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Sigma Alpha-Beta Zeta Chapter Recognized

By Trista Gropp
University Communications

Sigma Alpha Beta Zeta chapterNOV. 9, 2009 | The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Beta Zeta chapter of Sigma Alpha recently took a trip to Indianapolis for its national convention and returned with numerous awards and honors. In addition, advisor Gerald Matteson, a retired UWRF agricultural education professor, was also recognized with the Board’s Choice Award and Advisor of the Year.

At the convention, themed “Accelerating in Agriculture, Lapping the Competition,” the UWRF Beta Zeta Chapter received the Founder’s Cup Award, which is the highest honor a chapter can receive at the national level. This prestigious award is given to a chapter that exhibits excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. The chapter must also submit all national records on time and participate in nationally recognized activities. In addition, it was recognized for a $500 Professional Development Grant and the Emerald Chapter Award for the founding of an alumni chapter.

Sigma Alpha is a professional sorority with women across the nation making a difference in the field of agriculture by participating in philanthropy events and developing their skills to become leaders in the industry. The national convention was National Sigma Alpha’s 31st Anniversary and 30 chapters were represented.

The Beta Zeta chapter of Sigma Alpha includes (photo, from left to right) Katie Wendinger, an elementary education major from New Ulm, Minn., Celsey Carlsen, an agricultural business major from Sheldon, Megan Keune, an agricultural business major from Seymour, Brenda Meyers, former president of Sigma Alpha’s National Board, Amie Stillman, an agricultural education major from Weyauwega, Tracy Loos, a dairy science major from Appleton, Bobbi Schimmer, an agriculture studies/agricultural business major from Little Suamico, Cortney Keiffer, an agricultural business major from Utica, Minn., advisor Gerald Matteson, and Amanda Kunde, an agricultural business major from Winneconne.


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