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Dear Friends,

BetzFall 2007 opens a year full of promise for UW-River Falls. The entire university community has worked for months to prepare both the institutional strategic plan and the institutional self study for the Higher Learning Commission site team visit in April 2008.  And in early October we will host the UW Board of Regents meeting on campus for the first time in almost seven years. It is a unique opportunity to extend our hospitality to members of the Board, the UW System leadership, and staff.  Importantly, it is also our time to introduce the Regents to “Living the Promise,” UWRF’s blueprint for the coming years. This issue of Falcon Features highlights several of the strategic plan’s key dimensions.

The central component of the plan is our commitment to prepare our students, ourselves and our communities for success, for productive and meaningful lives in this, the global century. Our students will graduate into an era of unprecedented change affecting virtually every part of their lives. What we must offer them is confidence based on their capacities to learn and adapt and learn again as a life-long habit. Their confidence will be rooted in their competence. We strive to create such a university environment by reaffirming a culture of learning for all of us at UWRF.

In the goals and initiatives of “Living the Promise” we are trumpeting the power of learning. The power of learning is our response to the challenge of accelerating change. Learning as a passion, as a lifestyle, assures us that we need not fear change. The power of learning can prepare us to lead change, to direct it in order to serve the needs of our families and our communities. In our compressed, globalized world, the power of learning will aid us in devising collaborative solutions to immediate and protracted global issues. The planet’s fundamental challenges defy narrow solutions, and they will require imagination and fresh perspective to be tamed.

With confidence in the power of learning, we are pledging ourselves and the university to intentionally grow that next generation of productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective. By infusing our curriculum and our activities and our community partnerships with concentrations on sustainability, leadership, inclusiveness, and global literacy, we believe that our graduates will be ready to assume a full spectrum of meaningful roles in society.

We cannot do it alone. We need you. Review “Living the Promise” and join us in purposely shaping our communities and the world around us via the actions, ethics and commitments of our students.

The Chinese proverb is instructive:

If you are planning for a year, plant rice;
If you are planning for 10 years, plant trees;
If you are planning for 100 years, educate your children.

At UW-River Falls we are planning and planting for our future. We fervently believe that, with your partnership, counsel and support, we can live the promise of our values, mission and vision. We are building the future. Come and join us.

Don Betz

 

 

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