UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen has been named to the Ideadvance Investment Committee as the UW Chancellor member. The Ideadvance program supports University of Wisconsin System innovation towards commercialization and combines grant funding with business mentoring to support development of innovative ideas and potential, scalable business from UW System faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs. Grants are available to support applicants, including alumni, for all UW campuses except UW-Madison.
EAU CLAIRE — Agriculture education is serious business to River Falls High School senior Bella Force. She has big plans to pursue it in the future by studying Biosystems Engineering or Agricultural Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. So Force appreciated what new knowledge she could gain at the Ag Skills Competition at Chippewa Valley Technical College March 7. "I'm learning more about dairy," Force said. "But I have a lot more experience with horses."
At the March 7 Kinnickinnic Town Board meeting, Karl Kopacz and Adam Sauer of the state's Department of Transportation presented an overview of future bridge reconstruction. The reconstruction involves a demolition and rebuild of the Interstate-94 bridge that crosses Kinnickinnic Road (130th Street).
Arts Minded In 2016, it appeared the 50th anniversary of UW-River Falls' Commissioned Composer Program would be its last. Fortunately, despite worrisome budget cuts, the program — the most enduring of its kind in America — has survived the chopping block.
EAU CLAIRE — Casey Schellhorn couldn't hide the excitement in his voice as he talked about the device he was showcasing. To him, the fact that the device manipulated a tiny pool cue attached to a robotic arm in order to play a miniature game of billiards wasn't the exciting part. He loved describing how it all worked.
In a project dedicated to recognizing military service via River Falls High School's "Wall of Honor" display, the high school and local American Legion are jointly seeking community help in identifying all RFHS graduates now serving on active duty — plus alumni who have past military service. Information being sought includes the name, year graduated and branch of service for each active and veteran graduate, plus a photo, in military attire, for each of those on active duty.
The second of six community "Tech Talks" — part of the Kinnickinnic River Corridor planning process — will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the River Falls Public Library (lower level), 140 Union St. The event is open to everyone. There's no fee to attend. "This is a great opportunity for the general public to come and hear four experts talk on the Kinni Corridor, about its history and where the future lies," said Community Development Director Buddy Lucero.
Auditions for a live radio play based on "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett will be held in River Falls March 23 and 25. The script is based on the famous novel, the movie with Humphrey Bogart, and the 1943 Lux Radio Theater version on the CBS Radio Network. Auditions are 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 23, and 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Art's House, 108 E. Maple St., the offices of the River Falls Community Arts Base and River Falls Community Theatre. No special preparation is needed. Those auditioning will read from the script.
Each March UWisconsin-River Falls works with the community to raise funds through the Bowls for Hope even to help a worthy organization make a difference in the St. Croix Valley. This year, Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County – Moolah for Milk program has been selected as the benefiting organization. The 2017 Bowls for Hope event is Tuesday, March 7, from 5-7 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center at UW-River Falls. Tickets are now on sale.
Girls in SCIENCE: Seeing, Creating, Inventing, Exploring, Naming, Cooperating, and Experimenting will be held at UW-River Falls Saturday, April 1. Youth in grades 4-5 will have the opportunity to experience hands-on science from 8 a.m. to noon and youth in grades 6-8 will have that opportunity from 1-5 p.m. Attendees will meet scientists, university science students and professors, and cycle through four 50-minute fun, hands-on activities from the fields of neuroscience, chemistry, physics, mathematics, physiology, aviation, engineering, forensics, or medicine.