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Monday, April 23, 2012

"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude."  --Oprah Winfrey

Research, scholarly and creative activity shared

UWRF student Cathy Stalvig, left, explains to Jim Madsen, professor and chair of the Physics Department, her research on whether pesticides have played any role in lowering the immune system of bees, leading to colony collapse. She was just one of many answering questions during Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity day held Thursday in the UC. Stalvig said  research found bees treated with pesticides actually resulted in bees with less infections. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.


Cascade Project update
Anticipated work this week (April 23-27):  Anticipated water outage to Hagestad Hall, South Hall and North Hall on Tuesday, April 24, from 9 a.m.-noon. If outage isn't Tuesday, then will be Wednesday morning. No parking on Fifth Street Tuesday, April 24-Thursday, April 26. Spring Street will be closed to traffic for a short period of time on Wednesday, April 25. Steam tunnel work will begin in front of North Hall near Fourth Street. Grading of new roadway areas is expected to begin west of Second Street. Sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main work along Cascade. More information about the Cascade Avenue Project can be found at http://www.uwrf.edu/CascadeProject/.

Kelly Browning named Assistant Registrar
Please welcome Kelly Browning to the position as assistant registrar in the Registrar’s Office. Kathy stepped into the position April 2 as she had been in the Registrar's Office as coordinator of transfer credit/DARWIN. Kathy will help us move forward to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Thanks to the Assistant Registrar Search and Screen Committee on a job well done:  Ryan Bench (chair), Tricia Davis, and Nan Jordahl. We appreciate all your extra efforts. Contact daniel.vandeyacht@uwrf.edu.

Apply for 2012-13 parking permits online
Apply for a 2012-13 parking permit online beginning today, April 23. Employees wishing to purchase a permit for the 2012-13 academic year must follow the online application process. The permit cost for 2012-13 is $277 and will be deducted from your payroll. You will have the option to choose a one-time deduction or multiple-payment deduction.  The employee application process must be completed by July 31 to be considered by seniority. Please read all of the information carefully when following the application process including verifying your vehicles listed with the Parking Department. You can apply for your parking permit and manage your parking account online at https://uwrf.t2hosted.com.

Unclassified online Leave Statement training this week
Starting with April leave statements, unclassified employees will report their leave online. Unclassified employees and supervisors, please plan to attend one of the training sessions being offered this week. Training will cover both absence entry and approval. Support staff are also welcome to attend, if desired. Each session is a half-hour long. No R.S.V.P. needed.

Time for annual performance evaluations
Supervisors of classified employees:  It is time for supervisors to conduct annual performance evaluations for permanent classified staff who are not on probation or on a leave of absence. Please visit http://www.uwrf.edu/HumanResources/upload/Annual-Eval-Memo-04-12.doc for a memo from Deb Schwab regarding the process. Evaluations must be received in the Human Resources Office by Friday, June 1.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee will meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in 114 North Hall. For an agenda, visit

http://www.uwrf.edu/faculty_senate/committees_exec.html. Contact marshall.toman@uwrf.edu or call 3124.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, New Music Ensemble. Contact patti.cudd@uwrf.edu.

Tuesday, April 24, 8:30 p.m., 271 CSH, Astronomy Talk and Telescopes. The talk, "Star-Crossed: Astronomy and Shakespeare," is presented by Physics Professor Eileen Korenic.  If the night is clear, telescope viewing will begin at 9 p.m. on the 3rd floor deck of CSH. To learn whether a night is clear enough for viewing, visit  http://www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/Schedule.cfm or call 3560 after 6 p.m.  The talk and telescope viewing are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Contact the Physics Department at 3560.

Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., UC mall/lawn, 19th Annual Unity in the Community. Features a campus-wide picnic, professional and student stage performances, live music, community art project, tables with information about culture and traditions and much more. Free and open to the public. Rain site is Falcon's Nest, UC. Contact ashley.e.olson@uwrf.edu or call 4444.

Thursday, April 26, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Kinnickinnic Theater, UC, Ann Lydecker Lecture Series: "Leading Ladies: Reflections on Women, Work, Identity and Leadership," presented by Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, first female chancellor at UM Morris. For more information, visit http://www.riverfallsjournal.com/event/article/id/101774/.

April 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Blanche davis Theatre, KFA, University Theatre:  "Richard III." Historical play by William Shakespeare. The production is set in the present day in order to make the political action of the play more prominent. While the text is trimmed, the traditional language is retained. All performances are free as a way of thanking patrons, but a ticket is required since seating is reserved. Box Office hours in KFA are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the nights of the performances.

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, RADD Jazz:  "Universal Language VIII." Featuring the UWRF Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Babatunde Lea, master drummer/percussionist. Free and open to the public. Contact david.a.l.milne@uwrf.edu.

Monday, April 30, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., (two showings), Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Documentary:  "Nefarious." Behind the veil of the sex industry, sex trafficking. Contact jubilynn.hanka@my.uwrf.edu.

Friday, May 4, 6 p.m., Wall Amphitheatre, Finals Fest 2012:  Cloud Cult, Jeremy Messersmith, and The Bad Habits Brass. Rain site is Falcon's Nest, UC. Food available for purchase/cash bar. Free and open to the public. Contact karyn.wells@uwrf.edu.

Now You Know

Student Support Services held its 4th Annual Spring Celebration on Friday to honor graduating seniors and to recognize academic achievements, community service, and outstanding accomplishments of other scholars during the past year. Two SSS scholars, Grace Adofoli and Lee Underdahl, were also honored for receiving the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Included in the photo are Yi Leng Yang, Lee Underdahl, See Vang, Chancellor Van Galen, MyVang Xiong, Anwar Abda, Lee Thao and Damrong Lee.

Don't Forget

Monday, April 23

*  3 p.m., 152 CSH, Physics department job candidate presentation: "IceCube, the South Pole Neutrino Observatory: Decrypting the Multi-messenger Universe" presented by Alessio Tamburro, Ph.D., of the University of Delaware. For an overview of the IceCube project, visit the IceCube neutrino observatory project cover story in Nature. Hear a second presentation, "Electron neutrinos in IceCube: An Online Filter" on Wednesday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in 152 CSH presented by Surujhdeo Seunarine, Ph.D., of the University of the West Indies. For more information, contact earl.d.blodgett@uwrf.edu.

*  7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra Concert:  "Viva" with guest artist, Manny Laureano on trumpet.  Admission is $5/adults, $3/seniors, and $2/students. Contact the Music Department at 3183.

UWS in the News

"Cosmic Rays: They aren't what we thought they were," Universe Today, April 19.

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