Class Notes

In Memory: Marlyn William Wacholz '69

Marlyn William Wacholz '69 received his Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota. He was born in Mansfield, Minnesota on his family's farm. Marlyn taught agriculture and farm management to high school students for 15 years, before moving on to work at various institutions of higher education across Minnesota. He eventually became the president of Riverland Technical college in Rochester, Minnesota. Marlyn was a proud leader in the Future Farmers of America and was inducted into their hall of fame for his exceptional work.

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

In Memory: Bob Morrison

The North American swine industry suffered a great loss on Tuesday, May 2, as Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota veterinary professor, was killed in a two-vehicle accident in the Czech Republic.

Two others traveling with Morrison were also killed that afternoon when the vehicle they were in collided with another vehicle, according to the Associated Press. Also killed in the accident were Pam Wetzell and Deb Spronk.


Posted on: June 19, 2017

In Memory: Arvid Knudtson ‘50, ‘54, ‘57

Arvid Knudtson '50, '54, '57, prominent CFANS graduate and winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award for alumni, passed away on May 26, 2017. Born in Chisholm, Minnesota, Arvid will be remembered as a savvy businessman, admired mentor, loving father and adored husband. Arvid began a lifelong affair with academics at Hibbing Junior College, where he worked towards a bachelor's degree and ran a feed store. He then moved to Minneapolis to complete his degree at the University of Minnesota. He would go on to receive a master's degree as well as a Doctorate in Agricultural Economics at the U.

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

In Memory: Stanley Diesch ‘51

A Siehl Prize Laureate, proud FarmHouser, former Honorary Consul to Uruguay, and 3-time University of Minnesota alumnus, Diesch was a beloved leader and collaborator. Diesch received his Bachelors of Science from what was then called the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics in 1951. He then received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956 and his Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in 1963.  


Posted on: June 13, 2017

In Memory: Orvin Burnside

Former head of the Department Agronomy and Plant Genetics, honored veteran, respected professor, and beloved family-man Orvin Burnside passed away on May 29, 2017. Orvin was born on June 9th, 1932 and raised on a dairy farm in Hawley, Minnesota. He grew up surrounded by his nine siblings and adoring parents. Orvin enlisted in the army during the Korean War where he served as a Army Officer, eventually achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Central Intelligence Corps. He taught at UNL as a professor of weed science for many years before returning to his home state of Minnesota. There he accepted the position of Department Head of Agronomy & Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

In Memory: Professor Emeritus Dale Dahl

Professor Emeritus Dale Dahl received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1964. Dahl served for 39 years as a professor in the Department of Applied Economics and adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School. 


Posted on: June 12, 2017

Recent graduate Siemers-Peterman ‘17 selected as 70th Alice in Dairyland

Crystal Siemers-Peterman '17 has been named Wisconsin's 70th Alice in Dairyland following a ceremony at Lambeau Field on May 14. Alice in Dairyland is a full-time public relations professional employed by the state's division of agricultural development. Each year, she travels more than 40,000 miles throughout the state and nation, promoting Wisconsin products to audiences of all ages and types. Siemers-Peterman recently completed her Bachelors degree in Agricultural and Food Business Management with a minor in Marketing.


Posted on: June 10, 2017

Eichler ‘00 receives federal grant to support agricultural education efforts in Texas

Matthew Eichler, Ph.D. '00 and his colleagues at Texas State University have recently received nearly $400,000 in federal grants to support agricultural education efforts in Texas.  Eichler is an associate professor and coordinator of graduate programs in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University, and received his Bachelors in Agricultural Education in 2000 from CFANS. 


Posted on: June 9, 2017

Landwehr ‘16 comes full circle at MnTAP

University of Minnesota’s Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) staff matches third and fourth year college students with local companies and municipalities that want assistance with addressing long-term challenges. Most of the interns are students from the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Many are majoring in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and environmental health.

Being a MnTAP intern strongly influenced Nathan Landwehr’s career plans. He completed internships in 2015 and 2016 before earning his Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the U and becoming MnTAP's internship program administrator. 


Posted on: June 9, 2017

With roots in the School of Agriculture, Bailey Nurseries continue to thrive

In 1905, John Vincent Bailey Jr., a member of the School of Agriculture’s class of 1896, eagerly launched a vegetable production business with $10 seed capital. From that humble beginning, Bailey Nurseries has grown to become one of the nation’s largest nurseries. Today, Bailey’s statistical accomplishments are impressive — more than 800 varieties of woody plants, as well as hundreds of annuals and perennials; annual production of two million shade trees, five million shrubs, one million hardy shrub roses, 400,000 fruit trees, and 200,000 flats of bedding plants. Even more impressive than the numbers, however, is the company’s dedication to the land and the people who have fueled their success.  The company's recent feature in the Star Tribune showcases the company's family story and its continued innovation. 


Posted on: June 7, 2017