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April 2007

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Along the South Fork

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David Swensen

In February, The New York Times ran an extensive profile of alumnus David Swensen, ’75, who is chief steward of Yale University’s $20 billion endowment. The article focused on his extraordinary success as a money manager, noting that during his 21 years at Yale, Swensen has beat “the performance of Harvard’s endowment and that of every other major school in the country over the same period….” Times reporter Geraldine Fabrikant pointed out that many of Swensen’s counterparts, who have put in their time with the non-profit sector, leave for more lucrative positions to manage private funds. Not Swensen, who says he’ll stay at Yale “as long as they are willing to have me. I feel privileged to be in a place where the resources that we generate are applied to the world’s problems.”

Retired NASA astronaut and UWRF alumnus Daniel C. Brandenstein, ’65, has been busy discussing space travel with sixth-graders in Florida, according to the Tampa Tribune. In the article, teacher Lynn McDaniel said, “My hope is that he [Brandenstein] has inspired these young people to reach for the stars.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune writer and UWRF alumnus Warren Wolfe, ’69, chronicled his father’s 27-hour, 700-mile wrong turn after leaving a granddaughter’s play in Woodbury in a recent edition of the Star Tribune. Wolfe’s father, Wayne, who is a retired UWRF assistant chancellor for administration and professor of journalism, suffered from transient global amnesia, a temporary condition triggered by stress. A consummate world traveler who had driven to Mexico on countless sojourns, Wayne and wife Marian again took the car safely to Texas and back this winter with the blessing of Wayne’s doctor.


The UWRF greenhouse and horticulture program are featured in the spring issue of St. Croix Valley magazine, published by Metropolitan Media Group of Bloomington, Minn.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Eau Claire Leader Telegram covered the grand opening of the new University Center, a $34 million “green” building overlooking the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. A short segment also appeared on the evening news Jan. 23 on Eau Claire’s WQOW-TV, Channel 18.

Psychology associate professor Cyndi Kernahan and journalism professor Sandy Ellis discussed the psychology of prejudice and racism and media representations of class and race on the Wisconsin Public Radio program, “Conversations with Kathleen Dunn,” in January.

Physics professor Rellen Hardtke was quoted in a Racine Journal Times article on single gender classrooms in Wisconsin. Hardtke said that her preliminary research shows that females in single-sex schools get higher math scores, and males in single-sex schools take more language and English classes.

Chancellor Don Betz and UW System President Kevin Reilly co-wrote an op-ed piece on economic growth and access for the UW System that appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. They outlined three key points critical to a growth agenda, including increasing the number of Wisconsin residents who have four-year degrees; attracting more college graduates to live and work in Wisconsin; and working with the state’s business leaders and government agencies to create knowledge-economy jobs in areas of need.

Biology professor John Wheeler commented on the biology of albinism after the slaying of an albino deer near Clam Falls, Wis., in an article by John Brewer of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Wheeler said that the lack of pigment makes albino animals stand out and more likely to be not as fit for survival and less likely to reproduce.


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