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The 2013 Scholarship Benefit Dinner is set for Friday, April 19, 2013, with keynote speaker Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr.


Dinner tickets and sponsorships are available now. Please complete the order form and mail in with payment to: UWRF Foundation, 410 S. Third St, 310 South Hall, River Falls, WI 54022 or call 715-425-3505 with credit card information.  



Reserve your tickets now!  


5 p.m. General Buffet Dinner

5:30 p.m. Private Sponsors' Dinner

7 p.m. Program with Keynote Address by Bart Starr

8:30 p.m. Exclusive Dessert Reception


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Save the Date
1963 Golden Jubilee Reunion
Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18


The University of Wisconsin-River Falls invites all graduates of the class of 1963 to the Golden Jubilee Reunion.
For further information, contact the Alumni Relations Office toll free at 1-877-258-6647 or e-mail
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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   



Men's Hockey Alumni Reunion
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

R.S.V.P. to David Almquist at or call 651-353-5035. Make your reservation by Monday, Dec. 31.

Northern Green Expo

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013   


Join us for the Northern Green Expo in the Seasons Rotunda at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 



Wisconsin Crop Management Conference

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013


Join us from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Superior Room at the Clarion Suites Hotel on the grounds of the Alliant Energy Center in Madison for the Wisconsin Crop Management Conference.



Men's Basketball Reunion
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

Annual Men's Basketball Alumni Weekend. Call Alumni Relations toll free at 1-877-258-6647 or e-mail to make your reservation by Monday, Feb. 6, 2013.



Bloomington Networking Event

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Poor Richard's Commonhouse 

8301 Normandale Blvd.

Bloomington, Minn.    


Bring your business cards! Join with other Minneapolis area 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 a drink ticket.  


Email to register by email or call 715-425-3505 with your credit card to register by phone. 
For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In This Issue

UWRF Signs Partnership with China Agricultural University  


UWRF, home to one of the largest undergraduate dairy science programs in the United States, signed a collaboration agreement with China Agricultural University (CAU), located in Beijing, during an event at the State Capitol in  October.

Representatives from UWRF and CAU.  

Representatives from UWRF and CAU were joined by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Deputy Secretary Jeff Lyon, an alumnus of UWRF; and USDA Rural Development Director for Wisconsin Stan Gruszynski.


The new partnership results from meetings held in China in June as part of a DATCP visit to promote Wisconsin's rich dairy industry and related resources. More than 40 delegates from China traveled to Madison for the signing and the World Dairy Expo.


"Because of the high quality of both of our universities, and the strength we both have in agriculture programs, including dairy science, this agreement holds great promise for our students and faculty, the State of Wisconsin, China, and the global agriculture industry," said UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen.


Learn more.

SuccessStorySuccess Story


The world record brat is prepared for grilling. Photo credit: Scott Takushi, St. Paul Pioneer Press.
UWRF Alumnus Creates Record Setting 52 Foot Bratwurst

UWRF alumnus Pat Ptacek, manager of Ptacek's IGA in Prescott, wanted to mark his family store's 100-year anniversary in a unique way.  


What better way than setting a world record for the longest brat? On Oct. 6, Ptacek and many helpers grilled and served up a 52-foot, 2-inch bratwurst, complete with a bun. 


Learn more.  Watch a YouTube video.



Wyman Series Educates and Enriches

Mu Daiko Taiko Drumming
on Nov. 14 was the latest of the Wyman Series events at UW-River Falls. The Japanese drumming event drew an overflow crowd in Abbott Concert Hall. 


The Walker and Helen S. Wyman Performing Arts and Speaker Series is free and open to the public and has been enriching the campus and community since 1989. The series is supported by student fees and the Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Endowment through the UWRF Foundation.  


Upcoming Wyman Series events are: Feb. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Carnaval Brasileiro! (Brazilian Carnival),  Ballroom, University Center.

March 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., "How Do We Define American?" by Jose Vargas, Ballroom, University Center.

April 24, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Earth Week Speaker:  Julia Butterfly Hill, Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts building.

NeedtoKnowNeed to Know
A view facing west of the newly designed Cascade Avenue.

Cascade Avenue Redesigned  


Cascade Avenue, the street between North and South halls, is back open after major reconstruction that closed the 70-year-old street in April.


Extensive work on the street included replacing aging underground utility infrastructure and sidewalks.


The new street is narrower with gentle curves, new brick pavers, thousands of landscaping plants, dozens of trees and new streetlights. The improvements provide better safety for pedestrians and vehicles since parking along the street is gone and the addition of two roundabouts keep traffic moving.


The multi-million dollar project required collaboration between city, university and state officials and agencies.


Learn more.

InAndOutIn (and out of) the Classroom

UWRF, Area High Schools Team Up in Mathematics Partnership Project 

Erick Hofacker, assistant professor of mathematics at UWRF, is co-principal investigator for the grant.

Earlier this fall, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction awarded a $316,594 two-year grant to provide professional development for middle school and high school math teachers in western Wisconsin, preparing them for the upcoming implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.  


The main partners in the grant are UWRF and the Rice Lake Area School District. Additional partners include UW-Eau Claire and 12 other school districts in western Wisconsin. To date, 36 teachers are involved in the project.    

The project, funded by the grant, "Math Transition into the Common Core Era," held its kick-off meeting Oct. 20 in Rice Lake.  


"Each year of the grant we will provide approximately 100 hours of professional development that focuses on mathematical modeling and the practice standards, which will both be new areas of emphasis in state assessments," said Erick Hofacker, assistant professor of mathematics at UWRF and co-principal investigator for the grant.  


Learn more.