The Celebration Continues!
|We've had a busy fall already! Our CAFES' Centennial Year featured some pretty cool events in August and September...check out the highlights below. You'll also find an overview of events scheduled in the coming months. We hope you'll join us! We will continue to send you this special bi-monthly "Centennial Series" FenceLine through April 2013.|
Alumni Gathering at the Steele County Free Fair
We ventured into southeastern Minnesota, to the largest county fair in the state, for an alumni gathering. A number of young alumni and their families joined us on a Saturday afternoon. It appeared they enjoyed themselves, as most stayed around to visit for hours! It was great to see so many young alumni. We're planning to be back there next year and we'll have some activities for the youngsters.
| The Centennial Class|
Dean Dale Gallenberg welcomed the incoming freshmen - our Centennial class - to campus during the Academic Day events on September 4. As he was greeting them out at the amphitheater, faculty spread out in the crowd of students to distribute a small gift - a wristband flash drive - personalized with the UWRF CAFES web address. Faculty reported hearing lots of good comments.
Despite September 12 being the one rainy day we had all month, we didn't let that stop the celebration. We moved the cake and ice cream indoors, where the line snaked down the hallway! Faculty took turns serving the treats...Peter Rayne and Don Taylor enjoyed quizzing the crowd, making sure everyone knew the reason for the celebration.
Centennial Scavenger Hunt
Approximately 30 families on campus for Family Day activities elected to take part in the hunt. This was not any traditional scavenger hunt, instead it was done via texting with cell phones. One family won the grand prize but all who completed the hunt were treated to a bag of candy for their efforts. Here's a question you might know the answer to without looking at the plaque......name the faculty member for whom the fountain outside of Hagestad Hall was dedicated. (Scroll down to the bottom for the answer).
CAFES Amazing Race: Centennial Showdown
What a blast! Thirteen teams participated in this first ever event featuring challenges like Swinging Suckle, Flying Apples and Wound Management (using cool whip!). Teams deciphered clues leading them from one challenge to the next and they truly raced one another. The team from the Student Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture (SALSA) came out on top. The participating teams and faculty that helped plan and work the event were treated to Falcon Foods ice cream afterwards. View photos...
It was a beautiful fall day for a parade especially to see tractors on parade! The line-up included nearly a dozen Case IH tractors from the farm, driven by our students, along with several alumni and students with their own vintage tractors. They made an impressive display at Ramer Field for the tailgate party. A nice crowd joined us at the Dairy Learning Center for the hog roast that evening including one alum all the way from Maryland! The highlight for the kids was the chance to ride on one of the big red tractors. View photos...
| World Dairy Expo|
Over 65 alumni joined us this year at the annual reception in conjunction with World Dairy Expo. Door prize winners were Mary Urban '80 and Glen Groth '05. Andy Carlson '02 welcomed the group on behalf of the CAFES Alumni Association. View photos...
| AASCARR Meeting |
CAFES hosted the annual meeting of the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources (AASCARR). Prior to their business meetings the group of administrators from campuses across the country was treated to a tour of our western Wisconsin region. The focus was on some agribusinesses in the area - Sailer's Meats in Elmwood, Eau Galle Cheese in Durand, Danzinger Winery in Alma and ended with a tour of our own Mann Valley Farm.
| Orion Samuelson|
Orion Samuelson, probably the best-known agricultural broadcaster in the nation, was on campus Tuesday, October 9. He visited with faculty and staff, toured the dairy operation at the Mann Valley Farm, and learned about our agreement with Case IH. Following lunch with the AASCARR group he moderated a panel discussion on issues in agriculture and how a campus like UWRF can help address them. Unfortunately, at the last minute, his cameraman had to back out but he promised to share some of what he learned about UWRF on his radio broadcasts. View photos...
Alumni reception at the Midwest Dairy Expo (Tuesday, November 27)
Join us at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, MN on Tuesday, November 27. We'll be gathering from 4-6pm poolside - look for the UWRF banner!
Alumni Reception at the Northern Green Expo
(Thursday, January 10)
Join us in the Seasons Rotunda at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 4:30-6:30pm.
Alumni Reception at the Wisconsin Crop Management Conference (Tuesday, January 15)
Join us from 3:30-5:30pm in the Superior Room at Clarion Suites Hotel on the grounds of the Alliant Energy Center.
|Trivia Answer from Scavenger Hunt Question Above:|