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Farm and Industry Short Course invites alumni back to campus


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) invites alumni back to the Madison campus on Saturday, June 7.

“We are excited to welcome our alumni back to campus for a great program, insider tours of some campus facilities and the opportunity to network with each other,” says Jessie Potterton, FISC Interim Director. “Campus has changed quite a bit in recent years and we look forward to highlighting some of those changes.”

Guests will gather at DeJope Hall (near the Lakeshore Path) beginning at 10 a.m. The program begins at 11 a.m. and will feature CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch, Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) Board President Bryan Renk, FISC alumnus Bob Behnke, current FISC students and of course, Bucky Badger and members of the UW Marching Band.

After a delicious lunch, guests can choose one of four campus tours: The state-of-the-art D.C. Smith Greenhouse, the newly renovated Dairy Cattle Center, behind-the-scenes at Camp Randall Stadium, or a look at Jorns and Humphrey Halls, the FISC dormitories. Tours begin at 2 p.m. Guests are also invited to stick around for an additional tour of the CALS campus at 3 p.m.

Information can be found at Early registration is encouraged to secure a spot in the optional tours. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door (check or credit card only). DeJope Hall is located at 640 Elm Dr. Parking is free in lots 43, 57, 58, and 62. For a map of campus, visit

FISC is the longest running agricultural education program in the state. The program 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 16 weeks with dozens of instructors teaching more than 55 courses.

For more information contact FISC at 608-263-3918 or email: