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UW-River Falls University Advancement Office
310 South Hall
410 South Third Street
River Falls, WI
Important Announcements

Classes of 2006 and 2008  


Please assist us in honoring faculty who made a difference in your life. UWRF will again this year recognize an exceptional teacher and a dedicated adviser from the faculty by naming the 2011 Distinguished Teacher and the 2011 Academic Adviser of the Year.


Please visit our website at for complete instructions and the online nomination form.  


Thank you for taking time to help us with these important selections. Your nomination must be made by April 2.

Fund for Excellence

Support your college!


Each spring UW-River Falls Foundation student representatives contact alumni on behalf of your college seeking support for the Fund for ExcellencePrivate support is vital and enhances the learning opportunities of our students through:


   International classroom experiences

    Attendance at local, regional and national conferences in their area of study

    Development of college scholarships


Please pick up the phone and make a pledge of support to your college and UWRF students. Be a part of this important initiative! 

Alumni Calendar

Spring Lecture Event
March 1  

Physics Professor Eileen Korenic  will present "Parallels: Science, Art, and the Big Ideas" March 1 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minn.     

Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. for appetizers, lecture, and discussion. Enjoy free admission to the Minnesota History Center from 5-8 p.m. (with paid admission to the lecture event).

Cost is $15/person.
R.S.V.P. to the Alumni Office at 715- 425-3505 or 877-258-6647.

UWRF Sarasota Event

March 11

UWRF alumni and friends in Florida are cordially invited to an event with Chancellor Dean Van Galen at the Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota from noon-2 p.m.

The event is $30 per person and includes a reception and dinner.
R.S.V.P. to the Alumni Office at 715- 425-3505 or 877-258-6647 by March 4. 

UWRF Naples Event

March 13

UWRF alumni and friends in Florida are cordially invited to an event with Chancellor Dean Van Galen at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples from 5:30-8 p.m.

The event is $30 per person and includes a champagne brunch.
R.S.V.P. to the Alumni Office at 715- 425-3505 or 877-258-6647 by March 4.

'61 Golden Jubilee Reunion

May 13-14


UWRF invites all graduates of the class of 1961 to the Golden Jubilee Reunion. 

Rooms are on hold at the Crossings Inn and Suites (715-425-9500) and the Riverview Hotel and Suites (715-425-1045) until April 15.  Mention you are part of UWRF's 1961 reunion group to receive a special rate.  Make reservations early because Commencement is the same weekend. 


For additional information, contact the Office of University Advancement toll-free at 877-258-6647, by e-mail at, or visit our website at 

Don Page Falcon Varsity Club Golf Outing

June 20


UWRF alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend the annual Don Page Falcon Club Golf Outing held at the River Falls Golf Club.  A round of golf, dinner and program are the activities planned for the day.

For further information, contact the Athletic Department at 715-425-3900.

For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In This Issue
Chuck Pruitt

Regent President Pruitt  Visits Campus


University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Charles Pruitt visited River Falls and Hudson Jan. 18-19.


Pruitt attended UWRF's spring semester opening meeting Jan. 18. He and Chancellor Dean Van Galen co-presented to the Hudson Rotary Jan. 19 regarding the UW System's stake in Wisconsin's economy. 


"Our goal was to focus on the impact that the UW System and UWRF have on the citizens of the state and our region. Higher education is a key component of economic development and ensuring a high quality of life in Wisconsin," says Van Galen. "I think many were surprised to learn that the portion of the state budget devoted to higher education has declined for decades, resulting in a shift in the burden of paying for college to students and their families."  


Outlined in "Principles for Progress and Prosperity," a document Pruitt recently co-authored with Jay Smith, former president of the Board of Regents, are steps the State of Wisconsin can take to create stable funding and greater management flexibility for the UW System. Pruitt and Van Galen discussed the document with Rotary members and with members of the media after their presentation.


"Leaders in Madison are critically examining the economic drivers for the State of Wisconsin. Regent Pruitt's visit highlights the important role the St. Croix Valley will play in the economic future of our state," notes Blake Fry, special assistant to the chancellor.


Pruitt is a partner at A. B. Data, Ltd. in Milwaukee. He is an alumnus of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and earned both a master's and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Pruitt was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2003 and chairs the board's Executive Committee as Regent President.


SuccessStorySuccess Story

President Appoints Alumni to USDA Committee

Two UW-River Falls alumni have been appointed by President Barack Obama's administration to the United States Department of Agriculture's Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee.


George Huber, '83, a resident of Clintonville, and Patty Edelburg, '98, from Scandinavia were both named to the committee.

Huber is the owner and operator of Huber Farms, focusing on grain and dairy production. Edelburg is the owner of Front-Page Holsteins, a dairy operation, and is the District 6 director for the Wisconsin Farmer's Union.


The committee is charged with assisting Wisconsin farmers with staying informed about programs lead by the FSA, overseeing the operation of the agency and resolving appeals from the agriculture community. They are also tasked with generally supporting efforts to revitalize Wisconsin's farms.


Alumnus Recognized at Fall Commencement


Some 360 UWRF students received their diplomas during fall commencement Dec. 18, 2010. During the ceremony, Chancellor Dean Van Galen reminded graduates that while each had worked hard for their degree, other people contributed to their success, and they should encourage others in the future.

"The degree you receive today is also a gift. A gift, because it would not have been possible without the support of others," said Van Galen. "In the years ahead, I encourage you to pass this gift on, to 're-gift' if you will. Ensure that your education will enrich not only your life, but the lives of those close to you, as well as the larger community in which you live. Give generously of your time and treasure to others."

During the event, Outstanding Service Awards were presented to UWRF alumnus Bob Casey, BS '86, of WESTconsin Credit Union and to Bachman's, represented by Dale Bachman, CEO.

Casey is the manager of the River Falls office of WESTconsin Credit Union and serves as treasurer of the UWRF Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) Alumni Advisory Board. In his capacity as a member of the CBE alumni board, he helped organize and is highly involved in the college's Alumni Mentoring Network, and has been essential in creating internships for UWRF students.

Operating since 1885, Bachman's is one of the largest floral and nursery businesses in the world, and has been supporting UWRF's horticulture program for more than 30 years. The business has offered numerous opportunities to UWRF students, including field trips, internships, and a collaboration with UWRF for a massive display at the Midwest Home Show last fall.

During the ceremony, Van Galen took the opportunity to honor Todd Bachman, former CEO of Bachman's, who passed away in 2008.

Professor of Physics Lowell McCann addressed the crowd as the Distinguished Teacher.

NeedtoKnowNeed to Know

Survey Shows Alumni Pleased With Value of Education


Recently released results from a study of 400 alumni of UWRF illustrates the high degree of satisfaction and positive outlook by the university's graduates. The survey, created by the American Council on Education and conducted by research firm The Winston Group, polled a total of 2.4 million college and university alumni nationwide.


"The high level of satisfaction expressed by UW-River Falls alumni is a wonderful vote of confidence in our university, and a tribute to our faculty and staff who have taught, mentored and supported students over the years," says Chancellor Dean Van Galen.


When asked, "Do you believe that America's colleges and universities are prepared to meet the challenges of the future?" 73 percent of UWRF alumni responded positively, compared with only 61 percent nationally.


Most noticeably, the exceptional value of a UWRF education came to light in the survey's results. Alumni were asked if they felt their university charged a fair price for their education, and fully 96 percent of UWRF's alumni responded with "yes." Only 76 percent of alumni on a national scale responded affirmatively as well.


The study went on to note that while only 89 percent of college and university alumni in the United States believed their college education was worth it, 96 percent of UWRF alumni believed it was.


"I am not surprised whatsoever from the results that I have seen on this study," says Dan McGinty, executive director of University Advancement and president of the UW-River Falls Foundation. "Our alumni are extremely satisfied with their education from UW-River Falls. We have faculty and staff who are committed to teaching excellence, faculty and staff do a great job of enhancing the classroom learning experience and really care about the well-being of our students, and we offer an affordable and quality education."


InandOutIn (and Out) of The Classroom
Hudson Center

UWRF Offers Online Business Education Opportunities  

UWRF is leading the way for innovation in business education. Several new ways of providing knowledge of business practices and formal business education to area residents launched in the past year, including the introduction of online business courses open to the community.


The new series of business courses taught entirely online rolled out at UWRF in January. Sponsored by the campus' Small Business Development Center, the certificate courses are designed for those with no formal business education. The courses, which do not require a high school or college diploma to participate, aim to provide a basic understanding of business principles.


Four courses were offered initially. Basic Marketing Skills and Basic Finance both began Jan. 6. Basic Human Resource Management and Basic Business Law began Feb. 10. In order to qualify for a certificate designating the recipient as a "Small Business Specialist I," all four courses must be completed.


Courses are taught by UW-River Falls MBA graduates using Desire2Learn, an online course management system. Additional courses are planned for the future.


"The business specialist certificate will help individuals who find themselves in a difficult position as a result of the bad economy. This includes the workforce from Polaris in Osceola and others in our region who have lost jobs," says Glenn Potts, dean of the College of Business and Economics. "The material offered will provide individuals some specific business knowledge that could help with starting a business or help individuals looking for work."