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Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” --Howard Thurman

Autism conference draws hundreds to campus

Keynote Speaker Paula Kluth (center) asks those who know a name of a character on Jersey Shore to get up and move to another table as she addressed a full house attending the  3rd Annual Knowing Autism Conference today in the Riverview Ballroom, UC. The Jersey Shore question was part of game "The Great Wind Blows For Those Who Know" designed to get participants up and moving around the room, answering questions. The event, with the theme of inclusion, is sponsored by Andersen Corporation, New Richmond Area Community Foundation, River Falls School District, UWRF Communicative Disorders, Counseling & School Psychology, and Social Work Programs, and Western Wisconsin Autism Advocacy & Consulting Center. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.


Chancellor's Award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted until Feb. 17 for the 2012 Chancellor’s Award. The Chancellor’s Award recognizes students with junior or senior status who possess the qualities of leadership, service and commitment and acknowledges a student’s unique personal traits and skills. The recipients will receive the award at the Chancellor’s Award Reception for students later this spring. Further information on the nomination process is available at http://www.uwrf.edu/Awards/ChancellorsAwardStudents.cfm. The deadline to submit nomination materials is Friday, Feb. 17. Contact blake.fry@uwrf.edu. 


TSA updates

TIAA-CREF has updated its enrollment form and will no longer be accepting outdated forms after Feb. 15. A link to the current enrollment form is located at the UW TSA enrollment website at http://www.wisconsin.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/tsaenroll.htm.

T. Rowe Price will offer two live webinars weeks of Feb. 6 and 13

Two live webinars focusing on aspects of retirement will be offered in the next two weeks. These are live presentations over the Web, and there will be Q & A time. You may sign up and watch the presentations on your own computer. Listen to the audio portion on the telephone. Find the registration link and more information at http://rpstrowepricereg32.fugent.com.

*  Retirement Investing from Beginning to EndThis 40-minute program is a comprehensive presentation that explains asset classes, reviews the concepts of risk and return, and helps employees make the most of their investment choices. The plan's investment options are discussed and profiled using market capitalization, investment style, and geographic characteristics.

*  Retirement Milestones. This 30-minute interactive program is designed for active plan participants age 50 and older. However, employees younger than age 50 may find the webinar interesting. Topics such as retirement savings progress, retirement income calculations, and age 50+ milestones are discussed in this program. Retirement milestones reviewed in this program include age 50 catch-up contributions, age 55 and separate service options, and Social Security and Medicare eligibility dates.

Webinar dates and times are:

Monday, Feb. 6 - Investing, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 - Investing, 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 - Milestones, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9 - Milestones, 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13 - Milestones, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Milestones, 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Investing, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16 - Investing, 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Admissions Office has student worker positions

Please pass along to your student that the Admissions Office is hiring students to be a FOCUS member or Tour Guide. These opportunities allow students work in an office setting and gain professional experience. The FOCUS position is a paid position as an Admissions representative. The responsibilities include giving weekly tours, teller-recruiting to prospective students, maintaining and updating the Admissions Web page, and special projects around the office. Students will work 8-10 hours a week. Other bonuses include receiving a River Falls shirt, working in a real life work world with professional staff, and other rewards. The tour guide position allows the student to show off the university to prospective families. Responsibilities include helping out with Campus Visit Days, Special Visit Days, Saturday Visits, and serve on the student panels. Applications are available in the Admissions Office in South Hall. The application deadline is  4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Interview time slots can be signed up for with the completed application. Contact tamra.knight@uwrf.edu or call 3500.

Grant deadline extended

UW System, in collaboration with WiSys Technology Foundation, offers two research grant programs to UW faculty:  1. the Applied Research Grant Program, and 2. a joint Applied Research-WiTAG (WiSys Technology Advancement Grant) Program. Both grant programs are closely tied to the goals of UW System’s Growth Agenda for Wisconsin – goals that include a plan to develop advanced human potential and the knowledge economy that employs that potential. In particular, the Applied Research and Applied Research-WiTAG programs help topromote technology transfer and economic development throughout the state. The deadline has been extended to Feb. 29. For more information, visit http://www.wisys.org/grants/index.jsp?cid=14 or contact molly.van-wagner@uwrf.edu.

Classified employment opportunity

There is a Purchasing Agent project position available in Purchasing Services. The duration of this project position is expected to be 18 months. To apply, visit http://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=57373&jobid=56888&index=true. Applications deadline is Friday, Feb. 10. Questions can be directed to Deb Schwab at 3221.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb. 4-Saturday, March 3, Harriet Barry Gallery, Davee Library, Peace Corps Exhibit. Artifacts from several local Peace Corps volunteers. 2011 was the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. March 1 is National Peace Corps Day. Contact cate.dodson@uwrf.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m., River Falls High School pool, men's and women's swimming vs. Hamline University.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2:05 p.m., Hunt Arena, Women's hockey hosts Youth Hockey Day and Skate With the Falcons. For more information, visit http://www.uwrfsports.com/news/2012/1/25/WHOCKEY_0125121323.aspx.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Faculty Recital:  Gail Olszewski on piano and guest artist Siri Caltvedt, soprano. Free admission.

Don't Forget

Friday, Feb. 3

*  Last day of the art exhibit "Figures and Abstraction" by graduate student Jason McIntyre in the Harriet Barry Gallery in Davee Library.

*  $5 Friday continues in Riverside Commons, UC. Join us each Friday from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for all-you-care-to-eat dining for just $5.

*  5:30-6:30 p.m., Aerobics Room, Nelson Building, Free Karate Lesson For Kids. The introduction will cover basic techniques and concepts. The RF Karate group has been teaching since 1981. All are welcome. For more information, contact Ron Neuhaus at 715-425-9872.

*  7:05 p.m., Hunt Arena, women's hockey vs. Concordia University.

UWS in the News

"Why go to college at all?," Blog, New York Times, Feb. 2.

"Be prepared with valid ID when you vote," Leader-Telegram, Feb. 2.

"Lauren Mobley: UW-L came together after Drake Hall fire," Letter, La Crosse Tribune, Feb. 2.

To view news about the UW System from around the state, visit System’s clip sheet site to read the stories or to subscribe to the daily briefing.

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