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RIVER FALLS — The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently announced the recipients of the Rochelle Junkman Seymour Award and the Dr. Earl Hildebrand Memorial Award. Both annual awards honor outstanding seniors.
Gabrielle Peterson, an animal science-companion animal major from Glenwood City, is the recipient of the Rochelle Junkman Seymour Award for the graduating senior with the highest GPA in the college. She was a member of the Honors Program, on the staff at the University Center, and an officer for the Companion Animal Respect and Education (CARE) Club. Peterson has always wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals and organized volunteer outings to the Humane Society for CARE club members. She wants to continue her efforts in a humane society setting and work her way up to where she can make a real difference for animals.
Beth Rausch, associate professor of Animal Science, remembers that Peterson stood out in her freshman year because her questions and assignment reflections were mature and insightful. Rausch had Peterson in her Companion Animal Care and Management class this past spring and said “Gabby demonstrated a high capacity for critical thinking, strong written and verbal communication, and insightful curiosity when approaching the peer-reviewed literature on course topics. All of this is punctuated by a balanced personality possessing both leadership and teamwork skills.”
“I think our 2020 student award recipients demonstrate once again how special our CAFES graduates really are,” said CAFES Dean Dale Gallenberg. “Their performance both in and outside of the classroom to achieve these recognitions is obvious. Beyond this, they each carry a passion for change in helping make the lives of people and animals better. They are models of commitment we can all look to for inspiration.”