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Alumni Calendar
UWRF Green Bay/Fox Valley Alumni Reception

April 6
5:30-7:30 p.m.

UWRF alumni & friends in the Green Bay area are cordially invited to a reception with Chancellor Dean Van Galen at the Wilco Cabinet Makers showroom in Green Bay.
To R.S.V.P., call the Alumni Relations office at (877) 258-6647.
UWRF History and Philosophy Banquet 

April 23
All alumni & friends are invited back to campus to attend the annual history and philosophy department banquet.

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Small reception acknowledging the Steven Feinstein library collection in the Davee Library. A brief tour of the newly remodeled Area Research Center will also be offered.

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner and program.
Cost to attend the evening's events is $25 per person.
UWRF Alumni & Friends Event in Washington, D.C.

April 24
1 p.m.

UWRF alumni & friends in Washington, D.C. are cordially invited to a luncheon with Chancellor Dean Van Galen at the Rosa Mexicana Restaurant location in the Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C. The reception is $20 per person and includes dinner, appetizers, and cash bar.  

Prior to the luncheon, UWRF art Professor Randy Johnston, will be a featured speaker at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as a panelist during a symposium. Johnston has been selected as recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the James Renwick Alliance and will be honored during the annual Spring Craft Weekend in Washington, D.C. April 23-25. 

To learn more about this event, click on the Alumni Events Web site.   

UWRF Women's Soccer Alumni Game

May 1
4 p.m. Alumni game at soccer field by Hunt/Knowles Complex

6:30 p.m. Dinner, taco bar and  cash bar at Bo's 'N Mine
8 p.m. Late-night happy hour at Bo's 'N Mine
To R.S.V.P., email Coach Sean McKuras at
UWRF Class of 1960 Golden Jubilee Reunion
May 14-15
Visit the UWRF Alumni Events Web site for more information.

Farm Technology Days (Pierce County, River Falls) 

July 20-22
Join us in the alumni tent each day during Farm Technology Days. UWRF will host a time for alumni to meet with former professors and staff members from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Times and tent location will be announced at a later date.
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In This Issue
  • UWRF News: Chancellor's Inauguration Marked By Celebration, Philanthropy 
  • Success Story: Art Professor Randy Johnston Honored
  • Traditions: Record Number of Students to Present Research Nationally
  • Need to Know: Staffing Changes at UWRF
  • In (& Out) of the Classroom: Alumnus Participates in National Geographic Internship
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Chancellor's Inauguration Marked By Celebration, Philanthropy 
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has a rich history and a bright future, UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen told those gathered for his inauguration. Together, he said, they will be "stewards of place and promise."
With Van Galen's wife, Mary, daughter Ashley, and father, Delmar, looking on along with students, faculty, staff, and guests, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly installed Van Galen as UWRF's 18th chancellor on March 26.
"Today is a time of celebration of the University's very special traditions, its extraordinary accomplishments, and its bright future," said Van Galen. "It is a privilege and a great reponsibility to serve as this institution's eighteenth leader."
"I provide three guiding principles for our journey into this future of tremendous promise for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Namely, a commitment to teaching and learning, an intentional focus on education practices that lead to student success, and building bridges and partnerships beyond our campus," Van Galen said.
Other inauguration week events included "Bowls of Hope," a charity event which drew more than 250 campus and community members and raised more than $5,000 for Our Neighbors' Place, a River Falls-based homeless shelter for Pierce and St. Croix County families.
In concluding his inauguration week, Van Galen noted, "There is no university that I would rather lead. In the years ahead, please join me in stewarding this wonderful place, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, to fulfill its tremendous promise."
For more information, including Van Galen's speech, visit the video stream of the Inauguration ceremony.
Success Story
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Art Professor Randy Johnston Honored  
Randy Johnston, art professor and art department chair, is a recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award by the James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian. The prestigious award honors three educators every other year who have made a significant contribution to the American Crafts. 
Johnston has taught ceramics for more than 37 years. A professor at UWRF for 16 years, he is a dedicated teacher who encourages a broad education, innovation, and experimentation by his students.
Johnston is also recognized internationally as an artist who has pursued functional expression and brought a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form, and for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States.  
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Record Number of UWRF Students to Present Research Nationally
More than 60 University of Wisconsin-River Falls students and their professors will present and compete in the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the Super Bowl of undergraduate research.
NCUR, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.
A record number of UWRF students, faculty, and staff will travel this month to the national conference, says Bill Campbell, UWRF director of grants and research.
More than 2,000 students representing every state and a host of countries will compete at the University of Montana in Missoula, April 15-17. Participants will present their work through posters, oral presentations, and displays of art.  
"NCUR is the pre-eminent national conference for undergraduates to present their research, scholarship, and creative activity," Campbell says. "We have been sending students to NCUR since 2002, but this is by far our largest contingent to date, so large that we, along with other schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota, have chartered two 737s to fly us to Missoula and back."
Through its annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education, in addition to providing a forum for student presentations and performances.
Success Story
Staffing Changes at UWRF 
Rick Bowen to retire at year's end
UWRF Athletic Director Rick Bowen will retire at the end of the 2009-10 school year; his last day will be June 21. Bowen, 65, made the announcement at an athletic department meeting March 3. Bowen has been a key component of UWRF athletics for more than 20 years as a coach and administrator. For more information, visit the UWRF press release.
Lisa Wheeler named VP for student affairs at Normandale
After 15 years of service, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Lisa Wheeler has been named vice president for student affairs at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. Wheeler's last day at UWRF was March 12. For more information, visit the UWRF press release.
Terry Brown has new position at UW-Parkside

After 21 years of service at UWRF, Terry Brown has taken her experience and dedication to UW-Parkside.  Brown, who has been Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2005, left UWRF on March 5. She took a position at UW-Parkside as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and began her work there on March 22.  For more information, visit the Falcon Daily issue featuring more information on Brown's move.
In (& Out) of the Classroom
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Alumnus Participates in National Geographic Internship  

UWRF alumnus Andy Moody, '09, is participating in an internship with the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. He is the first UWRF graduate to place with the national NGS program that has several hundred applicants per year.

Moody, a River Falls native, majored in geography and double minored in geographic information systems and business administration and was a 2008 participant in the International Traveling Classroom while at UWRF. 

Moody is currently working on a couple of major projects, one of which is gathering images, maps, and diagrams to accompany text for an environmental education guidebook for teachers. He is also looking for GIS layers of U.S. railroads to create an animated map of how the railroad spread throughout the country.

"Andy's hard work and preparation at UWRF were definite factors in his success," says geography Professor Charles Rader. Read
more about this story by visiting the UWRF press release.