CALS student leaders honored at recognition ceremony

A Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony was held last Friday in the BioCommons of Steenbock Library. The event, held as part of CALS week, recognized CALS students who make significant contributions to the college, the University and Madison through their leadership.

The Keylon Braxton Award, developed in memory of a former advisor to the CALS Student Council, was given to two CALS seniors. The award honors Keylon’s service and dedication to the college and recognizes individuals who reflect Keylon’s exceptional motivation and enthusiasm for the college and its students.

This year’s recipients were Erik Sanson and Logan Wells. Erik has served in several officer positions for the CALS Student Association. He organized the first CALS-wide scavenger hunt, worked with WALSAA to promote grants for student organizations and partnered with Allen Centennial Garden to host the CALS Fall Picnic. Erik also served as a CALS Student Ambassador and on the Student Dean’s Advisory Board.

Erik and Logan
Erik Sanson and Logan Wells with Dean Kate VandenBosch

As a first-year student, Logan did all he could to make the 20-student cohort of his first-year interest group a family. He was an FFA officer and CALS Ambassador and through those roles interacted with students across the state. He worked to foster community within the Forestry Club by organizing an internship field day, a welcome back cookout, an apple butter festival and a club newsletter.

The Association for Women in Agriculture was also recognized at the award ceremony. Best known for their annual Breakfast on the Farm event, AWA implemented several new initiatives this year. They contributed money to improve the AWA house and they organized the “Rally to Fight Hunger” at which they packaged over 29,000 meals to be sent overseas. They also provided members with professional trainings on the topics of scholarships, interviews, resumes, dressing for success and more.

AWA award
The Association for Women in Agriculture

Dave Thomas, a professor of Animal Sciences, was recognized for his teaching and mentoring. Dave maintains an active undergraduate teaching program and has been a dedicated academic advisor. He currently serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Babcock House.