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Campus Award Ceremonies Span Spring

APRIL 10, 2009 | With spring comes the conclusion to another academic year, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls celebrating its students, faculty and staff throughout April and May culminating with Commencement May 16.

A recognition ceremony and reception for this year's Chancellor's Award for Students is April 14 at 6 p.m., in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. This year nine students from among the four colleges have been chosen for this prestigious award.

The College of Business and Economics reception for its current undergraduate students and master's of business administration graduates is April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom at the University Center. A program follows at 7 p.m. Awards include academic merit honors, program awards, CBE scholarship recipients, and induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, a business management and administration honor society for business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive. For more information, call CBE at 715-425-3335.            

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences awards banquet is April 23 at 5 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. Awards presented include the CAFES Outstanding Teacher, the Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalist, a new Outstanding Service Award, the Rochelle Junkman Seymour Award honoring a graduating senior with the highest GPA, and the Earl Hildebrand Memorial Award honoring an outstanding senior as well as college scholarships and senior graduation honors and other awards.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. and a dinner program follows at 5:45 p.m. Gina Polzin, a senior marketing communications major from Cadott, and Andrew Christenson, a junior dairy science major from Amery, will serve as master of ceremonies, with entertainment by pianist Kyle McCarville, a horticulture major from Mineral Point. Meal donations for the banquet are provided by Lakeside Food, New Richmond; Smithfield Beef Group, Green Bay; Kitchen Kleen Potatoes, Rice Lake, and Jennie-O Turkey Store, Barron. Tickets are $10; for more information and reservations, call the CAFES dean's office at 715-425-3535.

 The College of Education and Professional Studies awards banquet this year will be an ice cream social held on April 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Wyman Education Building. Awards include recognition of all graduates from the graduate school and bachelor's programs as well as Outstanding Cooperating Professional awards, Outstanding Student Award, GPA awards, honors program recognition, and the Rochelle Junkman Seymour Award honoring a graduating senior with the highest GPA. For more information contact the COEPS dean's office at 715-425-3774.

Individual academic departments from the College of Arts and Sciences will each be hosting an awards and celebratory event. For more details on these events, contact the CAS dean's office at 715-425-3777.  

A luncheon to honor 2008-09 retirees and employees' years of service at UW-River Falls will be held on May 5 at noon in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. The ceremony recognizes years and service and retirements from the classified staff, academic staff and faculty employee classifications. For more information, call 715-425-3201.

Spring Commencement is May 16 , with ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center. The morning ceremony presents the graduates of the colleges of agriculture, food, and environmental studies, business and economics, and graduate studies. The afternoon session presents the graduates of the colleges of arts and sciences, and education and professional studies.

The UWRF Distinguished Alumni award will also be announced at Commencement. Adequate seating is usually available for commencement; therefore, no reserved seating is provided and tickets are not required.

There is a special brunch for the students and their families from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom in the University Center. The meal cost is $13.75 for adults, and $7.25 for children. Brunch tickets must be ordered before May 9 and are available at http://www.uwrf.edu/commencement/1brunch.htm


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