Take this quiz to ace your Big Birthday Bash visit
Get ready to join in the fun this month when the UWL Alumni Association holds its Big Birthday Bash to celebrate its 50th birthday.
The fun began with the Distinguished Alumni Awards activities on Sept. 20 and concludes Reunion Weekend, Oct. 25 and 26. Among the events: wear maroon day and Happy (Birthday) Hour on Friday, along with a Big Birthday Brunch Saturday morning.
Find more information, sign up for events and even give a birthday gift to the Big Birthday Bash campaign by visiting the Alumni Association’s website here.
To prep you for your return to campus — for the Big Birthday Bash or anytime — here’s some UWL trivia.
1. How much did the legislature appropriate in 1905 for the original site of campus where Graff Main Hall was built?
c. $10,000 State Sen. Thomas Morris sponsored a bill to locate a normal school in La Crosse in 1905. The legislature allocated $10,000 to purchase a site, where Graff Main Hall is located.
2. Homecoming’s “Hanging of the Lantern” tradition began over the south entrance to Graff Main Hall. Who suggested the idea?
b. English professor Orris O. White Homecoming’s “Hanging of the Lantern” tradition began over the south entrance to Graff Main Hall in 1931 at the suggestion of English teacher Orris O. White.
3. Who was the first U.S. president to visit campus while he was president?
c. President Barack Obama spoke at the Recreational Eagle Center on July 2, 2015. President Kennedy spoke on campus during his campaign; President Clinton visited campus after he served as president to campaign for his wife, Hillary Clinton.
4. What was the first residence hall for men?
a. Reuter Hall opened as the first residence hall for men in 1958. The current Reuter Hall was constructed in 2006.
5. What was the first residence hall for women?
d. Wilder Hall opened as first campus residence hall for women in 1951.
6. Which leader of the institution holds the distinction of serving as both the last campus president and first chancellor?
c. Kenneth E. Lindner became the sixth president in 1970, then first chancellor when the Wisconsin State University System merged with the University of Wisconsin System in 1971.