May 17, 2002
UW-RF Dairy Club Hold Annual Banquet
UW-River Falls Dairy Club held its annual awards banquet on April 25 at Coachman's Supper Club in Baldwin, Wis., with students, alumni, faculty, and members of the dairy industry.
Liz and Todd Doornink of Baldwin, Wis., were named "Friend of the Dairy Club." The Doorninks, co-owners of Julimar Dairy in Baldwin, were recognized for their contributions to the dairy industry and to the UW-RF Dairy Science program. Both Doorninks are active in the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, with Todd Doonink serving as a member of the board of directors. They are also active in other farm organizations. Their service to UW-RF includes hosting several student farm tours annually and helping conduct the biannual "Holstein Highlights" heifer cattle sale.
Four students were recognized for their contributions to the Dairy Club during the past school year. Sarah Day of Lakeville, Minn., majoring in dairy science, was named Outstanding Freshman; Luke Buttles of Black Creek, majoring in dairy science, was named Outstanding Sophomore; Aimee Finley of St. Charles, Minn., majoring in agricultural education, was named Outstanding Junior; and Jeannie Winkelman of Watertown, majoring in dairy science, was named Outstanding Senior. Day received a $200 scholarship to attend the national meeting of the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division, in Quebec, Canada, in July.
The Dairy Club also awarded three scholarships to members in recognition of superior academic achievement and service to the Dairy Club. Chris Peterson, from Lindstrom, Minn., majoring in dairy science, was awarded the Freshman Scholarship of $125; Dennis Bangart, from Auburndale, Wis., majoring in dairy science, was awarded the Sophomore Scholarship of $150; and Finley was awarded the Junior Scholarship of $175.
Gregg Hadley, assistant professor of agricultural economics at UW-RF, was the keynote speaker. Hadley, a new faculty member with extensive experience in the dairy industry, spoke of the challenges and opportunities facing the dairy industry today.
New officers for 2002-03 were installed: Finley as president; Josh Jens, a sophomore from Plymouth, Minn., majoring in animal science, as vice president; Josetta Halbur, a freshman from Fond du Lac, majoring in agricultural marketing communications, as second vice-president; Luke Miller, a junior from Lewiston, Minn., majoring in agricultural business, as treasurer; Erin Nelson, a freshman from Dassel, Minn., majoring in agricultural business, as secretary.
Also elected were Sarah Clemenson, a sophomore from Zumbrota, Minn., majoring in agricultural marketing communications, as publicity officer; Leslie Shuler, a junior from Oneida, majoring in agricultural marketing communications, as yearbook editor; Day as yearbook business manager; Aaron Schroht, a junior from Owatonna, Minn., majoring in dairy science, alumni relations officer; Stephanie Omtvedt, a junior from New Auburn, majoring in animal science, as historian.
Also elected were Rhonda Rusch, a junior from Seymor, majoring in dairy science, as CAFES Advisory Committee Senior Representative; Brenda Cavanaugh, a freshman from Reedsville, majoring in agricultural marketing communications as CAFES Advisory Committee Junior Representative; Buttles as parliamentarian; and Marcus Hollmann of the Federal Republic of Germany as usher.
The UW-RF Dairy Club is a professional student organization, open to all students, and devoted to education, service, leadership, fellowship, and career development within agriculture and the dairy industry. With 122 members, it is the largest student organization on the UW-RF campus and the largest collegiate dairy club in the United States.
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