Alumni Newsletter Contents Spring 2004
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Chancellor Ann M. Lydecker 1944-2004
On Thursday March 25, 2004 Ann M. Lydecker the 14th
Chancellor of UW-River Falls and first woman chancellor, died at the scene
of a traffic accident in rural Pierce County. Her influence on the University,
community, and state of Wisconsin is described best through hundreds
of condolences from colleagues, students, faculty, staff, friends
and community members. Here are a few of them:
The first and only time I spoke to Chancellor Lydecker was when I was
walking with my friends to a basketball game. None of us knew her, yet
she came up to us, put an arm around us and started a conversation with
us. She was incredibly down to earth and genuine. Although I only spoke
with her once, I have the greatest respect for her and her work at this
University. She was amazing and she will be forever remembered as nothing
less than that. - Ashley, student
I am deeply saddened by the death of my good friend, Chancellor Ann
Lydecker, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, Bill, her
family, friends and colleagues. Ann had a contagious enthusiasm and
passion for her work. Her leadership at the University of Wisconsin
– River Falls and her involvement in the community will be greatly
missed. Her contributions will live on. River Falls has lost a great
advocate, and Wisconsin has lost a dynamic leader in higher education.
- Sheila Harsdorf, State Senator
When she handed me my diploma in December of 2001, she whispered in
my ear, “Jolene, go out there and make us proud.” Her words
echo in my head with each personal and professional step I take in life.
Her encouragement will never been forgotten.
- Jolene Bracy, December 2001 Graduate
I remember passing Ann on the sidewalk about two months after she arrived
on campus. As we passed, I said hello, and she replied "Hello,
Mike!" How did she know my name? I was stunned, and I think I actually
stopped and asked her how she knew who I was. She laughed and said she
wanted to know everyone's name! That was the way Ann was. You knew when
you talked to her that she cared. And her involvement in campus activities!
I personally believe that she was largely responsible for keeping our
morale up on campus for the last four years, during difficult times
for higher education in Wisconsin. She will be greatly missed. -
Mike Middleton, Department of Plant and Earth Science
Review memorial Web page
Following are stories authored before the death of Chancellor Lydecker
Jeff McCardle ’78, Receives Distinguished Service
River Falls resident Jeff McCardle received the highest award
that UW-River Falls can present to a community member, the Outstanding
McCardle was honored at the University's fall commencement ceremony on
Dec. 20 at the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center.
The award was established to recognize those individuals outside of the
University community that have made exemplary contributions
to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls through their support of the
institution's goals and their volunteer efforts.
McCardle, who is a 1978 graduate, is the senior business
loan officer for WESTconsin Credit Union in River Falls.
Chancellor Ann Lydecker said she was pleased with the nomination of McCardle,
which was advanced to her by the Faculty Senate External Relations Committee.
"Jeff McCardle is one of our stellar alumni and community
members who engages fully, not partially, in giving back to his
University and finding ways to ensure that the University and community
are partners to the benefit of both," Lydecker said.
University Receives Diversity Award
UW-River Falls has been recognized for its innovative practices to promote
diversity on campus in a new award presented by the State of Wisconsin.
Chancellor Ann Lydecker led a delegation on Thursday, Oct. 30, to receive
the Educational Diversity Award from Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara
Lawton in a ceremony in the State Capitol in Madison. UW-RF was
selected for the award by the State Council on Affirmative Action and
the Office of State Employment Relations. More.
Senior Faculty Member Named Top Teacher
Ed Peterson, faculty member with 50 years of teaching
service at UW-River Falls, and who is recognized as a pre-eminent scholar
on Nazi Germany and the Russian Occupation of East Germany and Poland
following World War II, has been selected as the Distinguished Teacher.
Alumni and Friends in Switzerland and Italy's
This travel opportunity, open to all UW-RF alumni and friends, combines
two of Europe's most outstanding locations, the Swiss Alps and
the Northern Italian Lake District.
The Italian Lakes are a haven of peace and tranquility. For centuries
this region has inspired poets, artists and composers with its magnificent
beauty and fine wine and culinary delights.
Switzerland is referred to by many as the most spectacular and picturesque
country in the world. Experience the splendor of the mountains, quaint
Swiss villages, and the charm of the people. More
$1499 (plus taxes and fees)
September 24 - October 2, 2004
Minneapolis/St. Paul departure
Upcoming Alumni Events
April 24, 2004 Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Event
"A TASTE OF UW-RIVER FALLS"
All alumni and friends are invited to the home of Fred and Marjory
Olson in Silver Spring, Maryland. We will be serving a wide variety
of University made cheese and sausage products, and of course the University's
famous bratwurst! The reception will begin at 3:00 P.M. and will be followed
by a University update and a presentation by Jonathan Eisch,
a UW-RF sophomore double majoring in physics and mathematics. He recently
travelled to the South Pole as part of the IceCube Project conducting
research on cosmic ray detection. He has made presentations at the National
Association of Physics Teachers meetings and most recently at the IceCube
Collaboration meetings in Mons, Belgium. For more information contact
the Office of University Advancement toll-free at 1-877-258-6647.
May 7, 2004 "UW Spirit Day"
Join alumni, friends, and members of the university community on Friday,
May 7, for a special celebration ~ the first statewide "UW Spirit
Day" ~ to celebrate the contributions of our hundreds of
thousands of UW alumni and students, parents, faculty, staff and friends.
Wear UW-RF colors and clothing to work. Help us show that the UW is in
every community and business in Wisconsin! Click on this link for more
Saturday, June 12, 2004 Big UW System Reunion at Miller Park/ UW-RF
Join us for UW-RF Day at Miller Park. Our annual alumni gathering with
the Brewers is being held in conjunction with all the UW System schools.
Help us make a strong showing of alumni spirit for UW-River Falls. Contact
the Office of University Advancement toll-free at 1-877-258-6647 for ticket
June 25-26, 2004 Alumni Weekend
All alumni are invited to attend our eighteenth annual Alumni
Weekend. Special recognition will be given to the classes of
1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969 and 1974.
July 11-16, 2004 Alumni Fishing Trip, Wiley Point Wilderness Lodge Sioux
Narrows, Ontario, Canada. (Space available.)
Jim Helminiak, who developed and taught a revolutionary
sport fishing class at UW-River Falls for 30 years, will be the special
guest of the Alumni Association as we venture north to Canada for an exciting
fishing adventure. Please join us for four full days of fishing in one
of the world's best angling locales. All alumni and friends are invited
to join us for this trip of a lifetime. More.
The men’s basketball team celebrates the first conference
championship in over 50 years. More.
Melzer Named NABC Player of the Year. More.
Bowen Named NABC West Region Coach of the Year. More.
Carlson Named NCHA Player of the Year. More.
Seven Women's Hockey Team Members Named All-NCHA More.
Nine members of the men's hockey team have been named to the 2004 All-NCHA
and All-WIAC teams. Steve Freeman was named the WIAC Co-Coach of the Year.
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