UWRF website update focuses on recruiting students

August 23rd, 2021

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls website, uwrf.edu, is in the midst of a makeover to improve recruitment of students and upgrade the content management system operating the site.

Police department’s new space has room for growth

August 9th, 2021

The relocation of the River Falls Police Department (RFPD) from its former downtown location to 2815 Prairie Drive within the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park has been “very smooth,” said Police Chief Gordon Young.

Obesity trend in western Wisconsin worries experts

July 29th, 2021

One in three adults in Wisconsin is considered obese, according to the most recent data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Obesity also affects children. And, despite being among the healthiest areas in the state, Pierce and St. Croix counties see similar trends in obesity. Reporter Brooke Shepherd talks to experts about the problem and what can be done about it.

Concert series cancelled, but RF Days return

May 10th, 2021

UW-River Falls has decided to once again cancel the annual summer concert series due to COVID-19 concerns, but some other events in the community are back on the calendar.

Curriculum committee has big role in UWRF courses

April 26th, 2021

The University Curriculum Committee at UW-River Falls does more than approve and review courses. Other committee operations include being responsible for updating current courses, changing course content, titles, credits and numbers, UCC Chair Kaylee Spencer said.

Once endangered, bald eagles flock to Wisconsin

April 15th, 2021

The bald eagle population in Wisconsin is seeing a promising uptick in numbers since the 1970s after measures were enacted to protect the nation’s bird. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that the bald eagle population has quadrupled since 2009.

Student Voice wins 8 awards in statewide contest

April 13th, 2021

The Student Voice at UW-River Falls has won eight awards for its journalism in the 2020 Collegiate Better Newspaper Contest, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation announced April 13.

Wisconsin officials push to boost broadband access

April 12th, 2021

Broadband internet connectivity in Wisconsin is improving, though the state still has a portion of the population that is underserved.

Decline in on-campus residents challenges UWRF

March 29th, 2021

In an average year, about 2,400-2,500 students live on the UW-River Falls campus. Last fall semester, that number declined steadily from September to December. “Then, by the start of spring semester, we were down to 1,370,” Karla Thoennes, director of Residence Life, said in an email. At this point, occupancy has slipped to 54% of the average.

UWRF officials hope sci-tech center to get funding

March 21st, 2021

Construction of highly anticipated $117 million Science and Technology Innovation Center for UW-River Falls, part of the state’s capital budget proposed by Gov. Tony Evers, may have to wait just a bit longer.

Remote learning hasn’t dented off-campus housing

March 21st, 2021

Landlords in River Falls say that their properties remain full, despite an increase in remote learning at UW-River Falls amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although on-campus housing has had a decrease in residents, off-campus housing remains full.

Keeping eye on UWRF’s finances just part of her job

March 20th, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has led to challenges for UW-River Falls, including financial consequences that are the concern of Elizabeth Frueh, the assistant vice chancellor for business and finance. Frueh has many roles at the university, and spends a lot of her time working on the budget and the financial situation for campus, as well as advising the chancellor on financial matters.

UWRF to offer doctorate in Montessori Studies

March 18th, 2021

UW-River Falls has received approval from the UW System Board of Regents to institute a doctor of education (Ed.D) degree in its Montessori Studies program. The program will be the first doctoral degree offered at UWRF and is set to be one of only a few Montessori Studies doctorates offered globally.

Virtual story times help public library reach kids

March 8th, 2021

The River Falls Public Library continues to make youth literacy a priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic by conducting “Virtual Storytimes.” Monica LaVold, who has been working at the River Falls Public Library for nine years, creates content designed to teach and expose kids ages birth to 18 to reading and literacy.

Student’s pandemic story wins broadcasting award

March 6th, 2021

A long-form audio story by a UW-River Falls student about attending college under pandemic restrictions has won a first-place award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Pandemic challenges international students at UWRF

December 12th, 2020

International students enrolled at UW-River Falls had to decide if they would work from their home countries or stay in the U.S. this fall. The pandemic brought about many challenges and experiences regardless of the decision.

Online courses may not increase cheating, profs find

December 11th, 2020

With the end of fall semester in sight at UW-River Falls, a concern facing some professors is how to discourage cheating on final exams, especially now that the coronavirus pandemic has forced courses online.

For health officer, the spotlight wasn’t part of plan

December 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought more attention to public health officials than most would have ever expected to receive in their lifetimes, and that includes Pierce County Public Health Director AZ Snyder.

New UWRF center came just in time for pandemic

December 4th, 2020

UW-River Falls opened the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) earlier this year to serve as a resource to faculty, with an emphasis on diversity and sustainability — plus a special focus now on online learning.

In case of emergency, UWRF has a team ready to go

November 30th, 2020

Amid a global pandemic, UW-River Falls has found a way to remain operational thanks to its Emergency Management Team. The coronavirus pandemic left many universities with no plan, since the pandemic plan prior to COVID-19 was to close down, according to Beth Schommer, the university’s chief of staff and EMT liaison. The university couldn’t remain closed for the academic year, so the team went to work planning.