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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 Award

River Falls resident Jeff McCardle received the highest award that UW-River Falls can present to a community member, the Outstanding Service Award.

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 AwardChancellor and award recipients

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. More.

Alumni and Friends in Switzerland and Italy's Lake Garda

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 Information.

$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

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 information: http://www.wisconsin.edu/spirit/

Saturday, June 12, 2004 Big UW System Reunion at Miller Park/ UW-RF Day

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 information.

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.

Jim Helminiak Holds Walleye 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.

Falcon Athletics Review

Men's Basketball

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.

Women's Hockey

Carlson Named NCHA Player of the Year. More.

Seven Women's Hockey Team Members Named All-NCHA More.

Men's Hockey

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. More.

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