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CAFES Recognizes Outstanding Students, Teachers in Agriculture

MAY 4, 2007--The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls held its 41 st annual banquet on April 26. The theme for the evening was CAFES: Bringing in the Cream of the Crop. The college recognized Jennifer Weinert as top academic senior; Adam Ward as outstanding senior; and Anthony Jilek as outstanding teacher.

Weinert, a senior animal science major from Bruce, Wis., was awarded the Rochelle Junkman Seymour Award for top senior academic honors. The recognition goes to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average within the college.

Ward, a graduating dairy science major from Arpin, Wis., received the Dr. Hildebrand Memorial Award as outstanding CAFES senior after being nominated by Tom Goerke, department of animal and food science.

During Ward's college career he has been an active member of Dairy Club, participating in many activities and contests including Midwest and National meetings of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). Last year he served as president of the Student Affiliate Division of the Midwest ADSA. Ward has also served on the CAFES Student Advisory Council. He was a participant in the Midwest and National Dairy Challenges, helped with preparations for the Minnesota and Wisconsin FFA Agricultural Technology Contests, and has participated in the academic quadrathlon that won second at regionals this year.

"I was surprised, very much surprised," said Ward. "I was not notified beforehand that I had received this award. Dr. Steve Kelm called my parents, and they surprised me at the banquet so when I met up with them I began to wonder what exactly was going on!"

Jilek, named the 2007 Outstanding Teacher in CAFES, joined UWRF and the animal and food science department in 1981. In addition to instructing several animal science-related courses including genetics, biometrics, and animal breeding, he has served as academic advisor to undergraduates in the animal science department as well as advisor for Alpha Zeta and the UWRF Rodeo Club.

Jilek is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Zeta, and belongs to the Wisconsin-Nicaragua partners. After 26 years of continued support and service to UWRF, he will be retiring this year.

Other academic honors and scholarships were also awarded at the banquet.


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