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Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." --William Lawrence Bragg

Students participate in Border Battle Science Olympiad

UWRF English major Lindsay O'Brian, left, and physics major Tyler Capel, right, react as a helicopter they are judging the flight time for begins its descent during the Helicopter Duration of  the 2012 Border Battle Science Olympiad held Saturday on campus. All high school Science Olympiad teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin were invited to attend the Open Invitational Tournament for Division C to compete in all 23 National Science Olympiad events and the six trial events from Wisconsin. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.


New students training in Technology Services
Technology Services has completed an initial training of 27+ new students. Please keep this in mind as you phone in requests to our Communications Center at 3687. Our returning students will be assisting as much as possible, but a reminder that we will have new students answering the phones to assist you.

WWHEL book discussion
In times of change and scarce resources, it seems we are always asking “What’s the problem?” or “What needs to be fixed?”  The Appreciative Inquiry model provides a more positive approach to change that starts with the premise that everyone in an organization has positive aspects that can be built upon and asking questions like “What’s working well?” and “What’s good about what we are currently doing?” Want to learn more about Appreciative Inquiry? Through funds provided by a Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) grant, those who are interested will read and discuss the book, “Appreciative Inquiry:  A Positive Revolution in Change” by D.L. Cooperrider and D. Whitney. Books will be provided for free for the first 23 people who agree to participate and commit to attend two discussions on
March 6 from 3:30-5 p.m. and April 10 from 3:30-5 p.m. If you are interested and able to commit to the two discussions, e-mail polly.kleven@uwrf.edu or call 3201. Deadline to register is Feb. 2.

Please announce to NCUR 2012 participants
Congratulations to students who were selected to present at the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Plan to attend an important informational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 7-9 p.m. in the Orange Lab, Davee Library. Please do not register for NCUR prior to this meeting. If you are not planning to attend NCUR, please let me know. Contact Molly Van Wagner in 101 North Hall, call 4195, or email molly.van-wagner@uwrf.edu with questions.

Free weekly wellness activities
Beginner Tai Chi from  noon-12:50 p.m., in the Hagestad lounge, Jan. 25-May 2;
Advanced Tai Chi from noon-12:50 p.m. in the Hagestad lounge, Jan. 23-April 30;
Mixed Level Yoga from 3:30-4:15 p.m. In the Riverview Ballroom, UC, Jan. 30-April 30;
Cardio Dance from  5-6 p.m. In the Falcon's Nest, UC, Feb. 13-March 5;
Cardio Kickboxing from 5-6 p.m. In the Falcon's Nest, UC, April 2-30; 
Meditation from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 332 UC, March 20-April 10.
For more information, contact jennnifer.elsesser@uwrf.edu or Student Health & Counseling at 3293.

PEACE Dialogues information sessions offered

Interested in learning more about PEACE Dialogues? Have you already signed up, but have some questions about how it’s all going to work this spring? 

Stop by the information sessions in the Falls Room, UC, on:  Thursday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.; Monday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. and noon; or, Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m.

To stay up-to-date about PEACE and be reminded of events,  Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UWRFPEACE Sign up now at 

https://orgsync.com/19266/forms/show/36354 For more information, contact PEACE@uwrf.edu

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jan. 24-Saturday, Jan. 28, various campus locations, Freeze Fest. Activities including a dodgeball tournament, dog sled rides and demonstration, midnight meyhem and comedian Tig Notaro. For more information, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/StudentLife/FreezeFest.cfm or call 4444.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Karges, women's basketball vs. UW-Stout.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Kinnickinnic Theater, UC, Peace Corps Information Session and Panel Q & A.

Friday, Jan. 27, 9-10 p.m., Falcon's Nest, UC, Preston Pugmire. Beats, guitars, bass, vocals. How can all these sounds be generated by just one guy? For the last 4 years, Preston Pugmire has been entertaining audiences all over the US with his looping performance. Contact Student Events are 4444.

Don't Forget

Monday, Jan. 23

First day of Spring Semester classes.

"Walker says education bill based on task forces is nearing," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 19.

"A sharper mind, middle age and beyond," New York Times, Jan. 19.

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