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Campus Connection, June 30, 2014

Posted 4:11 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014

This week's news and events.


Summer renovations revive campus history

Image of renovations happening inside Graff Main Hall auditorium. Chancellor Joe Gow will give his All-University Address in a completely refurbished Graff Main Hall Auditorium prior to the start of fall semester. The auditorium’s new look is one of many renovations happening around campus this summer. Read more »

In this issue:

Announcements & Notices Athletics Campus Kudos Human Resources In The News Physical Wellness Classifieds

Videos capture campus construction history

Image of Centennial Hall construction video. Get an eagle-eye view of the construction of UW-L’s newest building — brick by brick. UW-L has several time lapse videos documenting the growing campus. Read more »

Diversity scholarship sends student abroad

Image of Galway, Ireland. Water and grass. Jackie Chilsen’s personal experience with diversity has helped her earn a $3,000 scholarship to go to Galway, Ireland fall semester. Read more »

Josh Whitman send-off celebration

Josh Whitman with Stryker Eagle.A send-off celebration for UW-L Athletic Director Josh Whitman will be from 4-6 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Howie’s. Read more »

UW-L faculty and staff lead middle school science camps

Tanya Cordes assists a student using chemistry to create lip gloss as part of the workshop :Lovely Lips Laboratory." The programs bring middle school students to campus for hands-on academic exploration. Read more »
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Image of a speller sitting on the floor. UW-L SummerStage musical continues

UW-L’s SummerStage production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3 and Saturday, July 5. A final matinee performance will be at 2 o’clock Sunday, July 6. All performances are at Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets. UW-L’s Provost Heidi Macpherson will join the cast as a celebrity speller Saturday, July 5. Betsy Morgan, UW-L psychology professor, will be the celebrity speller Sunday, July 6. Learn more about their role in the show. Tickets: Box office hours are 1- 4:30 p.m. Monday -Friday; 10a.m.-2 p.m. and one hour before show times. The box office will be closed Friday, July 4. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for seniors and non-UW-L students; and $10 for UW-L students. Call 608.785.8522.

New custodial services phone number

To improve Facilities Planning & Management service, custodial services will have a single phone number — 785.8593 — to call for service beginning Monday, June 30. The phone will be answered by a person from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • After 4:30 p.m. the second shift supervisors Deb Holen and Dave Haftner can be reached at 317.2183 and 386.0692, respectively.
  • From 10:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., Third Shift Supervisor Rich Moilien can be reached at 792.4652
  • From 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on weekends, Supervisor Dave Pohnl can be reached at 792.4868.
For questions contact Doug Pearson at or Dave Anderson at

Crane to go up near power plant July 1

At 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, a crane will be set up by the power plant to replace the aviation lights on the smoke stack. Barricades will be set up for traffic and pedestrian safety.

Open forums scheduled for grant writer position

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs invites the UW-L campus community to attend upcoming open forums for candidates for the position of grant writer. Open forums will be held in the Institute for Campus Excellence, 150 Murphy Library, and will include a 10-15 minute presentation made by the candidates, as well as an opportunity for the campus to interact with candidates and provide feedback. Candidates are scheduled at the following times:
  • 2-2:45 p.m, Monday, July 7 - Brittney Greeno
  • 2-2:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 8 - Rochelle Nicks
  • 2-2:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 9 - Shanna Nifoussi
Information is also available on the office's website:

Next roadside clean up is Aug. 11

Thanks to all who volunteered with UW-L’s Adopt-A-Highway clean-up Monday, June 23. They included:
  • Florence Aliesch
  • Joe Bolwahn
  • Maria Carr
  • Deb Gerke
  • Brad, Gail and Merideth Quarberg
The final clean up is set for Monday, Aug. 11. The crew is open to all university employees and retirees, and their families. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and gloves. For more information or to participate, contact Brad Quarberg at or 785.8572. Campus Kudos artwork. Eric Eager, Mathematics, and Richard Rebarber and Brigitte Tenhumberg, both University of Nebraska, published a paper, "Global asymptotic stability of plant seed bank models" in the Journal of Mathematical Biology, issue 69, pp 1-37. They also had the paper "Modeling and analysis of a density-dependent stochastic integral projection model for a disturbance specialist plant and its seed bank" accepted by the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. Natalie Walleser Solverson, Institutional Research, was featured in the June issue of the Association for Institutional Research newsletter. In the article, “Telling the Story Behind the Data,” Solverson answers questions regarding objectives and the outcomes she achieved over the past year related to her participation in the Association for Institutional Research Forum. Solverson received the 2013 Edward Delaney Scholarship, awarded annually to one early career professional who has never attended the Forum. The criteria for the scholarship included writing an essay describing outcomes expected from participation. Read the AIR newsletter article. Image of Chancellor Joe Gow and UW Rock County Dean Carmen Wilson at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Congratulations, Chancellor Gow!

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow married Carmen Wilson, UW-Rock County dean, at the center of the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday, June 26. Both enjoy running, said Gow, so they decided to run from opposite sides of the famous San Francisco bridge and meet their officiant for the ceremony in the middle. Gow says soon a crowd caught on to what they were doing and stopped to watch and take pictures. Both love their jobs at UW-L and UW-Rock County and will continue to live in La Crosse and Janesville, respectively, said Gow. Photos courtesy of Jamie and Dennis Viera of Viera Photographics (

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Classified Excellence Breakfast will be July 29

The Classified Excellence Breakfast will be from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 29. More information will be sent out later in July.

Welcome, new employees:

  • Aiyana Bloome, student services coordinator, Academic Advising Center
  • Justin Bolstad, IS technical services senior, Information Technology
  • Leah Gedstad, associate student services coordinator, Financial Aid
  • Joel Luedke,  athletic trainer II, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Melissa Webster, outreach specialist, Continuing Education and Extension
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UW-L in the news

A summary of some of the stories about UW-La Crosse spotted in the news. "UW-La Crosse hosts 'Badger State Games'," WKBT-TV, June 21. UW-La Crosse hosted the Badger State Games on its campus Saturday at Veteran's Memorial Stadium... "Report: cost of college degree still worth it," WKBT La Crosse, June 24. ... ahead, our students are going to come out ahead in terms of our earning," says Tim Tritch, director for UW-La Crosse's Career Services Department "Weighing the costs of a college degree,", June 25. Gary Vang is an incoming University of Wisconsin – La Crosse freshman, looking to study chemistry in the fall. He said he's confident with his choice to ... "At UW-La Crosse, teachers become the students," WXOW-TV, June 25. Thirty teachers from the La Crosse, Onalaska, and Tomah School District are currently participating in the "A Lot of Science" two-week summer program at UW-La Crosse... (video clip) Physical Wellness artwork

Eat for immune health

Ever wonder how to make your immune system stronger and help prevent illness? Washing your hands often and getting enough sleep are extremely important, but you can also make sure you’re eating well to strengthen your immune system. Try eating a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables. Eating nutrient dense foods is a healthy habit. But, when you’re fighting germy invaders, your body needs every defense it can get. Foods rich in zinc like oysters, pumpkin seeds, and yogurt give your immune cells the zinc they depend on and zinc prohibits viruses from gaining access to our cells. Vitamin C gets a lot of attention when it comes to fighting illness, and for good reason. Vitamin C is important for strengthening your immune system, so getting enough is paramount. However, you don’t need the mega doses provided by some supplements. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C. Citrus, berries, bell peppers and broccoli are especially good sources. You can also try foods with an anti-microbial effect. Certain bacteria and viruses are warded off by the anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties of garlic, onions, honey, cinnamon, thyme and oregano. Tea with honey and cinnamon sounds soothing. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps your immune cells function optimally. Drinking extra fluid is necessary during the winter because the dry air sucks moisture right out of your skin. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. Lastly, the old standby — chicken noodle soup — really does work. The fluid and sodium in chicken soup help hydrate your body and reduce the severity of colds.
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For sale

Waterfront cabin in Clark County. Less than two hours from La Crosse on Mead Lake, east of Greenwood, Wisconsin. Asking $131,000. See Craigslist ad for additional information.


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