In Vivo

  • It’s Your Party

    This year marks CALS’ 125th anniversary, a milestone known as a “quasquicentennial.” One hundred and twenty-five is a proud age to reach. And we invite you, as alumni, to come celebrate. Most of our events this year will have a “quasqui” flavor as we offer tributes to historic moments, glimpses of our exciting future, and […]

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Working Life

  • Jolynne Schroepfer

    BS’96 Dairy Science Alice in Dairyland 1995 Jolynne Schroepfer recently brought a mint perennial with her to the agriscience course she teaches at Antigo High School—a plant the students had never seen before, but that she had learned about in her first month as Alice. Teaching has always been an important facet of Schroepfer’s career. […]

  • Vicky Scharlau

    BS’82 Agricultural Journalism Alice in Dairyland 1980 In 1994 Vicky Scharlau founded 501 Consultants, a company based in Washington state that offers a wide range of services to nonprofits, from bookkeeping and staff recruitment to administration and strategic planning. While she fondly remembers participating in CALS student organizations, Scharlau admits one of her most influential […]

  • Rebecca Plantz

    BS’88 Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Journalism Alice in Dairyland 1988 When Rebecca Plantz was five years old, her mother asked, “Why are you always the kid who has to ask why?” Reflecting on that question, she feels she should have known that a position in operational excellence, which she now holds at PayPal, would be a […]

  • Kristin Olson

    BS’10 Agricultural Journalism Alice in Dairyland 2013 As the reigning Alice, Kristin Olson travels around Wisconsin promoting the state’s $59 billion ag industry in her E85 Chevy Tahoe, which by using 85 percent ethanol fuel promotes the corn growers’ role in ethanol production. She will make about 400 appearances throughout the course of the year. […]

  • Barbara McCrory

    BS’83 Agricultural Journalism Alice in Dairyland 2010 Barbara McCrory’s ag journalism background has been vital to her success as a circuit court judge—she graduated from the UW–Madison School of Law in 1992—in that it provided her with the ability to distill large amounts of information down to what is most important for her ruling, she […]

  • Jill Makovec

    BS’00 Agricultural Journalism, Dairy Science MS’02 Dairy Science Alice in Dairyland 2007 An alumna of both CALS and the UW Marching Band (instrument: trumpet), Jill Makovec works as an account executive with Learfield Communications, which through the Wisconsin Radio Network and Brownfield Ag Network provides consumer and ag news to Wisconsin and neighboring states. As […]

  • Christine Lindner

    BS’06 Agricultural Journalism Alice in Dairyland 2010 Christine Lindner is a national sales representative with Alsum Farms & Produce, a Friesland-based company responsible for growing, sourcing, packing and delivering high-quality fresh vegetables and fruits to supermarkets. Having grown up on her family’s fourth-generation dairy farm, Lindner takes pride in helping people understand the connection between […]

  • Elizabeth Henry

    BS’83 Meat and Animal Sciences Alice in Dairyland 1986 As associate director of the CALS-based Renk Agribusiness Institute, Liz Henry develops agribusiness educational programs, provides leadership to the Renk Scholars Program, which offers scholarship support to outstanding undergraduates, and teaches CALS undergraduates and Farm and Industry Short Course students. Henry is co-owner and VP of […]

  • Dorothy Farrell

    BS’82 Agricultural Journalism Alice in Dairyland 1982 As Alice, Dorothy Farrell was introduced to Sargento Food’s VP of marketing—and just three days after ending her term she began her career with Sargento, where she now is a director in the company’s consumer products division. Among Farrell’s most memorable experiences at CALS was participating in the […]

  • Debra Crave

    BS’81 Horticulture, Forest Science Alice in Dairyland 1981 Every Wisconsin cheese lover knows Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, where Debra Crave is vice president. The company regularly wins awards and other honors (including a Dairymen of the Year title at the World Dairy Expo) for cheese made right on the farm with milk from a herd […]

  • Courtney Booth

    BS’97 Agricultural Journalism Alice in Dairyland 1997 Today Courtney Booth’s most important job is being a mom of four. Booth and her husband Chris, who is president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, own Booth-Haven Holsteins, a small show heifer and cow care operation in Plymouth. As a student Booth served as editor of the […]

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