UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
With the approach of another commencement, I am reminded of the transformational impact that public higher education has on individuals, on our state and on the world. While the most essential elements of a UW-River Falls education are human—outstanding faculty and staff and dedicated, hard-working students—modern facilities that support teaching and learning are also critical.
At a time when we are encouraging our policymakers to renew and enhance funding for the UW System operating budget and for fair, fully-funded state employee compensation adjustments, we must be aware that it is also time for Wisconsin to invest in modern science facilities at UWRF. As requested by the UW System Board of Regents, the state should allocate at least $4.25 million in planning funds in its 2019-21 budget for the Science and Technology Innovation Center (SciTech).
You can learn more about the SciTech project online, at www.uwrf.edu/scitech, but here are a few key points to keep in mind:
Ultimately, SciTech is not just a building, but rather a testament to our 125-year legacy serving the region by educating students for rewarding careers and engaged, productive lives. It took over 20 years for the state to fund and build the UWRF Falcon Center. Our students, faculty, and community cannot afford to lose that much time on this project. If you wish to express your support for SciTech, visit www.uwrf.edu/scitech and click “I’m a SciTech Advocate.”
Abridged version of opinion piece published by the River Falls Journal, April 10, 2019.