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Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy." -- Ludwig Borne

Chancellor's Student Ambassadors promote UWRF

The Chancellor's Student Ambassador group gathered together for a picnic Wednesday. The group was established last year as a premier student leadership group on campus. These students can be seen at many campus events greeting guests and promoting the UWRF campus. Front, left to right is Co-advisor Melissa Wilson, Erin Ingli, Courtney Trattles, Cammy Nelson, Kelly Sather, Liz Byers, LiYuan Feng, Gustavo Cavalheiro, and Mary Van Galen. Back, left to right is Dustin Schwingle, Katelyn Halama, Allison Kraft, Danielle Hammer, Co-advisor Dan McGinty, Ben Jensen, Brock Grewe, Matt Robinson, Jake Bengtson, Chancellor Dean Van Galen. Missing from the photo are Steffani Koch, Anna Peissig and Joyce Huang. 


Please join us in congratulating the 2012 Advisor of the Year --Mark Bergland, professor of biology, and the 2012 Distinguished Teacher--Cheng-Chen Huang, assistant professor of biology. The Distinguished Teacher will be recognized at commencement on May 12, along with Marvin Lansing as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus and Dr. W. Bradford Martin will be recognized with an Honorary Doctorate.

Nominations for the Chancellor’s recognition awards for classified and academic staff
Submit your nominations!  Honoring outstanding service to the university is an important UW-River Falls tradition. Nominations for the Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Classified Staff and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Academic Staff are now being accepted. Details of the nomination process are available at   http://www.uwrf.edu/awards/. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, June 15. The announcement of the academic staff and classified recipients will be made in the fall 2012. We have many outstanding, dedicated individuals at UWRF; please support these individuals through your thoughtful nominations. --Dean Van Galen

Upcoming Events

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.

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, 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.

*  noon-12:45 p.m., 113 CSH, Physics Senior Seminar: "Acoustic Levitation Via Ultrasonic Transdu," by Alex Jewell. Contact the Physics Department at 3560.

* 1-3 p.m., 220 SH, Celebrating our Graduating Veterans. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to stop by the Veteran Services Office to recognize our graduating veterans and/or dependents. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, email veterans@uwrf.edu.

*  2 p.m., Kinnickinnic Theater, UC, Listening Session: The proposed UW University Personnel System (UPS) Development DRAFT Recommendations will be presented.. Campus stakeholders are invited to attend. More information is available at www.uwrf.edu/humanresources/. Contact donna.robole@uwrf.edu.

*  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.

*  3 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, Music Student Convocation. Contact roger.mcvey@uwrf.edu.

 *  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.

*  3:50 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Death Walks," by Anthony Carlsen. Explore 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.

*  4:10 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Random Walks Contained in a Tube," by Kyle Jero. 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.

*  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.

*  7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, UWRF Symphony Band and University Band Concert. Admission is $5/adults, $3/seniors and $2/students. Contact kristin.tjornehoj@uwrf.edu.

Education News

"UW system names new chief academic officer," Associated Press, May 1.

"How colleges fight for top students," National Public Radio, May 2.

"Did anyone ask the students?, Part I," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1.

"Humanities Ph.D. in 4 years," Inside Higher Ed, May 2.

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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