Note from the Director

A Message from the Director…

Greetings and Welcome to University Centers!

My name is Kyle Burke, and it is my sincere honor and privilege to have recently been chosen to serve as the sixth Director of University Centers here at UWL! I started on March 1, 2021 and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our students, faculty, staff, and especially the dedicated University Centers team.

I recently relocated from Chicago, Illinois, after working at Northeastern Illinois University since 2009 where I most recently served as the Executive Director for Student Auxiliary Services. I have a five-year-old son, Emerson, who will be entering first grade in La Crosse this fall. 

I am grateful to my predecessor, Dr. Larry Ringgenberg, who served in this role for 35 years for his steadfast leadership and legacy of supporting UWL students. Dr. Ringgenberg has had a profound impact on the University Centers department and UWL. It is an honor to assume this role, to become a student advocate on campus, and to lead the department into the future.

As I become acclimated with UWL, I continue to be in awe of the excellent programs and services that University Centers provides to our students and greater UWL community. None of this would be possible without the hard work and expertise of the University Centers team. And while there have been quite a few staffing changes over the past year, there is still a very strong team who remain dedicated to serving our students and open to what the future has in store for all of us.

The past two years have undoubtably been some of the most challenging times in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our world in many ways. However, as we enter the “recovery” phase and begin to understand what our “new normal” will look like, it is exciting to anticipate a fall semester full of student activities and programs once again.

Our team is busy working on many opportunities for students to connect and engage in the campus life experience. Whether that be participating in student organizations, Fraternity and Sorority life, leadership development programs, attending events planned by the Campus Activities Board, Dining at Whitney Center, or even just hanging out in the Student Union, we cannot wait to welcome you!

The University Centers department, and the buildings we operate, continue to be safe and inclusive environments. We are dedicated to celebrating the diversity of our community in an equitable and inclusive manner. Please feel free to contact our team if there is anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable.

I look forward to meeting as many of our UWL Eagles as possible in the coming months! I hope to see you in “The U” very soon!

Take good care!

Kyle Burke

Kyle E. Burke

Director, University Centers