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Friday, April 13, 2012

"Optimism is the cheerful frame of mind that enables a teakettle to sing, though in hot water up to its nose." --Unknown

Destination trips impact UWRF students

The UWRF Destination program sent out five groups of volunteers during Spring Break to work with various social issues and organizations around the country in hopes that the groups would impact not only the communities they served, but that the communities would impact the students as well. UWRF Senior John Gainey spends down time playing football with a group of boys in Selma, Ala. Working with the Freedom Foundation, there were many opportunities to work with youth in Selma as well as learn about the segregation that still exists today in that town. Destination program participants joined together for a celebration on March 25, sharing stories of each groups experiences and the impact their work left on each of them. Destinations over break included Selma; Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; Chicago; Phoenix; Joplin, Mo.; and the Dominican Republic. Additional photos from the trips can be found at http://uwrfphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Destinations-2012/G0000QpxVlZHfr.o/C0000vXzoNR.O4Os. More information on the Destination program can be found at http://www.uwrf.edu/StudentLife/Destination.cfmPhoto by Kathy M. Helgeson.


Q metered lot reserved

The Q metered lot located off Spring Street will be reserved on the following days for campus events: Friday, April 13; Saturday, April 14; Friday, April 20; and, 

Friday, May 4. This will not include Q Faculty and motorcycle spaces. A portion of the lot will reopen for metered parking on some dates beginning at 1:30 p.m.

 Any questions can be directed to the Parking Office at 3333.

Gear Up Get Ready on campus April 19
Educational Psychology classes (TED212) will once again host 200 seventh graders from Washington Technology Magnet School in St Paul. Activities will be happening in various locations on campus on Thursday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. UWRF students are encouraged to participate all day, so thank you in advance for flexibility regarding attendance that day. However, their post will be covered if they have to step aside for academic responsibilities, so there should be no blanket excuses for missing class. We appreciate your patience and understanding as groups of kids may be in your area touring campus or making noise in an activity near by. Contact geoffrey.scheurman@uwrf.edu.

Summer hours begin May 14
Summer hours will begin on Monday, May 14, and continue through Friday, Aug. 24. UWRF will again authorize flexible hours during the summer. Employees, with supervisor approval, can work any eight hours between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The scheduling of personnel (faculty, classified, student) assigned to each office will be left to the immediate supervisor's discretion. For example, the supervisor may want to rotate his/her staff on a biweekly basis between the 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. shift (with a 30-minute lunch) and the 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. shift. This would result in employee "A" working the first biweekly period on the 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. shift (with a 30-minute lunch) and the next biweekly period on the 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. shift.  We will continue the policy requiring that offices that serve the general public to be open during the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in accordance with Section 230.35(4)(f), Chapter 196, Laws of 1977. Contact donna.robole@uwrf.edu.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 14, all day event, Harriet Barry Gallery, Davee Library, "Food and Water" by David Luke. The exhibit consists of 
diptychs representing food, in the form of agricultural landscapes, and water, in the form of the St. Croix River. In an age where having more and more "things" (Iphones, wireless internet, etc.) somehow makes one's life simpler, Luke would like these images to speak to actual simplicity and actual human need. The St. Croix River Valley provides the landscape and thus the visual elements to make such a statement. The natural world, both land and water, has long been celebrated in photography but the pointed notion of food and water as a backbone for the project references the direct human reliance on such a valuable resource. Contact cate.dodson@uwrf.edu.

Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m., men's and women's track vs. UW-River Falls Invitational.

Saturday, April 14, noon, softball vs. UW-Superior. Alumni Day and DH.

Saturday, April 14, 3 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Senior Recital:  Melanie Tlusty (mezzo-sporano). Free and open to the public. Contact the Music Department at 3183.

April 14 and 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ag Engineering Annex, Annual Ag Industry Club Lawn Mower Tune-Up. Cost for riding mowers is $70; push mowers is $40. Pick-up charge is $20. Additional charges apply for machines requiring full repair. For questions or to R.S.V.P. for machine pickup, contact Dan Alexander at 507-430-2993 or daniel.alexander@my.uwrf.edu.

Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Senior Recital:  Jason Lundgren (baritone). Free and open to the public. Contact the Music Department at 3183.

Sunday, April 15, 4-7 p.m., Falcon's Nest, UC, Celebration of Lynn Jermal's Lifetime of Art and Service at UWRF. Appetizers, art and a live band. Ceremony at 5 p.m. Contact the Art Department at 3266.

Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, River Falls Brass Concert. Free and open to the public. Contact richard.gaynor@uwrf.edu.

Thursday, April 19, noon-2 p.m., Falcon's Nest, UC, Spring Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Day. Students and faculty in all fields will share the results of their work through posters. Open to everyone.

April 19-21 and 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Blanche davis Theatre, KFA, University Theatre:  "Richard III." Historical play by William Shakespeare. In order to make the political action of the play more prominent, the production is set in the present day. While the text is trimmed, the traditional language is retained. As a way of saying "thanks" to UWRF theater patrons and supporters, all performances of "Richard III" are free. Seating is reserved, so a ticket is needed. Box Office hours in KFA are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the nights of the performances.

Don't Forget

Friday, April 13

*  3 p.m., men's and women's track vs. UW-River Falls Invitational. 

*  7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Guest Recital:  Jeong-in Kim on Piano. Contact roger.mcvey@uwrf.edu.

Permanent classified employment opportunities:
* Permanent custodian positions that may be available within the next six months  If interested in being placed on a list for future vacancies, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/HumanResources/CustodianPosition.cfm to view details about the position and the application process. Application deadline is Tuesday, April 17. Direct questions to Deb Schwab at 3221.

UWS in the News

"Editorial: Let's chip away at student loan crisis," Editorial, Appleton Post-Crescent, April 11.

"Campus Connection: Madison College implements early retirement program," Capital Times, April 12.

"Streamling UW construction," Wisconsin Radio Network, April 12.

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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