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  • Ramer Field Brick Campaign | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    Contact UWRF Menu About UWRF Academics Admissions Campus Life Athletics Quick Links A Z Search Directory News Event Calendar D2L eSIS Email Library Resources For Students Faculty Staff Alumni Friends Parents Family Community Search UWRF Give Give Impact Your Campus Priorities The Falcon Annual Fund Scholarships College Priorities Ways to Give Give Now Recurring Giving Faculty and Staff Giving Planned Giving Amazon Smile About Us Foundation Board of Directors Staff Employment Forms Internal Use Be part of the new stadium by purchasing a brick for the donor garden today Bricks will be displayed in the donor garden near the south end of the field With a gift of 500 you will recieve an 8 x 8 engraved brick with up to four lines of text A gift of 250 you will receive a 4 x 8 engraved brick with up to 2 lines of text To substitute a logo symbol or special text please contact the UWRF Foundation at 715 425 3505 Additional naming opportunities are also available beginning at 10 000 For more information on naming opportunities please contact the UWRF Foundation at 715 425 3505 or foundation uwrf edu Learn More About Other ways to give to UW

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  • Dan and Marilyn Lightfoot | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    Robert and Paul Dykstra Story Sang Ik Hahn Story Raquel Hansen Story Mary Ella Jerome Story Marv Lansing Story Wayne Peterson Story Greg and Donnette Wheelock Story Valerie Woiak Story Dan and Marilyn Lightfoot When youthful and outgoing retirees Dan and Marilyn Lightfoot of Hudson WI recently began discussing how they wished to allocate their assets in their will they knew that something would go to higher education and research Coming from modest backgrounds neither had ever had the opportunity to go to college In spite of this they were able to work hard and were rewarded with a certain level of career success Dan in the printing industry and Marilyn at Ecolab in St Paul With today s fast paced and highly competitive job market they know that such trajectories are now rare if not impossible Desirous of helping improve the field of eye health something which has touched both Marilyn and Dan personally they initially looked to UW Madison s Eye Research Institute as a beneficiary for their planned gift While they concluded that they would support research at some level they chose for the majority of their estate gift to benefit hardworking undergraduate students from humble beginnings at their local university Their estate now contains a provision for a generous gift to the UWRF Foundation that will one day endow a scholarship for a Biology student in the Biomedical track with a preference for students pursuing a career in Optometry A few months later eager to experience firsthand the impact of their generosity Dan and Marilyn also decided to create an annual scholarship This time inspired by Dan s career and passions the Lightfoot Scholarship will award annually to an incoming freshman Art major with an interest in printmaking or photography Things have changed so much that

    Original URL path: http://www.uwrf.edu/Give/DonorStories/LightfootDonorStory.cfm (2016-02-16)
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  • Skip and Susan Koosmann | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    you by name and were willing to discuss issues One of my most influential experiences was the Quarter Abroad Program in the late 60 s when I did research on theater trends in London Years later those experiences were main considerations when choosing UWRF to complete a MST degree in English Both of the Koosmanns funded their educations without assistance from scholarships but are now motivated to give to UWRF for several reasons Skip says In the early years after graduation my giving to the university was merely a response to a call from the foundation making a request for donations to the annual fund Since being married and having children who would attend college the cost of an education became more real and immediate this brings about an awareness that wasn t there in my younger years Susan adds seeing the number of scholarships available to students now and the appreciation they show is a great motivator for both of us to continue giving The Koosmanns support UWRF in two major ways providing both unrestricted and restricted contributions They give each year to the unrestricted Falcon Annual Fund Skip who served on the UWRF Foundation Board of Directors for several years says That experience provided me with a great deal of insight into the inner workings of the foundation and the importance of generous alumni Skip further noted The importance of giving in general but also the importance of giving unrestricted contributions Unrestricted contributions are used to fund university needs in addition to supporting the initiatives of the foundation and alumni relations programs Skip and Susan also make restricted contributions to the Robert R and M Susan Beck Memorial Scholarship benefiting English students The endowment is in honor of two of Susan s professors It is because of the

    Original URL path: http://www.uwrf.edu/Give/DonorStories/KoosmannDonorStory.cfm (2016-02-16)
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  • Greg and Donnette Wheelock Story | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    Donnette Wheelock Story Valerie Woiak Story Greg and Donnette Wheelock Story The Greg and Donnette Wheelock Agriculture Scholarship On a fall day in 1980 UW River Falls sophomore Donnette Wheelock went to her mailbox in Stratton Hall and found what she considered a major mistake It was a receipt for her tuition housing and food expenses for the following two quarters I had paid for the first quarter and the bill was coming up for the second and third quarters she recalls There was a receipt saying that everything had been paid including tuition food and dorm fees She checked with the university which confirmed that no mistake had taken place Rather someone had inquired and wanted to know what her expenses were going to be and paid for them The donor wanted to remain anonymous and has To this day we have no idea who it was says Donnette s husband Greg a fellow UW River Falls alumnus That got us thinking let s Pay it forward Donnette adds So the Wheelocks recently provided the College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences with multiple gifts to provide scholarships for full time CAFES students It was in 1985 when Greg working for an agriculture finance firm began working in the area of crop insurance In 1990 he formed the family business Crop Insurance Services It has grown in Donnette s words exponentially Based in Mankato the service provides risk management information using such techniques as GPS mapping for clients and Greg is actively consulted by academic and business interests on issues local and federal affecting crop insurance We started with nothing and we re a very successful crop insurance agency in the Midwest she says Greg is looked at as one of the experts in the area He does a

    Original URL path: http://www.uwrf.edu/Give/DonorStories/WheelockStory.cfm (2016-02-16)
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  • Kathy DeLonais and The DeLonais Foundation | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    Email Library Resources For Students Faculty Staff Alumni Friends Parents Family Community Search UWRF Give Donor Stories Donor Stories Dan and Marilyn Lightfoot John Butler Story Kathy DeLonais and The DeLonais Foundation Skip and Susan Koosmann Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin Story Cory Curtis Story Robert and Paul Dykstra Story Sang Ik Hahn Story Raquel Hansen Story Mary Ella Jerome Story Marv Lansing Story Wayne Peterson Story Greg and Donnette Wheelock Story Valerie Woiak Story Kathy DeLonais and The DeLonais Foundation The Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activity URSCA Office has been fortunate to benefit from generous contributions by The DeLonais Foundation that are making a significant impact on the program s ability to provide more students with research experiences at UWRF Upon seeing both the caliber of the students doing research with their high level of involvement on campus and the leadership within the program it became a no brainer to provide support to URSCA said President Kathy DeLonais about the motivation behind the contributions Among the recent purchases made possible by The DeLonais Foundation gifts are two movable SMART Boards that enhance training experiences and collaborations for UWRF students According to URSCA Director Dr Lissa Schneider Rebozo the large scale 70 inch interactive touchscreen SMART Boards allow students new ways to collaborate and interact as they develop grant writing and review skills examine research problems and methodologies analyze research budgets and develop dissemination plans Funding from The DeLonais Foundation will also be used to support enhanced training opportunities for future cohorts of the UWRF Summer Scholars Starting in summer 2015 the Summer Scholars program will include a new series of weekly workshops on everything from Research Ethics to Presentation and Networking Skills This new workshop series and the SMART Boards are among several program enhancements made possible by

    Original URL path: http://www.uwrf.edu/Give/DonorStories/DeLonaisDonorStory.cfm (2016-02-16)
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  • Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin Story | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    Raquel Hansen Story Mary Ella Jerome Story Marv Lansing Story Wayne Peterson Story Greg and Donnette Wheelock Story Valerie Woiak Story Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin Story When people think of on campus relationship building many picture a bond between students faculty and alumni However Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin River Falls residents have proven that the University of Wisconsin River Falls can catalyze a bond with those outside the campus walls Both are long time supporters of the University through participation in campus events and involvement with the music and art departments The local culture is enriched by the University states Goldin Wherever anything of great interest was going on we were there In 2012 Brown and Goldin decided to take the next step in their support of the University by starting the Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin Music Major Scholarship The scholarship awards 1 000 to an incoming freshman music major Calyssa Hall a Music Liberal Arts major was the first student to receive the scholarship which will be renewed every year until she graduates It s hard for incoming freshmen to get a scholarship so we wanted to be able to provide that says Brown The idea for the contribution started when Brown and Goldin were working with the film and music departments to make a video for the UW River Falls Spirit Song Our Chance to Fly which Goldin wrote and composed We realized how little funding the film and music department have explains Brown After making a contribution to the film department Brown and Goldin decided they wanted to give back to the music department in a unique way We met with David Milne Chair of the Music Department and he suggested we set up a scholarship states Brown Establishing a scholarship is a learning

    Original URL path: http://www.uwrf.edu/Give/DonorStories/BrownandGoldinStory.cfm (2016-02-16)
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  • John Butler Story | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    can bring Dr John E Butler a 1961 UW River Falls graduate then known as Wisconsin State College River Falls knows this strain well One of seven children raised by parents with only grade school educations Butler could not have afforded to attend a major state university UWRF gave me a start for a successful career at a price I could afford Although he worked his way through college Butler realizes that this is not always possible for today s students so he feels strongly that someone has to help Butler helped out in a big way In 2012 he endowed the J E Butler Molecular Biology Scholarship with a very generous initial contribution The scholarship will cover half the cost of in state tuition plus research and conference expenses for a Biology major interested in eukaryotic research I wanted to see others who came from my background have the same opportunity states Butler I took advantage of the federal policy of rolling over my IRA required minimum distribution to a charitable organization without the penalty of income tax In addition UWRF is scheduled to receive additional funding from tax free annuities and from the sale of his home on his death This would greatly enlarge the scholarship funds at UWRF When asked if planned giving specifically through one s own estate is an option that other UWRF alumni should consider Butler states simply Yes of course Butler hopes that his action will stimulate others to endow other scholarships or merely contribute to the Butler or other established scholarship programs UWRF which also sports an agriculture college is nicely located between two large veterinary and medical schools in Madison and the Twin Cities Building a strong molecular biology program at UWRF could serve as a magnet for recruiting talented high

    Original URL path: http://www.uwrf.edu/Give/DonorStories/ButlerStory.cfm (2016-02-16)
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  • Raquel Hansen Story | University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    donation to UW River Falls the same year that she graduated with her B S in Business Administration and minor in Ag Business She s barely missed a year since gradually increasing her gifts as possible Like many UW River Falls students Raquel grew up on a farm and came to college seeking independence and personal growth Her experience here did not disappoint and she s decided to help others relish that same opportunity Raquel chose UW River Falls after a campus visit where everyone was friendly and welcoming in a small community with strong agricultural ties Raquel s education was rewarding as much under the disciplined skill of professors like 1989 Distinguished Teacher Dr Lewis May Ag Econ as on the intramural softball field and broomball rink My years at River Falls taught me a lot about responsibility independence and accountability It reminded me to set my goals high work towards them but yet have fun and enjoy what you do in life These are lessons that she hopes to share with today s students by giving back I give to the UW River Falls Foundation knowing that it allows other people to enjoy their experience at UWRF Raquel s career moved through the business sector commercial underwriter lead computer programmer sales and marketing eventually taking her to an MBA at St Thomas University Her true motivation however has been her passion for agriculture Raquel is now VP of North American Ingredients and Sunflower Products Sales and Marketing at SunOpta in Owatonna MN a healthy products company specializing in organic and identity preserved corn soybeans and sunflower I enjoy the diversity that my position brings me along with the flexibility responsibility and commitment to sustainability and agriculture When not working Raquel helps out on the family farm raising corn

    Original URL path: http://www.uwrf.edu/Give/DonorStories/HansenStory.cfm (2016-02-16)
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