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UWL Giving Day set for Tuesday, Dec. 1

UWL Giving Day is a 24 hour celebration of everything we love about UWL and the chance to rally 500 gifts to support areas all over campus. Join the Foundation in making a gift, any size, to anywhere you are passionate about at UWL on Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information and to make a gift visit:


Free Speech Week

It's national Free Speech Week, which takes place each year during the third full week of October.  To celebrate UWL invited two prominent and timely speakers to campus virtually this week.

Kenyette Tisha Barnes, a political strategist and co-founder of #MuteRKelly, will speak on “Activism, Intersectionality and Agency in the Era of Me Too” at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19.

Vanessa Otero, Founder of Ad Fontes Media, will speak on “Media Bias and Political Polarization” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

Attendees can link to both virtual speeches at Both are free and will include questions and answers from the audience. Participants can submit questions in advance at

Each presentation will be followed by smaller virtual receptions, which will allow participants more discussion with the speakers. To attend the virtual receptions, participants must pre-register at

The Free Speech events are planned by the university’s Joint Committee on Free Speech Promotion, a committee charged by the chancellor to create programming that promotes the value of free speech. The committee works to provide the UWL and local community a live experience of how to have challenging conversations about contentious issues in a respectful manner.


Administrative Transformation Program sets update for Oct. 21

The Administrative Transformation Program (ATP) has scheduled a virtual status update at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. ATP Program Director Nick Tincher and Program Executive Steve Kish will share program news, recent accomplishments, and current and upcoming work. They will also devote time to answering questions and listening to feedback.

Tune in to the live event via the ATP YouTube channel; participants can submit questions for the Q&A portion to The recorded presentation and PowerPoint will be posted to the ATP website at a later date.

The live presentation and recording will be captioned. To request additional accommodations, please email


UWL Recreation Management Virtual Career Expo

The Virtual Recreation Management Career Expo, sponsored by REC Club, will aid students in finding the right path in the professional field of parks, recreation, tourism and event management. Over two dozen professionals in the field have committed to joining the online event. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with current professionals, learn about internship opportunities and explore careers in the field of recreation. This event will include live pre-recorded sessions and speed sessions. All majors and undecided students are welcome to attend.

The event will launch at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Contact Briana Bartz at:, REC Club President, with questions.

Follow the event page for more details:


Searching for scholarship cash

It can be difficult to figure out where to start searching for scholarships, so let the Scholarship Resource Center help. The SRC will discuss the best resources to lead students to scholarship cash from 4-5 p.m. Tue, Oct. 20, online. Funding education via scholarships can be truly rewarding.


Commencement speaker nominations requested

Commencement is just around the corner. The Student Organizations Committee is seeking nominations and applications for a Student Commencement Speaker for the fall 2020 commencement ceremony that will be hosted virtually.

Students graduating this fall, who are active on campus and have a good academic history, are encouraged to complete an application. Applications require a letter of intent, a draft of the speech, and a video of candidate giving speech.

The Student Organizations Committee is encouraging faculty, staff and fellow classmates to nominate a student who they believe would be an excellent candidate. Nominations are due 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. To nominate a student click here. All applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. To apply to speak at commencement click here.

The committee will reach out to the selected candidate no later than Wednesday, Nov 11 with a final decision on the speaker. 

For questions contact Kelsi Grubisich at


UWL In the News


Republican dreams of a supermajority in the Wisconsin Legislature fade with Trump (UWL professor is a source), Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 10

La Crosse County COVID-19 cases up by 30, state reports 2,742 new positives Saturday, La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 10

'Here to serve': Town of Beloit acting administrator eager to help community (Rose is a UWL alum), Gazette Xtra, Oct. 11

 WATCH: 95th Assembly debate — Billings v. Gundersen; First of five local debates heading into Nov. 3 elections (UWL professor is a source), WIZM News, Oct. 12



20% fewer students seeking mental health counseling, WXOW News 19, Oct. 12

Derrick Van Orden says Ron Kind denied justice to woman who accused NFL players of rape in 1995 (Incident happened at UWL), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 12

Watch Live: Jill Billings vs. Jerome Gundersen debate to represent La Crosse (UWL is a sponsor of the debate), WKBT News 8000, Oct. 12

Jordan resident named Distinguished Alumni at Bemidji State University (Dahlen is a UWL alum), SW News Media, Oct. 12

Don Pellmann Dies at 105; His 5 World Records in San Diego Made Global News (Pellmann is a UWL alum), Times of San Diego, Oct. 12



La Crosse COVID-19 cases increase by 21, state experiences record daily high with 3,279 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths, La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 13

The Electoral College: The basics and importance of electors (UWL professor is a source), WXOW News 19, Oct. 13

Wausau man accused of sexual assault (Incident involves a UWL student), La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 13

94th District debate today: Doyle faces challengers Brown, Hoyer (UWL professor is the moderator), WIZM News, Oct. 14



UW-La Crosse awarded 2 bids to host future D-III wrestling, track championships, WKBT News 8000, Oct. 14

Community shows early support for police oversight board, but scope still uncertain (UWL contract tracer is quoted), La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 14

Kind's record prosecuting rape case criticized by opponent in race for Wisconsin's 3rd District (Incident happened at UWL), La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 14

Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative stresses importance of masking, distancing as local deaths reach 14, La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 14

94th Assembly debate has some arguments, but no interruptions (UWL professor moderated debate), WIZM News, Oct. 15



UW-L frat launches food drive, WIZM News, Oct. 15

Senate District 51 candidate questionnaire (Candidate is a UWL alum), Sun This Week, Oct. 15

Gary Menzel's heart drove him to the top of Wisconsin's senior amateur game. But then, just like that, 'my heart wasn't in it' anymore (Menzel is a UWL alum), Wisconsin Golf, Oct. 15


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Laura Nelson Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Laura Nelson died Oct. 12. Nelson earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois, her master's from the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale, followed by her Ph.D., also from SIUC. She came to La Crosse in 1983 to join the faculty in the Speech Communication and Theater Arts Department. When that department reorganized in 1996, Laura was instrumental in forming the new Communication Studies Department, which included a merger with the Mass Communication Department. In addition to serving as Department Chair for nine years, she also served on the Faculty Senate and held all four Executive Committee positions.

Laura's friend and colleague Linda Dickmeyer kindly shared the following observations from the members of the CST Department:

"There is a collective theme that 'Laura paved new avenues and made a difference at UWL.' 'She was the smartest, most well-read person I had ever met, and she did nothing but bolster that impressing in the following years.' 'She was a person who was not afraid to stand up for her ideals and beliefs. She went out of her way to support everyone who worked with her.' I couldn't agree more--she was an excellent listener, a trusted colleague, an outstanding writer, and her presence and sensible advice was valued by all faculty and staff in CST." For more information see the obituary.

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