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June 2012


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Soil Judging Reunion May 2012
Alumni and friends gather at the Crops/Soils Judging Team Reunion in May.

The Celebration Continues!

CAFES' centennial year of celebration continues this summer with hometown parades, alumni reunions, an on-campus scavenger hunt and more! We will continue to send you this special bi-monthly "Centennial Series" FenceLine through April 2013. Below you will find some summaries and photos from our April and May events as well as an overview of those scheduled in June and July. We hope you'll join us!  View All Centennial Events

Alumni News & Notes...

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...................................Looking Back..................................

April Events

Centennial Kickoff Awards Banquet 4_19_2012

Centennial Kick-off
(April 19, 2012)

Our celebration began with the rededication of the Agriculture Hall of Fame, the wall honoring our Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalists. The festivities continued at the annual CAFES Awards Banquet where CAFES awarded 144 scholarships totaling $122,560 to deserving students. Thank you to all of our scholarship donors!

Our Centennial Ice Cream flavor contest was a huge success with almost 200 flavors submitted and 400 students, faculty and staff weighing in to choose their favorite: Lemon-Lovin' Poppy Seed Muffin, a delicious mix of lemon ice cream, poppy seeds and vanilla cake crunch. The centennial flavor will be available for purchase in the Falcon Foods Store and in the C-Store on campus this fall!


Thanks to all those who submitted memories and photos for our contest and congrats to Frank Briski, the winner of our drawing! We will be collecting your alumni memories and photos throughout April 2013, so please keep them coming! Learn more...  View photos... 

Midwest Horse Fair Alumni Reception

A small group of CAFES alumni joined us for the first ever alumni reception in conjunction with the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison in April. Guests enjoyed visiting with one another and with Professor Peter Rayne, swapping stories about their time spent working in the horse barns on cold winter mornings! All agreed this was a good event for an alumni get-together and offered to help spread the word for future events.   



May Events

Members of the class of 1962 visit UWRF campus.

Golden Jubilee Class Reunion

Six alumni from the Golden Jubilee Class of 1962 enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the College on May 11. They visited the tissue culture and greenhouse facilities, toured the food pilot plants where they enjoyed cheese and ice cream samples, and gathered for lunch at Mann Valley Farm. Afterward, they took turns operating the Case IH tractors equipped with the latest GPS technology and toured the Dairy Learning Center. Our guests enjoyed catching up with one another and reminiscing about their instructors and their time on campus. View photos... 


Crops and Soils Judging Reunion Crops/Soils Judging Team Alumni Reunion

UWRF's Crops and Soils Judging Teams Alumni met for a reunion on Saturday, June 12, 2012, at the Dairy Learning Center on the UWRF Mann Valley Farm. Approximately 65 people attended and enjoyed lunch, reminiscing on their time at River Falls, and catching up on events since they moved on. Former soil judging coaches Larry Meyers, Robert Beck, Robert Baker and Pam Weller as well as current coaches William Anderson and Holly Dolliver were in attendance. Teams as far back as the late 1970's were represented as well as several members of the 2012 team. Thanks to Kathy DesForge and Donna Ferren-Guy, former judgers who helped plan the party. The 2012 soil judging team recently returned from the NACTA judging contest in Coffeyville, Kansas, where UWRF teams placed first and second in the national contest. View photos...

Syttende Mai Festival Centennial Hometown Celebration 5_2012

Sixteen CAFES alumni and friends stopped by Davidson Park during the Syttende Mai Festival in Westby, WI in May.This was the first Hometown Celebration of our Centennial Summer! View photos...
Scroll down to see other Hometown Celebrations scheduled this summer.



Broiler Dairy Days Hometown Celebration

Did you see our float in the Broiler Dairy Days parade in Arcadia on May 27?  Many people did, as shouts of "Moo-U" were heard all along the route! Our partners at Value Implement graciously allowed us to use one of their tractors and lined up the hay wagon for us.

...................................What's Ahead..................................

June Events

WI State FFA Logo

Wisconsin State FFA Convention Alumni Reception (June 13)

Planning on attending the Wisconsin State FFA meeting? Be sure to stop by the CAFES alumni reception on Wednesday, June 13 from 2-3p.m. in Mendota Room 4 of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. We hope to see you there!



Hometown Celebrations (June-September 2012)

We want to bring the celebration to you and your hometown! Join your fellow alumni on a UWRF CAFES Centennial float in your annual hometown Festival parade! The float can be as simple as a tractor pulling a hay wagon - perfect for holding you, fellow alumni and your families. We'll provide the banners for the float and help enlist alumni in your area to be on the float. If you'd like to coordinate a float in your area, please contact Laura Walsh at laura.walsh@uwrf.edu 


Scheduled Hometown Celebrations

July 13 - River Falls Days

July 15 - Colby Cheese Days

July 22 - Northland Mardi Gras - Ladysmith


Watch your e-mail and check the University of Wisconsin-River Falls CAFES Alumni & Friends Facebook page for more details coming soon... 


July Events

Centennial Scavenger Hunt Centennial Scavenger Hunt
(July 2012)

Anyone coming to the campus in July can join in the hunt! The scavenger hunt - where you'll discover all kinds of interesting tidbits about the College. Prizes will be awarded. Stop by the Dean's Office in the Ag Science Building to start.



Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Alumni Reception (July 17-19)

If you're coming to Farm Technology Days in Outagamie County be sure to stop by the Alumni Tent. Find us on N. 6th St., between Central and Wisconsin Avenues. Each day at 11am and 2pm we're hosting receptions for our alumni.  

Regional Alumni Rendezvous in Appleton, WI (July 18)

With so many UWRF CAFES alumni on the east side of the state, we needed to do something to acknowledge that! Get together with your fellow "east coast" alumni. We're gathering at the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Appleton campus at 6pm. The campus is easy to get to, just off Hwy 41 on the northwest side of the city.



Centennial Courtyard Progress

Plans have been drawn up, the utility lines are flagged, soil testing has been done, and the digging will soon begin. In honor of our production agriculture heritage, the focal point of the courtyard will be a tractor, planter and stylized row planting. We are still looking for a vintage tractor for the courtyard - either a donation or for purchase at a reasonable price. Give the Deans Office a call if you can help us out with this: (715) 425-3535.

 Preliminary Centennial Courtyard Sketch


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