Opening Week Events

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As we look forward to the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, I hope that you will be able to participate in many of the events listed below.

Dean Van Galen

Spring 2016 Opening Events

Monday, January 18, 2016


Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

10:00-11:30 a.m.

UWRF World Cafe
Joy Benson, Assessment Committee Chair
Michael Harris, Associate Dean, CEPS
Naomi Hashimoto, Assessment Committee
Robin Murray, Chair, Stage & Screen Arts
Alex Tupan, Chair University Curriculum Committee
23 Hagestad Hall

You're invited to the 1st UWRF World Cafe! Add your voice to our story about...

  • How we help students integrate their learning
  • How we help students transfer learning to practical applications
  • How we help provide opportunities for students to engage in innovation
  • How we help students develop multiple thinking approaches
  • How students acquire skills needed to develop responses to complex issues
  • How we prepare students to be global citizens

No Advanced work, no need to bring anything other than your insights!

1:00 p.m.

Opening Day Reception
Riverview Ballroom

1:30 p.m.

Opening Meeting
Riverview Ballroom
Streaming video

Possible College and/or Department Activities

Wednesday, January 20, 2015

9:00-11:50 a.m.                                                                                                                                      

"You Have 40 Ph.D's in this Room and Still Called Us: What Educators Misunderstand about Racism on Campus."
David Shih, Associate Professor, UW-Eau Claire English Department
23 Hagestad

Dr. Shih's program focuses on the nature and dynamics of racism and white supremacy as they manifest at a predominantly white, regional comprehensive institution like UW-River Falls. The program operates from the understanding that "best practices" alone will not affect antiracist institutional transformation and may in fact proxy for larger organizational and personal commitments. The presentation portion will illustrate the ways that racism is imagined, and thus managed, in a space like UW-River Falls by students and educators alike. How might such myriad understandings of racism uphold white supremacy? The workshop portion will ask participants to work in small groups to analyze and make meaning of hypothetical scenarios occurring in the classroom, in residence halls, on social media, in common spaces, and elsewhere. The recent antiracism movement at campuses across the country have shown us that no incident of racism exists in isolation and can always be woven into a broader narrative of injustice. The program will help us to conceptualize and visualize this narrative as well as our places with it. 

David Shih has been faculty in the Department of English at UW-Eau Claire since 1999. In 2008, he was appointed as UW-Eau Claire's first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Fellow and served as team leader for the campus' Equity Scorecard and Campus Climate Survey projects. As a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Advisory Committee, he has organized programs for faculty on antiracist professional development and equitable search-and-screen practices. He was a a faculty member and advisor for his campus' Social Justice Living-Learning Community and currently serves on its Hmong Studies Steering Committee. He has presented on his efforts throughout the UW System and nationally. He blogs on racism at his personal website as well as at the Asian American news portal AsAMNews and at Stanford University's digital humanities salon, "Arcade."

Please RSVP to Cyndi Kernahan by January 13

 1:00-1:50 p.m.

Textbooks - The Present and the Future
Cory Whipkey, Textbook Services Manager
23 Hagestad Hall

This presentation will serve two purposes regarding Textbook Services. The first is to give an overview/update of Textbook Services including budget, staffing and policy issues. The second will be a presentation and discussion about the future of textbooks. What new possibilities and options are available to instructors? What are Open Educational Resources? What trends are developing in textbook publishing?

2:00-2:50 p.m.

Co-Curricular Opportunities at UW-River Falls
Paul Shepherd, Director of Student Involvement
23 Hagestad Hall

UW-River Falls offers a variety of co-curricular experiences designed to engage students in learning and development outside of the classroom. College student retention and success scholars have suggested engagement in co-curricular experiences in addition to high levels of engagement in the academic program increases the likelihood for academic success and persistence to graduation. Faculty play an integral role in fostering student engagement outside of the classroom by advising student organizations, integrating co-curricular experiences into curriculum, attending events with students, and/or encouraging students to participate in co-curricular experiences. This session includes information about co-curricular experiences at UW-River Falls and how faculty members can support high levels of engagement in these experiences.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Student Registration: Freshmen and Transfers

Friday, January 22, 2016

8:00-4:30 p.m.             

Possible College and Program Activities

8:30-4:30 p.m.      

Sustainability Faculty Fellows Mid-Year Revitalization Workshop
Greta Gaard, Coordinator, Sustainability Faculty Fellows
Kao International House
(By Invitation Only)

The workshop is targeted for existing Sustainability Studies Faculty who want their courses listed within the new sustainability Studies Certificate; the workshop is also appropriate for first-time faculty who submit a proposal for revisiting an existing course with a Sustainability unit or theme.