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Commencement To Be Held May 13
By Malisa Hyland
UW-RF University Communications
MAY 5, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will hold two commencement
ceremonies on Saturday, May 13 in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education
and Recreation Center.
Graduates of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences,
the College of Business and Economics and Graduate Studies are scheduled
at 9:30 a.m., and the graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and
the College of Education and Professional Studies are scheduled at 2 p.m.
Chancellor Don Betz will be conferring the degrees to more than 600 bachelor's
and 76 master's candidates.
Recognized at the ceremony will be the 2006 Distinguished Teacher, Nate
Splett, agricultural economics professor and interim dean of the College
of Agriculture, Food and Animal Science. Splett teaches introductory agricultural
economics, advanced microeconomic theory, agricultural law, farm management
and horticultural management. Along with teaching, he has received several
agricultural grants and his research has been published in journals including
Agribusiness, Agriculture Financial Review, Journal of Dairy Science and
others. Splett was also awarded Advisor of the Year in 2005.
Commencement speakers are from the student body. Selected to address
their peers, professors and guests at the ceremonies are: Michelle Dodge,
from Trego, Wis., majoring in speech communication with a professional/organizational
communication emphasis and a minor in public relations, and Thomas O'Hern,
of Maplewood, Minn., a science in education graduate student.
Dodge's speech, titled "To Believe in Yourself is to Believe in Opportunity,"
will be given at the 2 p.m. ceremony, and O'Hern's speech, titled "University
Greatness," will be given at the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony.
Graduating senior James W. King, an economics major from River Falls,
will sing the national anthem and the UW-River Falls Pledge Song.
The 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, William T. Boehm, Ph.D.,
and the late Dr. Donald Babbitt, will also be recognized at the commencement
Boehm, a 1969 graduate of UW-River Falls, is senior vice president and
president of manufacturing at Cinncinnati-based Kroger Cos. After graduating
from UW-River Falls with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics,
he attended Purdue University where he earned both his masters' and doctorate
in agricultural economics. Boehm has a longstanding involvement with the
National FFA organization and Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, which have recognized
him for his contributions to agriculture and the food industry.
Babbitt, a 1942 graduate of UW-River Falls, was an international pioneer
in pediatric radiology. He received his M.D. degree from the Marquette
University School of Medicine in 1946 and held professorships at the Medical
College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Babbitt's
research was instrumental in the discovery of pancreaticobiliary maljunction,
a disease of the pancreas, and he was known as the world's leading expert
in this area. He was committed to providing children with excellent medical
care regardless of health insurance status. Babbitt's wife, Dr. Katherine
Babbitt, will accept the award on his behalf.
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