KJ Lang: Check out a showcase for local authors at UW-L

2009-01-23T00:00:00Z KJ Lang: Check out a showcase for local authors at UW-LKJ Lang | klang@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune
January 23, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Faculty and staff have captured in words the lives of Olympians in Singapore and showed the toll of globalization on a small town. They've explained how to conduct historic research and the basics of nuclear science.

They're doing all this through the books they've published.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse celebrated authors on campus during an event this week at Murphy Library. About 30 authors who have published within the past five years gathered for a celebration of their books, which will be on display at the library in coming weeks.

"There is faculty research day, plays for the theater departments, exhibits for the artists. An obvious thing lacking on campus was recognition for book writing," said Stefan Smith, outreach librarian at Murphy Library.

David Waters, program director of sports administration at UW-L, wrote a book about the history of all the Olympians from the Republic of Singapore since 1936, "Singapore Olympians." Only one in the group of nearly 150 earned a medal, he said.

"We wanted to get role models for the children in Singapore because a lot of their role models are from outside their country," Waters said.

He was sending e-mails and making calls to Singapore for interviews with athletes and coaches between teaching classes and in the early mornings, he said. His book was published in 2005.

Carol Miller, a professor of sociology, spent summer breaks visiting a small town north of Green Bay she said was the victim of globalization in reverse, when foreign-based companies operate in a community in the United States.

In the town of Niagara, the primary employer was a paper mill that was started in the early 1900s and was bought out and eventually sold to a global company, she said.

Miller interviewed retired workers,the city administrator and other community members. She looked at census data to see the trend of young people growing up and moving away from the town.

"The big company didn't support the community the same way," she said.

Miller said it felt good to publish her book, "Niagara Falling," in 2007.

"Other people are reading the way you see the world," she said.

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, professor of women's studies and history, co-authored "A Guide To Historical Research through the National History Day Program."

"It's nice to finish a book," she said. "It is a great sense of completion."

Other UW-L authors wrote books from "Introduction to Nuclear Science" to poetry.

"If a person were to read all these books you would get such a broad-based education. … It is really a good representation of the campus discipline," said Smith.

For more information on these authors visit www.uwlax.edu/murphylibrary/authors.

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