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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Every day is a gift. Treat it kindly. Share it with joy." --Unknown

Construction work continues

Construction continues for Phase 1 of the Cascade Avenue construction project this morning with steam tunnel work across Cascade to North Hall near Fourth Street. KFA, CSH and Rodli Hall are affected by planned water outages today. For more information about the project, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/CascadeProject/Index.cfm. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.


Document shredding
Facilities Management will have a mobile shredder on campus in late May. Any department/faculty member that has confidential materials to be shredded should submit a work order listing the amounts and locations of boxes. Boxes will be picked up and locked in a secure location until the shredding date. Contact Facilities at 3827.

Upcoming educational opportunities

*  The Wisconsin Deferred compensation (WDC) Program allows you to make automatic investments, deducted from your paycheck, for future supplemental retirement income. To learn more about WDC, stop by the 218 North Hall on Thursday, May 10.  WDC will be holding Individual counseling meetings with no appointment necessary, meeting will be held between 10 a.m. and 2p.m.

*  TIAA – CREF will be on campus Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10.  To schedule an individual counseling session, call 866-843-5640 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or schedule online at https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/tools/events?eventId=1-1A3FMZZ

*  Ameriprise Financial will be on campus Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9, conducting individual counseling sessions. Sessions will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. To schedule a session call 715-386-4100. R.S.V.P. by Monday, May 7.

Contact Eric Sterner with any questions eric.k.sterner@uwrf.edu.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3, 11 a.m.-noon, Apple River Room, UC, Summer Project Overview. Update on summer projects and construction with time for questions and answers. Contact michael.j.stifter@uwrf.edu.

Thursday, May 3, noon-12:45 p.m., 113 CSH, Physics Senior Seminar: "Acoustic Levitation Via Ultrasonic Transdu," by Alex Jewell. Contact the Physics Department at 3560.
Thursday, May 3, 3-3:45 p.m., 113 CSH, Physics Senior Seminar: "Exploration of Chaos in Chua's Circuit," by Michael McAllister. Contact the Physics Department at 3560.

Thursday, May 3, 3:30 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar:  "Public Key Cryptography-The RSA Method," by Jake Stanger. In today’s age of hacking, securely sending information over the internet has become a key issue. Discussion of the way in which websites encode personal information to be received without fear of a third party discovering the information focusing on number theory. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Thursday, May 3, 3:50 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Death Walks," by Anthony Carlsen. Exploring the abstract probabilities of symmetric random walks.  Specifically, reviewing two-dimensional random-walk models, utilizing conditioning to solve the probabilities of absorbing events within both bounded and infinite grids. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Thursday, May 3, 4:10 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Random Walks Contained in a Tube," by Kyle Jero. As their name describes, random walks are processes whose outcomes are determined by successive random steps. In mathematics, random walks are used to simulate many stochastic processes whose analytical solutions are difficult or impossible to determine. Since many things in natural and human systems seem to happen at random, simulations and solutions to random walks find applications in physics, chemistry, biology, economics, computer science, and many other topics concerned with the outcomes of random physical systems. In this study we explore the vertical component of 2-D random walks in a  contained system and found a solution that uses binomial coefficients and inclusion exclusion for walks that start and end vertically at the same position. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Senior Recital:  Tim Mills on Trombone. Contact the Music Department at 3183.

Don't Forget

Wednesday, May 2

*  noon-12:45 p.m., 113 CSH, Physics Senior Seminar:  "Impact of Temperature on the Radiance of UV LEDs," by James Rust. Contact the Physics Department at 3560.

*  3-4 p.m., Davis Theatre, KFA, Open Forum. The Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs last of three open forums to discuss the possibility of a tobacco-free campus at UWRF. The main purpose is to gather input and generate discussion regarding a possible campus tobacco-free policy, starting with a short presentation of information and data. The forum is open to students, faculty, and staff. Contact Student Health and Counseling Services at 3293.

*  3-3:45 p.m., 113 CSH, Physics Senior Seminar:  "Computer Control of an AC Servo Driven X-Y Table." Contact rellen.hardtke@uwrf.edu.

*  3:30 p.m., Willow River Room, UC, Faculty Senate meeting. For an agenda, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/FacultySenate/Agendas.cfm. Contact marshall.toman@uwrf.edu or call 3124. The 2012-13 Faculty Senate will have its first meeting following the last Faculty Senate meeting of 2011-12. Visit the Faculty Senate website at http://www.uwrf.edu/faculty_senate/committees_exec.html

*  7-9 p.m., Syse Theatre, KFA, One Act Play Festival. Final projects from the Directing class. Free. Contact sean.dooley@uwrf.edu.

Reminder:  It is time for supervisors to conduct annual performance evaluations of permanent classified staff who are not on probation or on a leave of absence. 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.

Education News

"UW System's 3 newest regents to begin terms," Associated Press, May 1.

"The brain drain, as seen through one professor's eyes," Op-ed, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 28.

"Wasting our minds," Column, New York Times, April 29.

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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