President’s Message

Vern Dougherty, WALSAA President

Honestly, as I began writing this I realized, WALSAA is celebrating its 45th year as your CALS alumni organization. From the humble beginnings of a few, we are a thriving organization. We are dedicated to not only maintaining your CALS connection for life, but also helping CALS students achieve their dreams through scholarships, leadership grants and on-going support of CALS student organizations and our faculty.

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WALSAA Football Fire-Up

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Please take a few moments to reflect on your experience at the college and consider how support from WALSAA may have helped your situation. Supporting WALSAA allows you to reconnect with CALS and give something back to the college where it all began.
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WALSAA (Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (known to many of us as CALS). Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS. Noted by Roger Biddick, first WALSAA president at the organizations' first meeting, "As alumni we can act more effectively than any single group to rebuild the image of greatness that this college so justly deserves and at the same time enjoy the fellowship of working together."

Supporting Outstanding Students and Great Advisors

WALSAA supports numerous CALS students annually through the Outstanding Sophomore Award Scholarships, Farm and Industry Short Course awards, major funding for a student leadership retreat and other professional development opportunities. To recognize faculty and staff advisors, WALSAA developed and endowed the WALSAA Advising Award. Established in 1997, the award is given to a member of the CALS faculty for exceptional student advising service. >>more