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Friday, May 11, 2012

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." --Marcel Proust

Program encourages sustainable move-out days

With finals completed Thursday, UWRF student Mauricio Lozada carries his futon mattress to his waiting car after finishing up his junior year at UW-River Falls. During move-out, the 9th annual "Don't Throw It, Donate It" residence hall collection is underway. The program encourages students to donate clothing, miscellaneous items and nonperishable food as they move out of the halls for the year. Donations are then given to Treasures of the Heart, Second Chances and the River Falls Food Pantry. Sponsored by the Leadership Development and Service Committee, Residence Life and the Friends of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Student Organization, the program is designed to give students the opportunity to give back to the community and be sustainable in lieu of throwing items into the dumpster. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.


Unplug electronics when leave today for power outage on Sunday
A reminder that a planned power outage for main campus is set for Sunday, May 13. Please unplug any electronics in your office or department conference rooms before Sunday to avoid possible damage to equipment when power is restored. DoTS staff will unplug all equipment in classrooms. This power outage will not affect the C.H.I.L.D. Center or Hunt/Knowles complex. If you have questions, email paul.e.bladl@uwrf.edu or call Facilities at 3827.

Reminder to commencement marchers
UWRF will conduct two commencement ceremonies tomorrow, May 12. For those marching in the 9:30 a.m. ceremony (CAFES, CBE, and Graduate Studies) the suggested arrival time to Hunt Arena for lining up is 8:45 a.m. For those marching in the 2 p.m. ceremony (CAS and CEPS) the suggested arrival time to Hunt Arena for lining up is 1:15 p.m. Please remember that parking is a challenge so you will need to adjust your arrival time accordingly. If you received your 25-years-of-service recognition medallion, please remember to wear it with your regalia. If you have questions, contact dianne.m.monteith@uwrf.edu. Thank you for joining us on this special day as we acknowledge and celebrate the success of our graduates.--Dean Van Galen

Multi-Building fire alarm upgrade project to begin
A large multi-building fire alarm upgrade project is set to begin on Monday, May 14. The project scope includes work in every building on the main campus. Work will begin in the following buildings this summer:  Davee Library, Hathorn Hall, McMillan Hall, Parker Hall, and South Fork Suites. Work may move into additional campus buildings this summer depending on progress of the construction crew. Work will continue in additional campus buildings throughout the 2012-13 academic year and summer 2013. All work is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2013.  Contact Alan Symicek in Facilities Management at 3827 or alan.symicek@uwrf.edu.

St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard released
The UW- River Falls Center for Economic Research (CER) in partnership with St. Croix Economic Development Corporation has released the St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard. The dashboard is a snapshot of the economic condition of the labor, consumer and housing markets in the three county St. Croix Valley. It presents the latest available data in one convenient package and can be viewed on the CER's website at www.uwrf.edu/cer.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 12, Robert P. Knowles Center, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Spring Commencement. For more information, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/Registrar/CommencementInfo.cfm.

Don't Forget

Falcon Daily will begin its summer schedule next week. It will only publish on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, May 15, until late August. Please plan accordingly.

Boiler maintenance shutdown. 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 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. 

Classified employment transfer opportunity:  Library Services Assistant-Advanced (100 percent) (Pay Schedule 02, Pay Range 11), Davee Library, Circulation/Reserve Department, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, annually. If interested and eligible to transfer, submit a resume and cover letter to Deb Schwab, Human Resources Office, 216 North Hall, no later than Wednesday, May 16.

Education News

"Textbook alternative," Inside Higher Ed, May 10.

"Task force to recommend new boards," Badger Herald, May 10.

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