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April 2007

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Along the South Fork

Alumni News

Alma Maters

About People


Faculty, Staff and Students Shine

UWRF faculty, staff and students have received numerous accolades this academic year.


Assistant professor Roark Atkinson has a book manuscript under contract with the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press. “Invisible Plantations: Religious Violence, Occult Healing and Witchcraft in the Scottish Atlantic World, 1590-1820” examines the interconnectedness of the popular healing practices, religious beliefs and popular justice that flourished in the 18th century and shaped the American South. The book is slated to come off the presses in 2008.

Larry Baumann, professor in the department of animal and food science, received the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association for his contributions to the veterinary medicine profession in the state.

Kathy Gaffer, a junior art education major from New Richmond, Wis., was elected to the Wisconsin Art Education Association as a student representative.

Textile art student Tracy Herlache, Lake Elmo, Minn., received Honorable Mention at the Schaht Student Showcase: A Juried Exhibit of Woven Textiles for her tapestry, “Fall Veins.” The showcase was held at Kendall College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Sophomore dairy science major Londa Johnson, La Crescent, Minn., is the National Beef Ambassador. Johnson competed in the national competition after being named the Minnesota Beef Ambassador last fall.

Recent graduate Terry Jorgenson, Cottage Grove, Minn., was named the Outstanding Student Teacher by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.


Psychology professor Cynthia Kernahan, in conjunction with Terry Karis at UW-Stout and Nancy Chick and Cary Komoto at UW-Barron County, was awarded $39,829 by the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development to research student thinking in diversity courses.

Sage Lavant, a senior psychology major from Hudson, Wis., presented her paper on the retention rate of UWRF students at the Association for Institutional Research-Upper Midwest conference. Lavant prepared a poster presentation and was asked to convene a session—a high honor for an undergraduate.

Jane Norman, a senior political science major from Hudson, Wis., traveled to Washington, D.C. during spring semester 2006 to participate in the first ever U.S. Model House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol complex.

Amy Robak, a conservation major from Foley, Minn., was a national winner in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Entrepreneurship—Placement for her work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services and the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District.


Purnendu Vasavada, professor of food science, was invited to participate in the 20th Food Science and Technology Congress, held in Curitiba, Brazil, to present his paper “The Need of Microbiological Testing for Assuring Food Safety.”

Elizabeth Barnett, a junior business administration and economic major from St. Paul, and Tera Lazarre, a junior psychology major from Cokato, Minn., were selected as the 2006-07 Campus Compact Student Civic Leadership Fellows. The Campus Compact program links fellows from campuses in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin through participation in a Student Leadership Institute, service as Campus Compact Ambassadors, and coordination of at least one civic engagement event on campus.

Seniors Amy Fox, Cannon Falls, Minn., and Peter Tufigno, Wyoming, Minn., received the top two student paper competition prizes at the 2006 Association of American Geographers Joint Annual Meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division and the West Lakes Division.

Four students received U.S. Department of Agriculture Multicultural Scholars Grants to study in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences: Ted Cannady, a freshman agricultural business major from River Falls; Lakiesha Townsell, a freshman agricultural business major from Milwaukee; Howard Anderson, a freshman marketing communications major from Milwaukee; and Sarah Nielsen, a freshman biotechnology major from Maplewood, Minn.

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