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February 2010
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UW-River Falls Office of University Advancement
310 South Hall
410 South Third Street
River Falls, WI
(715) 425-3505
(877) 258-6647 
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Alumni Calendar
UWRF Chemistry Family (and Alumni) Day

Saturday, Feb. 20
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chemistry Family Day is a day where alumni, current, and prospective students and families come together to share their experiences at UWRF.
Events for the day begin with a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by introductions, keynote speaker, a Chem Demons demonstration, lunch, and optional tours of the chemistry department facilities.
UWRF Madison Area Event

Thursday, Feb. 25
 6-8 p.m.
UWRF alumni & friends in the Madison area are cordially invited to a reception with Chancellor Dean Van Galen at the Porta Bella Restaurant in Madison. The reception is $15 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Call Alumni Relations toll-free at (877) 258-6647 or email to make your reservation. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Feb. 17.

UWRF Arizona Event 

Friday, March 5
5-7 p.m.
UWRF alumni & friends in Arizona are cordially invited to a reception with Chancellor Dean Van Galen at the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa, Ariz. The reception is $25 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and dinner. Call Alumni Relations toll-free at (877) 258-6647 or email to make your reservation. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Alumni & Friends Mediterranean Cruise

Oct. 17-30

From $3,738 if booked by Friday, Feb. 26 (airfare from MSP included). Visit Go Next Travel to learn more about the Mediterranean cruise.
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Leave a Legacy at
UW-River Falls
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Did you know there are creative ways to support the University of Wisconsin-River Falls? Ways in which you, your loved ones and the UW-River Falls Foundation all benefit at the same time?
Click on the Planned Giving Web site to discover the many options available to you. This new web site will answer many of your questions and is easy to use.

If you would like additional information or would like to confidentially discuss your legacy opportunities, contact Jill Greenhalgh, Director of Development at
(715) 425-3505 or email 
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For Alumni & Friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In This Issue
  • UWRF News: Chancellor Van Galen's Inauguration Set for March
  • Success Story: Alumnus Honored by Minnesota Governor
  • Traditions: UWRF Continues Tradition of Success in the Sciences
  • Need to Know: Alumnus Volunteers for Ag Duty in Afghanistan
  • In (& Out) of the Classroom: iRock Program Receives Awards
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Chancellor Van Galen's Inauguration Set for March
Wisconsin-native Dean Van Galen will be installed as the University of Wisconsin-River Falls' 18th Chancellor on Friday, March 26.
Inauguration Week festivities begin Tuesday, March 23, and continue through Friday, March 26, with the inauguration of Chancellor Van Galen in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center at 2 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.
William T. Boehm, a 1969 University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate and retired president of manufacturing at the Kroger Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the 2010 Executive-in-Residence. He will participate in Inauguration Week activities, including giving a guest lecture from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 in the Riverview Ballroom.

Professor George D. Kuh, a leading scholar in student development, assessment, and environments, will conduct a workshop and public lectures on Thursday, March 25. Kuh is a Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University and director of the Center for Postsecondary Research.
Van Galen received his bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Kansas State University. After earning his doctorate, he worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of California, Berkeley and then served as the vice president of advancement at the University of West Florida (Pensacola). To read more about Van Galen, visit the UWRF News Release Archive.
Success Story
Chris Burns
Alumnus Honored by Minnesota Governor 
Alumnus Christopher Burns, '95, a partner in the law firm of Henson & Efron, P.A., received two honors for his work as a board member and past chair of the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF).

The certificates of recognition/appreciation, from Governor Pawlenty and from Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren, honor Burns' valued and distinguished service  promoting and recognizing academic excellence in Minnesota elementary and secondary students, schools and communities.

MAEF is a Governor-appointed board of business leaders and educators whose goal is to foster academic excellence. MAEF identifies and presents  awards to outstanding students, educators, and supporters of education in the state.
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UWRF Continues Strong Tradition of Success in the Sciences

UWRF has been accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Science Education Alliance. UWRF is one of 12 universities joining the Alliance this year to work on the National Genomics Research Initiative.
As a member of the Alliance, faculty and undergraduate students in the department of biology will participate in a three-year national phage genomics research project in conjunction with faculty and students at 35 colleges and universities around the country.
"This is an incredible opportunity to provide authentic research experience for biology students early in their career," said biology Professor Karen Klyczek.
She and Kim Mogen, professor of biology, will jointly oversee the project in the coming academic year.

"UWRF's membership in the National Genomics Research Initiative exemplifies the institution's achievement in undergraduate science education," Terry Brown, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. 

The overarching goal of the Alliance is to assist forward-thinking and innovative science programs for undergraduates that encourage research as a career. Participating schools such as UWRF are selected through national competitions.

Need To Know
Alumnus Volunteers for Ag Duty in Afghanistan 
UWRF alumnus Jeffrey Lerum, '81, director of technical resources with Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association in Buffalo, Minn., is one of 50 agricultural experts deployed earlier this year to Afghanistan through the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service to help rebuild the country's agricultural sector.
His 13-month assignment as an USDA agricultural expert focuses on advising irrigation projects, reforestation, and value added chains for ag products.
Lerum has consulted for Land O' Lakes in Montenegro in 2001 and in Bosnia in 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education and served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1979 through 1988, earning the rank of 1st lieutenant. Lerum, the father of two children, resides in Kimball, Minn.

To read more about the program, visit the USDA Web site.
In (& Out) of the Classroom
UWRF's iRock Program Receives Awards  

The UWRF iRock program, created in 2008, recently  received numerous awards including:
*  2008-09 UWRF Chancellor's Award for Program Excellence 
*  2008 Program of the Year, Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association
*  2009-10 Program of the Year, Great Lakes Association of College and University Residence Halls
iRock, coordinated by Student Health Services, Student Counseling Services, and Career Services, provides an interactive forum for 40 students each semester to begin to learn about themselves and different areas of wellness. It focuses on relationships, stress management, fitness and nutrition, and career and academic development.
To learn more about this award-winning program, visit the iRock Web site.