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Eagle LEAD: Leading from the bottom

Looking into graduation and what comes next can be daunting. Something that can be even more daunting is how to lead and excel in a new position and career. To learn more and for tips, join the Leadership and Involvement Center and UWL’s Academic Advising Center and Career Services Representative, Kaila Vang for a presentation about "Leading from the Bottom" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, online.


Scholarship Q&A set for Thursday, April 22

Come hang out with the Scholarship Resource Center virtually and ask any questions about scholarships. We want students to be successful in finding alternate ways to afford college, so join us for a quick and informal Q&A from noon-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, online.


Grab and Go Craft Night: Friendship bracelets

Join CAB and the National Residence Hall Honorary(NRHH) for this week’s Grab n’ Go Craft Night: Friendship Bracelets. Get a kit from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Student Union lawn.

Kit materials include:

  • Embroidery thread
  • Yarn 
  • Instructions 
  • CAB info sheet
  • NRHH info sheet


UGetConnected virtual conversation series: Inclusion & equity support

Join UGetConnected as they host staff from Centro Latino and Hope Restores to learn more about their current needs and how you can help at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, online.


2021 UWL Student Employee of the Year and UWL Student Employment Supervisor of the Year

UWL Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)

Since 1991, UWL has participated in the National Student Employee of the Year program to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college. The nomination begins at the institutional level and then goes to the state, regional and possibly the national level for consideration. Eligibility is determined for all student employees who have been employed for a minimum of six months part-time or three months full-time between June 1 and May 31. Selection criteria consists of the following characteristics: Reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to the employer.

This year, there were 11 individual nominations:

Bailey Brandner, Financial Aid Office; Michele Friesema, University Communications; Emma Futoransky, It Make$ Cents!; Johnathon Jaeger, History; Amanda Lee, University Centers; Mimi Lucido, Health Professions; Paige Pawlak, Art; Cara Senn, University Centers; Madisyn Storie, Records; Rachel Veglahn, Music and Lorinda Volzer, Student Life.

Congratulations to Johnathon Jaeger, History, for winning this year's Student Employee of the Year.

UWL Student Employment Supervisor of the Year (SESOTY)

Since 2016, the SESOTY award recognizes the outstanding leadership, professionalism and mentoring of faculty, academic staff or university staff who are student employment supervisors.  The process begins at the institutional level and then goes to the state, regional and national level for possible consideration.  Selection Criteria consists of the following characteristics: Mentoring, professionalism and excellent leadership.

This year, there were 8 individual nominees:

Gary Ellis, University Centers; Amanda Gasper, It Make$ Cents!; McKayla Haldorson, formerly Academic Advising & Career Services; Jazzma Holland, Upward Bound; Katherine Lavelle, Public Speaking Center; Shane Springer, Residence Life; Lindsay Steiner, English and Taylor Wilmoth ,Alumni Center.

Congratulations to Amanda Gasper, It Make$ Cents!, for winning this year's Student Employment Supervisor of the Year.


Become a Writing Center tutor next year

The UWL Writing Center is currently recruiting tutors for the 2021-22 school year. Students are wanted with a variety of majors and minors who are interested in working with writers on a wide range of papers, essays, applications, etc. This is a paid position and includes training. Learn more about the Writing Center and find the application on the website at: Contact the Writing Center Director, Virginia Crank at for more information or questions.


Bingo on the Student Union lawn

Join CAB and the REC at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19, on the Student Union lawn for Bingo night. Participants will come to play five rounds of Bingo and to play with and compete against other UWL students. A Bingo card will also be provided to the students to allow them to mark their own cards and hopefully win big prizes. There will be COVID-19 safety protocols in place to ensure all participants are safe.


Earth Day herb garden craft

Start a fresh herb garden at home on Earth Day. Supplies will be provided to create a natural and self-sustainable herb garden throughout the summer. Pick up supplies from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Student Union lawn and noon-3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Whitney Center.


UWL In the News


UWL’s Upward Bound Program changing high school students’ lives, WXOW News 19, April 11

Progress 2021: Economic development a hopeful spark amid a tough year (UWL professor is a source), La Crosse Tribune, April 11

Campus Connection: Environmental Studies minor attracts students of all majors, La Crosse Tribune, April 11

Doug McVey: Change in programming leaves WLSU listener lost (WLSU studio is at UWL), La Crosse Tribune, April 11

Cheers & Jeers (Redman is a UWL lecturer), La Crosse Tribune, April 10

Gundersen, Mayo have fully vaccinated 42,000 patients (Story mentions vaccination clinic at UWL), La Crosse Tribune, April 9

UWL Student Affairs Master's Program shifting to online/blended model, La Crosse Tribune, April 9


Janesville's Urness to be new Jefferson superintendent (Urness is a UWL alum), Daily Jefferson County Union, April 12


La Crosse Co. Health & Human Services board declares racism as a public health crisis (UWL director of Multicultural Student Services is a source), WKBT News 8000, April 14

Endangered Buildings: Altered landscape challenges MacMillan Apartments’ survival (Godden is an archivist/professor at UWL), La Crosse Tribune, April 13


Local professor reacts to Johnson & Johnson pause, WXOW News 19, April 14

La Crosse Co. Health & Human Services board declares racism as a public health crisis (UWL director of Multicultural Student Services is a source), WKBT News 8000, April 14

Mayo Clinic and BGC host community discussion on neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine clinics (UWL assistant director of Multicultural Student Services is participating), WKBT News 8000, April 14

Learn to Pace Your Race Like a Pro (UWL professor is a source), Runner's World, April 14


Fat Doesn't Mean Unhealthy: Exploring Fat Studies And Body Politics | Teachers' Lounge Podcast (UWL professor is interviewed), WNIU-FM, April 16

Wisconsin star athlete has a starring role in Netflix's much-anticipated 'Shadow and Bone' (Skogman attended UWL), Green Bay Press Gazette, April 15

Opinion: Cybersecurity Is a Marathon (Jorstad is CIO at UWL), Government Technology, April 15



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Kenneth Shonk
presented Kenneth Shonk History
Deya Ortiz
served Deya Ortiz International Education & Engagement
Penelope Hardy
presented Penelope Hardy History
Tushar Das
presented Tushar Das Mathematics & Statistics
Gargi Chaudhuri
presented Gargi Chaudhuri Geography & Earth Science
Gerardo Aponte-SafeHanadi Shatara
published Gerardo Aponte-Safe and Hanadi Shatara Educational Studies and History
Katherine Evans
published Katherine Evans Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation

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The Leadership and Involvement Center thanks the UWL community

Thanks to the UWL community for donations to the peanut butter drive. 486 jars of peanut butter were collected due to your generosity. Thanks for helping combat food insecurity in the community, the campus pantry could not operate without continued support.
— The Leadership and Involvement Center


Yvonne Hyde Murphy Library staff member

Murphy Library staff member Yvonne Hyde died April 9. Yvonne served as a distinguished staff member of Murphy Library for 38 years; the last 18 years working in the Cataloging Department. She retired in 1995.

Yvonne was born in Chicago and attended Milwaukee State Teachers College. She married Bill Hyde in 1950 and they moved to Madison where Bill earned his Ph.D. and she earned her B.A. degree. They came to La Crosse in 1956 where Yvonne joined the library staff. Yvonne and her late husband Bill dedicated their lives to UWL, and many former and current colleagues of Yvonne (and Bill) have kindly shared thoughts on the impact of their generosity. The Hyde’s wonderful support for the English Department includes the William & Yvonne Hyde Special English Endowment and the William J. Hyde English Department Scholarship Fund. In 2002, the English Department honored them by naming its colloquium series as the English Department William J. and Yvonne M. Hyde Colloquium Series, and Murphy Library later recognized them as recipients of the Eugene W. Murphy Library Special Recognition Award. For more information see the obituary.

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