President’s Message

Vern Dougherty, WALSAA President

Holiday Greetings to all UW-Madison CALS & FISC Alumni and friends. I hope this newsletter finds each of you in good health, good spirit and looking forward to the year ahead.

I am writing this letter before the Presidential election has taken place, so not exactly sure if the word HUUUGE will make it into 2017 edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary … or not.  None-the-less I am honored to be serving as your WALSAA President and look forward to 2017 being a HUUUGE year for WALSAA.

Our goals are to continue the legacy from years past, but also take on new endeavors to support the UW-Madison CALS campus as well as CALS & FISC students.

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Save the Dates!

Outstanding Sophomore Award Deadline – Apply HERE

Friday, February 17

Student Impact Grant Deadline – Apply HERE

Wednesday, March 1

FISC Graduation

Saturday, March 18

CALS Commencement 

Saturday, May 13

WALSAA Farm Technology Days Annual Picnic

Wednesday, July 12

WALSAA Football Fire-Up

Saturday, September 9

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>>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.
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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