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River Falls, WI
Important Announcements

Career Fair

Wednesday, Oct. 19

UWRF is seeking employer participation for the 20th Annual Career Fair set for  Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. This event was a recruiting opportunity for more than 80 organizations in 2010.

This year's fair, "Where Preparation Meets Opportunity," gives students the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers and graduate school recruiters.

Career Fair registrations are  first come, first serve with a maximum capacity of 90 booths.  Registration deadline is Sept. 30.


More details can be found at or by contacting Whitney Peissig, Career Fair coordinator, at 715-425-3572 or

Alumni Calendar

Cross Country Alumni Reunion

Saturday, Sept. 3 


The annual men's and women's cross country alumni meet is set for 10 a.m. on Sept. 3 at the Intramural Fields on campus (near the Wall Amphitheater).  


All alumni (men and women) will run three miles with the women's team time trial at 10 a.m. 


For further information, contact Coach Keven Syverson at 715-425-4280 or  at 

1959 CAFES Alumni Reunion 

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 9-10 


All CAFES alumni from the class of 1959 are cordially invited to a fun-filled weekend in Bayfield. 


Steering committee members include: Hans Feld, Gordy Hoff, Gary Madson, Dan McGinty, Larry Peterson, and Ken Shong. 


Contact any member of the steering committee or the UWRF Advancement Office toll-free at 877-258-6647 with questions.

3rd Annual St. Croix Valley Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour  

Saturday, Sept. 24 


Indulge yourself by sampling 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 a.m. and return to campus at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.


Visits include stops at the St. Croix Vineyard in Stillwater, Minn., Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard in St. Croix Falls, and Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant in Hudson, where dinner may be ordered.

St. Croix River Boat Cruise  

Thursday, Oct. 6 


The annual St. Croix Boat Cruise will kick off the Homecoming weekend festivities on Oct. 6.


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 cruise includes a dinner buffet and some amazing views of the fall colors while cruising the St. Croix River.

UWRF Homecoming

Saturday, Oct. 8 


Mark your calendar and make your plans to join your friends for the Homecoming parade in downtown River Falls followed by a barbeque at the University Center on Oct. 8.


Other scheduled events include alumni and friend's coffee hour, campus tours, and various reunions that start before and after the football game.

Wisconsin Dells Alumni Weekend

Friday- Sunday, Nov. 11-13 


Play Nov. 11-13 at The Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort in Wisconsin Dells. For $109 a night a family of four can reserve a double queen room and receive unlimited access to three indoor water parks and the four-story foam playhouse. Reserve by Oct. 11.


Call 800-867-9453 and mention reservation group name: UW-River Falls and Block Number #999867.


Not up for the whole weekend? Join us at the Wilderness Resort for a gathering on Nov. 12 from 3-5 p.m.

For further information regarding these events, please contact Dan McGinty in the Advancement Office toll-free at 1-877-258-6647 or by email at

For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In This Issue
Chris Mueller

Mueller Named Executive Director of University Advancement

Chris Mueller started his new position as executive director of University Advancement at UWRF on July 1. Previously, Mueller was the executive director of resource development at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.


As executive director, Mueller will lead significant fund-raising initiatives for the university, including planning and implementing a comprehensive fundraising campaign.


"Chris will bring a great deal of experience and energy to his new role at UWRF," says Chancellor Dean Van Galen. "Working with our campus, the UWRF Foundation Board of Directors, and alumni and friends, Chris will play in important role in encouraging a high level of support for the university's mission, including charitable giving to the Foundation."


The executive director position reports to the Chancellor and serves as the university's chief development officer and president of the UW-River Falls' Foundation.


To read more, visit the UWRF News Release  


SuccessStorySuccess Story

Left to right:  Coral Clark, SOFIA education programs manager; Theresa Paulsen; and Marita Beard, another teacher in the "SOFIA 6" from San Jose, Calif.

Alumna Works with NASA Research Flight


UWRF alumna Theresa Paulsen, MSE '07, was one of six teachers selected to work with scientists aboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) during NASA research flights this past spring. This was the first team of educators selected to participate in SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program.

The program is designed to enable educators to join SOFIA's scientific research and take that experience back to their schools and communities is a unique opportunity for NASA to enhance science and math education across the country.

Paulsen says her all-night flight aboard SOFIA on June 3-4 can only be described as a field trip of a lifetime.  

"I am very grateful that NASA promotes STEM education by providing teachers with such incredible field experiences. During my trip I met dozens of NASA employees as well as German scientists who obviously were passionate about their work, says Paulsen. "They were very willing to share their science and their personal stories in order to help me inspire youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math." 

"I will forever be able to tell my students that I was there when Terry Herter, from Cornell University, captured the highest resolution infrared image of the center of our Milky Way galaxy while flying at 43,000 feet aboard the SOFIA aircraft," she says.  

Paulsen is a teacher in the Mellen School District. In September she and another member of " Sofia 6 " will be working with the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay sharing the experience with educators around the region. 

Paulsen encourages others to apply for the next round as NASA selects teams of two teachers to fly on SOFIA in 2012. Interested teams can follow the program on the SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Facebook page. 


Students Receive Degrees with Pride, Anticipation


Some 651 UWRF undergraduate and 63 graduate students received degrees at spring commencement on May 14. In a packed Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center, Chancellor Dean Van Galen welcomed all in attendance.

"On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, let me join in welcoming our honored graduates, their family and friends, current and past faculty and staff, alumni and other guests to the spring 2011 commencement ceremony," said Van Galen. "Today, we celebrate the accomplishments of nearly 700 UW-River Falls graduates and recognize the support that has made this day possible."

Van Galen congratulated on the graduates on their hard work and dedication, and reminded them that they will be forever connected to their alma mater.

Student Regent Aaron Wingad, a senior at UW-Eau Claire and representative of the UW System Board of Regents, UWRF Faculty Senate Vice President Dawn Hukai and Jason Keck, UWRF Student Senate president, also congratulated the graduating students.

Two members of the UWRF community were recognized at commencement. Karl Peterson, professor of chemistry, received the 2011 Distinguished Teacher award and the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus award was presented to Juleen Zierath. Zierath, a 1984 graduate, is a professor of clinical integrative physiology in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery Section for Integrative Physiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, as well as a Type II diabetes researcher.    


For more information, visit the UWRF News Release  


NeedtoKnowNeed to Know
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Take in a Saints Game with Alumni and Friends


Join other UWRF alumni and friends in a fun-filled evening of entertainment at a St. Paul Saints baseball game on Saturday, July 23, at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.

A block of tickets have been reserved and the Alumni Office invites you and your friends to attend the game. The tailgating party begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the game at 7 p.m.  


Cost is $20 per person and includes dinner and a ticket to the game. Tickets are available on a first come, first-served basis. To reserve your tickets with a credit card, call the Alumni Office at 715-425-3505 or complete an online registration form and mail a check payable to the UWRF Alumni Office to UWRF Alumni Relations, 410 S. Third St., River Falls, WI 54022.

InandOutIn (and Out) of The Classroom

Four UWRF Classrooms Being Modernized

Four campus classrooms are being modernized this summer with funds coming from Madison through the UW Systems Board of Regents funding award to UWRF last year.   


In May 2010 UWRF was awarded its largest renovation fund ever, with more than a million dollars being awarded to the campus for its classroom plans. Some five million dollars were divided between UW System campuses.

The modernization project began in June with Room 120 South Hall. The  three other classrooms being renovated this summer include 205 North Hall and lecture halls 200 and 231 in the Agricultural Science building.

Renovations include new flooring, furniture, temperature controls, and technology modernization. Campus Planner Dale Braun says classroom plans will follow similar sustainability principles the campus has already implemented.  


"We're planning on doing what we can to remain as green as possible," says Braun. Most exciting for Braun and others on the committee is the effects such remodeling will have on the teaching experience. "Above all, we want to provide modern technology for modern learning."