Opening Week Events

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

Dean Van Galen

Fall 2016 Opening Events

Monday, August 29, 2016

9:00 a.m.

All-Campus Opening Meeting
UC Ballroom

All-Campus Hospitality Hour to follow meeting


College and Department Meetings 


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

9:00-9:50 a.m.                                                                                                                          

Internal Grant Opportunities
Dr. John Walker, Chair of Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board
St. Croix Room, 321 University Center 

In this session, the type  and range of internal grants and professional opportunities available through the Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board will be presented:

10:00-10:50 a.m.    

Supporting the Mental Health of Our Students
Dr. Alice Reilly-Myklebust, Director of Student Health and Counseling Services
Thomas Pedersen, JD, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards
Jennifer Elsesser, LPC, Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Mark Huttemier, LPC, Personal Counselor/Training Coordinator
Andrea Fults, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards
St. Croix Room, 321 University Center

11:00-11:50 a.m.

Introduction to D2L and other Teaching and Learning Technologies
Josh Krohn, Technology Services
331 Davee Library

This introduction will include the most commonly used features of D2L. It will cover the basics of communicating with students (News, Content, Discussions) displaying/calculating grades (Grades) and electronic submissions (Dropbox, Quizzes). Time permitting we will also discuss Techsmith Relay (Screen recording) and Kaltura Mediaspace (Video Hosting). 

12:00-12:50 p.m.

Textbooks, Verba and Open Education. What is New and Changing in the World of Textbooks
Corey Whipkey, Textbook Services Manager
St. Croix Room, 321 University Center

Textbook Services will begin using a new software adoption tool called Verba Collect during the 2016-17 academic year. We will preview what it looks like along with how we will phase it in. There will also be a short presentation on Open Educational Resources, how they are impacting textbooks, and what that will mean for Textbook Services at UWRF. 

1:00-4:00 p.m.

First Generation: Understanding and Improving the Education For All of our Students
Sarah Egerstrom, Director of Admissions & New Student and Family Programs
Dr. Cyndi Kernahan, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning (CAS)
Dr. Natalie Strobach, Director of the McNair Scholars Program
St. Croix Room, 321 University Center

In this session, participants will first learn more about what it means to be a first-generation student, the demographics of our university, and how we fit into the overall picture for first-generation students in American higher education. Next, a panel of students and faculty who have been first-generation students will talk about their experiences at UWRF. Finally, research will be provided that shows how simple educational interventions, at both the campus and classroom level, can improve the learning of first-generation students in particular and all students more generally. 

Please RSVP to Danae Eckwall if you will be able to attend this session. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2015

 9:00-10:50 a.m.         

Sustainability Pedagogy Meeting for the Sustainability Faculty Fellows
Dr. Greta Gaard, Professor of English
23 Hagestad Hall

The Sustainability Pedagogy discussion is open to the larger Sustainability Fellows community, and requires some reading preparation. Email for the readings if you are interested in participating.

11:00-11:50 a.m.                                                                        

An Introduction to CITI Training for IRB and IACUC 
Dr. Todd Wilinson, Associate Professor of Psychology, IRB Chair
23 Hagestad Hall

UWRF has recently subscribed to a Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program that will allow for faculty and students to complete federal training requirements in 4 areas:  IRB, IACUC, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Financial Conflict of Interest.  This session will explain the federal training requirements and UWRF's plan to roll-out this web-based training resource.

Session Times:

9:30-10:30 a.m.
11:00-12:00 p.m.
1:00-2:00 p.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Campus Printing Basics, Using Your New Konica-Minolta Multifunction Device (MFD)
Division of Technology Services and Marco
Davee Library 103 Banks Center Classroom

In addition to video tutorials, manuals and documentation provided on the campus printing website we will be providing opportunities for an overview of the features of the new Konica-Minolta brand multifunction devices at four sessions throughout the day. Join us to learn about the benefits this new program provides to our campus and what features you can take advantage of that will support your daily work.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


New Student and Transfer Registration

Friday, September 2, 2016