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Monday

¡A viajar!: UWRF Students and Alumni Share Their Experiences in Spanish Speaking Countries

Date: Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Time: 10 -11 a.m.
Location: Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center

Nowdays it is critical to speak two or more languages (for work and study) and this panel emphasizes the opportunities bilingual students have—now and in the future. Moreover, the panel shows how traveling enriches our lives and helps us broaden our horizons, allowing us to connect with people from other cultures and making this world more peaceful and understanding.

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Daniela Goldfine
Contact Email: Daniela.goldfine@uwrf.edu


International Research Poster Session

Date: Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Falcon’s Nest, University Center

This poster session showcases the wide breadth of international research conducted by UWRF faculty. Learn from faculty who will be sharing their internationally-focused research, work they have presented at international conferences, or work that has been published in international journals.

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Stacy Vollmers
Contact Email: stacy.vollmers@uwrf.edu


Social Justice in Puerto Rico – Opportunities for Engagement

Date: Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Time: 4 -5 p.m.
Location: St. Croix River Room, University Center

UWRF students and faculty who traveled to Puerto Rico in the spring of 2019 will share their trip experiences and ideas for students and non-students to travel to Puerto Rico and engage in social action.

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Tamara Kincaid
Contact Email: tamara.kincaid@uwrf.edu


Global Café: How Students with International Backgrounds Have Influenced the School Counseling Program at UWRF

Date: Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: Falcon’s Nest, University Center

We will be showcasing the role that international students have played in our school counseling program at UWRF over the last 10 years. This will include a panel of current students and graduates representing Somalia, Hmong and Taiwanese cultures through presentations and dance groups. 

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Mark Gillen
Contact Email: mark.gillen@uwrf.edu


They Call Me Q

Date: Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Theatre, Kleinpell Fine Arts

Proclaimed "A Theatrical Force" by the Orlando Weekly for her uncanny embodiment of 13 characters, Qurrat Ann Kadwani searches for identity in her autobiographical one-woman show. They Call Me Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and acceptance into the American culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, Indian and African-American friends. Broadway World DC states Kadwani has "an undeniable talent for accents and gives the audience a theatrical experience that it will remember far after the show." Laden with heart and abundant humor, a coming of age tale that the Montreal Gazette says is "witty, polished, inspiring," They Call Me Q gives voice to all the universal struggles for identity and self-understanding that are experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.

Registration: Free event. No registration required.
Contact Name: Robin Murray and Marty Donnelly
Contact Email: robin.e.murray@uwrf.edu or martha.donnelly@uwrf.edu

Tuesday

River Falls Rotary Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: 7 -8 a.m.
Location: Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S. 2nd St., River Falls
Registration: Free event. No registration required.


Dzien dobry: The Partnership Between UWRF and AWF University in Wroclaw, Poland

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: St. Croix River Room, University Center

The partnership between UWRF and AWF began in the summer of 2015 when former HHP faculty member  Professor James Gostomski initiated a short-term study abroad experience for eight HHP HPE students to visit AWF. We will be highlighting a relatively new partnership between UWRF and AWF University in Wroclaw, Poland. UWRF students and faculty who have spent time at either AWF or Wroclaw as part of this partnership will share their experiences.

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Paul Shirilla
Contact Email: Paul.shirilla@uwrf.edu


PechaKucha: UWRF Faculty Fulbrights

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: KinnickinnicTheater, University Center

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Marshall Toman
Contact Email: marshall.toman@uwrf.edu


Etiquette Dinner

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: Check-in: 4:30, Meal and Seminar: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Riverview Ballroom, University Center

The UWRF Career Services Office, in conjunction with Chartwells Catering, has scheduled an Etiquette Dinner, a professional dress occasion designed to assist individuals who are interested in polishing their social and etiquette dining skills. This two-hour long seminar is presented by Career Services and will feature one dish celebrating UWRF's Year of Somalia.

Registration: Space is limited, registration required (registration details coming soon). The $15 ticket price includes the two-hour seminar and five-course meal.
Contact Name: Melissa Wilson
Contact Email: melissa.wilson@uwrf.edu


River Falls Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Business Unwind

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Junior's Restaurant and Tap House, 414 S. Main St., River Falls

This relationship building event will provide an opportunity to celebrate international relationships and successes in a relaxed setting. Everyone is welcome to attend this casual evening featuring a cash bar, good conversation, and a chance to win great door prizes.

Registration: Free event. No registration required.
Contact Name: Marissa Bazey
Contact Email: marissa@rfchamber.com


PechaKucha: UWRF Faculty Experience While Traveling Abroad

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Location: Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center
Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Sylvia Kehoe
Contact Email: sylvia.kehoe@uwrf.edu


Life-Changing Learning in Europe: Unique Faculty-Led Programs Prepare Students for Global Citizenship

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Location: St. Croix River Room, University Center

Semester Abroad Europe (SAE) and International Traveling Classroom (ITC) are exciting, semester-long education abroad programs unique to River Falls. The discussion panel will include UWRF faculty and students who have participated in these two programs. Faculty will share how SAE and ITC began, the transformative educational opportunities they provide, and how they continue to benefit both students and faculty after they return. Faculty also will discuss how teaching abroad enrich their UWRF classes on campus and the broader River Falls community. Students on the panel will discuss their experiences traveling and learning in Europe, as well as the lasting impact it has had on their education at UWRF. 

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Grace Coggio
Contact Email: grace.coggio@uwrf.edu


Ceilidh Dancing - Traditional Scottish Dancing

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon's Nest, University Center

Ceilidh dancing is a form of traditional Scottish dancing. Participants will learn a few of the most popular dances, such as the Dashing White Sergeant, Gay Gordons, Brittania Two-Step, and Strip the Willow. A brief history of ceilidh dancing will be given as well as the background of each dance. A caller provides instruction so everyone can easily learn the dances. No previous experience required. Join us for this fun evening!

Registration: Free event. No registration required.
Contact Name: Faye Perkins
Contact Email: faye.j.perkins@uwrf.edu

Wednesday

Assessing the Value of Internationalization in Higher Education

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center

Lynn C. Anderson, international education consultant, will examine the ways in which campus internationalization impacts institutions of higher education and the students they serve and also outline the challenges that institutions and students face in achieving internationalization.

Registration: Free event. No registration required.
Contact Name: Heidi Soneson
Contact Email: heidi.soneson@uwrf.edu


Teaching Kitchen

Date: Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Falls Room, University Center

Interactive Teaching Kitchen featuring food and recipes from Somalia. There will be an option for students and staff to create food from Somalia and room to watch the demonstration and sample to dishes that are created. Recipes of the dishes created will also be available for everyone who attends.   

Registration: Free event, but space is limited so registration is required. Register at https://forms.gle/DVbVNUd8qhsBeWgf6
Contact Name: Katie Lembcke
Contact Email: katherine.lembcke@compass-usa.com


Business Practices in Somalia

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: 224 South Hall 

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Dawn Hukai
Contact Email: dawn.hukai@uwrf.edu


The Ripple Effect of Broadening Cultural Awareness

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: St. Croix River Room, University Center

We believe that cultural understanding strengthens communities. Hear how our experiences have built cultural understanding through our trips to Mexico visiting families of dairy farm workers. 

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Mercedes Falk
Contact Email: puentesbridgesinc@gmail.com


Teaching Kitchen

Date: Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Falls Room, University Center

Interactive Teaching Kitchen featuring food and recipes from Somalia. There will be an option for students and staff to create food from Somalia and room to watch the demonstration and sample to dishes that are created. Recipes of the dishes created will also be available for everyone who attends.   

Registration: Free event, but space is limited so registration is required. Register at https://forms.gle/baeAeTmQnkiTSM7K7 
Contact Name: Katie Lembcke
Contact Email: katherine.lembcke@compass-usa.com


Leadership in the 21st Century: Embracing Our Inclusive Community

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center

Amer F. Ahmed, internationally renowned intercultural guest speaker, will explore concepts of public leadership and ways to foster and embrace an inclusive, diverse community, including ethnic, religious, gender, economic and social diversity. Ahmed's presentation will suggest a methodology for engaging in and encouraging diversity on both the individual and group levels as a critical path for our 21st century society. In addition, Ahmed will address the necessity to protect increasingly challenged civil liberties in our current social climate as integral for contemporary Global Citizenship.

Registration: Free event. No registration required.
Contact Name: Heidi Soneson
Contact Email: heidi.soneson@uwrf.edu

Thursday

Global Competencies for Wisconsin Manufacturers – Canada and Mexico

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - noon
Location: Willow River Room, University Center

The Global Competencies for Wisconsin Manufacturers program has been developed by UWRF at the request of regional business and industry in Western Wisconsin interested in acquiring a deeper understanding of the cultural knowledge and skill necessary to be successful when conducting business with companies located outside the U.S. The program draws upon staff resources at state and federal agencies, as well as embassy and consular officials and experienced industry leaders to share knowledge and expertise on topics related to achieving success in specific international markets. This half-day workshop will focus on Canada and Mexico – both leading export markets for goods and services from Wisconsin.

Registration: Registration required by Nov. 15 
Contact Name: Carolyn Brady
Contact Email: carolyn.j.brady@uwrf.edu


Disruptive Learning Narratives: Exploring Educational International Experiences Abroad

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Time: 9 - 10 a.m.
Location: St. Croix River Room, University Center

Join us for a presentation of a collected volume book that is co-edited by Manu Sharma, Andrew Allen and Awad Ibrahim. The book focuses on a collection of American and Canadian educators’ international experiences abroad with students. It offers a theoretical framework titled “Disruptive Learning Narratives” to help analyze international experiences with the goal of realizing the value of international experiences in education. 

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Manu Sharma
Contact Email: manu.sharma@uwrf.edu


Why Brexit Brings the End of the UK Closer!

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Location: KinnickinnicTheater, University Center

Gerry Mooney of the UK's Open University will discuss the many complexities of Brexit during this engaging and relevant presentation. Brexit represents the end of one union, that is the UK's membership of the European Union. But it could mean the dissolution of another union, that is the union of the UK itself. Different parts of the UK voted in very different ways in the 2016 Brexit Elections and in the 2019 European Elections. This difference is most marked when we consider England and Scotland, though there are significant differences in different parts of England. 

Why is it that the different countries that comprise the UK voted in different ways and what are the consequences of this for the future of the UK? Further, why is it that Brexit has given a further impetus to the demands for Scottish Independence? These are not only complex issues, they are also interconnected. These will be considered in the course of this presentation.

Registration: Free event. No registration required.
Contact Name: Kelsey McLean
Contact Email: kelsey.mclean@uwrf.edu


Effective Communication with Non-Native English Speakers

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: St. Croix River Room, University Center

This is an interactive workshop and presentation about effectively communicating with people who do not speak English as a first language.

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Kiki Augustin
Contact Email: kiki.augustin@uwrf.edu 


International Summit Celebration Thanksgiving Dinner

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Time: 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Location: Riverview Ballroom, University Center

Join our UWRF international students in experiencing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This event will celebrate the week-long festivities of the Summit on International Education and Engagement and will feature an Astrophysics in Antarctica panel discussion.

The dinner buffet includes: oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, ambrosia salad, rolls and butter and pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee, water and tea. 

Registration: Registration required - details coming soon.
Contact Name: Katie Koets
Contact Email: katie.koets@uwrf.edu

Table Sponsorship
Table sponsorship is available for this dinner. The cost is $250 per table and includes four dinner tickets and four "hold" seats to our keynote speaker Ann Bancroft. We encourage you to donate the remaining four to student attendees and others signing up through our open registration. If you would like to donate back more than four dinners, you may. Total of eight seats per table. Thank you!

Please note that Ann Bancroft, our keynote speaker, is a separate event located in the Abbott Concert Hall in Kleinpell Fine Arts starting at 7 p.m. 


 

Featured Keynote: Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft headshotDate: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts

Explorer Ann Bancroft - the first known woman to cross the ice to reach both the north and south poles and a U.S. National Women's Hall of Fame inductee - will be on campus. 

Registration: Free event. No registration required
Contact Name: Kelsey McLean
Contact Email: kelsey.mclean@uwrf.edu

Friday

Horses, Heifers, and a Whole Bunch More!

Date: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Mann Valley Farm, 129 S. Glover Road, River Falls 

Bring the family and come out to the farm and learn about the various species and breeds of animals that were originally developed all over the world. 

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: Casie Bass
Contact Email: casie.bass@uwrf.edu


Somali Music and Dance Workshop

Date: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Location: Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts

The UWRF Music Department and the Year of Somalia program offer a collaborative presentation featuring Somali guest artist musicians and dancers from the Upper Midwest of the U.S. As a full day event, the presentation consists of two parts – a daytime workshop and an evening performance. The daytime workshop will feature Somali musicians and dancers engaging with UWRF students from all academic disciplines, in a collaborative session focusing on traditional music and dance forms from Somalia. This musically and educationally enriching workshop will provide a basis for the UWRF students to understand the rich musical traditions, history, and contemporary practice in Somali culture. The evening concert will feature the Somali guest-artists performing their traditional music and dance forms.  

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: David Milne
Contact Email: david.a.l.milne@uwrf.edu


Get on the Bus to the Midtown Global Market

Date: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
Time: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis with transportation provided from campus

Eat, learn, shop, and enjoy the many global food stalls and shops at the Midtown Global Market.

Registration: Free and open to all. Signup is required to reserve a spot on the bus. Signup begins Nov. 1 at the Involvement Center Desk, University Center.
Contact Name: Elise Koop
Contact Email: elise.koop@uwrf.edu


Somali Music and Dance Performance

Date: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
Time: 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts

The UWRF Music Department and the Year of Somalia program will present a collaborative presentation featuring Somali guest artist musicians and dancers from the Upper Midwest of the U.S. As a full day event, the presentation consists of two parts – a daytime workshop and an evening performance. The daytime workshop will feature Somali musicians and dancers engaging with UWRF students from all academic disciplines in a collaborative session focusing on traditional music and dance forms from Somalia. This musically and educationally enriching workshop will provide a basis for the UWRF students to understand the rich musical traditions, history, and contemporary practice in Somali culture. The evening concert will feature the Somali guest-artists performing their traditional music and dance forms.  

Registration: Free event. No registration required. 
Contact Name: David Milne
Contact Email: david.a.l.milne@uwrf.edu