Honorary Recognition

Each year CALS recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities, their chosen career fields, and the citizens of the state and the nation. CALS has three awards: the Honorary Recognition Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

The 2018 Honorary Recognition Awards Banquet and Ceremony will be held Thursday, October 25.

  • Reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.
  • Varsity Room, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison
  • Please call 608/263-2421 for more information

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. in Lot 17 (1525 Engineering Drive) and Lot 20 (1390 University Avenue). Additional parking is available for a fee in the Union South parking garage (enter on Dayton Street).

2018 Award Winners

  • Honorary Recognition: Daphne and Lloyd Holterman, Anna Maenner, and David Rhoda
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Timothy Young

Daphne R. and Lloyd W. Holterman are loyal, generous CALS alumni and valued members of their community. As students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Holtermans were active in organizations such as the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) and Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), and they continue to be active as alumni. Upon graduating with degrees in Life Sciences Communication (Daphne, BS’81) and Dairy Science (Lloyd, BS’80), the Holtermans farmed with Lloyd’s parents Rose and Lloyd Sr. for six years on their 220-acre family farm in Watertown. They then branched out on their own, leasing a farm in Ixonia for a few years before going back to Watertown and purchasing the family farm. Since then, the Holtermans have grown the farm from 80 to 950 milking cows in a modern freestall barn and double-12 milking parlor. Today the farm operates 1,750 acres. The Holtermans are well-known and respected in their local community, among their fellow CALS alumni, and throughout the dairy industry around the world. They embody the Wisconsin Idea through countless service contributions and national and global speaking engagements for which they are highly sought. The Holtermans, both together and as individuals, have been recognized numerous times with honors such as World Dairy Expo Woman of the Year, Holstein Association Progressive Genetics Award and Jaycees National Outstanding Young Farmers. In addition to their personal connections, the Holterman family has a long-standing association with CALS—their daughters Lauren (Holterman) Brey (BS’13) and Taylor Holterman (BS’15) are CALS alumni, and Lloyd Holterman Sr., also an alumnus (FISC’54), received the Honorary Recognition Award in 2001.

With connections to apples, berries, fresh vegetables, grapes and wineries, and a significant role in the execution of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Anna Maenner might have the one of the most diverse agricultural networks of anyone in the state of Wisconsin. As owner and president of ACM Administrative Services, Inc., Anna Maenner provides organizational support, public relations and management to the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, Wisconsin Grape Growers Association, Wisconsin Winery Association, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show. Under her strong leadership and professionalism, these small crop commodity groups have grown substantially in membership and have thrived from collaborations. With her excellent communication and organizational skills, the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show doubled in size to more than 700 attendees in 2018, making it the largest specialty crops conference in the Midwest outside of Michigan. As the driving force behind ACM Inc., Anna Maenner helps make Wisconsin Farm Technology Days a success year after year. Active in her community, Anna Maenner volunteers with local schools and even authored the original editions of The ABC’s of Agriculture and This Business Called Agriculture, two educational activity books that teach children how food is produced and distributed through an engaging combination of facts, figures, puzzles, and games. Anna Maenner and her husband are also farmers and owners of Country Haven Farm, a 100-ewe sheep farm that sells pureblood Scottish Blackface sheep.

David Rhoda has had a long career as a large animal veterinarian and has been an integral leader in animal well-being and food safety. After receiving his DVM from the University of Illinois, David Rhoda served in the army for three years before beginning his vocation as a practicing veterinarian in Evansville, Wis. Over the years, he has been involved in many initiatives that have improved the dairy industry in Wisconsin, including helping to develop and support the Milk Money Program, a voluntary Extension program to empower farmers and their local dairy advisors to work together to improve milk quality and farm profitability. He also served as the first chairperson of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act Task Force to develop guidance for veterinarians on how drugs can be used properly on dairy farms. David Rhoda is committed to education and was a well-respected University of Wisconsin–Madison Farm and Industry Short Course teacher for 10 years. He was always developing new ways to engage the students and improve his lectures to meet current issues. His passion for fostering knowledge about the dairy industry was shared with UW milk quality graduate students as an informal mentor, as well as elementary school students whom he targeted by helping to develop a video called “Cows Need Doctors Too.” He also wrote a monthly column for Hoards Dairyman for fourteen years. An enthusiastic, thought-provoking practitioner who leads by example, David Rhoda always wants to bring the latest information to clients and fellow veterinarians to help them prevent disease and maintain profitability. 

A globally respected university professor, Timothy M. Young is a leading expert in quantitative analysis, intelligent manufacturing, and statistical process control in the forest industries. Timothy Young received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Natural Resources (BS’79) and Forest Economics (MS’83). He continued his education at the University of Tennessee (UT) with a second master’s and PhD degree, and spent time working in the industry before returning to UT where he has been a faculty member since 1998. His extensive and internationally recognized research portfolio has led to innovations that have increased efficiencies in manufacturing processes, reduced costs, and improved profitability in the forestry-manufacturing industries. In addition to his 272 scientific publications and over $7.2 million in extramural funding, Timothy Young offers industrial training courses in statistical process control, advanced data mining, and experimental design for managers in the bio-based industries. Over 600 professionals have taken these courses and praised Timothy Young’s teaching and leadership. His internationally activities include research collaborations, teaching and service, and while living and working in Tennessee, Timothy Young has been active in the scientific community in his home state of Wisconsin. For the past 15 years, he has been involved with research grants and contracts with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison. Timothy Young has a professional work ethic, is always positive and approaches everything with a commitment to excellence. He exemplifies the meaning and importance of a land-grant university faculty member.

For previous award winners: 1909-2017 Honorees.

About the Awards

  • The Honorary Recognition Award – Established in 1909, this award was championed by Dean Harry L. Russell and Wisconsin Governor William D. Hoard. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership, integrity and unselfish service, making significant contributions in the areas of agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and social science. Over the past 100 years, the college has saluted more than 500 individuals who have given both time and talent to improve the lives of many and enrich society for us all.
  • The Distinguished Service Award – This award was established in 1994 in celebration of the college’s excellent faculty and staff. This award recognize university faculty and staff members for exceptionally meritorious service to the college and university, to the citizens of Wisconsin, and to people around the nation and the world.
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award – Introduced in 2009, this award recognizes a career of outstanding achievement through extraordinary contributions to one’s chosen field or an exemplary record of public service.