April 2021
University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson has announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at the UW-River Falls. Read more.
Success Stories
The River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau shined a much-appreciated light on UWRF in March as they recognized the institution as its Large Business of the Year. The annual awards event is an opportunity to recognize businesses and individuals who make a difference in the community. Read more.
Michael Harris, a UWRF alumnus who went on to dedicate more than four decades to UWRF as an admired and respected professor, researcher, department chair and dean, is being recognized in two significant ways: a new fund and a renamed lab in his honor. Read more.
In a sign that traditional college experiences are slowly returning to campus, UWRF is planning a limited in-person commencement for its spring graduates on Saturday, May 1. Read more.
Need to Know
The annual Summer Concert Series held at the Wall Amphitheatre has been cancelled for summer 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns. Read more.
In (and Out of) the Classroom
The Student Voice student newspaper has received eight awards in the Collegiate Better Newspaper Contest and a student’s pandemic story received a broadcasting award. Read more.
Headlines in the international journal of science, Nature, are of keen interest to the UWRF and its physics faculty. Read more.
UW-River Falls student Blair Wermuth was recognized for excellence in research communication during the WiSys Quick Pitch April 7. Read more.
UWRF Interim Chancellor Connie Foster spent a busy two days at the Wisconsin capitol April 13-14 talking to multiple elected officials about campus budget priorities. This was just one step of many in a coordinated advocacy plan as the Joint Committee on Finance moves towards budget deliberations over the coming weeks. A major topic of focus was UWRF’s request for $116.73M in capital funds for the Science and Technology Innovation Center.

The Giving Day results are in … and UWRF wins!
The “Border Battle” totals are in and it was a record-setting day for UW-River Falls Giving Day on April 9! 

We asked you to pick your favorite state, Minnesota or Wisconsin, as you made your gifts to the UWRF Foundation. Team Wisconsin registered more than $24,000 in designated gifts, while Team Minnesota raised more than $9,000. Overall, nearly $40,000 was raised to support UWRF’s people, programs and projects, making it the most successful Giving Day in UWRF history. 

Congratulations to our Giving Day winners! Kathy Hotovek won the UWRF prize pack, Shirley Christenson won Brewers/Twins tickets, and Julie Rayhorn won Badger-Gopher football tickets.

Thanks to all donors for your remarkable support. We’re already looking forward to our next Giving Day and your participation. Mark your calendars for Friday, April 8, 2022!

Alumni Calendar

Register for 36 free career lectures that are part of the Alumni Association's commitment to help you reach your career goals! Four speakers every month through October. More information in the link. Sign up today!

Three great books and two remaining discussions: May 13 and Sept. 23. Follow the link for book information and registration.

The latest Falcon Features magazine is available online. Take a look at these awesome Falcon stories.