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CALS Seniors Recieve WALSAA Awards

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association held its annual senior breakfast Sunday May 16. Twelve graduating seniors received Leadership and Activity Awards for their participation in student organizations in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Three seniors also received “Aggie Awards” for exceptional leadership and participation in CALS. Students who received Leadership Awards were awarded a one-year membership to WALSAA. The winners of the Aggie Awards received lifetime memberships to WALSAA.

Luke Wiedenfeld of Lake Mills received one of three 1999 Aggie Awards. Wiedenfeld was a four-year member of Alpha Gamma Rho, the agricultural fraternity on the UW campus, and the Collegiate FFA. In AGR he was involved in numerous recruitment activities and served as both president and secretary of the Collegiate FFA. Wiedenfeld was also a CALS ambassador for three years, a member of Alpha Zeta, an honors agriculture fraternity and the poultry science club. He will receive a dual bachelor”s degree in animal science and agriculture education next December after completing student teaching.

Louann Hausner of Spring Green received a 1999 Aggie Award. Hausner was a four-year member of the UW National Agri-Marketing Association. She served as the organization”s vice-president of careers, vice-president of membership and as president. She was an active member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Agricultural Business Club, the Collegiate FFA, Alpha Zeta and she served as a CALS Ambassador for the past two years. Hausner received a dual bachelor”s degree in agricultural and applied economics and agricultural journalism. She has accepted a job with Deere & Co. in Minneapolis.

Ben Waddell of Marshall received one of three 1999 Aggie Awards. Waddell was a four-year member of the Collegiate FFA, Alpha Gamma Rho and the Food Science Club. He was also active in the Poultry Science Club, the Agricultural Student Council, Saddle and Sirloin and the Badger Dairy Club. For the past three years he was a CALS Ambassador and for the past two years was the student representative on the WALSAA Board. Waddell received his bachelor”s degree in food science and has accepted a job with Oscar Meyer in Madison.

Jennifer Bertrand of Luxemburg was the recipient of the Dietetic and Nutrition Club Leadership and Activity Award. Bertrand was a four-year member of the Dietetics and Nutrition Club and was an officer for one year. She received her bachelor”s degree in dietetics.

Craig Carncross of Lodi received the Badger Dairy Club Leadership and Activity Award. He was a four-year member of the club and served two years as the Invitational Consignment Sale Chairmen, the vice-president and was also the American Dairy Science Association representative this past year. He received his bachelor”s degree in dairy science.

Tracy Daluge of Madison was awarded the Alpha Zeta Fraternity Leadership and Activity Award. Daluge was a four-year member of Alpha Zeta and was also active in the Association of Women in Agriculture, the Badger Dairy Club, the Agricultural Business Club and the UW National Agri-Marketing Association. She received a dual bachelor”s degree in agricultural and applied economics and agricultural journalism.

Kari Horant of Eagle River was the recipient of the Rhomates Leadership and Activity Award. Rhomates is social and service organization made up of women who are interested in agriculture and life sciences. Horant was a four-year member of the club and held the positions of secretary, president and scholarship and composite chair. Horant earned her bachelor”s degree in horticulture.

Heidi Hromadka of Brookfield was awarded the CALS Ambassadors Leadership and Activity Award. Hromadka became an ambassador her senior year. Throughout the past four years she was also an active member of the Food Science Club, the Institute of Food Technologists and the UW varsity band. Heidi received her bachelor”s degree in food science.

Bethany Nelson of Watertown was the recipient of the Wildlife Society Leadership and Activity Award. Nelson has been a member of the society for the past two years and was the Director of the Prairie Project. She coordinated trips to the prairie, organized seed collecting and controlled brush cutting. Nelson earned her bachelor”s degree in Wildlife Ecology.

Matthew Sansone of West Allis was awarded the Agricultural Business Club Leadership and Activity Award. Sansone has been a member of the club for the past two years and was the club”s student council representative this past year. Sansone earned his bachelor”s degree in agricultural and applied economics.

Amy Steiner of Menomonee Falls was the recipient of the Food Science Club Leadership and Activity Award. Steiner has been a member of the club throughout her four years of college and has served as secretary, vice-president and president. She earned her bachelor”s degree in food science.

Jennifer Topel of Lake Mills was awarded the Association of Women in Agriculture Leadership and Activity Award. Topel has been involved with the association for the past four years and has served as the secretary, vice president and alumni coordinator. Jennifer earned her bachelor”s degree in agricultural business management.

Paul Wellentin of Madison was awarded the Delta Theta Sigma Leadership and Activity Award. Delta Theta Sigma is a social and professional for undergraduate men with an interest in agriculture. Wellentin earned his bachelor”s degree in horticulture.

Jonathon Wuest of Ripon was the recipient of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers Leadership and Activity Award. Wuest has been a member of the society for the past two years and has served as both secretary and vice president. Wuest earned his degree in agricultural engineering.

Jill Zimmerman of Platteville was awarded the Saddle and Sirloin Leadership and Activity Award. Saddle and Sirloin is designed for students who are interested in meat animals and their products. Zimmerman has been a member of the club for the past four years, serving as Chairmen of a wide variety of events. Zimmerman has also been an active member of the Badger Dairy Club and the Association of Women in Agriculture. She earned her bachelor”s degree in meat and animal science.

WALSAA is a not-for-profit organization established in 1972. Its 2,000 members are former students of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Farm and Industry Short Course program, as well as friends of the college. Each year WALSAA raises thousands of dollars for student scholarships.