You can take the “Cowboys” out of
In thIs Issue… Wyoming, but you can’t take the
“Wyoming” out of the Cowboys
First Cutting 3
Meat judging team
competes in Australia 11
Ag Appreciation Weekend
Schedule of Events 13
Alumni Award recipient
Quentin Skinner 14
Alumni Award recipient
Alex Ogg 17
Legacy Award recipient
Tammy Au-France 20
Partner of the Year 23
Program Notes 26
college of agriculture and natural resources
v o l u m e 1 9 • n u m b e r 3 • fa l l 2010
“leadership Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The fall season is always an exciting time in the college.
is action, not
Students are returning, the campus is spruced up, and faculty
position.” members are coming back from field research projects. It is
also an exciting time of renewal for faculty. Each year, we
Donald H. McGannon welcome new faces to our teaching, research, and extension
stakeholders. This year is no exception.
Seven faculty members will join us this year.
Three faculty members joining the team are interested in
various aspects of range and water issues. Assistant Professor
Kristina Hufford is a rangeland reclamation ecologist. She
arrived in the spring from Australia, where she completed a
postdoctoral training program in arid land restoration. She
will be involved in the Wyoming Reclamation and Restora- Dean Frank Galey
tion Center and is a member of the range science program
in the Department of Renewable Resources.
Assistant Professor Axel Garcia y Garcia joined our faculty members at the Powell
Research and Extension Center last year. He is interested in irrigation issues and is serving
the entire state in that capacity.
(Continued on Page 2)
(Continued from Page 1) Melanie Murphy is a natural resources ecologist who will teach in the range sci-
ence curriculum and conduct research about the ecology and habitat issues involved in
the fall season disrupted systems caused by drought, energy development, and other external activities.
Two veterinarians are or will be joining the animal health team. Brant Schumaker is
is always an a population medicine specialist from the University of California, Davis. He is interested
in doing research about the spread and, hopefully, containment of brucellosis. Schumaker
exciting time in the will arrive later this fall. Assistant Professor Myrna Miller is a veterinary virologist who
joined the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in the spring. She will take charge of
college. students the diagnostic virology laboratory operations. She joined us from the USDA Arthropod-
Borne Animal Diseases Research Laboratory.
are returning, Valtcho Jeliazkov will arrive in Sheridan the end of September to direct our Sheridan
the campus is Research and Extension Center. Jeliazkov is an accomplished horticulture scientist with
extensive experience with greenhouses in northern latitudes.
spruced up, and We also will have Jay Gatlin joining the molecular biology program. Gatlin is an
outstanding molecular scientist engaged in research about the biology of how cells func-
faculty members tion. He will teach in our molecular and microbiology programs.
As you can see, these new additions to our faculty have a great deal to add and signify
are coming back that the strength of our faculty will continue to grow. Please join me in welcoming these
from field research folks if you get a chance.
This September 17-18, we again will host the annual Agriculture Appreciation
projects. Weekend. We will honor two outstanding alums. Quentin Skinner, who many of you
know well, served Wyoming’s water extension needs for years after graduation and then
when joining our faculty. Alex Ogg is an outstanding weed scientist who got his start at
UW before completing a Ph.D. in Oregon. He went on to develop novel weed control
strategies for decades to the benefit of many constituents here in the Western U.S.
Recognition this year for the outstanding organizational partner of the year is the
Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts (WACD). Faculty and staff members
from this college have partnered for years with the WACD to provide protocols for water
quality testing and other related projects as the WACD does its outstanding job of serving
Wyoming’s water issues.
Tammy Au-France of Laramie is receiving our Legacy Award. This is in recognition
of years of wonderful support for our programs in textiles and merchandising.
Thank you for your continued support of your college! We wish you a productive
season! We can be contacted at (307) 766-4133 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our
Web site is www.uwyo.edu/UWag/.
Dean Frank Galey
College of Agriculture
Senior Editor Layout and Design
Steven L. Miller Tana Stith
Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 2010
The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
f i r s t c u t t i n g
receive national Jim Wangberg,
ag agent honors David Wilson
with a Toot
senior lecturer honored
From left, Donna Cuin, Steve Paisley,
for teaching, student service
and Kellie Chichester received national Senior lecturer David Wilson was of Wyoming. He joined the University of
honors from the National Association of
presented a Toot Your Horn Award by Wyoming in 1982 as a research associate
County Agricultural Agents.
Jim Wangberg, associate dean and direc- in the then-Department of Plant, Soil, and
tor of the Office of Academic and Student Insect Sciences and began teaching as an
National Association of County Ag-
Programs. assistant lecturer in 1999.
ricultural Agents national awards were
Wilson, in the Department of Plant Wilson is responsible for the high en-
presented to a University of Wyoming Co-
Sciences, was beginning a lecture in his rollments in the agroecology program, notes
operative Extension Service horticulturist
Agroecology 1000 class when Wangberg Wangberg, and is the faculty adviser for the
and a specialist.
entered announcing the award by blowing Agroecology Club. Among his many honors
The awards were received during the
a brass horn. and awards, Wilson was nominated for the
association’s annual conference in Tulsa,
“The spirit of the award is to recognize 2006 Cooperative State Research, Educa-
Okla., July 11-15.
an individual for what happens not only in tion, and Extension Service Outstanding
Donna Cuin, horticulture program
the classroom but outside the classroom,” New Teacher award.
associate in Natrona County, received the
says Wangberg. “What makes Dave ex- “Dave is highly accessible,” says Wang-
Achievement Award. There were 52 others
ceptional is his dedication to teaching and berg. “Students can always find him, and
nominated for the national award.
sacrifices on behalf of the students. He’s he’s always generous with his time. He goes
Steve Paisley, extension beef specialist,
very interested in students’ success and out of his way to help students in his class
received the Distinguished Service award.
their welfare.” or students outside of class who are facing
There were 70 nominated for the award.
The first Toot Your Horn Award was challenges. He takes students under his
Paisley, an associate professor in the De-
presented in 2002, and Wilson is the 21st wing and helps them in all kinds of ways.
partment of Animal Science, is based at the
recipient. He sincerely cares for and is dedicated to
James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture
Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in students. He would never brag or boast
Research and Extension Center near Lingle.
agricultural production from Montana State about his own accomplishments. That’s why
Kellie Chichester, an educator based in
University in 1978, and his master’s (1993) I chose to toot the horn for him.”
Albany County, was also honored as the out-
and doctorate (2000) from the University
going committee chair at the national level.
f i r s t c u t t i n g
Prehistoric Wyoming cuisine and analyz-
ing the economic choices of Wyoming agri-
cultural producers were voted top research
stories for the 2010 Reflections magazine.
The stories tied for first place, and
each author group received $750 from the
Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station
(AES). Reflections highlights research efforts
in the College of Agriculture and Natural
Resources. An anonymous review team of
Rachel Watson receives the North Ameri- Guinevere Jones receives the North Ameri-
faculty members judges the articles.
can Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture can Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
Teaching Award of Merit from Jim Graduate Student Teaching Award from Researchers analyzing the diet of pre-
Wangberg. Jim Wangberg. historic Shoshone living in the Greater
Yellowstone Ecosystem found that a woman
collecting only the highest caloric and easily
Watson, Jones receive teaching honors gathered foods could harvest enough during a
season to feed a family of four for half a year.
Richard Adams, Ph.D. candidate in
Rachel Watson and Guinevere Jones received the North American Colleges anthropology in the College of Arts and Sci-
and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit and Graduate ences, and Associate Professor Rhoda Schantz
Student Teaching Award, respectively. in the Department of Family and Consumer
Watson is a lecturer in the molecular biology program, and Jones is an ento- Sciences in the College of Agriculture and
mology master’s student in the Department of Renewable Resources.
The awards were presented by Jim Wangberg, associate dean and director of
the Office of Academic and Student Programs. The college has an institutional
membership in NACTA and has the opportunity each year to recognize a faculty
member and graduate student for achievement in teaching.
Watson joined the college as an instructor in 2001. She earned a bachelor’s
degree from Denver University in 1998 and her master’s in molecular biology from
UW in 2001. She is working toward a doctor of education degree in instructional
technology at UW.
Jones received the Outstanding Master’s Student Award in 2009 from Gamma
Sigma Delta, and this spring was named the U.S. Graduate Student Award recipi-
ent from UW International Programs. She is a guest lecturer in insect biology, and
her adviser is Professor Scott Shaw. She has been accepted into the Ph.D. ecology
program at UW. Jones received her bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Transylvania
University, Lexington, Kentucky.
producer market choices voted top Reflections stories
Associate Professor Chris Bastian and research Professor Rhoda Schantz
scientist Amy Nagler help volunteer Lynne
Pulley, seated, during a market research study.
Natural Resources report their results in Only one point separated the top four
“Nuts and roots: The staples of prehistoric stories in the magazine.
cuisine in the Greater Yellowstone Area.” “A tie for first place and only one point
Scientists in the Department of Agri- separating the next highest-ranking articles,
cultural and Applied Economics found that which also tied, is testament to the level of
landlords benefit from renting to a subsidized interest garnered by the activities described
tenant. Results reported in “Agriculture mar- in this issue,” notes Bret Hess, associate dean
kets, policies, and economic behavior in the for research and director of AES.
laboratory and beyond” show that land prices There are 16 research stories in the
and rents respond significantly and positively magazine. Reflections is available at UW
to government support. Data were collected research and extension centers near Powell,
using a mobile computer laboratory taken to Sheridan, and Lingle, and UW Cooperative
several Wyoming locations. Extension Service offices. An interactive on-
Scientists also found that results from line flip-page version with videos is at http://
agricultural producers and college students multimedia.uwyo.edu/UWAG_STREAM/
did not differ. Authors are assistant research Reflections2010/index.html/
scientist Amy Nagler, Assistant Professor Print copies can also be obtained via mail by
Richard Adams grinds Cympoterus roots
Chris Bastian, Assistant Professor Mariah calling the AES office in the College of Agricul- with a mano and metate prior to making
Ehmke, and Professor Dale Menkhaus. ture and Natural Resources at (307) 766-3667. biscuits.
f i r s t c u t t i n g
uW honors professor for lifetime teaching
By UW Media Relations
and Office of Communications and Technology
A faculty member in the Department of received the
Renewable Resources is the recipient of the University of
John P. Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award. Wyoming’s John
The award recognizes the sustained Lifetime
teaching excellence over Professor Dan Teaching
Rodgers’ career. Award, which
Rodgers was already a respected educa-
tor when he arrived at UW in 1980 after teaching
Associate Professor Min Du serving 13 years as an extension educator excellence for
at Texas A&M. the length of his
Then-department head Fee Busby, who Photo)
Min Du receives hired Rodgers, wanted someone who could
early career work well with ranchers and educators. He
set the stage for a busy summer for his new Rodgers has led student activities as
achievement employee. adviser to the Range Club and Rodeo Club,
award “When I arrived on June 1, he had an and, since 1992, he coached and prepared
Associate Professor Min extension car reserved for about six weeks the UW Plant Team for international
Du in the Department of along with three weeks of meetings and tasks intercollegiate competition. For 12 years,
Animal Science received the lined up and suggested I just hit the road and he coached UW’s team for the University
Early Career Achievement spend the summer getting acquainted with Range Management Exam sponsored by the
Award from the American everyone. That really paid off,” says Rodgers. Society for Range Management and advised
Society of Animal Science He has sustained his enthusiasm for students competing in extemporaneous
at its 2010 annual meeting teaching. speaking.
in Denver. “Our students here at UW have been He has been involved with Wyoming
Du, a muscle biologist awesome – all they seem to need is a little Resource Education Days (WyRED) for
in the meat science pro- enthusiasm for learning and belief on both decades, where he assisted and instructed
gram, has acquired more their part and mine that they can do it,” he 4-H and FFA members, their instructors,
than $2.25 million in grants notes. “It’s easy to keep my own enthusi- and professionals in rangeland management.
as a principal investigator asm at a high level just being around these In 2005, the international Society for
since joining the faculty young people and watching them grow and Range Management and Range Science
in August 2003. He has develop.” Education Council presented Rodgers
published more than 100 A graduate in a class of 20 at Tom Bean, with its highest honor for teachers – the
peer-reviewed manuscripts Texas, he fondly remembers teachers there, Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award.
in scientific journals and and talks about extension range specialists he “I owe a lot to the strong support from
has been an invited speaker admired who set high expectations, had out- department heads Busby, Tom Thurow, and
at a number of national and standing examples of how to build an effec- (current department head) John Tanaka,”
international conferences. tive extension program, and showed how to says Rodgers. “They have all encouraged
teach ranchers, agency personnel, and youth. and strongly supported my teaching efforts.”
Cook coordinates brucellosis research
within uW, with other universities
Walt Cook is assisting Dean Frank mice can be conducted relatively cheaply,
Galey in his role as chairman of the Wyo- studies using large animals under BSL-3
ming Brucellosis Coordination Team and conditions are very expensive. Brucellosis
the Consortium for the Advancement of is a chronic disease; this means any study
Brucellosis Science (CABS). must be long-term to be realistic. This also
“My job is to coordinate brucellosis adds to the expense of the studies.”
research within the University of Wyoming CABS is dedicated to finding ad-
and among several universities across the ditional brucellosis funding sources and
country where research is being conducted,” funneling those resources to the most ap-
says Cook. “This is being done through propriate areas, he says.
CABS.” Members are a scientific team of re-
Research priorities are vaccine devel- searchers from the University of California,
opment (for both cattle and wildlife) and Davis, Texas A&M University, Louisiana
improved diagnostic tests for the bacterial State University, Virginia Tech University,
disease. UW, Montana State University, and the
There is exciting research going on at USDA Agricultural Research Service in
UW and elsewhere, notes Cook, but that Ames, Iowa, as well as a stakeholder ad-
research is hampered by lack of funding and visory team whose members are from the
lack of facilities for large-animal brucellosis federal government and from state govern-
trials. ment in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
“Brucella abortus, the causative agent mouse models. If successful, the vaccines Although related, the brucellosis coor-
of brucellosis, is considered a Select Agent,” would then be tried on cattle, elk, or bison. dination team is concentrating on reducing
says Cook, “meaning it has potential for use This work would need to be conducted the risk of transmission from wildlife to
in bioterrorism. With this status comes elsewhere in facilities that can hold these cattle with currently available techniques,
severe restrictions for its use; any research large animals and still comply with the BSL- says Cook. For more information about
done using the field strain must be con- 3 requirements of working with B. abortus. the brucellosis coordination team, see www.
ducted under very tight security. The new “That is where the coordination comes wyomingbrucellosis.com/.
biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) addition to the in,” says Cook. “The other big issue is
Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory will funding. Although vaccine trials using lab
allow research using rodent models to be
completed in Laramie.”
Cook says Assistant Professor Gerry
Andrews and his team in the Department
of Veterinary Sciences have developed good
vaccine candidates and, with the comple-
tion of the lab, will be able to try them on
f i r s t c u t t i n g
uW educators receive award for online teaching quality
A professor in the College of Agri- in ways that increased their level of
culture and Natural Resources and an reflection, absorption, and integration
extension service emerita educator were of the information,” says Shipp. “I was
honored for their online community pleased to see their online conversations
leadership course. about the course content demonstrated
Randy Weigel in the Department depth in original thought and analyses.”
of Family and Consumer Sciences and Shipp and Weigel discovered the
Rhonda Shipp of Cody, who retired parts that worked well and those that
from the University of Wyoming Coop- needed improvement. The changes are
erative Extension Service (UW CES) in part of this fall’s FCSC 4117/5117
2008, received the Pearson Excellence class.
in Online Teaching award. The award Rhonda Shipp Professor Randy Weigel “The instructors have incorpo-
is presented to educators using the rated strong content that blends all
Pearson LearningStudio platform who students and graduate students. the best of extension and outreach
demonstrate a significant commitment to Shipp says her preference prior to teaching strategies with the use of technol-
quality in online education. teaching this course had been face-to-face ogy and online tools,” notes Larry Jansen,
The two are teaching Understanding educational experiences in real time. “I ad- an instructional designer and Online UW
Community Leadership. Pearson Learning mit I wondered about online instruction,” coordinator with the UW Outreach School.
Solutions offers learning tools, resources, she says. “I discovered that, even online, the Weigel is the human development spe-
and support services for educators. students’ personalities became evident as we cialist with the extension service, and Shipp
“In all my years as an educator, I have progressed through the units each week, and specialized in community leadership in her
rarely seen an online course that has been I felt like I knew them.” educator position in Park County.
so thoughtfully constructed,” notes Profes- Shipp and Weigel use a variety of tools to The award is a $1,000 donation to the
sor Karen Williams in the Department of make the course experiential and interesting. scholarship of the winner’s choice. Weigel
Family and Consumer Sciences. “It was important to us that we im- and Shipp selected the UW Outreach
The course was developed for senior merse the students in the course materials School Edelweiss Fund.
Plant sciences professor part of $1.1 million grant eyeing
A scientist in the Department of Plant and Utah State University. Each partner is says Islam, an assistant professor.
Sciences is part of a $1.1 million grant to required to have two dairies involved in the Milk production of BFT fed-cows is
study birdsfoot trefoil’s benefit to organic respective research. T-Barthel Holsteins near significantly higher than grass-fed cows but
dairies. Lingle and Forrest Dairy near Torrington BFT produces less per-acre dry matter. An
Extension forage specialist Anowar are participating in Wyoming. economic analysis will determine potential
Islam said the five-year study partners with The research will evaluate adapting to costs and benefits of using BFT.
organic dairy producers to examine the ef- the U.S. the pastured livestock production Organic dairies that depend the most
fects on milk production and milk quality system developed in New Zealand. Its goal on pastures have feed costs 25-percent less
of replacing grass pasture with birdsfoot is to determine if cows grazing BFT pasture than those that depend the least on pasture;
trefoil (BFT). will produce more milk per unit of dry mat- however, milk production of grazing-based
Other research partners are Colorado ter intake than cows grazing grass pasture. dairies is 30-percent less than confinement
State University, the University of Idaho, Data from New Zealand show they will, dairies. Increasing milk production of cows
Professor emeritus Lloyd receives lifetime achievement honor
Professor Emeritus in Entomol- “The response of state mosquito
ogy Jack Lloyd received a lifetime workers has been very rewarding,” says
achievement award from the West Lloyd. “I think the training has greatly
Central Mosquito and Vector Control elevated the level of mosquito control
Association. programs around the state.”
The honorary membership award He serves as an adviser to the
was presented at the organization’s Wyoming Emergency Insect Man-
annual meeting in Fort Collins, agement Committee and led a task
Colorado. force that developed monitoring pro-
“This is our highest award, and tocols for mosquito control agencies
Jack is one of only three persons to that receive money from the state.
ever have this award bestowed upon The committee dispenses funds for
them,” says Keith Wardlaw, mosquito the management of mosquito vectors
control crew supervisor with the city of West Nile virus.
of Laramie and president of the as- The association has membership
sociation. Keith Wardlaw, left, of the city of Laramie received an in eight Western states and spans from
Lloyd is one of the association’s award for service and Professor Emeritus Jack Lloyd Mexico to Canada.
founding members and served as received an honorary membership to the West Central Wardlaw presented the award at
secretary and president. “He has Mosquito and Vector Control Association. the annual conference.
continued to support mosquito con- “That made it extra special,” says
trol throughout the region and especially Lloyd retired from UW in 2005 after Lloyd. “Keith directs the Laramie mos-
in Wyoming for the past 40 years,” notes 37 years teaching and research in veterinary quito program, which is definitely one of
Wardlaw. “Jack has been instrumental in and medical entomology. He has conducted the region’s outstanding mosquito abatement
training many of the mosquito control mosquito identification and control work- programs. His election as president of the as-
professionals working in the state.” shops on the Laramie campus and around sociation is evidence of the respect Keith has
the state as service to Wyoming. earned as a mosquito control professional.”
on pasture will make pasture-based organic Islam said researchers will use the Web-
dairying more profitable than confinement- based group eOrganic Dairy, fact sheets,
based dairying. newsletters, pasture walks, and field days to
BFT offers other potential benefits extend information to producers.
to organic dairy producers, says Islam. “Outreach to producers will also be
The nutritional value of BFT is similar greatly facilitated by eOrganic Dairy,” says
to alfalfa. BFT has a low concentration Islam. “Cooperating producers willing to
of tannin that cross-links with proteins be identified by location can field questions
and prevents bloat. The nitrogen content posed by local producers.”
of milk and urine is reduced because less Islam will hire two graduate students to
ammonia is absorbed from the rumen assist in data collection and analyses.
than is absorbed when cows graze grass.
Assistant Professor Anowar Islam
f i r s t c u t t i n g
Wangberg receives Distinguished educator Award
Jim Wangberg, associate dean Wyoming’s Center for Teaching
and director of the Office of Aca- Excellence in addition to being a
demic and Student Programs, re- professor of entomology and the
ceived the 2010 Distinguished department head of Plant, Soil and
Educator Award from the North Insect Sciences from July 1986 to
American Colleges and Teachers of February 1993. He had chaired
Agriculture (NACTA) during its the Department of Entomology at
meeting at Penn State University Texas Tech University from March
in June. 1983-July 1986.
“It came as a complete surprise Jim Wangberg, center, says the NACTA distinguished “More than any other person
when I found out,” says Wangberg, educator award is an honor to be shared with his office in the college, Jim recognizes the
staff members Laurie Bonini, left, student recruitment and
who has served in his present posi- importance of undergraduate
retention coordinator, Kelly Wiseman, staff assistant, and
tion since 1999. “Knowing of the Teresa Jacobs Castano (not pictured). education,” wrote Williams. “He
award and the other prior recipients, works endlessly to provide teach-
I’m very humbled to be a recipient.” ing faculty members with resources
Professor Karen Williams in the De- academic programs in the college, attended and opportunities that allow them not
partment of Family and Consumer Sciences the presentation. only to focus on students but to embark
nominated Wangberg. The nomination was “Joe was well-respected nationally upon educational research and creative
accompanied by three letters of support. and well-known in higher education,” says activity.”
“Jim epitomizes the best of the term Wangberg, who attended the ceremony Each year, Wangberg presents the
‘educator,’” notes Williams. “He has been with his wife, Lesley. “He and his wife, NACTA Teaching Award of Merit and
in higher education for more than 30 years, Darlene, surprised me by coming to the Graduate Student Teaching Award to a
positively contributing in the classroom as awards luncheon that day. It was very special faculty member and graduate student in
an administrator, a scholar, and as a cam- to have a good friend and the person who the college (see page 4).
pus and national leader. I can think of no mentored me in my current position to Wangberg is the first UW recipient of
one more deserving nor anyone with such share in the activities that day.” the award since its inception in 1976. Previ-
unique contributions.” Wangberg has received numer- ous recipients are at www.nactateachers.org/
Wangberg said his mentor, Joe Kun- ous awards over his career. He was the distinguished-educator-award-recipients.
sman, who was the former associate dean of founding director of the University of html.
extension energy coordinator receives
Outstanding Master’s thesis award
Milt Geiger, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension
Service energy coordinator, received the Outstanding Master’s
Thesis Award from the University of Wyoming Graduate Council.
Geiger’s thesis is “Federal Greenhouse Gas Regulation and
Wyoming’s Energy Derived Tax Revenue.”
Milt Geiger, center, receives congratulations from Myron Geiger completed master’s degrees in agricultural and ap-
Allen, provost and vice president, Academic Affairs, left, and plied economics and environment and natural resources at UW
Rollin Abernethy, associate provost, Academic Affairs.
in August 2009.
You can take the “Cowboys” out of Wyo-
ming, but you can’t take the “Wyoming”
out of the Cowboys. The team leaves its
mark at Coffs Harbor, Australia. From
left, Brogan Clay, Jaymes Talbott, Wade
Allnutt, Chris Kelly, Jessi Larsen, and
Meat judging team competes in Australia
T he UW Meat Judging Team earned
second place at the 2010 Australian
International Beef Judging Contest at the
Laramie; and Becky Vraspir, Emerson,
The team was accompanied by coach
“Incredible. What more is there to
say?” says Christensen of the experience.
“It was such an exceptional opportunity
University of New England in Armidale, Lander Nicodemus of Cheyenne and UW to see these students learn so much about
New South Wales, Australia, June 29-July 4. Meat Lab manager and assistant coach other cultures, Australian agriculture, and
The team was the only U.S. team Kelcey Christensen of Wright. truly gain a greater understanding of inter-
selected and invited by the Australian national agriculture. The places we visited,
Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association. the things we saw, the dinner tables we sat
Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, for many more photos at, and the phenomenal people we met were
won the event. of the uW meat such an inspiration to all of us.”
The UW team had first-place finishes The invitation included the opportu-
in lamb judging, primal and retail cut iden- Judging team’s trip to nity to attend the five-day 2010 Australian
tification, and questions and reasons. UW australia, see http:// Meat Industry Conference. The conference
also placed second in beef judging. included industry tours, Australian and
Team members were: Wade Allnutt,
uwmeatjudging.shutterfly. international meat industry sessions led by
Walden, Colorado; Brogan Clay, Laramie; com/ CEOs and corporate leaders from all seg-
Chris Kelly, Longmont, Colorado; Jessi ments of the meat industry, and exposure
Larsen, Gardiner, Montana; Jaymes Talbott, to large multi-national companies such as
“this was an opportunity
of a lifetime. We
the numerous facets of
and, it definitely lived
up to and beyond all
Cargill Meat Solutions and JBS Inc.
The team toured many facets of the
Australian food industry, including beef,
UW Meat Judging Team members with awards are front, from left, Becky Vraspir, Jessi Larsen, dairy, goat, sheep, cheese, and wine.
Wade Allnutt. Back: Kelcey Christensen, UW Meat Lab manager and assistant coach, Brogan “Although the contest was an impor-
Clay, Chris Kelly, Jaymes Talbott, and coach Lander Nicodemus. tant reason for the trip, it was only a small
part of the total experience,” notes Nico-
demus. “The opportunity to gain insight
into Australia’s agricultural production
practices was an irreplaceable educational
Team members also saw many Aus-
tralian sites including Coffs Harbor Beach
and Jetty, Port Macquarie Harbor, Terrigal
Beach, the Hunter Valley Wine Region,
Sydney Tower, Sydney Opera House, Syd-
ney Harbor Bridge, Manly Beach, and the
Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
“This was an opportunity of a life-
time,” says Jessi Larsen. “We experienced,
firsthand, the numerous facets of Australian
agriculture, and, it definitely lived up to and
beyond all expectations.”
The trip was made possible by support
from the UW President’s Office, the UW
Foundation, the College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources dean’s office, and
the Department of Animal Science. In ad-
dition to team fund-raising activities, the
UW Meat Judging Team members discuss a beef carcass class after the 2010 Australian Interna- Food Science Club and numerous private
tional Beef Judging Contest at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, donors also contributed.
Australia. The team placed second overall.
schedule of events
T he College of Agriculture and Natural Resources outstanding
alumni, research/outreach partner, and legacy winners for 2010
will be honored September 17-18 as part of Ag Appreciation Weekend,
a celebration of the importance of agriculture to Wyoming’s history,
culture, and economy.
Ag Appreciation Weekend events include:
Friday, september 17
• Dean’s Ag Appreciation Dinner honoring College of Agriculture
graduates Alex Ogg and Quentin Skinner, Legacy Award recipient
Tammy Au-France, and Wyoming Association of Conservation Dis-
tricts, the Research Partner of the Year. Attendance is by invitation only.
saturday, september 18
• 28th annual Ag Appreciation Day Barbecue, 4-5:30 p.m. at Tail-
gate Park. Tickets can be purchased at the event or prior to the event
by contacting Laurie Bonini in the Office of Academic and Student
Programs at (307) 766-4034 or email@example.com
Food for the barbecue is provided by Wyoming producers with College
of Agriculture and Natural Resources student organizations prepar-
ing and serving the meal. Proceeds provide scholarships for College
of Agriculture and Natural Resources students and help fund various
agriculture college student organizations.
• UW vs. Boise State football game, 6 p.m.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has reserved Ag Ap-
preciation Weekend group football tickets for Saturday, September 18.
The tickets are in section G — adults $40, children $16. Go to www.
wyomingathletics.com and click on the tickets link to access tickets
online, and then click on Click Here To Purchase Wyoming Tickets.
The Group Tickets link is on the left. The sign-in is AGDAY and the
password is POKES. Tickets will be available through September 10.
Ag news fAll 2010
Alumni award winner cited for common sense
alumni award recipient
Quentin skinner had
I f this Outstanding Alumni Award winner
had continued his planned career path,
the American Dental Association might
He adds, “It’s really pleasant. For
a guy who froze to death coaching ski-
ing, it’s nice to be where it’s warm.”
be honoring him instead of the College of A Pinedale native, athletes ran in the
intended to enter Agriculture and Natural Resources. Skinner family. Quentin and his brothers,
Professor Emeritus Quentin Skinner Bud, Ole, Courtney, Bob, and Monte, were
uW and become a had every intention of being a dentist. If inducted into the Wyoming Sports Hall of
dentist. instead, he he had, he wouldn’t have nomination let- Fame in 2005. He attended UW on an ath-
ters like this: letic scholarship and earned his bachelor’s
was instrumental “He gave us common sense science that degree in biological sciences in 1963. He
cuts through all the political nonsense and was completing a stint in the service and
in development of truly shows how to manage water, soil, plants, stationed in Alaska when he decided to
watershed education, wildlife, and the future success of mankind,” return to UW and pursue advanced degrees.
wrote Jack Turnell of Turnell Cattle Company “Military is good for everyone, and it
grass taxonomy near Meeteetse. “He was very important in was especially good for me,” he now says. “I
saving our forest permit and teaching us how grew up a lot. I lived in the bachelor officer
to better manage our ranch.” quarters and going back to school was what
Or this: a lot of officers had in mind. I went back to
“As an instructor, he has mentored be a dentist but was on the waiting list. My
thousands of young people in the natural wife and I thought I was too old to pursue
resource field,” wrote long-time friend and that, and I went into my chosen field.”
former student Bob Budd of Lander. “His
Master’s in Recreation,
teaching style is unique, direct, and cap-
tivating. Quentin was engaging dialogue
Doctorate in Plants
He received his master’s in recreation
and writing skills in natural resources long
in 1970 taking part in boys and girls camps
before that became a standard teaching
and hunting and fishing in Wyoming,
practice. Most of all, he made every student
and there was also the skiing. His advisers
feel important, and he made every student
were from the colleges of engineering and
agriculture, and he examined chemistry
Moved to Georgia and water quality to study the effects of
Skinner and his wife, Arlene, live in recreation on mountain lake systems.
Georgia now, having moved to a warmer He decided to study plants for his
climate and lower elevation to help com- Ph.D. “I chose grasses as a group to really
bat Arlene’s cancer. “I hope we have it learn. I looked around the U.S. and found
whipped,” Quentin says from his Georgia two people I wanted to study under,” he
home. “It’s a lot easier for her being near notes. “One was at Texas A&M, and the
our son and daughter-in-law and two other was Alan Ackerman Beetle right there
grandchildren here.” at UW.” Professor Beetle had earned his
science; captivating teaching style
master’s from UW in 1938, returned to UW
in 1946, and taught for the next 32 years. “no one has exemplified
Skinner coached men’s and women’s
skiing while earning his advanced degrees excellence more as a
and, when range management was split graduate of the college
out of plant sciences, moved over from the
Water Resources Research Institute.
of agriculture, a leader in
Thirty-one years and almost $24 mil- the college, and one of
lion in research awards later, he says he
the truly inspiring native
wouldn’t change a thing.
“If I were to have things end tomor- sons of Wyoming.”
row, I think I’ve had a wonderful life,” he – Bob Budd, Wyoming Wildlife
observes. “There can’t be anything with and Natural Resource Trust
more freedom and imagination than being
a professor for 35 years, and I’ve got to meet
other types of meetings is nine pages long
attesting to Dr. Skinner’s dedication to sci-
Lengthy List of ence and to presenting results of research to
Accomplishments a wide range of audiences.”
His record of research, teaching, and Research isn’t his main love. That was
extension would stretch several pages. His teaching. “Research to me was a process. It
Professor Emeritus Quentin Skinner contributions to Wyoming and national paid the way to teach and do extension,”
agriculture tally several publications, in- Skinner says. “It was fascinating to me, but
cluding Grasses of Wyoming, Wyoming it gave me a good basis to teach.”
Busy Wyoming visit
Watersheds and Riparian Zones, Field Guide He credits four professors for his desire
skinner will have several to the Grasses of Nevada, The Field Guide to to teach well: Carl Wiesen in agriculture,
reasons to return to the Wyoming Grasses (in press), The Field Guide Robert Champlin in engineering, Rebecca
intermountain region this fall. to Alaska Grasses (near to being in press), and Collins in organic chemistry, and George
He’ll be honored as a college he’s working on a field guide to the grasses Baxter in zoology.
of agriculture and natural of the southeastern U.S. “All believed the student was the im-
resources outstanding alumnus, “The list of scientific papers describing portant commodity of a university system,”
then be at the Wyoming athletic Dr. Skinner’s research has been published he says. “I kind of wished and hoped I could
Hall of fame induction ceremonies in many outlets,” writes UW Professor be the kind of teachers they were. With
for two skiers on his uW team: Emeritus Bill Laycock. “They include a extension and research, I really felt I had
steinar Hybertsen, three-time number of invited chapters in books, 35 the knowledge I needed to compete with
national champion, and stale authored or co-authored journal articles, anybody in what I did. The teaching came
engen, national champion, and and 65 articles in symposium proceedings, from those four individuals.”
who also ran the steeplechase in most of which were invited presentations. Bret Moline of the Wyoming Farm
the 1968 mexico olympic games. The list of presentations at scientific and Bureau Federation, and former extension
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educator, remembers working with Skinner. and excitement for watershed management
“I have found no equal to his knowledge in Wyoming at the local level than any other
and ability to get that knowledge in to a single individual.”
usable format,” he says. “He worked ex- When Skinner provided recommen-
tremely hard to make sure the people he was dations on the correct way to release the
working with understood and could use the produced waters of the coalbed methane
information he was teaching.” development in the Powder River Basin, “He
had the respect of both the gas industry and
landowners,” writes Dennis Sun, rancher and
training Programs publisher of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
Skinner was a principal instructor of
“He never showed favoritism as he just
the Watershed 101 Module, a four-day
told everyone the facts based on science. His
course that informed citizens of the func-
work with the conservation districts with
tions and dynamics of watersheds.
water quality monitoring training saved
“He had a unique ability to take a
this state from overbearing regulations.
complicated topic and boil it down to where
We will always remember his hard work
it came together in a four-day course,”
on that issue.”
writes Bobbie Frank, executive director of
Quentin Skinner catalogues grasses at
the Wyoming Association of Conservation
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Districts. “He generated more enthusiasm
l i st e n to t h e g r A s s e s
Every grass has a story to tell, says Quentin Skinner.
“Grasses have been studied longer than any plant on Earth,” he notes. “That’s because they include
the cereal grains, and, when pollinated, groups of plants can migrate from continent to continent.”
Managers use grasses and the stories they tell to make land management decisions.
“I’ve always been fascinated by their stories and was fortunate to have Alan Beetle as one of my
advisers for my Ph.D.,” says Skinner. Beetle taught at UW for more than 32 years.
For example, Western wheatgrass, the state grass of Wyoming, is rhizomatous – it spreads by rhi-
zomes and seed.
“Other grasses that grow with it have different growth forms, such as needle and thread, a bunch-
grass,” explains Skinner. “Some say if you overgraze bunchgrasses then Western wheatgrass is able to
spread and take over an area. What managers do is look at the relationship of our state grass and how
much is there with how much bunchgrass is there. They make management decisions as to how to
regulate livestock and wildlife grazing one way or another.”
Almost any plant can tell a story, notes Skinner. “Grasses have a lot of literature to back up those
stories. They’ve been studied longer, and there are a lot more of them – 7,000 species – more than any
Worland native Alex Ogg returned to the Big
Horn Basin with his wife, Sharon, following
his retirement to live near Ten Sleep.
worland native’s career led him to washington state;
retirement brought him back to Big horn Basin
Work ethic instilled
by parents and
T here was no slap upside the head that
summer of 1959 for Alex Ogg.
What changed the course of the teen-
I realized how much money it would take
for me to get into farming,” he relates. “It
would have taken $100,000 in equipment
ager’s life was a good talking to a state FFA and other costs.”
outstanding research official gave the Worland High School His mom and dad, and sister were still
graduate during the Wyoming state fair. on the 160-acre farm south of Worland, and
skills gained from There had been signs of possible change there was no way the farm would support
mentors propelled before then. Going through high school in two families. “The gentleman who was the
Worland, Ogg had every intent of farming state FFA adviser really gave me a good
ogg through career following high school. talking to and made me really look at what
“By the time I got to be about a junior, I was going to do with my life,” he recalls.
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Value of honest Work, Doing In fall 1960, Ogg had the opportu-
He is a true professional Your Best nity to work with an USDA-Agricultural
The adviser knew Ogg had the poten- Research Service scientist studying aquatic
and contributed a large and ditch bank weeds.
tial to earn advanced degrees.
amount to the success of “I really gave him credit for pushing me Ogg was to work with this scientist
into a college education,” says Ogg. “From while completing his sophomore, junior,
invasive species control and senior years at UW. “He made it ex-
my folks, who were hardworking people,
programs that we were I learned the work ethic and to always do citing and interesting,” Ogg notes. “He
involved with in the big the best job you could. A lot of credit goes launched me off into my weed science
to my mom and dad. I learned the value of career.”
Horn basin. He was honest work and doing your best.” Ogg would graduate magna cum laude
always more than willing He enrolled in the University of from UW in 1963 in agricultural sciences
Wyoming the fall of 1959 knowing only with an emphasis on plant science, would
to share his knowledge receive his master’s with honors in crop
he wanted to major in some phase of ag-
with us and the groups riculture. science with emphasis in weed science in
“Later that fall, I got a job work- 1966, and his doctorate in botany (plant
we were working with. physiology) in 1970 from Oregon State
ing in the Department of Plant Science
greenhouse,” he recalls. “I found I enjoyed University.
– Steve Christy, Sundance;
working with plants as I helped care for His farm background in the Big Horn
retired, Bureau of Land the plants with which the professors were Basin would serve him well.
Management experimenting.” “I was familiar with plants and the
issues weeds presented to farmers. I had
spent a lot of time hoeing weeds in crops
and gardens,” he quips.
other o gg honors Ogg worked as a plant physiologist
(weed scientist) with the ARS at Prosser,
Washington, from 1969-1984 conducting
• Pioneer in applying herbicides through irrigation
research on weeds and their management in
• USDA-ARS representative on the team of American weed scientists that horticultural and specialty crops, then as the
traveled to China in 1984 as part of the Weed Science Society of America supervisory plant physiologist and research
five-week short course on weed management for Chinese scientists and leader for the USDA-ARS Weed Science
graduate students Unit at Pullman, Washington, until 1997
• $1.75 million in grants to help support his research where his research focused on the manage-
ment of grassy weeds in dryland wheat.
• Elected Weed Science Society of America Fellow in 1992; president in 1994
From 1997 until the end of the project
• One of the original associate editors for the scientific journal Weed Tech- in 2009, he directed the National Jointed
nology Goatgrass Research Program. The project
• Coordinator for the Big Horn River Riparian Habitat Restoration January involved 10 Western states and more than
2000-August 2003 35 state and federal scientists. From 2000-
2003, he worked for his alma mater as a
science Prowess not
Ogg’s thorough scientific habits did not
happen by accident.
“I have been clearly cognizant during
Presidential Award my career of being fortunate in the people
who were my mentors,” he says. “My first
alex ogg received a
boss with whom I was doing ag research at
UW was meticulous, thorough, and honest.
service award in 2009 for I’ve been fortunate. Most of my colleagues
more than 4,000 hours shared that philosophy. If you don’t have a
of volunteer service in his solid research reputation, your work will
community. not be taken seriously.”
It’s a message he directs to high school
students anytime he’s asked.
“What always comes back to me is as-
sociating or aligning yourself with people
who have achieved success and have good
qualities,” he says. “A good work ethic,
half-time research scientist in the Depart- College of Agriculture and Natural Re- honesty, true to work, loyal to family, and
ment of Plant Sciences in the College of sources Professor Emeritus Tom Whitson, church, which is a big part of my life. I stress
Agriculture and Natural Resources. who also nominated Ogg, says Ogg has to these kids, if you want to be successful in
published more than 130 referred manu- life, pick out someone in life who is success-
An Outstanding Instructor
scripts on weeds and their management and ful and watch what they do and mimic that
Professor Emeritus Stephen D. Miller,
received more than $1.75 million in grants or at least associate with them and develop
former director of the Wyoming Agricul-
to help support his research. those values and traits that will allow you
tural Experiment Station, has known Ogg
He also noted Ogg’s efforts to control to be successful in life.”
for more than 40 years.
cheatgrass on rangeland and research with Ogg and his wife, Sharon, live in Ten
“I found him to be an outstanding
the Bureau of Land Management to control Sleep next door to Sharon’s mother. The Big
instructor doing cutting-edge research in
Russian olives and saltcedar along the Big Horn Mountains fill the vistas from their
small grains,” Miller says in his nomina-
Horn River. back porch.
tion letter and added the jointed goatgrass
“On these two projects, I found Dr. “Both my wife and I have large ex-
project was Ogg’s greatest accomplishment.
Ogg to be one of the hardest working and tended families in the area,” he says. They
“His efforts were responsible for bring-
thorough researchers I have ever worked have two sons, Daniel, who lives in Alex-
ing in well over $4 million to attack this
with,” he says. “In addition to being a good andria, Virginia, and Steven and his wife,
problem. This is a model program that
scientist, I found Alex to be a wonderful and Tamara, and their two children, who live in
currently is being followed to address other
delightful person. He is an optimist and a Carlsbad, California.
critical needs for management of invasive
pests in cereal grains, such as feral rye, and
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Au-france’s involvement sows seeds
legacy award recipient maintains ties with T his Legacy Award winner and 1997
graduate of the Department of Family
department of family and consumer sciences and Consumer Sciences weaves her passion
for fabric and design into her continued
relationship with the department.
The Wyoming wind brushes the Tammy Au-France attends various de-
hair of Tammy Au-France and the partment activities, travels with department
mane of her horse, Mick, called student groups overseas, and has provided
Pegasus by her son, Matt.
an endowment that assists faculty member
development and better prepares students
Au-France is making the dress she’ll
wear to the dean’s awards banquet that Fri-
day evening of Ag Appreciation Weekend.
The design of the dress is literally from
the ground up. She and Professor Donna
Brown, now head of the Department of
Family and Consumers Sciences, were in
Houston last fall when Tammy found a pair
of shoes she liked.
“Then we had to go to a fabric store
to buy fabric to match the shoes,” she says,
and laughs. “If it all works out, that’s what
I’ll be wearing at the dinner.”
Passions Include Fabric,
Don’t let the talk about fabric and sew-
ing fool you – she wears blue jeans, cowboy
boots and a BIG belt buckle for another
passion – her horses.
Tammy and husband, Robert, live
south of Laramie. A multi-color, winged
Pegasus flies across the east and west ends
of their horse arena. Pegasus has become a
big part of Au-France’s life, but that story
of future student success “Her foresight has enabled
News she had received the Legacy the territorial prison in Laramie, made her us to modernize equipment
Award was humbling, she says. own period clothing to wear. Designing in our teaching labs and
“It’s certainly not something I set out and making historical clothing is a favorite.
to do. I do things because they come from “I wanted to get my degree by the time support faculty members
the heart and not because I am interested in I was 40,” she says. “You put so much time
and students in their design
recognition for it. I’m in awe they felt I was and effort to being a senior, seemed a waste
worthy to receive it. I know I’m not the only not to finish with a degree.” submissions. she never
one helping the college out. When I see who Au-France has accompanied faculty
has received it in the past, I think ‘wow!” members and students on study tours to
fails to attend our student
Quentin Skinner, who is receiving one Great Britain and Italy, regularly attends events. Her support is
of the outstanding alumni awards, had in- department events including the student
tended to be a dentist when he returned to recognition luncheon, and has been both amazing!”
UW (see page 14). He would enter plant an attendee and exhibitor at the yearly Professor Karen Williams
sciences. Au-France returned seeking a Coat Couture.
degree in accounting and left with a degree
in family and consumer sciences.
A Jersey girl, her family moved to
She has also supported the department “Tammy Au-France has shown a dedi-
Laramie when she was 11 and later moved
financially each year, and, when the Legisla- cation to our students and the fiber arts,”
to Durango, Colorado. She returned in
ture created the state’s matching program, she says Professor Karen Williams, former head
1982. “That’s why I moved back, to go to
approached the college to establish an endow- of the Department of Family and Consumer
UW,” she says. “Laramie is much better than
ment. Over the next four years, she created the Sciences. “Her foresight has enabled us to
Durango. I had more friends in Laramie,
Pegasus endowment. The fund continues to modernize equipment in our teaching labs
and I wanted to go to school at UW. What
help faculty members and students. and support faculty members and students
they say about Wyoming is, ‘If you leave,
in their design submissions. She never fails
it calls you back.’”
to attend our student events. Her support
Returned to uW to Finish Au-France honored is amazing!”
Degree Au-France has her reasons.
to receive award
Interest in accounting waned as chil- “I believe I received a really good edu-
dren needed to be raised, and she left college cation from them,” she says, “and I wanted
to view tammy Au-France’s
after her junior year. Ten years later, she other students to get the same quality of
response to receiving the 2010 education. They need to have equipment
returned to UW and switched majors to
family and consumer sciences. Legacy Award, see that works.”
Those seeds were planted early. “My http://www.youtube.com/ Equipment includes state-of-the-art
mom taught me to sew when I was about watch?v=LPt-Ot3jsve/ embroidery machines, a digital fabric thick-
6 or 7,” she says, and, when she worked at ness gauge, software for the clothing con-
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struction and interior design laboratories, Endowment, students have access to textile, Au-France has quilts from the bicen-
and a flammability tester. apparel, and design more in keeping with tennial era, and possibly one from pre-Civil
The Pegasus Endowment is the largest the industry.” War, but she’s not certain. Her favorite is
gift received by the textile and merchandis- one of the first she purchased – because
Wyoming Quilt Project
ing program option. of the color, she says – cheddar, or, more
“The Pegasus Endowment means a
Participant specific, chrome orange. The dye is toxic
Au-France is a founding member of the
great deal to the textile and merchandising and the color is no longer used.
Wyoming Quilt Project, whose members
programs,” says Sonya Meyer, associate pro- It was a child’s imagination that
have traveled Wyoming documenting quilts
fessor in the department. “It has allowed us sparked Pegasus. Au-France was riding her
in the state.
to upgrade and improve our teaching and horse, Mick, with her son, Matt, 14 at the
“Quilting is popular now,” she notes,
scholarship laboratory needs in a way we time. The horse jumped high to clear a
“but for awhile was dying. People didn’t value
would not have been able to do.” stream, and Matt named the horse Pegasus.
quilts. We wanted to preserve how they are
Some of the department’s teaching and She rode Mick – Pegasus – to the Rocky
made, what fabric, the different patterns
research equipment had become outdated Mountain Quarter Horse Association 2005
used. We have found quilts that have old
or in need of repair; the department’s bud- Dressage outreach program championship.
blankets as their batting and quilts inside
get is not always able to cover needs. The She’s been riding since 13 and says
quilts. A lot of people have wonderful quilts
Pegasus Endowment is used for equipment she’s never been without a horse since (see
but know next to nothing about them. All
upgrades and repairs and faculty develop- story below).
that history about the women who made
ment. Robert and Tammy have four children,
them is lost. So, it’s as much a women’s his-
“The real beneficiaries in this are our Matt Payne, twins Christy and Carrie
tory issue than anything else.”
students,” says Meyer. “Through the Pegasus Payne, and Garrett Au-France.
An eQuIne COnneCtIOn
Au-France has a special connection with horses.
“The horses flock to her,” says her husband, Rob-
ert, and adds that, while he works with the horses, they
will run to her in the pasture and not him.
Her horse Mick (named Pegasus by their son,
Matt) was undergoing rehabilitation recently, and
Tammy was supposed to only walk him. “But Mick
doesn’t like simple stuff,” says Robert. “Soon, Tammy
is trotting him and she comes around with her face lit
up and says, “I got my horse back.’ That says everything
about her when it comes to her and her horses.”
He adds, “I’m married to her because this horse
liked me. If not for the horse, I wouldn’t be here.”
Wyoming Association of
Conservation Districts board
members are front, from
left, Dave Fraley, Buffalo
Area I director, Kelly Brown,
program specialist, Curtis
Grandstaff, LaGrange Area
II director, Roger Coles,
Afton Area V director, Pete
Jachowski, Cody Area III
director, Cathy Cooper,
Back, Wayne Garman,
Sundance Area I director;
Ralph Brokaw, McFadden,
president; Shaun Sims,
Evanston vice president; Jack
Berger, Saratoga Area IV
director; Hardy von Forell,
Wheatland Area II director,
and Bobbie Frank, executive
outreach/research partner of the Year members
team with college to address state’s resource concerns
T he 2010 Outreach/Research Partner of
the Year is grounded at the grassroots
level but its efforts finesse landscapes state
total grants and program support from the
WACD is more than $390,000.
A focus has been water quality and
members, one urban member, and one at-
The local focus is vital.
wide. watershed management and education of “We are local people elected to the
They’re also pleased to receive the honor. producers and land managers. The influx board,” says Sims, who raises cattle and
“Our board members are very excited of small-acreage property owners, federal sheep in Uinta County with his father,
and appreciative,” says Bobbie Frank, execu- mandates, and energy development has Mike, and brother, Steve.
tive director of the Wyoming Association of expanded districts’ emphasis over the past “Our constituents are our neighbor
Conservation Districts (WACD). two decades. farmers and ranchers who elected us. We
“It’s a huge honor,” says Shaun Sims are volunteer-based, grassroots, and listen
Conservation Districts have
in Uinta County, vice president of the as- to our constituents,” he says. “A lot of it
Local Focus comes from visiting with our neighbors
Thirty-four conservation districts are
WACD’s relationship with the College and, if there is an issue out there, we bring
represented by the WACD. Each is over-
of Agriculture and Natural Resources spans it to the board meetings. On occasion, our
seen by an elected five-member board of
decades. Over just the past eight years, neighbors bring issues to the meetings.”
supervisors. On each board are three rural
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Ag AppreciAtion Monitoring Program Boosts because it takes the knowledge base and the
Assessment Quality research of the university and gets it out in
To bolster the quality of the work, the the country where it can be applied and
association proposed a water monitoring used rather than in a library somewhere.”
program that created a network with the When that is added to the network
Department of Environmental Quality and of 34 districts with locally elected leaders,
the University of Wyoming. many in the agricultural sector, “you get all
“The university was pivotal because those people on the same page at the same
they helped us develop the entire training time headed in the same direction,” she says.
program,” notes Frank. “That’s when we “From talking to my counterparts in
started having the university deliver all the other areas of the country, what we are
modules of water quality training, including doing in this state for water quality and
what we called the watershed 101 course watershed work is extraordinarily unique.
(see story page 25). That continues today Not because other states aren’t doing water
with (Associate Professor) Ginger Paige and quality and watershed work, it’s how we’re
the staff continuing to deliver that.” doing that and that relationship we have
Another college award recipient this amongst all the partners, including the
year, Professor Emeritus Quentin Skinner, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Bobbie Frank, left, executive director, and
Kelly Brown, program specialist. was integral to the effort. (NRCS) as our federal partners.”
“It was exciting,” she says. “You could A Changing Rural Landscape
Legislative approval in 1987 allowing go to Dr. Skinner’s course and you could Sims has been a supervisor with the
tax levies to fund conservation districts trans- just see the people in that class walk out Uinta County Conservation District since
formed the districts. The move allowed dis- almost like a changed person for having 2001. He says he became involved with
tricts to “evolve their programs to be bigger, heard him. Things kind of made sense after conservation districts because he could see
broader, stronger, and more reflective of the you left in terms of what was going on in the good things that could be done “and
priorities in their communities,” says Frank, our watersheds and how you look at our wa-
who began as executive director in 1991. tersheds. He went from people standing out
The growth of districts and issues being looking at a spot in the ground to looking PARtneRshIP hAs
confronted expanded the districts’ involve- at the whole landscape and thinking about Been POsItIVe
ment with the university, and that relation- what all could be going on in that landscape
executive director bobbie frank says
ship was strengthened through water quality to cause that spot to look the way it does.”
and watershed management efforts. Skinner provided the momentum for the the partnership between the associa-
In the late 1990s, Wyoming was trying program. The relationship continued to de- tion, the college of agriculture and
to meet requirements of the Clean Water velop between WACD and the college, even to natural resources, and others has
Act by assessing streams in the state and using graduate students to conduct research. had a positive effect on Wyoming
identifying those with pollution problems. landscapes.
“At the time, we had minimum re-
Frank says the relationship has been see http://www.youtube.com/
sources,” Frank says. “They did what they
excellent and adds there has been “enormous, watch?v=2l7Hsy57-oa
could with what they had. A lot of the data
positive change” to the landscape of Wyoming.
gathered was pretty subjective, based on
“The university on its own has exten-
opinion rather than data.”
sion, the outreach,” she says. “That’s integral
keep our resources healthy and improve what
needs to be improved and help ranchers be wyoming Association of conservation districts and uw partnerships
more efficient through partnerships with
Below is a sampling of joint projects Wyoming Agricultural
The partnerships include irrigation
between the districts and the College of experiment station
management and tree and water quality
Agriculture and Natural Resources. There With the Agricultural Experiment Sta-
are many more. tion in the college:
His district now wrestles with other
Range monitoring 101 • Worked to develop reduced tillage pro-
issues. People moved out into the county
• UW faculty members and cooperative duction systems and extended rotation
during the oil boom in the 1980s, which
extension service educators and special- in dryland systems.
taxed roads and other infrastructure. Large
ists work with conservation districts and • Established shelterbelts at the James
ranches, some struggling, sold land, which
the Wyoming Section of the Society for C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture
became rural subdivisions.
Range Management to Research and Extension Center near
“Once the boom died, there were a
offer four-day Wyoming Lingle; created a state-of-
lot of industrial parks in the county, which
rangeland management the-art buffer zone around
changed our focus,” he says. “We have a lot
schools. Conservation the SAREC feedlot to con-
more small-acreage workshops, education
districts provide venues, trol runoff that also contains
about resource management, and more
refreshments, lunches, a shelterbelt designed in
and help promote the conjunction with the lo-
Another recent influx has people buy-
schools. More than 300 cal conservation district.
ing small acreages created from several
ranchers, regulators, and It is producing berries and
conservationists have attended. habitat for birds and small mammals.
“We have people from Salt Lake
coming to buy their dream and putting university of Wyoming Faculty member and graduate
an impact on the county from a change in Cooperative extension service student research examples
values, uses, and some folks looking for in- Conservation districts have worked with • Medicine Bow Drainage Basin
vestments,” notes Sims. “Some have bought the extension service to offer, among others: • Medicine Bow River water quality
their trophy ranch, which is changing the • Rangeland management programs • Bitter and Killpecker creeks water
aspect of rural life.” • Wildland watershed management quality
He says such changes are happening • Small-acreage owner workshops • Study of suspended sediments on an
across Wyoming. • Riparian habitat workshops intermittent cold-desert stream
Sims foresees future government • Invasive plant management workshops • Graduate student research projects
regulations steering conservation district • Symposium on grazing livestock in with Meeteetse and Little Snake River
activities. riparian areas conservation districts
“We’ll do our best to respond to those,” • Water quality training program
he says. “Using a crystal ball to look into
the future, I think we will be faced with
smaller ranches, a lot of small-acreage issues Wyoming Association Facebook:
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p r o g r A M n o t e s
sor Mariah Ehmke, and Profes- ing Award from the College of
sor Dale Menkhaus. Agriculture in 2008.
Results reported in “Agricul- Luke Lenski, an ANVS ma-
ture markets, policies, and eco- jor from Monument, Colorado,
nomic behavior in the laboratory who is expecting to graduate in
and beyond” show land prices the production option next May,
and rents respond significantly received two recognitions in the
and positively to government spring semester. In April, he re-
support. Data were collected ceived the Student Employee of
using a mobile computer labora- the Year Award presented by the
tory taken to several Wyoming Western Association of Student
locations. Employee Administrators. Luke
Assistant Professor An e-edition of Reflections in Associate Professor has worked at the Animal Science
Dannele Peck flip-page format and with videos Min Du Swine Unit and feed mill for the
is available at http://multimedia. past 18 months and was nomi-
Agricultural and uwyo.edu/UWAG_STREAM/ Min Du, associate professor nated for the award by livestock
of animal science, was honored
Applied economics Reflections2010/index.html. manager David Lutterman.
July 12 by the American Society Luke was selected as the award
Assistant Professor Dannele
of Animal Science (ASAS) at its recipient from the 24 student
Peck gave the welcome address
2010 annual meeting in Den-
at the UW McNair Scholars Animal science nominees from across campus.
ver, Colorado, as recipient of Additionally, Luke received a
Research Symposium in August. The departments of Animal
their Early Career Achievement travel scholarship to attend the
Twelve UW students pre- Science and Veterinary Sciences
Award. Min, a muscle biologist 2010 International Livestock
sented research in areas ranging have had a shared Animal and
in the meat science program, Congress in Calgary, Alberta,
from mathematics to criminal Veterinary Science (ANVS) cur-
has acquired more than $2.25 Canada, August 8-11. Entitled
justice and psychology. Peck, a riculum for more than 10 years.
million in grants as a principal “BEEF 2010: Raising Optimism
former UW McNair Scholar, is Students have the opportunity
investigator since joining the – Global Strategies,” Luke will
the only McNair alumna in the to major in one of seven ANVS
faculty in August 2003. He have the opportunity to meet and
nation who returned to her home options or the concurrent major
has published more than 100 hear beef industry leaders discuss
university as a faculty member. with ag education.
peer-reviewed manuscripts in pertinent issues impacting the
She joined the department in This past academic year saw
scientific journals and has been industry on a global scale.
2006. Peck received her bach- record numbers with 192 ANVS
an invited speaker at a number Kassi Bauman, a graduat-
elor’s and master’s degrees from undergraduate majors, a signifi-
of national and international ing senior from Cheyenne in
UW and Ph.D. from Oregon cant increase over the previous
conferences. He serves as an the ANVS animal biology op-
State University. four-year average of 152.
associate editor of the Journal of tion, placed second and received
An article explaining re- “We are excited to currently
Animal Science and is a reviewer $5,000 in the UW College of
search into whether or not land- have the largest number of ma-
for more than 20 scientific jour- Business’ Annual Wyoming
lords benefit from renting to jors in the College of Agriculture
nals and grant funding agencies. $10K Entrepreneurship Compe-
subsidized tenants tied for first and Natural Resources,” says Pro-
Min received the Young Scientist tition in March. Kassi’s Big Star
place in the 2010 Reflections fessor Doug Hixon, head of the
Award from the Western Sec- Livestock Images, LLC entry also
magazine. Reflections highlights Department of Animal Science.
tion ASAS in 2008. He is also was recognized for the best busi-
research in the college. Authors “Animal science faculty members
involved in teaching and advis- ness plan and for the best oral
were assistant research scientist also directed 23 graduate stu-
ing undergraduate students and presentation. The company was
Amy Nagler, Assistant Professor dents, which was also the largest
received the Outstanding Advis- established in 2008 and provides
Chris Bastian, Assistant Profes- number in recent memory.”
both still and video images and about fiscal year reporting and
Web site design services for live- budgets, and preparing for the
stock producers using cutting- upcoming academic year.
edge technologies. Thanks to support from
the college’s instructional needs
funds, room 237, a primary
teaching classroom for the de-
Family and partment, has been renovat-
Consumer sciences ed. The renovated space has a
Suzy Pelican, senior ex- dropped ceiling with new light
tension educator, received the fixtures, room darkening blinds,
Helen Denning Ullrich Award of and a fresh coat of paint. The
Excellence at the July Society for Senior extension educator improvements to the room make
Suzy Pelican Gagandeep Gahlay
Nutrition Education annual con- this a significantly improved
ference in Reno, Nevada. Suzy teaching/learning environment,
received this award for her record Wyoming families and individu- notes Brown. Gahlay joined the Jarvis
of outstanding achievement and als with limited resources fight
laboratory in January, and her
acknowledged contributions to hunger and malnutrition.
interest had been piqued by
the field of nutrition education. Associate Professor Shane Molecular Biology
The Helen Denning Ullrich Broughton is on sabbatical leave Research by postdoctoral
“Don Jarvis was working on
Award is the most prestigious this fall. In addition to his sab- researcher Gagandeep Gahlay in
gylcoproteins during my work at
award given by the organization. batical research activities, Shane the laboratory of Professor Don
NIH and that caught my inter-
Family and consumer sci- will be attending /presenting at a Jarvis was published in the July
est,” says Gahlay of New Delhi,
ences senior office assistant Trish conference in Berlin with under- 9 edition of Science (http://www.
India. “I wanted to work with
Hysong was selected as one of graduate student Jessica Platt. sciencemag.org/content/vol329/
him in this field of research, plus,
three university employees to Family and consumer sci- issue5988/index.dtl).
I liked the atmosphere here. It
receive the 2010 UW Staff Incen- ences senior Natalie Ferguson’s Gahlay is the first author
was quiet, and I wanted to get
tive Award. garment design entitled “Mid- of the article about egg fertiliza-
away from city life for a bit. I was
Randy Weigel and Rhonda night Galaxy” was selected as tion and part of the research as a
sick and tired of getting stuck in
Shipp won the Pearson CiTE the Undergraduate Best of Show postdoctoral researcher while at
Excellence in Online Teaching at the American Association of the National Institutes of Health
She and her husband, Bejoy
Award for their team efforts in Family and Consumer Sciences (NIH).
Jacob, have two children, Adi
the FCSC 4117/5117 Under- annual meeting in Cleveland in “The significance of my
Chacko, 5½, and Neel Chacko,
standing Community Leadership June. This design also received study is that we changed the
course. a First Place Amateur category old hypothesis,” she says. “It’s
She is currently studying
The Cent$ible Nutrition award at the American Quilter’s basic science, which gives a
protein glycosylation pathways
Program successfully completed Society annual international clearer picture about the pro-
in the insect cell system and
both a fiscal and program man- meeting in Paducah, Kentucky, cess of fertilization, how sperm
seeks to characterize the enzymes
agement review of the UW in April. fertilizes an egg. Maybe in the
SNAP-Ed Plan by the Moun- Professor Donna Brown long run, having the right pic-
For a more in-depth descrip-
tain Plains Regional Office of has been busy in her new role as ture of the process may help in
tion of her research, see www.
the USDA Food and Nutrition department head. June and July development of contraceptive
Service. For more than 12 years, were spent advising new and vaccines or treating some types
CNP has helped thousands of transfer students, learning more of infertility.”
p r o g r A M n o t e s
tension Center, as it has already
done for the centers at Powell
and Lingle,” says department
head Associate Professor Steve
Herbert. “The first step in this
process is acquiring an ener-
getic and capable director. We
are fortunate to have Valtcho
in this position. He is a prolific
researcher, highly organized, and
Associate Professor Positions for which searches Extension specialist Extension educator
Steve Herbert remain open include the Whit- Rachel Mealor Calvin Strom
ney Professorship in Horticul-
Plant sciences ture, which will also be based are working with the Wyoming and accepted an outreach posi-
Plant sciences continues to in Sheridan; an academic pro- Department of Agriculture and tion with the WRRC. He will
fill faculty and staff positions fessional extension educator to several stakeholders to imple- work out of the WRRC here in
vacated by retirement. The latest coordinate the state Master Gar- ment this program. Laramie.
addition is Valtcho Jeliazkov, dener program; and an academic Kristina Hufford joined “We were sad to have Shi-
who has accepted the position professional research scientist to the department last spring. She kha Sharma leave her position as
as associate professor of horticul- support plant sciences research at is the new reclamation ecolo- the Stable Isotope Facility (SIF)
ture and director of the Sheridan the James C. Hageman Sustain- gist working closely with the manager,” says Tanaka. “She ac-
Research and Extension Center. able Agriculture Research and Wyoming Reclamation and cepted a tenure track position
Valtcho will begin this fall. Extension Center in Lingle. Restoration Center (WRRC) at West Virginia University.
He comes to UW from the North and the School of Energy Re- Their gain was our loss. David
Mississippi Research and Exten- sources. Her appointment is Williams and the SIF steering
sion Center operated by Missis- split among teaching, research, committee are moving quickly
Renewable and extension. She’s spending a to fill that position.”
sippi State University, where he
is a research associate professor.
Resources lot of time traveling the region, David Williams, Steve Wil-
Summer has been quiet in meeting people, learning issues, liams, and Ann Hild will be
His prior institutional affiliations
renewable resources, notes John and developing her program. on sabbaticals this coming year.
include Dalhousie University,
Tanaka, head of the department. Joining the department this Dave is headed to Australia and
the University of Massachusetts
“We are gearing up for the fall is Melanie Murphy. She Steve to Australia and Mongolia.
at Amherst, and the Higher In-
school year. Faculty and graduate is the new rangeland systems Dustin Bronson, a post-doctoral
stitute of Agriculture Plovdiv in
students have been mostly in the ecologist and will work with fac- researcher in the department, will
Bulgaria. Valtcho has extensive
field doing their work or attend- ulty members and students from teach Dave’s plant ecophysiology
experience in horticulture and
ing and presenting at conferences across campus. Her appointment class this year. Andrew Allgeier
specialty crop research, includ-
and workshops,” he says. is split between teaching and will teach Steve’s forest and range
ing the production of essential
The department was funded research. She is finishing a post- soils course. Ann’s leave will be in
oils and other natural products
through the Wyoming Legis- doctoral position at Colorado the spring when she will travel to
of medicinal plants, and the use
lature to conduct educational State University. Boise to work on research with
of plants to remove pollutants
programs related to rangeland Calvin Strom recently re- collaborators. Alex Latchinin-
health assessments (monitor- signed his extension educator sky returned from his sabbatical
“UW is poised to redevelop
ing). Rachel Mealor and Tanaka position in Carbon County this fall.
the Sheridan Research and Ex-
Veterinary sciences Agricultural
Assistant Professor Myrna experiment station
Miller joined the department An article in the spring
May 28. issue of Ag News mentions the
Miller moved from the U.S. analogy AES director Bret Hess
Department of Agriculture’s made to being a backup sud-
Agricultural Research Service Ar- denly called in to replace the
thropod-Borne Animal Diseases star quarterback.
Research Laboratory (ABADRL) “Continuing with this
in the college. Miller was a veteri- analogy – I have made it
nary medical officer conducting through the first half and much
research on bluetongue virus Charles Stith of the third quarter of my first AES Director Bret Hess
and rift valley fever virus. The year as director of the Wyoming
laboratory moved to Manhattan, Agricultural Experiment Sta-
Miller was raised in Rocky Among the items on the to-do
Kansas, where it is part of the tion. Looking back, I’m proud
Ford, Colorado, and received list is to upgrade the center’s
USDA ARS Center for Grain to note I’ve managed to keep
her DVM from Colorado State facilities,” Hess notes.
and Animal Health Research. the proverbial ball moving,”
University in 1984 and her Ph.D. A successful series of field
“I feel very fortunate to be says Hess.
from Cornell University in 2005. days highlighting the work at
able to remain in Laramie and The research and exten-
In between, she worked three years the R&E centers topped the
work at the university as an sion (R&E) centers are showing
in Cambodia as a volunteer with summer. More than 100 people
assistant professor in the veteri- signs of continued improve-
Church World Service helping to attended PREC field day July 8.
nary sciences department and to ments to the facilities. Con-
set up a basic animal diagnostic On July 25, SAREC served host
direct the virology laboratory at crete has been poured and the
laboratory and foot-and-mouth to 125 people. Approximately
the Wyoming State Veterinary frame has been erected for the
disease vaccination program. 25 people participated in the
Laboratory,” says Miller. machine shed at the James C.
Charles Stith, an associate LREC Greenhouse open house
S h e i s t e a c h i n g Pa t b Hageman Sustainable Agricul-
research scientist, began May 28 August 6.
4710/5710, the medical virol- ture Research and Extension
as the biosafety/biocontainment “The number of people at-
ogy course, this fall. Center (SAREC) near Lingle.
manager for the new biosafety tending the R&E centers field
level 3 laboratory. He also moved The walls have been poured for days is testament to the level of
from ABADRL where he served the new foundation seed clean- interest generated as a result of
as a veterinary medical officer. ing building at the Powell R&E their outstanding work,” notes
Stith received his DVM from Center (PREC). Renovations to Hess. “We anticipate and look
Kansas State University in 1978 three of the units at the Laramie forward to a similar, perhaps
and his Ph.D. from the Univer- R&E Center (LREC) green- greater, level of participation next
sity of Wyoming in 2004. house complex are scheduled summer.”
for completion early this fall.
All three of these locations also
serve as sites for newly erected
“With the new Sheridan
R&E Center director due to
report the end of September,
Myrna Miller it will be time to set our sights
on modernizing that center.
p r o g r A M n o t e s
degree in agriculture education/
She is an eight-year alumnus of
Colorado 4-H. Erin completed
her student teaching in Gillette
and is familiar with the com-
munity and county. She joins
full-time 4-H educator Jessica
Gladson in providing leadership
for the youth program in the
Extension educator 4-H educator
Diane Saenz Faith Kroschel Associate Dean
Cooperative San Diego Healthcare System
in La Jolla, California. She is a
extension service student Programs nications among colleagues and
registered dietitian. Diane served
Megan Brittingham joined to help each other stay informed
in the Peace Corps in Guyana, The Office of Academic and
Goshen County as an assistant about course and curriculum is-
South America, working as a Student Programs has a long his-
extension educator for 4-H sues in the agriculturally related
community health educator tory of formal articulation with
youth development April 1. She academic degree programs,” says
and activities coordinator from Wyoming community colleges
received a bachelor’s degree in Wangberg.
May 2007-July 2009. Diane is that has fostered exceptionally
theatre and English in June 2007 Five of the seven Wyoming
bi-lingual, fluent in Spanish and positive relationships among col-
from Wright State University in community colleges have agri-
English. leagues and facilitated smooth
Dayton, Ohio. Megan brings cultural curricula and are among
Faith Kroschel joined the transitions for transfer students
experience as a 4-H program the regular annual conference
extension service office in Sweet- coming to the College of Agri-
assistant in several counties in participants. They are Casper
water County August 2 as a 4-H culture and Natural Resources,
Ohio over the past four years. College, Eastern Wyoming Col-
educator. Faith, a Colorado notes Jim Wangberg, associate
She developed and delivered lege, Laramie County Commu-
native, is a 2003 graduate of dean and director of the office.
hands-on learning experiences nity College (LCCC), Northwest
Colorado State University with Each year, the office spon-
for diverse audiences on a variety College, and Sheridan College.
a bachelor’s degree in consumer sors an annual College of Agri-
of 4-H topics. Joining this year’s articulation
and family sciences. She brings culture and Natural Resources
Diane Saenz began August conference will be representatives
four years of extension experi- and Wyoming Community
2 as the southeast area extension from the LCCC Laramie campus
ence from positions in Montana Articulation Conference that
educator for nutrition and food and Central Wyoming College.
and Colorado as a 4-H educa- alternates between the university
safety; the position is based in The one-day annual meeting
tor. Faith represented Colorado and community college cam-
Carbon County. Diane received has proven beneficial to students
as an International 4-H Youth puses as host. This conference
a bachelor’s degree in food and and faculty and staff members.
Exchange (IFYE) member to is in addition to the larger UW
nutrition with minors in Spanish Personal and professional re-
Greece and Denmark during Articulation Conference that
and restaurant, hotel, institution- lationships are reinforced by
2003-2004 and continues to be involves the institutions’ chief
al management, graduating mag- discussions over common values
active with the IFYE program. academic officers.
na cum laude in 2004 from Texas and themes in higher education.
Erin Curtis began as the “While broader issues and
Tech University in Lubbock, Transfer issues are always of in-
half-time 4-H educator June policies are generally the focus for
Texas. Following graduation, terest but, because of the annual
14 in Campbell County. Erin the university articulation con-
Diane had a dietetic internship meeting and year-round com-
is a May 2010 graduate of the ference, the college articulation
with the Veterans Administration munications, misunderstandings
University of Wyoming with a is designed to keep close commu-
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