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Thursday, April 26, 2012

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

New Strategic Plan kick-off is today


The Strategic Plan kick-off today will feature displays, activities, and a film all highlighting UWRF’s strengths in areas related to the plan’s three goals:  Distinctive Academic Excellence, Global Education and Engagement, and Innovation and Partnerships. Authors of the plan’s first year initiatives will be available to answer questions. “The event will serve as a great celebration of our university and its new five-year strategic plan, "Pathway to Distinction,” says Chancellor Dean Van Galen. “This event is the culmination of a year-long, participatory process to develop a roadmap for UW-River Falls for 2012-2017 that builds upon our strengths. I encourage everyone from the campus and broader community to attend.” Image by Tony Bredahl.


Announcements


Annual boiler maintenance shutdown
For your long range planning, please note the boilers are down every spring for two weeks following the closing of the residence halls. Steam that provides hot water, cooking, distilling, pasteurization, drying and sterilization will not be available during that time. The 2012 spring shutdown will begin Saturday, May 12, at 5 p.m. and will be back on Tuesday, May 29, in the afternoon. Contact Bill Girnau at 3955 with questions.

Printer Ink
The Political Science Department has some unopened print cartridges to give away:  two black (Q6000A), two cyan (Q6001A), two yellow (Q6002A) and two magenta (Q6003A)for HP Laserjet 1600, 2600, 2605, CM1015 mfp, CM1017 mfp. Contact joan.kratt@uwrf.edu.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 30, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Falls Room, UC, Spring Glass Sale. Just in time for Mother’s Day, a beautiful selection of hand-blown glass artwork by UWRF students available for purchase with proceeds going towards conferences, guest speakers and admissions. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to Turning Point for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. Sale continues from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Friday, May 4, last day of spring semester classes.

Monday-Friday, May 7-11, final exams.

Saturday, May 12, 9: 30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Commencement ceremonies. For more information on commencement, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/Registrar/CommencementInfo.cfm.

Don't Forget

Thursday, April 26


*  9 a.m.-4 p.m., north patio, UC, Horticulture Society Annual Plant Sale. Hanging baskets, patio pots and flowering potted plants for Mother’s Day, wide selection of annuals, vegetables and perennials for the yard and garden. UWRF locally grown plants. Sale continues Friday, April 27. Contact terry.l.ferriss@uwrf.edu.


*  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. Open to all. For more information, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/UniversityCommunications/Ann-Lydecker-Lecture-Series.cfm


*  1-1:45 p.m., 113 CSH, Physics Senior Seminar:  "Pressure Dependence of Raman Spectra of Liquid Water" presented by Matthew Wolf. Contact the Physics Department at 3560.

 

*  2:30-4:30 p.m., Riverview Ballroom, UC, Strategic Plan "Pathway to Distinction" Celebration. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event featuring displays, activities, and a film all highlighting UWRF’s strengths in areas related to the plan’s three goals:  Distinctive Academic Excellence, Global Education and Engagement, and Innovation and Partnerships. Authors of the plan’s first year initiatives will be available to discuss and answer questions related to their initiatives. More information about the Strategic Plan can be found at  http://www.uwrf.edu/StrategicPlan/PathwayToDistinction/Index.cfm Contact blake.fry@uwrf.edu.


*  3:30 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar:  "The Eigenface Problem:  Using Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors for Facial Recognition" by Katelyn Monaghan. By treating the brightness levels of the pixels of a photograph as components of a vector,  eigenvalues and eigenvectors can be used to recognize the face of a person in a photograph. Open to everyone. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.


*  3:50 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar:  "Counting and Claims About the GCD of the Fibonacci Numbers," by Jamie Hying. In this talk, the Fibonacci numbers are alternatively defined as counting numbers, which lends itself to combinatorial proofs. This idea will be used to explore properties of the Fibonacci numbers that include the greatest common divisors. Open to everyone. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.


* 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Percussion Ensemble Concert. Contact the Music Department at 3183.


*  7:30 p.m., Davis Theatre, KFA, University Theatre:  "Richard III." Historical play by William Shakespeare set in the present day. While the text is trimmed, the traditional language is retained. All performances are free. Everyone welcome. 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. Contact the Box Office at 3114. Additional performances are April 27-28.


Education News

"Frayed bonds: Report shows many feel disconnected from UW-Madison," Capital Times, April 25.

"Report: half of recent grads face job trouble," Badger Herald, April 23.

"Obama will talk high cost of college," Associated Press, April 25.

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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