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Chancellor Gow gives 2015-2016 sneak peak for UWL “Keep your options open, and maybe go after some things that are a little scary. I was not very excited about taking a speech class [as a college student], but I had to in order to graduate. And I found out I kind of liked giving speeches.”

By Alexander Johnson News Editor

Always an active presence on the UWLa Crosse campus, Chancellor Jow Gow keeps the students and faculty informed on university happenings. With the 2015-2016 academic school year just beginning, Gow gave an exclusive look into this year’s exciting ventures, advice for students and what being a UWL Eagle truly means. Q: What are you most excited for in 20152016 school year? A: “Well, we’re going to have a very good size entering class; there will be about 50 more than we had last year. I’m always excited about that because it means people are enthusiastic about coming to UWL, and that reaffirms why we do what we do.” Q: What new or continuing projects will be happening? A: “The big one that everyone will notice will be the student center project, which you can now see the second floor of. In the spring of this coming year, they’re going to start working on the new science labs building. But there are also other things, not building related, that are happening. We are going to have our reaccreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission, which only happens every ten years. But there will also be surprises and new things happening.” Q: If you could give an incoming student one piece of advice for this new journey at UW-L, what would you tell them? A: “Take advantage of everything that’s here. There are a lot of great people, organizations and ways to be involved. I would get out there, get engaged and meet as

Joe Gow UW-L Chancellor

them? A: “Plan ahead for the future; you want to be thinking about what you want to do when you graduate, but don’t stress about that. There is a lot of time. When I was a student, I never would have dreamed I would be Chancellor of a university, but here I am. Keep growing. Keep developing. You Alexander Johnson The Racquet don’t have to have your entire many people as you can. After being here for nine years, I get to be with alumni from long life figured out when you graduate, but follow ago, and they met partners and people here your heart.” Q: Coming from your own experience as they still keep in contact with. This is a really a college student, what wisdom can you give? special time to explore.” A: “Keep your options open, and maybe Q: If you could give a returning student one piece of advice, what would you tell go after some things that are a little scary. I was not very excited about taking a speech

class, but I had to in order to graduate. And I found out I kind of liked giving speeches.” Q: What is one accomplishment you want the students to strive for this year? The professors? A: ‘For the students, to do their best and to represent us well. I hope students know that when they go out and have fun, people do see them as representatives of UWL. For the professors, keep doing their best. I know that’s not easy because our faculty and staff are paid by the State of Wisconsin, so they aren’t paid competitively. I am really inspired by our staff here, that they don’t pull back and keep delivering for our students and I hope they will continue to do that. At the administrative level, I can promise we will continue to advocate and fight for better compensation.” Q: What does UWL mean to you? A: “The beauty of UWL, and I’ve been here almost nine years, is that the people here do world class things. Three out of the past four years we’ve had the Wisconsin Professor of the Year, which is very prestigious. People are very successful and down to earth, and I love that about this place. I feel very comfortable here, and I hope they feel the same.” Q: If UWL were to be talked about on national news for one achievement, what would you want that achievement to be? A: “I think a collaboration between students, faculty and staff, that was socially beneficial. That would represent exactly what we are here to do.” Q: Finish this sentence: “This year, UWL will be…” A: “The top ranked comprehensive in the UW system, and one of the most outstanding universities of its kind in the country.”

Fall 2015 New Student Orientation Schedule

Friday, Sept. 4: • Move-in begins (9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) • Hall meetings and activities (4:30-5:30 p.m.) - Displayed in Hall Lobby** • Tailgate Dinner (5:30-7 p.m.) - Hoeschler (Clock) Tower • UWL Home Football Game (7-9:30 p.m.) - Veterans Memorial Stadium • Throwback Time Machine (911 p.m.) - Coate Eagle Field Saturday, Sept. 5: • Move-in continues (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) • Hall Activities/Lunch (9 a.m.1 p.m.) - Displayed in Hall Lobby • Off-Campus First-Year Student & Transfer Student Checkin (12:45-1 p.m.) - Meet at Cartwright Center** • Eagle Group Time: Eagle, Laux, Reuter, Hutchison, 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

Wentz (1-2:30 p.m.) - Meet outside of Residence Hall Lobby** • Eagle Group Time: OffCampus First-Year Students & Transfer Students (1-2:30 p.m.) - Meet at Cartwright Center** • Eagle Group Time: Coate, White, Sanford, Angell, Drake (2:45-4:15 p.m.) Meet outside of Residence Hall Lobby** • Hall Activities (2:30-4:15 p.m.) - Displayed in Hall Lobby • University Welcome & Class Photo (4:15-5:30 p.m.) Begins at Hoeschler (Clock) Tower** • Dinner (5:30-7 p.m.) Whitney Center • Hall meetings and activities (7-8 p.m.) - Displayed in Hall Lobby**

• Chillin’ with the Chancellor (8-10 p.m.) - Valhalla, Cartwright Center • Hypnotist Chris Jones (10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) - Valhalla, Cartwright Center Sunday, Sept. 6: • Hall Activities (2-4:45 p.m.) Displayed in Hall Lobby • Dinner (4:45-6 p.m.) Whitney Center • Hall Activities (6-8 p.m.) Displayed in Hall Lobby • Movie @ the Stadium (8:3010:30 p.m.) - Veterans Memorial Stadium • Moonlight Fun Run (1 mile) (11 p.m.) - Hoeschler (Clock) Tower Monday, Sept. 7: • Hall Activities (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) - Displayed in Hall Lobby • Tie-Dye and Terrariums (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) - Drake Field

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(Rainsite: Gazebo near Hutchison Hall) • Lunch (12-1 p.m.) - Whitney Center • ATP: Awareness Through Performance: Eagle, Hutchison, Wentz, Reuter, Off-Campus (1-2:30 p.m.) Valhalla, Cartwright Center** • Hall Activities (1-6 p.m.) Displayed in Hall Lobby • ATP: Awareness Through Performance: Coate, White, Drake, Transfer (3-4:30 p.m.) - Valhalla, Cartwright Center** • ATP: Awareness Through Performance: Laux, Angell, Sanford (5-6:30 p.m.) Valhalla, Cartwright Center** • REC Fest (6-8 p.m.) Recreational Sports Center

**Required events for new students Index

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