2012 Alumni Society Award Recipients

Student Leadership Award

Luke Nichols, '12 B.S. Environmental Sciences Policy & Mgmt

Luke has a long history of involvement in campus and community life in his 4 years on campus. He early on set a goal to make an impact as a student leader when he arrived on campus and has continued to develop his leadership skills, all of which have had positive impacts within CFANS and across campus. He is the current president of the CFANS Student Board, CFANS Senator, and Student Representative to the CFANS Alumni Society Board of Directors, and he has served on several other college and university-level committees. Luke has taken advantage of multiple opportunities during his career in CFANS, has achieved success academically, and has provided strong leadership for CFANS student government.

Luke Nichols and Kristen WingertKristen Wingert, '12 B.S. Agricultural Education

Kristen is an excellent leader who sets high expectations and leads by example. As President of the Agricultural Education Club, she engages other students and respects varying opinions as she plans club events and motivates members. Kristen also serves as the Vice-President for Collegiate Agri-Women and is an active member of the Gopher Dairy Club. At the national level, Kristen served as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention Intern; at the state level Kristen has represented the University of Minnesota as a state Soybean Ambassador and on the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Board. She has taken full advantage of the multiple opportunities the College offers for academics, organizational involvement, leadership development, and career placement, and has served as an outstanding leader and ambassador for our college.

Outstanding Friend Award

Tom RothmanTom Rothman

Tom has played a major role in sharing information about the College's research, education and outreach with Greater Minnesota. As a radio reporter he interviews Dean Allen Levine regularly about current topics related to the agricultural industry. In March of 2011 Tom was invited and agreed to support the student group Universities Fighting World Hunger by serving as the moderator for their event, The US Farm Bill, What's it all About?, and he will be participating again this year. Through his promotion of the college Tom has been a valuable supporter of CFANS mission and priorities.

Distinguished Staff Award

Janelle SchnadtJanelle Schnadt, Administrative Professional, Dept of Forest Resources

Janelle's service to the University spans three decades and her spirit of excellence has touched literally thousands of students and other University community members. She is involved in supporting students, alumni and faculty/staff in the Division of Environmental Policy, Science and Management where she goes beyond any job duties associated with her position and creates a family-like atmosphere. Janelle is an advcoate of the environment both professionally and personally. The work that she does supports the future, current and even retired professionals in environmental policy, science and management. Personally, she supports a variety of non-profits and events that support the environment. Janelle is the friendly face of her division and has had a signficant impact through her relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff and donors.

Distinguished Faculty Award

Jim LinnJim Linn, Professor (retired), Dept of Animal Science

Dr. Jim Linn has demonstrated his leadership in teaching, research and outreach for several decades. His desire to see a successful Minnesota dairy industry is second to none. As head of the Department of Animal Science, he leads the faculty and staff while also having a teaching and research load. He is also one of the key leaders within Minnesota's dairy industry.

Alumni Advocate Award

Chuck WaltersChuck Walters

Chuck has been a lifetime supporter of the university, a leader in his community and active in promoting the cause of agriculture. He was a charter member in the establishment of one of the first farmer cooperative ethanol plants in Western Minnesota to create added value to his corn. He has been a State Fair crops judge for more than 25 years. In 2010, Chuck chaired the effort to create the "Cardwell Endowed Scholarship" in Agronomy. He has been instrumental in efforts to contact alumni and tell the story of agronomy and agriculture. He has made significant contributions of his time and leadership to address the challenges of meeting the needs of agriculture and ensuring that quality students of all economic levels have the opportunity to share in the experiences and education he found so enriching.

Alumni Service Award

John FoleyJohn Foley, '71 B.S., '73 M.S., '78 Ph.D Animal Science

John is a CFANS grad with a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D in Animal Science. He is currently the Formulation Portfolio Manager at Feed Management Systems, a subsidiary Cargill. John first became a mentor for the college in 1994. Since that time he has mentored more than 12 students. He is always willing to support students in their career exploration and is among the most frequent volunteers to conduct mock interviews in the Career and Internship Services career classes.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Leslie PetersonLes Peterson, '50 B.S. Agricultural Education

Ever since his graduation from CFANS in 1950 with a degree in Agricultural Education, Les has been giving back. Les spent 2 years serving his country in the Army during the Korean War. When he returned home, he began farming and working at Farmers State Bank. He has ardently promoted educational opportunities, and has always been a strong supporter of the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) and Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE). Les is a lifelong educator and mentor. As an agricultural banker, Les has helped countless individuals get their start in farming. As a farmer, Les truly understands the costs, rewards, challenges, and opportunities in agriculture. Les has spent his life helping others succeed. His ethical, sound approach has always served his customers, his community, and the entire agricultural industry well.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ed FrederickEdward Frederick, Professor, U of MN Extension; '54 B.S. Agricultural Education, '55 M.S., '57 Ph.D Dairy Husbandry

Dr. Edward Frederick has provided a lifetime of leadership and service to his local community, numerous state and national organizations, CFANS, and the University of Minnesota. He is respected for his passion and outstanding contributions to food, agriculture, and natural resources. Ed received three degrees from the University – BS in Agricultural Education in 1951, MS and PhD in Dairy Husbandry in 1955 and 1957 respectively. His first position was as an animal scientist and instructor at the Northwest School and Experiment Station, Crookston. In 1964 he joined the Southern School and Experiment Station in Waseca as the superintendent. In 1969 he became the provost (now known as chancellor) of the University of Minnesota, Waseca campus. In 1990 he became a Senior Fellow at the University, a position he still holds.