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June 2010
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UW-River Falls Office of University Advancement
310 South Hall
410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI
(715) 425-3505
(877) 258-6647
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Alumni Calendar
UWRF Alumni and Friends Reception and Dinner in Neenah
June 10
5-8 p.m.
You and your guest(s) are cordially invited to attend a reception and dinner with Alan Tuchtenhagen, UWRF associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Services, at the Bridgewood Resort, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah.

5 p.m. Cocktail hour
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Presentation by Tuchtenhagen, "College Students in the New Millennium."

There is no cost to attend this event. Click here to R.S.V.P.   
UWRF Day at the Paine Art Center and Gardens
June 13
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

You and your guest(s) are invited to tour Paine Art Center and Gardens and the Norman Rockwell exhibit as it makes a stop in Wisconsin. A UWRF staff member will assist you when you arrive. Show a printed copy of this newsletter or bring a copy of the invitation that was sent to those living in the Fox Valley region. An R.S.V.P. is requested, but not required to attend this event. Click here to R.S.V.P.
Don Page Varsity Club Golf Outing
June 21
12:30 p.m., shotgun start

Join with fellow Falcon athletics supporters during a great day filled with golf, food, and prizes at the River Falls Golf Club.
Click here to view registration materials.
UWRF Alumni and Friends Southern Metro Networking Event 
June 23
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join other Twin Cities metro alumni and friends at Kokomo's Island Cafe in the Mall of America. Bring your business cards and expect to expand your network. No R.S.V.P. necessary and there is no cost to attend.
River Falls Days
July 8-11

To learn more about scheduled River Falls Days activities, visit the
River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.
CEPS "Welcome Home" Celebration
July 13
4-8 p.m.
The College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS)  invites to you attend a signature event for CEPS alumni. 
4 p.m. Welcome and registration, University Center (UC)
4:30 p.m. Guest Speaker:
Kinnickinnic Theatre, UC
5:30 p.m. Reception with cash bar
7 p.m. Kids From Wisconsin (part of the UWRF Summer Concert Series), Melvin Wall Amphitheatre (optional)
Cost in advance is $10/person and $20/family or $15/person and $25/family at the door. R.S.V.P. by calling (877) 258-6647, e-mailing or registering via the on-line registration form.   
Click here to view the formal invitation.
Save The Date: UWRF Homecoming 2010
Oct. 2 
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For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
In This Issue
  • UWRF News: Pierce County to Host Farm Technology Days
  • Success StoryAlumna Doesn't Monkey Around at Como Zoo 
  • Traditions: Summer Concert Series Brings Chill to the Hill 
  • Need to Know: UWRF Pioneers Electronic Transcript Delivery 
  • In (& Out) of the Classroom: UWRF Student Researchers Make Trip to the Capitol
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Pierce County to Host Farm Technology Days 
Pierce County will host the annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days July 20-22. The largest agriculture exposition in Wisconsin, Farm Technology Days showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture and related industries. The event will feature more than 500 exhibitors and activities and is expected to draw 80,000 visitors.

The show has been held annually since 1954, and is held on a different Wisconsin family farm each year. This year Farm Technology Days will set up shop at the Roger and Beverly Peterson Farm, three miles southwest of the city of River Falls, with the theme "The Power of Agriculture."

"Farm Technology Days will raise awareness of our strong academic programs, including agriculture, and of our beautiful campus," says Chancellor Dean Van Galen. "The event is also a great example of the cooperative relationship that exists between UWRF and the larger community." 

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will host a booth that will be located in Agribusiness Tent D. UWRF alumni receptions will be hosted each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wisconsin Alumni Tent. Educational tours will be offered at the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm on July 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tours of the Dairy Learning Center, a demonstration of rotational grazing of dairy heifers, and campus meat enterprises will be offered.
For more information, e-mail or call (920) 478-3852.
Success Story
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Alumna Doesn't Monkey Around at Como Zoo  
Receiving the news that a caesarian section is needed can be a nerve-wracking experience for any parent.
Imagine the heightened pressure in overseeing the c-section and recovery of an animal designated as an endangered species.
That is the situation UWRF alumna Megan Elder, a zookeeper at Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minn., found herself in when she coordinated the successful birth of Jaya the orangutan via c-section, the first in the zoo's history.

Supervising such a fragile ordeal lead to Elder's selection as the international orangutan studbook keeper by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008. In her role as studbook keeper, Elder is in charge of an extensive directory of more than 3,000 orangutans. This database helps ensure that a genetically diverse orangutan populace is maintained.
Elder, a Minneapolis native and a 1999 UWRF graduate with a bachelor of science in biology, became lead orangutan trainer at the zoo in 2003.
Thanks to grant funding, Elder recently went on a two week journey to Sumatra and Borneo. While there, Elder was able to visit and lend her considerable knowledge to several orangutan rehabilitation centers in the area.
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Summer Concert Series Brings Chill to the Hill

UWRF's annual summer concert series, this year dubbed 'Chill on the Hill,' is set to kick off June 8 with an impressive lineup of musicians.

All performances will be held at the newly remodeled Melvin Wall Amphitheatre, located on campus along the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. Concerts are set for Tuesday evenings during June and July at 6:30 p.m.
A wide range of music is planned, including jam, funk, Celtic, bluegrass, rock, folk, show choir, and jazz.

The first to play this year's series are bands Shoeless Revolution and Sepia Tone. Future shows include Green Tea, the Chris Silver Band, the Tommy Bentz Band, Kids from Wisconsin, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Pert' Near Sandstone, and the Ethan Keller Band.
The concerts are free and open to the public. Freshly grilled food and ice cream will be available for purchase. In the case of rain, events will be held at either the Falcon's Nest in the University Center or North Hall auditorium. For more information, contact Karyn Wells at (715) 425-4444.
The summer concert series schedule is available at the Student Life Web page.
Need To Know
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UWRF Pioneers Electronic Transcript Delivery 
UWRF Registrar Dan Vande Yacht has led the way in electronic transcript delivery from one institution to another. On April 14, UWRF delivered its first electronic transcript to UW-Whitewater. Since then, seven other UW institutions have signed on to participate in this electronic transcript network breaking new ground in the world of student records management.
Vande Yacht led the project, working with Credentials Solutions, a data credentialing service. According to their staff, Vande Yacht not only understood the vision of the electronic transfer of student records, but offered them valuable insight into the development of a very complex integration and deployment. It was Vande Yacht's technical insight and leadership within the state that ultimately led to this successful deployment, according to staff.
Vande Yacht was the April 2010 recipient of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers's annual Spirit of Innovation Award in recognition of his hard work on the project and his ability "to think outside the box and inspire new innovations in the area of student records management."
To request a copy of your UWRF transcript electronically, visit the Registrar's Office website.
In (& Out) of the Classroom
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UWRF Student Researchers Make Trip to the Capitol  

Seven UWRF students attended the seventh annual "Posters in the Rotunda" in Madison on May 5.  The event provides students with the opportunity to share their original research with legislators, state leaders, UW System alumni and other supporters. UWRF students joined more than 100 undergraduates from all 26 UW System campuses at the capitol.

State leaders viewed poster presentations of research projects, spoke with students and faculty members, and learned more about how this experience enriches the educational experience. To read more, visit the UWRF News Source.