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UW-River Falls

Homecoming 2012

Saturday, Sept. 29 


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

Alumni Calendar

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


New Student Move-In Day
Saturday, Sept. 1


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.


Cross Country Alumni Reunion
Saturday, Sept. 1


The annual men's and women's cross country alumni meet is set for 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the Intramural Fields on campus (near the Wall Amphitheatre).
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 email


4th Annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

Saturday, Sept. 15 


Indulge yourself! Alumni and friends can sample some of the best delicacies of the St. Croix Valley. A charter bus will depart from UWRF at 10:30 a.m. and return to campus at approximately 8:30 p.m.  


Visits include stops at the Valley Vineyard in Prescott, Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery in Stockholm and dinner at Vino in the Valley in Maiden Rock. Knokes Chocolates and Falcon Food brats and cheeses will also be served. Cost is $50/per person. Ticket price includes: Falcon Food's brat and cheese lunch, Knokes Chocolates, tour, tasting fees and dinner. Wine and other products will be available to purchase at each location.  


R.S.V.P. by Sept. 7. Please e-mail to sign up. 


UWRF Family Day

Saturday, Sept. 22


Bring the entire family and enjoy the variety of events. Students, family, friends, staff, faculty and UWRF alumni are invited to celebrate Family Day 2012 on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday Sept.  22. Football, movies, photos with Freddy, children's activities, campus tours and much more.


Online registration is available at the New Student and Family Programs page.   


St. Croix Boat Cruise

Thursday, Sept. 27


The annual St. Croix Boat Cruise will kick off 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 a St. Croix Riverboat at 5:45 p.m. The cruise includes a dinner buffet and some amazing views of the fall colors on the St. Croix River.

Cost is $25/per person. Ticket price includes appetizers at the Dock Café and St. Croix boat and dinner ticket. Cash bar. R.S.V.P. by Sept. 21 to 


Minneapolis Networking Event

Tuesday, Oct. 23


Bring your business cards! Join with other Minneapolis alumni from 5-6:30 p.m. mingling and developing networks. A staff member from UWRF Career Services will be on hand to answer career related questions. A database of those attending will be developed and shared after the event to be utilized for future networking purposes.  


Cost is $10 per person and includes door prizes, appetizers and two drink tickets. Please confirm your reservation by Oct. 12 to the Office of University Advancement toll-free at (877) 258-6647 or e-mail  


UW-River Falls Alumni Cruise

Istanbul to Athens

Oct. 31-Nov. 8  


Savor the sights and sounds of legendary lands aboard the beautifully appointed Oceania Cruises Marina, a vessel offering some of the best service and amenities at sea. This journey sets sail from Istanbul across the mythic Aegean to ancient ports of call in Turkey and Greece.


Click here for more information about the cruise. 


'A Christmas Carol' at the Guthrie

Sunday, Dec. 2


Join us for a holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol." The Guthrie's perennial holiday favorite which received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010 continues the Theater's holiday tradition for the 38th year, telling the story of an old miser who learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. J.C. Cutler returns for a second consecutive year in his acclaimed performance as Ebenezer Scrooge.


Our group will meet at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 233 Park Ave, Minneapolis, at 5 p.m. for dinner before attending the 7 p.m. show. 


Adult dinner and theater ticket cost is $55. Senior dinner and theater ticket cost is $50. Child (age 8 and older) dinner and theater ticket cost is $40. Please specify child's age in R.S.V.P.


R.S.V.P. by Nov. 1 to

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

New Strategic Plan Launched 


A new strategic plan for UW-River Falls was celebrated during a public event April 26 in the University Center. Over the past year, UWRF students, faculty, staff and community members came together to develop the university's next five-year strategic plan, "Pathway to Distinction."  


The event featured displays, activities, and a film highlighting UWRF's strengths in areas related to the plan's three goals:  Distinctive Academic Excellence, Global Education and Engagement, and Innovation and Partnerships. For more information, visit


To read more, visit the Student Voice article.

SuccessStorySuccess Story
Senior Shane Manor was named to the first all-WIAC team for the second straight season.
Senior Shane Manor was named to the first all-WIAC team for the second straight season.

Falcon Athletes Excel with Conference Championships 


Falcon fans had a lot to cheer about with four teams earning NCAA Championships berths during the 2011-12 academic year.

Basketball fans were especially excited as both the men's and women's teams reached the NCAA Tournament. The men's team won its first ever WIAC Playoff Championship, with a 64-58 win at UW-Whitewater, and then, for the first time ever, hosted a NCAA first round playoff series at the Karges Center. The women's team finished the year 21-7 and racked up the most wins since the 1988-89 team had 23. The Falcons advanced to the WIAC semifinals and then earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Falcon women's hockey team had yet another banner season in 2012. They reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year and fifth time in school history. Coach Joe Cranston won his 200th career game during the season as the Falcons finished 23-5-2 overall. UWRF won the NCHA regular season championship and then hosted the NCHA Playoffs, for the second straight year, at Hunt Arena. The Falcons won the playoff championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Falcon softball team kept the winning going during the spring season. UWRF won its second straight WIAC Tournament Championship winning four elimination games in the tourney. The Falcons earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament and came within a win of advancing to the NCAA Div. III World Series. Coach Faye Perkins won her 400th career game at UWRF during the season as the Falcons finished 34-15 overall. The 34 wins is a school record.

Track & Field athlete, Mike Sandle, had great indoor and outdoor seasons winning NCAA triple jump individual championships. He is the first Falcon to ever win both NCAA National Championship events in a single season. He set school records in both events - 50-6 during the indoor season and 51-2 ¼ during the outdoor season.    


UWRF Students Receive Chancellor's Awards

2012 Chancellor Award Winners

2012 recipients are front row (left to right):  Grace Adofoli, Lee Underdahl, and Becky Jones and back row (left to right):  Adam Sibenaller, Danielle Hammer, Chancellor Dean Van Galen, Kim Schadrie, and Camryn Nelson.


Seven UWRF students received the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in April. They were honored at a ceremony April 17. The Chancellor's Award is the highest non-academic honor a student can receive at UW-River Falls.  


First awarded in 1980, the Chancellor's Award is presented annually to juniors and seniors for their distinguished leadership and service to the campus and external communities during the course of their time at UWRF.


During the ceremony, Chancellor Dean Van Galen congratulated the recipients and challenged them to continue their commitment to service.


"I encourage you to exert your strength by pulling others up," Van Galen said. "To lead as servant leaders, placing those you lead above yourself."


Students receiving the 2012 Chancellor's Award were Grace Adofoli, Danielle Hammer, Becky Jones, Camryn Nelson, Kim Schadrie, Adam Sibenaller, and Lee Underdahl.


To read more, visit the UWRF News Release.  

NeedtoKnowNeed to Know


Dr. Wyman
Dr. Bry Wyman speaks during
the Rising to Distinction campaign preview event.
Million Dollar Donation Jumpstarts Campaign 


Dr. Bry Wyman, son of the late UWRF history Professor Walker D. Wyman, became UW-River Falls' first living million-dollar donor as his gift was announced at a campaign preview event held April 28 in the University Center. Bry Wyman's gift will establish the Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Endowed Visiting Professorships in history and art. To learn more about the campaign, visit 


The campaign titled "Rising to Distinction" aims to raise $20 million by June 2016 for a variety of initiatives including student financial aid, faculty support, student learning opportunities, and facilities. Scholarship support for deserving students is the campaign's top priority. UWRF seeks to raise $7.9 million for endowment and annual scholarships, including the Falcon Scholars program.


To read more about the campaign kickoff, visit the UWRF News Release.

InAndOutIn (and out of) the Classroom
Eleven UWRF student teachers enjoy some free time at Yunderup on the Murray River in Australia.

UWRF Students Teaching/Learning in Australia


Eleven UWRF student teachers studying early childhood/middle childhood education spent time this summer in four schools in Western Australia doing one of their student teaching practicums.


In July, the 11 classes learned about American Independence Day including a live Skype to view fireworks in Minnesota, many hands on activities and even a parade. In their spare time, students (guided by UWRF Professor Gay Ward) explored Perth and the port city of Fremantle and practicing their Australian English.  


Students participating were Chelsey Strohkirch, Leah Schwabe, Jeannie Terhark, Lauren Adamic, Kayleigh Bell, Kristina Steigauf, Lindsey Smith, Bridget Mealman, Anna Windles, Stefanie Thorsen, and Micayla Kohlnhofer.