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Splett Named UW-RF Distinguished Teacher
By Malisa Hyland
UW-RF University Communications
MAY 5, 2006--Nate Splett, professor of agricultural economics and interim
dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, has
been awarded the 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award, the highest award the
University bestows upon its faculty.
Splett holds a B.S. in agricultural education and an M.S. in agricultural
economics from UW-River Falls as well as a Ph.D. in agricultural economics
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a research
assistant and fellow at UI and has also been a visiting lecturer at the
Academy of National Economy in Moscow, Russia.
Prior to teaching at UW-River Falls, Splett was a vocational agriculture
instructor in the Barron and Turtle Lake high schools, a loan officer
for Production Credit Association and a supervisor for the Farm Credit
Administration. He has also served as a consultant to agriculture-oriented
financial institutions and taught at UW-Stout.
Splett teaches introductory agricultural economics, advanced microeconomic
theory, agricultural accounting, agricultural law, farm management and
horticulture management at UW-River Falls. Splett received the Advisor
of the Year Award in 2005.
Splett is a member of the Bloomer Historical Society, Christ Lutheran
Church, Scandinavian Cemetery Association, and Barron County Woodland
Owners Association as well as former president of the CAFES Alumni Association.
He is also a former chair of the UW-River Falls department of agricultural
In addition to teaching, Splett has received several agricultural grants
and his research articles have been published in journals including Agribusiness,
Agriculture Financial Review, Journal of Dairy Science and others.
Chancellor Don Betz noted, "Helping students learn is what UW-River
Falls is about. Nate Splett is most deserving of this honor. He is truly
a role model for all of us who are committed to preparing students for
productive lives in the 21st Century.
The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest award presented at UW-River
Falls. Selection is based on nominations by graduating seniors and recent
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