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Farm and Industry Short Course Reunion Set for January 29

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, Wisconsin’s longest-running agricultural education program, invites alumni and friends to help celebrate its 126th anniversary at its annual reunion on Saturday, January 29 at the Coliseum Bar and Banquet.

The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. social hour followed by luncheon at 12:15 p.m. and a post-reunion social hour with complimentary refreshments. Polka music will be provided by Bob Kauffman and the Ambassadors. There will also be an appearance by members of the UW Marching Band.

The program will include presentation of the Service to Agriculture Award and the Friend of Short Course Award, and a talk on “Protecting America’s Food Supply” by John Shutske, associate dean in the UW’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and director of UW-Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program.

Special recognition will be given to the classes of 2001, 1991 and 1981 as they celebrate decadal reunions, and to all alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. A variety of door prizes will be given out.

Alumni and friends can sign up for the reunion online at uwalumni.com/shortcourse. Tickets cost $18 ($16 for current students) for those who register by January 21 or $23 at the door (check or credit card only). The Coliseum Bar and Banquet, now under new ownership, is located near the Alliant Energy Center at 232 Olin Avenue in Madison.

“This is a great opportunity to renew old friendships and network with peers and other alumni. It helps people stay connected and informed about the changes taking place with the short course program,” says Ted Halbach, Farm and Industry Short Course Director.

The short course was established on the Madison campus in 1885, predating the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences by four years. The first session ran for 12 weeks and was taught by four professors. Today’s program runs 17 weeks with dozens of instructors teaching more than 50 courses.

For more information contact FISC’s Kimberley Brudny at 608-263-3918 or email: fisc@cals.wisc.edu.