Say what you will about 2021, but the year brought new beginnings, incredible campus views and plenty of examples of resilience.
Students, faculty and staff emerged from pandemic cocoons, coming back to campus sans pajamas and webcams. As we start a new year, UWL photographer Michael Lieurance takes you through some of 2021's most memorable moments — in photos.
A scene from Disney's Frozen? A weather phenomenon called rime frost adorned the region in early January.
Rime frost coats a cedar on top of Miller Bluff looking over the city.
A student shovels the Eagle L on the football field.
A view or Roger Harring Stadium after a snowfall in January.
A drone image of campus looking west.
Students were welcomed back to campus in January with social distancing and masking protocols.
A student finds a quiet spot to study in Wittich Hall.
Students chat in between classes in Centennial Hall.
Shorts weather? A student walks down Badger Street in shorts during a February snowstorm.
A student walks to class near Wittich Hall.
Students study in Murphy Library.
The ROTC Eagle Battalion placed first in the Warfare Challenge hosted in La Crosse.
A student studies in Prairie Springs Science Center.
Aric Opdahl, Chemistry, leads a lecture in the Student Union.
Students enjoy an early warm, spring day in March by hanging out in hammocks near Murphy Library.
UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson, left, and Gov. Tony Evers, right, visit the Cleary & Friends Alumni Center, the site of a regional Covid19 vaccine clinic prior to its opening March 9.
Student Shayla Michel checks on her fish tanks in the River Studies Lab in Prairie Springs Science Center.
Spring flowers bloom near Hoescher Tower.
UWL partnered with city stakeholders to build a new tennis complex at Green Island Park.
Students pose for a photo in front of the La Crosse Center. UWL hosted an in-person commencement ceremony for graduates only in May.
A U.S. Navy Blue Angel jet flies over campus. The Blue Angels were in the area for the Deke Slayton Airfest in June.
A south view of the construction of the field house.
UWL officially recognized Juneteenth by raising the holiday’s flag.
Archaeology students at a dig site near Holmen.
UWL hosted the WIAA State Track Meet in June with limited capacity for each division.
A view of the campus during the WIAA State Track Meet.
A view of the construction progress of the field house looking west.
UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson addressed campus and student athletes during a Vax Up pep rally in August.
Students hang out on Coate Field during move-in week.
A student carries a futon mattress on his head during move-in week.
A student and parent move a futon into Angell Hall.
A twirler for the Screaming Eagles Marching band shows off a UWL hair clip during a welcome ice cream social for international students.
UWL welcomed 2,207 students — a record for an incoming class — to campus in the fall.
Students were welcomed back to campus with everything from music to smores during the first-ever Eagle Fest Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
A lit L on Grandad Bluff welcomes students and family during the first week of school.
Community Engagement Coordinator Lisa Klein collects donated toys for Afghan evacuee children at Fort McCoy.
A family tailgates before the UWL football game during family weekend.
The ROTC Eagles Battalion rebuild bridges in Hixon Forest.
Fall colors start to pop across region in October.
A view of the center of campus looking west.
Biology students collect insect samples and measure the biodiversity at the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration land near St. Joseph's Ridge.
Sun peeks through a maple tree near Murphy Library.
Students practice speaking foreign languages with a partner at Language Resource Center in Graff Main Hall.
A fall view of campus looking east.
UWL students hosted a speak out and march to support sexual assault survivors at Hoeschler Tower.
Families and friends were welcomed back with limited numbers during the winter commencement ceremonies.
A student smiles for photos on Pearl Street after the commencement ceremony.
Trees around Hoeschler Tower are adorned with holiday lights.