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March 2013
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More than 750 students signed a thank you card for our alumni and friends in the University Center on Feb. 28. The card is in appreciation of donations as part of National Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, a global initiative to increase student understanding of philanthropy and to grow engagement on campus.



Support Your College's 

Fund for Excellence


THANKS to alumni like you, so far this spring we have raised nearly $30,000 in private support for the colleges!


Private support is vital and enhances learning opportunities for UWRF students. Your charitable contribution can help support: resources for life-changing study abroad experiences, students to attend and present undergraduate research, and college collaborations linking students, alumni and community, just to name a few.


Student representatives have been calling alumni in recent weeks, and will continue calling into April, seeking support for the Fund for Excellence for your college. When we call, answer your phone and make a pledge of support to your college and UWRF students. You can also follow this link I want to support my college! and make your gift today. Designate your gift to your college's Fund for Excellence.




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410 South Third Street
River Falls, WI

715-425-3505 or toll free at
Save the Date
1963 Golden Jubilee Reunion
May 17-18

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

Wednesday, April 10 

The Freight House

107 Vine St

La Crosse, Wis.    


UW-River Falls alumni and friends in the La Crosse area are invited to attend a reception with Chancellor Dean Van Galen from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


The cost of the event is $10 per person. Cash bar.

Please R.S.V.P. by April 1 by clicking the link below. You will have the option of paying with a credit card or mailing in a check. Questions can be emailed to or Dan McGinty at 715-425-3505.

Click here to register for the La Crosse Event.  



Bloomington Networking Event

Tuesday, April 30 

Poor Richard's Commonhouse 

8301 Normandale Blvd.

Bloomington, Minn.    


Bring your business cards and join with other Minneapolis area alumni from 5-6:30 p.m. to  network. A staff member from UWRF Career Services will be on hand to answer career related questions.  


Cost is $10 per person and includes door prizes, appetizers and a drink ticket.  


Click here to register online. You will be given the option of paying with a credit card or mailing in a check.

Wausau Area Alumni Event
Wednesday, May 22
The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company
2305 Sherman St.
Wausau, Wis. 
Alumni and friends in the Wausau area are invited to attend a reception with Chancellor Dean Van Galen from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Cost of the event is $10 per person and includes heavy appetizers and refreshments. Cash bar.
Please R.S.V.P. by May 17 by clicking the link below. You will have the option of paying with a credit card or mailing in a check. Questions can be directed to or Dan McGinty at 715-425-3505.

Milwaukee Brewers

Alumni Event

Friday, June 7

Miller Park

Milwaukee, Wis.


Alumni and friends are invited to a fun-filled evening with the Milwaukee Brewers. A tailgate meal will precede the Brewers game against the Philadelphia Phillies.


Our group tickets are reserved for the Dew Deck, located above the right-field bleachers. A pregame buffet will begin when Miller Park gates open and will end one hour after the first pitch. The area has been newly remodeled for 2013. The signature addition is a 25-foot high rock climbing wall. Questions can be emailed to or call Dan McGinty at 715-425-3505.

Don Page Falcon Varsity Club Golf Outing
Monday, June 17
River Falls Golf Club

Alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend the annual Don Page Falcon Club Golf Outing. A round of golf, dinner and program are planned.

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



UWRF Homecoming

Saturday, Oct. 12


Mark your calendar and make plans to join friends for the Homecoming parade followed by a barbeque at the University Center. Other events include alumni and friend's coffee hour, campus tours and various reunions that start before and after the traditional football game.
For alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In This Issue

Ames Suites Awarded LEED Gold Certification   


The newly constructed Jesse H. Ames Suites at UWRF has been awarded the prestigious LEED-NC v2009 Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  


SDS Architects, along with their consultants and general contractor, worked closely with campus throughout the design and construction process to employ a wide range of rigorous sustainable design and construction strategies that led to the award of this certification for high performance and environmentally responsible projects.


Materials used in the construction of the facility contained more than 16% recycled materials, 25% of the materials used were regionally harvested, and 70% of the wood used was Forestry Stewardship Council certified. The campus purchased Renewable Energy Certificates, which accounts for 70% of the energy the building consumes; low-flow plumbing fixtures resulted in a 42% water-use reduction; and rooftop solar hot water panels were installed as a water pre-heat strategy. These strategies result in nearly 32% annual reduction in energy usage and 27% savings in energy costs.  


Creative landscaping eliminates the need for a costly irrigation system. A boardwalk protects the wetland adjacent to the site and provides an interesting, interactive pedestrian circulation link to campus.  


SuccessStorySuccess Story


Photo courtesy of  the River Falls Journal.


Alumnus Cofounds Little Free Libraries


Since his graduation from UWRF in 1979 with a B.S. in education, psychology and sociology, Todd Bol has pursued a diverse professional life.


Bol served as a middle school instructor for five years before his career took a sharp turn into corporate bartering for several years until he ultimately became a successful entrepreneur moving into founding and operating several international businesses and non-profits.


While a student at UWRF, Bol participated in three separate international experiences and credits his exposure to traveling abroad as a student for his later professional international successes.


"You never really know who you are," said Bol, "until you see yourself through the eyes of someone else from another culture."


Among his many global achievements Bol is most widely known as a cofounder of Little Free Libraries (along with Rick Brooks). Little Free Libraries are small, handcrafted wooden boxes that follow the "take a book, leave a book model" and the placement of them in neighborhood communities has grown into an international movement. It all began in 2009 when Bol installed a library he built in his front yard and filled it with giveaway books as a tribute to his late mother


The organization has placed more than 6,000 Little Free Libraries in more than 36 countries. It also recently won a "Mover and Shakers" award from the American Library Association, two documentaries have featured them, and nearly 1,000 media publications have covered them in the past year.  


Bol resides in Hudson where his Little Free Library workshop/headquarters is based.  


Read more.


Public Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewings Bring Community to Campus

Free, public observatory viewings and astronomy talks hosted each semester by the UWRF Physics Department offer students and community members of all ages an opportunity to learn together.


The last talk/viewing this semester is Tuesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. with physics Professor Eileen Korenic's talk, "Gas Giant 5: The Solar System's Lost Planet," in Room 271 Centennial Science Hall. Telescope viewing (if the sky is clear) begins as 8:30 p.m. on the third floor observatory deck.


Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather since the dome is unheated and the observation deck is outside open to the elements. The viewings and talks are suitable for all ages.  


All observatory viewings are dependent on a clear sky. Call 715-425-3560 after 6 p.m. or visit and click on "observatory" to verify that the sky is clear for viewing. The 8 p.m. talk will go on as scheduled regardless of the weather.

NeedtoKnowNeed to Know

Full-time MBA Offered in Fall



The College of Business and Economics (CBE) at UWRF is launching a new full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program during the fall 2013 semester.


The full-time program will be offered entirely on the main UWRF campus while the part-time MBA program currently offered will continue at the UW-River Falls Hudson Center.  


Features of the new full-time program include an 18-month format; small, diverse cohorts; and mentorship of distinguished international faculty.


"Our full-time MBA program will prepare students by enhancing their business acumen while providing them with a consulting project with a business or non-profit organization," said George Dierberger, director of the MBA program.


CBE is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the highest standard of achievement shared by the most prestigious schools of business worldwide and a recognition esteemed by business and industry as an indicator of quality.

InAndOutIn (and out of) the Classroom

Dairy Club Takes Top Honors at Conference 

The winning Quiz Bowl team from UWRF: Brett Getschel, Carl Lippert, Sam Olson, and Erik Warmka.

Fifty-nine members of the UW-River Falls Dairy Club attended the 31st Midwest American Dairy Science Association Conference hosted by the Iowa State in February bringing home top honors in the Quiz Bowl competition.


The winning senior division Quiz Bowl team was comprised of Carl Lippert of Pittsville, Erik Warmka of Fox Lake, Sam Olson of Chetek, and Brett Getschel of Osceola.    


Election of officers for the Midwest ADSA-SAD took place at the conference and Warmka was elected second vice-president for 2013-14. 


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