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Wisconsin Alumni Tent to Debut at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2008

JUNE 6, 2008--The University of Wisconsin campuses at Madison, Platteville and River Falls along with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) are jointly sponsoring an Alumni Tent at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2008, July 15-17.  

Each day of the three-day event, alumni are invited to gather to renew old friendships, greet former instructors, enjoy refreshments and make new acquaintances. The 40' x 40' alumni tent will be located on Sixth Street and will be divided into two sections to accommodate two groups of alumni at one time. Special meeting times for UW-River Falls and UW-Platteville alumni are between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. each day, and alumni from UW-Madison and the WTCS are invited to specially meet from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the tent.

Traditionally each campus held an alumni reception off-site on one of the evenings during the event. Organizers hope that the new central location within the venue will strengthen the event. "We have many UWRF graduates stop by our booth in the Agribusiness tent, but because of family or work obligations, or the need to travel a distance, a significant number of alumni could not stay into the evening for the reception," said Jerry Nechville, a professor of agricultural engineering technology at UW-River Falls.

Other campus representatives said they also faced a similar predicament, and the concept of an on-site central meeting space for alumni evolved. Jim Gibson, who is education director of agriculture and natural resources for WTCS, said he is pleased that the Farm Technology Days committee agreed to try this new initiative. "The group is motivated to work towards making this new event a success for all," Gibson said.

Together the three UW campuses and the WTCS have an average annual enrollment of more than 5,000 students in undergraduate agriculture and agriculture-related programs.

Since Farm Technology Days began in 1954, tens of thousands of students have passed through the doors of UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls or one of the Wisconsin Technical College campuses and gone on to productive careers in agriculture.  

For more information contact Sevie Kenyon, UW-Madison, 608-263-4781; mark Zidon, UW-Platteville, 608-342-1391; Jerry Nechville, UW-River Falls, 715-425-3985; or Jim Gibson, WTCS, 608-266-2412.


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