Department Celebrated the 35th Annual Recognition Banquet of the Gopher Dairy Club
A large number of people, including 60 undergraduate students and 110 parents, faculty, staff, and industry representatives, came together for the 35th annual recognition banquet of the Gopher Dairy Club on Sunday, February 17, in the ballroom of the Radisson Roseville, which is north of the St. Paul campus. A one-hour social started at 11:30 am followed at 12:30 pm by a steak dinner and a celebratory program.
Sheila Harsdorf, former Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, received the club's Golden Graduate Award, and Dr. Marshall Stern, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Animal Science, received the club's Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Jim Dickrell, Editor Emeritus of Dairy Herd Management was the featured speaker, and he predicted the future of the U.S. dairy industry and the future career opportunities within the industry.
Student members were recognized during the final half of the program. The University of Minnesota's two nominees for the Senior Student Recognition Program of National Dairy Shrine were announced, and they are Lauren Hendel, Caledonia, MN, and Brooke Roberts, Manitowoc, WI. Kaleb Kruse, Dyersville, IA, received the $2,000 Douglas Siem Memorial Scholarship, because he was the highest-ranking applicant for the club's new student scholarships. Ten freshmen were presented with $1,500 new student scholarships. Emily Annexstad, St. Peter, MN, was announced as the 2019 R. W. Touchberry Outstanding Junior in Animal Science.
Two club members in their sophomore year received the Outstanding Rookie award, which was renamed this year in memory of club member Dylan Fulton, and the recipients were Katherine Gathje, Richmond, MN, and Mikayla Erf, Oakdale, MN. Brooke Roberts, Manitowoc, WI, received the Outstanding Senior award, which was presented in memory of Dr. Bill Mudge, who was a founding co-adviser of the Gopher Dairy Club.