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August 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
Men's Basketball Golf Outing
Aug. 7
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. registration and lunch
1 p.m. shotgun start
Kilkarney Hills Golf Course
Join fellow men's basketball supporters for a day of fun on the golf course.

Dinner, raffle and awards following golf. Cost is $100 and includes golf, cart, range balls, prizes, lunch, dinner, and a complimentary Falcon gift.

Click here to print out a registration form.
New Student
Move-In Day
Aug. 29

No heavy lifting required!
Join other alumni and friends of UWRF as we welcome the newest Falcons to campus.  Volunteers will be asked to distribute lemonade and cookies to new students, parents, and move-in day volunteers.
Available volunteer shifts are:
8-9:45 a.m.
9:45-11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
1:15-3 p.m.
Call the Alumni Relations Office at (877) 258-6647 or email to sign up for a volunteer shift. 
Second Annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tour
Sept. 18
11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Indulge yourself! Alumni and friends can sample some of the best delicacies of the region.  Knokes Chocolates and Falcon Foods cheeses will be served.

A charter bus will depart from UWRF at 11:30 a.m. and return to campus at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Visits will be made to Valley Vineyard, Falconer Vineyard (a new stop in 2010) and Vino in the Valley, where dinner can be ordered.
Cost is $40/person.
R.S.V.P. deadline is Sept. 9.
St. Croix Boat Cruise 
Sept. 30

The annual St. Croix Boat Cruise will kick off UWRF Homecoming weekend festivities.

Join us in Stillwater, Minn., for a university update and reception at the Dock Café beginning at 4:30 p.m., with the boarding of the Andiamo St. Croix Riverboat at 5:45 p.m. The trip includes a dinner buffet and some amazing views of the fall colors while cruising the St. Croix River.
Cost is $25/person.
R.S.V.P. deadline is Sept. 23.
WRFW Sports 1st Annual Golf Tournament 
Oct. 16
10:00 a.m.

Please join WRFW Sports as they host the 1st Annual Golf Tournament in order to assist them in expanding the sports they cover, including more women's sports activities.
Cost for the golf tournament, cart and post-tournament banquet is $100.  The golf tournament location is the River Falls Golf Club.
Skins, raffle and other activities will be offered. 
To register yourself or a four-some, sponsor a hole, or donate a raffle/door prize, please call Rob Silvers at (651) 468-6907 or email at 
UWRF Family Day 
Oct. 23
Bring the entire family and enjoy the variety of events scheduled for the day. Football, movies, photos with Freddy Falcon, children's activities, campus tours and much more.
Online registration begins in September.
To register or learn more about this event, visit the Family Day website.
UWRF Fall Lecture Event
Nov. 2
2:30-5 p.m.
Minnesota History Center

"The Wide World of Film: Have You Read Any Good Movies Lately?" An overview of the wide world of cinema will be presented by Gorden Hedahl, UWRF Emeritus Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Theatre.

Join us for a light dessert buffet, lecture, and discussion. Enjoy free admission to the Minnesota History Center from 5-8 p.m.
Cost is $15/person.
R.S.V.P. deadline is Oct. 26.
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For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

In This Issue

  • UWRF News: UWRF Hires New Staff For Key Positions
  • Success StoryAlumnus Wins National Ski Patrol Award
  • Traditions: Homecoming Set For Oct. 2 
  • Need to Know: Annual Career Fair Offers Opportunities 
  • In (& Out) of the Classroom: UWRF and NTC Share Dairy Science  Agreement

UWRF Hires New Staff For Key Positions
August FO New Hires
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Joseph Harbouk will begin his new position as vice chancellor for administration and finance at UWRF on Aug. 18. He comes from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he was the associate dean for business operations in the school of education.

"Mr. Harbouk has an extensive track record of administrative accomplishments," says Chancellor Dean Van Galen. "The university will benefit greatly from his leadership as we continue to pursue administrative efficiencies, develop innovative financial models and prepare for our next strategic planning cycle."

A native of Lebanon, Joseph speaks three languages including French and Arabic. To read more about the new Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, visit the UWRF News Source.

Chief Diversity Officer 
Andriel Dees began as chief diversity officer at UWRF on July 7 after serving as the associate dean for multicultural affairs at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.

"Ms. Dees brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position of chief diversity officer," says Van Galen. "She is the ideal professional to build upon the momentum that exists on campus towards fulfilling our strategic planning initiatives in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness."   To read more about Andriel Dees, visit the UWRF News Source.

Athletic Director
Roger Ternes began as UWRF's athletic director on July 19. Ternes came from Dickinson State University in North Dakota, where he had been athletic director since 1999.

"I'm looking forward to this great opportunity at UWRF," says Ternes. "I'm also looking forward to working with Chancellor Van Galen and the entire athletic staff to move Falcon athletics forward. The opportunity for success at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is limitless. I look forward to working with the students and staff to establish a high level of achievement in Falcon athletics."  To read more about Ternes, visit the UWRF Athletics page.
Success Story
Ski Patrol Award II
Alumnus Wins National Ski Patrol Award

Alumnus Joe Menichino knows snow.
Wisconsin winters prepared him well for a stint as a ski patroller that spans 25 years, and earned him the Outstanding Alpine Patroller award from the National Ski Patrol (NSP).
"Small mountain guys never win. But this time we did. I am proud to have been selected, but I can think of 100 other patrollers that deserve the award as well. The NSP is staffed by truly amazing, dedicated volunteers and professionals," says Menichino.

Menichino's wife, Liz, is also a UWRF alumnus, and the two were members of the UWRF ski team during their undergraduate days. His passion for safety was sparked when during a race, she was injured at Snow Crest Ski Area in North Hudson.
"She fell in a slalom course and severely injured her leg. The patrol was amazing. I never forgot and looked forward to my opportunity to join the NSP and help skiers with the same skill and confidence they demonstrated way back then.  I wish I could thank those guys now," says Menichino.
Currently a member of the Swain Mountain Ski Patrol in New York, Menichino has achieved certified status and has made huge contributions to safety techniques on the slopes.
"It's important that each mountain work hard to offer an environment where the sport can be enjoyed without added risk from either physical hazards or inappropriate skiing behavior," notes Menichino. "We will never eliminate injuries in the sport of skiing but we constantly strive to reduce risk factors that can cause injuries. Then we can focus on the fun part."

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Homecoming Set For Oct. 2

Parade. Tailgate. Football game. Those are the staples of Homecoming at UWRF on Oct. 2. Numerous reunions are set to take place throughout the "Homecoming of Heroes" weekend. As more details become available, they will be posted to the Alumni Web page.
Need To Know
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Annual Career Fair Offers Opportunities 
For many UWRF students, the annual Career Fair is their first chance to talk directly with potential employers. The theme for this year's Career Fair, "Go Beyond the Classifieds," speaks to that prospect.
Planned for Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the University Center, this is the nineteenth year the Career Fair has been held on campus. Popular with students and businesses alike, more than 800 students visited 83 businesses and recruiters at last year's event. Alumni who are job-seeking, exploring graduate school options, or want to network with employers are invited to attend this event. 
UWRF Career Services plans and hosts the event each year, and selects a promising student to oversee all preparations.
"In the current economy, much of what students hear from the media, families and friends and sometimes professors is that the job market is poor, they won't be able to find a job and the professional world is rough," says Career Fair Coordinator Kirsten Blake. "I want the students to realize that yes, it is a tough economy, but they can rise up to meet the challenges. All of the attending organizations are looking to hire UWRF graduates now and into the future."
Career Fair registrations are available on a first come, first serve basis with a maximum capacity of 100 booths; registering as early as possible is recommended. The cost to register is $175 until Sept. 3, and $200 after that date. For more information, visit the Career Fair website or contact Kirsten Blake, at or at (715) 425-3572
In (& Out) of the Classroom
Dale Gallenberg and Steve Kelm
UWRF and NTC Share Dairy Science  Agreement

UWRF and Northcentral Technical College (NTC) announced a new agreement providing additional educational opportunities for dairy science students seeking a bachelor's degree.

NTC students who have successfully completed the associate degree in Dairy Science may transfer their credits to the Bachelor of Science degree in dairy science management option at UWRF. In addition, some of the coursework for the associate degree may be completed at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County.

"This is a great opportunity for our students to continue their education through a collaboration between educational institutions to benefit the future of Wisconsin's dairy industry," states Scott Mickelsen, NTC Dean of Agriculture and Community Services. "This agreement allows students a seamless transition to continue their education."

UWRF Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences Dale Gallenberg adds, "This program will provide students with additional educational opportunities and demonstrates the commitment all three institutions have in supporting the dairy industry in Wisconsin. Beyond this we hope it will serve as a model for future partnerships and collaborations."

To read more, visit the UWRF News Source.
Alumni Career Advice Survey
Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to your career field, we invite you to share your career experiences and knowledge with prospective and current UW-River Falls students through an online Alumni Career Advice Survey.
Your feedback will help create an Alumni Career Advice section on the UWRF Career Services web site. 
To complete the brief online survey, click on the link below. It will take approximately 10 minutes to finish.