CALS alumnis Fritz Friday and John Hansen honored at NAADA conference

Two leaders in Wisconsin’s food and agricultural sector, Fritz Friday, of Naples, Fla., and John J. Hansen, of Holmen, Wis., are being honored by the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA). The awards will be presented at NAADA’s annual convention, being held June 16-19 in Madison.

Both recipients are being honored for their long and unselfish support of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). Friday is being honored with NAADA’s Outstanding Philantrhopist Award, while Hansen is receiving the group’s Volunteer Service Award.

But in fact, the names and awards could easily be switched: Each of the two have been extremely generous with both their time and financial support.

Fritz FridayFritz Friday, retired president of Friday Canning Corporation of New Richmond, Wis., has a 24-year history of giving consistently and generously to CALS. A 1955 graduate of the college’s food science department, Friday not only has given generously to that department, but also has left a lasting legacy of support for the state’s vegetable production and processing industry. His gifts have supported two building funds, two named professorships, scholarships and lectures as well as the college’s general fund. He also served for ten years as a member of the college’s board of visitors, including one year as president.

John HansenJohn Hansen, who founded the Kwik Trip chain of convenience stories after graduating from the CALS meat and animal science department in 1960, has been equally generous with his time, influence and financial support. The most visible evidence of his impact is the Babcock Hall dairy story. He provided the funds needed to expand and transform the store into an attractive eatery that serves as a central meeting place on campus for students, visitors, faculty and staff. But his support goes much broader and deeper. As chair of the CALS board of visitors, he was a strong advocate for the college’s programs. As president of the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association, he encouraged the formation of a student ambassador program and helped establish an endowment to fund it.