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New Provost shares ideas on UW-River Falls’ future potential

November 14, 2018

The 2018-2019 academic year has welcomed many new faces to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus. One of these new faces is the Provost, David Travis. Travis previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for 24 years before deciding to move north to River Falls. Travis’ experience in post-secondary academics began about 25 years ago as a professor for the department of geography and environmental science. During his time at UW-Whitewater, Travis started as an assistant professor, then moved into the role of professor, associate dean, and finally the dean of the college of arts and sciences. Following these rolls, Travis took a position at UW-River Falls this past June, becoming the new provost of the university. As provost, Travis’s role entails being the chief academic officer on campus. Travis supervises the deans, the academic directors, works with the budget officer to assure faculty and staff have the resources they need, works with the IT department to assure infrastructure are best suited for faculty. Travis also spoke on his role with students saying, “I try my best to work with students. I’d say the one thing I don’t do as much of as I would like is to interact directly […]

Dairy Industry Hits an Utter Surplus

November 14, 2018

Supply and demand must be in a delicate balance in order for dairy farmers to make a profit, and for consumers to feel they paid an appropriate price. In the dairy industry today, this supply and demand model has been shaken. The industry has produced a surplus, and prices have been low over the past four years, causing issues for farmers.

Higher Learning Commission assesses UW- River Falls

November 14, 2018

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) paid a visit to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus on October 15th and 16th. The HLC assessed whether or not the university met it’s criteria, and criteria of the Department of Education in order to be reaccredited. As part of the onsite visit conducted every 10 years, the HLC examined if the university had a clear mission statement, operated with ethics and integrity, offered high-quality teaching, worked to improve and evaluate teaching strategies, and directed students to the appropriate resources. This evaluation took place in the form of several public meetings, where the HLC staff asked questions to varies faculty, staff, administrators and some students. The HLC staff is a mixture of administrators, people from student affairs and academic affairs. This HLC team met with the chancellor, the cabinet, the team who wrote the assurance argument, and the team who wrote the federal compliance argument. There were also a handful of others they met with, including some students.   Registrar Kelly Browning commented that the experience was a good chance to show what is being done on campus. “This process allows us to look at what we currently are doing on campus and shows […]

Local bakery and creamery gives back to the River Falls community

November 13, 2018

Mei Mei’s Cookies and Creamery shop is a local business located in downtown Wisconsin, River Falls. It has dedicated many efforts toward giving back to the community. The small business is relatively new to town after opening just a little over a year ago, on August 15th, 2017. Mei Mei’s has a variety of ice cream flavors, unique cookies, and edible cookie dough, as well as homemade soups and sandwiches. Owner Melissa Abouch is originally from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, but has brought several new and innovative ways to help members of the community give back to charitable organizations, here to River Falls. There are several opportunities that Mei Mei’s has created to help customers donate to special causes, including their “Kindness Cookies,” a donation jar alongside their daily free coffee and advocating for common organizations such as “Toys for Tots.” Each technique is put in place by the shop to encourage community building. Abouch said, “This community loves to give, and I am able to create opportunities for them to do so.” Each of these opportunities were made to help make the ice cream shop a fun experience and positive environment. The way the “Kindness Cookies” work, is for customers […]

UW-River Falls raises awareness for mental health

November 13, 2018

The University of Wisconsin- River Falls sees the importance in supporting both alumni and current students through raising awareness and support on mental health. Chelsie Rosa gives an insight on the different ways the university has raised awareness and support on campus.

WRFW celebrates 50 years by going on air for the first time since May 2018

November 9, 2018

WRFW, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus radio station, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, November 3. The day-long celebration consisted of numerous events, reunions between old friends, and a united love and passion for the small time campus radio station.

Faculty free time

November 6, 2018

The Student Voice is excited to revive a ‘Staff Hobby’ column, where we showcase UW-River Falls staff and faculty members with interesting hobbies or interests. It’s an attempt to make staff more approachable to students, as well as a place for staff to show off their accomplishments.

Rodli Hall renovation seeks to unite student services under one roof

November 5, 2018

For over a year, students living on the east side of UW River Falls’ campus have walked to class past a seemingly abandoned academic building, and more recently a construction zone. Since the Fall 2017 semester, Rodli Hall has sat vacant due to an extensive renovation project. As the work approaches completion, the specifics of the plan have nearly been made ready to implement. Built in the 1960s, Rodli Hall has been used for multiple purposes over its lifetime. It was originally one of two dining centers on campus, the other being located Hagestad Hall. Rodli held academic classrooms and storage rooms. After the renovations are complete, Rodli will be used as a centralized location for student services. “The plans are really to bring students together for collaboration and support,” said Sarah Nelson, Executive Director of Admissions and New Student and Family Programs. “I like the idea of bringing together all these areas that are currently spread across campus.”   Rather than force students to visit multiple locations across campus for different resources, the new location will serve as a destination for all students seeking services. Applicants and visiting students are also an area of focus with the renovation. “It […]

Chiung Lien, UW-River Falls’ New Dietitian Nutritionist

November 5, 2018

At the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, there are many students who need professional assistance when it comes to dieting and nutrition. Chiung Lien, the new campus Dietitian Nutritionist, is that professional help. Lien has been helping students in as many ways as possible to make sure anyone can safely and happily enjoy dining at UWRF.

The Grimm Haunted Hall 2018

October 29, 2018

Grimm hall has been hosting an annual haunted hall for nearly 40 years, starting in the early 80s, and continuing to the present day.

US Senator for Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin, campaigns for reelection at UW-River Falls

October 26, 2018

Thursday, October 25th, United States Senator for Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin paid a visit to campus to speak with students and the River Falls community about her reelection campaign.

‘Ideathon’ Challenges Students to Create an Innovative Business Plan

October 24, 2018

“How do you monetize a cow?” Associate Professor and academic advisor Marina Onken proposed this question to a group of about a dozen budding entrepreneur students attending the ‘Ideathon’ event on October 18th. This was her attempt at “shaking out the creative process” and encouraging her students to think outside of the box, whether the idea is viable or not.

Student Senate Update 10/23/18

October 24, 2018

Updates from Student Senate Meeting on 10/23/18

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

October 11, 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.

Who’s who in the midterm elections for Pierce County

October 10, 2018

Pierce County elections are coming up this November. There are many positions being voted on including sheriff, clerk of circuit court, Congressional District 3 and Representative Assembly District 30.