Centennial Celebration

Centennial: Events

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Join us in celebrating CAFES Centennial year! We have lots in store, from parades and scavenger hunts honoring our history, to the establishment of new traditions and technology taking us into the future. We're excited to showcase the spirit and pride of River Falls! Below you will find an overview of the events scheduled to date…a few more are in the works. Check back often to see what's new as details are confirmed!

Events 2012-2013

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CAFES Banquet

April 2012

April 19 • Centennial Kick-Off and the 45th Annual CAFES Awards Banquet

We will kick-off our Centennial with a special afternoon honoring three groups important to our College and the agricultural industry – our Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalists and our University Distinguished Teachers. The Agricultural Hall of Fame, the wall honoring the Distinguished Agriculturalists, will be rededicated this afternoon. The day will culminate with the annual awards banquet in the University Center Ballroom recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of our students. The reception will take place at 5pm with dinner to follow.

Be sure to submit your favorite memory (story and/or photo) of your time at UWRF. The first 100 people to submit something will be eligible for a $100 gift certificate to the Falcon Shop. The winner will be announced at the CAFES Awards Banquet.

April • Centennial Courtyard

With the coming of spring and the thawing of the ground we'll begin creating a permanent tribute to this historic milestone – the Centennial Courtyard.  The Courtyard will be built in the grassy alcove between the buildings that mean the most to all of us – Ag Science, the Ag Engineering Annex and the Food Science Addition. The goal is to achieve a setting that will be tranquil, imaginative and can be enjoyed by students, staff and visitors for years to come. Stop by to watch our progress during the year, come back in future years to enjoy this new setting.

April 21 • Midwest Horse Fair Alumni Reception

The Midwest Horse Fair® is one of the top 3-day horse fairs in America. Held in Madison, WI, hundreds of clinics, seminars and educational events are presented by some of the top horse professionals from around the country. Over 500 vendor booths offer something for everyone. In what we hope will become an annual tradition, we invite all alumni at the Fair to renew old friendships at the first UWRF Alumni Reception at the Midwest Horse Fair. Join us that Saturday, from 4-6pm in the Michigan Room of the Clarion Suites, right on the grounds of the Alliant Energy Center complex, with a walkway connecting to the Exposition Hall.

Soils Judging TeamMay 2012

May 12 • Crops/Soils Judging Team Alumni Reunion

It's been several years since this group's last reunion. What better time to revive this event than during the Centennial Year! The reunion will take place at the Dairy Learning Center on Mann Valley Farm from 1-4 p.m. Team alumni should watch for your mailed invitations. Plans include an informal potluck picnic for alumni and their families. Questions?: Contact Don Taylor at (715) 425-3395 or

May 11-12 • Golden Jubilee Class Reunion

All Ag alumni from the Class of 1962 are invited to a special “behind the scenes” visit to the College on Friday. The fun continues on Saturday following lunch when the Golden Jubilee Class alumni lead the processional during the afternoon commencement celebration. Invitations will be sent out to the Class of ’62 this spring.

June 2012

June 11-14 • Wisconsin State FFA Convention Alumni Reception

NACTA Conference

Planning on attending the Wisconsin State FFA meeting? Be sure to stop by the CAFES alumni reception on Wednesday, June 13 from 2-3p.m. in Mendota Room 4 of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. We hope to see you there!

June 26-2958th Annual NACTA Conference

CAFES is proud to host the 58th Annual Conference of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). Hundreds of educators from across the country will gather on campus for sessions and workshops Celebrating and Sustaining Agriculture.

June – Sept  • Hometown Celebrations

Homecoming Parade We want to bring the celebration to you and your hometown! So whether it’s at the Burger Fest in Seymour, WI, the Karner Blue Butterfly Festival in Black River Falls or the Cheese Festival in Pine Island, MN, join your fellow alumni on a UWRF CAFES Centennial float in your annual hometown Festival parade! The float can be as simple as a tractor pulling a hay wagon – perfect for holding you, fellow alumni and your families. We’ll provide the banners for the float and help enlist alumni in your area to be on the float.

If you are interested in being on a float in your hometown parade, email us at

July 2012

July 17-19 • Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2012

If you’re coming toFarm Technology Days Alumni Reception Farm Technology Days in Outagamie County be sure to stop by the Alumni Tent. Each day at 11am and 2pm we’re hosting receptions for our alumni.  You can find the tent along N. 6th Street between Wisconsin and Central Avenues.  Current and retired faculty and staff will be around throughout the 3-day event.  Also stop by our CAFES booth in Agribusiness Tent D.

July 18 • Regional Alumni Rendezvous – Appleton

With so many UWRF CAFES alumni on the east side of the state, we needed to do something to acknowledge that! Get together with your fellow “east coast” alumni.

We’re gathering at the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Appleton campus between 6pm and 8pm. The buffet menu features roast beef sandwiches and potato salad.  The campus is easy to get to, just off Hwy 41 on Bluemound Avenue.  On the northwest side of the city. Park in the FVTC North Parking Lot and enter door #16, we'll be gathering in rooms A170 A & B.  For maps please follow this link:

July 28-29 • Orange Spectacular

CAFES will be at Orange Spectacular, July 28-29, 2012 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds outside Hutchinson, MN. This is the largest all Allis-Chalmers show in the nation! Visit our booth in the exposition building. We'll also have the Falcon Pullers 1/4-scale tractor on hand. The team placed 9th out of the 26 teams at the ASABE collegiate competition this year! We hope to see you there!

July • Centennial Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Anyone coming to the campus the month of July can join in the hunt! The scavenger hunt – where you'll discover all kinds of interesting tidbits about the College. Prizes will be awarded! Print the Hunt online here, or stop by the CAFES Dean's Office in the Ag Science Building.

How to play:
The contest is open to all UWRF Community members – faculty, staff, student and alumni. You have the month of July to complete at least 20 of the 25 questions below. Then mail or drop off your completed form to Holli Swisher, 210 Ag Science on or before July 31. You will be entered into a prize drawing to be held August 6, 2012. Prizes include: t-shirts, caps, Falcon Foods gift certificates and more!

August 2012

CAFES will be hosting an alumni get-together at the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna in August. Check back for details on the date, time and specific location.

September 2012

Academic DaySeptember 4 • Academic Day

We’ll welcome the Centennial Class to CAFES on the first day of the 2012-2013 school year!

September 12 • The Birthday

Show your Falcon Pride!  So far we've distributed 100s of our UWRF license plates at alumni events.  To help celebrate the Birthday be sure to put your license plate in a prominent location at your home or workplace.  We've had a couple requests for large license plate banners for field signs, and they are going in the mail-if you have a good location for a 3'x6' banner let us know at celebrate our birthday on campus, we're inviting the entire UWRF campus to our CAFES Birthday Celebration! Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join us for cake and fun right outside of the Ag Science building under the tent between 1:45-4:00pm!

September 22 • Family Day Centennial Text Scavenger Hunt

While families are visiting their favorite student on campus, you'll have the chance to participate in CAFES' family-friendly "text" scavenger hunt. All you need is a phone with texting capabilities and we'll provide the rest! The Scavenger Hunt will be one of many activities you can choose from during the 10a.m. - 3p.m. slot on Saturday. Check back soon for more details on where to start.

September 25 • Amazing Race: Centennial Showdown

CAFES Student Organizations...Now's your chance to show up the UWRF Deans! CAFES is hosting the Amazing Race: Centennial Showdown to celebrate 100 years of agricultural programming. The event will take place on campus during homecoming week on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The first 15 teams of 3 to register online will be accepted. Registration is up!

The Dean's Team will have a slight handicap, a 4th person, but students have the youthful edge! Prizes will be awarded for the first team to finish, the team with the outfit that best represents their club, and maybe aprize along the way! Participants are invited to an ice cream party afterward. Questions? Contact

September 29 • Homecoming 2012

Tractors on Parade
Coming back to campus for Homecoming in 2012? See the Tractors on Parade that will be part of the Homecoming Parade, or better yet, bring your vintage tractor and join the parade! Whether you favor red, green, or're all invited!

If you are interested in bringing your tractor for the parade please email us at

Alumni Hog Roast at the Farm
All alumni are invited to join us at the Dairy Learning Center at the Mann Valley Farm for a hog roast. We will start serving at 4:30 p.m. Bring your family and enjoy kids activities and tours of the farm.

October 2012

October 5World Dairy Expo Alumni ReceptionWorld Dairy Expo Alumni Reception

World Dairy Expo is the international dairy meeting place, a five day event showcasing the finest in dairy genetics and the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. Held in Madison, Wisconsin, October 2-6, this year's theme is "Market Fresh in Harvesting Excellence." Join us for the annual CAFES Alumni Reception from 5-7pm in the Monona Room of the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center.

October 8-10 • AASCARR Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources (AASCARR) will be held on the UWRF campus. AASCARR members are the non-land grant institutions with programs in agriculture, food and renewable resources. Forty-five percent of the baccalaureate degrees awarded each year in agriculture and related fields come from AASCARR institutions.

January 2013

January 15  • Wisconsin Crop Production Association Alumni Reception

The Wisconsin Crop Management Conference is the Midwest’s premier agronomic input industry event drawing interest and participation from all confluences of the industry across all Midwestern states. The program is held at the Alliant Energy Center each January and boasts an attendance of nearly 2,000 attendees. Join us for the annual CAFES Alumni Reception January 15 starting at 5pm in the Michigan Room of the Clarion Suites Hotel immediately following the educational sessions.

February 2013

FencePost CoverFebruary  • Centennial Edition of the FencePost

The FencePost is the annual print edition of CAFES Alumni newsletter. If you’re not already subscribed, send an e-mail to and we’ll add you to the list! We also have a brief electronic newsletter – the Fenceline - that gets sent out twice each year. If you are not receiving our e-mails, let us know and we’ll add you to that list, too.

March 2013

March 12 • Falcons Returning to the Nest

FalconsReturn_AmandaTankWe’ve invited Amanda (Denisen) Tank 2002 back to campus to spend a day sharing her experiences with current students, the campus and the community. After earning her veterinary degree, Amanda worked in private practice, taught in a veterinary technology program, and is now the Corporate Assistant Manager for Animal Welfare and Handling for Hormel Foods in Austin, MN. She is married to Jeff Tank 2004 and they make their home in Hayfield, MN. Join us for Amanda's presentation at 2 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic River Theater, University Center. Also enjoy a reception for students following the event at 3:10 p.m. in the St. Croix Room, University Center.

March 19 • Today is National Ag Day!

(Activities TBD)

April 2013

April 24 • CAFES Centennial Closing Activities

Centennial Courtyard Dedication
As the Centennial Celebration comes to a close, we will dedicate a space in honor of this milestone. This past summer and fall we started work on the Centennial Courtyard - the grassy alcove between the three buildings that mean the most to us - Ag Science, the Ag Engineering Annex, and the Food Science Addition. A loop walkway, retaining wall, and some plantings are already in place. In honor of our production agriculture heritage, a vintage tractor will be the focal point of the courtyard. Joe Schimml 1962 helped us locate the perfect tractor and a generous donation from another alumnus helped us pay for it. It is a well-cared for 1931 McCormick-Deering Farmall Regular. This particular tractor will now have ties to two centennials, as 1931 was the Centennial year for the McCormick Reaper which was commemorated with its own year-long series of events.

CAFES Annual Awards BanquetCAFES Banquet 2
This marks the conclusion of our Centennial Year of Celebration! The banquet will take place in the University Center Ballroom recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of our students. The reception will take place at 5pm with dinner to follow.