1. UW-La Crosse ‘Couch Commencement’

    Photo of UW-La Crosse graduate

    UWL held virtual ceremony prior to potential in-person event They didn’t celebrate in the La Crosse Center as originally planned. But the more than 1,700 UW-La Crosse students who attended the Saturday, May 16, commencement still got recognized that morning — and they and their families could participate from the comfort of their own couch. […]

  2. Teaching from afar: UW-La Crosse finds creative ways to engage students remotely

    Photo of Colin Belby, associate professor of Geography, taking students on a virtual field trip to Bohemian Valley near Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Belby uses a GoPro to record labs for his Earth Surface Processes and Landforms class.

    Masks made from paper bags. Outreach to local nonprofits. Remote connections to cutting-edge software. This is how some UW-La Crosse faculty are engaging their students in remote or online formats in the age of COVID-19. “Teaching online takes months of planning and preparation, and we had to make the change in just a couple weeks,” […]

  3. UW-La Crosse alumnus works on cracking the coronavirus code

    Photo of Peter Thielen, front, working with Tom Mehoke on immediate sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 genome, the virus that causes COVID-19, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital molecular diagnostics laboratory. Johns Hopkins APL / Ed Whitman

    As world awaits vaccine, UWL alumnus works to sequence virus’ genome. A UW-La Crosse alumnus is on the front lines of an effort to understand — and ultimately defeat — the virus that causes COVID-19. Peter Thielen, 2005, is a molecular biologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. As millions […]

  4. UW-La Crosse Hate/Bias Response Symposium draws attendees from 11 states

    Photo of a panel at a UW-La Crosse Hate/Bias Response Symposium

    Over the past five years, a UW-La Crosse Hate/Bias Response Symposium, led by the university’s Campus Climate unit, has grown and become a unique resource for prevention, response, and healing far beyond the campus community. This year, diversity officers, LGBTQ+ directors, counselors, students, and others from 11 states and dozens of schools and organizations came together at […]

  5. UW-La Crosse partnership supports parents

    Photo of some of the more than 100 UW-La Crosse students since fall 2013 have played a key role in helping to keep Gundersen’s parent programming running strong by providing the child programming that runs alongside the parent programs.

    More than 100 UW-La Crosse students are providing extra help for parents in the Wisconsin Coulee Region to raise healthy, resilient children. UWL students volunteer about 2,000 hours annually to keep Gundersen Health System’s parent programming running strong. They do this by developing and running adjacent programs for children to learn valuable social and emotional skills. Read […]

  6. UW-La Crosse alumnus and artist builds community from clay

    UW-La Crosse alumnus, artist builds community from clay

    Clay Stomps started as a way for UW-La Crosse alumnus Joel Pfeiffer to get clay for his art — gathering people to mix powdered clay and water with their feet. More than 100 clay stomps later, this Wisconsin art teacher is building community worldwide. Now that’s some fancy footwork! The influential family tradition continues with […]

  7. UW-La Crosse Gilman Scholar connects in Costa Rica

    Photo of UW-La Crosse student Savannah Stanley, who recently received a U.S. State Department Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study during spring semester in San José, Costa Rica

    UW-La Crosse student Savannah Stanley recently received a U.S. State Department Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study during spring semester in San José, Costa Rica. The scholarship enables students to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Stanley says the experience gave her confidence to communicate and […]

  8. UW-La Crosse graduate and future teacher is also a Ninja warrior

    Photo of UW-La Crosse graduate Janelle Kopa

    UW-La Crosse spring graduate Janelle Kopa spent commencement weekend competing on the NBC-TV series, “American Ninja Warrior.” What Kopa likes best about ninja training is setting goals and achieving dreams. That’s something this early childhood education major plans to share with her students as she pursues a teaching career. Read more about Janelle Kopa’s story.

  9. Connecting K-12 to UW-La Crosse Caribbean research

    Photo of Caribbean research made possible by a National Science Foundation grant that allowed UW-La Crosse faculty to partner with K-12 teachers and their students to share UWL research on the cutting edge of marine biology.

    UW-La Crosse faculty hope to inspire students to pursue futures in science. Biology Department faculty members took five K-12 teachers to Belize in January to study bioluminescent ostracods in the Caribbean. UWL alumna and 2018 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year Maggie McHugh was among those who shared their experiences and data with students […]

  10. UW-La Crosse physical therapy program earns stamp of approval

    Photo of UWL physical therapy students teaching an exercise class at Summit Elementary in La Crosse. Community service and research activities that involve more than 500 people each year are just one of the reasons the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) granted the Clinical Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy the maximum 10 years of accreditation.

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Clinical Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy has been granted the maximum 10 years of accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) granted the program full accreditation in December following a comprehensive self-study and onsite visit in spring 2018. “Accreditation is important because it ensures the educational quality […]