Tony Jilek, Amy Taylor, Tom Goerke, John Schmidt, Dennis Cooper, Chris Nyberg, Bob Nagel and Jon Beckett (1989 AQ Team and ASAS presenters).
| Holiday Greetings!|
By now you should have received the postcard announcing our Centennial Celebration. It was exciting to hear back from alumni recalling their memorable times on campus. If you haven't yet taken a look at the CAFES Centennial website I invite you to do so. Find out what we are planning for the year-long celebration, submit your memories and photos of your time on campus and see what others remember. Be one of the first 100 to submit something and you'll be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card from the Falcon Shop!
There are a few program updates I would like to share with you. To better reflect the new breadth to the Land Use Planning program the name has been changed to Community Planning. The Agricultural Engineering Technology program has established a 2+2 program with Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, simplifying the process for students who want to transition into the program.
Our students continue to represent us well at professional meetings and intercollegiate competitions. The Dairy Judging Team tied for 3rd place in their final competition of the year at the North American International Livestock Exposition at Louisville. Three crops and soils students placed in the top three in various undergraduate research competitions at the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES) competition in San Antonio. And one of our very own, agricultural education freshman Alicia Hodnik, was elected the National FFA Central Region Vice President, one of only six national FFA officers.
In the past few months a number of you expressed concern for the Food Science and Technology program or the Delta Theta Sigma (DTS) fraternity. As I've shared individually with those who've inquired, a committee of faculty and staff are working to define a core of food technology-related courses (a "foods track") that would provide students in various majors (Dairy Science, Ag Engineering Technology, Ag Business, etc.) specific preparation for work in the food industry. This concept has been met with positive response from several executives in the industry. Regarding the UWRF DTS chapter which was recently suspended by campus officials, CAFES faculty have been working with active and alumni members on a proposal for reinstatement. Having been chartered in 1969, the DTS Epsilon chapter has a long and valued history with the College that we want to see continue.
As always, catch up with the latest news from some of your fellow alumni. Please use the email link in the box to the upper left to share your latest news or your fondest memories of your time at UWRF.
From all of us in CAFES to all of you - Happy Holidays!
Dale Gallenberg, Dean