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Sept. 5, 2003


Schraufnagel Named Outstanding Teacher at UW-River Falls

UW-River Falls agricultural economics Professor Stan Schraufnagel was named Outstanding Teacher for 2002-03 for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

This is not the first University award that Schraufnagel has received. In 2002 he was selected as the UW-RF Adviser of the Year.

Students and colleagues praise his performance in teaching, scholarship and service. Agricultural economics Professor Lewis May said, "He works hard at learning new material for his courses. He puts significantly more time into preparing for classes than anyone I have ever met."

Another colleague said, "Stan would be the first to tell you that he is not the University's shining star. In fact, he would probably tell you about how lucky he is to have a department that will keep him around to teach the stuff that others donŐt want to teach. Then he would talk about the outstanding talents of everyone else in the department, the college or the University."

One student commented, "He enriches the educational journey of students through his commitment to improving his teaching."

Schraufnagel was very pleased to receive this award and credited his colleagues for helping him in his career. "It's a really special honor. I've learned a lot about teaching from my colleagues. I must have been a good student, because I have adopted a lot of their ideas and have become reasonably good at it."

Until recently, Schraufnagel also held a part-time Coop Extension appointment as a farm management specialist. He served as a state leader and advocate for the FINPACK program for farm financial management. He was also recognized as a leader on matters concerning crop insurance information and education.

In 2000, he and his family participated in the Wisconsin in Scotland program through UW-RF. He taught several courses there and used the time to refresh his understanding of microeconomics.

Schraufnagel joined the faculty at UW-RF in 1983. He holds a doctorate in agriculture economics from Iowa State University.

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