Congratulations to the CALS 2013 Meyerhoff Award Recipients

CALS undergraduate students Eric Christenson and Jared Wendt received Harvey Meyerhoff Awards which recognize scholarship, leadership and service.

Eric Christenson, Dean Kate VandenBosch, Jared Wendt

Eric Christenson has made significant contributions to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his community. While pursuing a major in biology and a certificate in environmental studies, Eric earned Dean’s List recognition every semester that he was on campus. During his undergraduate career, Eric spent a significant amount of time helping others. His strong record of service includes volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House, Red and White Hunger Fight and the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic. At the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, Eric was part of a clinic that helped underserved and uninsured populations to receive care, which helped him to realize his passion for dentistry and service. Despite his busy schedule, Eric also found time to be a student leader as a member of the UW-Madison Pre-Dental Executive Board and a chair of the Powers Knapp Volunteer Committee. Eric’s Energy and enthusiasm will be missed when he leaves UW-Madison for dental school.

Jared Wendt has set a remarkable example for other students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Jared regularly earns Dean’s List honors while majoring in food science. In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, Jared’s record of leadership is truly inspiring. He has served as president of the CALS Student Association and Alpha Gamma Rho – two large organizations that important to CALS. Alpha Gamma Rho also selected Jared to attend National Ag Day in Washington, D.C., where he spoke with legislators about agricultural policy. In addition to leading his fellow students Jared was a CALS Ambassador. In this role, he welcomed prospective students to campus and promoted CALS programs. Work experience was equally important to Jared as he completed two internships – one with Usinger’s Famous Sausage and one with ConAgra Foods. Over the past four years, Jared has been a large part of CALS, and we are thrilled that he will be applying his knowledge of food science at Cargill in Milwaukee.


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