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May 7, 2010

Falcons softball to begin WIAC tournament

The UW-River Falls’ softball team begins WIAC Tournament play against UW-La Crosse on Friday, May 7. The tournament runs through May 9 and is being hosted at UWOshkosh. The Falcons are ranked as the number six seed in the tournament after losing a coin toss for the number five seed with UW-Oshkosh. The UWRF Falcons, who are 24-14 overall this season, are 9-7 in WIAC play. The UWRF softball team has won the WIAC Tournament three times, the last time being in 1994. However, this year poses quite the initial challenge for the Falcons. UWLC finished the WIAC season with a perfect record of 16-0, and is the number one seed in the tournament. In regular season play, the UWLC Eagles beat the Falcons twice in River Falls. The first game was 4-3, and the second 4-1. The Eagles are 32-6 overall and are ranked 21 on the NFCA poll. This year, the Falcons hold a record of 8-4 at home, and 16-10 on the road. Sarah Fern leads the team this year in home runs with eight. Jessica Lundgren leads the team with a .455 batting average and 61 hits. Rose Tusa has been leading the way at pitcher […]

April 23, 2010

Women’s softball hosts Hit for Lupus games

Hit for Lupus was the theme for the UW-River Falls women’s softball game on Saturday April 17 against UW-Platteville. Junior Falcon shortstop Dana Book led the way in putting the event together. Book’s mom, Lorri, was diagnosed with lupus when Lorri was 13 years old. “Were selling t-shirts and accepting donations for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. It’s more of an awareness game, we want people to recognize this disease and hopefully raise some money for the Minnesota Lupus Foundation and it’s research,” Book said. In the first game, UWRF defeated UWP 14-0. The hits started piling up in the 2nd inning for UWRF starting with Patty Olson, who singled to right field and drove in two runs. Hayley Buchanan doubled to center field and drove in another two runs. The hot hitting continued with Sarah Fern singling to center field and driving in Buchanan for another RBI. Single runs were also driven in by Jamie Klein, Nicole Lubahn, and Jessica Lundgren. UWP stayed scoreless in the 3rd, while UWRF scored two more runs. Tara Conlin singled to left, making it around to 2nd base. Ashley Goettl followed with a homerun to right center. In the 4th, Goettl did it […]

April 15, 2010

Falcon softball team splits first conference series with UWEC

The UW-River Falls softball team opened its WIAC season April 8 against UW-Eau Claire. After being shut out the first game against UWEC, the Falcon softball team dominated the second game, 10-6. The UWEC Blugolds started quickly, scoring a run in the first inning. A strong push was made by the Blugolds in the fourth inning, when they added two more runs after a hit by Bekki Kidnie. UWEC also scored a run in the fifth on a Falcon error. The Falcons were near scoring in the first inning after Hayley Buchanan hit a single with two outs. Ashley Goettl followed with a double to left field. However, Buchanan was called out on a close play at home plate. From then on, the Falcons would remain scoreless. The final score of the first game was UWEC 4 and UWRF 0. “The first game was a tough loss, but we still hit pretty well, we just couldn’t get the hits strung together and they got the bounces. It is rare that a team will completely shut-out a team like ours as we have so many weapons all through the order. Otherwise, we put forth a good team effort,” Goettl, first baseman […]

April 9, 2010

Falcon baseball alumni reminisce about seasons past

Eight years have passed since UW-River Falls last had a competitive varsity baseball team. A sense of bitterness still remains in players of the past and in current students fighting a nearly impossible battle for its reinstatement. According to the UWRF Area Research Center & University Archives, “The very first baseball game played at River Falls took place in May of 1896.” After several attempts by the Athletic Committee to end it, the baseball program was eventually cut after the 2002 season. “Cutting baseball was one of the more difficult decisions we have ever faced as an athletic department,” UWRF Athletic Director Rick Bowen said in an article written in May 2009. “Because of the cold weather in the Midwest, the conditions are not good enough until early to mid-April to start play. Sometimes players were required to show up at 10 a.m. for batting practice before a noon doubleheader. The end result is that players were missing too much class trying to squeeze that much playing time into April and May.” According to Bowen, professors complained more about baseball players missing class than all the other sports combined. Adding to the problem, UWRF was unable to bring on a […]

March 11, 2010

UWRF celebrates 50th annual Agricultural Technology Contest

The 50th annual Agricultural Technology Contest is being held at UW-River Falls on Saturday, March 27. “This year we are very excited to be celebrating the 50th Agricultural Technology Contest, and in addition to our contests, we will also be hosting a program for past student coordinators and individuals that have been involved in the contest throughout the years,” Agricultural Technology Contest Coordinator, Kellie Claflin said. The Agricultural Technology Contest consists of 16 various agriculturally-related contests for middle and high school students. The contests this year range from Ag Communications to Middle School Plant Science and Livestock Evaluation and Wildlife. “The scope of the contest broadened over the past 50 years to match changes to the agriculture courses taught in high schools,” said Tim Buttles, faculty chair for the Agricultural Technology Contest. “We have maintained the original areas such as dairy and livestock evaluation while adding events for students with interests across the spectrum of agriculture, food and natural resources.” Two of the contests are set up for the middle school students and 14 are set up for the high school students. According to the Agricultural Technology Contest press release, “This year, UWRF coordinates the Wisconsin FFA state contests for […]

March 4, 2010

Students can earn summer credits in unique environment

UW-River Falls undergraduate students will be given a unique opportunity to earn college credits at the Discovery Center at Pigeon Lake Field Station during the first week of the 2010 summer session. Students from UWRF, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior will be able to take courses offered by any of the campuses at Northwoods U, which is located on the north shore of Pigeon Lake near Drummond, Wis. Eight courses are being offered to the students, and the classes run from May 23-29 at the Discovery Center. Most of these classes are designed to take advantage of the unique environmental settings. The courses being offered include three art courses, two physical education courses, two biology courses and an English course—ranging from one to three credits. According to the UWRF Northwoods U Web site, the students are only allowed to enroll in one course during this period due to the intensity of the courses. The Discovery Center at Pigeon Lake Field Station is secluded in Chequamegon National Forest. The UW System has been offering courses and workshops in a wide range of disciplines at Pigeon Lake Field Station since 1982. The natural beauty of the area facilitates the exploration in art, humanities, […]

February 25, 2010

Greek life to stress academic success

The UW-River Falls Greek community is making a push to place academics first in its organization. Student Organizations and Greek Life Coordinator Matt Levine says he feels that it is important that the Greeks show increased dedication to grades in the upcoming semesters. Each organization is now required to fill out an academic plan with goals of where its members would like to be by 2011. Levine hopes the Greeks can lead the way in the stressing the importance of academics and be an example for the other student organizations on campus. According to the UWRF Greek Web site, “Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been in existence since the 1960’s. Today the University hosts four national organizations for men and five national organizations for women. There are over 250 active members of the Fraternity and Sorority Community.” Shelley Perkel, a Phi Mu member and the Panhellinic President for the women’s chapters on campus, believes it is extremely important to stress academics in the Greek community. “We are first and foremost students. It is important to have a solid academic plan, although I do feel it will take a few semesters to fully implement it,” […]

February 18, 2010

Partnership brings new tech to CAFES

Students at UW-River Falls have new farm equipment and expertise to work with after the University and Case IH Agriculture, Value Implement agreed on a long-term partnership on Dec. 2. The ten-year lease partnership connects UWRF to the Racine-based Case IH and the Value Implement of Osseo, Wis., and Menomonie, Wis., and provides the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) with access to the latest agricultural equipment and precision farming technologies. The partnership will also bring the newest equipment and expertise for use at the campus lab farms. Seth Wier is one of the agricultural engineering technology students that is benefiting from this partnership. “I think the partnership was a really cool deal. It is going to help out the students in the agricultural engineering department learn with the latest and greatest technology. Right now we make the best with what we have. Most of the stuff is already outdated that we are learning with but it’s the same concepts as the new stuff, he said” Dean Olson, chair of the UWRF agricultural engineering technology department, said that the Case IH equipment will present students with a unique opportunity to see the productivity-enhancing benefits of the equipment firsthand […]

February 11, 2010

Track team looks ahead to upcoming season

The UW-River Falls’ men and women’s track and field teams opened the 2010 season on Jan. 23 at the UW-Stout Open. After being crowned NCAA National Champions in 2008, the women’s team was looking for a strong start. Leading the women’s team in the first meet with a first place finish in the 400 meters, was Natasha Arnold. Arnold finished in 59.99. Other top performers included Sophie Lasko, who placed second in the 200 meters; Jennifer Aronson, who placed second in the long jump; and Carlin Bunting, who placed second in the triple jump. Mid-distance senior runner Leah Korf holds the UWRF women’s 1000 meter record by five seconds. She believes the team has been setting a lot of personal records so far this year and expects the team will continue to improve. “I expect our team to do very well and to see continual improvement on both the women’s and men’s teams,” Korf said. The leaders of the men’s team included Chad Ernst and Clai Catto, who each had first place finishes. According to UWRF Sports Information, Ernst won the 5,000 in 15:19.46 and Catto won the high jump with a leap of 6-5 1/2. Other top performers included […]

December 10, 2009

Org sponsors drive to collect school supplies for orphans

Kenyan and Peruvian orphans will be receiving school supplies for Christmas this year from River Falls residents and students who wish to donate. Tomorrow’s Educators, a student group in the College of Education and Professional Studies at UWRF, and Pambazuko Partners are sponsoring the drive to collect school supplies from Dec. 1-15. Advisor for Tomorrow’s Educators Florence Monsour has received help from her students as well as the organization. “I have solicited help from students in my sections of Educational Psychology. Kylene Kopka and Laura Krenz will be working with the Kenya Pen Pal Project. Both students are in my Educational Psychology classes and are members of Tomorrow’s Educators,” Monsour said. This is the third annual drive that Tomorrow’s Educators has held for orphans and poverty affected children overseas. Each year, Tomorrow’s Educators members have participated in pen-pal projects, the start of school libraries, and fund raising for classroom supplies to support educational efforts for HIV/AIDS affected children in Kenya. This year, Peru has been added. “You simply can’t imagine the joy that a child in a developing nation feels when they receive a pencil or a softcover book of their own,” Linda Alvarez, a UWRF study abroad advisor said. […]