Opening Week Events

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As we look forward to the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester, I hope that you will be able to participate in many of the events listed below.

Dean Van Galen

Fall 2015 Opening Events

Monday, August 24, 2015

9:00 a.m.

All-Campus Opening Program
UC Ballroom

Meeting Archive Video: Part 1,  35:00

Meeting Archive Video: Part 2, 40:00

10:30 a.m.

11:30-12:30 p.m.

All-Campus Hospitality Hour
UC Mall

Lunch at Riverside Commons
Chartwells will offer lunch on this date for $5 plus tax.

12:00-5:00 p.m.

College and Department Meetings & Activities


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

8-8:50 a.m.

Program Prioritization: Next Steps and Q&A
Dr. Wes Chapin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
23 Hagestad Hall

Activity Insight: Entering Faculty Data (Time Permitting)
Dr. Wes Chapin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
23 Hagestad Hall

9-9:50 a.m.

Assessment Plans & Reports
Dr. Joy Benson, Assessment Committee Chair
117 South Hall

9:00-11:15 a.m.

Sustainable Curriculum, Campus Community
Dr. Greta Gaard
23 Hagestad Hall

10:00-11:15 a.m.

The UWRF Foundation: How It Works and How It Can Help Your Program Raise Money
Chris Mueller, Assistant Chancellor of University Advancement and President of UW-River Falls Foundation
117 South Hall

11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Internal Grant and Professional Development Opportunities at UWRF, 2015-2016
Dr. John Walker, Chair of the Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board
117 South Hall

The World is your Oyster: International Opportunities for UWRF Faculty
Dr. Marshall Toman, former International Programs Chair
Meg Learman, Education Abroad Advisor , Office of International Education
23 Hagestad Hall

1:00-1:50 p.m.

Supporting the Mental Health of our Students
Dr. Alice Reilly-Myklebust, Director of Student Health and Counseling Services
Jennifer Elsesser, Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Mark Huttemier, Personal Counselor/Training Coordinator
Thomas Pedersen, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards
Andrea Fults, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards
117 South Hall

Teaching and Learning Technology Updates
Scott Wojtanowski, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Division of Technology Services (DoTS)
23 Hagestad Hall
During this session a review of new and existing campus academic technologies available to faculty, students, and staff will be provided

2:00-2:50 p.m.

Strategic Planning at UWRF, 2015-2016
Dr. Fernando Delgado, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
23 Hagestad Hall

2:00-3:50 p.m.

Learning Communities at UWRF: Current Status and Future Possibilities
Sarah Egerstrom, Director of Admissions and New Student Programs
Karla Thoennes, Director of Resident Life
117 South Hall

3:00-3:50 p.m.

Enrollment Update - A Closer Look at the Class of 2015
Sarah Egerstrom, Director of Admissions and New Student Programs
117 South Hall

Student Academic Misconduct - "What is the process when I suspect a student of cheating?"
Thomas Pedersen, Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards
Andrea Fults, Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards
23 Hagestad Hall

4:30 p.m.

New Faculty/Staff Reception (by Invitation)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Effective Teaching Practices Reception
23 Hagestad Hall

9-10:20 a.m.

Performance Management
Brenda Creighton, Department of Human Resources
Deb Schwab, Department of Human Resources
117 South Hall

9:00-11:50 a.m.

Teaching for Engagement and Student Learning workshop
Dr. Greg Valde
23 Hagestad Hall
This workshop will explore some key ideas regarding educational goals, the psychology of learning, and "best practices" in teaching. In the process you will be invited to reconsider what it means to be an excellent teacher, particularly for one of the courses you teach.

Along the way we will consider the following
    -What are appropriate goals for our students and our courses?
    -How do our students think and learn?
    -What are the best ways to motivate our students?
    -What are some "state of the art" teaching practices and why should I consider adopting them?

A variety of basic concepts and research findings about teaching and learning will be presented and discussed in this interactive workshop. There will be opportunity for questions and dialogue - as well as chances to begin to apply some of these ideas to your teaching.

RSVP to by August 17)

10:30-11:50 a.m.

New Systems, New Services...The Library as Your-and Your Students' Research Partner
Valerie Malzacher, Library Director
Brad Gee, Head of Reference and Instruction
Michele McKnelly, Head of Technical Services/Government Information Specialist Specialist
Maureen Olle-LaJoie, Head of Library Systems and Technology
117 South Hall

12:00-12:50 p.m.

Expanding the Innovation Experience at UWRF: Competing at the Campus, State, and International Levels
Danielle Campeau, Director, Center for Innovation & Business Development
Marina Onken, Associate Professor, Management and Marketing
117 South Hall
This forum is to create awareness of the UWRF Innovation Challenge on Campus; encourage faculty to identify students to participate; and encourage faculty to mentor students. Last year, SoPOD won more than $30,000 to further their business concept, and this forum will discuss expanding that experience on campus.

1:00-1:50 p.m.

IRB and Research Compliance Training
Molly Van Wagner, Director of Grants and Research
117 South Hall
(Please join members of the IRB and Molly Van Wagner as they discuss new federally required training for students, faculty, and staff involved in conducting research and federal grant awards. UWRF will utilize online training modules from CITI Program to meet our compliance requirements. This session will provide information on the upcoming implentation of the training modules, and identify who is required to complete the training, and federal requirements. If you submit IRB or IACUC protocols, or submit federal grant proposals you and your student will be impacted and this session will provide necessary information for a smooth transition)

1:00-2:50 p.m.

Writing and Using Effective Assessment Instruments workshop
Dr. Travis Tubre, Chair and Professor of Psychology
Dr. Jamie Schneider, Associate Professor of Chemistry
23 Hagestad Hall

3:00-3:50 p.m.

Investigating Teaching and Learning: SoTL Projects at UW River Falls
Dr. Cyndi Kernahan, Psychology
Dr. Caroline Baker, Assistant Professor, Counseling
Dr. Lyz Wendland, Associate Lecturer of Art
Dr. Robin Murray, Stage and Screen Arts
23 Hagestad Hall

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Intercultural Teaching and Learning: A Strategies Workshop
Rhonda Petree, Director of the English language Transition Program
117 South Hall
In the past few years, we have seen a great influx of diversity on our campus due to large groups of international students from Brazil and China. In the fall of 2015, we will continue to welcome students from these and other countries, but additionally we will welcome our first cohort of Pathways students to campus. Pathways students are students who are English language learners still in the process of developing their academic English language skills and are the first in their families to attend an American university. In this workshop, we will learn more about both our international and domestic English language learner populations through a presentation and a student panel. Additionally, we will explore strategies for working with students from different language and cultural backgrounds. All faculty and staff interested in student success are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Student and Transfer Registration

Friday, August 28, 2015

8:00-10:00 a.m.

Breakfast for larger enrollment summer participants
By Invitation
23 Hagestad Hall                                                                                         

College Department Meetings and Activities


Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Fall Classes Begin