Opening Week Events

Opening Week Events

As we look forward to beginning the new semester, I hope that you are able to participate in many of the events listed below.

Maria Gallo



Fall 2022 Opening Events


Monday, Aug. 22

8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

New Instructor and Employee Orientation
(participants invited via email, CETL, HR)

Location: Ballroom A, University Center/103 Davee Library


Tuesday, Aug. 23

8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

New Instructor Orientation
(participants invited via email, CETL)

Location: 103 Davee Library

Wednesday, Aug. 24

9-11 a.m.

Flexibility with Boundaries (CETL)

The last few years have called on instructors to be extraordinarily flexible in our policies, content coverage and teaching strategies. And while this has often worked out well helping students to succeed in the face of massive challenges, it has also been challenging and exhausting for instructors who have also faced massive challenges.

So where are we now and how should we move forward? There are no easy or simple answers, but we can learn from each other and share things that have worked and things that have not as we finalize our syllabi for fall 2022.

Please join us for an open discussion about what you have done and what you are curious about. Some questions we will consider: How much flexibility is too much? What are your non-negotiables? What resources from Student Success are available to help? How can we have both high expectations and high support? What about alternative grading models? How does student and/or instructor identity influence all of this?

Coffee and snacks provided.

Location: 103 Davee Library

1- 4 p.m.

College/department meeting time as needed.

Location: Various


Thursday, Aug. 25

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Leadership Development for Department Chairs
(CETL, led by Connie Foster)

In this session, Connie will lead discussions and share strategies around a few key topics: leading meetings effectively, reflecting on your departmental goals, decision making.

Coffee and lunch will be provided with plenty of time to chat with other department chairs and share ideas. RSVP here before August 12.

Location: 103 Davee Library

1 - 4 p.m.

College/Department meeting time as needed.

Location: Various

2-4 p.m.

Career Services Open House and Mural Ribbon Cutting

Career Services has so many exciting happenings to share with the campus community! Stop by 187 Rodli Hall for fun, refreshments, and to learn about the new events, resources, and opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage with the office.

At 2:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting celebration for the new office mural, and bell, will begin with campus artist Ann Lawton. We are hopeful this will mark the start of a new tradition for students! Everytime a student is hired for a job (part-time, on-campus, internship, full-time), or admitted to graduate school, they can come to Career Services, ring the bell, and get their photo taken. The Career Services staff is excited to share this exciting moment with the campus community!

Location: 187 Rodli Hall


Friday, Aug. 26

9-11 a.m.

“You’re Being Political”
(CETL, Provost David Travis introduction)

Increasingly it seems that what we do in our teaching is politicized. Topics and concepts that may have been viewed as neutral and relatively uncontroversial are increasingly seen as signaling a political agenda on the part of the instructor. In addition, "Educational Gag Orders" are proliferating across state legislatures and there are now requests for syllabi happening across UW campuses. There is no doubt we are under increased scrutiny for what we teach and what we say.

Please join us for a discussion of these issues and what we might do in response as the fall semester begins.

We will start with an introduction from Provost David Travis and then move into a discussion of these issues including sharing our teaching strategies and thinking through a variety of topics: the nature of academic freedom and research on student self-censorship among others.

Coffee and snacks provided.

Location: 103 Davee Library



Monday, Aug. 29

10-11:30 a.m.

Opening Meeting

Location: Riverview Ballroom, University Center

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Grill Cart Picnic

Location: Pete’s Creek outdoor patio (indoor seating also available), UC.

Those attending opening meeting in person will be provided with a ticket to turn in to Chartwells to participate in the picnic (free of charge). The ticket is valid on Opening Meeting Day only from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

1-2:30 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Opening Meeting

Location: Davis Theatre, KFA

1-2:30 p.m.

College of Education and Professional Studies and College of Business and Economics Joint Opening Meeting

Location: Kinnickinnic River Theater, UC

1:30-2:30 p.m.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Opening Meeting

Location: 200 Ag Science

5:30-7 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Opening Reception

Location: Contact Rachael Buckallew for more information

Tuesday, Aug. 30

All Day

College/department/committee meeting time as needed

Location: Various

Wednesday, Aug. 31

All Day

Activity Insight Day

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10 a.m.- noon

First Year Experience (FYE) @UWRF
Tricia Davis, Melissa Wilson

Come and learn about the teamwork that took place this summer between Student Success and Academic Affairs in building a university-wide First Year Seminar (FYS). The co-chairs of the committee as well as all committee members will be available to answer questions after a short presentation sharing the FYS course proposal, current and future funding models, and more. Questions? Contact Cyndi Kernahan

Location: Kinnickinnic River Theater, University Center

1-2 p.m.

Shared Governance Open House

Location: Kinnickinnic River Theater, University Center

3-4 p.m.

Distinguished Teacher Reception

Location: 1st floor, Wall Common Lobby area, Wyman Education Building

Thursday, Sept. 1

9-10 a.m.

Student Panel: Dismantling Traditional Teaching Practices to Create Inclusive and Welcoming Classroom Environments
Led by Derek Bradley, director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Location:  23 ALC, Hagestad Hall

10:15 a.m.-noon

Strategies for Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Classroom Environments
CETL led by Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan

Teaching strategies that emphasize structured active learning can create more equitable classrooms and improve learning for all students. As an introduction to inclusive teaching techniques, professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will ask participants to reflect on inequities and diversity in their classrooms through interactive, hands-on activities. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, Hogan and Sathy will lead participants through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques. Drawing upon their own teaching experiences and educational research, they will model approaches that can be readily implemented with any discipline or class size to help all students achieve their potential.

Note that space is limited: faculty from both UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout will be joining us for these nationally known speakers. Note too that all who attend can receive a free copy of the book "Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom." See a review of the book in Science.

RSVP here by Monday, Aug. 29.

Coffee will also be provided starting at 8:30 a.m.

Location: 23 ALC, Hagestad Hall

Friday, Sept. 2

Deadline to RSVP for book discussions

Chancellor Maria Gallo has chosen the book “The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain” by science writer Annie Murphy Paul as our common university read in the lead up to her inauguration on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Please join us as we read and discuss the book in advance of the Day of Engagement on Wednesday, Oct. 19. That day, Paul will be interviewed by Cathy Wurzer, a UWRF alum and Minnesota Public Radio journalist, at 7 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom, UC.

If you would like to receive a free copy of the book and invitations to campus Zoom discussions (Fridays: September 16 and 30 and October 14, all noon-1 p.m.) prior to the Day of Engagement, RSVP here. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 2. Questions? Contact Cyndi Kernahan