November 2016

UW-River Falls narrows search for next chief information officer
Falcon News Service Officials at UW-River Falls are moving closer to filling the top technology management position. UWRF has been without a chief information officer since Steven Reed left in April for a similar position with Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.
UW-River Falls graduates and master teacher are panelists at national science teacher conference
Two graduates and the master teacher from the newest graduate teaching program of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are presenting at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Area Conference in Minneapolis on October 28.
New courses at UW-River Falls designed to keep freshmen in school
UW-River Falls has been focusing heavily on retention of students, and a new program called First Year Adventure implemented this semester seems to be taking off quite well.
DECA chapter at UWRF, despite being young, does well in competitions
The UW-River Falls DECA chapter got off to a surprisingly good start in its first year of competition in 2015. The team placed five individuals in the top 10 at an international conference in Washington, D.C.
UW-River Falls presents ‘Amazon: Wilderness, Technology and Society’ panel discussion
In celebration of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Year of Brazil, the history, philosophy and geography departments will present "The Amazon: Wilderness, Technology and Society" on Monday, Nov. 7, from 3-5 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center. The event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments beginning at 3 p.m. with the panel discussion to follow at 3:30 p.m.
UW-River Falls hosting New York visual artist Janine Antoni
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department is hosting New York based artist Janine Antoni as the Fall 2016 Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professor in Art Nov. 14-16.
UW-River Falls to host discussion about presidential election outcome
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is hosting “Journalism & the 2016 Presidential Elections: What Just Happened?” Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in North Hall auditorium. The discussion is part of the Communication & Media Studies Department’s Working Journalists Lecture Series.
Bowls for Hope event invites charitable organization requests for 2017 event
Each year the University of Wisconsin-River Falls works with the community to raise funds through the Bowls for Hope event in which proceeds raised help a worthy nonprofit organization make a difference in the St. Croix Valley. Applications are now open for the 2017 recipient of this charity event.
UW-River Falls workshop for educators to address teaching children who experienced trauma
Children who have experienced early childhood trauma often display poor behavior in the classroom and are often misdiagnosed with a myriad of other disorders. These children can learn if they have supportive relationships, caring adults, and educators knowledgeable about trauma-sensitive learning practices.
UW-River Falls senior presents ‘Illustrating Medicine’ exhibition
University of Wisconsin-River Falls senior Grace Sacher will present her series of work “Illustrating Medicine” in the Harriet Barry Gallery of the Chalmer Davee Library Nov. 14-29. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
UW-River Falls agriculture students/alumni show influence of a great teacher
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls was front and center stage during the general session at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 21. Six individuals, all connected to UW-River Falls, served as a real life testament to historian Henry Adams quote, “A teacher affects eternity; one can never tell where their influence stops.”
Award-winning author to speak at UW-River Falls about “Racial Purgatory? Racism and Inequality in Brazilian Families”
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will welcome award-winning author Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman as part of its Year of Brazil program as she presents “Racial Purgatory? Racism and Inequality in Brazilian Families” Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater of the University Center. A public reception will begin at 4 p.m.
Seven reasons why education abroad is worth it
You’ve been thinking of studying abroad, but you aren’t sure whether or not to commit. It’s literally a life-changing decision. But that’s the thing: we believe studying abroad will change your life in all the right ways.
Events honoring veterans scheduled at UW-River Falls
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls invites the community to attend upcoming events honoring and supporting veterans and active duty members of the military.
Western Wisconsin poised for growth as Minnesota companies cross border
Three counties in western Wisconsin are among the fastest growing in the state, and they are attracting interest from businesses based in Minnesota.
Last season’s Falcons goalie now in early stages of pro ice hockey career
Former UW-River Falls men’s hockey goalie Tanner Milliron graduated last spring. His days playing for the Falcons came to a close, but his hockey career is far from over.
UW-River Falls recognized as top performer in 2016 Sustainable Campus Index
The University of Wisconsin-River Fallshas been recognized as a top performer in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving a top ranking in the area of Buildings among baccalaureate/master’s institutions. The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
Falcons basketball teams have high hopes for new season
Coming off successful seasons last year, both UW-River Falls basketball teams have high hopes for the 2016-17 campaign.
UW-River Falls named a military friendly school
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
UW-River Falls animal welfare team scores high at competition
The team from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was the high scoring team in the live assessment portion of the 16th Annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment (AWJAC) Competition hosted by Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 12-13.
Annual Art Scholarship Sale at UW-River Falls begins Nov. 28
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department’s Annual Scholarship Sale is Nov. 28-Dec. 14 in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The sale is open to the public.
River Falls becomes magnet for thrift shops as consumers hunt for bargains
Since the recession of 2008, thrift shopping has made a comeback across the nation, and River Falls is no exception. Treasures from the Heart, Fox Den Used Books, Second Star Clothing, Second Chances, ReStore and many other shops in Riverwalk Square are just a few of the many thrift, second hand and consignment shops located in River Falls.
Awards for top alumni part of outreach to UW-River Falls graduates
UW-River Falls is accepting nominations for awards given to alumni during the spring, including one for relatively recent graduates.
Chancellor's Blog: Global Gratitude
Over the years, many people have told me that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. Perhaps it is the harvest-inspired food, the time spent with family and friends, or the absence of any expectation for exchanging of gifts. I think it is also the way Thanksgiving invites us to step back from our daily routines and reflect with gratitude on the many good things in our lives.
UW-River Falls’ Vogel named Future Icon
Kurt Vogel, associate professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was named one of the 25 Future Icons in the November 2016 issue of The National Provisioner magazine. As part of their 125th Anniversary celebration, the editorial board of the magazine took on the challenge of identifying 25 individuals they expect to change the industry over the next decade or two.
UW-River Falls Masquers present ‘Willa Wonkie and the College Tour (Chocolate Not Included)’
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Theatre Masquers will present “Willa Wonkie and the College Tour (Chocolate Not Included)” Dec. 6-10 in the Blanche Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Observatory talk/viewing session Dec. 7 at UW-River Falls
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Physics Department is presenting a free, public observatory viewing and astronomy discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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