|Freddy the Falcon walking alongside the CAFES Centennial float at the 2012 River Falls Days Parade.|
The Celebration Continues!
|CAFES' centennial year of celebration continues into the fall with the "Birthday" celebration and more alumni gatherings, including Homecoming 2012! We will continue to send you this special bi-monthly "Centennial Series" FenceLine through April 2013. Below you will find summaries and photos from our June and July events as well as an overview of those scheduled into early October. We hope you'll join us! View All Centennial Events|
| Wisconsin State FFA Convention Alumni Reception |
This was the first formal alumni gathering at the State FFA convention, but won't be the last! Approximately 50 alumni joined us for refreshments on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 13th. We heard many comments that "we should do this again" and we will - next year!
A small group braved the 100 degree heat in Melrose on July 4th to join in the holiday hometown parade. A big thanks to Tom Pfaff '59 for using his International 656 to pull the float.
River Falls Days Parade
If you were there Friday evening, July 13th you saw the CAFES float in the River Falls Days parade accompanied by Freddy the Falcon (aka Professor Peter Rayne!). Despite the 30 minute rain delay, crowds still lined the streets and everyone enjoyed themselves.
|Wisconsin Farm Technology Days|
Despite some weather "events" Farm Technology Days in Outagamie County went on as planned. Over the course of the three day event, over 70 alumni stopped by our booth or the Alumni Tent. An abbreviated history display (1960s - 2000s) debuted at the Alumni Tent and helped spur some reminiscing among the alumni. Our booth give-away item - cow, corn and tractor shaped pens were a huge hit.
| Regional Alumni Rendezvous|
On the evening of July 18th alumni from the greater Appleton area joined us for dinner on the Fox Valley Technical College campus. The group spanned the decades from the 1950s -2000s. Ollie Lerum '50 shared some stories from his breakfast club, a group of retired ag educators that gets together quarterly. Thanks to Randy Tenpas '81, Chair of the Agriculture Department at FVTC for graciously hosting this event.
|Centennial Scavenger Hunt
During the month of July we invited anyone on campus to take part in our Centennial Scavenger Hunt. A dozen people took us up on our offer. Megan Learman who works in the Global Connections office on campus was the grand prize winner! Here's one of the web-based questions for you
: A dairy industry executive from Genex Cooperative, Inc. participated in the new promotional video for the dairy science program featured on the program website. What is his name?
| Centennial Courtyard|
Construction started on the Courtyard! A crew from Facilities removed overgrown and problem trees and the digging began. The loop walkway and retaining wall are now in. The faculty and staff working group is now reviewing the plans to decide what and where to begin with the plantings. Watch for updates this fall and information on the dedication of the space this coming spring.
| Alumni gathering at the Steele County Free Fair (August 18)|
All alumni in southern Minnesota are invited to join us for an informal gathering at the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna, on Saturday, July 18th. We're gathering in the beer garden between 2 and 4 pm. Bring the family to the fair and while they are on the Midway rides, join us for some refreshments.
| Welcome Centennial Class (September 4)|
We'll welcome the CAFES Centennial class to campus with a special gift!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY (September 12) Show your Falcon Pride! So far we've distributed 100s of our UWRF license plates at alumni events. To help celebrate the Birthday be sure to put your license plate in a prominent location at your home or workplace. We've had a couple of requests for large license plate banners for field signs, and they are going in the mail - if you have a good location for a 3' x 6' banner let us know:email@example.com.
To celebrate the Birthday on campus, we're inviting the entire UWRF campus for cake and ice cream!
|Family Day Centennial Text Scavenger Hunt (September 22)|
Visit your favorite student on campus, and participate in CAFES' family-friendly "text" scavenger hunt. All you need is a phone with texting capabilities and we'll provide the rest! The Scavenger Hunt will be one of many activities you can choose from during the 10a.m. - 3p.m. slot on Saturday. Look for our table in the Pete's Creek area on the lower level of the University Center.
|Homecoming 2012 (September 29)|
Come back to campus for Homecoming in 2012! See the Tractors on Parade that will be part of the Homecoming Parade, or better yet, bring your vintage tractor and join the parade! Whether you favor red, green, or orange...you're all invited!
After the parade and the game (UWRF vs. UW-Oshkosh) join us for a hog roast at the Mann Valley Farm. We'll start serving at 4:30 p.m. Bring your family and enjoy games and tours of the farm.
If you are interested in bringing your tractor for the parade please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Alumni Reception at World Dairy Expo 2012 (October 5)|
Join us starting at 5pm on Friday, October 5 for the annual alumni reception at World Dairy Expo. You'll find us in the Monona Room in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.