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UW System President pledges support for renovation of UW-L’s Cowley Hall



UW System President Ray Cross (left), UW-L chancellor Joe Gow (center) and state Sen. Jennifer Shilling tour UW-L's Cowley Hall on Tuesday.

After checking out the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Cowley Hall, the UW System President pledged support for renovations.

Ray Cross toured the building Tuesday afternoon with La Crosse state Sen. Jennifer Shilling, UW-L chancellor Joe Gow and others.

An $83 million proposal to renovate the building, as part of Phase 2 of the science center project, will be considered by legislators.

Gow said they have outgrown the building’s capabilities.

“We have over 5,000 students, just in the college of science and health alone,” Gow said. “We have outgrown this facility, which, for its time was state of the art — but that was 55 years ago.”

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers included the $83 million as part of his 2019-21 spending plan.

Shilling lamented the fact that the State Building Commission declined to endorse any of the 83 projects this year, forcing schools to fight even harder for funding.

Mark Sandheinrich, Dean of the College of Science and Health, celebrated the results gained from constructing the Prairie Spring Science Center.

“Our students are excited, as well as for those who are coming to campus, looking at La Crosse as a destination program,” Sandheinrich said. “It’s also helped recruit new faculty.”

Cowley Hall was built in the 1960s.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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