May 15, 1998
Hard-working, caring, thorough and dedicated are among the words used to describe the recipient of this year's Outstanding College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Faculty Teaching Award at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Professor Louis J. Greub received the award for his commitment to excellence in the plant and earth science department.
Greub has influenced countless students and colleagues during his 30 years at the University, said Dean Gary Rohde in recently announcing the award.
Throughout the years, Greub has served as an adviser to judging teams, the Crops and Soils Club, has organized crop contests, and supervised crop judging. One student noted that Greub is "obviously a teacher who wants you to understand what he is teaching."
Colleagues praise his "stickler" attitude for quality lab materials that have resulted in current, complete, and properly taught labs.
Greub devotes his summers to research, and visiting and supervising interns. His research findings are consistently published and presented at professional associations, meetings and conferences, including a presentation at the 1997 International Grassland Congress Proceedings in Canada.
Greub wrote the textbook "Crop Production," which is prominently used in high schools and colleges throughout the United States. In 1993 he was recognized as Wisconsin Forage Council Educator of the Year.
Greub has also shared his talents internationally, traveling to Latvia, Russia and Poland to learn about the forages in those countries and provide advice. He was instrumental in arranging donations to purchase a no-till drill to improve agriculture in Poland.
Greub received his bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls in 1963 and earned a master's degree in crop production and a doctorate in agronomy and plant physiology at Iowa State. He joined the faculty at UW-RF in 1968, and currently teaches Introduction to Plant Science, Plant and Seed Identification, Forage Crop Production, Pasture Production, Integrated Pest Management, and Introduction to Plant Science for the Extended Degree Program.
In his spare time, the professor enjoys playing his concertina with his polka band, the "Polka Pals." He also enjoys fishing, traveling, cutting wood and "striking up a conversation" with a friend on his HAM radio.
Greub plans to leave teaching after the 1998-99 school year.
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