UWRF officials take stock of ‘transformational’ Falcon Center

October 16th, 2019

The Falcon Center, the $65 million recreational and athletic facility that opened two years ago, has been “transformational,” says UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen. The idea for the Falcon Center was developed nearly 25 years ago. Since its opening, according to the chancellor, the center has had a significant impact on students, faculty and the community of River Falls.

Healthy Living Community lets students live substance free

October 16th, 2019

Students at UW-River Falls who want nothing to do with drug or alcohol use can opt to live in a residence hall that is home to the Healthy Living Community. “The main core of the community is that it is substance free, meaning no use of alcohol even if they are of age and no drug use,” said Karla Thoennes, the director of Residence Life.

Fall blood drive set next week on UWRF campus

October 16th, 2019

UW River-Falls Greek Life will host the annual fall blood drive on campus from Oct. 22-24, and according to the American Red Cross an urgent needs exists for several blood types. The blood drive is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. each day in the Falcon’s Nest on the first floor of the University Center.

Etiquette dinner to help students make good first impression

October 15th, 2019

Fall semester Etiquette Dinner gives UW-River Falls students the opportunity to polish social skills used in both formal and professional settings. The first of two etiquette dinners put on this academic year by the university’s Career Services in partnership with Chartwells Catering takes place from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19

Kwik Trip considers third convenience store in River Falls

October 15th, 2019

With a recent property rezoning, River Falls has moved a step closer to possibly welcoming a third Kwik Trip convenience store. The City of River Falls has had discussions since July with Kwik Trip Inc. on potentially building a third gas station, convenience store and car wash near the intersection of Cemetery Road and Highway 65.

Falcons to face UW-La Crosse in homecoming football game

October 15th, 2019

The UW–River Falls men’s football team has its homecoming game scheduled for Oct. 19 at David Smith Stadium against UW–La Crosse. At UWRF the homecoming game is often one of the most popular on-campus events of the year. The crowd is larger, the fans are louder, and the university assembles to support its football team on home turf for one of the biggest games of the season.

New women’s basketball coach aims to fill seats of Don Page Arena

October 15th, 2019

The women’s basketball team at UW-River Falls starts its regular season on Nov. 8 against Marian University of Milwaukee. The Falcons’ first game of the year will be at home in the Don Page Arena and that is how the brand new coach wants it. Blake DuDonis, the new women’s basketball coach, plans to bring an extremely high-energy style of basketball to River Falls this year. DuDonis said he wants the seats in arena full for all the games and for the entire community to be a part of the team.

Spikeball bounces onto UW-River Falls campus

October 15th, 2019

Two years ago, the game of spikeball didn’t have an official presence on the UW-River Falls campus, but now it’s a recognized student organization and has doubled in size. The Spikeball Club owes much of its success to a founding member and the current president, Philip Herder, who is a senior majoring in exercise and sport science.

UWRF plans summit on international education

October 15th, 2019

A Summit on International Education and Engagement is planned on the campus of UW-River Falls during the week of Nov. 18-22. The summit, coordinated by the Office of International Education, is a week-long event packed with different activities and speakers for students seeking to get involved with international education on the UW-River Falls campus. It will include several study abroad oriented events, including student panels, sessions showcasing international research done by students and keynote speakers.

Despite higher college attendance, women still struggle with workplace challenges

October 15th, 2019

More women than men attend colleges and universities across the United States, but two UW-River Falls professors say that despite the educational advantage females continue to struggle with discrimination in the workplace. About 63% of the 2018-2019 UW-River Falls student body was female, according to the Office of Institutional Research. This gender imbalance, which has been evident for years, has roots in many areas.

Lab at UWRF approaches 20 years of studying cancer

September 18th, 2019

Nestled away in the corner of the fourth floor of the Agricultural Science Building at UW-River Falls is the office of Professor Timothy Lyden. Lyden, who teaches anatomy in the Biology Department, first started teaching at UWRF in 2001 after spending time at Ohio State University and Wright University. In 2001, he created the Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center. Now, 18 years later, Lyden’s lab is still going strong.

Colt Sale caps season of learning, training for UWRF students

May 8th, 2019

More than four dozen horses trained by UW-River Falls students were sold at auction during the 43rd annual Colt Sale held Saturday, May 4, at the UWRF Campus Farm 1. While most of the horses were colts, or males up to two years old, a variety of animals were up for auction, said advisor and faculty associate Nathan O’Connor. The young horses were trained by students who have proved themselves in prerequisite courses and who were allowed to enroll in the Principles of Training Horses class taught by O’Connor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Workshop examines issues faced by transgender community

May 8th, 2019

“Growing Up Transgender,” a workshop to help participants understand the intricacies of the transgender community, will take place June 12 in River Falls. The workshop will feature instructors Christopher Jorgenson and Dr. Alexandra Hall. Jorgenson is director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at the UW-Eau Claire, while Hall is a family physician and senior lecturer at the UW-Stout in Menomonie.

Experts say distrust of federal government tied to abuses, long terms

April 30th, 2019

Americans’ trust in the federal government has generally been decreasing since 2001, according to recent reports from the Pew Research Center, and the United States trails most developed nations in voter turnout, too. Christopher Simer, a UW-River Falls political science lecturer, said he believes distrust in government might stem from abuses of power. State Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) said that a major contributing factor to overall distrust in the government is elected representatives focusing too heavily on polling.

Shoe Away Hunger collection seeks footwear as drive kicks off April 19

April 17th, 2019

The third annual Shoe Away Hunger Collection at UW-River Falls kicks off Friday, April 19, in an effort to gather used footwear to help the needy. Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Student Ambassadors, the annual drive will collect shoes in campus residence halls, the University Center, the Agricultural Science Building, the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building and the Falcon Center.

YouTube, survey finds, is for fun, news and learning how to do stuff

April 17th, 2019

YouTube has been a social and entertainment phenomenon since it began 2005. But according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, just over half of adults use it to learn how to do stuff. The survey, results of which were announced in November, showed that 51 percent of American adults use YouTube to watch how to do tasks that they have never done before. They also use the social medium as a learning tool, to follow news, and for children’s content.

Historian: Boxer’s story from century ago still speaks to how black athletes treated

April 17th, 2019

The story of Jack Johnson, who more than a century ago became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion and whose race was an issue in news coverage of the day, still resonates today, according to a UW-River Falls history instructor.

Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center at UWRF nears 20th anniversary

March 18th, 2019

Nestled away in a corner of the fourth floor of the Agricultural Science Building at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is the office of Timothy Lyden. He is an anatomy professor in the school’s Biology Department, having held that position since 2007. Lyden first started teaching at UW-River Falls in 2001 after spending time at Ohio State University and Wright University after receiving his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Maine in 1992. In 2001, Lyden created the Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center. Now, 18 years later, Lyden’s lab is still going strong in River Falls

Bowls for Hope marks 10th year of raising funds for local charities

March 13th, 2019

The 10th annual Bowls for Hope once again brought together the UW-River Falls campus and the River Falls community to raise money for a local charity. The event, which took place March 5 in the University Center, this year raised funds for the River Falls Sunshine Fund, a River Falls High School student-led non-profit. During the event, local chefs offer participants various soups served in bowls made by UWRF art students, local potters, and elementary and high school pupils.

Dad sneakers, scrunchies among styles being recycled for today’s fashion

March 13th, 2019

Windbreakers, hair scrunchies and dad sneakers are just some of the fashions from the late 1990s and early 2000s coming back into popularity, if magazines, social media, clothing stores and even street style are any guide. The cycle of fashion trends and fads can be described by a bell-shaped curve, said Anupama Pasricha, department chair and associate professor of fashion merchandising at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.