Falcon News Service

These stories are reported by students enrolled in journalism courses at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Stories may be used by other media provided credit is given to the author and to Falcon News Service.

Sabbaticals give UWRF faculty opportunity for research, recharging

February 12th, 2019

Every year, about five faculty members on average are granted a sabbatical leave at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. A sabbatical is paid time away from campus for research or study and may last a semester or a full academic year.

Western Wisconsin sees growth in organic farming

February 11th, 2019

When shopping for groceries it’s easy to fall into a zombie-like state and grab your weekly supply of meals and snacks, but if you look closely you might notice a rising movement that’s taking root across Wisconsin. It’s an increase in the amount of organic produce hitting the shelves.

Printmaking, a lesser known art form, resonates with UWRF students

December 12th, 2018

Printmaking is one of the art forms practiced by legends such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol. Although printmaking is not all that well known at UW-River Falls, the bachelor of fine arts emphasis has been around since the art program started at the university.

Plastic straws, bags seeing less use on UWRF campus

December 12th, 2018

UW-River Falls is among universities that have joined an effort to eliminate waste by limiting use of plastic straws and plastic bags. Many hotels, resorts, bars and schools have followed Starbucks’ lead, including many of the UW campuses. UWRF cut down on the use of plastic straws and plastic bags through its Dining Services at the beginning of the fall semester.

Increase in diversity at UWRF leads to growth in Asian organizations

December 5th, 2018

UW-River Falls has seen a slight increase in diversity in recent years, and along with the growth have come changes in identity-based organizations on campus, especially for Asian and Asian American students.

Hmong radio station in New Richmond keeps up with the times

December 5th, 2018

Radio station WIXK-AM is a Hmong-language broadcaster licensed in New Richmond, Wisconsin, but located in St. Paul. Mai Yia Vang bought the radio station, which used to have a country music format, in March 2006. Buying the station made an impact in representation for the Hmong community, Vang said, as well as for female business owners.

Green space, street extension, science building among changes coming to UWRF

October 10th, 2018

The completion of the Falcon Center last year has set the stage for a number of other projects on the UW-River Falls campus. Among them is a new green space on the west side of campus where the Karges Center once stood. Karges, which for decades was the recreation building for students before completion of the Falcon Center, was torn down over the summer.

UWRF maintains stable student retention

May 15th, 2018

UWRF faces challenges of inversion, compression in professors’ salaries

May 4th, 2018

When faculty are initially hired at UW-River Falls, they become assistant professors and earn competitive salaries. Six or seven years later, when they earn tenure and promotion to associate professor, and then another 5-10 years later, when they earn full professor status, they look forward to receiving well beyond starting salaries. However, for professors such […]

Most UWRF students of color never graduate, but one is acting like it’s OK

May 3rd, 2018

Wanting to get away from his home in Oshkosh, Armanni Lardydell came to UW-River Falls in 2016 as a freshman majoring in social work, and he loved everything about being a student on campus. However, after less than three semesters of college, Lardydell decided he wanted to move even farther away from home – to […]