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Inauguration Week Events Install 16th Chancellor at UW-RF

APRIL 7, 2006--A variety of inauguration week events starting April 23 will mark the formal installation of Dr. Don Betz as the 16th chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Events throughout the week will highlight the strengths of the University as they relate to several inauguration celebration themes: globalization, inclusiveness and service in the St. Croix Valley. In addition, several annual ceremonies recognizing faculty, staff and students of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Business and Economics (CBE) and the College of Education and Professional Studies (COEPS) will be held during the week.

Events include:

Sunday, April 23:
3 p.m. St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Guest performers include Rich Gaynor on trombone and Randy Sabien on violin. Adults $5; seniors $3 and students $2. For more information contact the music department at 715-425-3183.

Monday, April 24:
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Academics and Fans Unite: A Harry Potter Conference/Convention, Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway. English Professor Annette Klemp will lead this workshop on the J.K. Rowling series that has swept the globe. Free.
For more information contact the English department at 715-425-3537.

6 p.m., COEPS Annual Reception, Blue and River rooms, Rodli Commons. The College of Education and Professional Studies will host its annual reception honoring meritorious students and scholarship recipients. Awards for outstanding cooperating professionals in the community and outstanding students will be given out. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Tuesday, April 25:
5 to 9 p.m., CAFES Exhibit, Blue Room, Rodli Commons. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will display collegiate activities on the theme of globalization during inauguration week. The display will showcase the college’s international activities from the past, present and future. The exhibit will also be displayed during the social hour of the annual banquet, at RSCA Day on April 27. Free.

6 p.m., CAFES Awards Reception and Ceremony, River Room, Rodli Commons. The theme for this year’s ceremony is “Harvesting the Knowledge of the World.” The annual banquet is a celebration of academic achievement, the outstanding teacher award, outstanding senior and scholarships. The Distinguished Agriculturist award will also be presented. Tickets for guests and visitors are now on sale for $12; call 715-425-3535 for reservations and more information.

6 to 8:30 p.m., CAS Awards Student Reception and Ceremony, Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. A dessert reception in Gallery 101 precedes the 7 p.m. program. About 115 scholarships and 290 merit awards will be awarded at the College of Arts and Sciences Awards presentation. Honors program members and top seniors will also be acknowledged at the ceremony. Tickets, free, are required for admittance and available through April 20 at the Student Center Information Desk. For more information call 715-425-3366.

Wednesday, April 26:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Unity in the Community, Hagestad Student Center Mall. A day of fun-filled events designed around learning about and experiencing other cultures and ethnicities. The day starts at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Multicultural Center in the lower level of the library. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can tie-dye a shirt, get a Henna tattoo, participate in the traditional Hmong Sport of Kato or watch Tibetan Monk create a colorful Mandala with sand. Sponsored by the UW-RF Diversity Awareness Committee; for more information contact Miriam Huffman, 715-425-4911. All events are open to the public, most events are free and take place in the Hagestad Student Center Mall (indoors if rain) unless otherwise noted. Individual events include:

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. In Our Family: Portraits of All Kinds of Families photo exhibition, Harriet Barry Gallery, Chalmer Davee Library. The traveling exhibit, sponsored by Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Mass., celebrates family life and diversity in 21st century America. Free.

10 - 11 a.m. The Universal Dance Destiny features West African dancers with drumming, solos and a Cultural Grand March. Fest-goers can learn some of these traditional dances. Free.

11 - 11:45 a.m. UW-RF Dance Theatre, African American Alliance, and the International Student Association group dance performances. The UW-RF Dance Theatre will showcase hula dances learned on a study trip to Hawaii. Free.

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ethnic Food Picnic. $6.20. Picnickers are also welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy the surrounding festivities.

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. El Arco Iris. This group from St. Paul will perform various dances originating in Puerto Rico including “La Bomba” and “La Plena.” Through dance, music and words the history and culture of Puerto Rico will come alive with exhibitions of various dances and the traditions associated with them.

12:30 to 1 p.m. Hmong student group and other student groups perform music, dance and theatrical acts.

1 to 1:45 p.m. Oh Day Aki performance and Pow Wow. Students from the Oh Day Aki (Heart of the Earth) Charter School Center for American Indian Education in Minneapolis perform native dances and music.

5-7 p.m. Dance demonstrations, Veterans Park, downtown River Falls. UW-RF students demonstrate traditional Japanese dances, hip hop and salsa.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., College of Education and Professional Studies/St. Croix Valley PK-16 Quarterly Meeting, Regents Room, Hagestad Student Center. UW-RF Social Work Program Director Ogden Rogers will present his work in developing and implementing a social studies curriculum that educates students about the Geneva Convention and its requirements. His work has been translated into many languages and used around the world. The discussion will also include Humanitarian Law with a presentation by the International Red Cross.

8 p.m., Wyman Series: Esera Tuaolo: Creating a World of Tolerance, North Hall Auditorium. For nine years, Esera Tuaolo excelled as an NFL defensive lineman including the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. As a gay athlete in the hyper-masculine culture of pro football, Tuaolo was forced to hide his sexuality. After retiring from football Tuaolo brought his incredible story to the podium to inspire others to speak to their individual truths without fear or intimidation. Contact the UW-RF Leadership Center at 715-425-4911 for more information. Free for UW-RF students with ID; $5 for adults; $3 for age 18 and under.

8 p.m. UWRF Ensembles Concert, Chamber Music Concert. Directors David Milne, Pat O'Keefe and Janis Weller. Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Free. For more information contact the music department at 715-425-3183.

Thursday, April 27:
Noon to 2 p.m., Research, Scholarly & Creative Activities Day, Falcon’s Nest, Hagestad Student Center. Celebrate the research, scholarly and creative activities of UW-RF students, staff and faculty. Almost 100 posters will depict the work of the campus community, including books, abstracts, journal articles, research projects, scripts, monographs, book reviews, grant activities, artwork, academic posters, photographs, choreography and more. Enjoy UW-RF Falcon Foods ice cream cones while taking in the breadth of work from every college and most disciplines on campus. Free.

2:30 p.m., CBE Executive in Residence, River Room, Rodli Commons. Sang Ik Hahn, a 1975 UW-RF graduate and president of the SIH Investments, Inc., a Silicon Valley real estate development company, shares his investment strategies. Korean-born Sang Ik Hahn journeyed to the United States in the early 1970s to study economics, earning a degree in agricultural economics from UW-RF. He moved to California to pursue his career and became a highly successful entrepreneur who has partnered in the construction of numerous apartment complexes and as general manager for a business park. For more information, contact CBE at 715-386-3335. Sponsored by Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services. Free.

5 p.m., All-Campus Picnic, Hagestad Student Center Mall. Held on the Student Center Mall (inside if rain) for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The menu includes hamburgers, UW-RF bratwurst, sauerkraut, baked beans, potato salad, watermelon, brownies and lemonade. Judging Ronald, a cover band performing a wide range of music across the generations, will provide entertainment. Tickets are available April 10 - 24 at the Hagestad Center Information Desk or at the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau at 214 N. Main Street. This event is free to students with a ticket and $10 for faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

8 p.m., “The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition,” Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson. T.H. Baughman, professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma, will retell the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration as a model for leadership in times of great conflict and danger. Shackleton’s 1914-17 exploration was one of the most amazing adventures of all time and began with the hope of being the first to cross the whole of Antarctica on foot. Baughman studied in the Marie Byrd Land in Antarctica and has published numerous works on the topic of polar history. Free. For more information call the Phipps Center for the Arts at 715-386-2305. A reception follows the presentation.

Friday, April 28:
1 p.m., Assembly and Concert, Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center. Performances by the UW-RF music ensembles. Free.

2 to 3:15 p.m., Inauguration of Dr. Don Betz, Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center. Join alumnus Boyd Huppert (’84) of KARE-11 TV as he represents alumni in welcoming Dr. Don Betz as the 16th chancellor in UW-RF’s 132-year history. Chancellor Betz will address students, staff, alumni, friends and the community on “Roots and Wings for the Global Century.” Patricia Steiner (’79), recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award in 2000 and member of the Metropolitan Opera, will perform. A reception at the Knowles Center will follow. Free.

3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Inauguration Reception for Dr. Don Betz, Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center. Alumni, staff, students and friends can share their thoughts with Dr. Betz in a greetings book. Refreshments will be served. Free.

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