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.

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.

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.

Art students at UWRF adapt to pandemic conditions

November 15th, 2020

Even with students back on campus, there are still many who have had a difficult time adapting to the changes caused by the pandemic. The Art Department at UW-River Falls might understand this more than others. “We aren’t scheduling anything in the gallery (Gallery 101) for this year,” said Eoin Breadon, the department chair. “Other […]

Work for Facilities Management returning to normal at UWRF

November 4th, 2020

Maintaining the campus of UW-River Falls has become even more important with regards to creating a safe environment for faculty, students and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and that task has largely been the responsibility of Facilities Management.

Health officials urge residents to get annual flu shot

October 20th, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and the coming flu season, a call is being made for individuals in River Falls to get their yearly flu shots.

As UWRF students return, virus concerns remain

October 12th, 2020

After having students back on campus for only three and half weeks for the fall semester, UW-River Falls enacted a two-week shelter-in-place order because of a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases. Now that the two week quarantine is being lifted for UW-River Falls, the university has plans in its Falcons Forward initiative to prevent further spread.

Teaching during pandemic is hard, but they remain hopeful, profs say

October 7th, 2020

Professors at UW-River Falls had to make many adjustments to their classes in order to prepare for fall semester. In a typical semester, the majority of classes are offered in a face-to-face format. This fall, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all faculty were making decisions to either go completely online, have a hybrid class, or to remain face to face while meeting new guidelines about social distancing and mask wearing.

UWRF officials hope to keep campus open despite COVID-19 spread

September 15th, 2020

One of the big questions for colleges and universities across America this semester is “How long will it be before the campus has to shut down again?” University of Wisconsin-River Falls officials have developed a strategy to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 as thousands of students congregate once again in the community.

In one small town, neighbors help during lockdown

May 18th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unexpected lifestyle changes for many people. Within days of Wisconsin’s sheltering-at-home edict, people began to understand the severity of the situation.

Tips help maintain mental health during pandemic

May 18th, 2020

According to a study by the UW System, half of college students rated their behavioral health below average or poor in 2018. In times of increased stress, such as this global pandemic, it may be a good idea for everyone to plan some relaxation activities.

Observing social distance remains critical for U.S.

May 18th, 2020

Next fall will be my last semester in college. After that, my formal education will be over, but it doesn’t mean I’ll stop learning.

Forced to leave campus, UWRF students return to pack up belongings

May 15th, 2020

Students at UW-River Falls have removed the rest of their belongings from on-campus housing. More than 2,000 students were asked to leave the residence halls in March, as classes moved to alternative delivery methods due to the outbreak of COVID-19.