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December 2023 UWL December Service Anniversaries Posted 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 Help us in congratulating the following individuals who have achieved a milestone anniversary! Read more about UWL December Service Anniversaries WDC 12/2023 Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Board Meeting: December 7th Posted 8:46 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 The agenda / notice for the December 7, 2023 meeting of the Deferred Compensation Board is now available for viewing. Read more about Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Board Meeting: December 7th ETF Webinar Jan 2024 ETF Webinar Schedule: January 2024 Posted 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 Read on for information related to the Webinars being offered by ETF in January. Read more about ETF Webinar Schedule: January 2024 LH Info Legal Holidays: What You Need to Know Posted 8:19 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 The Universities of Wisconsin grants nine days of paid legal holidays per year to eligible employees. Full-time employees earn eight hours of leave for each legal holiday. Part-time employees earn a prorated amount based on hours worked during the pay period that includes the legal holiday. Read more about Legal Holidays: What You Need to Know 2023 Leave Banking UNIVERSITY STAFF: Annual Leave Banking Opportunity Posted 8:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2023 Eligible University Staff have an annual opportunity to bank and/or request a cash payout of their unused vacation. All requests to bank or receive payout must be received by December 31, 2023. Read more about UNIVERSITY STAFF: Annual Leave Banking Opportunity

General Announcements

Holiday Crafts on a Budget

Need some inexpensive gift ideas for the holidays? Come craft with us! Learn ways to save at the craft store and how to make something special for someone you love.

Those students who attend our events have the chance to win a $50 scholarship! Win a scholarship for learning life-skills- “It just make$ cents!”

Also enjoy FREE pizza too! See you there!


UWL partners on a community food drive

UWL is proud to be partnering with Great Rivers United Way to expand the Rotary Lights La Crosse food drive! We are one of several community partners collecting donations. Contributions are shared among local food pantries including the pantry located in UWL's Student Union.

Both the campus community and the public may drop off non-perishable donations at the Information Desk in the Student Union from Nov. 27 - Dec. 15.

Find a complete list of participating partners.


Keep Your Handshake Account After Graduation

Handshake is UWL's jobs, internships, and events system. All current students have an account and can log in using their campus email credentials. Students can keep their access to Handshake after graduation by adding their personal email to their student account. 

  • Go to settings in your Handshake account.
  • Under account information, select +Add another email.
  • Add your personal email.
  • Go to your personal email and confirm.

For more information contact Academic Advising & Career Services.


Album Encounter multimedia light and laser show

The next Album Encounter, multimedia light and laser show, will feature Jimmy Buffett's  "Equal Strain On all Parts." The cost is $5. Learn more on the planetarium website.


Prairie Springs Environmental Leadership Award application is open

The Prairie Springs Environmental Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions in environmental leadership. The criteria for selection takes into account original and inventive research, engagement with UWL and the broader Seven Rivers community and accomplishments that have had a substantive impact.  

Nomination and application forms are now open. 

These awards are intended to encourage UWL instructors, undergraduate students and graduate students to continue the environmental education and conservation work that were the passion of the trustee, the late Paul Fleckenstein, and to inspire others to do the same.

Note: Students who graduated in December of the academic year in which the award is granted may be nominated. Those who have been nominated in the past may apply for the award again using the same project, but must be able to demonstrate new advancements in their work. Past Prairie Springs Excellence Award winners can apply for the award every five years.

Application Criteria
There are two $1,000 Prairie Springs Excellence Awards. One $1,000 award is to be granted to a UWL undergraduate or graduate student and a second $1,000 award to a UWL instructor, including tenure-track faculty and instructional academic staff.

The awardees will have made substantial and sustainable contributions to one or more of the following areas:

  1. Environmental Studies
  2. Environmental Research
  3. Environmental Education
  4. Environmental Outreach

The criteria for both the student and instructor awards includes the following, in order of priority:

Impact of the individual’s environmental accomplishment(s)

  • Original and inventive research or campus/community projects, that results in tangible and practical contributions to environmental education, conservation, and restoration or the advancement of campus/community sustainability goals.

Scope of environmental accomplishment(s)

  • Demonstrated engagement with UWL and the broader Seven Rivers local community and stakeholders.

Sustainability of accomplishment(s)

  • Accomplishments involve the creation of enduring opportunities/possibilities that make a substantive impact.

Arts events

UWL Jazz Combo concert and jam session

Enjoy a great hour of small group jazz by the talented students of the UWL jazz studies program in the relaxed environment of the ECafe! Two jazz combos will perform a one-hour concert followed by an open jazz jam session for all jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. Bring your instrument and be part of the experience.

For questions about this event or to request disability accommodations, contact Jeff Erickson at 608.785.8414 or

What: UWL Jazz Combo Concert
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5
Where: Entertainment Café, 0110 Student Union


Concert Band Winter Concert

Do something for yourself - away from pre-holiday and end-of-semester chaos! Join UWL Concert Band for a dynamic evening of selections from the classical to the contemporary that’s sure to warm the soul as the weather gets colder. Wind your way over to the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts in West Salem for an event sure to warm your soul. Led by ensemble conductor Ryan Waldhart. Free and open to the public. No reservations is required

For special accommodations, please contact the Music Office 608.785.8409.

If you go —

What: Concert Band Winter Concert
When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13
Where: Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts
405 E Hamlin St. West Salem, WI 54669


Holiday Choir Concert

A celebration of the season

Join UWL singers in celebration of the season, featuring sacred and secular selections to warm you up for the holidays. The cost is $10 for adults as a recommended minimum donation; free for students.

Note: There are no physical tickets for this event: Simply check in with your last name when you arrive, or make a donation at the door.

For questions or special accommodations, contact the Music office 608.785.8409.

If you go —

What: Holiday Choir Concert
When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 111 9th St N, La Crosse, WI 54601


UWL Wind Ensemble Concert: “The Divine Comedy”

Celebrate the approaching end of the semester and start of the holidays with UWL's Wind Ensemble, conducted by Professor Martin Gaines. Free and open to the public. No reservation is required. For special accommodations, please contact the Music office at 608.785.8409.

What: UWL Wind Ensemble: “The Divine Comedy”
When: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
Where: The Bluffs Ballroom, UWL Student Union


UWL Orchestra Concert: “Holiday Pops”

Celebrate the approaching end of the semester and start of the holidays with UWL's Orchestra, conducted by Professor Martin Gaines. Free and open to the public. No reservation is required.
For special accommodations, please contact the Music office at 608.785.8409.

What: UWL Orchestra Concert: “Holiday Pops”
When: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
Where: The Bluffs Ballroom Student Union


UWL Dining

Chancellor's Holiday Luncheon

Pick up your tickets this week! The Chancellor's Holiday Luncheon tickets are $9 and are on sale until 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. Stop by the Information Counter in the Student Union to pick yours up today.

This year's menu features:
-Chancellor's Chicken
-Pork tenderloin in a red wine reduction, or seitan in a red wine reduction
-Roasted baby red potatoes with rosemary
-Green beans with shallots
-Assorted holiday desserts

The UWL Concert Choir will be performing.

We hope to see you there!


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