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Monday, March 19, 2012

"There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." --Edith Wharton

UWRF students Pay It Forward during Spring Break

Students from UW-River Falls move furniture at the Mustard Seed Furniture Bank in Fort Wayne, Ind., so the floor could be swept. About 40 students spent their Spring Break helping others during the Pay It Forward tour. They travelled to six cities over break performing service projects in each stop. The stops were Rockford, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Hershey, Pa.; and finishing in Washington, DC. Photo credit:  Samuel Hoffman/The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind. A link to the story can be found at 


Open House set in Admissions
Cascade Avenue public meeting
A public meeting has been scheduled to provide an overview of the upcoming construction project and to answer questions related to construction of the project.  The public meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 6 p.m. in the lower level Training Room of the River Falls City Hall. Representatives from the contractor, city and UWRF will be in attendance to discuss the plan with individuals at 6 p.m. with a general presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question/answer period and more opportunities for individual discussions. The project website at http://www.uwrf.edu/CascadeProject/ provides more project information including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Twitter feeds, Facebook links, a feedback form, and more. Like us on Facebook at “City of River Falls Cascade Project Updates” and follow us on Twitter at @RFCascadeAvenue in order to keep informed as the project progresses from beginning to end.

New Falcon Shop hours begin today

Beginning today, March 19, the Falcon Shop in the UC will have new regular hours:

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (formerly 6 p.m.); Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Summer and break hours are:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Improvement of Classroom Instruction Grant
The UWRF Foundation Improvement of Classroom Instruction Grant is available. The purpose of the foundation funded grant is to support faculty and teaching academic staff in their classroom endeavors. Submit applications to Nan Jordahl in North Hall 104 by April 2. For more information regarding the grant including the application form, visit the Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board Web page at http://www.uwrf.edu/FacultyDevelopment/FASDB-Programs.cfm

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 20, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Kinnickinnic Theatre, UC, Women's History Month speaker:  Duchess Harris on "Black Feminist Politics in the Age of Obama."Free and open to the public. Contact michelle.parkinson@uwrf.edu.

Thursday, March 22, 3 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Music Student Convocation. Contact roger.mcvey@uwrf.edu.

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Falcon Band Spring Concert. Contact craig.hara@uwrf.edu.

Wednesday, March 28, 8 p.m., 271 CSH, "When Computers Were Female: Women in Astronomy," presented by Associate Professor Rellen Hardtke. If the night sky is clear, telescope viewing will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the third floor deck of CSH. The talk will occur regardless of sky conditions. To find out if conditions are clear enough for observing,  check http://www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/Schedule.cfm or call 715-425-3560 after 6 p.m. on March 28. The talk and observatory are free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages.  Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call the Physics Department at 3560. Presented in conjunction with Women's History Month, the UWRF Physics Department and the UWRF Women's & Gender Studies Program.

Friday, March 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., UC, "Feeding the World, Sustaining the Land, Inspiring Cooperative Action," a conference exploring important agriculture and conservation themes as it honors the legacy of the late Rod Nilsestuen. On-line registration is available on the Ralph K. Morris Foundation website at http://www.ralphkmorrisfoundation.org.

Don't Forget

Monday, March 19

Today-April 14, Harriet Barry Gallery, Davee Library, CRSCA Exhibits. Celebrating Research, Scholarship, and Creative Achievement (CRSCA) is an annual event designed to recognize the intellectual and creative achievements of faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls by honoring the work that goes on outside of the classroom. A reception is set for Tuesday, March 27, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Permanent advancement officer position open in the Office of University Advancement and UWRF Foundation. Visit http://www.uwrf.edu/HumanResources/Employment-Opportunities.cfm to view details and the application process. Application deadline is Friday, March 30. Questions can be directed to Kimberly Gould Speckman at 3505.

Now You Know

Cyndi Kernahan (Psychology) was recently appointed as co-director for UW System's Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program. For more than 25 years, this program has advanced the practice of teaching through scholarly inquiry of student learning. Each year, two participants are selected from each UW System campus to complete a year-long teaching/learning project.  Results from these studies are disseminated internationally through publications and presentations.

Sylvia Kehoe (Animal and Food Science) and Arpan Jani (Computer Science and Information Sciences) were selected as representatives from River Falls for 2012-13. More information about the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program can be found at http://www.wisconsin.edu/opid/wtfs/.

UWS in the News

"Assembly passes reading legislation," Blog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 15.

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.

Falcon Daily is an e-newsletter sent to all UW-River Falls faculty, academic and classified staff and off-campus subscribers weekday mornings during the academic year and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the summer. Submit items for possible inclusion to falcondaily-submit@uwrf.edu or directly to editor deb.toftness@uwrf.edu.

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