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Saturday, April 28 


All alumni and friends are invited to a special benefit for student scholarships. Details forthcoming.

Arizona and California  
Alumni Events

San Francisco Alumni Event

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Presidio Social Club
563 Ruger Street
San Francisco, Calif. 


Orange County Alumni Event

Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m.
Jim and Mary Allen's home

30771 Hunt Club Road
San Juan Capistrano, Calif.  


Tuscon Area Alumni Event

Friday, Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Tanque Verde Ranch
14301 E. Speedway

Tuscon, Ariz.  


Mesa Alumni Event

Saturday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m.
Arizona Golf Resort
425 S. Power Rd.
Mesa, Ariz.

Alumni Calendar

Men's Hockey Alumni Reunion

Saturday, Feb. 11 


Annual Men's Hockey Alumni Reunion. R.S.V.P. to David Almquist at or call 651-353-5035.


Men's Basketball Reunion

Saturday, Feb. 11


Annual Men's Basketball Alumni Weekend. Call Alumni Relations toll free at 877-258-6647 or e-mail to make your reservation by Monday, Feb. 6.


Wisconsin Counselor Association Conference Reception
Thursday, Feb. 23 
The UWRF Counseling Program invites all alumni and friends to this annual conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Madison, Wis.  The reception will run from 5:30-7 p.m. at a site to be determined at the Hilton Hotel.
For further information, check the UWRF counseling program facebook page or email Mark Gillen at or call 715-425-3890.


UWRF Dance Theatre Reunion

Saturday, Mar. 31 


Please join us to celebrate 30 years of UWRF Dance Theatre in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. For more information, contact Karla Zhe, dance program coordinator, at or call 715-425-3131.


Midwest Horse Fair Alumni Reception (CAFES)

Saturday, Apr. 21 


The Midwest Horse Fair´┐Ż 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. For further information, contact the Alumni Relations Office toll free at 877-258-6647 or e-mail       

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 here for more information. 

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 

For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In This Issue

Proposed renovations 

Cascade Avenue Renovations Set For Spring


UWRF and the City of River Falls have partnered in one of the largest local roadway projects in River Falls as
renovations begin on Cascade Avenue this spring.


During phase 1 of the construction, set to begin in April, Cascade Avenue will be closed from Spruce Street through 6th Street (in reference to UWRF, from May Hall to Rodli Hall). Phase 1 includes adding two roundabouts: at the intersection of Cascade and 6th Street and at Cascade and 2nd Street.


The estimated cost of phase 1 of the project is more than $5.5 million.

For more information, visit


SuccessStorySuccess Story
Arlin and Marilyn Albrecht

UWRF Alumni Commit $400,000 to Falcon Scholars "Albrecht Challenge"


UWRF alumni Arlin ('58) and Marilyn ('56) Albrecht of Red Wing, Minn., know the importance of scholarship support. They have issued a challenge to fellow alumni and friends to provide more scholarships for students at UW-River Falls. 


Through the Albrecht Challenge, gifts of $1,000 or more to the newly established Falcon Scholars program will be matched by the Albrechts. Funding the initial four years of the Falcon Scholars program will require $800,000 in charitable gifts, and the Albrechts are challenging others to donate to the Falcon Scholars program by pledging $400,000 - or half of the amount necessary. 


"We truly understand the importance of scholarships and want to do what we can to promote the university's mission of providing a high-value education to deserving students," said Mr. Albrecht, who was named UWRF Distinguished Alumnus in 2010.


Mrs. Albrecht added, "As the recipient of the university's first ever scholarship in 1954 the opportunity to encourage others to support a new signature scholarship program at my alma mater is doubly sweet. The university has enriched our lives and it is our pleasure to create new opportunities for future Falcons." 


To read more, visit the UWRF News Release.


UWRF Honors Outstanding Service Award Recipients


Each year UWRF honors individuals, companies, or governmental bodies that have made significant, sustained and lasting contributions to the mission of the university with the Outstanding Service Award. This year four deserving honorees--one company and three individuals--are recipients of the award, first established by the UW-River Falls Faculty Senate in 1983: Ag Star Financial Services, Wanda Brown, Phyllis Goldin, and Trudy Popenhagen.    


More information on the recipients, who were honored at fall commencement on Dec. 18, can be found at UWRF News Release.  


Left to rightGreg Steele of Ag Star Financial; Wanda Brown; Phyllis Goldin;  Chancellor Dean Van Galen; Trudy Popenhagen; and Kayla Poppe of Ag Star Financial 



NeedtoKnowNeed to Know

CBE Maintains Prestigious AACSB Accreditation


UWRF has maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.   


Only 643 schools of business, or less than five percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.


The UWRF achievement will be recognized in April at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting held in San Diego, Calif.   


To read more, visit the UWRF News Release.   
InandOutIn (and Out) of The Classroom


UWRF Students Get a "Buzz" Out of Learning Biology


Students in the UWRF Biology 150 course were decked out recently in their bee suits listening to Jerome Rodewald discuss honeybee management at his local apiary.


UW-River Falls professors Kim Mogen, Karen Klyczek, and Brad Mogen are collaborating with Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota professor of entomology who recently received a McArthur Genius Award for her work on honeybees, to help shed light on our nation's diminishing honeybee populations by bringing research into the classroom. 


As well as becoming familiar with bee anatomy, physiology, management and ecology, UWRF students are performing authentic scientific research.


To read more, visit the UWRF News Release.