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Ret Counseling In-Person Group Retirement Appointments with ETF! Posted 12:10 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2023 An ETF benefits specialist will be in our area to conduct in-person group retirement appointments. Read more about In-Person Group Retirement Appointments with ETF! Piggy Bank UW 403(B) SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT PROGRAM COUNSELING SESSIONS AND WEBINARS AVAILABLE Posted 3:18 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023 As a UW System employee, you are eligible for the UW 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Program (SRP) – a voluntary supplemental retirement savings plan administered by UW System specifically for UW employees. Read more about UW 403(B) SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT PROGRAM COUNSELING SESSIONS AND WEBINARS AVAILABLE UWL Summer Aerial View Employee Welcomes, Changes, Goodbyes, Retirements and Service Anniversaries Posted 7 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023 Monthly, Human Resources reports on new employees, changes to positions, and retirements/separations from UW-La Crosse. Read more about Employee Welcomes, Changes, Goodbyes, Retirements and Service Anniversaries Earnings Statement Your 06/01/2023 Earnings Statement is Now Available Posted 7 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2023 Your 06/01/2023 earnings statement is now available on the MyUW Portal. These earnings are for the pay period of 05/07/2023 - 05/20/2023. Read this news story for important announcements and other information. Read more about Your 06/01/2023 Earnings Statement is Now Available UWSA Logo May 2023 Policy Distribution, SYS Policy Approval Notice, and Expiring Interim Policy Notification Posted 7:58 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023 2023 institution policy distribution includes one (1) new policy. Read more about May 2023 Policy Distribution, SYS Policy Approval Notice, and Expiring Interim Policy Notification

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Retirement open house for Carla and Sudha

You are invited to stop by Carla and Sudha's joint retirement party from 2-4:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 13, in the E-Cafe, Student Union at UWL.

Cake and refreshments will be served. A small ceremony is planned around 3 p.m. to recognize Carla and Sudha for their many years of service to UWL.

Carla Burkhardt
Carla decided to make UWL her home when she transferred to UWL to earn her undergraduate degree in 1984. She has worked for the UWL System for nearly 31 years, beginning in 1992. Carla has been an integral part of UWL and some of her accomplishments include: receiving the Academic Staff Excellence Award in 2012, directly influencing the education of and development of the College of Science and Health Graduate Assistants, as well as serving as co-advisor of Golden Key for twenty-three years with Cecilia Manrique. Following retirement, Carla plans to attend her daughter's wedding in the fall, travel, and remain over-involved in many community events. Carla believes she will likely add to these involvements and is looking to add volunteering at WAFER to her schedule. 

When asked what her favorite memory of working at UWL is, Carla responded "Every laugh-out-loud exchange with the comedians I work with, especially Guy Herling. Many stellar colleagues have already retired, and I look forward to attending some events where I will be one of them! I will miss all of my colleagues across campus and am grateful for their support and friendship!"

Cheers to thirty-one years Carla! We will deeply miss having you around!

Gubbie Sudhakaran
Gubbie Sudhakaran, or as he's better known "Sudha" joined the UWL Physics Department in August of 1993 and has been at UWL for 30 years! Sudha decided to join UWL when Dean Schelin recruited him to rebuild the physics program as the UW System was recommending phasing out UWL's physics major. Through many years of hard work, the Physics Department has changed into a sustainable program that has gained national notoriety, becoming the No. 1 nationally in awarding Physics bachelor's degrees, according to the American Physical Society. In addition to ensuring that the Physics Department has a lasting legacy, Sudha began the Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics that has brought twenty Nobel Laureates to UWL and has served on the National Committee "Effective Practices for Physics Programs" for the last six years. Once retired, Sudha plans to spend time with his grandchildren and travel extensively. When asked what his favorite memory of working at UWL is, Sudha responded "Working with my colleagues and administrators and mentoring all physics majors as chair of the Physics Department." 

Thank you Sudha for all your dedication and hard work to improve UWL! We will deeply miss you and your tenacity! 


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Bill Pemberton Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Bill Pemberton died Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Pemberton, a history faculty member from 1966 until 1998, died in Half Moon Bay California after battling Parkinsons for the past several years. Born in Duncan Oklahoma in 1940, he was a creative thinker, a radical true to his SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) roots. His analysis, his teaching, and his published biographies, especially of Harry Truman, and his everyday commitment to students and programs like the precollege programs of the 70’s and Hmong immigrant adults of the 80’s, exemplified his life. A devotee of racial justice and equity, it was Pemberton who took the lead to establish an investigative discussion group at UW La Crosse in 1980 when the Office of Minority Studies and Programs had collapsed leading to a complete restructuring and renewal of what became OMSS in 1983. He read and reviewed Latin American literature for scholarly publications, was knowledgeable about classical music, had an extensive blues collection. Born in Oklahoma, he encountered white supremacy in the form of Jim Crow and sought to liberate himself from those constraints and narrow provincial thinking. While studying for his doctorate, he undertook what at that time was called “new left” historical analysis, a project to which he was devoted. His analysis of American culture and history was fresh, insightful and challenging. Conversations nearly always offered new and unusual ways of seeing life and ethics. He sought a synthesis of Marxist analysis of social relations with a mix of Sartre, Foucault and Wallerstein in his understanding of the historical process. He was a voracious reader and a demanding conversationalist. He was committed to making the university and the La Crosse community a better place for all and was uncompromising in his devotion to equity and justice.

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