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Fall 2006

Students and family move belongings into housing

They're back. View photos of student move in days.

University News

UW- River Falls Delegation Travels to the Pacific Rim

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz led a UW-River Falls delegation in late May on a multi-country visit to foster new exchange programs and reaffirm existing ones with Pacific Rim educational institutions.
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Student Center Update

Curiosity and excitement describe the feelings around the campus these days as the new student center is in the final phase of construction. When students return from J Term in January 2007 they will be enjoying the sights and sounds of a new student’s center.

DESTINATION: Our Story in Mississippi

Woman and HomeIn March 2006, Evan Johnson's Special Topics in Speech class joined more than 40 other UW-River Falls students and staff on a service-learning trip to the Mississippi gulf coast. The six-minute video, produced by the class, features UW-RF students bringing Grace Ladner's "dream home" to life as well as other cleanup and rebuilding efforts.
Watch the video

Provost Charles Hurt joins the UW-River Falls Leadership Team

"Charlie brings energy, experience and insight to this vital position," said UW-RF Chancellor Don Betz in a campus announcement July 6. "His collaborative work and leadership and faculty roles have prepared him well for this opportunity."



Alumni in the News

2006 UW-River Falls Graduate Presents Research in Washington D.C.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate Kendra Scudder traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring to present her research at a prestigious competition called Posters on the Hill.

1993 UW-River Falls Alum Wins the National Reining Horse Association Derby

Kelly Zwiefel, 1993 UW- River Falls graduate wins at the National Reining Horse Association Derby in Oklahoma City in May. She also made history riding "Master Snapper," the first horse born, bred and trained in Europe to win the NRHA Derby Open.

Alumnus is Wisconsin School Psychologist of the Year

University of Wisconsin-River Falls alumnus Lamont Houston, the school psychologist for the Shawano-Gresham School District, was named Wisconsin School Psychologist of the Year. Houston received a B.S. in 1982 and an M.S.E. in 1984 from UW- River Falls.

Alumni Events

UW Day at the Minnesota Twins is Saturday, September 30

UW- River Falls alumni are invited to join the Minnesota Twins for their playoff run as they battle the Chicago White Sox for the wild card spot. Game time is 11:10 a.m., discounted tickets are $9.00 per person for upper club seats. Contact Craig Gumz at the Twins ticket office for additional ticket information (612) 375-7437.

Showdown at the RF Corral. Homecoming is Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006

The UW- River Falls Alumni Association invites all alumni to campus to enjoy the return of the Homecoming Parade through downtown River Falls, followed by an all campus barbecue. Then at 1:00 p.m. enjoy the Homecoming football game as UW-River Falls Falcons battle the UW-Stout Blue Devils. Traditional coronation activities will take place at half time. Please plan to join us! Check the Alumni Web site for updated information.

Memorial Tribute to Celebrate the Life of Dr. Blanche Davis Frink

All alumni of UW- River Falls are invited to attend the Blanche Davis Frink tribute on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2p.m. in the Davis Theater. There will be a reception following at 3 p.m. This event follows Alumni Night on Oct. 27 which will include the presentation of “She Stoops to Conquer” with a post performance reception for
alumni in the Syse Theatre. Related story.

For questions or reservations, please contact either:

UW-River Falls All Class Alumni Reunion/River Falls Days Celebration – July 2007

River FallsThe UW- River Falls Alumni Association is hosting an All Class Alumni Reunion set for July 13-14, 2007. A date change, a venue change….we hope you will join us! The new Student Center will be the center of activity for the reunion as well as accommodation options in the new South Fork Suites. There will be tours, workshops and “hands on” educational experiences. This will all be happening during the traditional River Falls Days summer celebration. Please look for more information in the Falcon Features alumni magazine this fall and winter.

Review more upcoming alumni events

Alumni Travel

Northwest China Travel

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Alumni Association and the China Exploration and Research Society (CERS) are co-sponsoring a 14-day adventure to Shangri-La in September 2007. CERS founder and president Wong How Man is a River Falls alumnus. In addition to breathtaking scenery, the region is home to 26 Chinese ethnic minorities—including Tibetans—making it one of the most ancient, culturally diverse and intriguing areas in the country, and the world.

Foundation News

Annual Fund Campaign Has Begun

“Your Help Secures Their Future” --The 2006 UW-River Falls Foundation Annual Fund Campaign--has begun and students will begin calling the end of this month to ask for your support of UW- River Falls.

Please review our achievments made possible by your support.

Alumni Benefits

Credit Card Program

In 1988, the Office of University Advancement and the WESTconsin Credit Union joined efforts to create a credit card program for alumni, staff, faculty, and friends of UW-RF. Each time cardholders use their cards, WCU returns a percentage of each purchase to the UW-RF Foundation. The Foundation uses those funds to support the UW-River Falls Community Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student who meets the criteria. Over time, the goal is to grow the fund so that multiple scholarships may be awarded to deserving students. To date, the fund totals over $27,000. More

Liberty Mutual partners with UW-RF

logoUW-River Falls alumni may be able to experience savings in auto, home, and other personal line insurance products as the result of an agreement with Liberty Mutual. More

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