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Winter 2010

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Along the Southfork

Lloyd named recipient of UW System award


Amy Lloyd, UWRF Leadership and Service coordinator, received the 2009 UW System Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence. Each year since 1998, two $5,000 awards have been made to non-instructional administrative and professional academic staff members at UW System institutions in recognition of their exceptional service to the University. Lloyd, the 2007 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Academic Staff, was presented with the Regents Award for Excellence at the UW System Board of Regents meeting last summer.

New MBA director selected


Claire McCarty Kilian, a UWRF College of Business and Economics professor of management, was named the new director of the Master of Business Administration program last summer.

Kilian joined the UWRF faculty in 2000. She has more 20 years of teaching and consulting experience in the area of management and human resources. She earned her B.A. degree in psychology and anthropology at UW-Madison and her Ph.D. in labor and human resources/organizational behavior from The Ohio State University.

Her professional research and interests include the development of cases illustrating management practices, ethical leadership, negotiations and influence and systems thinking. Kilian has worked as a consultant with Mayo Clinic, Wausau Homes, Milwaukee Children’s Hospital and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.

University Center receives award of excellence

The UWRF University Center was one of five buildings to receive a Facility Design Award of Excellence at the Association of College Unions International National Conference in April. Each year, the ACUI presents the award to those buildings that represent excellence in design of student-centered facilities that support campus community building and student learning. Cara Rubis, director of the University Center, and Jan van den Kieboom, from Workshop Architects of Milwaukee; the architects for the University Center, were present to accept the award


Dairy Judging team the best

The UWRF Dairy Judging Team brought home the first place trophy at the 41st Annual All-American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held in Harrisburg, Penn. in September. Competing against 14 other collegiate teams, the UWRF team received the coveted trophy. The remaining teams in the top five included the University of Minnesota at second place, Penn State University at third place, Virginia Tech at fourth place, and Cal-Polytechnic State University at fifth place.

The competition included dairy cattle judging, oral reasons and linear evaluations. UWRF student Courtney Kieffer led the team to victory by winning high individual in placings and oral reasons, and the team was also the high team in reasons. This is the second time the team took first place, having done so in 2007 also.

UWRF named ‘A Best in the Midwest’ University

UWRF is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected UWRF as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature, “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

“We are pleased to be selected among this distinct group of colleges and universities selected for recognition by The Princeton Review,” said UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen. “It speaks well of the dedication of our faculty and staff, the quality of our courses and programs, and our strong commitment to being a leader in higher education in the region.”

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, “We chose UW-River Falls and the other terrific schools we recommend as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs…We also take into account what each school’s customers—their students—report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey.”

Chemistry professor distinguished teacher


Dan Marchand, a professor in the chemistry department since 2001 and who serves as coordinator of the university’s Science Day was named the Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

Marchand teaches introductory general chemistry, general chemistry, general organic chemistry, pharmacology and separation science laboratory, a new course he designed that emphasizes the methods of analysis related to problems in biochemistry and biotechnology.

Marchand is an organizer for the Minnesota Chromatography Forum, has been involved in the UWRF First Year Experience, and, with his academic department, assisted with the development of a new “Organic First” chemistry curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation. The curriculum has the potential to be a national model for higher education chemistry.

Psychology professor honored

Travis Tubré, a professor in the psychology department, was selected as The Academic Adviser of the Year.


Tubré, who joined the faculty in 2001, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Southwestern Louisiana and master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Texas A&M University.

His courses include general psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, employee selection and training, psychological testing and research methods. In 2006, he was named the outstanding mentor for the UWRF McNair Scholars Program. Tubré has also received an Excellence in Advising Award and an Excellence in Scholarship Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. He was also named the 2008 Distinguished Teacher.

Glenn Potts named CBE dean

Glenn Potts, who previously served as the director of the Master of Business Administration degree program and an associate dean in the College of Business and Economics, took charge of the college he has served with distinction last summer.

Potts, a professor of economics, joined the faculty in 1976. His academic areas of expertise include money and banking, statistics and quantitative analysis.

“I am very happy to be appointed dean of the College of Business and Economics. I am looking forward to working with the faculty  staff, and students in the college to build on a strong base,” said Potts, who was named Distinguished Teacher in 1982 and Outstanding Teacher in Social Sciences in 1989.


Case IH, UWRF ink long-term partnership

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will benefit for years to come from a partnership between the University, Case IH Agriculture and Value Implement.

The partnership will provide access to the latest agricultural equipment and precision farming technologies available, as well as the expertise of Case IH and the Value Implement staff.

University students, staff and the chancellor celebrated the signing on the campus
in November.

“UWRF is extremely pleased to be able to enter into this educational partnership with Case IH and its local dealer,” UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen said. “Access to cutting edge technology is a critical component in many of the programs on our campus. Hands-on interaction with that technology increases the depth and quality of the learning experiences for students. The generosity of Case IH and Value Implement will make it much easier for us to provide for that access and interaction.”

A combination of new Case IH tractors, skid steers, tillage implements, a planter and a combine, delivered in early 2010 and each year thereafter, will be used for the day-to-day operations of the 137-acre Campus Farm and the 477-acre Mann Valley Farm where approximately 50 students work and learn to manage an enterprise.

As part of the agreement, Case IH and Value Implement will be available to support classroom instruction and community activities such as University Field Days with hands-on field demonstrations. Students also will be invited to participate in the annual Case IH Student Plant Tour offered at one of its U.S. manufacturing locations: Racine; Benson, Minn.; Fargo, N.D.; Goodfield, Ill.; or Grand Island, Neb.

In turn, Case IH and Value Implement will have the opportunity to bring potential customers and employees to the UWRF laboratory farms to see Case IH equipment in action.

2009 Forward Under 40 award recipient

The Wisconsin Alumni Association last spring named Genella Stubrud, a first-year faculty member in teacher education, a 2009 Forward Under 40 award recipient. Now in its second year, the Forward Under 40 award honors young UW grads who are living out the Wisconsin Idea, a principle that states the benefits of the university should extend to the borders of the state and around the world. All UW-Madison graduates under the age of 40 are eligible for the award.


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