Dedication of New Buildings to Kick-Off Weekend of Homecoming Events at UW-River Falls

Sept. 24, 2012—A busy weekend of Homecoming events at UW-River Falls, Sept. 28-30, will begin with the dedication of the new Jesse H. Ames Suites and Ann Lydecker Living and Learning Center. The dedication ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 and will include refreshments and tours of the new buildings.  

The names of the two facilities, selected by UWRF students and approved by the UW System Board of Regents, were chosen to honor two outstanding leaders of UW-River Falls. Ames served as president of UWRF from 1917-1946, successfully leading the institution through difficulties associated with the Great Depression and World War II. Lydecker, who served as chancellor from 2000-2004, became known as the "Students' Chancellor" due to her close connection with students. Lydecker also oversaw the establishment of the College of Business and Economics at UWRF before her untimely death in a car accident in March 2004. 

Additional Homecoming events open to the public include:  

  • Homecoming Lip Sync/Variety Show, 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in the Falcon's Nest of the University Center. 
  • Chancellor's Homecoming 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Sept. 29. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Ramer Field. 
  • Homecoming Parade, 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. The parade route will begin at the north end of Main Street, follow Division Street onto Second Street, and end at the UWRF University Center. 
  • Homecoming tailgate, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Ramer Field. 
  • Homecoming soccer match vs. UW-Platteville, 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Ramer Field. 
  • Homecoming football game vs. UW-Oshkosh, 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Ramer Field. 
  • Homecoming Symphony Band & Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, in the William Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. 
  • Comedian Adam Grabowski, 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. 
  • Homecoming Choral Concert, 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, in the William Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. 

More information about the dedication of the Ames Suites and Lydecker Living and Learning Center is available at www.uwrf.edu/housing/amesgrandopening.cfm 

More information on Homecoming 2012 events at UW-River Falls can be found at www.uwrf.edu/UniversityAdvancement/AlumniRelations/Homecoming2012.cfm 

For questions, contact Blake Fry, UWRF special assistant to the chancellor, at 715-425-3711 or email blake.fry@uwrf.edu.

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