William Mahanna, was named 1985 Distinguished Teacher. Mahanna joined the UW-River Falls animal and food science faculty in 1981 and teaches courses in general animal science, animal hygiene and dairy management. He also teaches Japanese karate in the physical education department and through the university's extension program.
Mahanna has coached the university's Dairy Cattle Judging Team and has been co-adviser to the Dairy Club and adviser to the JKA Karate Club.
In nominating Mahanna for the award, a graduate of the class of 1982 said, "Bill put contagious enthusiasm into his work."
A graduating senior said, "Dr. Mahanna is an outstanding teacher with genuine love for his work and concern for his students and colleagues."