WALSAA Celebrates Silver April 4-5

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary April 4-5 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. A variety of events will give CALS alumni and other friends of the college a chance to return to campus and reconnect with faculty, staff and students.

Friday afternoon”s activities will include the dedication of the D.C. Smith Instructional Greenhouses. The new 10,000 square foot facility features 10 growing rooms and a 1,600 square foot conservatory. Irwin Smith, the son of D.C. Smith and a major donor to the project, will attend the dedication. Gov. Tommy Thompson and UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward are also expected.

Friday evening, the Gamma Sigma Delta initiation will be followed by a social hour and the Gamma Sigma Delta College Awards Banquet and Dinner. The banquet honors CALS faculty for excellence in teaching, advising, research and extension work.

Saturday morning symposia at the new Biotechnology Center will include the 1997 National Agri-Marketing Association student team presentation, a demonstration of Geographic Information Systems that will show how researchers and farmers work together to develop profitable, site-specific management practices that integrate crop production and environmental protection, and a look at how computer vision systems can evaluate food quality. At Ag Hall, you can hear how a CALS horticulturist is breeding beets for pigments, and how scientists are using plants as factories to produce various compounds. You can watch teams compete in the CALS Student Quiz Bowl, or learn about the new Master”s of Business Administration Program in Agri-business.

At the 25th Anniversary luncheon Saturday, you can learn about the college”s new Undergraduate Initiative and its plans for the next century.

Many CALS departments and programs will have open houses Saturday afternoon, with displays and exhibits showcasing new research and departmental additions. Visitors can chat with faculty and get a first-hand look at the college”s teaching and research programs.
For more information on the schedule of events, contact WALSAA, (608) 262-5784. For registration information, call the CALS Outreach Office, (608) 263-1672. Please register by March 25 to reserve your spot. WALSAA will confirm your attendance and send you parking information, campus maps and locations of all open houses.