Posted 3:05 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014

This week's news and events.


UW-L interns help launch Gundersen child program

Triple P and Parents Raising Resilient Children, March 2014 UW-L students have teamed up with a Gundersen Health System family therapist to help build stronger families in the La Crosse community. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices Athletics Campus Kudos Communications Corner UWLDining Human Resources In The News Physical Wellness Remembering Classifieds

NASA scientist to give an inside scoop on Mars rover May 1

Image of Dary Dyar talking. For nearly two years, a robot has traveled the crater floor of Mars, zapping rocks and collecting samples. It will help scientists determine if the red planet could have ever supported life. Read more »

DRS helps students with all disabilities

UW-L student typing on a computer. UW-L’s Disability Resource Services (DRS) not only helps those with physical disabilities, but also sensory, learning and psychological disabilities as well. Read more »

Nearly $500K in scholarships to be awarded

Image of Kim Graham holding her hand up with UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow at a graduation ceremony. More than 500 students will be awarded nearly $500,000 for the upcoming school year during the Student Scholarship and Award Reception Monday, April 28. Read more »

Student's T-shirt sales support building a well in Africa

Image of Jow Gow holding a T-shirt with arm around Jonathan Flinchman. UW-L student Jonathan (Jack) Flinchum is selling Earth Day T-shirts featuring UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow catching a globe to help raise funds to build and maintain a well in Africa.  T-shirts are $10 and will be available at Coate Bash from 2-6 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Coate Field or email to buy one.  

UW-L to recognize distinguished alumni, students

Distinguished-Alumni-Awards-Program-cover-260wFour UW-La Crosse graduates have been named the university’s top alumni for 2014, and six graduating seniors will be recognized for their academic achievement. Read more »

CLS to honor faculty, staff and students April 29

Cover of the CLS awards program The College of Liberal Studies will honor top students, faculty and staff during its annual “An Evening of Excellence” Tuesday, April 29. A reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts lobby, followed by an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m., in Toland Theatre. Read more »

UW-L students to share their idea of compassion

Image of a student from the back painting. UW-L students, staff and faculty will share their vision of compassion during a special campus exhibit. Read more »

How women’s sweet tooth changed the world

Image of Ariel Beaujot talking in front of a crowd. We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme “Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what girls are made of.” Ariel Beaujot, UW-L assistant professor of history, explained how females really are closely connected with sugar during an Organization for Campus Women symposium. Read more »
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LIVEMAROON Get-Together is Thursday, May 1

Relax, enjoy dessert 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Dessert is on us at the next LIVEMAROON Get-Together — and take some time to relax before the rush of semester’s end! Enjoy ice cream with toppings from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. There will also be massages and relaxation events like Buddah Boards, Sudoku and more. Wear your LIVEMAROON T-shirt or other maroon clothing. Visit with campus colleagues and get a chance to win LIVEMAROON merchandise. Chancellor Gow has granted release time; work with supervisors to ensure office coverage. LIVEMAROON is a campus-wide effort to highlight the passion, friendship, community and pride found at UW-L. The initiative is coordinated and sponsored by Campus Climate, Classified Staff Council, University Communications and University Police. University Dining Services has funded the refreshments. No taxpayer dollars are used to fund the event.

Wellness Resource Center plans alcohol-free event

Drinking too much alcohol during college, especially during weekends, is a concern for campuses throughout the country. The Wellness Resource Center is hoping to change that at UW-L. The center is planning “Pasta La Vista,” an alcohol-free event that provides students an alternative to drinking. “The WRC recognizes an epidemic of unhealthy drinking habits of university students in the nation,” says WRC Peer Health Educator Cody Brown. “We are planning Pasta La Vista to educate students on alternatives to drinking in the La Crosse area.” Pasta La Vista is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Myrick Park Gun Shelter. As the name suggests, the center will be serving pasta. There will also be yard games and other activities. The event is free and open to the UW-L community.

Writing Center pre-finals Hunker May 7

Worried about finals week? Having trouble getting motivated? The UW-L Writing Center invites students to the first-ever Writing Center Pre-Finals Hunker. The event offers students a concentrated, four-hour period to "hunker down" and work on papers they have due during finals week, says Virginia Crank, UW-L professor of English. From 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, students are welcome to get comfy at a Writing Center table and find help from Writing Center tutors. Snacks and beverages will be provided as well as periodic breaks for activities like stretching and playing games. Students who stay the entire time are eligible to win a $25 gift card to MOKA. Registration is required and is limited to 20 students. Sign up by emailing The Writing Center tutors are always looking for new ways to publicize the center’s services to students, says Crank. Faculty in the English Department had proposed a writing hunker for faculty, and Writing Center tutors thought it would be a great idea for students as well, especially right before finals week, notes Crank. The Writing Center is located in 253 Murphy Library. The event will happen in rooms 253 and 256 Murphy.

Image of the cover of the Capstone. CLS’s Capstone newsletter shares how liberal studies propels students into the workplace, more

Find out how a liberal arts experience in the College of Liberal Studies is propelling students into the workforce in the spring issue of “Capstone.” The issue also highlights two students who are playing a major part in the city’s mural project and other college initiatives. The online publication is produced by University Communications in conjunction with CLS administrators, faculty, staff and students. Refer story ideas and comments to Associate Dean Julia Johnson at 608.785.8113 or

English Department Colloquium Series continues May 2

Carla Graham, professor Emerita in the English Department, will bring the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series to a conclusion with the presentation "Hopkins, Darwin, and the Scene of the Crime: An Exercise in Creative Noncriticism." Her presentation addresses an old research quandary fueled by her admiration for two victorian heroes. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact or call 785-8295. Find more information on the English Studies Blog.

History Student Research Symposium set for May 5

The UW-L History Department is showcasing undergraduates' research at the Spring 2014 UW-L History Student Symposium at 3 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. This work is a culmination of students’ experiences as UW-L History majors that ends with a capstone history research seminar. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. A brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation. Drop in for any or all presentations:
  • Shaynan Holen - The House of My Father: Basque Cultural Preservation in the American West, 1936-Present
  • Iris Johnson - Women's Studies and the Women's Liberation Movement: The Evolution of an Academic Discipline in the UW System, 1965-1990
  • Spenser Oestreich - Effective Protest Techniques & Protest Literature for the Advancement of American Indian Rights, 1864-Present
  • Bryan Lovejoy - Erwin Rommel: A Knight of Germany, 1914-1945
  • Christopher Taylor - U.S. Combat Engineer, 1936-1950: A Crucial and Uncelebrated Soldier
  • Dakota Elliott - Culture Clash and Racism: How the 1980s Spearfishing Conflict Impacted Lakeland Union High School between 1987-1989
  • Alisha Ball - America's First Political Refugees: The British Loyalists in the American Revolution, 1765-1785
  • Briana Wiegan - Milwaukee's Italian Immigrant Population, 1880s-1920s: How Milwaukee Offered Greater Opportunities in Employment, Living Conditions, and Eventual Acceptance
  • Bridget Monahan - Refuge and Resilience: Taking Shelter in the London Underground During the Second World War
  • David Stanisch - How the Wisconsin Idea and the Workmen's Compensation Act Influenced America, 1880s-1940s

Concert Choir and vocal jazz ensembles combine for one concert May 6

The UW-L Concert Choir and UW-L’s four vocal jazz ensembles will combine to present one concert “Music of the Night” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts. The late night vocal jazz concert previously scheduled at 10 p.m. has been cancelled.

UW-L study abroad partner ISEP on campus April 30

Derek Bradley, the Regional Representative for one of UW-L’s Study Abroad partners, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), will visit campus Wednesday, April 30. He would like to meet with any faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about ISEP. A general information session will be from 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, in 2102 Centennial Hall. Additional sessions are listed in the ISEP flyer below. ISEP is not only one of the largest, but is also one of the longest running study abroad/exchange programs in existence. ISEP uses partner institutions that many other study abroad providers do not partner with. ISEP is also an affordable alternative for students who wish to be abroad for a semester or year because its ability to offer exchange and direct options. ISEP can cater to students who might not have the necessary language requirements, or those who may be looking for courses that stretch beyond the typical general education or language and culture. Check out the flyer about ISEP's Campus Visit.

‘Toilet Training’ documentary to be shown April 30

The Pride Center Queer Cinema presents the documentary “Toilet Training” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in 337 Cartwright Center. “Toilet Training” addresses the persistent discrimination, harassment and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender-segregated bathrooms.

Rainbow graduation May 1

Join the Pride Center and Rainbow Unity to acknowledge and celebrate graduating seniors at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. All are welcome.
  • Angela Birrittella
  • Stef Fletcher
  • Tanner Hofius
  • Chris Lynum
  • Lilah Myhre
  • Lindsay Robertson
  • Jose Rubio Zepeda
  • Sarah Wolf

Amelia Dittman retirement party is May 8

Amelia Dittman is retiring after nearly 40 years at UW-L. A reception will celebrate her years of service and extraordinary contributions to the College of Business Administration. A program will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in Great Hall, Cleary Alumni and Friends Center. Join in thanking Dittman for her many years of service and wishing her wonderful adventures as she transitions into retirement.

Chancellor's Open Forum May 5

Chancellor Joe Gow will hold an open forum for the campus community from 3-4 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center. In addition to updates on the latest UW System news from Madison, the Chancellor will answer questions and address other topics of interest. Chancellor Gow has granted one hour release time to attend this event. Work with your supervisor to ensure office coverage.

Encore performance of The Vagina Monologues is April 30

Women's Studies Student Association (WSSA) will host an encore performance of The Vagina Monologues. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in 1309 Centennial Hall. The production runs from 7-8:30. The cost is a $5 minimum donation. The first 10 percent of proceeds go to V-Day, the organization that owns the rights to TVM, and the rest of the funds are donated to New Horizons Shelter and Outreach and The Self Sufficiency Program. Both are local programs that support and empower women. There will be Vagina Monologue T-shirts for sale along with vagina candies and suckers.

Phenomenology Lecture Series May 1

A Phenomenology Lecture Series: Buber, Heidegger, and Daoism will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in 2310 Centennial Hall. Eric Nelson, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, explores the intertextuality between Chinese and Western thought by considering how images, metaphors, and ideas from the texts associated with Zhuangzi and Laozi were appropriated in early twentieth century German philosophy. This interest in “Lao-Zhuang Daoism” encompasses a diverse range of thinkers including Buber and Heidegger. Nelson has published over 60 articles and book chapters on Chinese, German and Jewish philosophy.

Environmental Activist Julia Butterfly Hill comes to campus April 28-29

Environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill will give several presentations on campus April 28-29. They include: You Can Make a Difference! 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, in 1400 Centennial Hall So, often we hear the question, can one person really make a difference? The reality is that because no choice happens in a vacuum, it is literally scientifically impossible to have no impact and to make no difference. Even the choice to do nothing has a real impact on our world. When people recognize that every thought, word, and action changes the world, we stop asking the myth of can one person make the difference, and we start realizing that each and everyone of us does make the difference. In this space, people start asking instead, what kind of a difference do I want to make with my life? What's Your Tree?: Having a Life of Purpose, Passion, and Power 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in 1400 Centennial Hall: Hill will reflect on her personal experience as an environmental activist to inspire students into action. She will challenge the audience to consider sustainable practices and engage in green initiatives to remind us that each person can make a difference. Hill will guide the audience through several critical questions, such as: "What is it in your life that can cause you and call you to be bigger than you know yourself to be?" and "What holds you back and what tools can set you free to be the person your spirit and heart are called to be?" Meet & Greet with Julia 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in 337 Cartwright Center This is a reception and opportunity to informally socialize and network with Hill. Hill is an activist, a writer, educator and poet. She is one of the most internationally renowned figures in environmental activism. She brought global attention to the plight of the world’s last remaining ancient forests when she climbed 180 feet up a 1000-year-old redwood tree and refused to come down for 738 days as part of a “tree sit,” a non-violent method of civil disobedience. She was also arrested and forcibly deported from Ecuador in July 2002, due to her solidarity activism on behalf of the indigenous population displaced by the nation’s oil development. Hill is the youngest person ever elected to the Ecology Hall of Fame and was named by John F. Kennedy Jr., in George Magazine, as one of the twenty most influential women in politics.

Poster for Brown Bag Lunch Film Series.Campus Climate Brown Bag Lunch Film Series set May 2

The office of Campus Climate concludes its year-long series “Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: Bring Your Food, Bring Your Thoughts.” Film Series Events are presented and facilitated by friends and colleagues of Campus Climate and are free and open to everyone. The next event takes place from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Jason Bertrand, wellness resource coordinator, will facilitate the featured topic, “Masculinity Now.” Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and are welcome to come late or leave early. Learn more about the film series and upcoming events on the Campus Climate website or Facebook at “UW-La Crosse Campus Climate (Official).”

Free vision screening April 28

Free, quick vision screenings are available for all faculty and staff from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Port O' Call, Cartwright Center. The UW-L Lions Club is sponsoring the event. The club’s main focus is vision and helping the blind.

Greg Balfany retirement celebration May 10

Join in a celebration of Greg Balfany's 35th and final year as Professor of Music at UW-L from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at the UW-L Art Gallery, on the main floor of the Center for the Arts. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and jam with the Third Relation Jazz Quartet. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be provided. RSVP

Capstone projects presentation May 7

Poster presentations of senior capstone projects in the Political Science and Public Administration Department will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Topics include:
  • Casey Forrer, Russian President Putin's Leadership
  • Betsy Helmeke, Media Bias
  • Tess Ender, Education
  • Eric Lauria-Banta, The Causes of Income Inequality in the United States
  • Scott Staehler, The New Standard: Treatment Programs at the La Crosse County Secure Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Adam Poellinger, Affordable Care Act – Business
  • Nathan Walters, Debt’s Impact on GDP Growth
  • Sierra Kimball, Immigration Reform and the Effects on Tourism: A Case Study of Wisconsin Dells
  • Jerad Ellefson, Wisconsin Sand Mining
  • Jacob Schreiner, Pushing for Standards: How different groups impacted recent education policy
  • Nick Matthews, Food Shortage Crisis; Food vs. Fuel
  • Nicholas Runde, Search and Seizures in Secondary Schools: Student Privacy
  • Allison Lisowski, Domestic Violence and Mandatory Arrest Policies
  • Chelsea Fischer, Public Opinion Changes of Hillary Clinton from FLOTUS, to Senator, to Secretary of State
  • Kiersten Schelman, Sexual Assault on Women in the United States Military
  • Leah Sonnenburg, Hillary Clinton: A Presidential Race America has never seen before
  • Miranda Heimstreet, Prohibition vs. the War on Drugs; Politics, Policies, and the Public
  • Jonathan Poppe , Assessment of the knowledge UWL students have regarding the U.S. War in Afghanistan
  • Logan Ackerson, “Alcoholitics”
  • Devin Remiker, Impact of Population Density (Urban v. Rural) on Door-to-Door Voter Contact Efforts

Pink Floyd featured at May 2 Album Encounters

The next Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show will feature Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” Disc 1 at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $5. For more, contact Bob Allen at or 608.785.8669. Visit the Planetarium website.

UW-L surplus sale through April 30

UW-L will conduct a sale of surplus property in partnership with the online auction site, running through April 30. Pre-registration and a bidder number are required prior to any bid submittals. Terms and condition of sale, along with contact information, can be found on the auction's website. You may view the items from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Campus Stores.

UW-L offers Quickbooks and marketing basics workshops

The Small Business Development Center is offering half-day “QuickBooks” workshops Tuesday, May 8, Tuesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 29. And the SBDC is once again offering “Marketing Basics for Business” on May 8. Read full description.   UW-L Athletics artwork.

News and upcoming events

Eagles All Access Radio Show
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Eagles Nest A weekly radio show sponsored by the L-Club and highlighting UW-L Athletics, is broadcast from the Eagle’s Nest every Wednesday night from 5:30-6:30 on Classic Rock 100.1 More information about Eagles All Access is available here.
Baseball vs. UW-Platteville (Doubleheader)
1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Copeland Park Frisbee giveaway to the first 100 fans Autism speaks day Faculty and staff appreciation day Find ticket information Free schedule poster giveaway
Baseball vs. UW-Oshkosh (Doubleheader)
Noon Saturday, May 3, at Copeland Park Cancer awareness game Pink towel giveaway Find ticket information Free schedule poster giveaway
Baseball vs. UW-Oshkosh (Doubleheader)
Noon Sunday, May 4, at Copeland Park Senior day Find ticket information Free schedule poster giveaway
Eagle Eye Open Golf Outing
Monday, June 16, at the La Crosse Country Club Featuring UW-L teams at each hole Register today
Eagle Kidz Klub Memberships Now Available! Find for More Information Join the L-Club Today and Become Part of the UW-L Athletics Tradition 2014 L-Club Brochure Find for more information about the L-Club and upcoming events Follow Your Eagles Anytime online and through social media Facebook La Crosse Eagles UW-L Maroon Platoon
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Eaglez Kidz Klub | Group Outings | Get Involved | Maroon Platoon | Mascot | Tickets | Events & Promotions | L-Club | Donate Campus Kudos artwork. Deborah Buffton, History, presented a paper, "Peace History as a Resource for Peace," at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies April 10-11 at UW-Whitewater. She also represented UW-L at the WIPCS Executive Council meeting April 12. Brad Quarberg, University Communications, has been elected to the board of directors for Bethany St. Joseph Corp. in La Crosse. Matthew A.M. Thomas and Ann K. Yehle, both Educational Studies, presented “Modeling methods and meta-pedagogy: Where, why, when, and how?” at the UW System Office of Professional Instructional Development conference Thursday, April 17, in Green Lake, Wis. Communications Corner header. University Communications: the go-to communications resource for advancing UW-La Crosse 115 Graff Main Hall (the southeast corner)

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What’s Happening in Dining Services

Stop in to try the week’s featured limited time offers. Cartwright Center Galley:
  • Chef’s Table (Tuesdays and Thursdays): Blackened Catfish & Sofrito Black Beans
  • Cyclone Salads: Chicken Provencal Salad
  • Slice of Life: Balsamic Chicken Wheat Pizzetta
  • Original Burger Company: Grilled Beef & Chimichurri Sandwich
Whitney Center Residence Dining:
  • Mindful Wednesdays at 360 for dinner: Chicken Provencal Salad
  • Daily Recipes From Home
Did you know …
  • Midnight Breakfast … Break away from studying for exams and join us for Midnight Breakfast  from 10 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 11, at Whitney Center Sunday, May 11.
  • Get your Beverage Loyalty Card today at Starbucks, Murphy’s Mug and Einstein Bros Bagels. Buy nine and get the tenth free. Any size, hot or cold, including coffees, espresso creations, teas and hot chocolate. Excludes pre-packaged beverages. Use at one or all three of our coffee shop locations.
  • Purchase a UW-L Dining Eco Mug at Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks or Murphy’s Mug for $5 and receive 10 percent off every drink refill at those locations.
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All about herbs and spices

Although spices and herbs have been used since ancient times, they are playing a new and important role in modern day food preparation. They not only add exceptional flavors to food, but also contribute color and variety. Use spices and herbs alone or in combinations that fit your taste buds. What are they? Many people use the terms interchangeably to mean any product of plant origin used primarily for seasoning food. Technically, herbs come from aromatic plants grown in the temperate zone, while spices are products of tropical plants. Usually, the leaves of herbs are used; whereas, spices may come from the bark, berries, flower buds, roots, or seeds. Add, Replace, and Reduce. Although herbs and spices add nutritive value to foods, they are used for flavoring or coloring foods. In general, they are low in calories, sodium, fat and have no cholesterol. While you replace the salts and sugars and add herbs and seasonings to your favorite dish, you not only reduce calories but they make your meal healthier overall. Did you know? Fresh herbs and spices contain more antioxidants — substances that fight cancers and heart disease — than some fruits and vegetables. Here are some examples:
  • Cinnamon. Produced from the bark of the cinnamon tree, the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of cinnamon are associated with a number of health benefits, including reduced risk of high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and cardiovascular disease. Add it to a range of fruits, vegetables, and dairy foods, as well as savory dishes and smoothies. Some great foods to pair with cinnamon include carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, bananas, apples, pears, spinach, lamb and poultry.
  • Garlic. Consuming garlic regularly (about a clove of garlic every day) may reduce your risk for a number of diseases, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, periodontal disease and infections. Garlic pairs well with tomatoes, dark greens, broccoli, cauliflower, meat, fish, and poultry. In fact, you usually can add some garlic to most recipes that call for onions or shallots.
  • Ginger. Associated with treatment or prevention of a number of diseases, including stomach aches, nausea, asthma, toothaches, gingivitis, arthritis and high blood pressure. In fact, a recent study demonstrated the usefulness of eating ginger to reduce soreness after intense workouts. Ginger pairs well with carrots, squash, fish, chicken, meat and even fruits, such as oranges and Granny Smith apples. A great way to combine these flavors is in a quick stir-fry with chicken, carrots, and oranges!
Grow them on your own! Herbs and spices are easy and very convenient for anyone in any environment to grow. All you need is the herb you wish to grow, a container to put it in, some sunlight, water and you’re good to go! As you watch them grow, use them in your daily meals as you replace salts and sugars. Be creative. How will you incorporate herbs and spices into your next dish? Human Resources artwork.

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Claudette Bode, office operations associate, Advancement & External Relations Mark Haakenson, associate budget planner, Budget Office Stacey Hanson, custodian, Custodial Services Amanda King, budget planner, Budget Office Sharon Shugrue, university services associate 2, Music Department Chee Thao, custodian, Custodial Services Melvin Valentine-Brown, custodian, Custodial Services In the News artwork. A summary of some of the stories about UW-La Crosse spotted in the news. "UW-L students vote on possible changes to campus," WKBT, April 16. After a technical glitch delayed their vote Tuesday night, UW- La Crosse students finished voting Wednesday night on possible changes to their campus...  "Mumps confirmed at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse," Global Dispatch, April 17. At least one confirmed and 2 suspect cases of Mumps disease have been identified at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the La Crosse County Health Department reported today... "UW-L faculty seeking academic freedom language after controversial email," La Crosse Tribune, April 18. Instructors at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are crafting a statement to protect speech in class, after a professor was asked to apologize for comments made in an email to students... "UW-L to implement Responsible Action Policy (with video)," WEAU-TV 13, April 18. An underage college student has too much to drink, and needs medical help, but doesn’t call 911, because they're worried about getting in trouble That’s the type of situation UW-La Crosse is hoping to prevent with its Responsible Action Policy, which about 96% of students voted in favor of... "UW-L staff and students battle for free speech," WKBT, April 19. A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse professor is drawing national attention to the issue of free speech... "UW-L play explores purpose of art," La Crosse Tribune, April 20. Playwright Henrik Ibsen scandalized Denmark in 1879 with "A Doll's House." In 1913, Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Rite of Spring" had Parisians rioting in the streets. Art, history has shown, has the power to provoke visceral and emotional responses...  "UW-La Crosse students spreading happiness (with video)," WKBT, April 17. A viral video that began in Washington, D.C. has made its way to La Crosse.
"UW-La Crosse makes potentially life saving change to underage drinking policy (with video)," WKBT, April 17. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is making a change to its policy for drinking on campus. Students approved a referendum for what's called a "responsible action policy." "UW-L sophomore serves as new UW regent," La Crosse Racquet, April 24. Anicka Purath, a sophomore at UW-La Crosse, is now serving as the traditional student representative on the UW System Board of Regents..
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What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson's disease is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual analysis of mortality data. ( The CDC also released data this week showing a 4.6 percent increase in deaths attributable to Parkinson's disease in 2010. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you may wonder about life expectancy. Parkinson’s is a progressive brain disorder that affects mobility and mental ability. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the disease itself is not fatal. However, related complications can reduce life expectancy. The outlook also depends on age, severity of the condition and access to resources. The diagnosis of Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease is the same as typical Parkinson’s disease except for the age of the patient. The average age of PD diagnosis is around 62. When an individual is diagnosed with PD before the age of 50, the disorder is called Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease. Check out this self-examination for early detection of Parkinson’s disease. Read more about the disease.

Water You Drinking? challenge reminder

You already know about the benefits of staying hydrated. How about the dangers of too little water? It can be life threatening. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. Complications include heatstroke, swelling of the brain, seizures, low blood pressure and kidney failure. People with chronic conditions, athletes and those working outside are more vulnerable. Dehydration slows down the metabolism, affecting how a body burns fat, so not getting enough water can actually contribute to weight gain. The safest approach is preventing dehydration in the first place. Keep an eye on how much fluid you lose during hot weather, illness or exercise and drink enough liquids to replace what you’ve lost. Learn more about hydration and your health. Keep filling out your trackers!

Hydration & Health

Recommended intake The general rule for water is eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day. The Institute of Medicine suggests13 cups of hydrating liquids per day for men and 9 cups of hydrating liquids per day for women.Depending on your needs, your actual intake may vary. Talk to your physician if you are concerned about your fluid intake. Staying safely hydrated Generally if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and your urine is colorless or light yellow, your fluid intake is probably adequate. If you’re concerned about your fluid intake or have health issues, check with your health care provider or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that’s right for you. To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It is also a good idea to drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal as well as before, during and after exercise. Food Roughly 20 percent of what you eat is comprised of water. Many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and tomatoes, are 90 percent or more water by weight. Other examples include:
  • 90–99 percent water: Fat-free milk, cantaloupe, strawberries, lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, pickles, squash (cooked)
  • 80–89 percent water: Fruit juice, yogurt, apples, grapes, oranges, carrots, broccoli (cooked), pears, pineapple
  • 70–79 percent water: Bananas, avocados, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, potato (baked), corn (cooked), shrimp
  • 60–69 percent water: Pasta, legumes, salmon, ice cream, chicken breast
  • 50–59 percent water: Ground beef, hot dogs, feta cheese, tenderloin steak (cooked)
  • 40–49 percent water: pizza
  • 30–39 percent water: Cheddar cheese, bagels, bread
  • 20–29 percent water: Pepperoni sausage, cake, biscuits
  • 10–19 percent water: Butter, margarine, raisins
  • 1–9 percent water: Walnuts, peanuts (dry roasted), chocolate chip cookies, crackers, cereals, pretzels, taco shells, peanut butter
  • 0 percent Water: Oils, sugars
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Weight loss & satiety There are many health benefits to drinking a cold glass of water (at least 8 ounces) before each meal. Thirst is often times mistaken for hunger, which can lead to an increased consumption of food. Staying hydrated is important for weight management or weight loss because water acts as an appetite suppressant. Drinking a glass of water before eating will help fill your stomach to make you feel fuller longer. There is also less room for food in your stomach if it is filled with water. However, dehydration slows down your metabolism, affecting how your body burns fat.¹ Pregnancy or breast feeding Women who are expecting or breast feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 10 glasses of fluids daily and women who breast feed drink 13 glasses of fluids per day.

UW-L is Community Supported Agriculture dropsite

As a new workplace Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) dropsite, UW-L invites people to participate in the 2nd Annual Bike the Barns Driftless Farm Tour, on Sunday, June 29. Visit Driftless Organics and Ridgeland Harvest CSA farms in the Viroqua area and enjoy great food and great views along the way. Register now. This spectacular fundraising bicycle tour travels through the forested hillsides and rolling farmland of the Driftless area while raising awareness and membership for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Bike the Barns generates funding for the Coalition’s work, including the Partner Shares Program, a cost-share initiative to improve accessibility to fresh, local produce for limited-income families. Participants in Bike the Barns Driftless will enjoy a scenic day of biking to local farms and eating artisan dishes prepared fresh, courtesy of Rooted Spoon Culinary. The ride starts and ends in Viroqua and visits Ridgeland Harvest and Driftless Organics farms. Join the Fun
  • Enjoy cycling through the rolling countryside
  • Connect with local farms – Farm Tours offered at each stop
  • Bring fresh, local food to families in need by raising pledges to support our work
  • All riders receive a commemorative 2014 ride t-shirt
Riders are invited to raise pledges to accompany their registration donation, which will benefit FairShare’s overall work and our Partner Shares Program, connecting more low-income households with CSA farms and increasing access to fresh, local food. Want to help, but not sure you want to ride? Sign-up to volunteer Make a donation to FairShare by donating to a rider’s pledge page, or to the “Carrot Cruiser” – FairShare’s Ghost Rider pledge-raiser FairShare CSA Coalition creates strong, healthy communities by rebuilding inclusive local food systems. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) fosters connections between consumers, their farmers and the land. CSA envisions a future where small-scale organic farms can make a living, where consumers of all income levels have access to local, fresh food and where these relationships improve communities’ connection to the environment. For more information on this event, our farms, and our programs, please visit Pedal On! Remembering artwork. Norene Smith, a trailblazer for women in higher education, died April 17. She had an extraordinary career at UW-L as an administrator and faculty member from 1961-85. In retirement she continued to be a dedicated and generous supporter. The Jean L. Foss & Norene A. Smith Organization for Campus Women (OCW) Scholarship was established in 1985 to assist non-traditional women students. See the full obituary in the La Crosse Tribune.   Gerald 'Jerry' J. Kuipers, the husband of Judith L. Kuipers, former UW-L chancellor, died April 10. See the full obituary in the La Crosse Tribune.
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