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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself." --Harvey S. Firestone

Students honored with Chancellor's Award 

Recipients of the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Students gathered with Chancellor Dean Van Galen at a reception in their honor Monday in the UC. The award is one of the highest institutional awards offered by the university. Front row, left to right, Grace Adofoli, CAS, psychology; Lee Underdahl, CBE, economics and business administration; Rebecca Jones, CAS, English. Back row, left to right, Adam Sibenaller, CAS, communications studies; Danielle Hammer, CAFES, agricultural business; Chancellor Van Galen; Kim Schadrie, CAFES, agricultural education; and Camryn Nelson, CAS, communications studies. Photo by Blake Fry.


Planned water outage moved to Wednesday
Water will not be shut off to KFA, CSH and Rodli Hall today as previously scheduled. Instead, it will tentatively be off tomorrow, May 2, from 7-9 a.m. due to the Cascade Project. If you have questions, contact Facilities Management at 3827.

Chancellor's Advisory Council hosting last open forum Wednesday

The Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs last of  three one-hour open forums to discuss the possibility of a tobacco-free campus at UW-River Falls is Wednesday, May 2, from 3-4 p.m. in the Davis Theatre, KFA. 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. The forum is open to students, faculty, and staff. Contact Alice or Keven at Student Health and Counseling Services at 3293.

Students encouraged to donate remaining Dining Dollars

Sodexo and the Office of Student Life have partnered with the Kinnickinnic Backpack Program to encourage students with a remaining balance of Dining Dollars to purchase pre-packaged grocery bags from the C-Store between today and Friday, May 11. Dining Dollars do not carry over from year-to-year and any unused balance will no longer be available after Friday, May 11. We offer three grocery bags, at three price points of $5, $10, and $15. While the focus of our program is to encourage students to “donate” their Dining Dollars, we are accepting cash, credit, and Falcon Dollars for this promotion as well so students, faculty, staff and community members not on a meal plan are able to participate in this cause. Contact Amy.Aschenbrener@sodexo.com.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Junior's Bar & Grill, Rock N Stock, a music event hosted by UWRF Marketing Communication students. A number of live bands will play while students collect donations for the River Falls Community Food Pantry. Free event, but a suggested donation of $3 is welcomed. Contact christina.sykora@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

A UWRF Persuasion Class project recently inspired students to fundraise for the River Falls Community Food Pantry. Lauren Klendshoj, Bradley Lindberg, Tricia Martin, Jessica Robertson, Chrissy Sykora and Rachel Woodman worked together to create a Paper Bag Drive that resulted in 169 items to donate April 26. The River Falls Community Food Pantry served approximately 32 percent of the local population in 2011 compared to just 10 percent in 2009, says Executive Director Janna Carl. 

Don't Forget

Tuesday, May 1

*  8 a.m.-2 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. 

*  3:30 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar:  "Stress and Strain: Applying Differential Equations to Column Buckling," by Hannah Ditlefsen. A buckled column can have disastrous results for the structure it was a part of.  Using differential equations my research will show how critical loads for columns, truncated cones, and other columnar objects can be found to avoid buckling. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

*  3:50 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Application of Friedman's Urn Model in Clinical Trials," by Heather Wallace. What is the probability of drawing n1 black marbles and (n - n1 ) red marbles after n consecutive drawings using Polya’s Urn Scheme? Polya’s Urn Model is a specialized form of the Generalized Friedman’s Urn Model. We can apply a Friedman’s Urn Model in a clinical trial application to balance treatment assignments. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

*  4:10 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Rotation in the Plane," by J. Sather. The purpose of this talk is to prove that the composition of two rotations result in a single rotation that is the sum of the initial two rotations, and to construct the fixed point of the rotation for the case where 0 < α < 180º, 0 < β < 180º and º, 0 < α + β < 180º. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

*  4:30-6 p.m., Pete's Creek Patio (outside, lower lever of UC), The Diversity Organization Coalition Spring Graduation and Recognition Celebration. Join us to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of our graduating seniors, departing international students and celebrate the accomplishments of our organizations during the 2011-12 academic year. Everyone is welcome. Free BBQ, food, smores, prizes, certificates, lawn games and more. Contact ashley.e.olson@uwrf.edu.

*  7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Faculty Chamber Music Concert. Contact roger.mcvey@uwrf.edu.

Education News

"Trade team visits River Falls," River Falls Journal, April 27.

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