1. UW-River Falls program engages youth in water science, stewardship

    Photo of local high schoolers learning about water science with university faculty and students.

    Offering 22 miles of world-class trout fishing and other recreational activities, the beloved Kinnickinnic River runs through the city of River Falls and the UW-River Falls campus. The community and the campus are invested in its health. So, it was no surprise the Youth Water Stewards pilot program, funded by the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, […]

  2. Leaving a legacy: New scholarship at UW-River Falls will assist aspiring teachers

    Photo of Ann and Manley Olson

    Scholarship named for two Hudson sisters who had longtime careers as educators The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has received funding for a new endowed scholarship designed to benefit students from Hudson with a love of education. The Blanche Hansen Nygard and Meta Hansen Elementary Education Scholarship will provide $1,200 annually to an elementary education major […]

  3. Big cheese: Successful cheddar production means UW-River Falls dairy plant is up and running

    Photo of Brianna Crotteau, project coordinator at the Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence at UW-River Falls, handing Sam Galgowski, a cheesemaker at the dairy plant, a plastic container that Galgowski filled with cheese during production on Tuesday. The cheddar cheese produced was the first produced at the dairy plant that will serve as a production site and a training location for students and dairy industry employees. UWRF/Pat Deninger photo.

    New, much-anticipated $9 million facility will serve as site to train students, dairy industry employees River Falls, Wis. – With one slice, then another and another, Sam Galgowski cut a large block of cheddar cheese at the bottom of a metal vat into smaller chunks. Galgowski – cheesemaker at the Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence at […]

  4. Planting a tradition: UW-River Falls team wins National Forage Bowl Competition

    Photo of a team of UW-River Falls students and their coach who recently placed first in the National Forage Bowl Competition in Mobile, Ala. Left to right are Tucker Lundquist, Hannah Schull, Coach Yoana Newman, Ryan Bottema and Jace Heiman. UW-River Falls teams have won the last four Forage Bowl competitions they have competed in. Contributed photo.

    Victory marks fourth successive win, showcases strength of crop science, horticulture programs When it comes to all things big and small in forage production and management, University of Wisconsin-River Falls students definitely know their subject well. A team of four UW-River Falls students placed first in the National Forage Bowl Competition, an event in conjunction with […]

  5. UW-River Falls Institute Helps Students Hit the Ground Running

    Photo of El Bartho (right) and Myah Eliason documenting curly leaf pondweed, an invasive aquatic species.

    For UW-Stout senior El Bartho, interning at the UW-River Falls Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) was the perfect way to determine what she wants to do after graduation. The Environmental Science major interned as a conservation technician in summer 2023, working on a pilot project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) St. Croix Wetland […]

  6. UW-River Falls to host Science Olympiad competition on Jan. 20

    Photo: About 900 students from Wisconsin, Minnesota and other Midwestern states will compete in the Science Olympiad event at UW-River Falls on Saturday, Jan. 20. The event is affiliated with the national Science Olympiad organization and is designed to increase interest in science and recognize scientific achievement. UWRF file photo.

    Event to include about 900 high schoolers from across the Midwest When about 900 high school students on 58 teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota and elsewhere across the Midwest convene at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Saturday, Jan. 20, they will exhibit their knowledge of and affinity for all things science. Those students will take […]

  7. Finding his place: UW-River Falls student praises campus atmosphere for helping him find success

    Photo of UW-River Falls student Blake Zak performing at the Scholarship Recognition Event and Donor Social Oct 8, 2023. The event, organized by University Advancement, occurs annually and is designed to bring together scholarship donors and scholarship recipients

    Blake Zak never intended to go to college, never intended to make his way to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. After graduating from high school in Hastings, Minn., Zak, a musician, was content to play music on weekends at bars and restaurants while working and leading worship services at his hometown Lutheran church. “I didn’t […]

  8. A call to service: UW-River Falls veterans reflect on their time in the military

    Photo of Gage McClean-Coyer, who works refueling aircraft and maintaining fuel storage facilities in the United Arab Emirates during a deployment in 2012. McClean-Coyer served in the U.S. Air Force from 2010-13. Today McClean-Coyer attends UW-River Falls, where he is set to graduate with a master’s degree in school counseling in December. Contributed photo.

    Military tenures helped prepare for life as students, afterward, veterans say As Gage McClean-Coyer reflects on the meaning of Veterans Day, he is struck by a mix of emotions. On Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – McClean-Coyer, who is set to graduate with a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls […]

  9. UW-River Falls celebrates opening of remodeled campus dairy plant

    Photo of UW-River Falls officials and agriculture business leaders celebrating the grand opening Friday of the Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence, a $9 million facility that will provide students and dairy employees high-tech, hands-on training opportunities. UWRF photo.

    Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence will boost student learning, business opportunities During a celebratory ribbon cutting and with each tour of the rebuilt Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Oct. 20, Michelle Farner felt emotions welling inside her. Gratitude. Accomplishment. Relief. Emotions were to be expected after […]

  10. UW-River Falls students begin training assistance dogs

    Photo of UW-River Falls student Grace Johnson showing Copper, a dog she will help train to be an assistance animal, her open hand after feeding him a treat after Copper and other dogs were dropped off at UWRF Sept. 14. Johnson is one of 21 students who will work with 10 assistance dogs on campus as part of the new Falcon FETCH (Fostering Education Through Campus Hosting) program. UWRF photo.

    Program involves living with, caring for canines on campus The 21 University of Wisconsin-River Falls students gathered outside the Lydecker Living Learning Center on Sept. 14 come from different places and have diverse future plans. They had gathered because of one commonality: their affinity for dogs. In fact, these students like dogs so much that […]