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U of M, Crookston Senior Dan Pazdernik receives Soil and Water Conservation Society Award
March 5, 2007

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, head, Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8129 ( Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

CROOKSTON, Minn. (March 6, 2007) – Water resource student at the University of
PHOTO attached: Dan Svedarsky, head of Natural Resources Department; Dan Pazdernik; and Chuck Habstritt, associate professor in agronomy.
Dan Svedarsky, head of Natural Resources Department; Dan Pazdernik; and Charles Habstritt, associate professor in agronomy
Minnesota, Crookston (UMC), Daniel Pazdernik, Waubun, Minn., was recently selected to receive the 2006 Scholarship Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The announcement was made by Chapter Awards Chair Greg Larson. Candidates are judged on their integrity, skills gained through training or experience, interest in natural resource related fields, grade point average and their expressed commitment to the field of resource management.

A senior, double-majoring in water resource management and agronomy, Pazdernik is “an excellent role model of a well-rounded conservation student,” according to U of M Crookston, Professor Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D., and head of the Natural Resources Department.  “He is the fifth UMC student in the last six years to receive the $ 500 award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and it is wonderful recognition for Dan and UMC.”

Accolades for Pazdernik were echoed by Agronomy Professor Chuck Habstritt, “In the fall semester of 2006, Dan joined my crops team and his team placed first overall in the national contests in Chicago and Kansas City.  Their competition was teams from major land grants campuses across the country and their performance was the best ever for a UMC team!”

Pazdernik, always near the top his classes, has a 3.9 GPA.  Along with his academic skills, he gained practical experience growing up on the family farm. Pazdernik also finds time at UMC to be active in the Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity and participates regularly in their service activities. 

In 2005, Pazdernik was accepted to the Student Career Employment Program (SCEP) with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). As part of his work assignment that summer, he was a field assistant to Tyler Janke, (a graduate student and former award winner) who was conducting a field study at the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge east of Crookston. Pazdernik became quite adept at identifying aquatic plants, especially sedges, one of the most challenging groups of plants. In the summer of 2004, he worked as a plant pathology assistant at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center and was an outstanding employee in that capacity as well.

Pazdernik joins former UMC winners of this award; Jen Tepovich ‘06, Daniel Weber ‘03, Cheryl Isder ‘04, and Tyler Janke ‘04. Janke recently accepted a position as a wetlands specialist with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska and the rest work for the NRCS.

To learn more about the natural resource program at UMC, please visit or call Judy Baatz at 218-281-8128 (

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