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Lisa Klein

Community Engagement Coordinator
University Advancement
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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I am a one-stop shop point of contact to help community members and the university connect. 

Brief biography

After a successful 20-year career as an award-winning television news anchor and reporter at WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Lisa has returned to her alma mater in a new role at UWL dedicated to building partnerships with the community. Lisa is an extensively trained communicator who can effectively identify partnerships that will meet community needs while enhancing student learning. Lisa's passion for public service is the center of her work in Community Engagement.


University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

Bachelor of Arts-Mass Communications


Professional history

WKBT-TV News 8, La Crosse, WI (1997-2004)

Television News Producer/Reporter/Anchor 

Winona State University, Winona, MN (2004-2005)

Director of Public Information

WKBT-TV News 8, La Crosse, WI (2005-2019)

Television News Anchor/Education Reporter/Investigative Reporter



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, presented "Connecting Community Engagement to Careers" at the Connect Wisconsin Conference on June 7 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Submitted on: June 8



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, was named to the Board of Directors for La Crosse Public Education Foundation on April 25.

Submitted on: May 2



Courtney Warax, New Student & Family Programs; Lisa Klein, Community Engagement; Scott Brown, Facilities Planning & Management; Chelsea Wyman, Murphy Library; Justin Davis, Music; Willem Vanroosenbeek, Pride Center; Nathan Barnhart, Rec Sports; Laurie Harmon, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation; Jenni Brundage and Andie Coxey, both Residence Life; Jamie Henk, Student Association student; Kyle Burke, Magann Dykema, Drea Higgins, Michael Slevin and Corey Stilwell, all University Centers; Kaylie Connaughty and Maren Walz, both University Marketing & Communications; and Gabrielle Smartt, Wellness, Health Advocacy; served on the Eagle Fest Planning Committee. The planning committee was responsible for Eagle Fest, a festival full of music, entertainment, food, and fun. It was an exciting opportunity for all students, faculty, staff, family members and local community neighbors to come together and celebrate the beginning of the fall semester!

Submitted on: Sept. 13, 2021



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, received the award for Micro-credential in Community Partnerships from Campus Compact. Lisa Klein successfully earned a credential in Community Partnerships through Campus Compact's Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. Klein earned this distinction by demonstrating her competency to demonstrate an ability to effectively cultivate, facilitate, and maintain high-quality partnerships with community organizations and representatives.

Submitted on: April 16, 2021



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, received a Micro-credential in Community Engagement Fundamentals from Campus Compact on Friday, Feb. 26. In the summer of 2020, Klein took part in a Campus Compact community of practice with a focus on "Community Engagement Fundamentals." While participating in the community of practice, she applied for a "Micro-credential in Community Engagement Fundamentals." Here are the details in the letter: "Hello Lisa, Congratulations! You have successfully earned a micro-credential in Community Engagement Fundamentals through Campus Compact's Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. You earned this distinction by demonstrating your competency to effectively and elaborately summarize the foundations of the field and the breadth of community-engaged work it encompasses. Within the next few business days, you will receive an email confirming your receipt of a digital certificate, or badge, certifying your competency in this area. You may use his badge to publicly display your earned competency on your LinkedIn profile, CV, professional website, or wherever else you may find it useful. We encourage you to continue earning micro-credentials through Campus Compact's Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. For the most up-to-date list of micro-credentials available, please visit Again, congratulations, and thank you for your dedication to higher education community engagement and for your commitment to ongoing professional learning in the field. Please feel free to reach out to Campus Compact with any questions you may have at All the best, Clayton Hurd Director of Professional Learning & Engaged Scholarship Campus Compact"

Submitted on: Mar. 1, 2021