Opening Week Events

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As we look forward to the beginning of the fall 2014 semester, I hope that you will be able to participate in many of the events listed below.

Dean Van Galen

Fall 2014 Opening Events

Monday, August 25, 2014

9-10:15 a.m.

All Campus Opening Meeting
Riverview Ballroom, University Center

10:15 a.m.

All Campus Hospitality Hour
University Center Mall

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sodexo invites  faculty and staff to lunch at Riverside Commons.  Special pricing for that day will be $5 (+tax).  Regular lunch price is $7.40.  Cash, Falcon Dollars, debit/credit cards will be accepted.

12-1:30 p.m.

College of Education and Professional Studies lunch
116 & 117 Wyman Education Building

1-2:30 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Meeting
Blanche Davis Theatre

1-2:30 p.m.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Meeting
Department meetings to follow
114 Agriculture Science Building

1:30-2:30 p.m.

College of Education and Professional Studies Meeting
118 Wyman Education Building

2:45-4:00 p.m.

College of Education and Professional Studies Oral Presentations Featuring Research, Creative, or Scholarly activity of CEPS faculty and staff members
118 Wyman Education Building

3-5:00 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Department Meetings
Location to be announced

5-8:00 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Reception
River Falls Golf Club


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8-8:50 a.m.

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

9-10:30 a.m.

Strategic Enrollment Management Plan Town Hall and Feedback Session
Kris Anderson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment & Student Success
23 Hagestad Hall

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The World is your Oyster: International Opportunities for UWRF Faculty
Dr. Marshall Toman, International Programs Chair
Meg Learman, Global Connections
23 Hagestad Hall

12-3:00 p.m.

Methods to Measure & Improve Student Performance: Using Scholarship on Teaching and Learning
Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung
116 & 117 Wyman Education Building
RSVP BY August 19

3-3:50 p.m.

Assessment Plans and Reports
Dr. Joy Benson, Assessment Committee Chair
23 Hagestad Hall

3-3:50 p.m.

"Teaching Difficult, Controversial, or Denial-Prone Content: Strategies and Ideas"
Dr. Cyndi Kernahan, Chair of Psychology
117 South Hall

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8-8:50 a.m.

Strategic Planning at UWRF 2014-15
Dr. Fernando Delgado, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
23 Hagestad Hall

9-10:30 a.m.

Flipping Out: Insight, Lessons Learned, and Student Feedback for Flipped Classrooms at UWRF
Dr. Holly Dolliver, Associate Professor of Geology and Soil Science and Dr. Marina Onken, Associate Professor - College of Business and Economics
23 Hagestad Hall

10:30-12:00 p.m.

Best practices in Online Education
Dr. Jacqueline Cahill, E-Learning and Education Consultant
23 Hagestad Hall

Online education is growing at an extremely rapid rate, which can be beneficial for the students and institution when best practices are incorporated. Teaching (and learning) online has similarities and differences compared to teaching (and learning) face-to-face. By incorporating best practices for online education, the institution can successfully attract and retain instructors and students.

1-1:50 p.m.

Applying for External Grants
Molly Van Wagner, Director of Grants and Research
23 Hagestad Hall

Best Practices in Online Education: Digging Deeper into Online Education (scenarios, Questions and Answers)
Dr. Jacqueline Cahill, E-Learning and Education Consultant
117 South Hall

Learning best practices for online education is a fabulous beginning. Moving up Bloom's Taxonomy with solving, evaluating, and planning through scenarios, questions and answers is an excellent next step. This will be a much more relaxed setting (not fully lead presentation style), so the audience will be more directly involved.

2-2:50 p.m.

Applying for Internal Grants
Dr. John Walker, Chair of the Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board
23 Hagestad Hall

Best Practices in Online Education-breakout session
Dr. Jacqueline Cahill
117 South Hall

3-3:50 p.m.

Sabbaticals: Writing Effective Proposals
Dr. Fernando Delgado, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
23 Hagestad Hall

Online Teaching Opportunities at UW-River Falls
Dr. Scott Wojtanowski, Division of Technology Services
117 South Hall

4:00 p.m.

A planetarium presentation in honor of UWRF's celebration of the Year of China will be premiering on Aug. 27 at 4 pm. The program called "Jade Sky: Astronomy in China" will be presented by Eileen Korenic, UWRF Physics Department, in AgSci 201. The program lasts about 35 minutes and will present ancient Chinese constellations, how they are related to western designations, Chinese astronomy mythology, and modern Chinese contributions to space travel. Seating is limited to 50. The same program will be presented at other times throughout the 2014-2015 year.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

New Student and Transfer Registration
New Faculty, Instructional Academic Staff and Non-Instructional Academic Staff
Orientation Daydocument

4:30-6:30 p.m.

New Faculty/Staff Reception (by invitation)

Friday, August 29, 2014

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

College of Business and Economics Welcome Back Luncheon for Faculty and Staff
South Hall Student Lounge, Room 210

1:30-3:00 p.m.

College of Business and Economics Meeting
224 South Hall


Saturday, August 30, 2014

8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

New Student Move-In

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Week of Welcome

Monday, September 1, 2014


Labor Day                                                                                 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Academic Day                                                 

2:00 p.m.

2014 Reception for Falcon Scholars
    Meet the new class of Falcon Scholars
    (For Falcon Scholar Donors, Falcon Scholars Class of 2016 & 2017)
    Hagestad Hall, First Floor Lounge Area

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Classes Begin