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RCU Foundation announces support for Science and Technology Innovation Center at UW-River Falls

Released by University of Wisconsin River Falls on May 9th, 2022

May 9, 2022 -- The RCU Foundation, a supporter of organizations and initiatives throughout western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, announced a commitment today of $100,000 for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Science and Technology Innovation Center (SciTech).

In acknowledgment of RCU Foundation’s support, the largest gathering space in the new facility will be named the RCU Foundation Presentation Room.

Group of people holding a big check at UWRF

“The Royal Credit Union Foundation was formed to make a difference in our communities,” said Tom Huffcutt, secretary of the RCU Foundation. “SciTech is critical to the success of area business and industry and will help train the next generation of science and technology leaders. The foundation is honored to support this important project.”

The state of Wisconsin is providing $111.73 million of the $116.73 million needed to construct SciTech. UW-River Falls is charged with raising the remaining $5 million for the project, where students from a wide range of majors will engage in immersive high-impact learning experiences in biology, chemistry, physics and the psychological sciences.

“All of us at UW-River Falls express deep appreciation to the RCU Foundation for its generous commitment to SciTech,” said UWRF Chancellor Maria Gallo. “We are honored to partner with the RCU Foundation on a project that positively impacts our campus, faculty and students as well as our community and the entire region.”

In addition to providing critically needed lab and research space, SciTech will feature the innovative University Business Collaboration Center (UBC2), which will actively engage business and community partners in discovery, innovation and talent development at UWRF. The UBC2 will offer students increased internship, research and career opportunities while providing employers facilitated access to student talent, as well as faculty and staff expertise.

The SciTech groundbreaking is planned in fall 2023. The project is expected to be completed in late 2025, with a grand opening and inaugural classes in January 2026.

For more SciTech details, including opportunities to support the project, visit or contact Rick Foy, UWRF assistant chancellor for University Advancement at or 715-425-4291.

About the RCU Foundation

The RCU Foundation was established in 2012 to support organizations and initiatives where Royal Credit Union operates in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The foundation focuses on large-scale capital projects that help build community and create the spaces where people come together. Focus areas include education, health and the arts. The foundation hosts the annual Rock the Riverfront-Charity Classic in Eau Claire. Currently, it has awarded more than $7 million in grants.

About UW-River Falls

Founded in 1874, UWRF is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the prestigious University of Wisconsin System. We’re a leader in exemplary teaching, undergraduate research and sustainability. Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.

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