Ten students have received Outstanding Sophomore Awards from the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association. They will each receive a $750 scholarship for the 1999-2000 academic year. Applicants were selected based on scholarship, school and community activities, work experience, and a personal interview. Students are nominated for the award by faculty and student organizations at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dana Resop of Verona, Wis. is an animal sciences major. On campus she is an active member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, the Women in Science and Engineering Club, a member of several UW-Madison woodwind chamber ensembles and she is also the secretary of the Elizabeth Waters Hall Association. She is also a member of the Junior Angus and Junior Hereford organizations and is still active in her local 4-H club.
Jennifer Schwantz of Plainview, Minn. is an agricultural engineering major. She is active in a number of clubs on campus including the Badger Dairy Club, the Association of Women in Agriculture, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the UW sailing team and the Students Uniting Business and Engineering Club. She also serves as a 4-H Ambassador for the state of Minnesota.
Angela Smith of Whitewater, Wis. is a dairy science major. She currently serves as a CALS ambassador and is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, the Collegiate FFA, the Pre-Veterinary Club and the Badger Dairy Club. This past January she was selected to serve as the Wisconsin Fair Association Fairest of the Fairs. The position will be a full-time summer internship and involves appearing at county fairs around the state as well as serving as the official hostess at the Wisconsin State Fair. Angela also currently works at the Middleton Veterinary Hospital, where she assists in routine exams and preparing medications. She plans to go on to veterinary school after earning her bachelor”s degree.
Jodi Luttropp of Berlin, Wis. is a dairy science and agricultural journalism major. She is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, the Badger Dairy Club, the UW-Madison Dairy Judging Team and the UW National Agri-Marketing Association, where she serves as vice-president of membership. Jodi is also a member of the Wisconsin Junior Brown Swiss Association and plans to pursue a career in dairy farm management consulting.
Kristin Haakenson of Evansville, Wis. is an agricultural journalism major. She is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Collegiate FFA, the Agricultural Education Society and the Poultry Science Club. She was also a member of the 1999 Homecoming Committee and is a member of the UW-Madison Public Relations Society of America and is a state and national FFA alumni lifetime member.
James Koltes of DeForest, Wis. is a dairy science and genetics major. He is a member of the Collegiate FFA, the Badger Dairy Club, the CALS student council, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Gamma Rho, and the University Band, and he is a housefellow at the Farm and Industry Short Course Dormitories. Koltes is currently working as a research assistant in the dairy science department with professor George Shook, looking at genes that may play a role in resistance to mastitis.
Staci Eickert of Brillion, Wis. is a bacteriology and genetics major. At UW-Madison she is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, the UW Microbiology Club, the Badger Dairy Club, and Saddle and Sirloin. She stayed involved in the Brillion FFA with speaking workshops and she earned a 1998 American FFA degree. She currently works as a laboratory assistant in the UW-Madison bacteriology lab, and on her family farm during the summer.
Jennifer Janisewski of Stanley, Wis. is an agricultural journalism major. She currently serves as the reporter for the UW-Madison Collegiate FFA and is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, the National Agri-Marketing Association and the women”s lightweight rowing team. She is also a volunteer for the Salvation Army and the Meriter Hospital.
Rae Dawn Rippchen of Richland Center, Wis. is a food science major. She is the Community Service chairperson of the Food Science Club, the secretary of Rhomates and is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Alpha Zeta , and the UW-Madison marching and varsity band.
Harry Overly of Windsor, Wis. is a food science and medical microbiology and immunology major. He is the Inter-Fraternity Representative for Alpha Gamma Rho and is a member of the Agricultural Business Club and the Poultry Science Club. He is also a CALS student council representative and a Farm and Industry Short Course dormitory housefellow. In addition, he is a member of the microbiology club and the UW-Madison concert band.
WALSAA is a not-for-profit organization established in 1972. Its 2,000 members are former students of CALS and the Farm and Industry Short Course program, as well as friends of the college. Each year WALSAA raises thousands of dollars for scholarships.