Agricultural economics Professor Stan Schraufnagel has been named the 2002 Adviser of the Year at UW-River Falls.
Schraufnagel's recognition was announced on April 23 by Chancellor Ann Lydecker. He becomes the third recipient of the award.
Said Lydecker, "Although it is just three years old, the award recognizes the crucial importance of advising to the educational experience. Good advising helps our students to select the right program; to choose the best courses to meet their interest areas while helping them to progress toward a degree; and that all-important assistance in lining up the right internships and then finding the right job after commencement.
"The comments we received from graduating seniors and recent graduates is that Stan Schraufnagel excels at all of these skills. He is an excellent choice for this award."
Among the comments of those who nominated Schraufnagel were:
"Stan's knowledge and guidance proved helpful to me during my years at UWRF and after. He helped me make some very important decisions regarding my career. Stan is very professional and yet he is very easy to talk to and is an enjoyable person to be around."
Another noted that, "Stan has helped me through the tough times. He's always willing to help with any of my questions. He has always been there willing to help me out and probably always will."
Another student cited Schraufnagel's access to students: "He's always making time for me if I needed help with my schedule. He's been willing to check things out for me and he's always checking up on how things are going for me during the semester."
In addition to his teaching and research activities, Schraufnagel has been involved in numerous campus activities. In the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, he has chaired the curriculum committee, Sustainable Agriculture Day, the public relations committee, and promotions and awards. He also spent six years as the adviser to the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and is currently serving as the executive secretary to the CAFES Alumni Association.
At the University level he has chaired or served on Faculty Senate committees including salary, academic standards, academic programs and policies, calendar, development, and external relations.
Schraufnagel joined the faculty at UWRF in 1983. He holds a doctorate in agriculture economics from Iowa State University.