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Outstanding Sophomore Award Recipients Selected

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Stephanie Hammerly, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (March 22, 2017) — The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Assoiciation recognized 10 students with the $2,000 Outstanding Sophomore Award.

Ciera Ballmer, Dairy Science, Janesville, WI
Kristin Carlson, Biology, Elgin, IL
Bailey Fritsch, Dairy Science, Dodgeville, WI
Emily Michael, Animal Sciences, Lake Zurich, IL
David Pintens, Biological Systems Engineering, Dallas, WI
Nicole Pralle, Dairy Science, Humbird, WI
YuanFang Tham, Food Science, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stephanie Thiel, Food Science, Plymouth, WI
Jessica Wendt, Agriculture Business Management, Stoughton, WI
Diane Xue, Agricultural & Applied Economics, Germantown, WI

WALSAA Awards Student Impact Grants to Student Organizations

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Stephanie Hammerly, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (March 22, 2017) — Eight student organizations received WALSAA Student Impact Grants. This new program focuses on supporting student organization events and programs that will impact student life or the surrounding community.

Assoc. of Women in Agriculture (AWA) – Etiquette Dinner
Badger Dairy Club – Trip to California Dairy Farms
Badger Meat Science Club – Reciprocal Meats Conference at Texas A&M
Food Science Club – Product Development Teams
Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council – Symposium
Quarter Scale Tractor Team – Badger Pulling
UW National Agri-Marketing Assoc. (NAMA) – National Conference
Village Health Project – Profitable Pork

Kleppe, Pfatteicher, Potterton Honored at FISC Reunion

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Stephanie Hammerly, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (February 16, 2017) — Three agricultural leaders were honored by an audience of over 70 alumni and friends at the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) Alumni Reunion held Saturday, January 28.

The JS Donald Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Barry Kleppe. Dr. Kleppe has taught in the program for years and also has his own large animal veterinary practice. Sarah Pfatteicher was presented with the Friend of Short Course Award and Jessie Potterton with the Service to Agriculture Award. These two individuals moved the FISC program to new heights. They secured its future at the University by getting the program integrated into the UW system and FISC credits aligned with the undergraduate credits. This was no small task to say the least! Thank you to Barry, Jessie and Sarah and of course, congratulations!

The event was sponsored by Badgerland Financial, with additional support from Crave Brothers Farm, LLC, AgSource, East Central Select Sires, Al & Lynn Herrman, Union Bank & Trust and Vita Plus Corporation. Thank you to our sponsors and thank you to Vita Plus for opening their doors for tours after the reunion!

Looking forward to 2018, the FISC Reunion will be held on January 27 in Madison.

Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) is a one or two year production agriculture program taught during winter months when it is more convenient to leave a production agriculture operation. UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life science researchers and instructors teach the courses. There are more than 6,000 program alumni to date.

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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org.

 

Hit the Ice with WALSAA and UW Hockey February 11

Contact:
Stephanie Hammerly, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (December 30, 2016) — The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) invites you to join its members at Wando’s (602 University Avenue) and LaBahn Arena on Saturday, February 11 as the University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team takes on Minnesota Duluth. Show your Badger spirit and network with fellow alumni and hockey enthusiasts!

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Wando’s with faceoff following at 2 p.m. The WALSAA Hockey Package is just $30 and provides entrance to the game and the pre-game gathering at Wando’s which includes heavy appetizers. A cash bar will also be available.

This event will also include an exciting 50/50 raffle and silent auction featuring a WALSAA Fire-Up Package and select hockey and UW items! All silent auction proceeds are used to support the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Farm and Industry Short Course scholarships, fund the CALS Ambassadors program and sponsor the annual CALS Leadership Retreat.

Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. For tickets, go to www.walsaa.org to register and pay online by Friday, January 27.

For further information, contact WALSAA at (608) 438-1994 or admin@walsaa.org.

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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org

 

Farm and Industry Short Course Reunion set for January 28

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(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (December 14, 2016) – Alumni and friends of the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) program are invited to register for the annual reunion event, presented again this year by Badgerland Financial. The program will be Saturday, January 28 at the Coliseum Bar & Banquet, Upstairs Event Room, 232 East Olin Avenue, Madison. Schedule highlights include:

11:15 a.m.       Registration Opens
Noon                Lunch
1:00 p.m.         Awards Program
2:15 p.m.         Depart for Tour
2:30 p.m.         Tour of Vita Plus

The reunion is coordinated by a committee of volunteers from the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA). 2017 marks the 133rd year of the FISC program and the 44th year of WALSAA. Awards will be presented for the Friend of Short Course, Service to Agriculture and Excellence in Teaching. There will be a silent auction to help raise scholarship funds for deserving FISC students. We will also have a tour of the Vita Plus premix feed manufacturing plant that is Safe Feed/Safe Food third party certified.

Registration cost is $25 if received by January 23 and $35 thereafter. Register and pay at www.walsaa.org. Registrations are also accepted at the door, but advance registration is appreciated.

Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) is a one or two year production agriculture program taught during winter months when it is more convenient to leave a production agriculture operation. UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life science researchers and instructors teach the courses. There are more than 6,000 program alumni to date.

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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org

 

Beard and Patterson Join the WALSAA Board of Directors

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Stephanie Hammerly, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (November 18, 2016) – Wisconsin Agriculture & Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is pleased to announce that Tammy Beard and Paul Patterson have joined the WALSAA Board of Directors. Vern Dougherty, WALSAA President, shares, “We are thrilled to welcome Tammy and Paul to the WALSAA Board. Their energy and enthusiasm is exciting to see and I am looking forward to having them be a part of the team in the years ahead.”

Tammy (Booth) Beard grew up on a registered Holstein dairy farm outside of Cuba City, Wis. in Lafayette County, where she was extensively involved in 4-H, FFA and athletics. She took her love of agriculture with her to UW-Madison, where she graduated with honors in 2002 as a double major in Dairy Science and Agricultural Journalism. While on campus Tammy held leadership roles in the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) and National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), and was active in the Badger Dairy Club. She received both the CALS Outstanding Senior and WALSAA Outstanding Sophomore awards. Following graduation Tammy served roles on the AWA Corporation Board and Wisconsin FFA Foundation Sponsors Board, and continued involvement in other organizations such as NAMA (Badger Chapter). Currently, Tammy is the Marketing Director at Badgerland Financial, a Farm Credit cooperative headquartered in Prairie du Sac, Wis. In her role she works with a team of marketing professionals to execute communications, advertising, public relations and philanthropic activities and initiatives. Tammy’s passion centers on brand development and management. Tammy and her husband, Tom, and their two children, Blake (6) and Brooke (3), reside in Mount Horeb, Wis. Though much of her free time is family time, Tammy enjoys adding miles to her running shoes, getting involved in her son’s school/extracurricular activities and taking part in community-based events and projects.

Paul Patterson grew up on a Century Family Farm near Bloomington, Wisconsin raising hogs, beef and cash grain. He is the fourth person in his family (Dave ‘78, Margaret ‘82, John ‘83) to graduate from CALS, graduating with an Ag Economics degree in 1986. Paul and his wife Sarah live in Green Bay, Wisc. They have been married for 26 years and have three children, Gina, Ryan and Anna. Paul has worked in the Ag Crop Protection field (Dow Chemical), the Ag Supply Cooperative world for 10 years and the energy sales field for 17 years. He is currently employed by Plains Marketing, LP wholesaling propane to retail customers in Michigan and New York.  Paul has been a lifetime member of WALSAA and looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors.

WALSAA plans events for alumni and friends of the College of Ag and Life Sciences and its Farm Industry Short Course (FISC). Major events being planned include the Farm and Industry Short Course Reunion at The Coliseum Bar on January 28 which includes a tour of Vita Plus. Next event is the WALSAA Hit the Ice Hockey Event at Wando’s on Feburary 11. Additional events include the coffee and donuts at Ag Hall prior to CALS Commencement on May 13, WALSAA Summer Picnic at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee on July 12 and the WALSAA Football Fire-Up on September 9.

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2016/2017 WALSAA Board of Directors

L-R (front): Cory Brown, Al Herrman, Bob Behnke; L-R (back): Logan Voigts (Student Rep), Kim Jones, Emma Wagner (Student Rep), Marjorie Stieve (Vice-President), Vern Dougherty (President), Paul Patterson, Sherryl Pertzborn (Secretary/Treasurer), Tammy Beard, Shawn Conley, Tom Janczewski (Past President). Not pictured are Ale Nicolet, Karen Martin, Dean Peterson, Sara Schoenborn, Russell Tietz, Tom Vergeront and Heidi Zoerb.

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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org

Network Over Football at WALSAA Fire-Up September 17

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Stephanie Hammerly, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (August 30, 2016) — Nearly as old as the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA), the WALSAA Football Fire-Up tailgate party and silent auction has served as the Association’s annual gathering and fundraiser for 41 years.

The 2016 Fire-Up will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the Wisconsin vs. Georgia State kickoff at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17. It will take place in the University of Wisconsin Foundation parking lot, located at 1848 University Ave., Madison, Wis. 53726.

Join WALSAA as it continues a more than 40-year mission of connecting the University of Wisconsin, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), CALS alumni and fellow WALSAA members. CALS Dean Kathryn “Kate” VandenBosch will be in attendance to meet alumni and share in this great tradition. Guests will enjoy an appearance by Bucky Badger and live music by The Soggy Prairie Boys.

As in years past, Fire-Up 2016 will feature the WALSAA Silent Auction to raise money to support scholarships, awards and student activities. The UW Foundation generously matches up to $10,000 of the funds raised at this auction to help increase WALSAA’s impact on CALS students. Last year more than $25,000 was raised. This year’s auction will feature a variety of items such as week-long lodgings in Hawaii, Door County and Hurley, Wis., a John Deere XUV Gator, a Badger/Brewer/Packer fire pit ring, courtside basketball tickets and much more! Watch the WALSAA Facebook page for an updated auction list as the event nears.

The WALSAA annual meeting will be held a half-hour prior to the beginning of the event. Association business will be conducted and new board member nominees will be introduced.

The member cost for a combined package ticket to both the Fire-Up luncheon and game is $75 for adults (while tickets last); $65 for children 3 to 11; kids under 3 are free (if sitting on a lap at game). If you’d rather not attend the game or already have game tickets, Fire-Up luncheon tickets are $40 for adults ($30 to WALSAA members); $20 for children 3 to 11; and free for those younger than 3 years old. $15 of your ticket price is a fully tax-deductible donation to WALSAA.

All tickets are held at the registration desk and picked up upon arrival at the Fire-Up; they are not mailed.  Tickets must be ordered by Monday, August 31 to receive the advance price. After that date, Fire-Up tickets will be sold at the gate for an additional $5 each. Guests can order and pay online at www.walsaa.org.

WALSAA 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.  For more information email admin@walsaa.org, call (608) 438-1994 or go online to www.walsaa.org.

Kaltenberg to Receive First WALSAA Daluge Red Jacket Award

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Stephanie Hammerly, Membership and Events CoordinatorJack Kaltenberg
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (August 1, 2016) — Watch a new tradition begin at the September 17th WALSAA Football Fire-Up as the first WALSAA Daluge Red Jacket Award will be presented to Jack Kaltenberg.

The new award honors Peggy and Rick Daluge, known to most WALSAA members.  Rick was WALSAA’s Executive Director for many years and a founding member of the National Ag Alumni and Development Association (NAADA).  Rick served as CALS Placement Director and CALS Assistant Dean before retiring as FISC Director in 2008.  A red jacket will be presented to someone who has helped WALSAA grow each year in their honor.

Jack Kaltenberg was selected as the first recipient because as an early WALSAA President he guided the organization through much growth.  With his help, WALSAA increased membership, jumpstarted alumni outreach through area dinners, and began more student awards at graduation.

“I recall the first Fire-Up,” Jack said.  “We had 40 people and a grill on the grass outside the stock pavilion.”  This event has now grown to about 500 people and is an annual industry event.

Kaltenberg is an Owner of Partners in Production, LLC.  He and his wife, Jane, live in DeForest.

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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org.

 

WALSAA’s Annual Farm Technology Days Picnic to be Held with Beef Group

Contact:
Stephanie Stout, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

ELKHORN, Wis. (June 29, 2016) – UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Farm & Industry Short Course graduates are invited to attend the annual Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) Farm Technology Days Picnic, in Elkhorn, Wis.  The event will be held Wednesday, July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Walworth County Fairgrounds.

WALSAA is joining forces with others to support the Friends of the Walworth County Junior Beef Project.  WALSAA members and guests will have a separate building within the immediate area of the food service line.  This will allow members to visit with alumni, CALS leadership and other guests.  Guests can then also enjoy soda and/or adult beverages with their meal.

Cost is $20 for a steak meal that includes sides and dessert; please RSVP at www.walsaa.org.  Child pricing will be available.

Picnic volunteers are needed. If you would like volunteer to help the day of, contact Stephanie Stout at (608) 438-1994 or admin@walsaa.org.

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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org.

 

Ten Outstanding Sophomores recognized by WALSAA

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Stephanie Stout, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

MADISON, Wis. (June 15, 2016) — The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison. After receiving a number of applications, the WALSAA scholarship committee narrowed down its search for the Top 10 Outstanding Sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service and relevant experience. From there, only a chosen few were selected to interview in front of a panel of three WALSAA board members. Ten final awardees were selected based on interview performance.

WALSAA’s Outstanding Sophomore Awardees for 2016 include:

  • Faith Bowman, Milwaukee, Genetics
  • Clara Cole, Colgate, Animal Science/Poultry Science
  • Claire Gietzel, Monticello, Agronomy
  • Sara Griswold, Black Earth, Life Sciences Communication
  • Charles Hamilton, Cuba City, Dairy Science
  • Abigail Martin, Janesville, Dairy Science
  • Mariah Martin, Brooklyn, Life Sciences Communication
  • Jessica Miller, Germantown, Genetics
  • Bradley Morgan, Fond du Lac, Biology
  • Austin Wenck, East Troy, Animal Science

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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org.

 

WALSAA Hires Stout as Membership and Events Coordinator

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Stephanie Stout, Membership and Events Coordinator
(608) 438-1994 admin@walsaa.org

Madison, Wis. (June 15, 2016) – Wisconsin Agriculture & Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is pleased to announce Stephanie Stout as its new Membership and Events Coordinator. Stephanie is dedicated to supporting and strengthening student opportunities and alumni engagement in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She looks forward to supporting the WALSAA board, membership and all WALSAA activities.

Stephanie comes to WALSAA with significant experience in working with membership based organizations and a strong passion for agriculture. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville in Agribusiness and Animal Science. She owns Polled Dairy Cattle #PolledPlace in Wisconsin Dells and remains involved with her family farm, Briar Holsteins, located in Monroe. In addition, Stephanie is active in the Dairy Girl Network, Wisconsin Farm Bureau and the Illinois Holstein Association.

Tom Janczewski, WALSAA President, states, “Stephanie’s background, experience and skill set make her an excellent fit for 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 as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit www.walsaa.org.