty and staff are recognized and rewarded for their contributions to the mission, vision, and values of The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Our faculty and staff fulfill a vital role in the teaching of the brightest students, attracting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff and leading the way in the UW System. UWL values the importance of recognizing the contributions and commitment of its community.

Employee recognition resources

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Recognition Best Practices
It is no coincidence that many of the world’s oldest, most successful organizations have employee recognition programs in place.  These programs enrich and sustain the cultures in which they are apart.  Most of these programs apply the same basic principles.  These principles can be used by you to help build and maintain a recognition program of your own within your department.

Recognition is most effective when it is given in a timely manner.  This is when it has the most potential for impact.  The more that time passes from an event, or opportunity for praise, the less associated the contribution becomes with its recognition. 

Recognition is more effective when given frequently.  Employees make so many contributions throughout any given period of time.  Failure to provide regular, consistent, feedback eliminates the opportunity for those contributions to be appropriately recognized and rewarded.  Infrequent recognition increases the likelihood of an employee feeling undervalued in their role. 

Managers must be specific at aligning recognition with an employee contribution.  Simply saying, “Great Job” does not provide appropriate recognition to an employee who went above and beyond.  A more appropriate response would be “Great Job on your presentation to Senior Leadership on the new strategic initiative to increase enrollment.  The feedback from leadership has been positive.  Keep up the great work.” 

Although private recognition is effective public recognition offers several advantages.  Public recognition magnifies the impact and gives others the opportunity to join in the recognition.  Public recognition also exemplifies commendable behavior, actions, and contributions that can be repeated by others. 

Implementing the Program
Although it may seem like a monumental task to implement a departmental recognition program, Human Resources can help assist by providing you tools and resources to make it effective.  One simple approach to inject recognition into your department immediately is to create a “Kudos” or “Awards” section during your department meeting.  Highlight top-down and peer-to-peer call-outs for recognizing the work of employees that have gone above and beyond since the last meeting. 

Employee Recognition Resources
Human Resources has tools and resources for you to make use of to recognize great work and appreciate your team on a consistent basis. 

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Allison Bucheger

Allison Bucheger, Health Education & Health Promotion student, received a third-place award at the statewide interprofessional case competition at Wisconsin AHEC Hosts 9th Annual Interprofessional Case Competition on Jan. 6, online. A student team from UW-LaCrosse, Medical College of Wisconsin, and UW-Madison studying various health fields earned $1,000 for winning third place at a statewide interprofessional case competition organized by Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) in January. Third place team members representing South Central AHEC: Allison Bucheger (Community Health Education, UWL), Heun Min (Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin), Kalley Carlson (Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Sarah Uhm (Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Janani Sundar (Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison). The student team competed online virtually against eight finalist teams chosen from 17 that applied. The teams, made up of students studying healthcare disciplines from public and private universities across the state. The student teams were assigned a case study of a complicated situation, and each team worked together for two months to conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts during the care of a patient/client within the community. The top teams virtually presented their recommendations for enhanced interprofessional collaboration to a panel of judges. This traditionally in-person event brought together interdisciplinary teams of health professions students across multiple professional schools and programs, both private and public, to develop and present a proposed solution to a healthcare challenge. Eight teams were selected out of 17, all of which competed for a $3,000 first-place cash prize. The finalist teams were judged by a panel comprising of interprofessional leaders within Wisconsin’s healthcare community.

Submitted on: Jan. 11

Tushar Das and Joshua Hertel

Tushar Das and Joshua Hertel, both Mathematics & Statistics, presented "Building an Anti-deficit Framework for Valuing Thinking About .999…=1" at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference on Jan. 7 online.

Submitted on: Jan. 10

Penelope Hardy

Penelope Hardy, History, authored the chapter "Water as the Medium of Measurement: Mapping Global Oceans in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" in Hydrohumanities: Water Discourse and Environmental Futures published on Tuesday, Dec. 21 by University of California Press. The book is available for purchase from the usual outlets or as an open-access download from

Submitted on: Dec. 21, 2021

Evelyn Gaunt and Laura Godden

Evelyn Gaunt, Archaeology & Anthropology student and Laura Godden, Murphy Library, co-authored the article "Most Endangered Buildings, Places in La Crosse Series" in the La Crosse Tribune published on March 21 by Lee Enterprises. This series of nine articles recounted the history of each of the properties on the City of La Crosse Heritage Preservation Commission's inaugural Most Endangered Historic Places list.

Submitted on: Dec. 13, 2021

Laura Godden

Laura Godden, Murphy Library, was interviewed by Rick Solem of WIZM News Talk on Nov. 23. The interview was about her service work on the City of La Crosse Heritage Preservation Commission and how that committee is working to better save and preserve La Crosse history through releasing an annual most endangered historic properties list.

Submitted on: Dec. 13, 2021

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