February 2021
UWRF News
UWRF has received a $1 million challenge gift to support its new Science and Technology Innovation Center (SciTech) from UWRF alums Jeff and Kristi Cernohous. Read more.
UWRF will become one of the few institutions in the country to offer a doctoral degree in Montessori studies, an alternative education method focused on self-motivated learning and collaboration. Story courtesy of RiverTowns, Feb. 5. Read more.
Success Stories
They say accountants are boring. But when alum Maureen Pechacek retired from PwC LLP, her 39-year legacy included many impressive undertakings. Story and photo courtesy of Forbes, Jan. 19. Read more.
For alum Michael Mader, running a company is more than dollars and cents. The 27-year-old Twin Cities entrepreneur and co-founder of Hippy Feet is known for giving back to the community. Story courtesy of RiverTowns, Feb. 22. Read more.
Traditions
UW System President Tommy Thompson recently told farm owners, agriculture and dairy officials, and researchers that the system’s effort to add agriculture extension agents is another illustration of the renewed Wisconsin Idea. Story courtesy of Watertown Daily Times, Jan. 20. Read more.
Need to Know
The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Council of Chancellors has voted unanimously to begin winter sports competition the week of Feb. 1, with all schedules featuring competition against only conference opponents. Read more.
After nearly a year of pandemic-related disruptions, UWRF has pledged a return to “a traditional full college experience” in the fall. Story courtesy of RiverTowns, Feb. 18. Read more.
In (and Out of) the Classroom
After committing $1 million in 2020 towards funding better dairy research equipment, the Dairy Innovation Hub has awarded nearly 20 grants to researchers on UW campuses. Story and photo courtesy of Wisconsin State Farmer, Feb. 2. Read more.
The UWRF Random Acts Student Organization  partnered with Love One Another and Random Acts for an on-campus donation drive to help the Twin Cities homeless population. Read more.
Seeking nominations for 2021 Distinguished Teacher and 2021 Adviser of the Year awards

Alumni from the classes of 2016-20 and current students are invited to assist in honoring exceptional faculty who make a difference! Nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Teacher Award and 2021 Adviser of the Year Award are now open. Visit www.uwrf.edu/awards/ for complete instructions and the online nomination form for each award. Please submit your nominations by Friday, March 19.

Celebrating Black History Month with
alum success and UWRF student conversations


Celebrating the accomplishments of our alumni and students during Black History Month is a time that UWRF feels especially proud.

  • Meet Chaplain Rich Stoglin, a 1979 graduate, with an amazing career in the military while continuing to serve in his community.
  • UWRF students share their conversations about education, race and community.

Alumni Calendar

Save The Date
Falcon Giving Day is Friday, April 9. Watch for emails and more information. Home is where the is.

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.