1. Meat-ing a need: UW-River Falls program trains animal processors

    Photo of Humane Handling Institute Program Manager Ashlynn Kirk listening to Brandon Clare, owner of JM Watkins meat processing plant in Plum City, as they discuss details of ensuring compliance with federal regulations. Kirk helped Clare individualize a humane handling plan for his plant. UWRF photo.

    Students working in the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Meat Processing Plant had done everything they were supposed to do, had taken every step needed to ensure that animals awaiting processing were as calm as possible. Then the unexpected happened during the processing of beef cattle in the spring. A steer escaped its holding area after […]

  2. St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center celebrates five years of helping grow businesses

    Photo of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center, which includes a high-quality space to prepare food that numerous business owners said has been key to getting their operations up and running and able to expand. The center has helped 36 businesses since it opened five years ago. Photo courtesy of the SCVBIC.

    UW-River Falls, others help make effort to boost the regional economy possible Five years after it first opened its doors as a place to grow businesses, the success of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center (SCVBIC) was evident in the form of attendees celebrating that milestone. During a May 22 ceremony at the business […]

  3. Students showcase their research at national conference

    Photo of UW System President Jay Rothman conversing with UW-River Falls students Lauren Loock, center, and Linnea Milner Thursday as they presented their work during the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at UW-Eau Claire. Bill Hoepner photo.

    Undergraduates discuss, display their expertise to a large audience As soon as Ali Thome-Hough and Emma Etten entered the large room where they would present their research as part of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Friday morning, they knew this wasn’t just any event. The duo, University of Wisconsin-River Falls students, instantly noticed […]

  4. Marching Band returns to UW-River Falls after 30 years

    Photo of Tom Barnett, UW-River Falls marching band director, leading the UWRF pep band at Smith Stadium at Ramer Field in October 2022 prior to the start of a home game against UW-Eau Claire.

    Alumni and university support makes dream a reality More than three decades after it last appeared on campus, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is getting ready to strike up the marching band again. The Marching Falcons will be directed by trumpet Professor Tom Barnett, director of UWRF’s athletic bands, and make appearances at university football […]

  5. Students gain confidence, make connections at Research in the Rotunda event

    Photo of nine UW-River Falls students who presented their Research in the Rotunda projects at the state Capitol on March 8. Participants and university staff at the event include (back row, left to right) Diego Theisen, Cierra Kirkwood, and Dylan Jensen; (front row, left to right) Sophia Cobian, McKinley Davis, Emma Etten, UWRF Chancellor Maria Gallo, Beth Mcilquham, Sierra Kolodjski, Yihong Deng, Faculty Adviser Grace Lewis, and URSCA Director Molly Gerrish. Beth Schommer/UWRF photo.

    Experience credited with building not only research but relationship skills   As the nine University of Wisconsin-River Falls students presenting their research projects at Wisconsin’s state Capitol in Madison on March 8 entered the ornate building that is home to state government, feelings of trepidation and awe washed over them. The trepidation was because students […]

  6. In their own words: UW-River Falls students tell university’s story through ‘The College Tour’

    Photo of UW-River Falls student Giselle Nunez, from Cottage Grove, Minn., being interviewed on campus as part of “The College Tour” television series. Ten UWRF students interviewed for the show will be part of the program that will be aired on Amazon Prime and other broadcast outlets on March 22. Pat Deninger/UWRF photo

    National audience hears about UWRF through television series Season seven of a popular streaming television series will feature all that makes the University of Wisconsin-River Falls a special institution in western Wisconsin. Production has concluded for the UWRF episode to be shown on the show “The College Tour,” a television series streamed on Amazon Prime […]

  7. Research in the Rotunda event challenges students, offers valuable experience

    Photo of UW-River Falls student researchers

    Nine from UW-River Falls will join others to present their work at state Capitol March 8 March 2, 2023 – When Yihong Deng decided to get involved with a high-level research project to develop a biodegradable film used in packaging, she feared she might be getting in over her head when she agreed to participate in […]

  8. UW-River Falls acquires scanning electron microscope

    Photo of Sam Alvarado, associate professor of inorganic chemistry at UWRF, training on the university’s new Hitachi scanning electron microscope (SEM) in Centennial Science Hall.

    When science students return to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for spring semester, they will have access to a new instrument with capabilities that will allow them to explore the properties of a specimen sample as never before on campus. “It’s a real game changer for basically anybody doing science here,” said Samuel Alvarado, associate […]

  9. UWRF alum couple’s gift provides lasting impact, establishes James and Margery Belisle Concourse at Falcon Center

    Photo of ceremony: The upper level of UWRF's Falcon Center, through which nearly all Falcon fans pass to attend home basketball and hockey games, will now be known as the James and Margery Belisle Concourse, following the 1954 graduates' $250,000 gift to the UW-River Falls Foundation. The couple wasn't able to attend the dedication ceremony but the Belisles' nephews and niece represented the family. From left: UWRF Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Rick Foy and family members Craig, Jean, Lynn, Keith and Rich Geurkink.

    $250,000 donation supports endowed academic scholarships, men’s basketball program From the time they arrived on the campus of then Wisconsin State College-River Falls in the early 1950s, James and Margery (Deans) Belisle made names for themselves as popular student leaders. More than 70 years later, their names take on new prominence at their alma mater. […]

  10. Transformational gift to UW-River Falls for dairy plant renovation establishes Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence

    Photo of Chancellor Maria Gallo sharing applause with Trevor Wuethrich, Grassland Dairy Products, Inc. president, during a special gathering Thursday morning in the UWRF Dairy Pilot Plant.

    Contribution brings total Wuethrich-Grassland commitment to $1 million Following a transformational gift, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Pilot Plant will now be known as the Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence. The Wuethrich Family Foundation and Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., of Greenwood, dairy industry leaders and longtime UWRF strategic partners, announced today an additional […]