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September 2012
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The 2013 scholarship benefit dinner is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013,  with keynote speaker Green Bay Packers Legend Bart Starr.


Dinner tickets and sponsorships available now. Please print off this order form or call the office at 715-425-3505 with credit card information.





The UW-River Falls Foundation Call Center students will be on the phones soon, waiting for you to pick up and say "YES, I want to support UW-River Falls!"  


We realize that during this election year, the phones will be busy so when you see UWRF on your caller ID, please pick up and talk with our students. They will share what is happening at the university, update your record and ask for your gift of support to UW-River Falls and the Rising to Distinction campaign. Thank you!   




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Homecoming 2012


Saturday, Sept. 29 


Mark your calendar and make 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.


For more information on activities and reunions, click here

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



World Dairy Expo Reception

Friday, Oct. 5   


All alumni and friends are to join us for a reception beginning at 5 p.m. for this annual event at the World Dairy Expo in Madison. The reception will be held in the Monona Room in the Exhibition Hall in the Alliant Energy Center.  



Minneapolis Networking Event

Tuesday, Oct. 23     


Bring your business cards and 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.  



'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. 


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Alumni Weekend at the Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells

Dec. 7-9 


Join us for water park fun at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells December 7-9. For $109/night plus tax and resort fees a family of four can reserve a double queen room and receive unlimited access to three indoor waterparks and the Timberland Play Park.  


Reserve your room by Nov. 7 by calling 800-867-9453 and mention reservation group name: UW-River Falls Group Number #A78928.

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

Prof's Biology Resource Wins Science Magazine Award


UWRF biology Professor Mark Bergland and colleagues Karen Klyczek, Chi-Cheng Lin, Mary Lundeberg, Rafael Tosado-Acevedo, Arlin Toro, Dinitra White and Bjorn Wolter are recent winners of Science magazine's Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction.  


Their online educational system, Case It!, is an interactive molecular biology resource where students are offered case studies with multiple scenarios. For example, tracing a mutated gene back through a family tree enables a student to come at a problem from different biological, social and ethical perspectives.  


Each month Science publishes an essay by a recipient of the award that explains the winning project. The essay about Case It! was published July 27.


To learn more about Case It! visit To read more, visit the Science news release.


SuccessStorySuccess Story
Former Hockey Player Produces Heart-felt Film

Former Falcon hockey player John Bullis has produced an emotional and heart felt film, "Standing Guard," which features a documentary about one of his best friend's death in Afghanistan in 2009.


The NCAA's Courtney Cronin put a story together about the project. Read the NCAA Digital Feature.



Etched UWRF seal denotes historical South Hall


A giant etching of the UWRF seal in concrete just outside the front doors of South Hall now greets students and visitors to campus.  


The seal, which denotes historical South Hall, was completed by Nolan King, a 2001 graduate of UW-River Falls and owner of King Architectural Concrete & Construction.


The project was funded out of the Cascade Construction Project, which specifically budgeted monies for discretionary items.

NeedtoKnowNeed to Know

Kevin Kubiak (center) directs the closure of a flood wall gap in Plaquemines Parish, La., in the hours prior to the landfall of Hurricane Isaac.

Recent Grad Works to Limit Flooding From Hurricane Isaac


Northeastern Wisconsin is as unlikely a place as any to seek expertise on controlling hurricane related flood damage, but in August, Kevin Kubiak of Rhinelander  played a crucial role in protecting Louisiana from Hurricane Isaac.


Kubiak finished his dual degree in applied physics and civil engineering from UWRF and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May and accepted a position with HESCO Bastion Environmental. HESCO specializes in units that are used to stop floods and environmental damage.  


"On Sunday (Aug. 26), we visually inspected a wall of our product that is serving as a backup flood wall along Highway 23 in Plaquemines Parish, La., to the levee on the west side of the west bank of the parish," said Kubiak. "Highway 23 is a crucial shipping and trucking route for the oil rigs which is why the parish tries to keep it open as long as possible."  


Following a series of repairs to the existing wall, Kubiak said he and his colleagues turned their attention to assisting with the construction of new flood walls.


To read more, visit the UWRF news release.

InAndOutIn (and out of) the Classroom
From left to right: Kathryn Overby, Juleen Zierath and Kevin Rixmann participate in summer research in Sweden.


Summer Research in Sweden


Two UWRF students, Kevin Rixmann and Kathryn Overby, conducted research this summer at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.


The students were accompanied for part of the trip by Tim Lyden, UWRF professor of biology, and were hosted by Juleen Zierath, UWRF distinguished alumnus and professor of clinical integrative physiology in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery Section for Integrative Physiology at the Karolinska Institute.  


Over five weeks in June and July, the students analyzed protein and RNA for research focused on the development of artificial skeletal muscle in three-dimensional cultures, artificial adipose (fat) tissues, and breast cancer three-dimensional modeling projects. The research is connected to ongoing projects in the UWRF Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center (TCIC).   


"This type of opportunity is literally, one-of-a-kind for these students and the TCIC," said Lyden. "Dr. Zierath is one of the best muscle physiologists in the world and her lab is about as high a caliber as you can imagine. Our students are doing world class work in a world class lab at a world class university."  


For more information, visit the UWRF news release