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UWL Chancellor hopeful about passage of Prairie Springs science funding



University students need to get the best education in science possible, to keep up with changing technology. 

That point of view comes from UWL Chancellor Joe Gow, hoping that state lawmakers agree to let his campus have close to $200 million to build a second Prairie Springs Science center.

“This project is essential,” Gow told reporters last week when Gov. Tony Evers came to campus to tour the local science buildings. “We feel really good about how things are looking, because when you have the governor of the state saying this is the number 2 project and there’s a Madison project ahead of us…that we’re right there with Madison in the priorities, it’s fantastic.”


Gow says the existing Cowley Science Hall, built in the 1960’s, is overdue for a replacement.

“We’re standing here in this decaying building,” he said while speaking inside Cowley. “This is not, as they say, sustainable, so at some point we do need to get this done, and we feel that the time is now.”

State leaders have not approved funding for the second Prairie Springs science building, which could cost $180 million, even though the first phase was completed in 2018.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Char

    March 6, 2023 at 10:58 am

    ALL OF YOU in charge of public buildings, need to be doing maintenance on these structures as they are being used. They shouldn’t be allowed to “rot”, and then you come back to the taxpayers who have limited funds, and want new buildings. Come on, show some intelligence and do your jobs properly!

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