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					                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                  Page 11
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 Our
                            Web site is

                                                                                             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
  Cuin, Paisley
receive national                                  Jim Wangberg,
                                                  left, surprised
ag agent honors                                   David Wilson
                                                  with a Toot
                                                  Your Horn

                                                         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.
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                                                                                            Prehistoric cuisine,
                                                                                                 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
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.

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                                   uW honors professor for lifetime teaching
                                   By UW Media Relations
                                   and Office of Communications and Technology
                                                                                                                Dan Rodgers
                                        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
                                                                                                                P. Ellbogen
                                        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
                                                                                                                career. (UW
                                        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
                                                                   Walt Cook
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
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

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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.”

organic dairies
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
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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
     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
     Becky Vraspir.

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
                                                                                                         experienced, firsthand,
                                                                                                         the numerous facets of
                                                                                                          australian agriculture,
                                                                                                            and, it definitely lived
                                                                                                            up to and beyond all

                                                                                                                              Jessi Larsen

                                                                                               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.

Ag AppreciAtion
      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
         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. 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.

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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
                                         many people.”
                                                                                           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
                                                Developed Watershed
                                                                                               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
     other plant.”

                                                                  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
                                                                                                 by Accident
                                                                                                       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
     President’s volunteer
                                                                                                 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
                                                 positive person.”
pests in cereal grains, such as feral rye, and
perennial ryegrass.”

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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
                                             for careers.
                                                   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,
                                             horses, Quilting
                                                  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
                                             comes later.

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
                                                  establishes Pegasus
 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                               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,
  watershed coordinator.
  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-
                                                                                               large member.
                                                                                                     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

Ag news fAll        2010

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.
                                                   Relationship excellent
       “At the time, we had minimum re-
                                                        Frank says the relationship has been           see
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
the NRCS.”
                                                              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
confined grazing.”
                                                             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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and, with energy development and a rush                        of Conservation Districts        
to wind farm development, we will have an                      517 E. 19th St.                            Wyoming-Association-of-Conservation-
opportunity to help landowners and help                        Cheyenne, WY 82001                         Districts/123999224294824
power companies, if they so desire, to ad-                     Web:
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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                                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
                                                                                                                 Jarvis’ work.
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.
                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                 traffic jams.”
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
                                                                                                                 15 months.
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
                                       very practical.”
        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-
from soils.
                                       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
                                                                             high tunnels.
                                                                                  “With the new Sheridan
                                                                             R&E Center director due to
                                                                             report the end of September,
         Assistant Professor
           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/
                                                                           agricultural communications.
                                                                           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
                                                                                                                           Jim Wangberg
Cooperative                           San Diego Healthcare System
                                                                           Academic and
                                      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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among advisers and students have          education and professional de-                                               graduates. Chytka notes career
been minimized. The articulation          velopment opportunities, col-                                                opportunities tend to be regional
conference always devotes consid-         laborative research, and sharing                                             and that those posting openings
erable time for updates from each         resources and facilities.                                                    already have experience with
institution so all can be apprised                                                                                     UW graduates. Approximately
of changes and common chal-               College Relations                                                            600 alumni and 241 employers
lenges or opportunities.                        The Center for Advising and                                            use the system. Career services
      “The articulation confer-           Career Services (CACS) is offer-                                             believes this is a good sign be-
ences have helped build a strong          ing a new networking tool for                                                cause the university only recently
sense of community and profes-            University of Wyoming alumni,                                                implemented this system and has
sional relationships, and we see          notes Anne Leonard, director of                                              not yet announced and marketed
ourselves more as educational             College Relations.                                                           this service to alumni.
partners for student success                    UWYO Alumni Experience            Director of College Relations             To create a UWYO Alumni
rather than competitors for a                                                            Anne Leonard                  Experience account, go to http://
student body,” says Wangberg.             allows alumni to post resumes,                                      and
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