Photos: A year with COVID-19

Despite many challenges, UWL faculty, staff and students endured

Posted 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Students walk toward Hoeschler Tower in graduation regalia.

The email went out on at 5:29 p.m. March 16, 2020 from Chancellor Joe Gow, "All classes will continue in online and other distance formats for the remainder of the semester," Gow wrote. "Employees who can work from home should prepare to do so as soon as possible." 

Thus began a year of reaction, emotion, online meetings, teamwork and success. It culminated in the return to campus in fall with some challenges, but UWL endured. 

Here's a look at the last year through the lens of COVID-19. 

Chancellor Joe Gow, left, Dr. Abby Deyo and Chief Allen Hill address students, staff and media about closing campus in mid-March during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marie Rieber, Small Business Development Center, moves a plant and office belongings out of Wimberly Hall after the campus shutdown.

Students cart their belongings out of Eagle Hall after residence halls were shut down in March.

Campus leaders met continuously and faced many tough decisions throughout the year.

March 18, Safety & Sustainability Manager Dan Sweetman trains campus police officers on the proper use of safety respirators. La Crosse Country reports its first COVID-19 case.
Students move their belongings out of Sandford Hall shortly after the pandemic set in.
The new commute to work. UWL staff post photos of their homework spaces on social media using the hashtag: #desksofuwl
UWL held a virtual Couch Commencement for spring graduates. Graduates uploaded selfies and wrote notes about their experiences at UWL.
Students walk toward Hoeschler Tower in graduation regalia to take photos.
Nicholas Gordon, Admissions, delivers a campus visit folder to prospective students to do a self-guided tour during summer.
Vanguards were able to give small group tours of campus during summer.

Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach, Andrew Lum, center, gives a tour near the Student Union to a prospective student athletes and a parent.

Students and faculty were able to carry out some research during the summer on campus.
Wittich Hall renovations were completed before the fall semester started.
Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, accepted a donation of masks for UWL students from RSVP.

A few weeks before fall semester started, members of the Screaming Eagles Marching Band practice their routine near the Center for the Arts.

Soccer players run practice drills with masks and physical distancing safety measures. NCAA III competition was halted through the fall and majority of winter seasons.
Plexiglass, physical distancing and masks became the new normal on campus when students returned in fall. Students walk past the Info Center in the Student Union.
Prior to the start of the fall semster, students moved into the residence halls over the course of a few weeks to keep number of people down on campus.
ROTC cadets helped students move into the residence halls near Eagle Hall.
Interim UW System President Tommy Thompson hold a news conference outside Cartwright Center to announce surge testing for COVID-19 at UW campuses.
On Sept. 10, after a surge in positive tests, UWL ordered Coate Hall residents to shelter in place three days into the semester.
Coate Hall resident uses sticky notes on their room window to facetiously call for help during the Coate Hall shelter in place order.

Chartwells dining staff set up one of two outdoor food pickup areas for Coate Hall residents.

UWL student Jackson Falkner moves out of the Wentz Hall quarantine back to his room. He said his symptoms were mild, but quarantine was very boring. He made it a point to focus hard on his classes and not fall behind.
The Screaming Eagles Marching Band practices a routine on Roger Harring Field.
Students walk on the newly constructed Badger Street Pedestrian walkway between Drake Hall and the REC. The flags represent countries of international students studying at UWL.
In-person classes were held certain days of the week in large spacious lecture halls, such as the Hesprich Auditorium in Graff Main Hall.
A student studies in Wittich Hall.
Students study on the Wittich Hall patio.
Students visit with each other near Veterans Memorial Field Stadium.
UWL students Callie Frey, left, and Hannah Waskosky hang out at a popular overlook in Grandad Bluff park.
Jennifer Williams, Art, talks with a student during an outdoor painting session during a beautiful fall day.
A student studies in the Student Union.
Students walk near Centennial Hall during an early snow fall.
Students register to vote in Mitchel Hall for the 2020 Presidential Election.
Students from the fraternity Lambda Chi Alph organized a food drive that collected over 1,212 pounds of goods for local food pantries.
A student takes their temperature before entering the REC.
Assistant Professor Jarred Pfeiffer, center, leads UWL art students through the process of wood fired ceramics. The firing takes over 36 hours of continuous monitoring of the kiln.
Aric Opdahl, Chemistry, leads a lecture in the Student Union.
Student athletes shovel two lanes around the track to hold practices during the winter.
A student shovels the edges of the Eagle L logo on the football field.
Students work in a chemistry lab in the Prairie Springs Science Center.
A student walks down Badger Street during a February snowstorm.
A student studies in Prairie Spring Science Center.
Students enjoy an early warm, spring day in March by hanging out in hammocks near Murphy Library.
Students study near Morris Hall while piles of snow melt away.
Students get some sunshine on the patio of Wittich Hall.
Football practices on Roger Harring field while trusses on the Field House get installed. The team was able to practice formally in mid-March for the first time since fall.
UW System 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.