A year of resilience Memorable moments in 2020 through photography.

Say what you will about 2020, but the year brought in prestigious speakers, international visitors, new beginnings and incredible campus views. As we start a new year, UWL photographer Michael Lieurance takes you through some of 2020's most memorable moments — in photos.

The Eagle statue near Veterans Memorial Complex is adorned with snow with Miller Bluff behind.
Students find cozy spots in the the Student Union on the first day of the spring semester.
Students walk by Hoeschler Tower in a snowfall.

Prairie Springs Science Center lit up on a cold January night.

Track athlete Julia Anderson shovels a lane around the track for student athletes to hold practice later that day.
David Gergen spoke on civility in February. The event was hosted by the UWL Political Science Department’s Civility in a Partisan Era series.
A student climbs in the REC's Women on the Wall event. The day was filled with recreation, discussion and climbing to help build a stronger female outdoor recreation community at UWL.
Chancellor Joe Gow photobombs a group of middle schoolers visiting from Japan.
Creative Imperatives guest Meagan Crowley stokes a forge in the metals lab. Crowley led a workshop on forming sheet metal into fluid organic forms.
Chancellor Gow, Dr. Deyo and Chief Hill address students, staff and media about closing campus in March during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students move personal belongs out of Sanford Hall after the campus closure.
Colin Belby, Geography, films himself in a creek at Bohemian Valley for a virtual lab when all classes went online in March.
UWL professors and staff gather COVID-19 testing supplies and PPE to donate to local hospitals.
Tulips bloom on the mini bluff outside Graff Main Hall.
The sun sets over Hoeschler tower in May.
UWL continued a recent tradition by flying the rainbow pride flag on campus.
Faculty and students wore masks and practiced physical distancing during summer research in labs.
Former Governor of Wisconsin Tommy Thompson took over as interim UW System president on July 1.
The Wittich Hall remodel was completed at the end of the summer.
Nicole Miller became sergeant of the UWL Police Department. Read more at https:www.uwlax.edu/news/posts/new-position-same-passion
Badger Street was converted to a pedestrian walkway for students to access campus safely. Alums will remember avoiding city buses between classes cruising through this street.
The UWL track received a new surface and paint over the summer.
Lisa Klein accepted a donation of masks for UWL students from RSVP.
Left, TJ Brooks takes over as interim dean of the College of Business Administration after Laura Milner, right, retired.
Physical distancing stickers were placed all over campus to keep students and staff safe.
Members of the Screaming Eagles Marching Band practice their routine near the Center for the Arts.
Students and families move into the residence halls during an extended move-in period meant to limit the number of people on campus.
A student studies in the Student Union at the start of the fall semester.
After a surge in positive tests, UWL ordered Coate Hall residents to shelter in place, three days into the semester.
Assistant Professor Charlotte Roberts, Educational Studies, lectures to students in person and online during the first week of classes. Some classes were split and would rotate from in-person to virtual during scheduled times of the week.
A brightly lit "L" glows on top of Grandad Bluff to welcome students and families to UWL during the first week of classes.
Students take a sunlit stroll past the Whitney Center, carrying a Kwik Trip grocery haul back to the residence hall.
After the recent death of George Floyd, sidewalks were adorned with Black Lives Matter messages.
UWL's new tennis courts, located in Green Island Park, were completed in the fall.
Construction of the fieldhouse began during the summer.
UW-La Crosse senior Elyse Weber enjoyed painting outdoors in rural La Crosse County in October, when the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration opened the gate to 200 acres in Saint Joseph. The visit, along with others from UWL faculty and students, initiated future classes on the land, opening a new collaboration between the university and FSPA.
A UWL student rock climbs near the top of Meader Wall in Grandad Bluff park.
Students walk by Hoeshler Tower on a fall day.
UWL students Callie Frey, left, and Hannah Waskosky hang out at a popular overlook in Grandad Bluff park.
Students walk on the newly constructed Badger Street Pedestrian walkway. The flags represent the most popular countries of international students studying at UWL.
The Screaming Eagles Marching Band practices their routine on Roger Harring Field.
A view of UWL and La Crosse from Miller Bluff.
A student finds a quiet space to study in the newly remodeled Wittich Hall.
Students from the fraternity Lambda Chi Alph organized a food drive that collected over 1,212 pounds of food.
Students walk near Centennial Hall during an early snow fall.
Students register to vote in Mitchel Hall for the 2020 Presidential Election.
UWL alum Eric Leis, a parasitologist and fish biologist at the La Crosse Fish Health Center, collects mussel samples from Lake Onalaska. Leis and his team are investigating high mortality rates among freshwater mussels locally and around the world. Read more at https://www.uwlax.edu/news/posts/a-real-life-game-of-clue/
Students study on the patio of Wittich Hall.
Wilder Way, a main artery of the Grandad Bluff Trail Project that opened in October, was named for Emma Lou Wilder. Wilder taught physical education and recreation on campus for more than three decades. Read more at: https://www.uwlax.edu/alumni/lantern/pioneer-path/
Interim UW System President Tommy Thompson hold a press conference to announce surge testing for COVID-19 at UW campuses.
Assistant Professor Jarred Pfeiffer leads UWL Art students through the process of wood fired ceramics. The firing takes over 36 hours of continuous monitoring of the kiln.
From left, Wendy Holtz-Leith and Kathy Stevenson process artifacts at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center. Work continued through the year for the center as they were essential employees during shutdowns.
A sign of the end of the year, Rotary Lights impress all who visit the park during the holidays. Many UWL students and alums volunteer to put on the display.


Michael Lieurance, University Communications