Twelve students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) were named as the winners of the Outstanding Sophomore Awards by the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) and the Daughters of Demeter.
Students will receive a $1,000 scholarship, applicable to the 2008-2009 school years. Winners were selected from a talented pool of applicants based on their academic achievements, leadership experience on campus, and involvement in community service.
Winners include: Michelle Brenner, biochemistry/Spanish; Elizabeth Chadwick, biology; Claudia Hardie, dairy science; Lydia Hardie, dairy science; Alex Newman, genetics; Katherine Pankratz, animal science; Sunyoung Park, Neurobiology; Karrie Ann Radovich, Biology; Amber Rassbach, biology and Spanish; Ashley Sprengeler, dairy science; Sally Turpin, animal science and agronomy; and Leng Xiong, biology.
Students will be recognized at a luncheon with representatives from WALSAA, Daughters of Demeter, and CALS Dean Molly Jahn on Friday, May 2, 2008.
WALSAA will also recognize their newly elected officers. Elizabeth Henry (BS '83. MBA '96) was elected as president. She is employed as a program specialist in the Renk Agribusiness Institute. Henry and her husband Joe also operate a seed corn farm and reside in Dane, Wis.
Merle Richter (BS '72) was elected as vice- president. He is a retired high school agricultural instructor who resides in of Bloomer, Wis. with his wife Kay.
Robert Kaczmarek, a former WALSAA president, was elected treasurer (BS'80). Kaczmarek is a CPA with Virchow Krause and resides in Kenosha, Wis., with his wife Victoria. WALSAA is an alumni organization that works to connect, serve, and advance the UW-CALS. The Daughters of Demeter was founded in 1917 as a charitable organization consisting of spouses of CALS faculty.