Opening Week Events

Opening Week Events

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

Dean Van Galen


Spring 2019 Opening Events


Monday, Jan. 21


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day   

Tuesday, Jan. 22

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Hospitality Reception, Riverview Ballroom, UC

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Opening Day Meeting, Riverview Ballroom, UC

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College/Department Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 23

8:30 a.m.
Light Refreshments

8:45 a.m. 

9 a.m. - Noon
Part 1

1 - 3 p.m.
Part 2

3 - 3:15 p.m.
Project Signup

Designing the Future in Liberal Education, 23 ALC Hagestad Hall
  Randy Bass, Georgetown
Randy is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University. He is the founding executive director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) where he continues as a Senior Scholar for Pedagogical Research.

Session 1 (9-9:50 a.m.): Designing for 2030 and Beyond
Setting the broader context of the future and what graduates will need? Designing for learning that is both integrative and inclusive. Includes significant interactive session generating the “brief” for the future.

Session 2 (10-10:50 a.m.): Designing the Future(s) at Georgetown
Overview of the initiative and its signature programs. Design and proposal lifecycles. Presentation and Q and A. Interactive session on aspects that resonated; where is the Georgetown experience similar and different from UWRF. What would work at UWRF?

Session 3 (11-11:50 a.m.): Designing the Future(s) at Georgetown and UWRF, cont.
Deeper dive into Georgetown programs, as there is interest. Thinking about next stages. The “Mapping Capacities” project at Georgetown.  Mapping skills and capacities to the curriculum at UWRF. Where are the opportunities to sustain and renew liberal education at UWRF?

Working Lunch (noon – 1 p.m.)  Small Group Assignments:  What is liberal education at UWRF? 

Session 4 (1-1:50 p.m.): What’s the opportunity for experiential and applied learning?

Session 5 (2-3 p.m.):  Imagining a future for liberal education at UWRF

Synthesis Session: Step back and look at what has been produced over the day:

  • Future context and graduate needs
  • Ways of thinking about these needs as outcomes and connecting them to curricular experiences
  • Brainstorming Ideas for innovative pilots that are seeking to produce these outcomes for all students. 
  • Thoughts about what would be needed to support this kind of liberal education and innovation.

Session 6 (3-3:15 p.m.): Sign up for semester-length projects.  Dean Yohnk 

  • Defining the functions and goals of “liberal arts” of past, present, and future (2030 and beyond)
  • Impacts of LEAP:  Liberal Arts and America’s Promise and General Education Trends
  • Liberal Learning Research and Trends
  • High Impact Practices (HIPS) and Strategies for Student Success:
  • VALUE Rubrics:  Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive excellence in the Liberal Arts
  • STEM in Higher Education
  • New Directions in Integrative Learning


Academic Affairs at

3 - 4:30 p.m.

International Student Registrations, 161, 162, 164 Davee Library

Thursday, Jan. 24

All Day

Activity Insight Day
Please update your information within Activity Insight.

9 - Noon

Sustainabiltity Across the Curriculum Workshop, Lydecker Suites
  Greta Gaard, English Professor 

Have you wondered how to uncover the elements of sustainability and environmental justice in your existing courses, but needed more resources to do so? This workshop is for you! The workshop introduces key concepts in sustainability and environmental justice, as well as disciplinary resources you can use to infuse (or uncover) these elements in your existing courses. Bring a syllabus you want to transform. Participants who complete the workshop are eligible to consult with a Sustainability Faculty mentor in their discipline and complete their syllabus infusion for inclusion in the Sustainable Justice Minor. Up to eight new courses will be considered by a review committee of Sustainability Faculty Fellows from across the colleges and awarded a stipend.

Hosted by UWRF’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows. Email if you plan to attend.

12:20 - 2:45 p.m.

Transfer and New Student Advising and Registration
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.  Advising, Riverview Ballroom, UC
1 - 2:45 p.m.  Registration, Davee Library Computer Labs

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Understanding Your Role in Supporting Students with Accommodations, 23ALC Hagestad Hall
  Alicia Reinke-Tuthill, Ability Services Manager
  Deb Morgan, Accommodations Manager

Nearly 10% of UWRF students have connected with Ability Services. Of that number, more than 95% of the students supported by Ability Services have non-apparent disabilities. Section 504 is a civil rights law which protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination for reasons related to their disabilities. Section 504 provides a qualified student with disabilities the right to reasonable accommodations. 

When students request accommodations in your class, how will you support them? Affirm what is and what is not expected of you. Obtain a general knowledge of our office’s process and purpose on campus to best support students of concern.

Friday, Jan. 25

9 - 10:30 a.m.

UWBI Report Training, Davee Library, Computer Lab 161
  Tracy King, associate policy & planning analyst, Institutional Research

Introductory training for the University of Wisconsin Business Intelligence (UWBI) online reporting tool. This training will provide in-person, hands-on instruction for learning to navigate in UWBI and how to run, download, and customize campus reports related to student's records, courses, and enrollment. Email Tracy at if you plan to attend. Access to UWBI must be requested in advance.

10 - 11 a.m.

Faculty Development Workshop on Montessori, Willow River Room, UC 334
  Dr. Kateri Carver

Come join us for a Montessori-style (that is hands-on and interest-driven) session in which you can learn how to participate in and support UWRF’s first Ed.D. program. UWRF’s Montessori Ed.D. has been approved for planning by UW System and pending program approval will launch in Summer 2020. This will not only be our first doctorate program but will be the first Montessori doctorate program in the world. Our presentation will explain the critical international need for leaders with advanced degrees in Montessori studies pursuing such pathways as academic teaching and university-based research, educational policy, gerontology and neuroscience. The presentation will highlight the ways UWRF faculty can collaborate with CEPS to support and teach in this innovative program.

11 a.m. - Noon

Canvas Transition Project Update, St. Croix Room, UC 321
  John Murphy, Teaching and Learning Technologies Department Manager

Learn about the status of the Canvas Transition project timeline, faculty support and resources, and student support and resources.

Noon - 1 p.m.

Activity Insight, Eau Galle Room, UC 332
  Tracy King, associate policy & planning analyst, Institutional Research

Open question and answer session for Activity Insight focused on data collection for External Connections and Partnerships. Other questions or issues with Activity Insight may be addressed if time permits.