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Winter 2005

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New UW-River Falls Chancellor Named

BetzUniversity of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly made the formal announcement on February 11, 2005, that Dr. Donald Betz has accepted the chancellor position at River Falls. The UW-RF Search and Screen Committee chaired by Dr. Terry Brown, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, forwarded five candidate names to Board of Regents Special Committee for the UW-RF Chancellor Search. After a comprehensive interview process on campus and in Madison, Dr. Betz was selected. He is expected to assume his new duties on July 1, 2005.

Renowned Coach Carter Speaks at UW-River Falls

There is “Coach Carter” the movie and then there was the opportunity for students at UW- River Falls and community members to listen to Coach Ken Carter, the real coach, on Monday, Feb. 7 in the North Hall Auditorium. Carter champions the philosophy “average is not good enough.”
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New Web Site Connects UW Grads With Wisconsin Jobs

An online job posting system that connects Wisconsin employers to University of Wisconsin graduates is in place. The program's goal is to add value to Wisconsin businesses while investing in the overall success of the state's future.

Spring 2005 Events on Campus

There is something for everyone on campus this spring. Plan to join the campus community. Please feel free to use the contact information provided with each event or call the Office of University Advancement toll free at 1- 877-258-6647 for assistance.
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Alumni in the news

Alumna Succeeds at USA Today

For Mary Jo Sylwester, ’94 journalism grad, being in the news is literally an every day affair. Her journey from UW-River Falls to the nation’s largest newspaper, USA Today, is a unique story of hard work, flexibility, and commitment—all accomplished by getting the facts straight along the way.

Congratulations Outstanding Service Awards Recipients

The Outstanding Service Award was established to recognize individuals outside of the university community who have made contributions to UW-RF through support of our goals and their volunteer efforts on our behalf. These awards are recognized once a year at fall commencement.

This year the recipients of the Outstanding Service Award are:


Foundation news

Dahlka Garden Dedicated

Dalka Dedication On a cool, crisp October morning behind the Kleinpell Fine Arts building, the Dahlka Garden was dedicated. The creation of the Dahlka Garden, established by the late Dennis Dahlka, provides students with a peaceful place for study and relaxation.
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Fund for Excellence Campaigns

Spring semester finds students in the University Advancement Call Center busy calling alumni for the Fund for Excellence College campaigns. These funds go directly to the colleges to establish scholarships, provide student research grants, support alumni programming and much more. The success of the Fund for Excellence campaigns and the support of the alumni has been greatly appreciated by the Deans of each college. Thank you for your continued support of UW-RF.

Alumni events

Wong How Man Wong returns to UW-RF

UW-RF 2002 Distinguished Alumnus and China explorer Wong How Man returned to campus this fall to share his story with the campus community. He outlined his research, exploration and conservation work with CERS, the China Exploration and Research Society. CERS and UW-RF have created a pilot project to assist Tibetan communities to learn to make Yak cheese and hopefully create a cottage industry from the sale of Yak milk, butter and cheese.
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2004 Distinguished Alumnus Sigurd Hanson

Distinguished Alumnus Day was celebrated this fall with a visit to campus by Sigurd Hanson, an internationally respected humanitarian whose 25 years of work has led him to Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and central Asia. Sigurd presented to a group of over 350 students and faculty on “Global Trends and Challenges and the Role of Humanitarian Assistance.”
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Alumni Events 2005 Schedule

Plan to join us for an event or two this spring and summer. The 20 th Annual Alumni Weekend is June 24 - 25. Homecoming is set for October 29.

Alumni travel program

2005 Summer Canada Fishing Trip

There is still space available for the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Join alumni and friends on the teeming waters of the Canadian wilderness, July 10-15, 2005.

Imperial Vienna

ViennaJoin UW-RF alumni and friends and experience Vienna – the imperial grande dame – and all that the nearby "Imperial" cities have to offer, April 23 – May 1, 2005.

Experience Greece Tour 2005

If last summer's Olympics got you thinking of taking a tour of Greece, we have an opportunity for you to explore Athens and the Greek islands! Trip dates are May 18- June 2, 2005.

This trip is open to students, alumni, and friends of UW-RF. Cost of the trip is $3,900.

Contact Pat Hanson, Instructor, Intercultural Communications at for additional information or visit their Web site.

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