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Events for the week of September 22-28

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Banned Books Week set for Sept 24-30


Join Murphy Library and the La Crosse Public Library during Banned Books Week, September 24-30. Banned Books Week is a national celebration that promotes the freedom of choice and the freedom of expression, even if that choice or opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.

Events include:

The Fifth Annual Freedom to Read – Read Out takes place from noon-2 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Hoeschler Tower. The event is open to all. Participants and audience members can enter into a drawing for banned book mugs.

Volunteers are needed to read short passages (no more than five minutes) at the event. Those interested in reading for the program should complete the volunteer to read form or contact Marc Manke at

The script reading and subsequent discussion of "Alabama Story" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at The Pump House in La Crosse. This is a powerful new play about librarians, censorship, race and the power of books. Written by Kenneth Jones and premiered in January 2015 at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, “Alabama Story” was a finalist in the 2014 National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. The event is free and open to all. 

Banned Books Cabaret will provide fun, daring and truth-poking cabaret entertainment related to banned books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27at The Pump House in La Crosse. The event is free and open to all.

2018-19 Fulbright Student Program - applications due Oct. 1

Fulbright is currently accepting applications for recent graduates or students soon to graduate to apply for a 2018-19 Fulbright. The application due date is Oct. 1.
Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others viewpoints and beliefs. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom. Grant lengths and dates vary by country.
The updated Embark login site for students is: For specific questions about this opportunity, contact Miranda Panzer at

Kinesis Dance Theatre auditions

Auditions for Kinesis Dance Theatre will take place at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in 103A Mitchell Hall. Dancers will learn and perform a modern dance combination artistic director, Kathy Gorman. Sponsored by the ESS Department, Kinesis Dance Theatre performs modern and jazz choreography by Gorman and student choreographers. For more info, contact Kathy Gorman at or 608.785.8180.

College students in alcohol recovery research

Becki Elkins, assistant professor in Student Affairs Administration (SAA), received a grant to explore the experiences of students recovering from alcohol dependence while attending college. Elkins is searching for college students in recovery to participate in the study during the 2017-18 academic year. Students would participate in two-three 60-minute individual interviews.  Participants identities will be kept confidential and they may opt to withdraw from the study at any time.
The purpose of this research is to better understand students experiences with the hope of developing better institutional strategies for helping them maintain their sobriety and complete their degrees.
If you are interested in participating, contact Becki Elkins at or 608.785.6489.

English Department William and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series

Natalie Eschenbaum, associate professor and chair of English, will present information about the national decline of English and other humanities majors, but also comparative information about how English at UWL has progressed. Eschenbaum will also provide examples from schools that have had great success in recruiting majors during this period of decline. A number of the plans for revising English to attract new majors are based on the concept of "Design Thinking," which is innovation that combines aspects of business with the creativity of the humanities. This colloquium will include some preliminary workshopping of ideas related to major/minor innovation using the concept of Design Thinking. The colloquium will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in 112 Wimberly.

Peace Vigils resume on campus

Women in Black have resumed their weekly campus peace vigils. Any women are invited to join the silent, non-confrontational vigils from 11:30 a.m.-noon every Thursday during the semester by Hoeschler Tower. Women in Black is an international network of women who seek to promote peace and end war and other violence.  Women in Black began in 1988 with Palestinian and Israeli women calling for their governments to peacefully settle their differences. It has grown into a global network.  For more information contact Deborah Buffton at or 608.785.8359.

Two-day University Bookstore sale

The University Bookstore is having a sale on Tuesday, Sept. 19
 through Wednesday, Sept. 20. Come in and stock up. The sale includes: 25 percent off of all headwear, drinkware, backpacks, notebooks, binders, folders, portfolios, headphones, earbuds and Champion. There's an additional 50 percent off clearance items.

Queens of the Stone Age - "Villains" featured at Sept. 22 Album Encounters

The next Album Encounters multimedia light and laser show will feature Queens of the Stone Age - "Villains" at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in 20 Cowley Hall. Admission is $5.

For more information, contact Bob Allen at or 608.785.8669. See more about the planetarium at

University area County Board seat open; applications due Sept. 25

Due to the recent resignation of Supervisor Keyla Jones-Rosa, a vacancy exists in District 5 of the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors effective Sept. 8. 

County Board Chair, Tara Johnson, has announced the schedule for filling the seat. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application to the Office of the County Clerk before 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25. Interviews with qualified applicants will be held later that week.

The County Board Chair’s appointee recommendation will be presented to the full County Board for approval at the Policy Planning Meeting on Monday, Oct. 9. It is anticipated the newly appointed supervisor from the 5th District would then be sworn in and take office at that meeting.

District 5 County Board seat process

Monday, Sept. 25 - Application deadline

Week of Monday, Sept. 25 -  Interviews with qualified applicants

Monday, Oct. 9 - Appointment recommendation to County Board

UWL In the News

UWL in the news

UW-L police combat stolen bikes  Sept. 8 - WKBT

"It's my lifeline to get around campus,” UW-L senior Christian Sontag said about his bike. He remembers when an old bike was stolen as a teenager.

UW-L's Gedicks resuming fight over mining Wisconsin, as Republicans want to end moratorium  Sept. 8

La Crosse's NewsTalk 1410AM 92.3FM

Republicans in Wisconsin want to end a mining moratorium and a UW-La Crosse professor emeritus shows no signs of giving up his decades-long ...

La Crosse's creative history on display at Silent City cemetery walk   Sept. 10

La Crosse Tribune

Focusing on artists was the idea of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse archivist Laura Godden, who helps the Historical Society with its research work ...

Madeline Kumm crowned Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest  Sept. 10

La Crosse Tribune

UW-La Crosse student Madeline Kumm was crowned Miss La ... Kumm will represent La Crosse and become a part of the Oktoberfest family before ...

Wisconsin's only storytelling festival here in La Crosse   Sept. 10

The storytelling festival would not have been possible without volunteers from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and the surrounding community ...

UW-La Crosse scores high on college rankings list    Sept 13

La Crosse Tribune

U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings place UW-L fourth among Midwest public universities the ranking classifies as regional ...

Hundreds of UW-La Crosse students live in extended housing  Sept.13 - WKBT

This semester, the living situation is a bit crowded for many UW-La Crosse students. More than 900 of them are living in what's considered extended ...

Wisconsin's lakes topic of inaugural Science Cafe  Sept.13

La Crosse Tribune

Joan Bunbury, an associate professor of geography and earth science at UW-La Crosse, will speak about “Impacts of Climate and Land Cover ...

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra makes $60k investment in Onalaska High School orchestra   Sept.13

The Courier Life News

For more than 20 years the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra has played on ... its own instruments or partnering with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. That changed when the orchestra discovered the La Crosse Youth ...

UW-La Crosse ranked among best regional universities in the Midwest   Sept. 13

- - WKBT

The University of Wisconsin La Crosse placed 4th on the recently released 'Best Colleges List' for 'Best Public Regional Universities in the Midwest.' The school has placed in the top five for as long as UWL's current chancellor can remember.

UWEC, UW-L and UW-Stout ranked high in best colleges list    Sept. 14


According to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges of 2018" list, UW-La Crosse ranked fourth among the top regional public universities in the ...

La Crosse Science Cafe debuts Saturday   Sept. 14

La Crosse Tribune

The first speaker will be Joan Bunbury, an associate professor in University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's geography and earth science department.

Bike Theft Statistics Rising In Town & On Campus    Sept. 14

Bike theft is becoming more of a concern for the city of La Crosse, both in town and on campus. The UW-La Crosse have reports of stolen bikes every ...

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Tushar Das profile photo Tushar Das Mathematics and Statistics

Tushar Das, Mathematics and Statistics, presented "Does every expanding repeller have an ergodic invariant measure of full Hausdorff dimension?" at the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Special Session on Fractal Geometry and Ergodic Theory on Sept. 10 in the University of North Texas, Denton, TX . Das was invited to deliver this research talk at the AMS meeting.

Tushar Das profile photo Tushar Das Mathematics and Statistics

Tushar Das, Mathematics and Statistics, presented "Singular systems of linear forms and divergent trajectories on homogeneous spaces" at the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Special Session on Dynamics, Geometry and Number Theory at the AMS Central Sectional Meeting on Sept. 9 in the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Das was invited to deliver this research talk at the AMS meeting.

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