April 16, 2004
UW-River Falls Joins Statewide "Spirit Day"
UW-River Falls will participate in a statewide "UW Spirit Day" on Friday, May 7, to showcase and celebrate the contributions of the nearly 500,000 UW alumni who live and work in Wisconsin.
Alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends are invited to participate in "UW Spirit Day" by wearing their home campus colors, logo wear, and/or a "Spirit Badge" to show their UW connection in schools, hospitals, banks, businesses and hometowns throughout Wisconsin.
"More than half a million Wisconsin citizens are proud members of our UW community," said UW System President Katharine C. Lyall. "They are literally in every community and every public and private enterprise in Wisconsin. We know that the UW System has a $10 billion annual impact on Wisconsin's economy, but that seems an abstraction to most people. However, when you actually see who our alumni are, the university's impact becomes much more apparent.
"I am very appreciative that our alumni associations came up with this idea to show the reach of our UW alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents and to celebrate our campuses and their achievements."
UW-RF Interim Chancellor Ginny Coombs said the participation of UW-RF alumni, students, faculty and staff in "Spirit Day" activities will be a visible way to show the reach of the institution.
"As a university that falls within the orbit of the Twin Cities, UW-River Falls can be overlooked for the extensive contribution that it makes through its graduates within the St. Croix Valley and the metro.
"This can be a great way to demonstrate the breadth of participation by our alumni in business, industry, education, government and many other sectors in contributing to the vibrancy of our region."
"Spirit Day" badges and stickers can be obtained by contacting the UW-RF Alumni Office at 715/425-3505.
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