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Campus to Join in UW Spirit Week Activities


APRIL 1, 2005--UW-River Falls invites its alumni, friends and graduates of other UW System campuses to join in a "UW Spirit Day" celebration on Friday, April 15.

The celebration will be held across the state 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.

At UW-RF there will be a celebration in the Falcons Nest of the Hagestad Student Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A group photo will be taken of all UW-RF and UW System alumni at 10 a.m.

Chancellor Virgil Nylander said the celebration is to acknowledge the critical role that Wisconsin public higher education alumni in the state.

"They are literally in every community and every public and private enterprise in Wisconsin," said Nylander. "With more than 30,000 alumni from UW-RF and a half-million UW System alumni across the state and their contribution of $10 billion to our economy, it can seem to be an abstraction. But when you see the individuals, the University’s impact becomes much more apparent.

Spirit Day is one of many events throughout the UW Spirit Week, from April 10 to 16, including declarations by Gov. Jim Doyle, as well as a Joint Legislative Resolution. The latter is co-sponsored by State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, (R-River Falls), the chair of the Senate Higher Education and Tourism Committee, and Rep. Rob Kreibich (R-Eau Claire, chair of the Assembly and Colleges Committee.

For more information on UW Spirit Day, contact Dan McGinty in the UW-RF Alumni Office at 715/425-3505.

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