UW-La Crosse celebrates 100th birthday this weekWisconsin News - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse kicked off centennial festivities Monday with a look at how far UW-L has come in the past 100 years.
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LA CROSSE - UW-La Crosse is celebrating a big birthday this week.
Monday the University kicked off centennial festivities with a look at how far UW-L has come in the past 100 years.
When UW-L started in 1909, there was just one building and only 150 students. Now, 100 years later, there are 9,000 students and twelve academic buildings.
Carl Wimberly, former UW-L Professor Emeritus, Dean, and Vice Chancellor gave a presentation Monday on UW-L's history.
When he started more than 50 years ago at UW-L, the University's main focus was on preparing students to become teachers. He says the biggest change since then is the number of majors and programs now offered at UW-L.
"What's really changed here since I've been here is the mission of the University. Not that buildings aren't important, but the programs offered in those buildings, that's more important," said Wimberly.
Many alumni and retired faculty are planning on attending the centennial events, which Chancellor Joe Gow says is a testament to how meaningful the University's 100th birthday really is.
"It means everything for the University, it's 100 years. It's very exciting that we're marking this occasion and looking back on the past, and also thinking about the next 100 years," said Chancellor Gow.
Chancellor Gow says he hopes he can come back to UW-L in 2059 to celebrate the University's 150th birthday.
UW-L's Centennial weekend is October 23rd through the 25th.
Some highlights include the 1:00 p.m. Homecoming Football game on Saturday the 24th at Veterans Memorial Field, followed by a gala at 6:00 p.m.