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Monday, April 16, 2012

"Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way." --Douglas Pagels

Campus planetarium gets new digital projector 

Museum specialist Joel Halvorson set up a new digital planetarium projector in 201 Ag Science on Tuesday. The new projector replaces the original Spitz planetarium projector installed in 1966, and allows the planetarium to be used for multiple disciplines, projecting images onto the dome, but not only the night sky. The data-based software, created by Elumenati, will allow networking and sharing between other planetariums running the same software. "We can send and receive shows from sites across the world including multiple venues in Minnesota and national stature places like the Denver Public Museum, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC," says Jim Madsen, professor and chair of the Physics Department. The department hopes to have the planetarium finalized and fully operational by summer 2012. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson. Correction:  The photo and the photos in the link in Friday's (April 13) Falcon Daily were submitted photos.


Cascade Project update
Installation of sanitary sewer on Second Street and on Cascade Avenue from Second Street to Fourth Street will continue this week. Storm sewer installation will begin near Spruce Street and continue east to Second Street requiring Spruce Street to be closed on Wednesday, April 18. Water main work will continue from Second to Fourth Street. Some water outages are expected on Wednesday, April 18, or Thursday, April 19, that will effect Jimmy Johns, Mariacci Loco, North Hall, South Hall and Hagestad Hall. More exact information will be posted Tuesday.

Annual password change reminder
A reminder to campus that your password will need to change annually. Depending on the time you changed your password last, the annual change may be approaching. We encourage all faculty and staff to change their passwords sooner than later. If you are prompted to change your password at the login screen of computer,  visit faa.uwrf.edu and change the password through our process. DO NOT reset your password using the pop-up presented on your machine, but visit faa.uwrf.edu. If you are unable to login due to an expired password, you may visit any of our  three locations (Davee Library, Hagestad Hall, or WEB) for assistance. If you reset your password via the pop-up, you will lose access to certain resources until you’ve reset it via faa.uwrf.edu. If you have any questions regarding the process, or you’ve already changed your password through the pop-up process, call IT at 3687.

Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin

The week of April 16-20 is Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Emergency Management team and the five National Weather Service Forecast Offices that service Wisconsin are asking that everyone take time to review safety procedures so that they will be ready when severe weather strikes. Tornado shelter areas are highlighted on the Tornado and Fire Procedures maps located on each floor in main campus buildings. Sirens will sound in River Falls (and Hudson) at 1:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

Summer and fall textbook orders

Attention faculty:  The Falcon Shop, UC, is now taking orders for any additional course materials needed for summer session and fall semester.

Email bookstore@uwrf.edu with the book and course information. Books will be available for sale in the Falcon Shop and online at www.uwrf.bkstr.com.

Q metered lot reserved

The Q metered lot located off Spring Street will also be reserved on Tuesday, April 24, for a campus event. 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.

Faculty Senate meeting
The Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Willow River Room, UC. For an agenda, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/FacultySenate/Agendas.cfm. Contact marshall.toman@uwrf.edu or call 3124.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m. Riverview Ballroom, UC, Retirement and Years of Service Program.  Open to all faculty and staff to celebrate the milestones of campus colleagues.

Thursday, April 19, 3 p.m., Atrium of Ag Science (outside 200 Ag Science), CAFES Centennial Kick-Off. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will begin the year-long centennial celebration by honoring two golden threads woven through the College history – "Wisconsin’s Agriculture" embodied by our Distinguished Agriculturalists and "exceptional teaching," exemplified by our University Distinguished Teachers. The campus community is invited to join us at the rededication of the Agricultural Hall of Fame, the wall honoring the Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalists. A reception will follow the rededication. The day will culminate with the 46th Annual Awards Banquet recognizing and celebrating the achievements of CAFES students. Contact laura.walsh@uwrf.edu

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.

Sunday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Falcon's Nest, UC, Wyman Series:  "Terra Madre." Earth Day concert featuring The Four Voices String Quartet and David Milne with the UWRF Faculty Jazz Quartet. Free and open to the public. Contact david.a.l.milne@uwrf.edu.

Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra concert. Admission is $5/adults, $3/seniors and $2/students. Contact kristin.tjornehoj@uwrf.edu.

Don't Forget

Monday, April 16

*  all day, Harriet Barry Gallery, Davee Library, Food and Water exhibit by David Luke. For more information, visit http://davidluke.net/index.php?/projects/food-and-water/.

*  3:30-4:30 p.m., 120 South Hall. First of three:  Open Forum by The Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs to discuss the possibility of a tobacco-free campus at UW-River Falls. The main purpose of the forums is to gather input and generate discussion regarding a possible campus tobacco-free policy, with each forum starting with a short presentation of information and data. Each of these forums is open to students, faculty, and staff. The remaining two forums are set for Tuesday, May 1, from 9-10 a.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater, UC; and, Wednesday, May 2, from 3-4 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre, KFA. Contact Alice or Keven at Student Health and Counseling Services at 3293. 

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

"Regents focus on in-state students with budget considerations," Badger Herald, April 12.

"UW-La Crosse students approve $55M student center," Business Journal of Milwaukee, April 13.

"UW-L fire to be focus of documentary film," La Crosse Tribune, 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.

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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