It is always a pleasure to host the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner where we recognize and celebrate our outstanding and remarkable alumni. More than 250 guests attended the ceremony and 190 attended the dinner at this year’s event on March 20. Fourteen of our 31 award recipients were from out-of-state. Heartiest congratulations to all of our extraordinary alumni who were honored this year!
The following morning, the CALS Alumni Organization Board met for their annual retreat. Department heads gave short updates at breakfast. Later in the morning, James Anderson from Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education led a lively discussion on diversity and inclusion and introduced the group to several exceptional CALS students and who then joined us for lunch. We continued the discussion following lunch and listened to their perspectives as minority students joining the college from various parts of the country. Their overwhelmingly positive experiences and the subsequent conversations with the group were thought-provoking and productive. The CALS Alumni Organization, directed by Jamie Lucero, has developed a number of events and activities that offer many opportunities for the alumni to stay engaged with the college.