The Smart Farm Team of two Richland Center men—Duane Simonson and Wayne Morgenthaler, both members of the UW-Richland Foundation board of directors--were honored with 2013 Chancellor’s Awards from the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension.
Morgenthaler was presented with an Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, which recognizes work that advances the UW Colleges’ commitment to civic engagement, community outreach and service learning. Simonson was honored with a Friend and Advocate Award, which recognizes substantial support of the mission of the UW Colleges.
UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross presented the award at the institutions’ Chancellor’s Awards Reception held September 12 in Madison. State Senator Dale Schultz was there to commend Simonson and Morgenthaler. The annual Chancellor’s Awards recognize UW Colleges and UW-Extension partners, supporters and employees for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wisconsin.
In giving the award, Cross said, “Working as a team, Duane and Wayne contributed more than 1,200 hours each to clean up and maintain a 190-acre farm donated to the campus foundation. They worked on the grounds, buildings, adjacent property and woodlands, which has involved planting 5,000 trees. Now Wayne and Duane are developing a 2-mile hiking trail. Their work is paying off in big benefits to UW-Richland and the community, which use the Smart Farm for field trips, research projects and recreation. UW-Richland Dean Patrick Hagen wrote, ‘They have shown us how to work together in a spirit that respects those who have preceded us in life and those who will follow in future generations.’ ”
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