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UW-River Falls

Campaign Preview

Saturday, April 28 

 

All alumni and friends are cordially invited to the University of Wisconsin - River Falls first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign event:  "Rising to Distinction" on Saturday, April 28, at 5 p.m in the University Center. The campaign will feature priorities for endowed and annual scholarships, Falcon Scholars, professorships, priorities for colleges and units, and a $2 million goal as part of the state requirement to fund the Falcon Center - UWRF's soon to be constructed health and human performance building.  

  

Falcon Scholar Benefit Dinner payment of $45/person is due with RSVP and can be paid by calling 715-425-3505. For more information on the event please click here.

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For further information regarding any of these events, contact Dan McGinty in the Advancement Office toll free at 1-877-258-6647 or by email to daniel.e.mcginty@uwrf.edu 

 

Midwest Horse Fair Alumni Reception (CAFES)

Saturday, Apr. 21 

Madison, WI

 

The Midwest Horse FairŪ is one of the top three-day horse fairs in America. Join us from 4-6 p.m. in the Michigan Room of the Clarion Suites,  on the grounds of the Alliant Energy Center complex, with a walkway connecting to the Exposition Hall.   

 

1962 Golden Jubilee Reunion 

Friday, May 11 and  

Saturday, May 12 

 

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls invites all graduates of the class of 1962 to the Golden Jubilee Reunion.     

 

Wausau Area Alumni Event

June 5, 2012

 

UWRF alumni & friends in Wausau area are cordially invited to an event at the Everest Inn in Wausau. Provost Fernando Delgado will be your special guest from UW-River Falls.

 

Green Bay/Fox River Valley Alumni Event

June 6, 2012

 

All alumni & friends in Green bay/Fox River Valley area are cordially invited to an event at the Fox Harbor Pub and Grill in Green Bay. Chancellor Dean Van Galen and his wife, Mary, UW-River Falls Provost Fernando Delgado will be your specials guests from campus.

 

Milwaukee Brewers Alumni Event

June 8, 2012

 

All alumni and friends are cordially invited to a fun-filled evening with the Milwaukee Brewers. A tailgate meal will precede the Brewers game against the San Diego Padres. Our group tickets and reserve din section 208 and are available on a limited basis. Chancellor Dean Van Galen and his wife, Mary, will be your specials guests from campus.

 

Wisconsin State FFA Convention Alumni Reception

June 11-14

 

Planning on attending the Wisconsin State FFA meeting? Be sure to stop by the CAFES alumni reception on Wednesday afternoon, June 13. For more information contact Laura Walsh, at (715) 425-3535 or by email at laura.walsh@uwrf.edu.

 

Don Page Falcon Varsity Club Golf Outing

Monday, June 18, 2012

 

UWRF alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend the annual Don Page Falcon Club Golf Outing held at the River Falls Golf Club. A round of golf, dinner and program are planned for the day. For further information, contact the Athletic Department at (715) 425-3900.

 

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (CAFES)

July 17-19, 2012

 

If you're coming to Farm Technology Days in Outagamie County be sure to stop by the Alumni Tent. Each day at 11am and 2pm we're hosting receptions for our alumni. For more information contact Laura Walsh, at (715) 425-3535 or by email at laura.walsh@uwrf.edu.

 

Regional Alumni Rendezvous - Appleton (CAFES)

July 18, 2012

 

With so many UWRF CAFES alumni on the east side of the state, we needed to do something to acknowledge that! Get together with your fellow "east coast" alumni.  We're gathering at the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Appleton campus at 6pm. The campus is easy to get to, just off Hwy 41 on the northwest side of the city. Stay tuned for more details.

 

UWRF Homecoming

Saturday, September 29

 

Mark your calendar and make your plans to join your friends for the Homecoming parade in downtown River Falls followed by a barbeque at the new University Center. Other scheduled events include alumni and friend's coffee hour, campus tours, and various reunions that start before and after the football game.

 

UW-River Falls Alumni Cruise

Oct. 31-Nov. 8

Istanbul to Athens

 

Savor the sights and sounds of legendary lands aboard the beautifully appointed Oceania Cruises Marina, a vessel offering some of the best service and amenities at sea. This journey sets sail from Istanbul across the mythic Aegean to ancient ports of call in Turkey and Greece. Click herefor more information

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For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In This Issue
  • UWRF News  Nilsestuen Endowment to Benefit UW-River Falls
  • Success Story  UW-River Falls Emeriti Faculty Receive Outstanding Service Awards
  • Traditions S. Mark Tyler Shares Business Experiences as Executive-in-Residence
  • Need to Know  UWRF Mourns Loss of Former Chancellor George R. Field
  • In (and Out) of The Classroom  UWRF Hosts Public Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewings
UWRFNewsUWRF News

Former secretary of agriculture in Wisconsin, Rod Nilsestuen 

Nilsestuen Endowment to Benefit UW-River Falls

 

A permanent endowment from the Rod Nilsestuen Legacy Fund will enhance the learning mission at UW-River Falls. The $50,000 gift will create the Rod Nilsestuen Visiting Scholar Program at UWRF.

The Nilsestuen Visiting Scholar will interact with students, faculty, alumni and friends of the university, and will present a public lecture. The endowment is expected to grow over time under the leadership of UW-River Falls and future contributors.

 

"Rod Nilsestuen was one of our university's most accomplished alumni and was widely known as a visionary leader who had a major impact on Wisconsin and beyond," says UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen. "The University is deeply grateful to the Nilsestuen family and the Ralph K. Morris Foundation for establishing the Rod Nilsestuen Visiting Scholar Program at UW-River Falls."   

Nilsestuen, a longtime cooperative leader and former secretary of agriculture in Wisconsin, was a UWRF alumnus. He died in a drowning accident in Lake Superior in July 2010. The gift was announced March 30 at the Rod Nilsestuen Legacy Event, a daylong conference at the university that explored agriculture and conservation themes.  

 

To read more, visit the UWRF News Release.
 
SuccessStorySuccess Story

 Curt Larson & Neal Prochnow

UW-River Falls Emeriti Faculty Receive Outstanding Service Awards

 

Former UWRF physics faculty members Curt Larson and Neal Prochnow received Sigma Pi Sigma Outstanding Service Awards at the UWRF spring Physics Department banquet March 23.

Larson is an alumnus of UWRF (class of 1960) and an emeriti faculty member, teaching physics at UWRF from 1965 to 2001. He is a charter member of the UWRF chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, serving as the first chapter advisor. Larson's efforts as professor, advisor and department chair were vital to the growth and success of the physics program at UWRF, including the growth in the membership of Sigma Pi Sigma and the related student organization, the Society of Physics Students. He has continued his support of the program after retirement, including endowing the Curt and Dee Larson Scholarship.

 

Prochnow is also an alumnus of UWRF (class of 1962) and an emeriti faculty member, teaching physics from 1964 to 1986, at which time he became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences until 1998. Prochnow is a charter member of the UWRF chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma. During his tenure as faculty member, department chair and dean, he was always supportive of the activities of Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students. He played an important role in the growth and success of the program. He has continued his support of students at UWRF after his retirement, including endowing the Dean Neal Prochnow Arts and Sciences Scholarship.

 
TraditionsTraditions

S. Mark Tyler Shares Business Experiences as Executive-in-Residence

S. Mark Tyler, President and Founder of OEM Fabricators

 

Executive-in-Residence S. Mark Tyler, president and founder of OEM Fabricators, Inc., of Woodville, shared his personal and career experiences with students, faculty, staff and community members at a lecture, "Defining and Achieving Success," April 3 in the Riverview Ballroom. Tyler also spoke to students in the Business Process Management class earlier in the day. 

 

The Executive-in-Residence program, sponsored by the College of Business and Economics and WESTconsin Credit Union, gives students a personal glimpse into the business world.

  

To read more, visit the UWRF News Release.

 

 

 

NeedtoKnowNeed to Know

 

George Field

Former Chancellor George Field

 

UWRF Mourns Loss of Former Chancellor George R. Field

 

The UWRF community was saddened by the death of former UWRF Chancellor George R. Field on Feb. 10, following a short illness. Field, 82, served as president and later chancellor of UWRF from 1968-1985.

During his tenure, Field handled the merger of the River Falls campus with the University of Wisconsin System. The merger created one board of regents to oversee all of Wisconsin's public universities and established the set of administrative procedures that govern UW-River Falls down to the present. With the merger, the president's title was officially changed to chancellor.

 

Chancellor Field strengthened the shared governance decision-making structure of the university. He brought the faculty senate, the student senate, and later the academic staff council into the policy-making process. During his tenure the enrollment grew from under 4,000 to nearly 5,500 students. He also oversaw the construction of Rodli Commons, Hunt Arena, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, Centennial Science Hall, and numerous other construction projects.

"Dr. George Field led the University with great wisdom during a time of growth, challenge and change, including the transition of Wisconsin State University-River Falls in 1971 to become part of the University of Wisconsin System," says UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen. "During his tenure as president and chancellor, Dr. Field built extraordinarily strong and positive relationships on campus and in the community."

 

"Dr. George Field will always be remembered as one of the most effective and personable leaders in the 137 year history of UW-River Falls," says Van Galen. "Our campus extends condolences to his wife, Marcella, and to the entire Field family."  
In (and out of) the Classroom
UWRF's Planetarium

UWRF Hosts Public Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewings

 

Free public observatory viewings and astronomy discussions are offered each semester on campus through the UWRF Physics Department. The last session this semester is set for April 24.

 

A discussion, "Star-crossed: Astronomy and Shakespeare," by physics Professor Eileen Korenic will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Room 271 Centennial Science Hall and then at 9 p.m. telescope viewing will be held on the third floor observatory deck.

A Physics Department faculty member and/or student staffs each telescope and is available to answer questions. Observers are encouraged to stay and look at as many elements as possible including planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars.

 

All observatory viewings are dependent on a clear sky. Please call 715-425-3560 after 6 p.m. or visit www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/Schedule.cfm and click on "observatory" to verify that the sky is clear enough for viewing. The talk will go on regardless of the weather.