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Wisconsin ag alumni officers announced

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association board of directors recently elected Jennifer Vincent as president and Steven J. Thomas as vice president of WALSAA. Both are graduates of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Vincent graduated with a degree in food science. Originally from Watertown, she now resides in Sun Prairie with her husband, Preston. Vincent works for Kraft Foods – Oscar Mayer in Madison, where she is an associate scientist in the research and development department. As the new president, Vincent has begun serving a second three-year term on the Board.

Thomas is an animal sciences graduate and as vice president will be serving his second term on the board. Thomas and his wife, Janelle, and children Zachary and Jaclyn live in Onalaska. Thomas grew up on a diversified livestock operation near Cobb in southwestern Wisconsin. He is employed by Monsanto Dairy as the sales representative covering western Wisconsin.

The WALSAA board of directors makes decisions regarding the organization”s budget, projects and programs. The board consists of two student representatives, a faculty representative, a representative of the Short Course alumni board, and a secretary-treasurer appointed by the dean of CALS. The other 12 directors consist of alumni elected for three-year terms.

WALSAA is a not-for-profit Wisconsin corporation established in 1972. Its purpose is to support and strengthen the educational effectiveness of CALS at the UW-Madison and to maintain a close spirit of cooperation between alumni, the College and Wisconsin agriculture.

WALSAA has more than 2,000 members. Membership is open to all former students of the College”s degree and Short Course programs, as well as friends of the College.