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UWRF Bestows Outstanding Service Awards

JAN. 5, 2009--A nationally known family-owned nursery and an engineer, both of whom have provided support and technical assistance to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls students, are the recipients of the 2008 Outstanding Service Awards.

Bailey Nurseries, a St. Paul-based fourth generation family nursery, and Mike Beyer, of the Eaton Corp., recently received the highest honor awarded to an organization or individual outside UWRF and were recognized at the University’s commencement ceremony in December.

"Bailey Nurseries and Mike Beyer have dedicated so much of their time and resources in developing opportunities for enhancing educational experiences for so many,” UWRF interim Chancellor Connie Foster said. "They are exceptional friends to UW-River Falls, and its faculty, staff and students.”

Beyer, an engineer, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UWRF in 1993, is a regular guest lecturer, student mentor and philanthropist to UWRF and has contributed funding and expertise to student members of the American Society of Agricultural Engineering Technology.

Beyer was nominated by members of the agricultural engineering technology department and department chair Dean I. Olson. Nominating Bailey Nurseries for more than 30 years of service to the horticulture program and its students was Terry Ferriss, plant and earth sciences department chair.

Over many years, UWRF horticulture classes have taken field trips to Bailey locations in Cottage Grove, Hastings and St. Paul to see a wide variety of processes and procedures, including propagation techniques, greenhouse operations and field production.

Bailey also has donated significant plants material, including fruit trees for research and provided internships and an annual $1,000 scholarship for a UWRF horticulture student.

Beyer arranged for the donation of three diesel engines to the department, which were each valued at about $10,000, and donations for equipment valued at about $85,000 for the Agricultural Engineering Technology program and the Laboratory Farm. He has donated his own time, expertise and financial support to UWRF students in many ways including volunteering time to work with American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers students on product management and design.

The honors were conferred by interim Chancellor Connie Foster during Fall Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 20, based on the recommendation of the Faculty Senate External Relations Committee.


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