UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Opening Week Events

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

Dean Van Galen
Chancellor


Spring 2015 Opening Events

Monday, January 19, 2015

 


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Offices Closed)

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

8-8:50 a.m.

Academic Staff Council Updates
Kelly Browning, Academic Staff Council Chair
Molly Van Wagner, Academic Staff Council Vice Chair
23 Hagestad Hall

Students and Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs
Dr. Greg Miller from Vibrant Health Family Clinic, Brian Bartlett, AODA Counselor from Hudson Hospital, Coordinator of UWRF Ability Services Mark Johnson, and Counseling and Health Services staff Dr. Alice Reilly-Myklebust, Lori Otto, Mark Huttemier, and Jennifer Herink will lead a discussion about the use of drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall, to improve student performance.  This has been the subject of a number of media reports, such as 60 Minutes:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/popping-pills-a-popular-way-to-boost-brain-power/link.  The agenda includes how the drugs work, behavior and symptoms, how to treat issues, services that are available, and much more. 
117 South Hall - Alumni Room

9-10:20 a.m.

Ideas and Approaches for Fostering Positive Classroom Environment

Three faculty members from Teacher Education will provide hands-on examples and facilitate discussion of elements that contribute to a positive classroom environment.  Geoff Scheurman will demonstrate several ways to engage in "authentic intellectual work" as a means to motivate students; Annie Mason will ask for participants' involvement in articulating and exploring their challenges in creating a positive classroom environment; Lisa Johnson will invite participants to consider the principle of "universal design for leaning" and discuss simple strategies for creating supportive instructional spaces for all students. 
23 Hagestad Hall

Managing Academic Departments Through Change
Mark Gillen, Counseling and School Psychology Chair
Robin Murray, Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Chair
David Trechter, Agriculture Economics Department Chair
117 South Hall - Alumni Room

10:30 -11:20 a.m.

Campaign 2015 Update
Kris Anderson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Student Success
23 Hagestad Hall

The World is your Oyster: International Opportunities for UWRF Faculty
Dr. Marshall Toman, International Programs Chair
Meg Learman, Global Connections
117 South Hall - Alumni Room

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

First-Year Seminars: Exploring the Importance of this High-Impact Practice on Student Success and Retention
Kris Anderson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Student Success
Wes Chapin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Holly Dolliver, Associate Professor of Geology and Soil Science
Sarah Egerstrom, Director of Admissions and New Student Programs
23 Hagestad Hall

Student Academic Misconduct - What is the process when I suspect a student of cheating?
Thomas Pederson, Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards
117 South Hall - Alumni Room

1:00 p.m.

Opening Day Reception
Riverview Ballroom, University Center

1:30 p.m.

Opening Meeting
Riverview Ballroom, University Center



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

8:30a.m.-2:50p.m.                              

Getting Started and Doing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
David Voelker, Ph.D. Associate Professor, History, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay & Co-Director - Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars

http://www.thegraybox.net/link

Includes a light breakfast and lunch

All Participants in this interactive workshop will receive a free book and semester-long guidance from another UWRF faculty member who conducted SoTL work. Please RSVP using the link provided in an upcoming e-mail announcement
23 Hagestad Hall 

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 13 using this link:

http:/jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_bIQnAZo3vJzkvn7

 

3-4:00 p.m.

Supporting International and Domestic ESL Students on Campus
Rhonda Petree, Director of the English Language Transition Program
Conan Kmiecik, Associate Lecturer & ESL and Cultural Summer Program Coordinator
Diane Jacobson, English Language Transition, Program Manager and UWRF Pathways Coordinator
23 Hagestad Hall 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

8-10:00 a.m.                                                                       

Free health screening for all UWRF employees

Sign up for a free health screening on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in 210 South Hall or Monday, Jan. 26, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom A.  Advance registration is required. The confidential screening, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, includes: finger stick blood draw, blood pressure, height/weight/BMI, and a review of your results. During the review of your results, a wellness coach will review your results with you, answer questions, and connect you to local health/wellness resources. This screening (online Health Risk Assessment and biometric screening) will be offered once per year for the next three years. Schedule an appointment to participate at http://doodle.com/gtwngfxbw3m4ervvlink. A Health Risk Assessment, found at  https://wellness.allinahealth.org/fhmlink, must be completed and printed off for your appointment. Provided by Healthy Communities Partnership, River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health in collaboration with the University Advisory Council on Health and Wellness. For questions or additional information, email keven.syverson@uwrf.edumail or alice.m.reilly-myklebust@uwrf.edumail or call 3293.

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  

New Student and Transfer Registration                                                              

Friday, January 23, 2015

8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Reserved for College Level Activities                                                                       
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

 

Spring Classes Begin

8-10:00 a.m.

Free health screening for all UWRF employees

Sign up for a free health screening on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in 210 South Hall or Monday, Jan. 26, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom A.  Advance registration is required. The confidential screening, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, includes: finger stick blood draw, blood pressure, height/weight/BMI, and a review of your results. During the review of your results, a wellness coach will review your results with you, answer questions, and connect you to local health/wellness resources. This screening (online Health Risk Assessment and biometric screening) will be offered once per year for the next three years. Schedule an appointment to participate at http://doodle.com/gtwngfxbw3m4ervvlink. A Health Risk Assessment, found at  https://wellness.allinahealth.org/fhmlink, must be completed and printed off for your appointment. Provided by Healthy Communities Partnership, River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health in collaboration with the University Advisory Council on Health and Wellness. For questions or additional information, email keven.syverson@uwrf.edumail or alice.m.reilly-myklebust@uwrf.edumail or call 3293.