Ag Fraternity

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

October 3, 1997

UW-RF Alumns Named to Ag Fraternity Honor Roll

by Ellie Walradth
UW-RF News Bureau

UW-River Falls alumni Philip Josephson and William Boehm were among 200 leaders in agriculture and natural resources to be named to the first Centennial Honor Roll of the Fraternity of Alpha Zeta.

Alpha Zeta, founded in 1897 at Ohio State University, is the nation's oldest professional honorary society recognizing leadership, scholarship and service among persons in agriculture and natural resources. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Alpha Zeta chose to honor its distinguished members.

"These AZ members truly represent the breadth and depth of the leadership, scholarship and service of our 100,000 members," said Professor Rae Wilkinson, Alpha Zeta chairman, state 4-H specialist and associate professor at Mississippi State University.

Josephson and Boehm were recognized at the Alpha Zeta Centennial Honor Roll recognition luncheon recently at the Summit on Food, Fiber and the Environment in Columbus, Ohio. Honor Roll recipients, student members and participants in the 1997 Summit attended the luncheon designed to recognize past, present and future leaders in global food, fiber and agriculture.

Josephson of Kansas City, Mo., is the executive director for Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He is a certified association executive for the American Society of Association Executives, president-elect of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives and Rotary International Club president. In addition, Josephson is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Gashland Presbyterian Church and the National Interfraternity Conference.

Being named to the Honor Roll is a "tremendous honor" says Josephson. "It made me proud to be part of the number of stalwarts who gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to receive the award-it makes you feel a little humble."

Josephson graduated from UW-RF in 1972 with a degree in agricultural economics.

"It all started in River Falls-they got me involved initially, and I'm proud of my roots there."

Boehm is the vice president of logistics at the Kroger Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a member of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association and is on the People Working Cooperatively Board of Directors. Boehm was a former assistant professor of agricultural economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also, he was a recipient of the annual USDA Superior Service Award.

Along with these activities, Boehm is on the board of directors for the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, which has a very active chapter at UW-RF.

"It's great to be recognized by my peers and colleagues for contributions to the industry of agriculture," Boehm said of the award.

Graduating from UW-RF with a degree in agricultural economics, Boehm went on to earn master and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

I don't care how much you pay for an education or how prestigious the college is . . . my four years at River Falls were fundamental to my career," Boehm says. "Some of the faculty I was privileged to work with are still friends of mine today."

Also nominated for the award was Gary Rohde, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at UW-RF since 1981. Rohde graduated from UW-RF in 1960 with a degree in Agricultural Education and later earned master and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from UW-Madison.

Other honorees attending the ceremony were U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Richard Rominger; U.S. Senior Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.); William F. Kirk, vice president and general manager of DuPont Agricultural Products; Allen Rider, president of New Holland; Russ Mawby, Kellogg Foundation Chairman; and Clifford Hardin, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary.

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