Recognition and Awards
Each year CALS recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities, to their chosen career fields, and to the citizens of the state and the nation. CALS has three awards: The Honorary Recognition Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and The Distinguished Alumni Award.
2013 Honorary Recognition Banquet and Ceremony
- Thursday, October 17, 2013. 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Dinner
- Varsity Room, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison
- Registration is closed
- Please call 608/262-4930 for more information
Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. in Lot 17 (1525 Engineering Drive) and Lot 20 (1390 University Avenue). Additional parking is available for a fee in the Union South parking garage (enter on Dayton Street).
2013 Honorary Recognition Award Recipients
Roger Blobaum, an agricultural consultant, has been a leader in organic farming research, education, advocacy, and policymaking since the early 1970s. He has served on boards of more than 30 regional, national, and international organic and sustainable agriculture organizations, including Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
Pam Jahnke is known to many as the voice of agriculture in Wisconsin. She was president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) and is currently the Farm Director of Wisconsin Farm Report Radio. Her enthusiasm for agriculture is contagious with community members of all ages.
John Ruedinger is an accomplished dairy farmer and cooperative leader who was an early innovator in the expansion of the family dairy operation. A fire that destroyed much of his family farm over a decade ago made John and his wife, Karen, question their willingness to continue farming. Instead of throwing in the towel, they rebuilt the farm to be even bigger and better.
Allan Schultz is the Vice President of VP Holdings Corporation and Vita Plus Corporation. Raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Al found his passion and came to the UW-Madison to receive a bachelor of science in 1972, a master of science in 1974 and a PhD in 1991 in dairy science. Al is a dedicated and visionary leader, and a great supporter of the college.
2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Henry Fribourg is an emeritus professor of Crop Ecology at the University of Tennessee where he worked since 1956. He received his bachelor of science degree in Agronomy and Soil Science from the UW-Madison in 1949 and went on to receive a master of science from Cornell University and a PhD from Iowa State University. Since then, he has traveled the world and mastered several languages while spreading his knowledge about forage management, crop ecology and agricultural climatology.
2013 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Warren “Buck” Gabelman came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from Yale in 1949 and began the CALS hybrid vegetable breeding program. He developed and released over 75 vegetable inbreds, hybrids or cultivars, and virtually every consumer of table beets, processing carrots or long-storage onions in North or South American, Europe, Japan or Australia has benefited from germplasm from his program. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work as an excellent vegetable breeder and prolific teacher.
About the Awards
The Honorary Recognition Award- Established in 1909, this award was championed by Dean Harry L. Russell and Wisconsin Governor William D. Hoard. This award Honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership, integrity and unselfish service, making significant contributions in the areas of agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and social science. Over the past 100 years, the College has saluted over 500 individuals who have given both time and talent to improve the lives of many and enrich society for us all.
The Distinguished Service Award- This award was established in 1994 in celebration of the College's excellent faculty and staff. This award recognized University faculty and staff members for exceptionally meritorious service to the College and University, to citizens of Wisconsin, and to the people around the nation and the world.
The Distinguished Alumni Award- Introduced in 2009, this award recognized a career of outstanding achievement through extraordinary contributions to one's chosen field or an exemplary record of public service.