April 17, 1998
Gov. Thompson to Participate in Groundbreaking
Gov. Tommy Thompson will participate with other dignitaries in a groundbreaking ceremony on April 27 for a new $6.5 million teacher education center at UW-River Falls.
The ceremony is set for 4 p.m. near the existing Ames Teacher Education Center. It will feature remarks by Thompson, Chancellor Gary A. Thibodeau and other participants.
During his visit to the campus, Thompson also will sign into legislation several acts recently passed by the Wisconsin Legislature. This includes a Wisconsin-Minnesota Tuition Reciprocity Act. This version makes permanent the 25-year-old compact in which students pay their home state tuition while attending a university in a neighboring state.
The bill signings will take place in the Alumni Room of South Hall before the groundbreaking ceremony.
The project was designed by HRS Associates, Inc., of La Crosse, will include a two-story facility of 47,000 square feet to be sited between the Ames building and Hathorn Hall on the south side of the main campus.
It represents the first new building in 22 years devoted exclusively to teacher education in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. The facility will provide new advantages to the college:
-A suite of 12 modern classrooms for teacher training surrounding the building's heart: the Educational Technology Center. The Center serves as the hub for introducing undergraduate and graduate education students to emerging instructional and information technologies.
-Creation of a regional Outreach Center that will provide laboratory services from faculty and students to educators and regional residents through the Departments of Communicative Disorders, Counseling and School Psychology, Social Work and the Reading Center. For the first time, the College will have therapy rooms and group counseling rooms for these services, in addition to upgraded diagnostic facilities.
-Continuation of a Pre-school program for children age 4 and under as a laboratory for the College's Early Childhood Program.
The College of Education & Professional Studies traces its roots to the founding of the State Normal School at River Falls in 1874 to train teachers. The college has been nationally recognized for the breadth of its teacher training programs and was recently named one of the 10 best programs in the nation.
Completion is expected by October 1999 for a dedication ceremony to coincide with a meeting on campus of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.