Posted 6:33 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

This week's news and events.


U.S.News: UW-L is No. 3 among Midwest’s public colleges

alt here Campus earns undergraduate research recognition — UW-L is the No. 3 best public regional university in the Midwest, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2014 America’s Best Colleges list. It’s the 13th year in a row that UW-L has remained the top-ranked comprehensive university in the UW System. The rank continues UW-L’s trend of being among the Midwest’s top four public universities for more than a decade in the category that includes institutions providing a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. Read more »

In this issue:

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Making a minimum impact on environment

Students with sign.UW-L signed an educational partnership with the national organization Leave No Trace. LNT is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands — adopted by federal agencies such as the U.S. National Park Service and The Bureau of Land Management. Read more» 

A cappella group from UW-Madison to perform

Music group. A male a cappella musical group from UW-Madison will bring their voices and personalities to campus. The UW-MadHatters will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, on Eagle and Coate Fields. The rain site is Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Read more»

Tutoring help offered in Murphy Learning Center

Students working in Learning Center. UW-L students looking for studying help and tips can turn to the Murphy Learning Center. The Murphy Learning Center is where all students can receive free tutoring services in a variety of courses. Students are welcome to stop by during an open house from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Read more »

Student plans medical mission

UW-L students: Nicole Reinhardt, Ryan Moncada and Hannah Lawinger surrounded by children in Nicaragua. Ryan Moncada is eager to show fellow college students the difference they can make in poor, rural communities in Central America. Moncada, a biology major, is leading a trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Jan. 5-16 to provide basic medical services to small communities. Students can sign up by Oct. 5 to join him. Read more »

The top 10 reasons to study abroad

Class hiking on mountain Each year anywhere from 375 to 425 UW-La Crosse students study abroad. September is a great time to stop by the Office of International Education and learn more. Resources, experienced staff and peer advisers are available to help students find the program that is right for them. Read more »

Opening reception for artwork exhibit of three art majors set for Sept. 20

Artwork by Katheine Liu. Murphy Library will host an opening reception for an art exhibition featuring the works of UW-L art majors Katherine Liu, Andrew Musil and Analese Nechvatal. The reception is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Murphy’s Mug. Read more »  

Read-out at Murphy Library planned for national Banned Books Week; readers wanted

Freedom to Read artwork. Murphy Library will be hosting “Freedom to Read,” a “read-out,” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, on the first-floor landing of Murphy Library’s central staircase for the campus community. A read-out is a public reading of passages from books that have once been banned or challenged in public, school or academic libraries. Read more »

Students who attended LEGO university at UW-L win aircraft carriers

Lego logo. Twenty-two students who attended LEGO University, a four-day summer course at UW-La Crosse in July, have walked away with more than learning and fun — they’re winners in a LEGO kit contest. The campers will receive a BanBao Marine flagship LEGO kit that contains 3,016 pieces and retails for $300. Read more »
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[caption id="attachment_26375" align="alignright" width="300"]Students playing board game. Students play "The Game of Life" at the Student Life Office open house Sept. 10.[/caption]

Student Life Office staff welcome campus community with open house

Student Life Office staff hosted an open house Sept. 10 to show off the recently-renovated office. Staff assist students by serving as advocates in promoting and defending the interest of the students within the university at large. Staff also helps students maximize  services available to them at UW-L and intervene on their behalf when requested and appropriate. To learn more, stop by the office at 149 Graff Main Hall, call 608.785.8062 or visit

Philosophy Club to meet twice a month beginning Sept. 18

UW-L's Philosophy Club will meet twice a month beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18. Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in 2205 Centennial Hall. The club is open to all majors.

Open Mic planned in Cellar

[caption id="attachment_26387" align="alignleft" width="168"]Open mic artwork. CAB hosts Open Mike Night in the Cellar Thursday, Sept. 19.[/caption] The Campus Activities Board brings fun to The Cellar every first, second and third Thursday of the month for 1-2-3 Thursdays. The theme changes weekly, from Open Mic Nights to Local Talent, and Craft Night to Game Night. Thursday, Sept. 19, entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with Open Mic Night. Open Mic Nights allow UW-La Crosse students to showcase their talents. Musicians, comedians and those with other talent are welcome to participate. Admission is free. For more information about Open Mic Night or 1-2-3 Thursdays, contact the Cartwright Information Counter at 608.785.8898.

Viterbo University educator is speaker at Sept. 19 bioresearch forum

Viterbo University Assistant Biology Professor R. Charles (Charlie) Lawrence is the keynote speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 19, La Crosse BioResearch Forum. He will present "Developmental Ethanol Exposure Implications for Multiple Generations: Brain, Behavior and the Epigenome" from 12:15-1 p.m.  in the Overholt Auditorium at Gundersen Lutheran. He will answer questions following the presentation. The free forums are open to the public and hosted by the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation. Those attending should park in the Green ramp (see map) or use valet parking. Use the entrances at the north end and northeast side of the medical center.

Digicopy logo.Register now for Sept. 20 DigiCOPY training

Learn how to use DigiCOPY, UW-L’s provider of copying and printing services, during training sessions Friday, Sept. 20. DigiCOPY representatives will be on campus for a series of instructional sessions including what products and services are available, how to set up an account and how to place orders over the Web. Introductory and advanced presentations will be held in 31 Wing Technology Center. Beginner sessions will be an hour long and held at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., while intermediate training will last a half hour and be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Time will also be available for the campus community to drop in for one-on-one assistance. Click here to register for a training session. For more information about DigiCOPY, click here.

Auditions for Kinesis Dance Theatre to be held Sept. 20

UW-L's Kinesis Dance Theatre will hold auditions from 2:15-3:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the 103A Mitchell Hall Dance Studio. Artistic Director Kathy Gorman will teach a modern dance combination. Kinesis Dance Theatre will perform Saturday, Nov. 16, as part of the Exercise and Sport Science Department's centennial celebration. The group will also perform Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, 2014,  in Toland Theatre as part of the Theatre Department's 2013-14 season. For more information, contact Kathy Gorman at or 608.785.8180.

Academic staff to honor McAlpine

Mo McAlpine, Recreational Sports, will receive the 2013 Academic Staff Excellence Award during the annual Academic Staff Council Kickoff Meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. A program begins at 3:30. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend. Read more about McAlpine.

Pretty Lights is featured band at Sept. 20 Album Encounters

The Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show will feature Pretty Lights' "A Color Map of the Sun" at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $5. To find out more, contact Bob Allen at or 608.785.8669. See more about the Planetarium at

Hear, share stories of addiction, recovery at Sept. 23 panel

UW-L students, faculty and staff will share their experiences with addiction and recovery at a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Complimentary snacks will be provided. Faculty and staff who want to share their recovery story should contact UW-L Wellness Coordinator Jason Bertrand at

Deadline to submit applications for Academic Staff Professional Development Grants is Oct. 1

Academic staff who want to apply for professional development grants for activities from Nov. 1,  through Feb. 28, 2014, need to apply by Tuesday, Oct. 1. Development grants support continued professional growth and development of skills to serve students and the campus community. To find out more and apply visit Contact the Academic Staff Council at or Cari Mathwig Ramseier at with questions.

Campus Climate employee survey forum to be held Sept. 20; student survey forum is Sept. 26

The Office of Campus Climate is hosting two forums to share the results of the campus climate survey that was distributed during spring 2013. The results of the employee survey will be shared from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The results of the student survey will be shared from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.  Both are in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Barbara Stewart and Laurie Cooper Stoll will co-present the survey results during the forums.
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News and upcoming events

Eagles All Access Radio Show Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. 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 to 6:30 p.m. on Classic Rock 100.1. Volleyball vs. Luther Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Mitchell Hall Click here for ticket information Free schedule poster giveaway UW-L 9th Annual Golf Scramble Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. Click here to register today! Follow your Eagles anytime online and through social media Facebook (Friend/Like today!) La Crosse Eagles UW-L Maroon Platoon Twitter 
  • Follow the Athletic Director on Twitter: @UWLAXAD
Eaglez Kidz Klub | Group Outings | Get Involved | Maroon Platoon | Mascot | Tickets | Events & Promotions | L-Club | Donate Campus Kudos artwork.   [caption id="attachment_26331" align="alignright" width="300"]Group photo of women. UW-L Psychology Professor Grace Deason, pictured far right, Psychology, helped organize a workshop on political psychology and gender at Northern Illinois University Aug. 27 and 28. UW-L's College of Liberal Studies, along with the International Society for Political Psychology, provided funding for the workshop. Read more about the workshop at ISPPWorkshop. Others pictured, include, from left, DuPage County Board member Laurie Nowak; State's Attorney Anita Alvarez; workshop organizer Rebecca Hannagan, Northern Illinois University; and Naperville City Councilwoman Judy Brodhead.[/caption]  Kimberly DeFazio and Robert Wilkie, English, presented papers at the eighth Global conference on "Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science Fiction" at Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom, in July. DeFazio presented "Melancholia and Posthumanist Metaphysics." Wilkie presented "Posthuman ‘Visions’ and the (Un)seeing of Class." Jim Jorstad, ITS, was recognized in the Center for Digital Education fall 2013 special report "Pathways to Personalized Learning Research Report." CDE is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. Jorstad was quoted on the importance of using Learning Management Systems, such as D2L, effective learning space design, in flipping the classroom and Web streaming for academic use. Peter Marina, Sociology/Archaeology, presented "Locating Urban Pentecostalism in Culture: The Vitality of Charisma in a Brooklyn Pentecostal Tongue-Speaking Church" at the 75th Annual Association for the Sociology of Religion Conference Aug. 10 in New York. The presentation was based on part of his recently-published book "Getting the Holy Ghost: Urban Ethnography in a Brooklyn Pentecostal Tongue-Speaking Church." Jennifer Trost, History, had an article published in the September 2013 issue of Criminal Justice Review.  The article, "From Juvenile Court to Safe Haven:  The Lessons of Juvenile Justice History and the 2008 Nebraska Safe Haven Law," shows how families use social services for their own purposes no matter the legislative or legal intent. Jim Wiener, River Studies Center, published an invited editorial, "Mercury Exposed: Advances in Environmental Analysis and Ecotoxicology of a Highly Toxic Metal," in the Sept. 3 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistrya journal of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Gary L. Willhite, Educational Studies, has been awarded grants totaling $29,000 from the Academy of Applied Science to support Wisconsin high school students with science, technology, engineering and math research. The research is presented through the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium program. Willhite's  book review of "The One World Schoolhouse: School Reimagined" was published in the September 2013 issue of CHOICE magazine.
UW-L Dining Services logo What’s Happening in Dining Services Stop in the Galley to try the week's featured limited time offers:
  • Chef's Table (Tuesdays and Thursdays): Roasted Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Fiesta Rice
  • Cyclone Salads: Southwest Chicken Salad
  • Slice of Life: Margherita Pizza
  • Erbert and Gerbert's: Frango Sub
  • Original Burger Company: Spicy Chicken Po' Boy
Did you know ...
  • Cyclone Salads in Cartwright Center is now open until 7 p.m.
  • You can take advantage of a delicious premium meal starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Whitney Center
Stay in the loop ...
  • Check out the Dining Services website at for dining hours, menus, promotions and more.
  • Like Dining Services on Facebook at to be a part of what’s happening in Dining Services.  
Think your drink The human body is 55-75 percent water and staying hydrated by drinking adequate fluids is important for maintaining many important body systems. Make sure that you’re providing your body the hydration it needs without adding extra calories or caffeine. It’s very easy to drink more calories from sugar than you would ever eat. For one example, a Rockstar Energy Drink has 16 teaspoons of sugar. It also has 160 mg of caffeine, three times the amount in a can of cola. Caffeine isn’t harmful in moderation, however, overdoing it will leave you feeling jittery, sluggish and eventually dependent on it every day. If you need a pick-me-up try going for a walk, stretching, drinking water or eating a healthy snack. Instead of choosing sugar-sweetened beverages, water and skim milk are the best choices to hydrate your body. Here are some tips to make better beverage choices all the time:
  • Choose water, diet or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day — good for you, your wallet and the environment.
  • Don't keep sugar-sweetened beverages around. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.
  • Flavor water with pieces of fresh fruit or herbs — the combinations are endless.
  • When you do opt for a sugar-sweetened beverage, go for the small size. A small-size soda has half the calories of a large portion.
Tips for better choices at the coffee shop:
  • Request that your drink be made with fat-free or low-fat milk instead of whole milk.
  • Order the smallest size available.
  • Forgo the sugary flavor syrups.
  • Skip the whip — whip cream adds calories and fat.
  • Keep it simple. Order a plain cup of coffee with fat-free milk and artificial sweetener or drink it black. This is also usually the least expensive option on the menu.
Learn more about nutrition and try a healthy sample in Whitney Center Tuesdays over dinner and in the Galley on Wednesdays over lunch. — Sara Nicklay,  University Dining Dietitian Human Resources artwork.  

New employees

Welcome to the following recently-hired employees to UW-L's campus community:
  • Douglas Baumann, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Joshua Bench, Student Services Coordinator, Career Services
  • Andrew Berns, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Alan Bliss, Research Intern in Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Margaret Braun, Lecturer, Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation
  • Rose Brougham, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
  • Alex Brown, Student Services Coordinator, University Centers
  • James Carlson, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
  • Virginie Cassidy, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
  • Anders Cedergren, Lecturer, Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Crystal Champion, Counselor, Counseling & Testing Center
  • Matthew Chedister, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Song Chen, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Betty Christiansen, Associate Lecturer, Management
  • Kathleen Collins, Custodian, Residence Life
  • Stefanie Czosnyka, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Professions
  • Tushar Das, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Cordial Gillette, Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Science
  • Regina Goodnow, Lecturer, Political Science and Public Administration
  • Patrick Grabowski, Assistant Professor, Health Professions
  • Katherine Grillo, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Jessi Halligan, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Mary Hamman, Assistant Professor, Economics
  • Caitlin Hansen, Development Skills Specialist, Student Support Services
  • Judith Harrington, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
  • Patricia Hart, Associate Lecturer, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Joshua Hertel, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Andrea Higgins, Student Services Coordinator, University Centers
  • Jacob Holt, Lecturer, Political Science Department and Public Administration
  • George Hudson, Lecturer, Chemistry
  • Daniel Hyson, Associate Lecturer, Psychology
  • Craig Jackson, Associate Lecturer, Microbiology
  • Heidi Jones, Assistant Professor, English
  • Jeffrey Kessler, Associate Lecturer, Management
  • Edward Kim, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Matthew Konieczny, Associate Lecturer, History
  • Mary Krizan, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
  • Lisa Kruse, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Katherine Lavelle, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Eric Linnell, Research Intern, Exercise and Sport Science
  • Peter Marina, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Andrew McGlenn, Assistant Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics; Lecturer, Exercise & Sport Science
  • Nicholas McGrath, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Angela Mellor, Associate Lecturer, English
  • Nicholas Mompier, Associate Lecturer, Theatre Arts
  • Samuel Morris, Lecturer, Mathematics
  • Michele Nauman, Adviser, Student Support Services
  • Dawn Norris, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Kelly Nowicki-Van Rooyen, Associate Lecturer, Management
  • Jenna O'Brien, Associate Student Services Coordinator, Multicultural Student Services
  • Todd Osmundson, Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Elizabeth Peacock, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Archaeology
  • Andrea Peirce, Lecturer, Health Professions; Associate Lecturer, Microbiology
  • Kristine Peterson, Associate Lecturer, Theatre Arts
  • Fred Pierce III, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, Provost
  • Michelle Pinzl, Associate Lecturer, Modern Languages
  • Nicole Ploeger-Lyons, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Alessandro Quartiroli, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Lori Reichel, Assistant Professor, Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Alysa Remsburg, Associate Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program
  • Aliyah Richling, Associate Lecturer, Music
  • Leslie Rogers, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
  • Ellen Rozek, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Roberto Salgado, Lecturer, Physics
  • Daniel Sambu, Assistant Professor, Geography and Earth Science
  • Debra Sazama, Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science
  • Kenneth Shonk, Jr., Assistant Professor, History
  • Bradley Shutters, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Richard Sims, Student Services Coordinator, Multicultural Student Services
  • Eric Snively, Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Erica Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Lindsay Steiner, Assistant Professor, English
  • Patricia Stovey, Assistant Professor, History
  • Lynette Stoyles, Associate Lecturer, Music
  • Victoria Svoboda, Lecturer, Student Affairs Administration
  • Matthew Thomas, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
  • Jennifer Trost, Associate Professor, History
  • Suthakaran Veerasamy, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Chad Vidden, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Katie Wagoner, Associate Lecturer, Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Matthew Windett, Associate Lecturer, Communication Studies
  • Kee Xiong, Custodian, Custodial Services
  • Andre Zampaulo, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
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UW-L in the news

A summary of some of the stories about UW-La Crosse spotted in the news. "Texting and driving simulator comes to UW-L,", Sept. 7. Students at the UW-La Crosse got to see just how risky texting and driving can be. A simulator on campus let people try to ... "UW-La Crosse holds first weekly farmers market,", Sept. 9. The UW-La Crosse held its first weekly farmers market Monday. The Students for Sustainability Club put on the event. Last year it was ...  "UW-La Crosse #3 among Midwest universities,", Sept. 10. UW-La Crosse sits in some prestigious company in a new list of the best ...  "UW-L third in Midwest for public comprehensive universities," La Crosse Tribune, Sept. 10. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse again landed near the peak of the U.S. News and World Report rankings for Midwest public comprehensive universities, according to a Monday release from the school. UW-L snagged third place overall among public institutions, continuing a 13-year stretch of beating schools such as UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point and other comprehensive universities in the UW System ...  "International students provide boost to local economy,", Sept. 11. Alexej Kharytaniuk is a 20-year old student from Belarus who is studying at UW-La Crosse this semester through a U.S. ... "Political science professor weighs in on situation in Syria," WEAU, Sept. 11. UW-La Crosse political science professor Dr. Jacob Holt said this makes the President's address more difficult. He said this will likely look like a stalling tactic by ... "UW-L Green Bike Program needs donations," WXOW-TV, Sept. 9. UW-La Crosse needs your unwanted bicycles to restock their green bike program; for the first time in its ten year history, the program has run out of bikes. The program allows students to rent a bike for the year in hopes of reducing the number of cars on campus ... (video clip) "Students favor bill that drops ticket for reporting emergencies," La Crosse Tribune, Sept. 12. Underage students who call police for an alcohol-related emergency would be protected from getting a ticket under a proposed bill that's gaining some support at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The "Responsible Action" measure would let students seek help if a friend's life is in danger without fear of fines that can be $250 to $1,000 ... "Gow draws fire for email on 9-11 memorial," La Crosse Tribune, Sept. 12. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's top official sparked a small ... Chancellor Joe Gow pointed out the memorial's cross shape, adding a reminder the ... ClassifiedAds artwork.  

For sale

2006 Yamaha scooter, 49cc, silver/black, 260 miles, excellent condition. Includes basket, windshield, new battery, helmet, cover. $1,300. Call 608.386.3839. 2007 Kymco Agility 125cc scooter, silver, 6,000+ miles, runs great. Includes a rear-mounted cargo compartment. $600. Email or call 608.377.3402. Ford Ranger XLT, 1999, extended cab seats four. See 2005 Volvo T50 Wagon, good condition, nice car. See