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February 7, 2001

UW-RF Planning Inauguration Week

A celebration of the educational mission and regional leadership of UW-River Falls will be the theme for Inauguration Week, set for April 23-28.

The week's activities will culminate in the Installation Ceremony of Dr. Ann Lydecker as the 14th chancellor in the University's 126-year history. That ceremony is set for noon on April 28 and will feature an Inaugural Address by Lydecker in which she will outline her vision of UW-RF for the next decade.

Several dozen faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have been planning the Inauguration Week activities since the beginning of the academic year. They are emphasizing the traditional values of the University as a comprehensive institution whose students, faculty and staff work at engaging students in continuing educational experiences. That mission extends into life-long learning and cultural experiences in which the University shares its expertise with those throughout the St. Croix Valley and Wisconsin.

"I have been really pleased with the level of energy and enthusiasm that our faculty and staff bring to education and that our students bring to learning," Lydecker said. "I'm really excited about sharing my campus friends‹and now my extended family‹with my family. I'm particularly looking forward to showcasing the University to higher education chancellors and presidents from throughout the region," Lydecker said.

"Banner" events have been set throughout the week, including concerts by each music department ensemble and also by a Wyman Series performance by guitarist Leo Kottke.

Each college is sponsoring a forum that addresses critical issues for the future of the St. Croix Valley and Wisconsin.

They include:

• Monday, April 23. "Democracy for Sale? Media, Money and Politics" A panel discussion, Hagestad Student Center at 4 p.m., followed by the keynote address, "How Democratic is Our Political Process?" at 7 p.m. in the North Hall Auditorium. It will be delivered by Charles Lewis. the director of The Center for Public Integrity, and a former reporter with "60 Minutes." They keynote is 7 p.m. in the North Hall Auditorium. The forum is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Departments of Journalism and Political Science.

• Tuesday, April 24. "Urban Sprawl Issues: Smart Growth." Sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. 2 p.m. Hagestad Student Center.

•Wednesday, April 25. Unity in the Community Day multicultural diversity day.

• Thursday, April 26. "The St. Croix Valley of the Future: Planning and Growth." Presentations Regional Planning Agencies. Sponsored by the School of Business & Economics. 2 p.m. Rodli Commons.

• Friday, April 27. "Educational Change through P-16 Partnerships." UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. Sponsored by the College of Education & Graduate Studies. Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. 2 p.m..

•"Saturday, April 28. The Public University in the 21st Century" Bridgewater State President Adrian Tinsley and UW-Stout Chancellor Charles Sorensen. Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. 8:30 a.m.

Many other activities also are scheduled throughout the week, including Scholarly Research Day, the Wisconsin Art Education Association Spring Conference, and a meeting of the Chancellors of the University of Wisconsin System. High School counselors also will be invited to a reception by the Admissions Department and Chancellor Lydecker. Displays of UW-RF history and partnerships will be exhibited, too.

The week will culminate with the Installation Ceremony at noon in the Knowles Physical Education & Recreation Building on April 28. It will feature performances by all UW-RF music ensembles, a processional in academic garb by faculty and staff as well as higher education institutions from throughout the Midwest and national Learned Societies, as well as students.

The day's activities will include a community open reception in the afternoon and a banquet in the evening.

For more information about Inauguration Week, contact Public Affairs Director Mark Kinders at 715/425-3771 of visit

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