President’s Message

Vern Dougherty, WALSAA President

I attended the annual FISC reunion held in Madison and was fortunate enough to speak with Hugh Evans, FISC class of 1942. Hugh is a very sharp 93-year-old, who grew up on a farm not far from where I currently live. In our conversation, he shared with me that before he was a zookeeper at the Milwaukee County Zoo, he farmed a section of land that is now a part of Lapham Peak State Park near Delafield. In our discussions, it turns out the hiking trails that I use in Lapham Peak, include a field called “Evans Prairie” and that prairie was named after him. How cool is that!

More >>

Save the Dates!

CALS Commencement 

Saturday, May 13
*Join us for a Commencement Pre-Event at Allen Centennial Garden from 9-30-11am*

WALSAA Farm Technology Days Annual Picnic

Wednesday, July 12

WALSAA Football Fire-Up

Saturday, September 9

Become a Member

>>Lifetime Members
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.
More >>


Become a WALSAA member

Donate to WALSAA


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