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April 2007

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Life Lessons

Bill Boehm, a 1970 graduate and one of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni, returned to campus in February to share with students some of the valuable lessons he has learned through the years. In David Letterman fashion, he counted down the top 10.

“My life lesson number 10 is that River Falls was a great foundation,” said Boehm. “Never doubt what you have here at the university. You couldn’t wish for a better environment.” Boehm went on to speak of the value of hard work, persistence, passion, values and the willingness to be flexible when following career paths.

“Real success is in the ability to lead, not to coerce by position or power,” explained Boehm, senior vice president and president of manufacturing for The Kroger Company. “The higher you go on the corporate ladder, the more this lesson comes true. The landscape is littered with CEOs who didn’t learn that.”

At the heart of Boehm’s speech was an affirmation that family values and ethics are not at odds with a successful career. “The most important lessons I’ve learned are that personal ethics do matter a great deal and that they are compatible with life success.”

Falcon Action Network

UW-River Falls has formed the Falcon Action Network, a dedicated group of Wisconsin residents whose mission is to advocate for the university as it seeks sufficient resources and sound higher education policies. Open to alumni, friends, faculty and staff, FAN keeps you informed on key legislative issues and helps you connect with decision-makers to voice your support for UW-River Falls. Your voice can make a difference in ensuring that future generations of UWRF students receive a top-notch education. Learn more about the Falcon Action Network


And the MVP Award Goes to…

The Kansas City Chiefs organization has won the equivalent of the Super Bowl for outstanding service to the campus and community.

Recipient of the 2006 UWRF Outstanding Service Award, the NFL franchise has called River Falls and the campus its summer home for the past 16 years, giving area residents and visitors a summer filled with fun, football and NFL excitement.

“The Chiefs are an excellent choice for this award,” says Chancellor Don Betz. “The team has been an important member of our university family. They’ve helped us to achieve many institutional objectives, including bringing more visitors to campus, increasing our economic impact on the region, and enhancing our institutional visibility.”

Chiefs President Carl Peterson said the team was pleased to receive the recognition. “On behalf of the entire organization, we are honored to receive this prestigious award. The university and the River Falls community have been outstanding hosts.”

The Outstanding Service Award was established in 1983 to recognize individuals or organizations outside of the university community who have made exemplary contributions to UWRF through support of the institution’s goals and voluntary work to benefit the university.

Fall 2006 Scholarship Dinner

Scholarship donors and student recipients came together in October for an appreciation dinner and program, including contributor Annette Blanchette, right, and scholarship winner Shelby Tritz. More than $440,000, representing 500 scholarships, was awarded through the UWRF Foundation in 2006-07. In addition, 25 new scholarships were created during the year, the largest single-year tally in the Foundation's history.



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